3 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Plumber Recommendations

I live in a 5 story 1920s condo building with 10 units. There are a total of 4 plumbing riser stacks (galvanized) in the building. We have these risers routed out every year. Our contractor is recommending we route the risers twice a year now.

I am looking for recommendations for reputable plumbers with experience in vintage buildings. We are interested in getting professional opinions on such topics as:

1. Should we even be routing the pipes given their age and potential frailty?
2. Is power flushing a better option to routing?
3. What is remaining useful life and potential approaches to replacement?

Thanks much for any and all suggestions!

  • KJA

    Lorie, Jack, and Roger -- thank you for the input. Interesting perspective on the garbage disposals; we do allow them. I will research history on clogging (I have been in the building less than a year). Apparently we have been using Madden Plumbing for all the work.

  • Good Morning,
    Please call Rae Lynn at Power Plumbing & Sewer Contractor, Inc. I will be happy to assist you and offer you some information to help you.
    Thank You,
    Rae Lynn Piccioli
    Power Plumbing & Sewer Contractor, Inc.
    3840 N. Ashland Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60613
    773-248-9574

8 hours ago

8 hours ago

srboisvert posted 1 photo to Flickr:

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533 W Barry Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 posted 1 photo to Fotella:

32 hours ago

May 09

Updated 2 days ago

Deadline Announced for Appealing Your Property Taxes in Chicago’s Lake View Township for 2018

You can appeal directly with the Cook County Assessor via their website. However, unless you have thoroughly researched comparable properties (aka “comps” – the most similar homes to yours), you may only win a reduction of hundreds of dollars while foregoing a reduction in the thousands.

We use Kensington Research & Recovery (http://www.kensington-research.com) to appeal our property taxes and are very happy with them. If you want to see how much they could save you, they offer a free assessment...

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You can appeal directly with the Cook County Assessor via their website. However, unless you have thoroughly researched comparable properties (aka “comps” – the most similar homes to yours), you may only win a reduction of hundreds of dollars while foregoing a reduction in the thousands.

We use Kensington Research & Recovery (http://www.kensington-research.com) to appeal our property taxes and are very happy with them. If you want to see how much they could save you, they offer a free assessment of how much your property taxes may be reduced based on up to five comps for your home. There is no obligation to use Kensington to appeal your property taxes following the estimate.

Whether or not you appeal yourself or use Kensington – just make sure you appeal or you are sure to pay more than your fair share!

3 days ago

4 days ago

FREE Coffee at Stan’s Donuts on Friday in Chicago

Lakeview – 3300 N. Broadway, 773-883-4764 & 2800 N. Clark St., 773-868-0173

This article has 7 other Chicago locations (Show)

Wicker Park – 1560 N. Damen Ave., 773-360-7386

Streeterville – 259 E. Erie St. Suite 100, 312-255-1130

Lakeview – 3300 N. Broadway, 773-883-4764 & 2800 N. Clark St., 773-868-0173

East Roosevelt – 26 E. Roosevelt Road, 312-834-0700

Mag Mile – 535 N. Michigan Ave., 312-955-3100

West Loop – 1301 W. Lake St., 312-285-2148

Millennium Park – 181 N. Michigan Ave., 312-729-5480

    FREE Coffee on Friday in Chicago
    Take advantage of "Free Coffee Day" at Stan's Donuts eight city locations and one in Oakbrook and get a FREE cup with no purchase necessary, but we know you are going to buy a donut, because you can't go to Stans and not come out with a donut.....
    http://chicagofree.info

4 days ago

5 days ago

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    REVISION TO PERMIT #100746508 TO REBUILD PORCHES #2,3,4,5 WITH STEEL AND LICENSED GC. MFW ENTERPRISES . PORCHES #1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 TO BE REBUILT WITH WOOD AND 9 SEPARATE GC. PER. PERMIT 100621917

    449 W. Belmont Ave. Issued May 15, 2018 Comment
  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    REVISION TO PERMIT 100621917 TO REBULD PORCHES #1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 WITH WOOD AND LICENSED GC FRACKIEL BUILDERS INC.PORCHES #2,3,4,5, TO BE REBUILT WITH STEEL AND SEPARATE GC. PER PERMIT #100746508

    449 W. Belmont Ave. Issued May 15, 2018 Comment

5 days ago

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5 days ago

Get free coffee and a chance to win a new bike at Stan's Donuts this Friday

3300 N. Broadway, 773-883-4764

This article has 7 other Chicago locations (Show)

1560 N. Damen Ave., 773-360-7386

259 E. Erie St. Suite 100, 312-255-1130

2800 N. Clark St., 773-868-0173

26 E. Roosevelt Road, 312-834-0700

535 N. Michigan Ave., 312-955-3100

1301 W. Lake St., 312-285-2148

181 N. Michigan Ave., 312-729-5480

    Get free coffee and a chance to win a new bike at Stan's Donuts this Friday
    Stan's Donuts & Coffee has partnered with Passion House Coffee Roasters on two custom roasts. To celebrate, they're giving guests free coffee at all nine Stan's locations Friday, May 18, as well as a chance to win a new bike.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

6 days ago

May 13

Updated May 15

Screaming last night

Does anyone know what was going on last night around 4:00am on the corner of Racine and Roscoe? Hoping that everyone is okay!

