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I'm working on a remodel of a 3 bedroom apartment unit a Chicago brick/limestone building built in the late 1800's. I noticed that some of the smaller original electrical, gas, and plumbing lines were run through a space above the floor joists but below the finished floor; basically slightly notched into tops of joists and sitting in gaps between the 1" subfloor planks. I need to run an electrical line through the bathroom to feed a circuit and I'm thinking about using that original channel. It would just be one run of 1/2" emt for 10'. My other options aren't really ideal. What do you think?
 

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Yeah, in Humboldt Park. Not replacing all electrical, but definitely scrapping all the old cloth wire BX and a bunch of other slop that was installed over the last 50 years
 

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Yummy Puerto Rican food out there! Are the carts out yet?

Back to the OP, I have done a ton of work in Chicago and seen it all. I have seen that quite a bit. I am assuming that this isn't permitted? I would go for it. I know I'll probably get flamed, but...
 

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Can't be permitted, only a Chicago licensed electrician can obtain an electrical permit in Chicago. Not even the homeowner can obtain an electrical permit in Chicago.

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Can't be permitted, only a Chicago licensed electrician can obtain an electrical permit in Chicago. Not even the homeowner can obtain an electrical permit in Chicago.

Tom
I am well aware how things work in Chicago. I have worked in every part and most of downtown.

We had another electrician pull permits while my business partner studied for the exam. Never had a problem. They would pull the permit, we paid a consultant fee, he inspected our work and called for the inspection. The inspectors never said boo.
 

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Can't be permitted, only a Chicago licensed electrician can obtain an electrical permit in Chicago. Not even the homeowner can obtain an electrical permit in Chicago.

Tom
Correct. My electrical license is reciprocal and valid in every single AHJ in Illinois EXCEPT in Chicago city limits. They've got their own system. No thanks anymore. I hate working in the city anyway.
 
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