3 min ago

Seeking Rehab Architect

Neighbors,

My husband and I are searching for an architect familiar with rehabs that can take a look at our original drawings to see if there are any mistakes. If you have a fabulous architect that you would highly recommend and get back to us in a timely manner, please send them to me. Thanks so much, it is very much appreciated!

4 days ago

Updated 33 min ago

Please help Duffy dog

On Tuesday, January 15, Duffy, woke up unable to walk and in horrible pain. We rushed him to the vet who sent him to a specialist immediately. The specialist ordered an MRI which revealed one ruptured disc and two compromised discs. Because Duffy is still young and has so much heart and love in him, putting him down is not an option. He’s a dearly beloved member of the family. He was rushed into surgery that night.

Now we are...

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On Tuesday, January 15, Duffy, woke up unable to walk and in horrible pain. We rushed him to the vet who sent him to a specialist immediately. The specialist ordered an MRI which revealed one ruptured disc and two compromised discs. Because Duffy is still young and has so much heart and love in him, putting him down is not an option. He’s a dearly beloved member of the family. He was rushed into surgery that night.

Now we are drowning in medical bills of over $8,000. He will be re-learning to walk for the next few weeks and will require therapeutic rehab, which will add to the bills. So we are hoping there are some dog lovers out there who will contribute to our fund-raising efforts and help Duffy heal. I know so many people are trying to raise money these days and people have to make choices. But every little bit helps, so If you are able to contribute, thank you.

Here's the link to our fundraising page:

https://www.youcaring.com/ellenfloren-1071808

The picture is of Duffy yesterday, the day after surgery. He's pretty sedated. We're bringing him home tonight, and I'm sure he'll be happy to be home. Now the long process of healing and rehab begins.

  • MillieNeon Person

    Thanks future alderman. Of course we researched all of this thoroughly. Our dog is a mix of about 4-5 breeds as far as we can tell, and may have a bit of Beagle. And Duffy, about a week after surgery, is doing really well. He stands well. We walk him with a harness (not a real walk, just to the next room for rehab), and Ellen does PT with him every day. Thanks for checking that out.

  • Glad Duffy is doing better.

4 hours ago

Updated 50 min ago

Double Check Your Paycheck Withholding

As the new tax law adjusts tax brackets for 2018, withholding in your paycheck will likely adjust. Double check your withholding as you may need to adjust due to the changes to deductions and exemptions.

https://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com/2018/01/double-check-your-paycheck-tax.html

    Double Check Your Paycheck Tax Withholding
    In the next few weeks, you will likely see a little extra in your paycheck from work. This is due to the Tax Bill that was passed at the end of the year. Due to the reduced tax bracket rates, the Treasury Department has announced changes to the withholding tables that employers use to calculate the tax to be withheld for federal income taxes from your paycheck.
    http://illinoisestateplanning.blogspot.com
  • Please stop spamming your blog here. Taking 3 weeks off of doing so and then starting back up is still spamming.

23 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Interior Painting recs?

Has anyone worked with painters that they would recommend? Looking for interior painters that do a quality job, are dependable and affordable to paint a few rooms/ceilings in our 2 level home. Thanks in advance!!

  • Mark Gonzalez 773.934.7901 has done work for several of my clients as well as my own home...fabulous!

  • Thanks, everyone. SO helpful! And C Dub's recommendation is hilarious - now I want to hire the guy for his painting skills AND to hear his voice :)

21 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Man shouting?

I live near the intersection of Kimball and Altgeld, and there have been several nights where I have heard a man shouting all through the night. Very loud screams, sometimes words I can't make out besides a few obscenities. It has happened multiple times, most recently last night when I was awoken around 3 am by the shouting, and again around 6 am. Has anyone in the area experienced the same thing? Not sure if I should be worried or chalk it up to a homeless man wandering the streets.

  • Hi neighbor! I'll definitely be calling the police next time, but like you said I'm always half awake and unsure what I'm even hearing haha. The other night was bad and continued for much longer than usual. I can never tell where he is either but hopefully they'll be able to find him (and help him if he needs it!)

