Aug. 7, 2022

10 Common Real Estate Myths

Common Real Estate Myths


In doing your own research or listening to stories from family and friends, you might think that you know how the real estate industry works. It’s good to be informed and getting recommendations from people close to you instills trust. But how often do you buy or sell a home? 


While some aspects of real estate have stayed the same for decades, in recent years, technology in the industry is radically changing the way we buy and sell properties. If you’re not a real estate profession, working day-to-day in the field, it’s hard to keep up. In fact, believing certain myths could cost you money when it’s time to buy or sell a home. Check out these ten common myths:


Selling a home yourself will save you money

With all the online resources, it is possible to sell your home yourself. Selling a home is a big undertaking, especially without the help of a real estate professional. In the end, what you save on a real estate commission might actually mean a lower sales price. Find out more in Why Hire a Real Estate Broker?


All real estate agents are the same

There are a lot of really good real estate brokers in Chicago. Although, they’re not all the same. It’s important to have a high comfort level with your real estate broker. You can get referrals from friends, research online reviews and ask the broker for client referrals. The most important thing is the feeling you get from a broker in a face-to-face meeting, so set up an interview and check out our Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Real Estate Broker


A good real estate broker will be actively involved in the whole process, from start to finish. They will be focused on your needs and working in your interest. The realtor makes the deal happen. Plus, the relationship between the buyer's realtor and the seller's realtor is very important because they are the front people for their clients.


The real estate market will only go up

Home prices have been going up in recent years. But remember the economic downturn and sharp decline in 2008? If home prices have gone up, there’s a good chance for a market correction. Although, it hopefully will not be drastic like a decade ago. Remember, owning a home is most beneficial when it is a long term investment. 


Renovation costs will be covered in the sale of your home

Not necessarily, unless you find that perfect buyer with your exact tastes. If a recent renovation isn’t appealing to a buyer, they probably won’t be motivated to redo the renovation and will pass on your property. You’re better off adjusting the home price. As for renovation projects, do them for your own enjoyment at least a couple years before you are ready to sell.


A home will either pass or fail an inspection 

As a home inspector evaluates the condition of a property, they will find things that need to be fixed. No property is perfect. In fact, they are hired by the buyer to do an independent evaluation so they understand the condition of the home. It’s not pass or fail. And the fixes are negotiable between the buyer and seller. An inspector might throw out numbers, estimating the cost of repairs, but you really need to get estimates from professional contractor. Costs will vary from contractor to contractor and many times the inspector is wrong about what actually needs to be fixed. 


Zillow’s home estimate is correct

Not usually. There are various reasons for this. Vital information such as interior and exterior home renovations may not be included as the algorithm is pulling off the previous sale of the home. This can cause inaccurate descriptions, like square footage and/or room count, that drive home estimates down. Another factor is that home values are based on past sales and if the market is significantly hotter, those sales may not be an indicator of the current market. Read more at Is a Zillow Zestimate of your Home Value Accurate? 


Open houses draw the most serious buyers

Open houses draw people who are curious about what’s on the market, inquisitive neighbors and those looking to see how a place is decorated. Serious buyers do come to open houses, but many times they are not ready to put in an offer. I have sold properties at open houses, but more often than not, the open house serves as a great marketing venue to help spread the word.


Start with a low offer on a home

While there is nothing wrong with negotiating, you might alienate the seller. A low offer tends to be insulting and won’t be taken seriously. Start with a fair offer and this will lead to amiable negotiations and cooperation along the way. 


Multiple price reductions or on the market a long time means desperation to sell

In a changing market, property price points will change quickly. It can be harder to determine a fair market value in this type of economy. Price reductions are made to be competitive and aligned with current comparables in the area. If the home has been on the market for some time, it could also be due to the home’s layout, location or condition. It all comes down to demand and price for a certain type of property. 


Multiple offers are an advantage to home sellers 

It may seem like this scenario would guarantee the home would sell for top dollar. Maybe, and maybe not. A bidding war can be stressful for both the seller and potential buyers. If the buyers feel like they’re being played, the seller may end up watching all the leads disappear. Or, if the home is underpriced, there’s a chance that multiple offers won’t bring the price up to fair market value. It can be tricky. 


If you have questions about the real estate market or the “best”solutions to selling or buying a home, please contact us.

