Category: Chicago-Specific Tips

Drunk hippies, raw eggs, police chases, Harry Potter, pole dancing, eviction court and a landlady’s knickers

Full title: Drunk hippies, raw eggs, police chases, Harry Potter, pole dancing, eviction court and a landlady’s knickers: my two years of blogging for Chicago Now   I’m celebrating my second anniversary as a Chicago Now blogger and I mean “celebrating” in the truest sense of the word.  Someone should have told me years ago... Read more »

Meeting everyday heroes can change the trajectory of your life

Meeting everyday heroes can change the trajectory of your life
  I blogged in the past about how the idea of the Cook County Land Bank Authority gets me all charged up about the possibility of growing my holdings as a landlord.  This week I had the exciting opportunity to see how it works with a real-life example. Up close and personal.  I attended an... Read more »

The Condo Expo is not what you think

It’s that time of year again.  The semi-annual condo expo is happening tomorrow at Navy Pier–but it’s not what you think.  It’s so much more.  And if you have the time and the inclination I would highly recommend taking a peek. When I first heard about the expo from a friend a few years ago,... Read more »
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When abuse hits home: how landlords can protect victims

Reading the headlines recently about issues of sexual harassment and abuse is just boggling my mind.  No sensible person would doubt that these situations happen but I don’t think anyone realized how widespread they are.  It makes me think of all the ways people are unable to feel safe, in their workplaces, in public and... Read more »

Rescuing black homeownership to build wealth and stabilize communities

Rescuing black homeownership to build wealth and stabilize communities
There’s a big word that’s floating around Chicago these days that excites some and scares others.  It all depends on which side of the fence you’re on.  People who are against it says it’s detrimental to certain communities, particularly for residents of color.  People who are for it say it’s “not the great evil” it’s... Read more »

Did budgetary shell games cause a crisis? I smell a rat & I hope it’s a dead one

Did budgetary shell games cause a crisis? I smell a rat & I hope it’s a dead one
Chicago made the top of Orkin Pest Control’s “Top Rattiest Cities List” in both 2014 and 2016 (our moms must be so proud).  This is old information to anyone who has been living here for a while.  The rodent epidemic is not a new problem.  But not only does it NOT seem to be getting... Read more »
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No easy outs for those who choose to do harm

The sudden and unexpected loss of a life is tragic by itself. Loved ones are lost every day to car accidents, natural disasters, work-related injuries, undiagnosed illnesses and any number of dangers. Heavy hearts long for the one who is no longer here and try to make peace with the unavoidable unpredictability of chance. But... Read more »

How to request a heating disclosure when the heat is in the new renter's name

According to the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (CRLTO), a landlord is to provide any new tenant who pays for their own heating gas with a disclosure for heating costs for the previous twelve months. (This Chicago law firm blog post is from 2014 but I believe the information is still current).  Since customer account... Read more »

The Chicago Fire Department: hats off to our unsung heroes

(see bottom for links to other posts in this series) About five hours later, a resident from our other block ran up to me and said, “Hey, you know the fire truck is here, right?”  I was so touched and excited that I wanted to laugh and cry at the same time.  I honestly felt... Read more »
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Have you hugged a firefighter today?

Have you hugged a firefighter today?
(see bottom for links to other posts in this series) So I woke up the day after the block party with a huge grin and deep sense of contentment.  The weather had been beautiful and by all indications, residents of all ages had THE. BEST. TIME.  Including me.  (Details in a related post with pictures.) ... Read more »