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    yep, 911.

28 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Snowblower repair

Hello all,

We're looking for a reliable person or business that could repair our relatively new (2015) Briggs & Stratton that just won't start. We are continuing to work on it but I figured I would ask around just in case. I know that if we let this go, we'll get hit with a blizzard (followed by ruined backs from shoveling...) If nothing else, we can then do what we should have done all year, which is start it and run it every month to keep clean fuel going through the lines....

Any thoughts welcome,

Jeff

  • Thank you to everyone for the suggestions! I agree that it's probably related to ethanol-heavy fuel and not properly "summer-izing" it, so to speak. It's been a long time since I rebuilt a carburetor and I'm not sure I want to tackle it again, so I appreciate recommendations for vendors and better care in the future. I'll try to pay it forward by plowing sidewalks for the neighbors next time the need arises!

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    Do not use Chicago Lawn Mower at 4228 Montrose.

    The old guy there is a liar ... tells me he did not sell me the snowblower that I bought from CLM a year ago.

6 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Waterproofing

Hello Again!

Since we got such a positive response with the fence question, I thought I’d ask about waterproofing as well. Has anyone had a great experience with a particular company? I imagine folks close to the River in particular would have some suggestions.

Thank you!
Michelle :)

  • @Bellhome ...

    No worries on the questions! I'm sure not many people have "in progress" shots like this to share!

    The foundation is a bit of an architectural forensics case down there; original part of the house was a cottage built ~1887, with a second story added maybe late 1940s....

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    @Bellhome ...

    No worries on the questions! I'm sure not many people have "in progress" shots like this to share!

    The foundation is a bit of an architectural forensics case down there; original part of the house was a cottage built ~1887, with a second story added maybe late 1940s. Then at some point more recently someone dug out the basement. The top part of the foundation (which is covered) is concrete block, then hand-formed concrete below that (probably added with the 2nd floor addition), then finally the original 1887 brick. We replaced the first and second floor structures with engineered trusses (yes, it was a major project). The first floor rests on a bonded beam made of concrete block (you can see that running at the top in the picture); the second floor rests right on top of the original masonry (with a new sill).

    There was already a wall in front, and yes the basement is finished. We actually had very little dig out; the "3 part" foundation was actually in remarkable shape, so we just had to take up the old slab and dig a small channel around the basement for the drain tiles. From there it was just gravel and a new slab!

    The project was a major reno, but what was done w/ waterproofing could have been done without much disruption regardless, assuming the basement was unfinished!

  • Thank you for the info @Ruby Red. That does sound like a major project. You don't have messaging turned on but if you would be up for it, I'd like to buy you a coffee and talk renovation. Please feel free to message me if you are interested.

46 hours ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Found: Apartment keys, car remote, garage remote and several membership cards

Set of keys on a lanyard found at Kedzie and Milwaukee. Currently, they are at the front counter of G-Mart Comics. Please identify the type of car and the color of the lanyard that came with the keys.

  • B

    Hi - My car was recently stolen -- It's a long shot, but I thought I'd reach out to check if the keys foudn were for a Honda. Thanks!

Jan 13

Updated 32 hours ago

Recent string of shootings 1900 Block Sawyer Ave.

Our block had two drive by shootings (thank goodness no one died) within 7 days of one another that the Alderman reported as gang related. No problems on the block that I'm aware in the previous 2 years we lived here. Anyone know what's changed lately in the area where we'd see this sudden increase in drive by shootings?

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    You are going way back Michael, with the Gaylord,LOL. I've been out of town for the past month, so I've been out of touch Gil. If I hear something next week, I'll put it out there.

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    Yes but they were all along Palmer street west of California and would occasionally be seen in the Armitage and Sawyer area

3 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Plumber Recommendation

Neighbors,

Looking for a plumber to install a new toilet in my bathroom. Any recommendations? Your help is appreciated.

2 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Gunshots at Mozart and Cortland

There was a post about gunshots that were fired at Mozart and Cortland on 1/15 that was deleted for some reason.

Anyone have any other information or know why the posts would have been removed?