Posted in Chicago
July 10, 2022

Urban Outdoor Design Inspiration

An outdoor area is one of the most important spaces in a home. With our shorter warm weather season, a lot of Chicago homeowners take full advantage of the outdoors. An inviting urban oasis for both relaxing and entertaining can feel like a retreat. This is also a key factor for those thinking of selling their home. 


Outdoor Design

From Elle Decor and Elle Decor


There is undeniable value in creating a  stress-free zone in our urban environment. Prepping your outdoor space with fresh staging ideas can help you sell your home faster and maybe even for a higher price. It draws people in and helps buyers see themselves enjoying the garden. It’s an extension of the living space. If the home or condo is small, it provides an expansive feel.


Urban Outdoor Design

From Apartment Therapy


Sprucing up your outdoor space can be as simple as reupholstering or buying cushions and pillows. Update old light fixtures with a fresh coat of paint. Add tea lights and candles, along with an outdoor rug to make the space cozy. Use neutral colors to draw attention to the natural green environment for a more calming feel. For privacy and to separate the space from the neighbors, add rattan blinds and hanging plants off the balcony. Strategically arrange inexpensive flowers and potted plants around the area.


Urban Outdoor Design

From Elle Decor and Elle Decor


For homes with a small backyard, use accent stones to create a relaxing retreat feel. Purchase tall thin bushes for privacy. Place bamboo lanterns along pathways or string bistro lights around the dining area to create a sophisticated evening atmosphere.


Urban Outdoor Design

From Apartment Therapy


The style of your home should seamlessly blend into the style of your outdoor space. If you’re on a budget, Home Goods offers inexpensive outdoor accessories. For a more modern vibe, check out West Elm, Room and Board and CB2. To design a traditional space, shop at stores like Arhaus, Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Jayson Home and Walter E Smith.


Urban Outdoor Design

From Domino


Renting outdoor furniture for staging can be expensive, so if you work with me in selling your home, I will give staging advice using items that you already have. And if I do recommend purchasing something, I suggest cost-effective items within your budget that you can use in your next home. Please contact us if you have questions. Happy Summer!

Posted in Design Ideas
June 28, 2022

Simple Steps to a Beautiful Urban Garden

The planting season is in full swing in Chicago! Flowers and plants add a relaxing retreat to any outdoor space. With all the amazing, neighborhood garden walks, there's plenty of inspiration. For curb appeal, consider the style of your home so the design will seamlessly move from the exterior of your home to the interior. Here are some simple tips from local garden specialists on how to plant and maintain your garden all summer long!

Urban Garden Chicago

Photo credit: Flowerlife

Window Boxes and Flower Containers

At this point in the season, Joanne Greene, owner of On the Ledge Landscaping says your best bet to designing a beautiful outdoor space is to create a container garden. Using containers are a simple way to add color and beautiful touches to your balcony, rooftop and outdoor patio space.

Urban Garden Chicago 

Photo credit: On the Ledge Landscaping

The first step to a beautiful container is fertile soil with proper drainage. “The soil should be pre-moistened and easily crumble out of your hands–not too wet or dry. And fertilize during the summer,” explained Ananda Breslof, owner of Flowerlife. She advised to water two times a day in the heat–first thing in the morning and late afternoon. Watering midday might lead to scorched flowers.

Joanne Charron, owner of Cartwheel Gardens confirmed this and added that plants in the shade require less water. “If you let the pot dry out, the water will run through–don't think you're overwatering, let the soil soak up the moisture and do it again.”

 Urban Garden Chicago

Photo credit: On the Ledge Landscaping

When combining plants in containers and boxes, Breslof advised not to crowd the planter. “Work with what pleases you. I love combining deep colors with very pale ones–it adds depth to the display. Taller plants provide height and hanging plants create a lush waterfall effect that can be seen mid summer.”

Urban Garden Chicago

Photo credit: On the Ledge Landscaping

Greene added that using oregano as a draping plant at the edge of your container looks gorgeous and smells delicious.

Breslof’s current favorite plants are fountain grasses with punches of color and country flowers. “Using simple clean whites, variegated wild grass and Caladium is an elegant approach for the modern home,” she explained. “Relax and have fun planting, it’s therapeutic and helps you feel calm and inspired!”

