Jun 11

Updated 42 hours ago

HVAC contractor

Hello all,

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.

Thanks--

Jeff

  • Iain McFarlin Neighborhood bar manager

    I've had my best experiences with Freedom Heating & Cooling. They've worked with me on a few things.

    1.847.288.1788 ask for Pete.

  • Javy Humboldt Park- 1962

    Comfort zone hvac

    847-965-5122

    Family friend and had owned his own business for over 30 years. Very competitive pricing and work is top notch and would recommended to anyone

Nov 10

Updated Jun 14

Looking semi regular handyman

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.

Feb 19

Updated Jun 12

Vinyl Siding Repair needed

I have some siding peeling away from the side of my home. Any recommendations for siding repair?

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  • I tried last year to get someone to do repair work on my enclosed porches.. no one seemed interested in doing the job or if they did they wanted to charge a fortune. So I did some research watched some videos and ended up doing it myself...

    Good luck

Jun 05

Updated Jun 11

Looking for someone to do freelance sewing

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

  • kate www.shopsinkorswim.com

    Hi! I am very skilled in sewing. Bags, upholstery and soft goods. Message me if you are still in need. I'm near California and armitage

  • MT

    If you have an upholstery project , I would call Jeff at Chicago Upholstery School. He has lots of students, that are talented and would take on projects. I know at least two in the area, but don't have direct contact info.

Jun 14 2017

Updated Jun 09

Need Ornamental Iron Company

I need to install a small wrought iron fence and railing on a staircase in Logan Square.

Jun 06

Updated Jun 08

Storefronts for rent

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.

Thanks!

  • It's called the MLS (multiple listing service) but it is only available to brokers/agents. You'll need to talk to a leasing agent and bring your specifics (size/SF desired, type of uses, operating hours, etc).

    Retail leasing comes with many stipulations, this is why you must have a qualified agent to...

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    It's called the MLS (multiple listing service) but it is only available to brokers/agents. You'll need to talk to a leasing agent and bring your specifics (size/SF desired, type of uses, operating hours, etc).

    Retail leasing comes with many stipulations, this is why you must have a qualified agent to represent you. It's not like leasing an apartment, you need representation and someone qualified to review your lease IN DETAIL with you before you sign anything. There are clauses which limit what you can sell in some cases, what kinds of uses may be allowed in your spaces or what other spaces the LL may lease to in the future. Lots of little things to consider so it's not as simple as just finding a nice space. Do your homework, then do your due diligence, and hopefully find a great space to open a thriving business.

  • Iain McFarlin Neighborhood bar manager

    Theres 5 or 6 on Armitage just west of Pulaski. Newly gutted/redone as well. Only recently saw "for rent" signs with numbers on them.

Jun 04

Updated Jun 05

Window glazing retailer?

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?

  • I second Yu Hardware...excellent service and they put up with my stupid questions...I always learn a lot from them...enough to replace my own glass garage windows......and they are great at other items as well!

  • Mike Conover '90's HP block orginizing,CAPS- resident since '07

    My plumber enjoys working with "the chinaman", but I haven't been in the door there (just not convenient for me). I HAVE used Gilman's, and will do so more in the future. Thanks. My understanding is that the brother's cashed out of the building. great for them, and they deserve it, but too bad for the neighborhood.

Jun 04

In need of a plumber referral

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

May 29

Updated Jun 02

Leaking front brick balcony

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!!

  • It leaks right where the balcony attaches to the house... there's not an obvious leak - not sure if just doing some caulking along that line will help? But thanks for the rec Achilles, will have to check it out. We did have some tuckpointing done last year and I asked them about it but they never really did anything about it... Thanks!

  • Kate, if you don't mind please who did you use last? Doesn't sound like they were too conscientious.

Feb 01

Updated May 27

Appliance Repair

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!

  • Hi Bellhome- we used Bobby at The Fix-it guy. 773) 974-8735 We like him... he fixed our Ice-maker and then a couple months later fixed our dishwasher, which had kind of dual problem and he fixed the second for free (just charged for parts). He's knowledgable and a nice guy.

