Hot chocolate. You know it and love it from days when you poured a little paper packet into a mug and put it in the microwave, to adding a splash of Bailey’s on an evening where you need the extra warmth. Chicago happens to have some epic hot chocolate spots, and we know just where to go.
Today’s the day to get out there and vote! There’s always a quick way to get to your local polling location. Lyft, Uber, and Divvy are offering free or discounted rides today.
Coffee, podcasts, and a pre-heated car. You know what those three things mean… time for your daily commute! Commuting can be a challenge, especially if you’re hoping to continue enjoying the perks of living in the city. Not to worry, we know exactly where you want to be.
Be warned: this blog is mad spooky. No, it’s not about Chicago’s terrifying home prices! Take a look at the Chicagoland area’s best haunted houses, scary activities, and Halloween-related events happening this October.
You’re looking to buy. You’re looking to sell. Whichever end of the real estate market you’re on, you’ll likely notice the renovated, updated, and staged homes in your neighborhood sell quickly, and the ones with nineties countertops and cabinets… take a bit longer. Should you find renovations a necessity, Broker Matt Engle of Fulton Grace shares his best advice for updating your home.
Fall is upon us, even though Chicago has had some strange, 70-degree days sprinkled in the last few weeks. Instead of hibernating in your apartment and watching Hocus Pocus or the original Halloween on repeat, we have a few ideas for where you can chill when the weather is a bit chilly.
Over improving is tempting, as sellers often assume it will automatically increase their home value and place them far above other properties in the area. Is this true? Find out in this week’s blog, as broker CK Cole of Fulton Grace’s Lighthouse Group shares her thoughts and tips regarding where to look when improving your home.
It’s FINALLY here. The time where you can feel less guilty for splurging on “fall leaves” scented candles and can proudly sip your pumpkin spice latte for the world to see. That’s right– it’s fall, y’all! We’ve gathered the best spots where you can embrace the cooler weather and don those stashed away blanket scarves or puffy vests for cute Insta shots.
Charming Lincoln Square is the quaint Chicago neighborhood filled with small businesses, delicious restaurants, and many spots to grab a warm mug of sunshine, also known as coffee. Check out our list for where to sip on your favorite caffeinated beverage in the Square.
Glass figure collector, crazy cat person, or lover of bold, bright colored walls? Whatever your taste is, there’s likely a way to spruce up your home, or its decor, to make it more buyer friendly.
Summer isn’t technically over yet, even though there’s been a sprinkling of cooler days here and there! Put the pumpkin spice lattes down and apple picking plans aside: celebrate September with these festivals.
If you’re trying to make last minute Labor Day plans, picking the place to spend your long weekend can be a ton of pressure. Look no further! We’ve got you covered on the best spots for your first weekend in September.
Do you love your brightly colored or expressively patterned accent walls? Maybe you’re a sucker for throw pillows with 20 in your sitting room alone. Your home decor speaks volumes to visitors, and we’ll explain how.
Waterfront views, diverse cuisine… what’s not to love? Head up to Edgewater for these offerings, not to mention that comforting neighborhood feeling, antique markets, and have we mentioned the FOOD? Go on, call your Lyft. We can wait.
You’ve probably had this debate in your own mind many times: should I rent, or should I buy? For the most part, each option is based on a person’s individual situation. But hearing the reasons for why each could benefit you (or not) may help steer you in the right direction.
MORE festivals? Yep, you guessed it! August has plenty of fest options for Chicagoans to experience, and we have the only list you need in deciding which to attend. Prepare your weekends… there’s something for everyone!
You probably have a friend or two who claims they don’t want to work with a real estate company, look into buying a place, or talk to an agent because of some rumor or myth they claim is total fact. If the “friend” is you… we’re here to set the record straight!
Do you always intend to clean up your balcony (or patio) and finally enjoy a cup of coffee during the early mornings of summer, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet? You’re not alone. Spotted around the city are unused patios with leaves left over from last autumn and a bit of grime from winter, and we’re here to help you make your outdoor space more cozy.
So, you’re planning to move to the best city in the world. Who can blame you? We have awesome sports teams, exciting nightlife, the best food (and pizza, don’t kid yourself), and plenty of areas in the city to choose from. If you’re already a little lost with all the options, don’t fear! We’ll give you the lowdown on the Chicago neighborhoods that fit what you’re looking for.
