Real Estate Blog

Whether you are a long-time Chicagoan or a new transplant to the city, checking out the various blogs run by locals is one of the best ways to discover all sorts of entertainment options, delicious restaurants, and other sources of fun. Here are some of our Chicago real estate company's favorite city blogs: - One of the original city blogs, Chicagoist is a great resource for anyone living in the Windy City, with everything from restaurant reviews, neighborhood news, and links to other local blogs and websites. - The recently relaunched local news website is one of Chicago's best online resources for incredibly local news - you can find out what's happening on each individual block if you want, as per the site's

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Choosing real estate is a major decision in general - and perhaps one of the most significant financial and lifestyle choices you will ever make - so therefore deciding what you truly want and need out of your condo in downtown Chicago is the first step towards being truly thrilled with your next home. Here are some of the major considerations:

The view of downtown from Millennium Park.

The Size: Are you a busy professional who only needs a one bedroom, or do you have children or additional family members? Moving in with your significant other? You may still want a two or three bedroom so you both have space, and room for guests and/or a home office. Do you cook and want a spacious kitchen, or do you care more about closet space and the overall

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Selling a luxury condo can be just as complex as purchasing one, if not more so. Here are our Chicago real estate team's top tips and advice for staging your condo:


The interior of one of our Lakeshore East condos for sale.


1. De-Clutter! This doesn't only include the obvious things likes clearing off counters and tabletops, but closets, cupboards, and any other storage spaces as well. It will make everything look more spacious and neat, which is always more appealing.

2. Scent is Important. Cooking odors, pet smells, and heavy air fresheners or perfumes can all be a turn off to potential buyers. Even if they know the place will be thoroughly cleaned before they take possession of it, first impressions are important and the way a

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Like nearly every one else in Chicago, our real estate team loves all the festivals that occur in the spring and summer - they make dealing with the winters worth it!

Here are some of our favorites, all conveniently located only a short walk or cab ride away from downtown Chicago and Lakeshore East.

Enjoying summer in Chicago.

Do-Division is one of the city's best places to discover new local artists, fashion designers, musicians, and more. Local shopping and great tunes - what could be better? Plus plenty of the Near West side's best restaurants set up booths and special tasting menus for the occasion. Later in the summer, the Chicago Fashion Fest and Fashion Chicago in Millennium Park give local fashionistas something to look forward to as

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Living in the heart of the Windy City is a wonderful experience for many reasons - as anyone who is lucky to live in Lakeshore East already understands.

1. Convenience - Being close to virtually everything in Chicago makes like easier overall.  A shorter commute, being only a minute's walk from the grocery store (or you can just get them delivered)

2. The Pedway - Not having to go outside during one of the Second City's brutal winters is wonderful in and of itself, but the ability to reach your office without venturing out into freezing temperatures makes Lakeshore East's location a serious bonus for anyone who works downtown.

3. The Views - Being able to see the Lake, the Chicago skyline, and the most beautiful parks in the city right from

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If you have children (or are planning on having them in the near future), considering the nearby school options is an important factor when it comes to choosing a new home. Fortunately for those seeking to purchase a condo in Chicago, Lakeshore is home to the new GEMS World Academy, and there are plenty of other amazing schools in the downtown area as well, from preschool to elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and globally renowned universities. Just because you (understandably) want your kids to get an amazing education doesn't mean you need to move to the suburbs!

The new GEMS World Academy (image courtesy of


One of the best aspects of living in Lakeshore East if you are a parent are the excellent

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Whether you currently live in downtown Chicago or aspire to move to the Windy City, chances are you have a smartphone. Here are some of the best apps that will making living here easier and more efficient.

These are the apps that make living in downtown Chicago even better.

Chicago City Guide and Offline map - this app is an invaluable resource for anyone who lives in Chicago, allowing for access to maps regardless of where you are currently located or whether you have wireless service (hey, it can be spotty in some parts of the city or on the El).

Chicago Traffic Tracker - the ultimate way to navigate (relatively) painlessly through the city.

Faspark - the easiest way to find a convenient parking spot in the city with driving in endless

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