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March 2010 - Posts

CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS – NORWOOD PARK, LINCOLN PARK, LOOP, OLD TOWN, NAPERVILLE
NORWOOD PARK I know it's a little early yet, but mark your calendars. The annual House History and Renovator Resource Day hosted by the Norwood Park Historical Society is on Saturday, April 24, noon to 4 p.m., at the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House. Admission Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN – INSTANT LAWN!! HAVING SUCCESS WITH SOD
We haven't yet talked about putting in sod. Whether you're doing the entire lawn or a small patch, installation is pretty simple . Make sure you have a good base, tilled soil augmented with a mixture of 2 parts top soil to one each sand and compost. Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - IPAD RELEASE DELAYED
I admit it. I've been contemplating purchasing this latest gadget from Apple . With a display of 9.5 inches and the ability to not only view my email and the Internet but also the ability to watch HD movies, this latest technology is extremely appealing. Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - EGG ANYONE?
Its time once again to honor the "egg", and let's not forget the "bunny", at one, or all, of this weekend's following family-friendly activities -- It's the 7 th Annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza this Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - In Chicago Area Schools, As State of IL Funds Dwindle, Class Sizes Likely to Shoot Up!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Hey, you dogs! Slowly, surely . . . Spring is returning to Chicago . Lots of squirrels to chase, a few robins to bark at. After a seemingly-endless Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS – PORTAGE PARK, LAKEVIEW, LOOP, GOLD COAST, EVANSTON
PORTAGE PARK Grab your reusable bags and head to the Portage Park Farmer's market this weekend. The market is being held this Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm which will feature local farms. You can find produce, meat, dairy, bakeries and other goods all Read More...
LINCOLN PARK - Roomy 2BR/2BA Split Layout Loft Condo Rental - Includes Parking!
• 1,125 sq. ft. - MLS® $1,645 Monthly Lincoln Park, Chicago - Roomy 2007 DePaul 2BR/2BA Split Layout Loft Condo Rental Includes Garage Parking! Top Location - Near DePaul, Lincoln Park Shops, Clubs & More! High-Tech Look! Cook's Kitchen Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – SPRING CHIMNEY AND FIREPLACE CHECK-UP
Tens of thousands of chimney fires occur every year due to creosote buildup and other chimney problems. In many cases, the entire house ends up burning down. The first step in reducing creosote buildup in a chimney is to have it inspected and cleaned Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - GOOGLE VS. COMCAST?
Google is once again challenging the status quo . They are planning to build, and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the country. The Evanston community has put in their bid. Back on February 10th, Google Read More...
RESIDENCES AT THE GROVE - Roomy 1BR With Garage Parking - A MUST SEE!
• 4th Floor Unit - Sunny Southern Exposure - MLS® $187,000 - Great Value! The Grove, Forest Park - Residences at The Grove! New in '06 - Roomy One Bedroom in quiet suburban community, yet incredibly convenient to transportation, schools! Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - TAKING IT BACK INDOORS!
With the onset of cold, rainy, snowy, dreary weather taking hold this weekend, Chicagoans will most likely be taking it back indoors again. And, we couldn't have chosen a more appropriate weekend to do just that! Here's why - It's March Madness Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - Big Ad Sign Possible in Wrigley Field Left Field Bleachers! Is Nothing Sacred?
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Chicago Cubs, 2010! Believe it or not, another likely-non-championship season for our beloved Boys in Blue is less than three weeks away! And, this Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS – NORWOOD PARK, LAKEVIEW, LOOP, RAVENSWOOD, OAK PARK
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Though some of our news does not include wearing of the green, we know everyone is Irish today. There are so many events happening today, you can also check out a full listing at Metromix because things are already Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – MORE QUICK EARLY SPRING FIXES
Last week I walked you through some light fixes you can do before taking on large spring cleaning. Here are some more quick fixes to make your transition from winter to spring easier. Clean sluggish drains . This reduces the potential for leakage, pipe Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - CLOSED CAPTIONING ON YOUTUBE
Though automatic captioning was launched last November, it was in beta testing with several educational services. Now it's available to all YouTube users. Think about it, now when you have a YouTube video that you want to watch, you can put it on Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - WE’RE GOING GREEN!
