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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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The bathroom might be the most overlooked room in your house, design-wise. We all need them, but most of us tend to stick to the basics and keep things simple. Plus, the design decisions you make in the bathroom tend to be more permanent (it's a lot harder to change up tile than it is repaint a wall, for instance). However, having a beautifully done bathroom can brighten your day - it can even become your own at-home spa experience of sorts.

Which is why we always suggest that you work with an experienced professional when designing the bathrooms in your new home! They can distill your ideas into something that truly fits your personality but also has resale value if you decide to move (or just change it up) in the future. Plus they can help you

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Once you've found the perfect piece of Chicago real estate, it's time to personalize it and make your home. And while Ikea is convenient and sites like Wayfair or Joss & Main will deliver you basically anything you need, there's no reason to stick with the mainstream when Chicago is home to so many amazing interior design resources.

The Merchandise Mart - The Merchandise Mart and the surrounding River North area is home to dozens of showrooms and galleries that feature high end options and interior design studios that will help you craft the perfect living space. For instance, Haute Living is the place to go for bespoke kitchens and bathrooms, while neighboring Luminaire has high end lighting and more.

Andersonville's Design Boutiques - This

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We all want to live simpler, happier lives - and while we know that living in an amazing piece of real estate is one way to go about it, that's only the beginning of ways that you can improve your life. Therefore, we've compiled a list of Chicago-centric life hacks that will improve your life in the Windy City - and they are all relatively simple.

Know Your Local Parks. While Grant Park, Millennium Park, and Lincoln Park tend to get all the glory (and somewhat rightfully so), there are plenty of smaller city parks that are just as lush and green, and not nearly as crowded or touristy.

The Zoo Is Free. The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of Chicago's best free activities for adults and children alike, and its surrounded by plenty of gorgeous gardens and the

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There's a lot of reasons to love living above it all, especially when you live in Chicago. And that's why we love high rise living in this city in particular. Here are the top ten reasons why living multiple stories up in Chicago is so desirable...

1. We've Got Views For Days. No one doubts that some of the best views in Chicago are available from our tallest buildings, and wouldn't you like to see that for yourself? Every day from your own living room, bedroom, etc.?


2.
It's Quiet (For A City). Once you're up high enough, the city noises nearly disappear.


3. These Buildings Have Gyms. And high end ones at that, so no need to pay for membership that also requires you to go outside or maybe even drive to get a workout in.


4. And Other Amenities.

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Getting an amazing education is one of the most important endeavors that anyone can embark upon, and we're proud to say that Chicago is one of the best places in the world to study. Whether you are interested in a Bachelor's, a masters, a PhD, medical school, law school, or studying the fine arts, Chicago could be the place for you - or your kid! The city is one of the best places for international students as well - cosmopolitan but also offering the best of American life, and it is basically located in the center of the country, making it the ideal base for exploring the rest of the United States.

Here's a full list of the colleges and universities in Chicago and we've chosen some highlights below.

University of Chicago - One of the best

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Living in downtown Chicago during the summer can be one of the most amazing times of the year for dog owners. After all, the weather is just about perfect, the parks and trails are open, and almost every restaurant with a patio welcomes your canine friend with open arms.

Speaking of parks and trails, the Lakeshore Drive path is quite dog-friendly, and so are many of Chicago's beaches. And there are plenty of dog parks as well, making this city perhaps the ideal place to have a pup in the Midwest.

Dog-friendly real estate options in Chicago include the buildings at Lakeshore East. Not only is the Park at Lakeshore East dog-friendly (with a dog park of its own!), there are many spots around the downtown area to walk your dog or have a meal,

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There are so many reasons to love living in Chicago, but there is perhaps nothing more glorious than living in the city in the summer. Here are our top six reasons why we love the Windy City in the warmer months.

1. Baseball isn't just about the games themselves. and we take our ballpark experience seriously. Whether you are a Cubs or White Sox fan, you can enjoy seeing one of your favorite teams in amazing ballparks. Wrigley and Comiskey Park (we refuse to call it U.S. Cellular Field) are both amazing.

2. Outdoor movies - Chicago does this incredibly well and there are plenty of places where "Movies In the Park" happen, most of which are centered around downtown but you can see classic films in many parks and places around the city as well.

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One of the best aspects of living in downtown Chicago is having world class theater, comedy clubs, museums, art galleries, music venues and concert halls, and more literally right around the corner or down the street. Not to mention the stunning architecture that makes every view and angle uniquely interesting!

Combined that with all of the amazing universities and creative communities in Chicago, and you're spoiled for choice when it comes to the arts and all the cultural experiences that are possible without leaving the Windy City limits.

Interested in new works by emerging artists? There are trendy galleries in neighborhoods like Wicker Park, Andersonville, Logan Square, Pilsen, and Hyde Park. More established national and international

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If you're interested in Chicago real estate, there's no doubt that uou've seen her work. But have you really gotten to know the woman behind some of the city's most amazing buildings? Meet Jeanne Gang, who's been interviewed by a number of publications including the Architectural Record interview that lets you see the mind behind the skyline.

From towers like Aqua and the upcoming Vista in Chicago to buildings in locations that run the gamut from Brooklyn, New York's Natural History Museum, and San Francisco to Brasilia and Dubai, she's putting her mark on the world. When you live in a Jeanne Gang building, you're living in a piece of history.

We thought what she said about Aqua was particularly interesting for Chicago real estate seekers and

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