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By Jennifer Ames | Broker in Chicago, IL
  • Architect Profile: Howard Van Doren Shaw

    Posted Under: Curb Appeal in Chicago  |  August 19, 2010 2:12 PM  |  2,092 views  |  1 comment
    One of Chicago’s many great qualities is its fantastic architecture. The style and craftsmanship found in the city is without comparison. After the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, architects from across the globe came to Chicago to help rebuild, laying the foundation for the disctinctive skyline that we enjoy today.

    But not all of the city’s architects came from afar. Case in point: the celebrated architect Howard Van Doren Shaw.

    Read more at www.liveandplayinchicago.com...
  • How to Spend Valentine’s Day 2010 in Chicago

    Posted Under: Entertainment & Nightlife in Chicago  |  February 8, 2010 10:08 PM  |  2,278 views  |  No comments

    Valentine’s Day is approaching, and the City of Big Shoulders shows even bigger heart when it comes to offering ways to make your February 14th one to remember. Whether its a Swedish massage for two, a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan, or a stroll though a tropical conservatory, the options are many when it comes to spending Valentine’s Day in Chicago with your special someone.

    Read more at www.liveandplayinchicago.com...

  • Stage Your Home for Less Than $500

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Chicago  |  February 8, 2010 5:58 PM  |  2,206 views  |  No comments

    Everyone knows that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to selling your home, buyers will certainly be judging your property on its presentation.

    With that in mind, making a little effort to ensure that your home shows well before putting it up for sale can really pay off - both in terms of a higher price and a quicker sale. Best of all, you can see these benefits without needing to remodel bathrooms or pursue major renovations.

    Here are a few of the simple, inexpensive tips our Team gives clients when preparing their homes to list:

    Read more at www.liveandplayinchicago.com...

  • 2010 Summer Day Camps in Chicago - Don't Get Left Out!

    Posted Under: Parks & Recreation in Chicago  |  January 31, 2010 10:13 PM  |  2,290 views  |  No comments

    Winter in Chicago may not inspire thoughts of summer camp in most people, but if you want to get your child registered for some of the city’s many exciting camp programs this summer, now is the time to act. Whether you’re looking for a multi-day diversion or a month-long adventure, there is something for everyone available. Registration is now -- or soon will be -- open for most camp programs, and if years past are any indication, most of them will fill up fast. Below is a sampling of some of Chicago’s most popular summer camps. As always, consult the included links for the most up-to-date information.

    Read more at www.liveandplayinchicago.com...

  • Our Live & Play Chicago Magazine is Now Available Online

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Chicago  |  January 25, 2010 8:05 AM  |  2,135 views  |  No comments

    The recent rollout of our Live & Play Chicago real estate magazine was a great success. Ten thousand copies were delivered to Chicago area homeowners as well as business and community leaders. If you weren't able to get your hands on one of the hardcopies, don't worry. The magazine is available in an online digital form here.

    Read more at www.liveandplayinchicago.com...

  • Make the Most of Winter in Chicago (But Keep These Things in Mind)

    Posted Under: Crime & Safety in Chicago  |  December 17, 2009 7:11 AM  |  2,335 views  |  No comments

    I love winter in Chicago. The city is full of tradition for young and old alike, especially where the holidays are concerned. My favorite childhood memories include watching the animated holiday displays in the store windows on State Street, getting my picture taken with Santa at Macy’s (then Marshall Field’s), seeing the Nutcracker Ballet with my grandmother, and visiting the Museum of Science and Industry’s wonderful Christmas around the World and Holiday Lights exhibit. These days, there are even more opportunities to enjoy, like ice skating at Millennium Park or Wrigley Field, strolling through Christkindlmarket with a cup of hot spiced wine, and snuggling up in the back of a horse-drawn carriage for a ride down Michigan Avenue.

    While you’re enjoying winter in the city, however, don’t forget some of these practical seasonal considerations.

    Read more at www.liveandplayinchicago.com...

  • Got Your Home Under Contract? That's Only Half the Fight

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Chicago  |  December 17, 2009 7:10 AM  |  2,237 views  |  1 comment

    It used to be that a home seller’s biggest challenge was getting a buyer to simply make an offer with terms that the seller could accept. In today’s world, however, agreeing on a purchase contract gets you only halfway toward your goal of selling your home. The process of moving from contract to closing is rife with more challenges than ever, meaning more sales falling apart long before the homeowner arrives at the closing table. In Illinois, buyers can back out of their purchase contract during attorney and inspection review without giving a reason, resulting in sellers who sometimes never learn why their sales fell apart.

    There are several factors that may cause a contract to unravel. Understanding what they are and how some can be avoided can help prevent disappointment later on.

    Read more at www.liveandplayinchicago.com...

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