2 days ago

California/North Avenue

Today is 1/21 Around 10am 10 cops around Silver City condos and the building next door. Anyone know what’s up?

Jan 09

Updated 2 days ago

Gunshot at Cortland and Armitage

Does anyone have any info on this? I thought I heard a single gunshot around 5:30pm on 1/9 but second guessed myself and didn’t call the police and now the police have the street cordoned off at Cortland and Albany with detectives looking around. Quite a bit of police activity.

  • When was the other shooting?

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    "Both men got out of their vehicles and continued to argue as Puleo went into the store and came back out into the street, prosecutors said", this is from the story on your link. Clearly this bodega IS directly linked to this shooting.

2 days ago

Jan 01

Updated 2 days ago

Plumber, Logan Square

I'm looking for a plumber to help me with a leak. There will be some minor construction involved to fix the water damage as well. Do you have any experience working with a practical, trustworthy, and affordable plumber? If so, please share!

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Gunshots

Anyone hear gunshots around Fullerton and Pulaski? About 15 min ago?

3 days ago

3 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Are landlords required to fix cracked windows?

One of my inside storm windows just developd a huge crack in it. Not sure how, maybe the cold? I'm in an owner occupied building so RLTO does not apply in the same way. Is the landlord required to fix this?

  • RaleighsMa Not fauxraged but may contain typos.

    Annnnnd...getting back to the question....

    Generally, it is the landlord's responsibility to fix it but can fix it and charge you if it can be proven that you broke it (and the landlord even wants to bother with reimbursement). (I would venture to guess your lease doesn't obligate you to...

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    Annnnnd...getting back to the question....

    Generally, it is the landlord's responsibility to fix it but can fix it and charge you if it can be proven that you broke it (and the landlord even wants to bother with reimbursement). (I would venture to guess your lease doesn't obligate you to fix such things, especially in an owner occupied.)

    Your obligation is to advise your landlord. Email if you have it or call and follow up with a letter. However you do it, let your landlord know ASAP that there's damage so s/he can address it.

    Unless it's an emergency situation, I would advocate against doing any handyman fixes yourself. You may cause additional damage or even injury. Let the landlord know so s/he has the chance to fix it or hire someone who can.

  • future alderman future alderman

    why can't you just go up or down-stairs to talk to them?

Jan 02

Updated 4 days ago

"do you speak english?" scam at armitage and calf. BP

awww. i hoped so much that it wasn't a scam, but it was. two days before xmas, frantic woman in a van, waves me over (i am gassing up at opposite pump) 'do you speak english?" yes. "thank god." story about dying dad in hospital, tank on e, needs gas, let me take your number and i'll pay you back. blah blah blah. i swiped my card for her on the pump and left. i knew it was probably a...

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awww. i hoped so much that it wasn't a scam, but it was. two days before xmas, frantic woman in a van, waves me over (i am gassing up at opposite pump) 'do you speak english?" yes. "thank god." story about dying dad in hospital, tank on e, needs gas, let me take your number and i'll pay you back. blah blah blah. i swiped my card for her on the pump and left. i knew it was probably a scam. thought, if she just charges the 30 bucks she really needs to get somewhere, it's legit. if she fills it up to 60, it's a scam. well, charge card showed 59 bucks. tonight, day after new years day, another woman (different, yet could have been the first one's mom- both were equally frantic and articulate...i admire their rehearsal skills if nothing else)in a suv waves me over (i'm on foot this time, but same gas station at calf and armitage.) "do you speak english -- thank god." same EXACT script. her mother's in northwestern, card is over-extended, blah blah blah. i guess word got around that it worked, so the scammers are working it. so adjust your need to respond (if any) accordingly. (by the way, i gave the second scammer the loose bills in my purse. it's a REALLY cold day, and she took the time to give me an education. that's always appreciated.)

  • If you were to tell the collection agencies/lawyers that this is your number now & to remove you from their call list that usually works. I had a similar situation with a phone number.