  • Tomorrow is another day Happy resident of North Park Village

    Ditto for The Fix-it Guy! Has repaired several appliances. When he fixed a washer, said we would need a new one when it went. When he says he has to get a part and will call when he gets it, he does. Says when he will be there, and he is. He is a guy I can work with, ask questions of, and explains what the problem is.

May 25

Updated May 26

    Lula Cafe Owner Collaborating With 'Indian-ish' Pop-Up Pair on New Logan Square Restaurant
    Chicagoans may know chefs Yoshi Yamada and Zeeshan Shah as the dynamic duo behind the unique and modern Indian food served over the years at their Bombay Breakdown pop-up series. The pair have big news: They're collaborating with Lula Cafe and Marisol chef-owner Jason Hammel on a new Logan Square restaurant.
    https://chicago.eater.com
  • any such name live, walk, & cook on the northwest side

    These chefs have been hosting pop ups at The Long Room (Irving Park & Ashland) - and another is happening soon, keep your eyes peeled for a taste of what's to come in this space!

  • Iain McFarlin Neighborhood bar manager

    Awesome, it would be great to have that one that corner.

May 19

Updated May 22

Closed

Que Lastima. 37 years. Wonder what's gonna replace it. Another "upscale" restaurant, or pricey cocktail bar?

  • Or will this in fact make her the greedy landlord now? Of course, she won’t be seeking to maximize rent. I’m sure she’ll rent to a non profit for below market rates.

  • I honestly can’t believe it was open for this long. The neighborhood has changed so much, in terms of demographics. I’ve been here for 24 years. I’m ready to move on as well.

May 21

Updated May 22

Looking for shared warehouse space

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.

  • G

    I know not exactly what you are asking for but I have a completely empty 2 car garage available.

  • You might look at The Plant - it's a shared warehouse space. It may not be for you because they do have a lot of expectations about sustainability, etc., but it might be worth looking into: http://plantchicago.org/

May 21

    Logan Square's New Boutique Hotel Will Incorporate Vintage Grace's Furniture Sign
    LOGAN SQUARE - Plans to convert the Grace's Furniture building into a boutique hotel are moving forward. Not only did scaffolding recently go up, but also the developers and local leaders, including Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th), intend to host a community meeting on the project in early June, according to a flier that has not been made public yet that includes a final rendering.
    https://medium.com

May 15

Updated May 21

Drywall repair and painting - recommendations?

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!

  • HumBo, I am looking for a guy to do some drywall work. In fact I emailed Slobo this morning, sounds like that wont work for me.However, Leo sounds like he could potentially be an option. Just wondering if he has a business website or anything. I like to do some digging around before cold calling. Did he have a business name?

    Thanks

  • MT

    Vicente Fernandez did work for us a few times and the drywall quality was great.
    773-818-1309

May 17

Updated May 19

Chicago Bookkeeper?

Any recommendation for freelance bookkeeper?

  • vjc gardener

    LOL! books and bees are my favorite things!!

  • :-) And look!!! I thought you were Vic - and now see your moniker is VJC.

    that's what comes of skimming and not reading what's in front of you. :-) Shame on me!

Jul 06

Updated May 15

Recommendation for Exterior / Porch Paint and Repair

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.

  • Hi there Megan,
    Peralta was a no go for us. Canceled on coming to quote twice before making it out and when finally did send a quote, it was more than 6 weeks later. I used Roberto Brass. ‭(779) 233-7830‬. Painting, repair, sod. He’s very reasonable in price too. Best of luck!

  • Thanks for the recommendation of above (and I sooo appreciate knowing about someone wasting my time...)

May 10

Updated May 14

Sewer drains in gangway

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.

  • Chrisbrown 25 year neighbor

    Most floors don't heave, the outer foundation and nearby floor goes downwards and the center of the floor stays where it is. Most drains, don't necessarily have anything standard, except they usually headed towards the main sewer either at a 90° or some type of 45°. Angled towards the Outlet...

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    Most floors don't heave, the outer foundation and nearby floor goes downwards and the center of the floor stays where it is. Most drains, don't necessarily have anything standard, except they usually headed towards the main sewer either at a 90° or some type of 45°. Angled towards the Outlet or the street. If there's an underground downspout drain nearby, it probably heads there, but that's rare in my opinion. A plumber that does a lot of rotting may have a better idea than me on this. Looking down the gangway drain and you can sometimes see the curve of the pipe and the direction that is heading and it's probably a straight line from there to the Sewer or Street.

