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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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There are so many reasons we love living in downtown Chicago - and like all Windy City residents, we have a lot to be thankful for. And not just in the real estate realm (although we are thrilled about the many opportunities in the Chicago market). Here are the top eight reasons we love living in downtown Chicago.

1. The Skyline and the City Lights. Yes, we're cheating a bit by naming two things with one item, but they really go hand in hand. Chicago at night is absolutely magical, especially during the holidays when city is lit up with decorations (literally).

2. Chicago's Dining Scene. Not only do we have some of the best restaurants in the world, we are also home to some of the world's finest grocery stores and we have a wide variety of

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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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The concept of luxury has been so overused that it has practically lost all meaning, particularly in regard to high end real estate. Depending on who you ask and what they are offering, a "luxury property" can mean anything from a condo in a building that has a gym and a doorman all the way up to a multi-million dollar plus listing that includes ultra high end finishes, customized floor plans, and amenities like private wine cellars, indoor and outdoor pools, and much, much more.

However, at the end of the day, you're the only one who can define luxury for yourself (but your real estate agent can help).

That said, there are some key elements that you may want to consider, especially if you're looking at investment properties or considering the

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Living in downtown Chicago means that you get to experience a lot of energy and plenty of hustle and bustle - it's all part of big city life (and why we love living here). However, being exposed to all the vibrant energy can lead to the need to recharge, so making sure that your condo or downtown home offers plenty of opportunities to relax will make it a real sanctuary. And here's how...

Step 1: Find Your Ideal Relaxation Activity
Finding the right self-care technique or activity is key to unwinding and recharging. It also helps to determine where you should design your relaxation space. If you enjoy reading or other activities like it, your relaxation space should be a quiet area of the home away from high traffic and energetic spaces (i.e. living

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We know that living in Chicago is pretty spectacular in general, your friends and family might not necessarily understand how awesome it is if they don't live here too/ While residents and property owners don't always get a chance (or have the time) to play tourist in their own city, having out-of-town guests can be a great excuse to check out the sights and see things from a new perspective. Because let's face it, even the towering skyscrapers, amazing architecture, and world class restaurants can be easily overlooked or taken for granted if you see them every day.

Here's how our real estate agents like to entertain and explore with their guests...

1. Check out the view from the River. The architecture tours are a classic, but even a stroll on

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If you live in or are considering moving to Chicago, you know that it is indeed a city of neighborhoods - each with their own vibrant communities and unique characteristics. However, there is something to be said for living in the center of it all - and aren't real estate decisions and value mostly based on location?

So while it may lack the trendy of-the-minute cachet of some neighborhoods further from the center, living and/or investing in the Loop and nearby areas is definitely something to consider, especially if you work downtown.

Here are ten reasons why your next real estate move should be towards the Loop and Chicago's downtown neighborhoods...

 1. The central location means that you're only a quick drive, taxi, Uber, Lyft, train, or

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Rendering of 363 East Wacker Drive #2907 (Vista)

While living in the suburbs or the outskirts of Chicago may be much more relaxing than the hustle and bustle of the city, nothing is the same as enjoying the energy of downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods - particularly if you have your own pied-à-terre or second home to enjoy it all without having to travel home to the suburbs or further.

Whether you work in Loop or nearby, or simply want a home base in the heart of the Windy City, finding a cozy pied-à-terre with amazing views of the skyline, Chicago River, and Lake Michigan can be easier said than done. Naturally, you desire all the comforts of home, but you also want the convenience of a compact condo that's near everything from the

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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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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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