Buying a Home in Chicago for Your Family: Where to Live–Popular Neighborhoods

Buying a home for your family is an exciting venture, but it can also be quite stressful. Especially if you’re new to the Chicago area and don’t know where to start looking. Where do you want to live? What school district should I consider? How much home can we afford? These are all questions that…

10 Things We Love About North Center

We love North Center! It’s where our office is located and it’s adjacent to our neighborhood. We flank between West Lakeview and North Center and love it. It’s been dubbed the suburbs in the city and for good reason. Picturesque treelined streets, shopping and restaurants, top rated schools, amazing parks and so many families everywhere.…

At Home: Decorating Your Porches For Fall with Pumpkins

The leaves are starting to change colors and the porch decorating is in full swing. I love walking down the neighborhood streets of Chicago admiring everyones fall decor. Over the years it has become a tradition and some may say a competition, for people to add beautiful pumpkins, mums, and wreaths to their front porch…

Top 4 Pumpkin Patches Near Chicago

Can you believe it is already October? I do not know about you but once it is October the kids are begging to buy a pumpkin to carve! Two of our top 4 favorite pumpkin patches to visit are also our favorite apple orchards. If you did not have time in September to make it…

Taking Love to New Heights:@properties Unveils Six-Story Mural in Chicago’s River West

It’s no secret that @properties loves supporting Chicago artists. Over the years, we’ve collaborated with a number of well-known names in the art community including Hebru Brantley, Dwight White, Marc Hauser, and Matthew Hoffman (the creator of @properties’ signature Love script). Today we are excited to announce we’ve teamed up with internationally recognized artist Lefty Out There to unveil…

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Top 3 Apple Picking Orchards Near Chicago + Bonus Recipes

Who’s ready to go apple picking? Apple picking is such a fun family activity and a great way to get outdoors while the weather is pleasant. I look forward to this event every year and so do the kids. Whether you want to spend an entire day at an orchard or you are looking for…

Family Friendly Fall Festivals and Events in the City

Can you believe it is September? School is back in session, cooler temperatures are starting to arrive, and fall will be here in a couple of weeks. That means It is time to save the date for the top fall festivals and events going on throughout the city. Keep in mind that some events require prior registration! …

Best Back to School Gear 2021

With the last year and a half being either all remote or half remote my kids are so excited to go back full time this year for school (with fingers crossed 🤞! Last year the most important item for going back to school was finding a laptop or desk for remote learning, but this year…

Local Chicago Happenings this week and the rest of this summer

There are still a bunch of fun things to do around Chicago this weekend and this coming week! Check out just a few things that are happening around town. Let us know which are your favorites. RETRO ON ROSCOE: Live music and great food all on the cutest street in Roscoe Village 2. TITAN WALLS:…

Family Fun August Bucket List

Can you believe summer is almost over?!?! Time seems to have flown by this summer. Adjusting to the new normal while trying to maintain summer fun for my family made me think I needed to create an end of summer bucket list. I wanted to have activities for my family to do together before school…