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One of the many wonderful aspects of living in Chicago is the wide variety of live shows, concerts, and theater options. From the Second City improv theater, Broadway in Chicago, the Chicago Opera House, and all of the many smaller venues in addition to the sheer number of places to see live music, the Windy City might be one of America's best places to see any kind of live performance.

Second City and Improv Comedy - Often considered the birthplace of modern comedy, the Second City Improv club and the number of other improv comedy spots in Chicago mean that you can find a great place to enjoy some drinks and have a laugh any night of the week.

The Chicago Theater District - Chicago's theaters are perhaps surpassed only by Broadway itself.

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It's Valentine's Day, so it's only natural that we're writing a love letter to Chicago - the greatest city in the world.

After all, our city does offer residents plenty to love - especially if you're in the market for a new piece of real estate! However, the many amazing properties on the market and the ones being built as we type are only one of the reasons that the Windy City is our Valentine this year, and every year. Here are some of the others...

 1. Chicago has all four seasons, and they are all spectacular. From festive holidays in the winter and crisp autumn days to celebrating the arrival of spring and the summer heat like no where else, Chicago is the place to be to experience the best (okay and sometimes worst) that Mother Nature has

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One of the best things about Chicago is how we celebrate...basically everything! But the lunar new year - or Chinese New Year - is particularly special, and not just in Chinatown. That said, the parade there is pretty amazing, and we love seeing it - and all the colorful pictures - every year. And it's especially amazing to be living in a city that has multiple Spring Festival parades!

Chicago has one of the largest Chinatowns in North America, but the celebration extends throughout the city with events at Navy Pier, the Chicago Symphony Center, the Art Institute, and more. The Lunar New Year or Spring Festival is one of the most popular Chinese holidays, and it's meant to honor one's ancestors and kick off the new year, and much of it is centered

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Chicago is known as one of the world's greatest food cities, and our real estate team definitely appreciates every aspect of the city's culinary scene. Here are some unique elements of dining in Chicago that new residents should definitely know about.

1. Pan pizza - this is similar to the much heralded deep dish but with a caramelized crust and baked cheese on top. A little less rich but no less flavorful, this is what real Chicago natives tend to prefer. And it's a little lighter if you're counting calories or just don't want to be in a food coma.

2. The "Mother in Law" - a hot dog/tamale/chili combination that's unique to the south side of Chicago. If you like that, try the Gym Shoe, which uses gyro meat (a nod to the area's Greek immigrants)

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It's time to go beyond the stereotypes - that Chicago is full of Bears and Cubs who have the distinctive accent, we all hate ketchup (at least on our hot dogs) and we subsist on Italian beefs and deep dish pizza. Chicago has many wonderful idiosyncrasies that newcomers simply aren't aware of until they live there for a while.

So our Chicago real estate team has put together a list of the many unique aspects of Chicago that newcomers should definitely - it's the inside scoop from the city's leading experts on things Windy City lifestyle and real estate. Several of these will be especially helpful to new residents of our downtown Chicago condos!

Here are eight things newly minted Chicagoans should definitely know...

1. It is much cleaner than

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Making New Year's resolutions is a great way to start off the New Year off right, whether they are the standard ones like "get in shape", "learn something new", "start a new business"or "spend more time with friends and family". However, there are plenty of other things that you might want to work on in 2019, from the small (such as re-arranging your home to make a more cozy living environment), to the large (buying a new piece of property whether you plan to live in it or use it as an investment).

What are your resolutions for 2019? We'll start by sharing ours. In 2019 we resolve to...

1. Keep our (and our clients') homes staging ready. The easiest way to do this is by updating your interior decor with new paint colors, curtains, pillows,

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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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