  • I keep a VoIP “land line” for unwanted calls. I never answer it unless it’s a known number in the caller ID. Well worth the $10 a month for the Ooma line. This is also the number I use for my primary number with grocery store rewards cards, etc. since I’m sure they sell the info. The scammers can call all they want.

4 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

    Click here to support Rebuilding our home organized by Gerri Ann Victoria
    Last night on 01/15/18 my family and I were fortunate enough to make it out of our home along with our three dogs. There was a fire which destroyed our home. While we did not have renters insurance we understand that most things can be replaced.
    https://www.gofundme.com
  • Gerri Victoria My husband and I have lived in this area for 3...

    We were renters and our address was 3555 W Fullerton at Drake

  • Victor Perez small business owner

    quality assurance contracting services llc
    312-885-1719
    I can help you rebuild your home.
    Im glad you all are safe including rescue people

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

German shepherd dog sighted in alley 2100 block N Whipple.

Two of my neighbors have seen a German Shepherd alone in our alley (east side 2100 block N Whipple), one tonight, one last night. Anybody missing their dog?

Jan 12

Updated 5 days ago

Missing cat - dark grey, adult

We had movers come today and one of our two cats got out. Fixed male, about 3 years old, dark grey, name is Aldo. 1700 block of Monticello. He’s not used to being outside. Please contact if you see or have him!

5 days ago

Jan 12

Updated 5 days ago

Vacant Land

I would like to touch base with the owner of a vacant piece of land near our home. Google maps gave me the address for this piece of land, and I found a name associated with ownership for that address via a website that is not an official city of Chicago website.

In looking up the address on the city of Chicago website's tax portal, I can't find the owner's mailing address to reach out to him - or even...

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I would like to touch base with the owner of a vacant piece of land near our home. Google maps gave me the address for this piece of land, and I found a name associated with ownership for that address via a website that is not an official city of Chicago website.

In looking up the address on the city of Chicago website's tax portal, I can't find the owner's mailing address to reach out to him - or even a pin number for the address (the message I get is, "No records have been found for this property location. Please try again."). I can't even verify the name I have is the accurate name of the land owner.

Has anyone run into a situation like this? Do you have suggestions for how I might touch base with the land owner? The land is NOT city owned, as verified by the Alderman's office. Thanks in advance for any help.

  • You're welcome Krisi! Good luck.

  • Maplewood John Life-long Chicagoan

    In normal cases, new construction is not permitted on (and parking cars is not permitted on) land under which the subway runs.
    Costly engineering survey/analysis work might be required, before the CTA real estate Department could evaluate/ make a decision on /recommendation on any proposed lease. Good luck.

5 days ago

Friends of the Logan Square Library needs YOU!

Did you know that there were 96.5 million attendees at public library programs in 2013, more than all Major League Baseball and NBA games combined!?

Dear neighbors,

We know you love Logan Square as much as we do, that's why we're looking for folks to join us in planning community events at the library throughout the year! 

Through programs, fun events and commitment, our Friends group enhances the community’s quality of life and learning through the neighborhood library.

We're looking for...

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Did you know that there were 96.5 million attendees at public library programs in 2013, more than all Major League Baseball and NBA games combined!?

Dear neighbors,

We know you love Logan Square as much as we do, that's why we're looking for folks to join us in planning community events at the library throughout the year! 

Through programs, fun events and commitment, our Friends group enhances the community’s quality of life and learning through the neighborhood library.

We're looking for volunteers to make a commitment to the well-being of their community. Convinced yet? Join us on Thursday, February 1, 6:30pm-8pm at the Logan Square Library; we'll be in the Children's Section.

Can't make the meeting? Consider donating to our GoFundMe account so we can bring you and your community the programming it deserves: https://www.gofundme.com/LibraryFriends

Hope to see you there!

