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Celebrating Memorial Day in the Windy City might be the actual most wonderful day - or entire weekend - of the year. The summer is starting, it's getting warm out after a long winter, and there so many events to attend, restaurant patios to try out, and parks to experience that you'll wish you had more three days to enjoy it.

Here are some of our favorite Chicago events happening this weekend, as well as our favorite things to do on Memorial Day in Chicago (and summer weekends in general)!

1. The Memorial Day parade runs along State Street from Lake to Van Buren, and it's always a lovely spectacle.

2. Follow that up with a trip around the City in a Garden in the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park.

3. And kick off the summer fireworks season

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When you're looking at a property with an eyes toward a purchase, you're looking at an investment in your future - whether you want to create your ideal living space, you're trying to find a place that will increase in value, or some combination of both. And while it is easy to focus solely on the major elements like location, square footage, and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, it is also essential to pay attention to the smaller things. For instance, raised counters in the kitchen and bathrooms can be incredibly comfortable if you're tall, or having a window that lets in the morning light in the bedroom can help you wake up naturally without an alarm. Here are some our favorite value-increasing details to look for when you're in search of

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Is there anything better than being out on the water on a beautiful Chicago summer day? We don't think so, which is why we've rounded up some of the best options for boat rentals and tours that will let you experience the city from a Lake Michigan or Chicago River view.

Chicago Architecture Foundation Boat Tour - These tours are perpetually popular with tourists and locals alike, and for good reason! You can learn about our city's most amazing buildings and architectural features from a knowledgeable guide all while you're enjoying the summer breeze from atop a river boat. There are lots of other architecture tours, but this one is perhaps the most consistently highly rated.

Jet Ski Chicago - Okay, these aren't exactly boats, but there's nothing

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When it's still snowing in April and possibly even May (in fact, we just had the most snow in April that's on record, it might seem like summer will never arrive in Chicago...so we're come up with some ideas for you!

Explore A New Museum.  You've probably been to the big ones like the Art Institute and the Field Museum, but the city is home to a lot of smaller gems like the Children's Museum and the Mexican-American Art Museum. Here are some more recommendations from the experts at Time Out Chicago.

Go To The Garfield Park Conservatory. A lot of greenery and some tropical weather will lift your spirits - it's one of Chicago's treasures.

Try A New Restaurant - In A Different Neighborhood. If you're feeling stir crazy, why not check out a new

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Chicago is known worldwide for its spectacular skyline and its glass and steel skyscrapers - and for good reason. Our stunning architecture has become downright iconic, and more remarkable buildings are being constructed all the time. However, the Windy City isn't all concrete; we have plenty of lush green spaces and gorgeous parks along the lakefront, the Chicago river, and elsewhere throughout the city. In fact, we have the largest municipal park system in the country, and our city's official motto is Urbs in Horto - literally, a "city in a garden".

Here are some of our favorites...

Lakeshore East. Of course we have to start with the amazing park that is surrounded by some of our favorite buildings - the Park at Lakeshore East (surrounded by

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Every city has a distinct personality. It comes from the companies and industries based there, the style of the art, fashion, and cuisine that's unique to the locale, and even the personality of it citizens. And if every city has its special characteristics, that goes doubly true for its architecture and real estate. 

The Movoto City Personality Index describes Chicago as ingenious, stimulating, quick, alert, and outspoken - and we tend to agree! Our powerful, sturdy skyscrapers certainly make a statement, and our many styles of architecture combine to make a creative and compelling blend that echoes the many cultures and backgrounds of our residents.

The city personality index also says Chicago is resourceful and good at solving new and

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While it looks like we have a least a few more weeks of chilly weather, our Chicago real estate team prefers to look forward to spring and summer instead of cringing at the thought of yet another polar vortex.

So without further adieu, here are our top ten reasons the Windy City is wonderful in the spring:

10. The festival season kicks off in a big way. An added bonus? Many of them happen right next door at Grant Park and Millennium Park.

9. Cooking and dining al fresco - restaurant patios start to open up, as well as the barbeque grills on the decks at the various buildings in Lakeshore East.

8. Running, walking, and biking along the Lake and otherwise working out in the city's many beautiful parks - it is wonderful after being cooped up

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Now that the winter is waning and the sun is coming back out, it's time for a refresh! Whether that means its time for an interior design update, a thorough spring cleaning, or perhaps even time to sell your place and/or look for a new one, spring means it's time to start everything fresh.

And wouldn't it be lovely to have a refreshingly new place to live for the new season? If you're not ready to buy something new, consider using a local cleaning service for a deep clean and organization - it might make your current home feel positively different, and if you're considering selling, it's a good way to get ready for the staging, open houses, and visits from potential buyers that are coming up. And perhaps it's time for a design refresh as well! New

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One of the many wonderful things about living in Chicago is the fact that it is truly a city of neighborhoods, each with its unique personality and quirks. In fact, this makes the city wonderful to explore as well as allowing you to determine which neighborhood is truly the best one for you (and your family, as the case may be). Here are some of our favorite Chicago neighborhoods and why you should consider investing in real estate in each of them:

Lakeshore East - Of course, we're going to start with our real estate agency's home neighborhood of Lakeshore East, a true urban oasis featuring some of the city's most remarkable skyscrapers as well as townhomes that live like single family homes, a gorgeous park, a high grocery store, a world class

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Spring flowers are popping up and the sun is starting to return to Chicago, and we're (hopefully) only weeks away from our first warm temperatures. And we're certainly looking forward to all of the many fun springtime activities that you can enjoy with your friends and family as well as how gorgeous Chicago looks in the springtime. Plus, lots of new listings and new construction come on the market around this part of the year, so it is a fantastic time to be in real estate in a thriving city

As lifelong (or near lifelong) Chicago residents, our real estate team wants to share the reasons why we deal with Chicago winters every year - we're looking forward to spring!

1.Opening Day! Whether you are a Cubs or White Sox fan, there's nothing like the

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