Updated 42 hours ago
Am looking for a reliable contractor to work on the a/c units in a two-flat. We have two a/c units and two high-efficiency furnaces; one contractor is telling us everything needs to be replaced but we are seeking other bids. If you've had a good experience with an HVAC contractor, any suggestions are welcome.
Updated Jun 14
I own a 3 flat in Logan Square and 2nd floor tenant wants deadbolt installed and french doors repaired (extent of damage is unknown).
I would like to find someone nearby who I could rely on for continuing, though infrequent, service.
Updated Jun 12
I have some siding peeling away from the side of my home. Any recommendations for siding repair?
Updated Jun 11
I have a couple small pet projects that require sewing. I have no skills in this area, but I expect the jobs would only require moderate skill (again, I have none). I would think probably a couple hours of work, I would drop off and pick up all materials. Willing to negotiate price.
If anyone is interested I can discuss specifics over private message (does EB have that?) or email
Jun 14 2017
Updated Jun 09
I need to install a small wrought iron fence and railing on a staircase in Logan Square.
Updated Jun 08
Anyone have any leads on some storefronts for rent? Preferably Logan Square / Humboldt Park?
There's barely anything on Craigslist and Loopnet. There is a ton with phone numbers but I thought I'd try here before going that exhausting route.
Updated Jun 05
I have been using Joe's Hardware for my glass purchases and window sash glazing since before I moved west of Western (and I have been here over 10 years). With them now closed, I need a new place to go.
Who do you use?
Hello, I just moved into the neighborhood and have a "sweating" wall. Looks like some condensation coming in from outside, however there are no pipes visible where this leak is. Landlady has no idea about a good plumber to call, so I'm trying to expedite myself. Any suggestions, good and bad are welcome. Thanks! Naranjito + K8
Updated Jun 02
We have a standard style Chicago 2 flat with the front brick balcony over the front porch. Even though we have the drain/gutters to get the water off when it rains (and it's not pooling up on the balcony - seemingly draining right off) it's still seeping through the bricks and dripping onto our front porch/front door, etc. Has anyone had this? Who did you use to fix it? Thanks!!
Updated May 27
Hello Neighbors - I'm looking for an honest and reliable company or repair person to fix some household appliances (refrigerator ice-maker and leaky washing machine). I appreciate all recommendations. The last folks I used seem to include a lot of extra charges. Thanks!
Updated May 26
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Updated May 22
We are a small import company who would like to expand into distribution. All we need is space in a certified warehouse. We don't need much space as we are a small company and this is mostly just for licensing purposes.
Updated May 21
Hi, neighbors! We sustained water damage from the heavy snow and a bad roof over the winter. We're just about done with our roof repairs. (Thanks to all the great recommendations on here, we went with Nyberg Exteriors and have been pleased with their service and professionalism.) Now that the roof is fixed, we need to get the interior drywall on a few ceilings and walls repaired/replaced and painted. Any recommendations from good, honest contractors (who are licensed and bonded)? We haven't been impressed with the ones recommended by our insurance company. Many thanks in advance!
Updated May 19
Any recommendation for freelance bookkeeper?
Updated May 15
Fellow EveryBlockers, can anyone recommend someone to handle painting and possibly a few repairs for a painted porch? I have a single family home and need a professional to repaint and possibly a replace a bit of the front porch, e.g., spindles. Recommendations of any professionals you have worked with will be much appreciated.
Updated May 14
Does anyone know of a sewer company or a plumber familiar with the sewer system in 100+ yr old buildings and where the gangway drain empties. The building shares a common wall with building next door and each gangway has a drain for rain/snow water runoff. Have had a camera line through main drains in both buildings showing no leaks, however there is some heaving in the basement floor of one of the buildings. Any ideas on how to proceed short of digging up the basement floor? Looking for someone who has had experience with old buildings.
Thanks for any help with this.
Updated May 14
I know there have been other threads but I wonder if this is 'specific'. (And I might need the whole roof 'treated' as well where they 'paint' the total-don't know what it is called.
Thanks for your help!
Updated May 12
Hi all, my hot water heater has been kind enough to warn me it's about to go. Got a quote for an EB-recommended plumber of $1500 for a 40g gas tank (another $460 to add on a booster valve, which I'm considering). Replacing valves but no need to move gas lines and we can use the existing venting - it is in a tight-fit area. Never done this before, sound about right? Not sure I have time to shop around....this is for a condo I will probably stay in another 2-5 years.
Updated May 11
Hi neighbors - I'm looking for recommendations for a hardscape/landscape company. Looking to do a complete makeover of the backyard. Thanks for your help!