Your Friends of the Logan Square Library

Jan 11

Updated 6 days ago

New Restaurant + Outdoor Patio for 3000 Fullerton @ Sacramento nw corner

Vacant corner 3000 W Fullerton at Sacramento will have new restaurant with outdoor patio. Lot was former used auto sales and garage. https://chicago.everyblock.com/building-permits/jan09-permit-issued-renovation-alteration-8464246/
Issue date January 9, 2018. Estimated value $340,000
Application number 100731105. Work type Renovation / alteration
Reconfiguration of a building's interior or exterior. Description C2-2 CONSTRUCT A ONE STORY RESTAURANT PER PLANS. WITH OUTDOOR PATIO (AT GRADE)

Aug 12 2014

Updated 6 days ago

Upgrade water service on rehab

Has anybody been told they need to replace the water pipe from their home to the city service. I was just informed of this requirement and nobody can point me to the actual code reference. Also, drainlayer/contractor pricing is very hard to find. Any help/advice would be appreciated.

  • I too am looking to get a water main line installed at 1.5" in my 3 flat. I need the line from the main to the B-box and the line from the b-box to the house. Water main is on my side of the street thank god. I just called Terry for a Quote and will fill everyone in on his price. I already received a $14k quote from Mario Roque at Escamilla plumbing and a $16,900 quote from Apex Plumbing. Hopefully Terry can come under them all.

  • By the way, in case its hard to follow we are in January of 2018.

Jan 14

Updated 6 days ago

Bucktown - Church bells ringing all night long

Hi All - Does anyone have any insight into the church bells going off every hour the past few nights?

6 days ago

Jan 13

Updated 6 days ago

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-ride-share-driver-stabbed-20180112-stor

Police: Ride-share driver stabbed in Logan Square - 2700 Block of N. Sacramento

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    part 1 of 2

    well, big, i have lived here, in the same location, for 40+ years.

    when i came here logan blvd itself was peaceful (tho Kedzie blvd and Wrihgtwood w of the square were the badlands) - but people who walked even 1 block n or s of...

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    part 1 of 2

    well, big, i have lived here, in the same location, for 40+ years.

    when i came here logan blvd itself was peaceful (tho Kedzie blvd and Wrihgtwood w of the square were the badlands) - but people who walked even 1 block n or s of logan put their lives on the line because it was a shooting gallery with scumbanger corner boys peddling their poison on street corners and gang signs tagged on the fronts of buildings, and of course up and down the alleys.

    with investment, the scum were driven further away (score one for gentrification!) ... but never out. they were always there. they are always there.

    so sure, if there's no gunfire outside your front door don't worry about it, big. if armed robberies and armed assaults are not occurring on or around your block then h3ll - don't give it a second thought. and even if they are, big, you are free to ignore them, secure in the solitude of your own home.

    the people who post here (and who should also be dialling 911) do not do so to boast. what an insult to them to suggest that is their motivation.

    they post here and elsewhere as a Neighborhood Alert to let others know what is happening, where, when, and how often.

    my point is that social media postings are not enough. this increasing level of gun violence on OUR streets requires us to take an activist approach to the problem. march. protest. make our voices heard. city hall and CPD HQ respond to that when it's on the 10 o'clock news.

    and yes, it is increasing and it is spreading to parts of the community that have been peaceful for 30 years.

    (con't.)

  • Gil Jimenez Private Investigator; IL concealed carry trainer

    part 2 of 2

    there are 2 ways to boil a lobster:

    1) drop a live one into a pot of boiling water. it will thrash around and make a fuss because it knows it is in jeopardy. this is the equivalent of moving to the area around 69th and...

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    part 2 of 2

    there are 2 ways to boil a lobster:

    1) drop a live one into a pot of boiling water. it will thrash around and make a fuss because it knows it is in jeopardy. this is the equivalent of moving to the area around 69th and Paxton or Roosevelt and Sacramento - two particularly lethal locations. from the moment you park there, you know you are in the wrong place if safety is of concern to you. i know this because i have worked those areas - in the middle of the night.

