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The life as a real estate agent in Chicago can be as demanding as any profession out there. Finding the right condo in the right neighborhood is relentlessly challenging and can, at times, be extremely stressful. Whether it’s the perfect location that needs some modern kitchen and bathroom updates or the perfect new construction townhouse outside the buyer’s ideal downtown Chicago boundaries, there’s always going to be “give and take” in this business. The sooner homebuyers realize this conclusion the easier it is for me to find them the next place they can call home. But somewhere in the middle of this complex real estate process, I’ve realized that it’s important for me to find new and exciting things to do outside of real estate that can allow me to “get away from it all” on the rare occasion I do have some down time. For me, this task may be a bit easier than for some people, as I happen to live in one of Chicago’s greatest urban playgrounds known as Streeterville. And being that my primary day off is Tuesday, “boredom” is a word that’s definitely NOT in my vocabulary. First of all, let me make mention that if you live in Chicago and have yet to take advantage of some of the fabulous shopping and entertainment options that Streeterville Tuesdays offer, you’re missing out BIG TIME.

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There’s the Streeterville Farmers Market that runs every Tuesday from 7am to 3pm right outside the Museum of Contemporary Art. Vendors from all over the Midwest sell the freshest fruits, the greenest vegetables, and some of the most beautiful plants Welcome to Streetervilleand flowers around; and it’s all right outside my door step. Whether it’s the delicious red apples from Lehman’s Orchard (Niles, Michigan) or the juicy tomatoes from the River Valley Ranch (Burlington, Wisconsin), you’ll be sure to come away with the freshest ingredients to add to the salad you’re having for dinner or the sandwiches you make for lunch. And if the sweetness of the fruit wasn’t enough, Pucks’sRestaurant at the MCA holds free jazz concerts that are dubbed “Tuesdays on the Terrace, which make for a real treat around the museum block. Or, if you don’t happen to like jazz, stay for the exceptional lunch menu Puck’s offers with traditional Asian and Mediterranean influenced dishes and an even better daily express counter menu. Oh, and did I mention that admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art is FREE on Tuesday’s? My routine is to usually check out the latest art exhibit at 220 East Chicago Avenue and then pick up the essentials for that evening’s dinner right outside at the Streeterville Farmers Market. But the order doesn’t matter-- just be sure to take advantage of the wonderful Streeterville atmosphere every Tuesday; and if you happen to see me out there, be sure to say “hi.” 

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