Urban Garden Chicago

Photo credit: Flowerlife

Landscape Design

Charron advised to avoid the planting panic of May. “You can plant any time you want–just make sure to water it profusely afterwards if it happens to be a very hot day. June is the best time to plant in Chicago.” She recommended plants in Zone 2-6. “Sometimes the plant requires soil needs we don't have, even if it's a tough zone 4. If you want on-going color in the summer go for tropicals–they last up to the first frost and sometimes beyond.”

Urban Garden Chicago

Photo credit: On the Ledge Landscaping

Maintenance begins with a design and plants that match your skill level in the garden. Greene recommended choosing plants you are comfortable to work with. Simple, functional designs are best. Keep garden beds weed free, often with the aid of weed fabric. Once flowers bloom, “deadhead” or cut back the flowers to encourage new growth. Watering three to four times a week will produce a beautiful landscape garden.  A good designer can add to your plan as you gain experience.

Urban Garden Chicago

Photo credit: On the Ledge Landscaping

At the end of July, Ball Horticultural Company opens it’s trial gardens to the public to offer a glimpse into the beautiful flowers that will be available the following spring. “Look for new DNA stunners that sparkle in your garden–these new shapes, sizes, colors and profuse bloomers create magical gardens–no extra work involved,” Greene explained.

Urban Garden Chicago

Photo credit: On the Ledge Landscaping

Edible Gardens

“The biggest mistake in gardening is not starting because you’re afraid to fail,” said Jen Rosenthal, Owner/Consultant for Planted | Chicago, “read, figure it out, and play with it.”

Growing herbs is one of the best ways to start. Herbs work better when they’re in their own container because some, like mint, will take over a landscape. Some also need more water than others.

Cilantro is a cool weather plant. They key is to cut cilantro regularly to keep it alive, otherwise it will bolt leaving you with coriander seeds. Pinch basil flower heads to prolong life.  Basil needs heat–it turns black with cold damage. If you purchase basil, put it in a cup of water on your counter to prolong the life. Other favorite herbs are sage, parsley, oregano, rosemary and thyme.

Urban Garden Chicago

Photo credit: Planted | Chicago

Vegetables should be planted early to mid June. When shopping for vegetable plants, find varieties with shorter days to maturity, 60-70 days to maturity, when the first fruit is ready to eat.

The soil in Chicago might be toxic. Rosenthal recommended testing the soil or using raised beds with weed block material. EarthBox, with a built-in irrigation system is a simple way to maintain and grow vegetables. If you don’t have a self-watering system in your raised bed, they require deep watering, less frequently. A quick way to check if it’s dry is to stick your finger in the soil two to three inches. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and eggplant need full sun and require a lot of water. A benefit to growing these varieties is that they keep producing fruit.

With root vegetables, you get one fruit and they are harder to grow. If you do grow vegetables such as radish, beets, carrots, onions and scallions, plant them in full sun otherwise they won’t produce the root. Egyptian walking onions and gigantic scallions form flower heads that fall into the garden for multiple, re-seeding.

 Urban Garden Chicago

Photo credit: Planted | Chicago

Leafy greens, such as kale, Swiss chard, lettuce, arugula and spinach are best when planted in the spring and fall when it’s cooler. Some varieties of lettuce can grow in summer, as long as they are in shade during the hottest time of day. You can cut leafy greens two to three times before they lose their flavor and turn bitter. These plants will bolt, which means they grow a flower sprout in attempt to drop seeds for a new harvest.

Apples, nectarines, peach and cherry trees need a lot of room. Consult with a specialist to get spacing advice. Blueberries and strawberries can be grown in big containers. You will need two blueberry plants–they can be two varieties, to cross-pollinate. It’s best to consult with your local garden center when choosing the right plants.




Posted in Design Ideas
May 25, 2022

12 Design Tips for Outdoor Parties

There's nothing like spending a warm, summer evening outside with friends, especially in Chicago where winter tends to be long. The city becomes even more alive in the summer!. Whether sipping a cocktail or cooling off with an ice-cold beer, here are tips to personalize your outdoor space with simple design ideas using items that you (probably) already have around your home. And some of these creative ideas can be used in staging your outdoor space.

Menard Johnson Real Estate Design Tips

Design your lighting layout by using buckets filled with sand or rocks to hold either a bamboo or wood pole to string your lights.