    2) but drop the lobster into a pot of cold water and turn up the heat - it gets cooked without ever knowing what happened. this is the equivalent of living in LS. this is the equivalent of thinking the situation isn't an imminent danger, whatever is going on will go away, and it's not on your doorstep so why should i worry.
    so, big, if you want to stick your head in the sand, that's your choice to make.

    but i love LS. i care dearly about my neighbors. i know, understand, and have studied crime patterns city-wide for decades. the street shootings in LS have increased over the past 12-18 months. moreso over the past 8 months - just as they have become more brazen. the most recent ones have nothing to do with us - they are warring scumbanger factions and we are just caught in the middle.

    it is a trend.

    and since even a handgun bullet can travel through open space for up to a mile - perhaps 1/4 mile in a dense city environment - no one who ever HEARS gunfire should EVER feel safe. if you can HEAR a shot then it CAN reach you.

    i want my neighbors to realize that and to start raising holy h3ll NOW before the water in this pot gets any warmer.

    and if you don't like what i have to say, just mute me, because i will not stop saying it until people wake up.

Jan 16

Updated 6 days ago

Logan Square fire displaces several, including kids

...left several people displaced, including children.Flames and smoke tore through a building in the 3500-block of West Fullerton Avenue, which had stores on the first floor and apartments in the floors above.Several people...

    Logan Square fire displaces several, including kids
    Today's Top Stories WATCH NOW TOP VIDEOS A fire that broke out Monday night on Chicago's Northwest Side left several people displaced, including children. Flames and smoke tore through a building in the 3500-block of West Fullerton Avenue, which had stores on the first floor and apartments in the floors above.
    http://abc7chicago.com

  • Is there a go fund me or any way we can help? Which building was it?

  • It's two buildings down from the Double on Fullerton. We were there last night and the whole place filled with smoke. There were possibly 8 fire trucks.

Jan 12

Updated 6 days ago

    Candidate for Illinois attorney general robbed at gunpoint
    A candidate running for Illinois Attorney General was robbed at gunpoint while he was taking promotional photos for his campaign Thursday afternoon in the Northwest Side ward where he's also the Democratic committeeman, according to his campaign manager and authorities.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Jan 15

Updated 6 days ago

1900 blk Mozart

9:30 pm, about 5-6 shots fired, then police activity. Anyone know what’s up?

  • I live on Mozart and heard a woman at the end of the block speaking with the cops. She said they looked outside after hearing the shots and saw 4 people running down Mozart towards Armitage. I think she was also describing a dark sedan driving by but didn't say it was speeding away or anything. Best bet, at this point, seems to be a gang-related shooting.

  • Rwm

    gang bangin' when it's 15 deg out... the lunacy knows no bounds!

Jan 16

Chicago’s top tattoo shop is hosting an animal rescue benefit this weekend!

This Saturday and Sunday is the third INK FUR LIFE animal rescue benefit at Insight Studios (voted “Best Tattoo Shop” by TimeOut Chicago several years running)! All tattoos and piercings done at Insight this weekend will raise desperately needed funds for Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control. Last November’s IFL was the most successful rescue benefit in Insight’s 13yr history, so come early, come often! Questions? Kaia@FCACC.Org

Jan 16

Chicago’s top tattoo shop hosting animal rescue benefit this weekend!

Friends! Neighbours! Countrymen! This weekend, Insight Studios (voted “Best Tattoo Shop” by TimeOut Chicago several years running) will host the third INK FUR LIFE tattoo/piercing benefit! Last November’s IFL was the most successful rescue fundraiser in its 13yr history so come early, come often! All tattoos and piercings purchased this weekend raise desperately needed funds for Chicago’s neediest animals!

Jan 03

Updated Jan 15

Sell by owner

Has anyone ever sold their Chicago home without a realtor? If you have and are willing to shoot me a message to answer some questions, I would really appreciate it.

Thanks!

  • Hi Phillip - I appreciate your comments on this thread. Your email settings seem to be disabled, but I’d love to talk to you more. I believe mine are enabled, would you please send me a message so we can talk more? Thank you!

  • Hi Krisi, call me . 773-590-6272
    I mentioned my commission would be much less .
    Thanks

Jan 12

Updated Jan 15

Peoples Gas Pricing | Survey

Hey Loganites-

I get a monthly email comparing my gas usage with similar homes to ours. Apparently, we are super inefficient compared to homes of similar size. We live in a north facing, late 19th-century brick cottage home with radiate heat. Most of the home is original, as there is no real insulation between the brick and the original plaster. Windows are fairly new and our house is around 1900 square feet. Our December bill came in around $270.

