Chicago’s Far Northwest Side, comprised of neighborhoods like Jefferson Park, Norwood Park, Edison Park, Forest Glen and Portage Park, is characterized by tree-lined streets, a suburb-in-the-city feel, and a strong sense of community. From its thriving restaurant scene and excellent transit options to its wide range of community activities, there are plenty of things we love about the Far Northwest Side. Here are 10 of them.
The Windy City. The Second City. The City of Big Shoulders. Chicago is a city of many names, neighborhoods, and dreams, but to @properties Christie’s International Real Estate, it can be described in one word…home.
The countdown to Valentine’s Day is on – and if you’re still searching for the perfect activity, reservation, or off-the-radar spot to bring your Valentine, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re into cozy indoor activities, adventurous outings, or something totally out of the box, Chicago has plenty of romantic options. Read on for some of @properties Christie’s International Real Estate’s favorites.
It may seem ironic that inhabitants of the flattest part of the country are so enthusiastic when it comes to skiing and snowboarding, but we Midwesterners do love to hit the slopes. And while our topography may not offer the towering snow-covered peaks and endless groomed runs of Colorado, Utah, Montana or Tahoe, there are still plenty of fun ski and snowboard venues to enjoy within an hour or three of Chicago. From quaint getaways to luxurious resorts ideal for the apres-ski set, Wisconsin, Michigan and even the Prairie State have options for every taste and skill level. So grab your skis or your board – and plenty of warm clothes – and let’s go shred Midwest style.
@properties Christie’s International Real Estate led all Chicagoland brokerage firms in representing high end buyers and sellers
Chicago’s ultra-high-end real estate market notched another strong year in 2023 despite depleted inventory, economic uncertainty and the Fed’s aggressive inflation fight which sent mortgage rates surging to nearly 8%. Ironically, the very conditions that wreaked havoc on the greater market in 2023 made high-quality, hard assets such as luxury homes a coveted safe haven for affluent buyers with cash on hand.
@properties’ held its annual EXPO on Oct. 30, welcoming over 1,300 real estate agents to the Marriott Marquis Chicago to learn, collaborate, network and hear from industry thought leaders and some of the country’s top motivational speakers. The event brought together agents from company-owned and franchise @properties and @properties Christie’s International Real Estate offices in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Georgia, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
‘Tis the season to get out and explore. Whether you’re hunkering down in the city for the long term, plan to make a leap to suburbia in the new year, or simply want to get a sense of what’s out there, the holidays are a great time to get a feel for different communities.
Our advice? Start with some of these must-see holiday events and experiences. Scattered throughout Chicagoland, these annual go-to’s attract locals and visitors, giving you a chance to get in the mix. And when you’re done? Grab a quick bite, check out some area shops, or drive through nearby neighborhoods and get a feel for what life could be like if you made a move.
The dining room is making a comeback.
Relegated over the past couple decades in favor of open concept plans, experts say homeowners are rediscovering the dining room, seeking the coziness of a space to dine and entertain, separate from the rest of the home.
There’s no better showcase for the dining room than the holidays, when the space takes center stage as a hub for entertaining, hosting parties and enjoying meals with friends and family. Whether cozy or grand, formal or casual, the dining room is made for creating holiday memories. Below, we present five standout dining rooms currently on the market, each with their own unique style.
If you have a friend or relative who recently moved into a new home in the Chicagoland area – or maybe you’re looking to treat yourself with a little something for your own home – the holidays are a great time to shop for a nice home décor gift. To make your search a bit easier, @properties has compiled a list of Chicago-area businesses where you might find the perfect item for the plant lover, vintage fanatic, art connoisseur, or remote worker in your life.
Whether it was rebuilding the city following the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, reversing the Chicago River and the deadly pollution of drinking water by 1900, or finding solutions to many current-day issues, Chicago has, time and again, found a way to adapt and move forward.
The rise of the two-flat is a perfect example.
Simply put, “a two-flat is a two-story residential building with one unit on the bottom and one on top,” said Adam Rubin, Senior Director of Content, Exhibits & Interpretation at the Chicago Architecture Center.
Or, as Carla Bruni, Preservation and Resiliency Specialist at the Chicago Bungalow Association, described in her recent blog, “a two-flat is basically just a stacked Chicago bungalow in terms of layout and design (minus the hipped or gabled roof).”
However, as Rubin and Bruni recently shared with @properties, how the Chicago two-flat was constructed and how these structures built (and continue to build) a road to homeownership and financial security for many Chicagoans requires a more detailed explanation.
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