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2856 N Hermitage, Chicago

This 10,000+ square foot mansion is done to perfection. From the moment you walk into the amazing entryway you are surrounded by the highest quality finishes with the most interesting design and extraordinary attention to detail. With five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and two half bathrooms this home also boasts a family room, recreation room, den and several outdoor spaces. Other features include:

  • Christopher Peacock kitchen with extensive mill work throughout
  • A stunning master suite with an attached sitting area and tons of closet space
  • Wood paneled elevator
  • Half court regulation basketball court
  • Blue stone patio with pergola and a large yard
  • Mud room
  • Attached three car
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Downtown Sound, the FREE weekly music series returns to Millennium Park Monday nights this summer. It’s the place to be in Chicago on Monday nights. Downtown Sound is a showcase for innovative artists of the indie rock and pop scene. Highlights of the 2014 series include Omar Souleyman, Richard Thompson and Joe Pug.

Grab a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or spread out on the Great Lawn for outdoor concert performances from local, national and international acts each Monday evening at 6:30 pm.

Get more details on all the performers as well as the latest updates to the concert schedule at millenniumpark.org


Downtown Sound: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)

  • June 9, 2014 Omar Souleyman +
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If you’re anything like me, you check out online reviews and ratings when you want to get the inside scoop on an auto mechanic, plumber, hotel or restaurant. And when I’m happy or very unhappy about their product or service I contribute to those sites as well. So my question to you is why wouldn’t you do the same things when you’re shopping for a real estate agent?

Most of my business continue to come from referrals which is great but many others still select a real estate agent based on old and mostly unreliable methods:

  • A family friend or relative
  • Any agent for a large brokerage
  • Someone who claims to have good stats (short market times, high closing ratio, etc.)
  • Someone with visibility in the area
  • Someone perceived to know the area
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Downtown Chicago condos

With all the construction in downtown Chicago over the past decade, there’s no doubt that the downtown Chicago population has grown. How much the population has grown and its impact was mostly unmeasurable until recently.

Earlier this year, The Philadelphia Center City District recently released a study that was prepared for the International Downtown Association and found some interesting information about major downtown areas across the United States including the city of Chicago.

The biggest news to come from this report was the surge in downtown Chicago’s population. Between 2000 and 2010, the Chicago population residing within the commercial downtown area grew by nearly 96% and by 46% within one mile of that area. Additionally, Chicago is

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As the third largest metropolitan area in the United States, Chicago is undoubtedly the business and culture hub of the Midwest. Chicago, which was a candidate for the 2016 Summer Olympics, is a city that is thriving on its diversity, economy, culture, and local real estate. A melting pot of different opportunities and lifestyles, Chicago is simply “the city that works.”

Though Chicago is known for its affordable real estate options and varied living styles, it also embodies one of the most competitive real estate markets in the nation. Chicago luxury homes are some of the finest in the country, catering to families of all tastes, styles, and backgrounds.

Some of the most popular neighborhoods for Chicago luxury homes include, but are not limited

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Trump Tower Condos For SaleNamed after billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump, the Trump Tower Chicago is an icon in the Windy City. Located on the edge of the Chicago River, the Trump Tower is nestled conveniently in the heart of the city and is an icon for residents and tourists alike. Part of the affluent Near North Side community, Trump Tower features a hotel, respected restaurants, and a high-end spa.

The Trump Tower was architecturally designed to compliment the Chicago Skyline by incorporating three setback features. The building boasts an incredible modern look that is both sophisticated and familiar. Forbes Travel Guide 2010 named Trump Tower one of the landmarks in Chicago to visit because of its four-star restaurants and five-star spas.

Check for Trump

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Staging Your Chicago Home or Condo For Sale

Staging your home can be the most valuable tool that a home seller can utilize when selling their home. Research shows that there are solid statistics to support this approach.

According to Kiplinger(February 2009) “Homes listed for sale prior to staging sat on the market for an average of four and a half months and sold for within just over a week afterward. Homes listed for sale after staging sold within 32 to 42 days. In either case the homes sold for an average of $26,000 more than expected."

With the real estate market in flux selling your home for top dollar can be very difficult. Staging your home can be the most effective tool to find that prospective buyer. Staging your home for sale can

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Last year, MONEY Magazine ranked the best places to live in American and included big-city neighborhoods for the first time. Chicago’s Lakeview earned a top spot as one of the best neighborhoods in a major city. It was the only Chicago neighborhood to make the list.

MONEY noted the median household income of nearly $80,000 and median home values of almost $350,000 as reasons for its ranking. Many residents say what they like best about Lakeview include the Belmont Theater District as well as easy access to Lake Michigan, area golf courses, parks, Wrigley Field or the Boystown district which is Chicago’s largest gay and lesbian community. The high-priced rental market and Wrigleyville on game days were the area’s major cons.

The Lakeview neighborhood

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Below is a list of the 10 most reviewed restaurants in River North according to Yelp.com. Enjoying spectacular food is one of the perks to living and working in the River North area:

1. Portillo’s Hot Dogs 100 W Ontario St Chicago, IL 60654 Phone number: (312) 587-8910

2. Café Iberico Spanish 737 N Lasalle Blvd Chicago, IL 60654 Phone number: (312) 573-1510

3. Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria Pizza 439 N Wells St Chicago, IL 60610 Phone number: (312) 828-9800

4. Sunda Asian Fusion, Sushi Bars, Japanese Near North Side, River North 110 W Illinois St Chicago, IL 60654

5. Mercadito Mexican, Lounges 108 W Kinzie St Chicago, IL 60654 Phone number: (312) 329-9555

6. Fogo de Chao Chicago Brazilian, Steakhouses 661 North LaSalle Blvd Chicago, IL 60654

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