What are you gas bills? Thanks!

  • nearthehighway Logan Square resident since 2002

    you can rent a infrared thermometer with a screen that will show you all the 'cold spots' in your house. Its pretty cool! It becomes very clear where your problems are.

  • I pay to heat 3 residential units (don't ask why) and I am always surprised when I get those usage letters telling me how well (or not) I am doing compared to my neighbors. According to those, I must leave the front door open on one unit and hardly heat the others!!! Neither of which is true so I am also curious as to how they make their comparisons...by the way, I keep my house at 68 in the day and 60 at night.

Jan 15

Jan 15

At Least 18 People Wounded in Weekend Shootings

In the 2300 block of North Lawndale at approximately 9:19 p.m., a 24-year-old man was parking his car when an occupant in another vehicle opened fire. The victim was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition with a gunshot wound to his back, police said.

This article has 6 other Chicago locations (Show)

On Friday evening, two teens were shot in the 9300 block of South Colfax just before 9 p.m., police said. The victims were walking down a sidewalk when a dark colored sedan pulled up and one of the occupants opened fire, striking both.

Early Saturday morning, three people were shot at a party in the 3900 block of West Arthington. The shooting occurred just after 4 a.m., and no one is in custody according to authorities.

A 38-year-old man was shot in the back while standing on a sidewalk in the 4700 block of West Huron at approximately 9 p.m. The man was approached by another man, who opened fire. The victim is in serious condition at Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.

At a party in the 900 block of West 114th Place, a 19-year-old man was shot in the right arm at approximately 1:30 a.m. The man was taken to Christ Hospital in stable condition, police said.

A 27-year-old man was sitting in the drive-thru of a restaurant in the 1400 block of West 47th Street at approximately 4:39 a.m. when he was shot in the left armpit. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition, police said.

A 16-year-old boy suffered gunshot wounds to his body while sitting in a car in the 6700 block of North Hermitage, police said. The boy was shot when an unknown man walked up to the car and opened fire. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital in stable condition, police said.

    At Least 18 People Wounded in Weekend Shootings
    Over the holiday weekend, 18 people have been shot and wounded across the city of Chicago, according to police. In the city's most recent shooting, a 25-year-old man was shot in the 12300 block of South Union just after 6
    https://www.nbcchicago.com

Jan 12

Updated Jan 13

Logan Square forgotten waterfall: Olson Rug Company Park (Diversey @ Pulaski)

4000 W Diversey at Crawford Road (Pulaski). A Logan Square resident saved iron bridge at top of Olson Falls from scrap yard when the park was torn down in late 1970s.
http://forgottenchicago.com/columns/northwest/olson-waterfall/

    Olson Waterfall | Forgotten Chicago | History, Architecture, and Infrastructure
    by Daniel Pogorzelski Those growing up in the Jefferson Park area, like so many Chicagoans who grew up on the Northwest Side, have fond memories of the Olson Rug Park and Waterfall. Just a stone's throw from Kosciuszko Park and St.Hyacinth Basilica in Avondale, Mr. Walter E.
    http://forgottenchicago.com
  • Could there be a more appropo sentiment:

    from Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi:

    Don't it always seem to go
    That you don't know what you've got til its gone
    They paved paradise
    And put up a parking lot…

    My business was a 20 year tenant in the building immediately north...

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    Could there be a more appropo sentiment:

    from Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi:

    Don't it always seem to go
    That you don't know what you've got til its gone
    They paved paradise
    And put up a parking lot…

    My business was a 20 year tenant in the building immediately north of the parking lot that was once the Olson Park and Waterfall. At the time of the waterfall that building (2850 N Pulaski designed by Alfred S. Alschuler) was the ILG Electric Ventilating Company of Chicago. It closed in 1990 or 1992. At the same time as the construction of the waterfall and park Mr ILG bought land in NIles in 1934 to create a park for his employees and built the Leaning Tower at 6300 W. Touhy. The family later donated some of the land and the tower to the YMCA. The Y deeded it to the Village of Niles and the Village recently refurbished it. It would be interesting to know if there is any records of interviews with Mr. Olsen and Mr. ILG discussing their two highly unusual public spaces.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaning_Tower_of_Niles

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    I too remember the Olson Rug waterfall.When Marshall Fields took the building over ,they removed it to make a parking lot.