Fill a wheel barrel with ice to create a stylish, outdoor ‘cooler’ for your beverages.

Menard Johnson Real Estate Design Tips

Repel mosquitoes by adding sage to a fire pit or warm grill (after you're done cooking).

Add rosemary to charcoal once coals are uniformly gray and ashy. Most meats and vegetables will be flavored by this savory smoking.

 Menard Johnson Real Estate Design Tips

Use terra cotta planter pots to hold utensils at your party. For an added touch, write on the planters with chalk.

Old maps create a colorful and patterned tablecloth. It might spur interesting conversation around travel.

 Menard Johnson Real Estate Design Tips

 Wine bottles and glass jars are perfect for decorating your outdoor space with flowers.

Freshly cut leaves make natural waterproof coasters and add a touch of color to your table. Cut leaves and set them in water until it's time to serve drinks. Dry before using.

Menard Johnson Real Estate Design Tips

DIY ice buckets create color and a festive look to your party. Find out how to create this simple, yet beautiful ice bucket. 

Create roasting pots for your table to melt marshmallows for s’mores. Simply line foil in a terra cotta pot and add coals.

Menard Johnson Real Estate Design Tips

Add ambiance to your party by putting tea lights and candles in mason jars.

Use tin can lanterns to brighten the night. Learn how to make these lanterns using this simple tutorial. 


Curated Ideas from Pinterest, Martha Stewart, Country Living and HGTV.


April 4, 2022

Is a Zillow Zestimate of your Home Value Accurate?



Spring is the best time to sell a property in Chicago as more buyers are looking for homes. One reason is that families house hunt in school districts tailored to their children’s education. With the influx of buyers, it can be a little frustrating for home sellers when online tools like the Zillow Zestimate estimates a property value lower than the sales price. Buyers may question the higher sales price.

There are various reasons that a Zillow Zestimate might be lower than a sales price. Vital information such as interior and exterior home renovations may not be included as the algorithm is pulling off the previous sale of the home. This can cause inaccurate descriptions, like square footage and/or room count, that drive home estimates down. Another factor is that home values are based on past sales and if the market is significantly hotter, those sales may not be an indicator of the current market.


How is a Zestimate determined?

According to Zillow, it is calculated by past sales price, the mortgage records attached to those sales and prior tax assessments - publicly available data. They include psychical features like bedrooms and bathrooms, age and location that weigh the variables to determine the estimate. This information is key, but they are pulling it from public records that may not be up to date or may have been inaccurate from the beginning.


Can your home Zestimate be updated?

Yes, there is a way to fill in a more accurate description of your home. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your estimate will be on target, but at least it can increase the value. Plus, you can creatively add information to entice buyers. Here are some tips on How to Increase Your Home's Zillow Zestimate.

If you have questions or would like a custom property value assessment, contact us. A custom property value assessment will help determine an up to date market value based on current sales of comparable properties.

Posted in Real Estate Tips
March 2, 2022

Spring Cleaning Tips for Homeowners


spring cleaning

Photo Credit: Ask Anna


Spring is a great time to freshen up your home by decluttering and cleaning. With warmer weather already here in Chicago, you might want to make a plan before summer sneaks up on you. Once summer is here, there’s no staying in the house! 


Whether selling your home or doing regular maintenance to dust off winter, Charese David has a few great spring cleaning tips to get your home ready for a fresh, new season. 


Make a Plan

  • Start early in the spring, to complete the list before summer.
  • Walk through each room and make two lists – one list for the things you can do and the other for handyman repairs.
  • Organize your list into manageable chunks of time to prevent burn out. 
  • Purchase cleaning supplies. 
  • Hire a handyman for more labor intensive repairs.

Interior spring cleaning ideas:

  • Go through closets and storage to remove the clutter. Donate items you haven’t used in awhile or maybe even forgot about.
  • Deep clean areas such as baseboards, carpets and rugs, walls, light fixtures, windows and window treatments/curtains and appliances. 
  • Clean behind and under furniture. It may even inspire you to redesign the layout of the room.
  • Take a look at your utility room, laundry room and garage to see if you can organize the space in a better way. Think about the way you move around in the room.  

