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How to Compete With a Cash Offer When Buying a House

After pounding the pavement for what seems like forever, you’ve finally found the place you want to put an offer on. But alas, someone else has already got their fingers on it, and it’s a cash buyer, no less.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Can Spring be on the Horizon?

Are you ready to embrace another weekend? Good because not only are we in the month of February, which only has 28 days, but spring is on the horizon! Although you wouldn’t know it from this past week’s arctic blast!! Anyway, here are a few events to get you through this weekend and closer to that spring horizon.
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Neighborhood News: From Meigs Field to the Museum Campus’ Northerly Island

Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White Drive, is a 91-acre, man-made peninsula along Chicago’s Lake Michigan lakefront, as Wikipedia describes it. It’s probably best known as a summer concert venue (Huntington Bank Pavilion) after the demolition of Meigs Field, a landing strip/airport for small planes.
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Restaurant Review – Experience Chicago in a cozy winter igloo atop Wicker Park’s The Kennedy!

Once a creative way to safely dine during the pandemic, winter igloos at Chicago’s area restaurants have pivoted. Today, they are a cozy, intimate dining experience for two, or for your family.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Keeping your refrigerator clean and organized

I have noticed after showing hundreds of houses over the years that even homes that seem quite tidy and clean will often have refrigerators that look and smell quite bad. I think sometimes the refrigerator is the last thing people think about when cleaning the house.
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Creating a Luxurious Bedroom Retreat on a Budget

Considering how many hours of the day are spent in your bedroom, it makes sense to pour a little focus and budget into this often-overlooked space. After a busy day, it would be nice to come home and retreat to a comfortable, soothing, esthetically-pleasing bedroom.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – It’s Happy Lunar New Year Time!

Chicagoans will bid adieu to this last weekend of January by welcoming in the Lunar New Year of 2023! Come out and join us as we celebrate The Rabbit!!
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Neighborhood News-Discover Chicago’s ‘People’s Palace’ at the Chicago Cultural Center

Known for its dazzling, ornate mosaic ceilings in Preston Bradley Hall, elegant receptions, and myriad free arts programming, the Chicago Loop’s Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, has entertained presidents, served as our central public library, and today, provides hundreds of free arts and entertainment programs annually.
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Restaurant Review: A hopping good time to celebrate Lunar New Year at Lakeview’s 2D Restaurant!

Happy Lunar New Year, Dean’s Team readers! This year's Lunar New Year started Sunday, January 22, and spans 15 days until the full moon (February 5). Chicago’s Asian communities on the North (Argyle Street/Broadway) and South (Chinatown, 16th and Wentworth) are gearing up for a spectacular Year of the Rabbit!
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Organizing your space

Many of us would love to get organized this year. Easier said than done! I’ve been in the same house for more than 35 years, so I certainly know clutter. In my opinion, we need to try and understand the clutter and why we keep it in order to get rid of it.
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Improve Your Living Space With Color

Without realizing it, we’re affected by the colors that surround us throughout the day. While the walls of your home may be plastered with the same neutral tone while it’s on the market, part of making it your new home is customizing it to your own preferences.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Celebrating Chicago’s Culinary Scene!

This weekend offers Chicagoans the opportunity to visit citywide restaurants and experience some of the best food in Chicago! Yummy!!
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Neighborhood News: From Silents to Porn to Independent Movies, Lakeview’s Music Box Theatre Has Seen It All

If there were one movie theater that has truly seen it all, it has to be Lakeview’s Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue.

Restaurant Review: All Roads Lead to West Town’s ROOH

With Chicago Restaurant Week nearly upon us (January 20-February 5) it’s time to expand your horizons and palates with new tastes and new adventures!
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Stay hydrated

Simple right? Just drink more water and you’ll stay hydrated! It’s true; drinking water, seltzer, tea, and even coffee (in moderation) will give you your base of water needed in a day.
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Houseplants: Why, What and How?

Houseplants scrub the air in your home, they lend a tranquil vibe to any room, and as a design element they’re super versatile, adding color, texture, and shape for great interest and appeal
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Planning Our “Look Forward To” Summer Events!

There’s no better time than this weekend to begin working on our “look forward to” summer events! It’s how we Chicagoans get through the winter season!!
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Neighborhood News: For MLK Day, visit Marquette Park’s MLK Living Memorial

As a nation, we celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. annually on the third Monday in January. In 2023, we’ll be celebrating his life on Monday, January 16.
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Restaurant Review: Chicago Restaurant Week is Back, January 20-February 5

Chicago Restaurant Week turns Sweet Sixteen in 2023. This year, the annual event, featuring restaurants from Rogers Park to the South Side, will run from Friday, January 20 to Sunday, February 5, bringing together more than 300 of the city’s top restaurants.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles - Fitness goals in 2023

Many of us have a goal this year to get more fit. If you go by fitness centers in January, the parking lots are full, but February…not so much. We need to find a way to increase physical activity in a way that will become a habit and be enjoyable!
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4 Simple Practices to Improve Your Personal Finances

The downward spiral of debt is a dangerous one, especially when that debt is attached to extremely high interest rates, typical of credit card debt. With rates as high as 36%, it can be very challenging to climb back out for air.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Focusing on Yet Another Chicago Winter!

Welcome to 2023! Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to focus on getting through yet another one of Chicago’s winters.