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6 Things That Can Drive Your Property Taxes Up

Property taxes are tough to figure out. The federal property tax code alone is thousands of pages long, let alone the local codes all over the country.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Last Holiday Weekend of the Season!

We finally made it to the last holiday weekend before Christmas day this coming Monday. And guess what? Yep, there’s still plenty of holiday festivities to get you in the spirit for Christmas before then!
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Neighborhood News: Washington Square's Newberry Library

Quick quiz: What Chicago institution has "27.5 miles of shelving in the library stacks. And it's still growing!"
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Restaurant Review: West Loop’s The Publican a homage to European Beer Halls

An homage to oysters, pork and beer, The Publican's eclectic menu is inspired by simple farmhouse fare in a space evocative of a European beer hall.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Can you really multitask

We all think that we are great multitaskers, but are we really being productive? Researchers state that it can kill your productivity by 80%!
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7 Tips For Selling Your First Home

Regardless of how long you’ve lived in your first home, selling for the very first time can be a daunting task if it’s not done right.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Enjoying the Enchantment & Magic of the Holidays!

This weekend will have you, your family, and friends filled with the enchantment and magic of the Holiday Season!
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Neighborhood News: Lincoln Park’s Theater on the Lake-from Sanitarium to Concert Venue

Located at Fullerton Avenue and DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Theater on the Lake, 2401 N. Lake Shore Drive, was designed in 1913 and constructed in 1920, the Prairie-Style structure has known many uses and many lives.
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Restaurant Review: For ‘Tradition & Geshmak,’ nothing beats Uptown’s Sam & Gertie’s

This is Hanukkah Week, and if you’re in the mood for something completely different, what’s better than a vegan Jewish deli?
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Cooking oils and their uses

There are so many oils available today that some of us might get a bit confused. Especially with the price point of some of these oils, it is good to know where and when different types should be used.
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5 Affordable Decor Ideas that Always Impress

You might be taking the holiday season as an opportunity to add some 'cheer' to your interior decor. But the truth is, revamping your interior could probably use some refreshment at any point throughout the year.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Holiday Season in Full Swing -- Cheers!

The Holiday Season here in Chicago is in full swing, and this weekend is no exception. Cheers to a festive weekend!
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Neighborhood News: Palmer House-Chicago’s Most Resilient Hotel

The Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel 17 E. Monroe, is the nation’s longest continually operating hotel. BUT... did you know that the hotel began its life as a gift of love?
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Restaurant Review: West Town’s Boefhaus combines French-German influences in one Alsatian steakhouse

In the middle of a fussy holiday food season, sometimes, it’s just nice to come home to a simple, well-prepared steak with all the sides. With a side of Alsatian sass, provided by owner/chefs Brian Ahern and Jamie Finnegan.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Waste less, Save more

It has been estimated that Americans throw out 60 million tons of food every year. This is estimated to be about 40% of the nation’s food supply.
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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.