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Investing Locally Vs. Long-Distance: What’s Better?

Investing in real estate – it’s been done forever, and it’s one of the tried-and-true ways of building sustainable wealth over the long term.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Continuing with Our Holiday Events!

Here’s what’s happening this weekend in Chicago and beyond as we inch closer to the arrival of Christmas!
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Neighborhood News: Celebrating Chicago Loop's American Writers Museum

In these days of book banning and questionable sources, it’s especially wonderful that Chicago is host to a unique venue that celebrates America’s unique contributions to the world of the written word in all its forms.
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Restaurant Review: Logan Square's Table, Donkey and Stick delivers with a Michelin Bib Gourmand

Michelin, the arbiter of fine dining worldwide, bestows the Bib Gourmand designation on restaurants where, according to Open Table, the cooking “punches above its weight class, guiding diners to places that serve phenomenal meals that don’t break the bank.”
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Don’t like veggies? Try roasting them!

Now that it is finally cool enough to crank up that oven it’s time for roasting vegetables! Roasting brings out the natural sugars in vegetables, which helps get that char and crisp tender texture.
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6 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas For The Holiday Season

The holidays are typically marked with all sorts of festive decorations, but perhaps none is more prominent and attention-grabbing than a Christmas Tree.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Getting into the Christmas Spirit!

Two holidays down and one left to go! It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit with the following holiday events for this weekend.
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Neighborhood News: 'Disney100: The Exhibition' celebrates a century of magic in Logan Square

The Walt Disney Company began “with a mouse and a dream” a century ago. It was the dream of a Chicago boy named Walter Elias Disney and his brother Roy.
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Restaurant Review: For a nice change of pace, try West Loop’s Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

If you’re tired of turkey and stuffing after this week’s celebration, a great alternative for dining on Friday or any other night might be Gyu-Kaku, a charming Japanese BBQ in the West Loop.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Setting family boundaries

This time of year is a good time to think about setting and keeping boundaries, especially around family. If you find yourself breaking out in a cold sweat, or if your heart starts racing at the thought of attending the family Thanksgiving, it might be good for you to keep reading.
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6 Signs Your Home Has a Drainage Problem

It’s no secret that any water that’s pooled in any part of your home will cause nothing but problems. And if there are drainage issues in your home, you’ll likely experience these problems pretty quickly.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Gearing Up for the Upcoming Holidays!

This weekend, Chicagoans will be gearing up for the upcoming holidays since this year all our traditional holiday events are back better than ever! And believe me, there’s plenty to choose from as you’ll see in my upcoming weekend blogs.
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Neighborhood News: Experience a winter miracle in Old Town's 'Immersive Nutcracker'

One hallmark of every holiday season is the performance of ‘The Nutcracker.’ For 130 years, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet has been a Christmas tradition everywhere.
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Restaurant Review: Thanksgiving Day Feasts under $100 per person in Chicago

The Thanksgiving holiday honors early settlers and Native Americans who came together to have a historic harvest feast in 1621. That first meal, according to National Geographic for Kids, consisted of deer, corn, shellfish, and roasted meat.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Stress Free Holiday

If you’re taking on Thanksgiving this year, don’t panic! With some organization you can pull this off with a minimum of fuss. From getting the house ready to the actual meal, here are some guidelines and handy tips to make everything go smoothly
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Private Showings Vs. Open Houses: Which Wins?

Looking for a new home? Before you sign on the dotted line, you’re going to want to have a chance or two to scope out a few homes in detail first.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Honoring Our Veterans!

Before we get started with this weekend’s activities, let’s take a moment to thank and honor all the veterans who have served, and are serving, so honorably in the military in times of war and peace as this Saturday is Veterans Day.
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Neighborhood News: Christkindelmarkets are back in Chicago Loop and Wrigleyville

Ach du liebe! Tis the season to celebrate a tradition that stretches all the way back to the Middle Ages…gathering in celebration and community, bringing light and laughter to a traditionally dark, cold season.
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Restaurant Review: For year-round rooftop dining, Cindy’s can’t be beat

The temperatures may be dropping, but a beautiful view of Chicago is year-round, thanks to restaurants perched high atop Chicago’s iconic skyscrapers.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Canned foods are good and nutritious

Canned foods have gotten a bad rap lately, so bad that folks can be ashamed to wheel up to the checkout with them in the cart. But what we think about canned goods couldn’t be further from the truth!
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5 Ways Real Estate Agents Save You Money When Selling Your Home

It’s understandable – after finally selling your home, it can be tough to fork over the commission fee to a real estate agent. But before you fall into the FSBO trap, consider one very important thing: real estate agents can actually save you money.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Embracing November and Upcoming Holidays!

As we embrace the arrival of November plus our next two holidays of the season, this weekend not only offers us some fun and exciting events before all the holiday hoopla begins, but it also gives us the opportunity to get a head start on this year’s holiday shopping!