Exterior spring cleaning ideas:

  • Clean up the yard including raking old grass, putting down grass seed, and trimming back trees and dead branches.
  • Consider curb appeal, plan your garden and landscaping.
  • Check sewers for drainage. 
  • Dust off your lawn mower.
  • Power wash the walkways, decks and siding.
  • Take a look at the gutters and have the roof inspected. 
  • Service the furnace and air conditioning.

Do you need referrals for your home repairs and/or landscaping? Please contact us for reliable resources. 

Posted in Design Ideas
Feb. 7, 2022

Why Hire a Real Estate Broker?

Chicago New Construction Home

By Charese David, Real Estate Broker


An online search for real estate will bring up a lot of information. So, why hire a broker? At first glance it may seem that buying or selling a home on your own will save you money. But that might not be the case. According to the National Association of Realtor®'s 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, you’ll make more money by hiring a professional real estate broker. “FSBOs typically sell for less than the selling price of other homes; FSBO homes sold at a median of $190,000 last year (up from $185,000 the year prior), and significantly lower than the median of agent-assisted homes at $250,000.”


And there are other things to consider before embarking on your real estate journey. As a part of my daily routine, I research the market to track prices and trends through online broker resources and in real estate publications. I know neighborhood news, zoning changes and am up-to-date on new policies, rules and ethics pertaining to brokers. 


When working with clients, I hear what buyers expect in a property and am able to translate this to my home sellers. As a photographer for many years, I am personally involved in the property photo shoots. These photos will be posted online and are critical to the success of attracting the right buyer. With my eye for design, I am able to offer expert staging tips, remodel ideas and repair advice to my home sellers. 


By consistently networking with other real estate professionals, I am able to keep tabs on influences in the market, trends and the economy. If I have any questions, I know exactly who to contact for answers. And driving the Chicago neighborhoods every day, I see new construction homes, rehab projects, property conditions and am on the lookout for any changes, such as new businesses moving in.


Here are what I consider the benefits of hiring a real estate broker:


Education and Experience

One of the main benefits of working with a broker is their knowledge and experience in managing the process. Before hiring a real estate broker, ask to set up an interview. You want to make sure that this person understands the neighborhoods, real estate market and trends. Whether buying or selling, the broker must have a keen eye in a property to catch things you might miss and expertise in negotiation to put you at ease during the process. 


Neighborhood Knowledge and Prices

In a city as big as Chicago, it’s key to understand the neighborhoods from a historical perspective and the current market value. If looking to buy, you want to make sure the neighborhood aligns with your finances and lifestyle. And from a selling point of view, it’s important to know current market values. The broker has knowledge of local and state news that can affect housing prices. When meeting with a broker, they should be able to advise you on your neighborhood picks and clue you into other neighborhoods to consider.


Professional Resources

A good real estate broker will have connections in the industry. Find out how they network with other real estate professionals. This person should also be able to share trusted home repair and remodel resources. For a smooth transaction before and after the sale of a property, a reliable agent will manage the process from setting up the home inspection to putting together the right team to handle the volumes of paperwork at closing. 


Staging Advice and Identifying Home Repairs

Whether you’re buying or selling, a broker should be able to walk in to a property and identify the opportunities and challenges. If more information is needed, they will share trusted resources to help you understand the scope of repairs and how it will affect a property value. When selling a home, an good agent will offer inside and outside staging and design advice. 


Unemotional Negotiation

Buying or selling a home tends to be an emotional journey. For peace of mind, a professional broker will handle all aspects of the negotiation process in your best interest. A good agent will share their honest opinion on your options in order to set up a successful property transaction. 


Time Savings

An experienced real estate broker will understand the buying and selling process inside and out. They will be with you every step of the way, working through the details, freeing up your time for other important things. With trusted resources at their fingertips and experience to have the foresight of potential challenges, they are able to navigate the process, saving you valuable time. 


A good relationship with your broker can benefit you beyond the real estate transaction. You have a trusted resource in all your property questions.


Real estate is my passion. I am dedicated to gathering knowledge and am committed to building client relationships. If you have questions or comments, please contact us.


Jan. 9, 2022

Refresh Your Home, Refresh Your Mind

Hamilton Home


Simple changes in home decor can make a big difference in the way a room feels. It can lift the mood, energize the body, and improve the overall feeling of well-being. Clearing a space can also help to focus the mind. And starting with small changes may lead to motivation to tackle bigger projects.


