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Support Chicago’s Artistic Community by Enjoying a Virtual Production

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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The Chicago Shakespeare Theater Welcomes its Audience in 2021

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier is an award-winning theater production company celebrating Shakespeare’s legacy. Its work is notable from a performance point of view and from an outreach perspective. Not only does the company lead in Chicago, but it travels throughout the world, performing in some of the best stages.

As we adjust to a new normal, the Theater has made much of its programming available through streaming services right into your home. All you need is to access its website to get more details on upcoming performances, including It, Came from Outer Space, and Measure for Measure.  As you add this venue to your entertainment options, consider the following-

  • Some shows are available both at the Theater and by streaming.
  • Health precautions are in place for all in-person attendees.
  • Gift cards for The Chicago Shakespeare Theater make a great gift and allow for scheduling flexibility.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City is here to support our community, and we do it in the best way we can. When you need a top-notch water restoration company, we are at your service with industry-grade equipment and the latest techniques in our field. A call to our hotline at (773) 337-3900 comes with the reassurance of a job well done. Like you, we want your home to look, “Like it never even happened.”

Chicago Shines Virtually as it does In Person.

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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The Art Institute of Chicago Invites One and All to Tour Virtually

Chicago offers some of the best art collections in the world, and many of them are available virtually to its patrons. The Art Institute of Chicago includes more than 40,000 pieces in their digital collections so visitors can enjoy them from their homes.

Aside from the actual works, one can also take a virtual tour of the Museum in an immersive experience. As you plan your virtual visit, consider the following-

  • You can take themed audio tours and go behind the scenes through virtual events.
  •  For a more interactive experience, look at the Museum’s lesson plans and art activities.
  •  If you are looking for a primer on what the Art Institute offers, visit its website and click on “The Collection,” and explore its “essentials” section.

Leaders at the Art Institute of Chicago understand the importance of protecting your valuables and restoring them. Although you may not think of your home as a work of art in the traditional sense, it likely is one of your most valuable assets. Fire damage restoration services are a must if a kitchen fire erupts or an electrical malfunction results in flames. SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/ South Chicago City is an expert in the field, and you just need to call us at (773) 337-3900 whenever you need us. Like you, we want your home to look and feel, “Like it never even happened.”

Open Spaces and Cultural Venues Welcome You to Chicago

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Explore the History and Growth of Chicago by Visiting its Landmarks

Chicago, the most populated city in the midwestern United States and the state of Illinois, has an important place in our nation's history and evolution. Its urban area, or Chicagoland, makes up the third most populous behind New York and Los Angeles. Its incorporation dates back to 1837 when this town on Lake Michigan's shores began its rapid growth to what it is today. Its name derives from the word "shikaakwa," used to refer to an onion-like plant. Over time, this pungent vegetable gave Chicago its name.

O'Hare International Airport is a testament to Chicago's international relevance, and it is ranked among the busiest airports in the world. The "Windy City" is at the center of relevant cultural, industrial, and financial movements. Its economy is robust and diversified, with companies such as Boeing, Walgreens, US Foods, and McDonald's having their headquarters in the greater Chicago area. It is also the largest network of federal highways and is the central hub for the railroad industry.

The Potawatomi inhabited current day Chicago after succeeding the Miami, Sauk, and Fox people. Jean Baptiste Point du Sable was the first non-indigenous to settle into the area and is often referred to as the "Founder of Chicago." Relations between native-Americans and settlers were tumultuous and culminated with the Treaty of Chicago in 1833, which forced the removal of the Potawatomi and their exile west of the Mississippi River. 

Before incorporating in 1837, Chicago had begun its growth as early as 1833, and it was considered the fastest-growing city for decades. The Chicago Portage was key to the city's development, as it provided an exchange site for goods and services crossing from the eastern to the western United States. The Illinois and Michigan Canal began operation ins 1848, further cementing the city's pivotal role by allowing ships and steamboats to connect between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi. That same year, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad began its operations intending to connect the city with mines at Galena. Although the ultimate goal was not achieved, it still contributed to the development of the region.

As infrastructure grew, so did other sectors. Most notably, the financial industry and the Chicago Board of Trade formalized the trade of futures contracts, making history. The growth in finance, retail, and manufacturing prompted an influx of residents requiring better services. As a result, Chicago embarked upon the construction of a massive sewage system. Although it wasn't without its challenges, the sizable undertaking was a success for its time.

The early years in Chicago were marked by the 1871 Great Chicago Fire, which burned for over two days and killed nearly 300 people. Its vast reach burned more than three square miles and left thousands homeless. Partially responsible for its rapid spread were the wood structures prevalent in the city. Although an unfortunate event, it became a catalyst for improved and more modern structures, which marked a shift in construction trends of the time.