I'm not talking save the environment here. But rather, a special time of year when here in Chicago we all become Irish! In case you haven't noticed, St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. Since it happens to fall on Wednesday this year Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - In Chicago Suburbs, New Local Taxes Drive Up The Cost of a Gallon of Gas!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Good Morning, you dogs! On the way to get gas. I hate when I am almost empty. Will I make it to the Mobil station? Will I? Will I? You may have Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS – PORTAGE PARK, LOOP, LINCOLN PARK, GOLD COAST, EVANSTON
PORTAGE PARK This weekend don't miss the quadruple feature at Portage Park Theater . These are some real blasts from the past and truly an homage to the early horror flick. You'll have the opportunity to see Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll Read More...
CHICAGO MAYOR DALEY WANTS CITY TO STAY "GUN FREE" - Proposes Stiffer Gun Laws Statewide!
TECHNICALLY, GUNS BANNED ACROSS CHICAGO - BUT U.S. SUPREME COURT CONSIDERING WHETHER TO OVERTURN LOCAL LAW! Here in Chicago , the cynical among us beam that our city was the Birthplace of the Drive By Shooting. Gun rights advocates claim that restrictive Read More...
DOWNTOWN CHICAGO: Condo Bargains Galore . . . But, Too Often, It's Difficult to Finance Them!
HUGE CONDO BUILDING CRAZE IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO, THE LOOP LEAVES MASSIVE INVENTORY OVERSUPPLY. DEEP DISCOUNTS FOLLOWED! Condos, condos everywhere. Often priced for a song, or just slightly higher. That's the environment in many new Downtown Chicago Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – QUICK EARLY SPRING FIXES FOR YOUR HOME AND YARD
It's time to get started on your spring fix-ups now so you can enjoy the coming months. Here are a few items that usually need some revival after the winter months. Seal roof flashings or replace missing shingles . This simple weekend project helps Read More...
LONGER UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS - Could They Actually Be Stalling Recovery?
IN IL, BENEFITS EXTEND TO 99 WEEKS! ARE SOME UNEMPLOYED BECOMING COMPLACENT? Few would dispute the notion that high unemployment is dampening the Real Estate Market Recovery , here in Chicago and elsewhere. As we like to tell our clients, if today is Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - SPRING CLEANING, WINDOWS STYLE
Today, as I was cleaning out my old files and putting everything into storage, it dawned on me that spring cleaning should not only be limited to paper in your filing cabinet. Three bags of shredded paper later made me realize that I probably have a lot Read More...
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - Your Zillow Home Valuation? Perhaps YOU Can Even Do Better!
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Good Afternoon, you dogs! Well, before you know it, those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer will be back, and all of this Melting Chicago Snow will Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - COULD SPRING BE IN THE AIR?
It was so good to see the sun again! I thought we lost it for good!! Warmer days are ahead, and of course, not soon enough, but here in Chicago, and its surrounding area, we'll be gearing up this weekend just for that. The 16 th annual 2010 Chicago Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS – PORTAGE PARK, LAKEVIEW, WEST LOOP, OLD TOWN, NAPERVILLE
PORTAGE PARK There are lots of things to do and see in the Portage Park neighborhood and one of my favorite local haunts is the Empty Bottle . It's a unique venue with lots to offer and this weekend is set to start out fantastically. With local bands Read More...
KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – GET YOUR GARDEN TOOLS READY FOR SPRING
With all the snow we've had lately around Chicago it's hard to believe spring is just around the corner. Take advantage of the slightly warmer temperatures to come in the next few weeks by gathering up all the garden tools and give them a good Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - REMOVING TEXT MESSAGES
I get notifications on a fairly consistent basis about new apps for iPhone anb Blackberry. This one is particularly fun and actually a good idea. Let's say you want to propose. You text your significant other's best friend to arrange a place and Read More...