October 2013

Found 12 blog entries for October 2013.

Chicago Real Estate Near Top-Ranked SchoolsAccording to a new study that was mentioned in REALTOR® Mag, home buyers are willing to pay a premium for living within a highly-rated school district. Although not terribly surprising, especially for real estate around Chicago, the study, which was conducted by Redfin, looked at median sales prices for homes within certain school districts and comparable homes in the same area served by other, less-notable school systems.

The results of the study are showing that home buyers across the country are willing to spend an average of $50 more per square foot for a home that’s situated in a high-ranking school district than for a home located outside that school or district’s boundary lines. While some claim many other factors go into a home’s purchase price,

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Wicker Park Boutique Shops in Chicago IL Shopping local and supporting independently owned boutique shops is just one of many great things about living in Chicago. And while many locally owned clothing stores, spas and salons, various accessory shops, delicious bakeries, and just about anything in between are scattered all throughout the Windy City, there may be no better location to find some of these one-of-a-kind retail gems than in Chicago’s very own Wicker Park.
All along Milwaukee Avenue, parts of Damen Avenue, and even stretches of North Avenue house some of Chicago’s trendiest and most unique boutique shops and it’s because of these independent stores that Wicker Park and neighborhoods all over Chicago have such a unique blend of style, culture, and charm. It’s sometimes hard to keep up

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Guide to the 2013 Halloween Season in ChicagoToday’s brisk, gloomy weather got us thinking: Halloween season is rapidly approaching and it’s time to start thinking about what to do for the upcoming “holiday.” Downtown Chicago offers locals all kinds of entertainment and fun things to do, and when it comes to Halloween, the Windy City doesn’t disappoint. So you plan to take in a haunted house, several costume parties, or one of those creepy haunted bus tours that are all kinds of fun, here’s your guide to the 2013 Halloween season in Chicago.
Haunted Hotel Halloween Ball at the Hilton Chicago
October 26, 2013.
720 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
Chicago Crawl-O-Ween Bar Crawl
October 26, 31, November 1
Beetlejuice Halloween Party
October 26, 2013
The Underground, 56 W. Illinois St, Chicago IL

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Edgewater Starbucks Made From Shipping ContainersBecause most of the business we do is in downtown Chicago neighborhoods like the Gold Coast, Streeterville, River North and the West Loop, it’s not often we blog about neighborhood events up on Chicago’s far north side. But given the uniqueness and creativity to the new Starbucks that opened up in Edgewater today, we just couldn’t resist.

Situated at the corner of Broadway and Devon and just steps from Loyola University Chicago is a brand new Starbucks location that not only has an interesting design, but a true on-the-go concept that specifically caters to college kids walking to and from class or biking to work. The structure itself is made from a half dozen recycled shipping containers and various other recycled materials to add to the distinctive

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1601 S. Michigan Lofts in ChicagoChicago’s West Loop may be getting all the headlines, but if you love loft real estate in Chicago and want a great deal on a trendy new home with all the bells and whistles, the South Loop may offer exactly what you’re looking for. Much like the West Loop a decade ago, the South Loop is still up-and-coming and is arguably the downtown neighborhood that was hit hardest by the recent downturn in the market.

In other words, home, condo, and loft prices right now are still favorable to buyers and when it comes to housing options, plenty of classic old loft conversions are situated all throughout the neighborhood just waiting for the right loft lover to come along and recognize a great value when they see it.

In addition, DePaul University’s new basketball

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Not long ago, we featured a great list detailing just some of Chicago's many fun facts. Without boring you with another 2 paragraph introduction, we'll just get right to part 2 of this on-going series. Enjoy. 

  • The Field Museum, located at 1400 S Lake Shore Drive, has over 19,430,000 biological specimens.

Chicago Field Museum

Photo Credit: Chicago Conservation Corps

  • Skyscrapers weren't the only thing Chicago started. Roller skates, elevated railways, cracker jacks, zippers, window envelopes, Hostess Twinkies, pinball games and spray paint were also invented in Chicago.
Chicago Fun Facts
  • Chicago is home to the Chicago Water Tower and Pumping Station, the only buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire. Taking place in October 1871 and known as "The Great Fire,"
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2013 Chicago Film Festival The annual Chicago International Film Festival starts tomorrow and after a year that presented 127 feature films in 2012—of which included 21 full-length documentaries and 50 short subject films from over 55 countries, we’re excited to see what 2013 brings to the table. This year marks the 49th year of the Chicago International Film Festival and believe it or not, all film screenings this year will be under one roof at the AMC River East 21 theatre at 322 E. Illinois Street right downtown in Streeterville.

In the beginning, the Chicago International Film Festival had the simplistic goal of introducing the industry’s newest and hottest filmmakers, storylines, and points of view to film enthusiast and movie lovers alike, and after nearly a half-century,

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Brass Monkey Fulton MarketMore development news for the Fulton Market part of downtown and this time we’re learning about plans for a new restaurant, microdistillery, and event space all at one location. Crain’s first reported that 401 N. Morgan, the address of the new restaurant/distillery combo, which will be called Brass Monkey, was purchased by real estate developer and restaurateur Marc Bushala back in mid-January of this year, but back then, the plans were still somewhat unknown.

Around the time when the news originally broke that 401 N. Morgan had been purchased by Bushala, the plan was to always include space for a 5,000 square foot restaurant and a 20,0000 square-foot event space; but now there seems to bit just a little bit more information available. The Brass Monkey

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1000 W. Washington #438Nobody loves West Loop lofts more than we do and just coming onto the market last month is one of the most customized and unique loft spaces we’ve seen in a while. With over $400,000 in upgrades that range from the designer lighting and flooring to the high-end window treatments and custom bathroom and kitchen fixtures, 1000 W. Washington #438 is a special West Loop loft that commands the attention of any home buyer considering a trendy downtown Chicago loft residence for their next home.

Along with all the immaculate improvements and modernizations, 1000 W. Washington #438 of course still boasts all those attractive loft-like features like dramatic 18-foot high timber ceilings, exposed brick and duct work, and a unique yet functional layout that one

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431 S. Dearborn #1005 Chicago, IL A true "big-city" feel, 431 S. Dearborn #1005 is the ultimate Loop rental for those looking to live in the heart of all the action at an affordable price. Offering 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a whole lot of living space, 431 S. Dearborn #1005 is the ideal location for local students, as Roosevelt, the DePaul University Loop campus, Robert Morris University, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Institute for Financial Studies are all well within walking distance from your front door.

In addition, public transportation couldn’t be easier from 431 S. Dearborn with the Harold Washington Library (Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, & Purple Line), Jackson (Red Line), and Jackson (Blue Line) train stations all situated with 2 blocks from the building.  

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