Jan 13

At Least 11 Shot In Chicago So Far This Weekend

...year-old was sitting in a parked vehicle about 9:20 p.m. in the 2300 block of North Lawndale when someone inside the vehicle fired shots, police said. The man was taken to Stroger...

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...man was sitting in a drive-through lane about 4:40 a.m. in the 1400 block of West 47th Street when he heard shots and felt pain, according to Chicago Police. He was taken to...

Less than 40 minutes earlier, three people were seriously wounded in a shooting in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. Someone fired shots at a party at 4:05 a.m. in the 3900 block of West Arthington, striking three people, police said.

...19-year-old man was attending the party about 1:30 a.m. in the 900 block of West 114th Place when a male shot him in the right arm, police said. He was taken to...

About 20 minutes earlier, another man was shot in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. A 28-year-old man was shot in the lower back while in the 4700 block of West Huron, according to Chicago Police. He took himself to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.

...old man and a 17-year-old boy were walking on the sidewalk in the 9300 block of South Colfax when someone fired shots from a dark-colored sedan, police said. They were both taken...

    At Least 11 Shot In Chicago So Far This Weekend
    (CBS) - At least 11 people have been wounded by gunfire across Chicago since the start of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. The most recent shooting happened early Saturday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side. A 27-year-old man was sitting in a drive-through lane about 4:40 a.m.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com

Jan 13

13 wounded in city shootings, including three in West Side attack

...the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest Side. He was parking his car in the 2300 block of North Lawndale Avenue when someone fired at him from a vehicle, police said. The man was taken to...

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The three were shot around 4 a.m. Saturday while at a gathering in the 3900 block of West Arthington Street in the Lawndale neighborhood, police said.

He heard shots and felt pain around 4:40 a.m. while at the restaurant in the 1400 block of West 47th Street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. The man was taken to Stroger Hospital where his condition was stabilized.

The teens, a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man, were walking on the sidewalk in the 7500 block of South Stony Island Avenue when someone in a dark-colored sedan fired shots at them, police said.

• A 19-year-old man was shot in the arm around 1:30 a.m. Saturday while attending a party in the 900 block of West 114th Street in the Far South Side’s Morgan Park neighborhood, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where his condition was stabilized.

• A 38-year-old man was seriously injured in a shooting in the 4700 block of West Huron Street in the West Side’s West Garfield Park neighborhood around 9 p.m. The man was shot in the lower back and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition.

...not available, suffered a gunshot wound to the hand around 3 p.m. in the 6600 block of South Claremont Avenue in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. She was taken to an area...

...Around 12:25 p.m., a 21-year-old man was shot in the 3200 block of West Evergreen Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said. He was shot in...

    Man shot in Humboldt Park neighborhood
    A 21-year-old man was shot in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side early Friday afternoon, police said. The man was in the 3200 block of West Evergreen Avenue about 12:25 p.m. when he was shot in the chest and right side, according to a police media notification.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Jan 13

8 wounded in city shootings

He was parking his car in the 2300 block of North Lawndale Avenue when someone fired at him from a vehicle, police said.

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The teens, a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man, were walking on the sidewalk in the 7500 block of South Stony Island Avenue when someone in a dark-colored sedan fired shots at them, police said.

Another person was shot shortly before 3 p.m. in the 6600 block of South Claremont Avenue in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.

The man was in the 3200 block of West Evergreen Avenue about 12:25 p.m. when he was shot in the chest and right side, according to a police media notification.

    Man shot in Humboldt Park neighborhood
    A 21-year-old man was shot in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side early Friday afternoon, police said. The man was in the 3200 block of West Evergreen Avenue about 12:25 p.m. when he was shot in the chest and right side, according to a police media notification.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

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