May 14

srboisvert posted 1 photo to Flickr:

May 14

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May 13

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    EXIST.3 STORY W/BSMT MASONRY BLDG.-REMOVE EXIST.SHINGLES ON ENTIRE ROOF-INSTALL NEW 15LB FELT,ICE/WATER SHIELD-INSTALL NEW 30YR ARCH.SHINGLES. PERMIT TO COVER CORNER BLDG.@555-61 W BRIAR PL/3125-35 N BROADWAY, CHICAGO

    561 W. Briar Pl. Issued May 11, 2018 Comment

May 12

Fire in roscoe village early saturday

I was leaving town at 5:30 am on Saturday morning and saw the smoke and fire trucks rushing to scene. Praying everyone is ok. Anyone knows what happened?

May 12

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    REVISION TO PERMIT # 100746548 TO CHANGE GC TO PKS CONSTRUCTION INC, PLUMBING CONT TO ASAP REMODELING SERVICES, INC. & HVAC CONT TO AIRLAB COMPANY

    3149 N. Broadway Issued May 10, 2018 Comment

May 10

Updated May 11

    Sushi Mura officially closed, TOD development coming
    Southport Corridor - Chicago, Illinois. Sushi Mura officially closed, TOD development coming
    http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com
  • Is it just me or does it seem these TODs are putting many mom and pop businesses out of biz!
    Sushi Mura now and soon Rise sushi will close as well to make way for new construction.
    These new developments don’t seem to be cost efficient for independently owned businesses that used to make Southport a quaint cool street for neighborhood businesses.
    Am I missing something here?

  • Hi there Ellen. I share the same concerns as you when it comes to the loss of mom and pop stores in our neighborhood. I do want to point out that the cost of rent can actually be cheaper for retailers in a TOD than a building that requires more...

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    Hi there Ellen. I share the same concerns as you when it comes to the loss of mom and pop stores in our neighborhood. I do want to point out that the cost of rent can actually be cheaper for retailers in a TOD than a building that requires more parking.

    With a TOD, the developer has more rentable space than with a building with parking which does not have as much return on sq/ft. In turn they have less pressure to charge higher rents to make up the difference. I think Southport is losing mom and pop stores since national chains can pay more.

    The street is a victim of it's own success.

May 11

May 09

Updated May 10

Permit Parking

If you live on W. Belle Plaine from 1950-1901 please let me know if your interested in signing a petion for permit parking.

- both sides of the blocks have permit parking. Limiting parking on this block.

- there are businesses close that draw in non-residents that do park on our street limiting parking for residents.

- commuters via train or bus.

- Rib Fest. No service is provided during the rib fest to only allow residential parking on our block.

- Cubs game nights.

- construction.

Etc...

I have a petition ready to sign. I will also be posting signs on each door as well to contact me for this.

May 05

Updated May 10

Know a great Property Management Company?

I live in a 10 unit vintage (circa 1924) condo building. We are very unhappy with our property manager for too many reasons to list. Can anyone recommend a Property Manager who is responsive, proactive, and helpful in keeping an older building well maintained? Thanks!

  • I'm looking for a couple of guys willing to get under a crawl space and clean it out, level it out and put down plastic for vapor barrier. There's some cinder blocks thrown under there, uneven dirt.

  • Meg, great reply. Nice to see you not blow a gasket over getting responses that veer from your direct request or that don’t quite get you to the next step. Most people over here lose it when that happens and it turns into a free for all.

    Let us know...

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    Meg, great reply. Nice to see you not blow a gasket over getting responses that veer from your direct request or that don’t quite get you to the next step. Most people over here lose it when that happens and it turns into a free for all.

    Let us know what you end up doing. Hysterical in regards to people not wanting to do anything. In my 7 unit, it’s me as a treasurer, the oldest guy in the building as President, and the next oldest guys (who are selling) doing it all. Beyond that the rest fall off the face of the earth. Scary thought. Can totally relate to your herding cats reference.

    Pullin’ for you, good luck. That 200k elevator special assessment ( insert crying emoji )

Apr 22

Updated May 10

Am I the only one who thinks the overnight parking ban on Halsted is ridiculous?

