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      What Will The Eclipse Look Like In Chicago?

      • Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave. (Portage Park)

      You can hold a rock or ball up to the sun and get a budget version of the eclipse.

      What a great stoner idea. Grab a rock for a cheap eclipse. Does anyone have a spare peacock?


      Uptown Truth TruckActive Community Member since 1969, Veteran,

      I am heading to Charleston SC to be on the coast in totality.


      DianeWjust nosey

      Does anyone know if it's dangerous to be outdoors without the special sunglasses? I won't be looking directly at the sun but I do have to be outside all day.

      Yes, it's safe to be outside, just not to look directly at the sun. you can view the eclipse indirectly in many ways. 1 is by making a pinhole and looking at it's ray thru the pinhole into a box or something. I'd look up do it your self ways. Also, take a moment to watch some shadows.

      DianeWjust nosey

      Thanks so much, mj!

      Lisa HibbardAvondale/Logan Square Resident

      You could look at shadows of leaves as the sun shines through the trees. The shadows will look like crescents while the eclipse happens.

      Sandy in EdgeGlenEdgeGlen since 1987

      If you were lucky enough to get glasses and score a night’s lodging down in the totality belt (closest to here is diagonally from KC to SW IL to Carbondale to Cape Girardeau to Paducah), it's safe to take them off during the totality itself (but only during the totality). The corona in mid-totality is not bright enough to cause retinal damage, but the “diamond ring” just at the end of the totality is dangerously bright. And those of us here can’t safely look directly w/o eclipse lenses during even the peak (88%): the visible part of the sun will still be bright enough to wreck the retina.

      Me, I’ll do the two-paper-plates thing (or if it’s raining or overcast, watch the totality online or on TV, broadcast from a clear location). And start booking a room in Carbondale for 2024 now.

      Sandy in EdgeGlen said: "And start booking a room in Carbondale for 2024 now."

      April 8, 2024, to be exact. Which is also a Monday. 7 years from now. One week and one day after Easter, and one week exactly before April 15 and taxes are due.

      The eclipse will be going across the U.S. in the opposite direction from this year's, from southwest to northeast. Totality will again cross southern Illinois at Carbondale and Mankada, and Cape Girardeau, MO, and Paducah, Kentucky, but it will be closer to Chicago next time, and cross Terre Haute, IN, a point just south of Kokomo, Indianapolis, and eastern Ohio. (It will also pass over Niagra Falls.)

      Next time will be longer in duration, about 4 minutes in Indianapolis. (as opposed to about 2 minutes 40 seconds in Carbondale this year).

      And in Chicago in 2024, 94.98% of the sun will be obscured and the maximum eclipse will happen about 2:07 pm.

      Make sure to order glasses on time for next time, and test them for safety. (A web site suggested the following. I did this and my eclipse glasses checked out.

      With the glasses on inside I couldn't see anything, even with bright lights on. I couldn't see an LED flashlight I turned on and looked at. I went outside and looked around to make sure I couldn't see anything. When the sun went behind some clouds, I looked up and could not see even the brightness of the clouds, which were too bright to look at when I took them off. When the sun came from behind the clouds, I looked at it through the glasses and I could see the orb, and it looked about as bright as a full moon.)

      What time is this party? Library out of glasses.

      Joan M.Back in Lincoln Square and liking it.

      An alternative to the special glasses would be to buy a shade 12, 13, or 14 rectangular lens that goes in a welder's helmet. That's darker than most welders use, so don't just use any old thing you might find around a workshop.

      One thing I'd never considered is how dangerous it would be to do this:

      " not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.

      Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics."

      Ann DLong time neighbor

      Cool website - enter a location :

      a bullet hole.

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      • Permit issued for electric wiring


        3803 N. Laramie Ave.Issued August 16, 2017
      • Permit issued for renovation/alteration


        4926 W. Byron St.Issued August 16, 2017
      • Permit issued for renovation/alteration


        4257 N. Lockwood Ave.Issued August 16, 2017

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      backyard invasion

      Hi all,
      I am having an issue I need advise on.
      We have found in 3 different times, dog poo in our backyard and we don't have any pets. I am looking at getting a camera to record the invader and report to the police but before I do that I wanted to know if any of u know of my options legally. Thanks in advanced :)

      robin in WRPI support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

      Any chance it's raccoon

      Or a big cat?

      EBKittyStalking around EB

      As frustrating this is, is it worth calling the police over?

      Isn't it a $500 fine?

      We have had a skunk pooping in our yard.

      bellyerInformation Security Geek, Beer Lover & Homebrewer

      If your backyard is fenced and gated, it is almost certainly not a dog. A cat or raccoon or even a skunk is much more likely. I have seen a skunk in someone's front yard in the neighborhood recently. Now there's something I'm glad we haven't had to deal with in our yard...

      If it is being put there by someone, or someone's dog is pooping there, the police will not get involved. They consider it a Civil matter, which means you are on your own and would need to hire a lawyer and take the person (or owner of dog) to court. Police only get involved in acts of violence. At this point, I would get security cameras installed all around your property, they are fairly affordable and cameras are very small now, and is worth the peace of mind. If your property is not fenced, it is most likely a wild animal or a neighbour's dog wondering over there.

      PortageRulesLove Portage Park!

      We had a opossum leave us a nightly gift that resembled dog poo. tough to get rid of as the city does not trap any longer and these critters climb and dig to get where they want to be

      Possum and raccoon scat is typically very dark and seldom if ever "log formed" in case that helps identify/eliminate the mammalian species.

      Trail cameras can be had pretty cheap. If you have a place to mount one, should solve the mystery -- or become evidence for a civil case.

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      Air conditioning unit distance from the property line

      Are there any rules in Chicago which regulate the distance of air conditioning unit installation from the property line?

      It can go right up to the property line in the side or rear as long as it's not over 4 feet in height

      17.17.300 Chicago Building Code

      Owen at Alderman Arena's office said 3 feet from the property line. You may want to call him.

      My understanding is rear of house, no distance requirement from property line. Can go on side if 10ft between houses

      Yes, would be good to have a solid answer.
      Chimneys can't extend more than 18" off the side of a dwelling. There should be similarly sensible constraints for placement of noisy, unsightly a/c units.

      You forget where you are! This is Chicago. All my neighbors units are in the gangways. Also, the furnace vent pipes protrude from the sides of the houses and are spewing carbon monoxide into the gangways, which is definitely against code. I rarely see them vented out the roof. Even if you pull a permit, nobody comes out to inspect. Not about safety. It's all about revenue.

      In that case, the city gains revenue by levying fines on any code violations, so call and report them when you see them.

      Why the question ?

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