The history of Chicago is rich and diverse. From the role of the organized mafia to its innovative architecture to the influence of foreign-born communities, there is much to learn from its evolution. Visitors and residents alike can enjoy its natural beauty, along with the cultural diversity the city has to offer.

Exploring Chicago

  • Grant Park- Not only is Grant Park a sizable green space, but it also houses some of Chicago's most popular attractions. At its core, you will find Buckingham Fountain, one of the largest in the world and a beautiful place to take a picture while enjoying its choreographed water show.
  • Millennium Park- Home of "The Bean" and designed by Jaume Plensa, its shape mirrors Chicago's skyline. However, The Bean isn't the only reason to visit Millennium Park. An outdoor concert or a walk through Lurie Garden also makes for a lovely day out, weather permitting.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo- Zoos are not only for children, and Lincoln Park Zoo is evidence of it. Famous for its large mammals and barnyard animals, all are encouraged to take public transportation to avoid costly fees and the inconvenience of limited parking.

Aside from the many outdoor pedestrian activities, Chicago has the largest municipal harbor in the nation, making it ideal for water-lovers. Each harbor has its own look and feel, and thousands of boaters visit them each year. The Chicago Harbors were founded in 1833.

Sports teams also have a strong following in Chicago. The Bears, the Bulls, the White Sox, and the Cubs are synonymous with a loyal following and family tradition. Regardless of the weather, you will find fans cheering whenever their favorite teams are playing.

Upkeep of Homes in Chicago

Architecture in Chicago is a coexistence of modern designs with older buildings, making it appealing to many. The weather has a significant impact on the upkeep of all structures regardless of age, and relying on a professional restoration company like SERVPRO is convenient and effective.

When homeowners suspect mold and require mold remediation in their Chicago apartments, our SERVPRO team is ready to help. We arrive with the industry's best equipment and take quick action to remove mold and prevent the further spread of mold spores throughout your home. As soon as you suspect there is an issue, place a call to our 24/7 hotline and let the restoration process begin. An unexplained spot on your ceiling, a funky smell, or visible evidence of mold is enough to warrant the presence of a professional team like ours.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City is your ally when your home needs it the most. Our trained and certified team brings industry best practices right into your home, along with the peace of mind for homeowners. If mold is your problem, do not hesitate. Call us at (773) 337-3900 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

A Safe And Fun Virtual Christmas Event in Chicago

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

a sign saying wishing you happy holidays and a happy new year SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing the live-streamed show!

All Of Chicago Can Attend This Virtual Christmas Spectacular

Central Disorder is throwing a Socially Distanced Covid Christmas Spectacular show open to everyone in the Chicago area and beyond. The show will get live-streamed so viewers can tune in, stay safe, and continue the holiday celebrations. This holiday spectacular has been designed with fun and pandemic safety in mind, so everyone tunes in from where they spent Christmas and enjoy the songs and holiday spirit to carry them through to the New Year.

Viewers will get treated to: 

  • DIY music scene live stream
  • Appearances by Jason Zdora of "JZTV" 
  • Time: December 26, 2020, at 8 PM

On the day of the live stream, the event will post the link to the virtual show, or people can follow the leadup to the online extravaganza by following JZTV's page on Facebook.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 is available 24/7 to handle any size commercial fire damage and works safely to ensure the property gets restored as fast as possible.

Your Kids Can Make Yummy Holiday Cookies in Chicago

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

a person decorating cookies It will be exciting to see the community participating in the Kidz Can Cook classes!

A Chicago Event That Teaches Kids the Fundamentals of Baking

Do you have a cookie lover in your life? Sign them up for the holiday baking class called held at Kidz Can Cook, "Cookies, Cookies and More Cookies."  While it can be tough to figure out fun things to do with the kids every day during the pandemic, baking is often fun for kids of all ages. Your child can enjoy making and then tasting their cookie creations. Each child will have the opportunity to create and bake a few different kinds of cookies, and each participant leaves the class with at least a dozen cookies to share as they wish. 

  • The classes have a limit of ten children 
  • The fee for a class is $45
  • Classes available for ages five and up
  • The class takes place on December 21, 2020, from noon to 2 pm

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 provides restoration services to local Chicago properties for any size flood damage within a structure. The trained techs make the damage to the property, "Like it never even happened."