I try not to drive much, but I do occasionally and sometime driving makes sense because I'm not the closest to the neighborhood. I was probably within one minute of getting towed the other night. The signs are very confusing and on top of like 6 other different signs. Literally everywhere else in the entire city, it is known that any of the METERED street parking spots are free after a certain hour. I don't think many people are checking...

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I try not to drive much, but I do occasionally and sometime driving makes sense because I'm not the closest to the neighborhood. I was probably within one minute of getting towed the other night. The signs are very confusing and on top of like 6 other different signs. Literally everywhere else in the entire city, it is known that any of the METERED street parking spots are free after a certain hour. I don't think many people are checking for a separate sign since this is literally the only spot in the city where they have this. Most people just see the metered Park Chicago sign and see it's past 10pm or whatever and think alright it's fine to park here. The only thing that saved me from getting towed was I saw actual cops writing tickets and towing cars when I was walking away from my vehicle and was wondering why. Then I went back and saw the not prominent at all overnight parking ban signs right next to the metered signs. Is it really necessary to waste police resources on this? This is also the first time in this city I've seen actual cops writing parking tickets instead of meter maids. If the "Car parties" were such a big problem, all that is going to do is make people do the same thing on Broadway instead of Halsted. It's a nightlife district, people are going to be loud, there's no stopping that.

  • d3 NoHo

    That's not a problem unique to Halsted though. Uber and Lyft are making this entire city congested. If only we had some sort of regulated transportation....

  • I was just in Boystown this past weekend & not only was I towed ($170 cash) but also hit with a $100 ticket under my windshield wiper once I got my car back. I agree with you & Ed H especially about making the signs more prominent. I parked right...

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    I was just in Boystown this past weekend & not only was I towed ($170 cash) but also hit with a $100 ticket under my windshield wiper once I got my car back. I agree with you & Ed H especially about making the signs more prominent. I parked right by Sherman Williams, paid my couple bucks to have my car covered til 10pm; didn't even see the towing sign til way later when the towing guy pointed it out down the street! A lesson learned the hard way, that's for sure.

May 10

Korean mom-and-pop Moccozy serves bibimbap and more in their highest form

3333 N. Broadway

    Korean mom-and-pop Moccozy serves bibimbap and more in their highest form
    Lots of cultures find beauty in burnt rice. In Spain it's socarrat, the crispy layer of bomba that adheres to the paella pan. In Persia it's tahdig, the saffron-stained crust of basmati that scrapes up from the bottom of the pot.
    https://www.chicagoreader.com

Apr 30

Updated May 09

Super Friendly Tuxedo Cat missing

hello! my extremely friendly black and white male cat Myshkin is very curious and loves people. He's very interested in everyone's apartment and may have tried to follow you in. He's a long kitty with a lot of fur and a very fluffy tail--he also usually has a little bit of painless but noticeable build up under his right eye. We live on Barry right off of Clark, so he was probably somewhere within a few blocks of that. If anyone has seen him (or if he's made himself at home in your house), please let us know as soon as possible, we've been looking everywhere and are really worried. thank you!

  • Alma 1 Logan square

    Hi LjM, I'm sorry you feel that way. I know people have strong feelings about cats going outside, so I appreciate your perspective. We adore Myshkin and have tried keeping him inside because we know the risks as well. He was so unhappy when we did that we felt it...

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    Hi LjM, I'm sorry you feel that way. I know people have strong feelings about cats going outside, so I appreciate your perspective. We adore Myshkin and have tried keeping him inside because we know the risks as well. He was so unhappy when we did that we felt it was worse for him to be inside. We take him to the vet often, try to play with him as much as possible, and have a regular meal schedule for him. I understand why you feel that way, thanks for your input.

  • Laylasimicart artist selling off of Etsy

    What about getting your back porch, if you have one,glassed in so he can look outside.
    Also check out Jason Galaxy's website, he is a cat behaviorist and may have some good advice on how to keep your cat calmer, and more of an indoor cat.
    Jason Galaxy has his own show on The Animal Planet channel called, " My Cat From Hell".

May 09

May 08

Rainbow Cone, Pistachio Abduction among brews tapped for Illinois Craft Beer Week

•Marz Community Brewing -- 3630 S. Iron St., Chicago; 773-579-1935; marzbrewing.com. The Bridgeport taproom and kitchen opened in February. For ICBW, Marz and DryHop Brewers will release the collaboration Arnold Palmer Meets Dragon Lady at 5 p.m. May 21 at DryHop, 3155 N. Broadway in Chicago.

This article has 4 other Chicago locations (Show)

...that will be released at 6 p.m. May 22 at both Horse Thief Hollow, 10426 S. Western Ave. (773-779-2739), and Open Outcry, 10934 S. Western Ave. (773-220-7631...