Here are some tips to get you started:


Curb Appeal: This is the first impression of your home. Make sure the front entrance is neat and clean. In any season, keep up with regular yard maintenance. Landscape lighting can add beauty and drama, especially when you’re entertaining guests. Flower boxes and planters near entryways or on windowsills create softness and color. It’s also fun to dress up these areas with seasonal foliage to celebrate each holiday.


Interior Lighting: The brighter your home, the better. Use bulbs that emit soft light instead of CFLs, which can take five minutes to warm up and can give off a harsh, white light. Soft light bulbs illuminate immediately and have a warm impact on the eyes. Lighting is sensory driven—it affects the mood. 


Adding new light fixtures can change the look of a room, and is an economical way to update your home. As winter approaches and the days grow shorter, new light bulbs in ceiling lights and floor lamps help to brighten rooms, too.


Natural Scents: Plants can neutralize the air in your home. Fresh-cut flowers can delight and enliven the senses. The innate connection that we have to nature has proven that plants often have a relaxing effect on us and can help to improve our health and well-being. And infusing fragrance into a room using flowers, diffusers, or candles can change the overall feeling of a space. 


Walls and Floors: If your artwork has been hanging in the same place for so long that you no longer see it, move pieces around. This can provide an entirely different feel to a room. On neutral-colored walls, an easy way to add a design touch is to add a pop of color and certain styles of framed artwork. 


Here’s another idea: use carpet tiles instead of a floor rug. Mix and match the colored tiles to create playful patterns. Change the patterns occasionally for a different look.


Shelf and Table Displays: If you have an overstuffed bookshelf, take time to go through and thin it out. Give the books you no longer use a second life by donating them. Display meaningful objects in cleared spaces to make the shelf more interesting—an eclectic style statement can turn into a fun conversation with guests. Toss old magazines to freshen up a coffee table. And when arranging objects on a table or mantelpiece, place three objects of subtly different sizes in a small cluster for a carefully curated design look. 


Accessories: An easy way to create a new feel in a room is by switching out the pillows or throws you currently have on your furniture. Colorful pillows will brighten living rooms and bedrooms. With a dark sofa, you can bring in light-colored accent pillows for dramatic effect. 


Look at your kitchen with fresh eyes, too: move small, countertop appliances and counter displays to new areas. Store items you don’t use often. Simply changing out kitchen and bath towels can make you feel good. Add seasonal accents around your home to make it more festive. 


Clean and Declutter: Decluttering spaces can declutter your mind and create new energy. Clean out closets by donating old clothes and shoes. Remove items from rooms that are collecting dust. Clear desktop spaces and clean out junk drawers. Check under your kitchen and bathroom sinks and toss toxic cleaning chemicals, old beauty products, and items you no longer use. Organize your medicine cabinet and throw out expired vitamins, supplements, and pills. Look for expired products in your refrigerator and cupboards, too. Go through your garage and basement to get rid of old paint, caulk, plaster, remodeling supplies, or other products that are dried out or broken.


Fresh Paint: Paint has an emotional impact that can evoke feelings of comfort. Rooms with light and neutral colors can appear larger. Metallic accent colors and mirrors will help brighten a room. An accent wall adorned with dark paint or elegantly patterned wallpaper is a great way to bring in color without overwhelming the room. 


If you have questions or comments, please contact us.


Posted in Design Ideas
Sept. 5, 2019

Green City Farmer's Market

Real Estate Broker Charese David visited the Green City Market in Lincoln Park. It's open every Wednesday and Saturday from 7am to 1pm on the first Saturday in May through the last Saturday in October.

Posted in Chicago
July 10, 2019

Things to do in River West

By Charese David, Chicago Real Estate Broker

A great way to relish the Chicago summer is to explore our neighborhoods. River West is a fun destination to show out-of-town guests or hang out with friends. With all the great restaurants and unique shopping along Ogden Ave, Grand Ave and Racine Ave, there’s a lot to do. My favorites Italian eateries are D’Amato’s Bakery, Bari, La Scarola, and Piccolo Sogno


For the cool antique stores, head west on Grand Ave past Ashland Ave and check out Urban Remains, and The Painted Lady, just to name a couple. It’s fun to spend a few hours roaming through the neighborhood. Then head to the West Loop to Aba’s roof top for a delicious Mediterranean meal. 


If you have questions or comments, please contact us. Enjoy summer!