It’s the 3rd of July. You still don’t know which iconic spot to watch fireworks from. In need of some help? Not to worry… Fulton Grace is here to assist you in your pyrotechnic, star-spangled, exciting journey to find the best spot to “ooh” and “aah” at the sky for the Fourth.
With the madness and celebration of July comes plenty of opportunities to eat delicious food, spend time in the outdoors, and hang out with friends and family. These festivals are a wonderful way to do all three, and maybe sneak a few craft beers or refreshing cocktails in there, too.
No matter how many times you tell yourself you won’t splurge for another super sweet, trendy dessert at a Chicago restaurant, you know nothing keeps you cool like ice cream and frosé. Here are the city’s best places to pick up some icy treats on the hottest days.
As temperatures rise over 80 degrees and humidity percentages make you feel like you’re walking through a sauna, you may find yourself wanting to submerge completely in some cold lake water. No judgment, since we conveniently have Lake Michigan nearby to jump into! Pack up your beach bag and load up on the sunscreen, because a beach weekend in Chicago doesn’t mess around.
Whether you’re someone who likes to read a book on a park bench or a connoisseur of succulents in your apartment, everyone enjoys time amongst the plants. You may live in a city, but now you have an excuse to stop watching Netflix– there’s plenty of greenery for you to Instagram.
Chicago in the summer is a different city. Since food, art, and music become the epicenter of all weekend plans, and whether you’re going to be in the crowd of every musical act or eating your weight in ribs, there’s a festival for you to attend this month.
Ah, a Chicago summer. After a lengthy winter, the wind coming off the lakefront is finally warm and residents of the best city in the world emerge from their apartments pale, shielding their eyes from the newfound cloudless sky, and grateful for the ability to finally enjoy outdoor activities again. One of the best ways to get fresh, local produce in the city? Farmers Markets. Here’s the best Chicago has to offer.
Look, we know you visit Chicago Diner for your vegan milkshakes, Wormhole for your coffee, and Stan’s for those heavy donuts that serve as a meal each, but we urge you to give some of that hard-earned brunch money to explore Uptown’s offerings of delightful food, caffeine, and pastries. You won’t be disappointed.
We’re aware that summer doesn’t officially kick off until June, but the itch for outdoor thrifting, pretending to “know” wine, and craft beer with the crew approaches. Continue reading
Fulton Grace Realty prides itself on not only staying ahead of the curve, but on setting the course. Constantly striving to improve the agent experience, Fulton Grace has developed its newest innovation, “Boost”. Boost is an agent-centric marketing platform that bundles lead generation and agent branding into one comprehensive and proactive initiative. Since the inception of Boost in early 2017, participating agents have experienced exponential growth in their lead generation and sales volume.
Buying in a seller’s market can be frustrating, to say the least. You can expect multiple offers, best and final, and escalation clauses on every place that you like. This can leave you feeling defeated after weeks of lost bids. While it may seem like you can’t do much to lock down a place you like in this competitive market, there are some things you can do to help come out on top. Continue reading
Forecast got you feeling gloomy? We’ve got you covered.
The season of unpredictability has arrived. Getting dressed now requires an assortment of galoshes, gloves and sunglasses (and an appreciation for Mother Nature’s sense of humor).
That’s not to say, however, that we should huddle back into our winter hibernation. Ditch the dormancy and brave those April showers with these storm-free solutions. Continue reading
What’s up in Avondale? Lots. With Logan Square to the South and Roscoe Village to the East, its “up-and-coming” badge was bound to fade. We’re not interested in labels, though. We’re intrigued by authentic Polish sausage, some retro miscellany, and a space that claims to be coffee house, cider bar, music venue, and more. Continue reading
Looking to invest in Chicago Real Estate? Top producing FGR broker, Jon Stein, shares where to start. Continue reading
2 halves, 2 wolf mascots, and 1 chance at advancing to the Elite 8. Now, that’s March Madness.
Chicago unites for more celebrating less than a week after river dyeing and other St. Paddy’s Day shenanigans—this time wearing maroon and gold. With 2 wins so far in the NCAA Tournament, Loyola University rambles on. Tonight the men’s team plays Nevada—who’s fresh from upsetting the #2 seed, Cincinnati Bearcats. It’s gonna get scrappy. Continue reading
March is here! We’ve curated 11 outlets for getting your green on. Continue reading
We often overlook the power of good, coffee table books. For eye candy or for our own reading pleasure, it’s important to stock up on bound inspiration.