  • Thinking about my previous post from this morning detailing "bedrock" being 7-8 feet below Sawyer Avenue, I got curious about the area's geology and found an Illinois State Geological Map: Surficial Geology of the Chicago Region: Chicago Loop Quadrangle published in 1939 covering the North Side from the lake west...

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    Thinking about my previous post from this morning detailing "bedrock" being 7-8 feet below Sawyer Avenue, I got curious about the area's geology and found an Illinois State Geological Map: Surficial Geology of the Chicago Region: Chicago Loop Quadrangle published in 1939 covering the North Side from the lake west to Cicero: http://isgs.illinois.edu/node/4856.

    There are 3 locations on the north side that have "thinly covered" Silurian Niagaran Dolomite Formations. These would be mounds of limestone (dolomite) just below the surface. One is in Logan Square bounded roughly by Kimball - Belden - St. Louis - McLean (2 streets west of the dig on Sawyer mentioned in my last post), a small spot runs a few hundred feet northeast from Hirsch & Spaulding in West Humboldt Park and a larger dome encompasses Smith Park (surprisingly a former quarry) along with an equally sized area south of Grand Avenue where there is a City of Chicago limestone quarry today. Contrast that to the Loop where it takes approximately 80 feet of digging to reach bedrock (the same dolomite limestone) to support the caissons under Loop high rises.

    Also of interest:
    On the same map the shoreline of ancient "Lake Chicago" (an expanded Lake Michigan) was drawn. In Logan Square around 4000 years ago the shore of "Lake Chicago" was a few blocks east and parallel to what is now Milwaukee Avenue. Amazing to think that the Native American trail, now known to us as Milwaukee Avenue, has been in use for over 4000 years!

    By the way, this has nothing to do with sewers, but might have relevance for drainage.

May 02

Updated May 14

Flat Roof...I have a leak in the front at the top.

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!

  • If you haven't got the repairs done yet please do call feldco brothers roofing there great 773-749-7875

  • Feldco is pricey!

May 10

Updated May 12

Is this a decent price for a hot water heater replacement?

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.

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    For appliances, I look at the consumer reports recommended, find the best price online, and find someone to match the price. If they carry the item, Best Buy will always match an online delivered price

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Have used ABT for 3 decades. Call for Mike Bracco. ABT sells and installs. If anything goes wrong, they service quickly.

May 09

Updated May 11

Looking for Hardscape/Landscape Design/Implementation Recommendations

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!

  • Mike New to the Neighborhood

    Thank you everyone for your input and recommendations!

  • Krisi N. If you stream Netflix, "Love Your Garden" and "Big Dreams Small Spaces" are a couple shows that might inspire & inform on the subject. We had a crew redo a small garden (14x30), reused existing plants and installed a handful of new. It was a full day of manual labor and it ran $1300.

May 07

Updated May 10

Pest exterminator

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!!

  • If the borax doesn't work I also agree with calling Rose.

  • LD

    i used logan square pest control once - very honest, they told me I didn't have a problem and didn't charge for showing up. I highly advise against orkin and terminix, it seems they're only concerned about snagging you as a contractual customer through hype (i called orkin once to...

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    i used logan square pest control once - very honest, they told me I didn't have a problem and didn't charge for showing up. I highly advise against orkin and terminix, it seems they're only concerned about snagging you as a contractual customer through hype (i called orkin once to describe a bug and I got a fast-talking saleperson advising me about what i needed Orkin to do to control my "roach infestation" without ever having seen my place - it was a freaking cricket). do you know what kind of ants you have? usually they are pretty easy to get rid of....unless they are carpenter ants (will find these under sinks/in the bathroom and may have wings). borax works great for all kinds of bugs and I've had luck with Terro products as well. Sweet ants usually don't require professional pest control and carpenter ants usually get in via a tree near/tangent to the house and usually also mean there is water damage somewhere in the building. they can do as much damage as termites. good luck!

May 07

Updated May 10

Anyone have mold problem possibly due to roof? Looking for recommendations!!! or small home loan

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.