...at both Horse Thief Hollow, 10426 S. Western Ave. (773-779-2739), and Open Outcry, 10934 S. Western Ave. (773-220-7631...

•Marz Community Brewing -- 3630 S. Iron St., Chicago; 773-579-1935; marzbrewing.com. The Bridgeport taproom and kitchen opened in February. For ICBW, Marz and DryHop Brewers will release the collaboration Arnold Palmer Meets Dragon Lady at 5 p.m. May 21 at DryHop, 3155 N. Broadway in Chicago.

•Steam Hollow Brewing Co. -- 450 Spruce St., Manteno; www.steamhollowbrewing.com. Construction has begun on the 10-barrel brewhouse and taproom expected to open this fall by Blane and Natalie White, U.S. Navy veterans and Manteno residents.

    Rainbow Cone, Pistachio Abduction among brews tapped for Illinois Craft Beer Week
    The craft beer business just keeps on chugging along, with the Southland seeing new developments in Mokena, Homewood, Tinley Park and beyond. With the arrival of Illinois Craft Beer Week (ICBW) May 18 to 25, many suburban breweries are taking part in the annual shindig while others are focused on simply brewing enough to finally open -- or stay open.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

May 07

Updated May 08

Looking for pet friendly one bedroom !

Hi all -

I know these posts are common, so I apologize in advance.

I’d much rather rent with private landlords more than brokers / large management companies as I haven’t had the best experience with them.

If any landlords have pet friendly one bedrooms available now - June please private message me.

Thank you!

  • I’m a real estate agent and would love to help find you a spot. As a renter there is no fee at all for my services. Let me know. Thanks!

  • sn

    Reside Living is great, been with them for 10yrs

May 08

May 07

The cool mom's guide to Chicago

131 N. Clinton St., 2108 N. Clark St., 3243 N. Broadway, 5229 S. Harper Ct., 773-868-4574

This article has 32 other Chicago locations (Show)

1531 N. Damen Ave., 773-235-4039

3640 N. Clark St., 773-857-7120

3455 N. Southport Ave., 773-883-2525

2829 W. Armitage Ave., 773-661-6452

1924 W. Chicago Ave., 773-645-4949

2200 W. Lawrence Ave., 773-433-5959

131 N. Clinton St., 2108 N. Clark St., 3243 N. Broadway, 5229 S. Harper Ct., 773-868-4574

131 N. Clinton St., 2108 N. Clark St., 3243 N. Broadway, 5229 S. Harper Ct., 773-868-4574

131 N. Clinton St., 2108 N. Clark St., 3243 N. Broadway, 5229 S. Harper Ct., 773-868-4574

1148 W. Monroe St., 312-265-0780

2184 N. Elston Ave., 312-944-7677

1809 W. Webster Ave., 773-251-1025

2040 N. Western Ave., 773-772-8411

1009, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park, 708-383-4815

1911 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-360-1720

3026 N. Ashland Ave., 773-248-3677

1930 W. Hubbard St., 312-281-7946

2630 W. Bradley Place, 773-588-7946

2864 N. Lincoln Ave., 2337 W. North Ave., 773-235-2665

2864 N. Lincoln Ave., 2337 W. North Ave., 773-235-2665

1911 W. Lake St., 1535 N. Dayton St., 2640 W. Bradley Place, 877-545-5457

1911 W. Lake St., 1535 N. Dayton St., 2640 W. Bradley Place, 877-545-5457

1911 W. Lake St., 1535 N. Dayton St., 2640 W. Bradley Place, 877-545-5457

5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., 1127 N. Oakley Blvd., 773-288-3815

5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., 1127 N. Oakley Blvd., 773-288-3815

5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., 1127 N. Oakley Blvd., 773-288-3815

1935 W. Division St., 312-458-5887

300 N. Central Park Ave., 312-746-5100

1000 W. 35th St., 773-823-9410

2226 N. Milwaukee Ave.

337 E. Randolph St.

2001 N. Clark St.

    The cool mom's guide to Chicago
    Just because you had a baby or two doesn't mean you want to give up the greatness that is exploring Chicago. "When I had my kid, I thought, 'Oh my God, I have to give up happy hour and all these cool things,'" said Mama Fresh creator and Chicago mom Jenny LeFlore (check out our interview with her here).
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

May 07

May 06

Updated May 06

Ordinance violations

Does anyone know if there is an ordinance violation regarding the moving of a metal garbage receptacle from its city placed spot to another one a block away. A person in my building doesn’t like that there is one placed on our corner (she thinks it attracts rats ). Last nite sometime after dark she rolled it down the street and placed it a block away. TIA!

  • d3 NoHo

    A dumpster or a black trash can on the street?

May 06

May 06

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