Chicago Property Owners Can Count on Fast Water Mitigation

12/13/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Is Available 24/7 in Chicago For Water Mitigation

Chicago got established where Lake Michigan and the Chicago River meet. In the beginning, the city used the lake as the municipal water supply and also for waste disposal around 1850. Around 1871, Chicago began dumping its wastewater into the Mississippi River system of drainage by engineering a reversal in the Chicago River's flow. Then, the city commissioned sewage systems to get built in the late 1800s that still emptied into the river.  This led to a massive amount of pollution spread from the river into Lake Michigan, affecting the public water supply. This situation was the basis for the creation of water treatment facilities to stop the cycle.

Chicago Origins on the Lake

The city of Chicago got established on Lake Michigan's shores, the second largest of the great lakes by volume and rates as the fifth largest lake globally. In the 19th century, the city used the lake to ship over 90% of the grain eastward to the rest of the United States. This central area for commerce assisted in helping the rest of the United States expand and grow.

Points of Interest Around Chicago and Lake Michigan

There are several tourist stops in Chicago that include the lake. Many people engage in the "Circle Tour," considered one of the most scenic routes in the United States. The tour takes participants on state highways that border the lake and go through Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan. The Illinois leg of the tour goes through Chicago suburbs and has points of interest such as: 

  • Navy Pier
  • Soldier Field
  • Lincoln Park Zoo 
  • Calumet Park

Navy Pier has been in operation since July 1916 and designed to serve the local area as a dock for passenger ships and freight-bearing ships. Soldier Field carried the name Municipal Grant Park Stadium when it originally opened in 1924. It was then re-dedicated in 1926 to the American soldiers that lost their lives in combat. The Lincoln Park Zoo has the distinction of being one of the oldest zoos in the United States, founded in 1868 and also one of the last remaining free zoos in the country.

The Great Chicago Fire

In the fall of 1871, The Great Chicago Fire swept through Chicago. The legend says Mrs. O'Leary's cow knocked a lantern over in a barn; however, the O'Leary's denied this was the cause. Because most buildings, streets, and sidewalks had wood paving in the city and the dry conditions made the fire spread quickly, causing a large amount of damage. The fire caused:

  • Deaths of 300 people
  • Left more than 100,000 residents homeless
  • With over 17,000 structures destroyed by the flames 

At present, the Chicago Fire Department has a training academy located on the former O'Leary farm property site.  In 1997, a resolution passed by the City Council that exonerated Catherine O'Leary and her cow from any responsibility for the fire. Although the fire's direct cause has never been established, the O'Leary family and their cow have been cleared from any wrong-doing.

Chicago Climate

The city of Chicago has four well-defined seasons, and winters, in particular, can be brutal with both high winds and ice storms. The winter weather usually arrives in late November and sticks around until early March. Snow is a frequent event, with several inches getting dumped on the regional area. Blizzards are not infrequent, with blowing gusts and temperatures dropping below zero. Spring happens in Chicago from around mid-March until the end of May on average and brings unstable weather. Snow sometimes occurs through early April, and the cooler air meeting, the warmer air gives rise to thunderstorms and sometimes tornadoes. The summer weather happens from June to August with hot, humid, and sunny conditions, with temperatures reaching 104 degrees Fahrenheit are not uncommon. The calmest period weather-wise is the Fall, occurring from September to November. Flooding caused by Lake Michigan and lake-effect snow are common occurrences that locals need to stay alert for.

One of the worst floods that hit Chicago did not have a cause rooted in the weather but rather an engineering issue. The Chicago flood happened in April 1992 when workers repairing a bridge damaged the retaining wall under an abandoned utility tunnel that ran under the Chicago River. The breach caused basements and low-lying areas to take on water resulting in 2 billion dollars in damages. At the peak of the flooding, some buildings in the area had nearly 40-feet of water in their lower levels. The water could not be seen from the air as it was all situated underground.

What Can Happen to Tile Flooring in Chicago Homes Without Fast Water Mitigation?

After a water damage event in a Chicago home, the water mitigation efforts need to begin as rapidly as possible to lessen the house's amount of destruction to property and contents. Common problem areas include: 

  • Seepage under the tile 
  • Delaminated tiles that require removal
  • Need for moisture detection equipment to determine the scale of the water migration
  • Warped or damaged subfloor 

SERVPRO technicians use devices such as infrared cameras, which show fluctuations in temperature, and collections of water can show as colder areas if the water wicked into the sheetrock on the wall from the floor. Probes are another frequently used device to "see" under flooring and determine if the subfloor has seepage and requires drying. This enables the techs to follow the migration path of the water and find areas of moisture collection.

