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Tis the season for gifts of all kinds, from the fun and somewhat frivolous stocking stuffers to the big ticket items that make the holiday season so memorable. However, there is one kind of gift that is not only wonderful to give or receive, it can be downright life changing! That's right - we're talking about a gift of Chicago real estate.

After all, a gift of real estate can be life changing - whether it is an amazing vacation spot or second home, an amazing new place to live, or an investment property, or virtually anything else. For parents, it is a way to help your kids start off adulthood or parenthood on the right foot, a way to thank your own parents for all that they've done for you,  or it can be a great gift to yourself and your partner.

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Chicago winters are no joke. And with the temperatures dropping and the polar vortexes looming, if you live here you better ready to settle in for the winter. New transplant to the Windy City? Have no fear - our experienced agents are not only knowledgeable about the Chicago real estate scene, but also about living in the city itself - including how to survive our winters.

Moreover, if you are planning on moving to Chicago, don't be afraid of the cold! It's really not that bad, and if you follow the tips below, you may even surprise yourself by enjoying the winter months.

1. Stick to the Pedway. Whenever possible, simply stay out of the wintry elements during your daily routine. Residents of Lakeshore East and similar downtown condos have the

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There are many reasons why we are thankful to be living and working in Chicago - probably too many to count, and definitely too many to fit into on one article here. However, it is Thanksgiving week and therefore we'd be remiss if we didn't share at least a few of the reasons why we love living in Chicago.

1. We're thankful for the stunning architecture, especially works by masters like Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies Van Der Rohe, Lucien Lagrange, and our very own Jeanne Gang.

2. We're thankful for the city's amazing parks and public gardens - Chicago's commitment to public green spaces is second to none, as evidenced by our motto Urbs in Horto, or "a city in a garden".

3. We're thankful for Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, and all the amazing

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There are so many reasons we love living in downtown Chicago - and like all Windy City residents, we have a lot to be thankful for. And not just in the real estate realm (although we are thrilled about the many opportunities in the Chicago market). Here are the top eight reasons we love living in downtown Chicago.

1. The Skyline and the City Lights. Yes, we're cheating a bit by naming two things with one item, but they really go hand in hand. Chicago at night is absolutely magical, especially during the holidays when city is lit up with decorations (literally).

2. Chicago's Dining Scene. Not only do we have some of the best restaurants in the world, we are also home to some of the world's finest grocery stores and we have a wide variety of

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We might be a little bit biased, but we think that Chicago is one of the best sports cities in the world. With two world class baseball teams as well as football, basketball, hockey, and soccer teams that regularly make the playoffs, we're incredibly lucky when it comes to professional sports. In fact, we're only of only ten major U.S. cities that have five major professional sports teams - the Bears, the Cubs, the White Sox, the Bulls, and the Blackhawks. Plus we have two up and coming soccer teams, the Chicago Fire and the Chicago Red Stars!

What's more, if you're a dedicated amateur or just love watching your fellow locals compete, there's everything from softball and volleyball leagues in the summer to hockey leagues in the winter, along

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When you're looking for a new piece of Chicago real estate, there are many things to consider as you search - and even more questions to answer before you buy! And while certain aspects of the search and the subsequent purchase are identical no matter what type of property you are looking for, there are many nuances to consider that vary depending on whether you're searching for a long-term home, a short-term place to live, or an investment property.

A Question of Space. This might be the most important aspect of your new property to consider if you're planning on calling it home for a number of years. How much space do you really need to be comfortable - and how much space is truly ideal? This depends not only on your own preferences, but on the

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Rendering of 363 East Wacker Drive #2907 (Vista)

While living in the suburbs or the outskirts of Chicago may be much more relaxing than the hustle and bustle of the city, nothing is the same as enjoying the energy of downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods - particularly if you have your own pied-à-terre or second home to enjoy it all without having to travel home to the suburbs or further.

Whether you work in Loop or nearby, or simply want a home base in the heart of the Windy City, finding a cozy pied-à-terre with amazing views of the skyline, Chicago River, and Lake Michigan can be easier said than done. Naturally, you desire all the comforts of home, but you also want the convenience of a compact condo that's near everything from the

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Imagine having all the space of a single family home in the suburbs, but the city at your front door? The Park at Lakeshore East and the Maggie Daley Park would be your front and backyards, and you'll be only steps from all the entertainment, dining, and culture that downtown Chicago has to offer.

The opportunity to buy and live in a sunlit corner townhome in Lakeshore East is a once in a lifetime chance. With three bedrooms, four and a half baths, a private two car garage, two balconies, and three levels of gracious living space (plus a rooftop deck with 360 degree views), this is one of the true gems on the Chicago real estate market right now.

The address is 401 East Benton Place #401, and we'd be happy to give you a tour.

Just look

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Having an extra bedroom or an extra room in general can be wonderful - and it is definitely a way to add value to your Chicago real estate purchase if you're in the market. That said, if you're planning on living in the condo or home, or you currently have a spare bedroom that's not in use, you may want to consider making the most of that space by converting it into something that you love. Here are some ideas from our agents on how to make the most of that extra room in your Chicago home...

Office: Perhaps the most obvious way to use an extra room, but a home office is indeed a wonderful way to define work time from leisure time, especially if you work from home on a regular basis. Rooms with plenty of natural light, space for a large desk and a

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We love Chicago - the architecture, the parks, the many amazing restaurants, the art and culture scene, and of course, the real estate. But the one thing we love the most? The many opportunities the city offers to give back. From volunteering to tutor school children, working in a soup kitchen, or simply taking an afternoon to help socialize the kittens and puppies at one of our animal shelters, Chicagoans have plenty of chances to spend time contributing to the community.

Want to help out? Volunteer Match lists over one thousand opportunities in Chicago, so there's bound to be something you're interested in. Or get little more local with ChicagoCares (you don't have the time but still want to help out, there's a donate option on the ChicagoCares

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