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There’s an out-of-date wisecrack that says “The printing press made every person a reader; the copy machine made everyone a publisher.”
Maybe, but what has really enabled anyone to publish his or her thoughts, musings and opinions to the world is, of course,
Winter, at least in the snowbelt, is usually a vacation from leaky basements.
The ground around foundations freezes, which limits absorption of water and accompanying soil saturation and movement, and precipitation typically arrives in the form of snow. Then, however, comes spring and all bets are
Plainfield IL is the oldest and 5th largest suburb in Will County with a population of approximately 40,000.
One of the highlights of Plainfield’s history is a relatively recent one, however, beginning when the Joliet, Plainfield & Aurora Railroad established an electric rail line connecting those
It’s not really fair to call the village of Norridge a “suburb” of Chicago because suburbs are generally defined as “outlying towns or districts” of a city. Maybe, since far-flung suburbs are often called “exurbs,” it might be best to
Modern Westchester is a small, pleasant suburb west of Chicago with a population of about 15,000. Like many suburbs in the Chicago area, it saw its period of greatest development following World War II when nearly half of its 7,000 homes were constructed.
Had it not been for
In the cold and dark of a Midwestern winter, homeowners who enjoy doing things around the outside of their homes are pretty much on hold until spring arrives – unless you count snow blowing.
It’s a great time for planning warm weather activities and projects,
Like many other southern and western Chicago suburbs, Villa Park was first brought to life by the railroad, in this case the electric Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad. The town established two railway stations for the CAE and was first built as two separate subdivisions, Villa Park and
In the Chicago area, historical landmarks are common. The city itself is known as a capital of architecture and many buildings in the suburbs as well have been preserved and honored as significant examples of design.
In the small village of Riverside, things are a little
Tinley Park is a populous village in Chicago’s south suburbs, home to nearly 60,000 residents. The village was incorporated in 1892 and its long history is reflected in its historic downtown area.
Tinley Park is known to Chicago-area residents as the home of a major outdoor
Winter can be rough in Chicago and the Midwest in general and most years find residents longing for spring weeks or even months before the first robin is spotted or the first crocus pokes its head out. The winter of 2013-14 has been particularly brutal with record snow
Western Springs is a small affluent suburb in western Cook County with a population of approximately 13,000.
There actually was a spring in Western Springs and water from the Alcyone Spring was bottled and shipped broadly until the spring dried up in 1890. Even without the spring, appealing
Palos Hills is a bedroom suburb in southwest Cook County with population just under 17,000. It is one of three “Palos” communities in Palos Township, the others being Palos Park and Palos Heights. The name used so economically is derived from the Spanish port city of Palos
Structural damage to the foundation is one of the worst problems a house can have, especially when the foundation has dropped or settled significantly. This not only damages the foundation walls and causes cracks and stuck doors and windows in the aboveground structure but it destabilizes the entire
The residential real estate market in the Chicago area, and the Midwest in general, is unpredictable, to say the least.
Experts say that the market is beginning to rebound from the Great Recession but many homeowners are having difficulty selling their houses and many others are staying
Although the first settlement of what is now New Lenox Township took place in the 1820’s, the village of New Lenox itself is a relatively new entity, incorporated in 1946. The creation of the surrounding township preceded that of the village by nearly 100 years, established in 1852 at the
The village of Oak Forest today is a peaceful southern suburb of Chicago with a population of approximately 28,000.
It wasn't always so peaceful there, however, particularly back in the early days of the town’s history. From the time of its first European
Drain tile is one of the most useful tools in a basement waterproofing contractor’s toolbox.
It can be installed on the inside or the outside, can drain to a sump pump, storm sewer or to daylight and it can put an end to a variety
Like any other home repair, basement waterproofing costs money. No one is surprised by that.
A minor repair will cost less than a major repair – also pretty obvious. But, what else dictates the price of basement waterproofing? Is it materials? Labor?
Unlike many villages in the Chicago suburbs, Schaumburg IL did not depend on the coming of a railroad to begin its development. In fact, the lack of a railroad passing through town contributed to Schaumburg’s relative isolation until the 1950’s.
Originally Native American
River Forest IL is a small, affluent suburb located just west of Chicago and next to Oak Park, often referred to as its “sister city.” The two towns share a public high school and River Forest has many of the attributes of the larger town, including
Drain tile, whether installed on the interior or exterior of a foundation, can take several forms, including round, square or rectangular. The shape of the pipe used to create the drain tile system is less important than the design and execution of the system itself even though some
Uh-oh. There’s a puddle on the basement floor. A big one. And it’s not the first one, either.
All the excuses have been used up. It can’t be put off any longer. The basement needs to
For many municipalities in northern Illinois, the history of the community’s name is often a tangled tale of founders’ names, proximity to long-gone landmarks and references to immigrants’ hometowns in Europe and elsewhere.
By comparison, the origin of “Rockford” is pretty
Lombard IL is a pleasant DuPage County suburb with a population of more than 43,000.
Like many of Chicago’s western and northern suburbs, Lombard started out as Potawatomi territory and was first settled by European Americans in the 1830s. Also like many Chicago suburbs, Lombard
There are a number of ways to keep water out of a basement. You can apply an exterior waterproofing membrane to the outside of the foundation walls. You can fix cracks in the wall, either from the interior or the exterior. You can fix problems with