The scoping and extraction work towards making the drying phase lasts the least amount of time possible by removing as much water as possible using their professional equipment. The techs monitor the premises carefully as the air movers and dehumidifiers work to bring down the interior air moisture levels. Afterward, the techs measure the air to determine if drying goals got attained and if any further work needs to get done.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 proudly serves the local Chicago area for any size water mitigation and property restoration services needed. 

Experience the Holidays for Their Traditional Charms in Chicago

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Close up of holiday lights; lights are blurry Experience the holiday charm of Long Grove Village.

Watch as Historic Downtown Long Grove Transforms into a Winter Wonderland Each Weekend Leading up to the Biggest Holiday of the Year for Chicago Area Residents 

The holidays are too often a busy and overscheduled time hustling from one store to the next to meet the demands of wish lists you get from your family and friends. Take a break from this bustle to rediscover what makes Christmas such a magical time of the year with the Long Grove Vintage Holiday event happening in the historic downtown each weekend through the 20th of December. 

There is fun for the entire family for those partaking in the weekend events, including multiple experiences, events, and one-of-a-kind retail stops, including: 

  • Quaint shops
  • Christmas decorations
  • Concessions
  • Charming holiday music
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Photo ops on holiday-decorated Farmside building 

A fire can dampen your holiday spirit, but our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City can help with effective mitigation and restoration for fire damage in Chicago homes. Contact us today at (773) 337-3900.  

How You Can Experience the Comedy Classic “Friends” In Chicago

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Steel statue in Chicago We enjoy Chicago's attractions including the 'Friends' experience. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fans of the NYC-Based Sitcom ‘Friends’ can get a Unique Experience for a Limited Time Here in the Windy City 

The show Friends played for ten seasons and accrued millions of captivated watchers. For those heading to the Shops at North Bridge here in Chicago through January of 2021, the FRIENDS Experience offers a unique interactive event and display for the long-running program fans. 

With 12 rooms filled with nostalgic settings and props, many of which feature unique activations for an even more immersive experience, you can feel what it is like to be on-set. Get exclusive behind-the-scenes knowledge before checking out the on-site retail location loaded up with merchandise from the show. Note that COVID guidelines restrict entry when capacities are reached, so be sure to schedule ahead. Portions of proceeds benefit My Block, My Hood, My City. 

One of your hotel or office rooms showing signs of microbial growth? You can count on our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City team to offer mold removal for Chicago commercial properties when you call (773) 337-3900.

How Has Chicago Prepared for Flood Scenarios in the Future?

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

busy downtown street with 'Chicago' sign Even a city like Chicago can be impacted with storms and floods. SERVPRO continually trains for these events and is always prepared.

Past Disasters have Taught City Officials the Need for Permanent Solutions to Address Rising Water and Flash Flooding Threats Affecting the Municipality 

As the third-largest major city in the United States, it is no great surprise that there is an ever-present need for professional restoration in Chicago. The positioning of the town and its outer lying areas alone allows for the continued threats of flooding and storm damages, which can be even more accentuated by harsh weather conditions expected during the worst of the winter and summer months. The Windy City might be known for strong gusts against its well-constructed buildings, but it must also survive a gauntlet of terrible weather conditions like cyclonic storms, torrential rains, hail, and blizzards. The present threat of flooding encourages city engineers and structural designers to provide modern solutions to protect the city and its residents. 

A History of Flooding in Chicago 

Much like every major city in the country, Chicago has not always had the most positive history. While a great fire in the 1800s is the disaster the city was most recognized for, flooding has always been a plague for the area. Because so many creeks, streams, and rivers converge in and around the metropolitan area, Cook County remains an area likely to experience damages from flash flooding, groundwater, and human/structural failures. No time would this be more relevant than the flood that damaged the city in 1992. 

To this day, the individuals at fault have never been exclusively identified, though the cause has been. Repair work on one of the city's bridges over the Chicago River inadvertently damaged a utility tunnel underneath the river. Once an opening existed, more than 250 million gallons of water would make its way into nearby basements, structures, the Chicago Pedway, and the Chicago Loop. As a trusted remediation and restoration team, SERVPRO can help customers through situations like these when they happen now. 

Ultimately, this human error would lead to a 2-billion-dollar cleanup and restoration drive for all of the affected and damaged properties in the path of the water. Even the repair of the tunnel's breach would be an elaborate process, only becoming successful by applying a superior concrete. If it happened today, 1992's $2 billion to repair the impacted structures would be much closer to $4 billion dollars. With no one directly taking responsibility for the disaster, repair costs and restoration bills were footed mostly by property owners and insurance companies. 