Updated May 10
Hi! Can anyone recommend a good pest exterminator for an (old) 8 unit building? Some of us have ants in our units. We used terminix in the past but weren’t happy (they just sprayed around the edges...didn’t really look into the source of the ant problem). Thanks so much!!
Updated May 10
I understand mold is not something you want to wait to fix. State farm tells me no insurance company covers it. I asked them for a recommendation and they're all the way out in Wheeling, they call back in usually 1 business day. I'm going to do a search...was seeing if anyone out there had any experiences with mold removal companies good or bad (and pricing). (also under $40k home refinance). Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!!! Anyone get a referral from an Alderman before, maybe not a good idea.
Updated May 06
Looks like Azucar Bakery on Belmont/Kimball closed. I know they were having trouble with raising rent prices. Not sure Logan Square is going to be SO appealing to all the new high-rise dwellers without any restaurants, cafes and hip little shops to frequent.
Updated May 05
I took a beloved canvas backpack, a wedding gift 27 years ago, to Red Star Cobbler yesterday for shoulder strap and leather work repairs. I brought the replacement straps needed to restore my backpack. They texted today that it was repaired. 24 hour turn around time. The work was masterfully done. The stitching is perfect and the leather work matched perfectly. These aren't everyday shopkeepers, they're artists. The walls of this jewel of a boutique disguised as a shoe repair...
I took a beloved canvas backpack, a wedding gift 27 years ago, to Red Star Cobbler yesterday for shoulder strap and leather work repairs. I brought the replacement straps needed to restore my backpack. They texted today that it was repaired. 24 hour turn around time. The work was masterfully done. The stitching is perfect and the leather work matched perfectly. These aren't everyday shopkeepers, they're artists. The walls of this jewel of a boutique disguised as a shoe repair store are covered with restored shoes, mostly gym shoes, each more stunningly and lovingly restored to perfection.
Enter with respect and you'll be treated with respect.It's a bit of a hike from Logan Square but well worth the trip. Enjoy your visit and beautifully restored goods.
Red Star Cobbler
2550 West Division
Chicago, IL 60622
Updated May 01
Our house has a metal fence in the front, and wood fences on both sides of the house. We are looking to add a wood gate to both sides of the house, so that we can keep our dog in the backyard. We are looking to mimic the gate in the picture that our neighbors have.One of the sides would have to go through cement/sidewalk while the other is going into dirt/rocks.
Does anyone have a recommended company to use for this type of project?
Updated Apr 30
Anyone know details of the rehab project underway at the North Hotel on California, just north of North? For decades, its been a transient hotel and SRO. I had thought there was a SRO (single room occupancy) freeze in place in Chicago, to keep the largely low income and disabled residents who live in these type of buildings from being displaced. But the residents that were at the North Hotel are all gone, the windows have been papered over, and...
Anyone know details of the rehab project underway at the North Hotel on California, just north of North? For decades, its been a transient hotel and SRO. I had thought there was a SRO (single room occupancy) freeze in place in Chicago, to keep the largely low income and disabled residents who live in these type of buildings from being displaced. But the residents that were at the North Hotel are all gone, the windows have been papered over, and for more than a month, there's been dumpsters and construction going on. The first dumpster load was full of furniture; the latest is full of the plaster lathe and wire that was in the walls, so it is clear that the hotel is being gutted inside down to the studs. I can't imagine with its location between the park and the 606 that it is being rehabbed to house low-income folks. The posted permits show they are doing a non-structural rehab and that it is registered as a vacant building. Has anyone heard any details about this building and what it's going to be -- and how they got around the SRO freeze that I thought was in place?
Updated Apr 30
....closed temporarily, closed permanently, moving? Anyone know what's up?
Updated Apr 27
I need to replace my bathroom ventilation fan, the motor finally died after a couple of months of not working great but the light still works. Any recommendations on who I can hire to replace this? I'm not sure if the whole unit needs replacement or just the motor/fan part.
Updated Apr 27
Does anyone have an architect or engineer they’d recommend for drawings? I have a standard 2 car garage (8years old) and would like to add a deck above. I’ve had quotes from $10-30k and would like to save some $ by pulling my own permits. Or if someone has a GC who could handle it all and that is reasonable please message me info.
Updated Apr 27
We're looking for a small space in which we can do some light carpentry and painting during May, June, July, and most of August. We have liability insurance and can provide references.
Updated Apr 27
Thanks all for the recommendations in regards to the chimney! Thanks to your input I was able to find the right guy. We talked to 8 different companies with a wide range of quotes!
We are looking for recommendations to rebuild our porch. It will be in phases as we need to remove the cement block stairway, replace and repair the facia and the ubiquitous iron wrought rails and columns with something more period correct. Thank you in advance!
Updated Apr 25
I am clueless....any suggestions?