  • Thank you for all the info Jen. Hope to never need the nugget but with a 100yo building, I'm encountering lots and lots of new challenges.

  • I 'feel your pain' Bellhome..but worth it in the end...

May 03

Updated May 06

Azucar Bakery Closes?

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.

  • BW-
    When I moved to the neighborhood 18 years ago, realtors told us the border of Logan/ Avondale was officially Belmont. Now some say it's Diversy. It depends on who you ask and I think DNA Info even took a poll once. Doesn't much matter to me, I'm loyal to both neighborhoods at this point

  • Tina in west LogSq LogSq resident for 14.7168 x 10^6 minutes

    Realtors love to make up neighborhood boundaries. I knew a guy who lived on California and Augusta, his realtor told him he was in west Bucktown. The Sociologists from the U of C invented the Chicago neighborhood map, they have three versions. Diversey is the northern boundary of LogSq. (fight...

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    Realtors love to make up neighborhood boundaries. I knew a guy who lived on California and Augusta, his realtor told him he was in west Bucktown. The Sociologists from the U of C invented the Chicago neighborhood map, they have three versions. Diversey is the northern boundary of LogSq. (fight me ;-))

    I do miss Logan Beach at times. What ever happened to Virginia?

    Dunlays never really fit in, their main store is on Clark and Wellington in East Lakeview. Half Italian was a gem during it's recent and brief time here. Those people worked long and hard in a tough business. Maybe the owners got a job offer with health insurance? Who knows?..... but the rent increase is always an easy reason. I think the Dill Pickle moving in up the street wasn't helpful.

    Parts and Labor, yeah I remember that place, it lasted a hot minute.

    I was disappointed to learn La Farnie closed. At least the Pickle sells decent baggette. I'm watching a new bakery open on Fullerton between CentralPk and Hamlin.

Dec 13

Updated May 05

Great experience with Red Star Cobbler

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...

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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
773-655-2652

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  • LimoD Logan Square 22 years!

    They mostly do fantastic work BUT if you have a deadline think twice about using them. I dropped off a pair of shoes with specific instructions as to when I needed them and they failed.

Apr 30

Updated May 01

Fence Company?

Hi!
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?

  • I recommend Porfi Iron Works for this. Giorgio is the owner and is very responsive and easy to work with. Pricing is quite good, too. Basically you would do an iron gate and then add wood to it. We used Porfi to do something quite similar for our side gate (visible from the street, if you wanted to take a look. I could send you the address offline)
    https://www.yelp.com/biz/porfi-iron-works-chicago

  • @Cori B - wonderful, appreciate your input! I will reach out to Giorgio regarding what I am looking for (you articulated what I needed better than I could, as well....so thank you!!) If you don't mind sending me the address offline, that'd be great to check it out.

Apr 29

Updated Apr 30

What's going on with the demolition at the old North Hotel?

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...

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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?

  • Earlier permits indicated the following: B3-1 - RENOVATION OF AN EXISTING 4-STORY, TYPE III-B, 66-UNIT SRO BUILDING TO PROVIDE 39 SRO UNITS PER PLAN. NO CHANGE FROM EXISTING A-2 USE. Sounds as if it will remain an SRO...but with larger units?

  • great information Brian. California 1622 LLC is listed owner since 2014 @ $1,750,000. Previous owner 2005 - 2014 was 1622 California Venture LLC. Property taxes very low as "partially vacant building" according to County Assessor.

  • That sounds good -- any idea how many units were there before? there are some pictures of the interior on yelp that make it look like a seedy 1940s time capsule...

Apr 28

Updated Apr 30

Logan Hardware Records...

....closed temporarily, closed permanently, moving? Anyone know what's up?

-J

  • This is a good lesson to all of you thinking about starting a business - bar, café, dry cleaners, etc.
    If you rent out the property, you will always be hoping for goodwill by the owner.

    If you don't want to be thrown out, rent increased out, etc then you should buy the property.

    I realize not everybody has the $$$ to buy their property, but maybe not everybody should open a business - especially in an area of appreciation.

  • Dang, might as well have moved out of state

Apr 25

Updated Apr 27

Replace bathroom ventilation fan/light combo - any recommendations?