Steps Taken by the City to Avoid Catastrophe  

Much work is necessary to prepare Chicago for hurricane-level storms thoroughly. Situations like Hurricane Harvey that devastated Houston, TX in 2017, would become a catalyst to locations like The Windy City to do better for storms that might be in its future. Chicago itself is a feat of engineering to manage wastewater, stormwater, and drinking water. As it stands, the most significant contingency that Chicago has to manage flooding is TARP (the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan.) Deep Tunnel, as it is more commonly known, is a network of wastewater tunnels designed to redistribute water to substantial reservoirs that can handle shy of 20 billion gallons. 

Considering that Hurricane Harvey unloaded close to 20 trillion gallons of water in its five day run on the land, Deep Tunnel could not handle a storm system even partly that strong without overwhelming the city's infrastructure. Comparing it to one of the worst storms that Cook County has experienced in the past 50 years that would have had the municipality managing 124 billion gallons of runoff, TARP cannot handle this water volume. As such, engineers are currently working on feasible solutions to protect better Chicago and its residents moving forward from threats that might be coming in the years ahead. 

Is Evacuation Always Necessary with Widespread Flooding?  

High-rise structures are designed to be among the most stable and permanent systems in the world, reinforced with steel and concrete. These construction elements can be calming when flooding has impacted lower levels and the building's main floor. In many cases where flooding occurs, apartment owners and renters do not have to vacate the premises provided that risks of contamination like bacterial or viral pathogens do not exist. 

Structural evaluations must typically occur to ensure that a decision to stay in your apartment after flooding impacts other floors does not ultimately damage your unit. The same concerns exist when apartments above yours become threatened by penetrating water through the building's roof. 

Managing Flooding for Chicago Structures  

Many residents have purchased or leased apartments in the high-rises throughout the city's downtown area and various neighborhoods. Flooding in Chicago apartment buildings requires an immediate response from competent restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team to prevent the situation from worsening. Water can spread rapidly, especially when the flooding gets into open structural cavities in shared walls, between floors, or in other spaces. The appropriate response reduces the number of apartment units impacted by flooding. 

Assessing the structural damage is critical to determining the extent of flood damage to an apartment. Often high-rise buildings can only suffer damage to upper floors through roof vulnerabilities that allow water penetration. Our team's in-house contractors can perform emergency services like board up and tarping when we first arrive to make mitigation efforts as efficient as possible. Once repairs have taken place, SERVPRO professionals can evaluate the spread and severity of flood losses through discovery tools like thermal imagery cameras. 

When water removal services are required, we rely on several tools to get this job done. With upper floor flood damages to apartments, extraction becomes a complicated process. High-pressure pumps can be the ideal choice for their long-range and powerful output in many situations, making them suited for higher elevation operation and even subterranean extraction efforts. 

Flooding does not have to be devastating to your apartment. Give our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City team a call today at (773) 337-3900.

What Steps Can Professional Flood Restorers Take for Chicago Homes?

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

A man sitting on a couch with buckets on the phone. SERVPRO is ready and equipped for your Chicago storm damage.

Who does flood restoration near me? Our SERVPRO team is ready and able to answer the call whenever disasters strike. 

Many Chicago homes have seen first-hand how devastating floods can be for structures. Flash flooding and natural flooding situations can develop over short periods. With many outlying areas of the city in designated flood zones, knowing whom to call when disasters strike can help save time and money on recovery. 

When you ask about flood restoration near me in Chicago, it is unlikely that you would not encounter our reputable and leading team of professionals. Instead of the headaches of contending with the restoration of your property on your own, which often results in unsatisfactory results, many have looked to SERVPRO to help in many ways. With our fast response to emergencies, we can begin many vital actions quickly to reduce the loss from the flooding.

Essential Steps for Flood Restoration in Chicago Homes Include:

  • Extraction: Water removal is often one of the first needs for a flooded home. We can use a combination of wet vacuums, submersible pumps, and other tools to help. 
  • Debris Removal: Removing the water can often show the mud, debris, and organic matter left behind on exposed surfaces and flooring. Our contractors can work to remove these threats quickly.
  • Repairs: Between structural repairs and controlled demolition often necessary after emergencies, in-house contractors can ensure that you do not need to schedule with a second company.
  • Drying: Drying is vital to any water or flood loss recovery and includes a combination of powerful tools and technologies. These include centrifugal and axial air movers, desiccant and refrigerant dehumidifiers, and positive pressure systems. 
  • Cleaning: Contamination is always a concern with natural flooding, so we rely on several potent antibacterial cleaning products.

Flooding can be a devastating event for your home, but our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City team can return your property to preloss condition. Give us a call today at (773) 337-3900.