The 10th Annual Bash on Wabash Returns to the South Loop

Get excited for this summer’s 10th annual Bash on Wabash, a South Loop street festival held on August 24th and 25th, 2013! Located in the heart of the South Loop on Wabash Avenue between 13th Street and 14th Place, Bash on Wabash is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. This year, the fest will celebrate the cultural diversity of one of Chicago’s fastest growing neighborhoods. Sponsored by Reggie’s and Budweiser, this bustling, dynamic festival echoes the South Loops’ electrifying energy, offering … [Read more...]

Luxury South Loop Condos

The South Loop attracts home buyers at a rapid pace these days, the proximity to the lake and downtown Chicago are a couple of the reasons. In recent history the South Loop luxury market had a glut of condos for sale, today there are only 9 luxury condos for sale over $1,000,000, with 6 homes contingent or pending and 3 million dollar homes closed in the last 6 months. The highest priced luxury south loop condo at this time is  located at 1919 S Prairie Ave Unit 3, which is located in the Marshall Field Mansion … [Read more...]

The Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival

When: Saturday, June 29 & Sunday, June 30, 2013—Saturday: 12 Noon-10pm, Sunday: 12 Noon-9pm; FREE Admission, $7 suggested gate donation  Where: Racine Ave. and Fullerton Ave. Chicago, IL 60614. On Racine between Fullerton & Webster  Directions: The Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival is easily accessible via the CTA's Fullerton and Halsted Bus routes and Fullerton Brown and Red Line stations. Parking special: $5 in the DePaul University garage at 2330 N. Clifton.  Come join us in Lincoln Park for the … [Read more...]

Two of Chicago’s Art Fairs Returning to Old Town

You might not have noticed, due to the unusually chilly temperatures, but summer is upon us. That means it’s time to gear up and get ready for two of Chicago’s most popular events: the Old Town Art Fair and the Wells Street Art Festival!   The 64th annual Old Town Art Fair weekend has been officially declared by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and the City Council to take place June 8th and 9th, 2013, inside the Old Town Triangle district. The Old Town Art Fair is one of America’s oldest art fairs, and is considered one of … [Read more...]

The Top 5 Highest Priced Chicago Condo Sales May 2013

The Top 5 Highest Priced Chicago Condo Sales May 2013 Chicago luxury condo sales show no sign of slowing down. 2 of the top sales were at 1500 N. lake Shore Dr. a building that only allows cash sales, no financing. This month there were 36 homes closing above $1 million dollars in the downtown Chicago neighborhoods, as compared to 26 last month. The top 5 sales in the month of May included another sale at the Trump building (401 N. Wabash) and a penthouse at The Legacy (60 E. Monroe).  If you are looking for a … [Read more...]

Cupcake ATM in the Gold Coast?

I realize that I may be coming late to this info but I recently was introduced to the 'Cupcake ATM' on Oak Street at Sprinkles cupcakes (50 E. Walton between Michigan and Rush St.). I needed cupcakes for an open house I was hosting the next day but by the time I arrived the store was closed. That is when I noticed the cupcake ATM. They have a whole menu of cupcakes, you just pick your flavor, swipe you credit card and the machine dispenses a boxed cupcake! You can even get a cupcake for your dog. I believe the … [Read more...]

World’s Largest Block Party Returns

The World's largest block party returns to Old St. Pat's in the western end of Downtown Chicago's loop. The dates are June 28th and 29th and tickets are $75 for a 2 night ticket or $40 each day general admission. Tickets to this event almost always sell-out so it is best to buy them now here. There is also a VIP lounge, tickets are $80 and include event entry, elevated area near main stage with bar and food catered by West End Grill and private port-o-lets. The entertainment this year is: Edward Sharpe and the … [Read more...]

Chicago’s real estate market escalates for 2013

Chicago’s real estate market is on the up and up, according to In April, home sales in the city soared 32.5 percent compared to last April. People are buying homes here and the city has become a hot market. The last time our home sales were up this high was in 2007. On top of that, demand for Chicago homes will most likely further increase over the next 12 months. The median price of a home sold in April was $271,600, the highest level on government records going back to 1993, according to the … [Read more...]

Being a Landlord in downtown Chicago

Even if you’re not in the market for a move and are happy just where you are, Chicago’s current real estate market is enticing more and more to become landlords. Real estate investors. People who buy real estate not to flip but to hold long term for appreciation and having someone else pay your mortgage for you. Have you thought about investing in Chicago real estate and if so, what are some of the considerations? Cash Flow. There’s no reason to buy real estate for the long haul if you’re going to have to spend … [Read more...]

Watch Your Mortgage Expiration Dates

You pay attention to expiration dates, don’t you? When you visit the grocer and buy a carton of milk, you look at the expiration date, right? And when listing your home and you receive an offer, do you also get a buyer’s preapproval letter from a lender? That letter has an expiration date, too. And it’s an important one. Dates matter, and when it comes to mortgage loans, it’s no different. The buyer has to obtain financing before a certain date in order to close on time. The appraisal has to be performed before a … [Read more...]