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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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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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The kids are out of the house, off to college and their first apartments or condos, living on their own. Which means that you might be ready to make the change to a smaller, more refined living space in a more cosmopolitan neighborhood. After all, there's no need for a suburban sprawl or multiple bedrooms once your children are adults - so it might be the right time to treat yourself to a more luxurious, high end property in your ideal location. You've earned it! And naturally, as some of Chicago's leading real estate agents, we have some suggestions about where your next home should be situated and what kind of properties you should be considering.

Reward Yourself For All Your Hard Work

After all, once you've "made it" and worked hard and

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Chicago - a.k.a. Chi-beria, at least during the months of December, January, and February - is generally not considered the most fun place to be during the winter months. And really, no one likes dealing with icy roads, shoveling snow, and all the other inconveniences of winter. However, there are plenty of reasons why Chicago is a wonderful place to be during the colder seasons - and here are our top ten aspects of why being in Chicago during the winter is absolutely awesome.

1. Christkindlmarkt - The German-style Christmas market in the Daley Plaza is an incredible winter experience even if you don't personally celebrate Christmas or any related holidays. Delicious food and remarkable crafts, plus the experience of seeing the trees all lit up in

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While winter in Chicago is indeed cold and can be unforgiving, there are a lot of things to love about the city in the winter - including how amazing the holiday season is in the Windy City. Here are some of our favorite things about the holidays in Chicago...and of course, if you are interested in experiencing the holidays in the Second City for yourself as a homeowner, contact us today!

1. Christkindlmarkt in Daley Plaza and other markets in downtown Chicago and the surrounding neighborhoods are some of the most fun ways to find unique gifts and experience how other cultures celebrate the holidays - and Chicago

2. The Bulls and Blackhawks are both in season, and both teams should be excellent this year. So cheer them on and support your

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October and November are of the most wonderful months to live in Chicago - not only is there beautiful scenery as the leaves change, there are plenty of special events, festivals, and holiday celebrations.

Current residents and visitors and can start by checking out Choose Chicago's official events calendar, where you can see what is happening each day of October and beyond.

Starting in the middle of October, there are Halloween celebrations for all ages, from Lincoln Park Zoo's "Boo! At The Zoo" to adults-only Halloween parties. The Haunted River tour can be a great neutral ground - it is a bit scary, but not too much for kids (and still fun for adults!). The greater Chicagoland area is home to plenty of other haunted houses, corn mazes,

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There are a lot of special homes in Chicago in general, and Lakeshore East in particular. However, this particular listing - #4702 at 340 East Randolph - really stands out. With some of the most desirable views in the city, this 2 bed, 2.1 bath condo is located in the city's most comfortable and convenient community. With restaurants, grocery stores, and the Loop all right next door and only an elevator away, this listing might be the best choice in downtown Chicago. You'd be able to walk to work and avoid driving in the snow - or all together!

Plus the views can't be topped!

Wouldn't you love to call this home? Get in touch with our real estate team today!

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If you are a recent Chicago transplant or planning on moving here soon, it can be daunting to figure out what the best sources of information on activities and entertainment, local and hyperlocal news, and generally what is going on the city. So if you want to live like a true local - and quickly - these are some of our real estate team's favorite sites to check out.

But first, are you looking at Chicago condo or other real estate options? Contact our agents today!

DNAInfoChicago: This site covers all things Chicago-related, from local news and sports to various restaurant openings, entertainment options, and various other info that is useful to current and future residents.

TimeOutChicago: The Chicago edition of this international magazine

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We know that living in dorms or in cramped apartments is pretty standard for college students, but some of them (the lucky ones) are choosing to skip the dorms and live in investment properties instead courtesy of their parents, grandparents, or other relatives. Or sometimes the student makes the condo purchase themselves - this is particularly likely in the case of grad students or adults going back to school to make a career change.

In our opinion, it is a nice move if you can swing it. Not only will the student get to live somewhere that's likely more comfortable, private, and spacious than a dorm room, the family will reap the benefits of their real estate investment in the future. That said, it is important to remember that the student

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Fall is one of the most wonderful times to live in Chicago - not only is there beautiful scenery as the leaves change, there are plenty of special events, festivals, and big games to follow. Football, hockey, and basketball are starting and baseball playoff season is heating up!

Current residents and visitors and can start by checking out Choose Chicago's calendar, where you can see what is happening each day of September and beyond.

There are Halloween celebrations for all ages, from Lincoln Park Zoo's "Boo! At The Zoo" to adults-only Halloween parties. The Haunted River tour can be a great neutral ground - it is a bit horrific, but not too much for most kids (and still fun for adults!). The greater Chicagoland area is home to plenty of other

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