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.

  • Com Ed has $25 rebate if you buy a quiet Energy Star fan/light (check their rebate list). Makes the price about the same as buying the cheap noisy one. But you may have to cut bigger opening and change the size of the duct. Many old fans have 3" duct and most new ones require 4". You also need to size the fan properly for the room.

  • The fan isn’t even that old, the building is newer, 2004 maybe. It’s a condo so changing ducts would definitely not be something I could do on my own. Thank you for info!

Apr 26

Updated Apr 27

Garage Rooftop Deck

Hello all,
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.
Thanks!

  • Ed in Bucktown Fifth Generation Lifelong Chicagoan

    Stop thinking you own your property. You need to be a TOD commercial developer if you want regulatory relief to use space for humans rather than cars.

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20151203/NEWS12/151129929/its-now-harder-to-get-that-garage-top-deck-approved

    From the article:
    "Before the change went into effect, a permit to add or to build a garage-top deck was probably one...

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    Stop thinking you own your property. You need to be a TOD commercial developer if you want regulatory relief to use space for humans rather than cars.

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20151203/NEWS12/151129929/its-now-harder-to-get-that-garage-top-deck-approved

    From the article:
    "Before the change went into effect, a permit to add or to build a garage-top deck was probably one of the less arduous and simpler permits to obtain...” [After the change] "The majority of the time, that means hiring a zoning lawyer, paying expediter and permit fees, and providing drawings and an updated survey at a cost of about $12,000"

    I applaud your desire to put capital into improving your part of the neighborhood and think that the city should bend over backward to help you do that. Those in city hall share a different opinion.

  • Jen Baron JBaron

    It's not impossible but the city has found a way to make BIG money off of roof decks. As Ed in Bucktown shares permits alone are costing $10K and up. Even the developers of new SF homes aren't adding them now unless buyers want to pay at minimum an extra...

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    It's not impossible but the city has found a way to make BIG money off of roof decks. As Ed in Bucktown shares permits alone are costing $10K and up. Even the developers of new SF homes aren't adding them now unless buyers want to pay at minimum an extra $20K on top of the sale price. Its a total scam and Ed says, the City really should be helping owners to be able to improve their properties. Instead, they are just taking advantage of what they see as a money making opportunity. So before you talk to roof deck builders, talk to the city first!

Apr 25

Updated Apr 27

Looking for Temporary Workshop Space

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.

  • You should check out the many maker spaces in Chicago. There's usually a small fee, but you get access to storage for your project, and use of community power tools and paint booths. Your projects will probably go much faster. http://www.makersinchicago.org/

  • Melissa Stanley local realtor and business onwer

    I know of a 1000 sq ft garage in Little Village that has new electrical service but not much else. Ideally the owner wants $500 but she might be flexible. you can reach me at melissa@nicherealty.net if you want more info

  • I have a two car garage in the area. If you're interested let me know.

Apr 26

Updated Apr 27

Looking To Renovate Our Front Porch - Reco's

Hi neighbors,

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!

  • Check out the nice work now in progress at the NW corner of Altgelt and Kimball. New front porch, steps, siding and windows. The company name is on a sign out front.

Apr 17

Updated Apr 25

  • Jennifer Bridgeport to Bucktown and some places in between

    I used LegacyBox and they are great. Look for a special for signing up or groupon

  • Hey there - try The Digital Convert (www.thedigitalconvert.com) . We're on Lincoln just south of Peterson in the Lincoln Office Building. We've been transferring all formats of photo, video and audio since 2008.

    The Digital Convert
    5865 N Lincoln Ave #116
    Chicago, IL 60659

    773-295-1760

Oct 20

Updated Apr 25

dentist?

Any recommendations for a dentist in the area?

  • I was looking for a new dentist about 3 months ago--and took KittyHop's recommendation. Love Miswak!! All the personnel who works there are professional and personable. The dentist explains everything and respects your opinion. The office personnel is clear and patient while explaining what the insurance pays and not--even got a discount on one of the procedures. THANK YOU, KittyHop!

  • Hurray!!!!...(which reminds me..I have to make an appointment.)

    So glad it worked out...when you find something 'really good' you have to share!!!

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