If you’ve spent this February showering your world map with “destination” push pins or dreaming of elevated sleepovers past, there’s a place for you. Or maybe a string of uninspired eats has left your palette lustless. Continue reading
Many who managed to sell their homes for top dollar just before the crash of 2008 have serious flashbacks when they watch the rolling boulder scene in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. This iconic scene is one of two that works well to symbolize current real estate activities. Continue reading
The new year is a great time to think about trends that have run their course and ideas for new trends to incorporate into our designs. It’s a fun opportunity to purge and refresh. Donna Mondi, of Donna Mondi Interior Design in Chicago, is sharing her top five 2018 design resolutions and what to expect in the new year. Continue reading
The American Dream has been commonly recognized as home or property ownership. In a world where information is readily available with a swipe of a finger, married with the memory of the brutal housing market crash in late 2008, you may have some conflicting thoughts. There’s so much information out there. Oy! It’s enough to make one’s head spin. How are you to know if the next property of interest is the biggest bang for your buck? Continue reading
Over the holidays, I visited my brother who recently purchased his first home. He told me about his experience of being a first-time buyer: the excitement, the stress, the frustration, and to his surprise, all the unexpected expenses involved in buying and occupying a new property. Continue reading
Picture this. You’re sprawled out on the couch and realize you forgot to buy for someone this year. Conveniently, you’ve also just contracted “the sniffles”. Right now, you really need Tylenol Sinus, a “Happy Holidays” card, and a thoughtfully curated gift package. And quickly. Continue reading
Hungry? Lost? Follow this food. Continue reading
One of the most important aspects of your home search is learning what you can live with and what you can live without. At the start of your search, you may not know the difference between the two. Here are some tips to help you create your “must-have” vs. “nice-to-have” lists. ‘Tis the season for list making anyways. Continue reading
No humbug here—just a slight aversion to freezing temperatures. We compiled a nice list of things to do at home or out that will keep you toasty and brimming with cheer.
Before carving turkeys, locating eight gifts for eight nights, or trimming any trees, enjoy a sugar sweep. Beat the bloat by following our list across Chicagoland. Don’t let anyone tell you that scavenging for goodies is counterproductive.
In 1986, Steven Spielberg released the cautionary tale, The Money Pit, starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long. The lessons of this film, where the heroes are led by their hearts and not their heads in making decisions about their dream home, are just as valuable today as in 1986. Maybe even more so with HGTV and the myriad of programs available to teach people special strategies to get rich flipping homes. Continue reading
If Motown’s considered “the sound that changed America,” then Scofflaw’s the bar that redefined Logan Square’s cocktail scene. It purveys inventive gin drinks with a pop-soul soundtrack. But we’re not here to exalt Scofflaw. We’re here to dutifully report Scofflaw Group’s latest and, according to Danny Shapiro most “come as you are” venture—The Moonlighter. Continue reading
Like any forward-thinking homeowner, we’re always, well, thinking ahead. Just as one season ends, another begins, ushering in a bout of inspiration. From color combinations and winterizing to refocusing and plant hacks, we’ve squeezed it all in. Peel what you will from this handful of trends. Continue reading
“It’s not just a hair salon.” It’s a little bit of everything — a home to hair, art, and music assembled by Cassie Krepel.
October’s ripe with candy to hoard, films to half watch/half hide behind a pillow during, and costumes to fashion. Check out these local haunts when compiling the month’s “must” list. Continue reading
Fulton Grace hunted down the freshest cocktails, so you didn’t have to. Submit to spices. Disco with the devil. Embrace orange. Get too comfortable with The Zombie, though, and your drinks are numbered. Continue reading
Adopting the Danish idea of “hygge,” or “coziness,” doesn’t mean pulling the plug on modern living. It encourages a more relaxed and genuine atmosphere, honing in on simple strategies for inspiring closeness. Continue reading
This season commences with the flavor everyone seemingly loves or loves to diss, especially as its annual resurgence creeps earlier and earlier. We’re of course talking about pumpkin spice, which dominates the drink sphere. Continue reading
“It’s dangerous to go alone!”
You may have been offered this counsel by an elderly cave dweller in Nintendo’s ’86 classic The Legend of Zelda. Or maybe you’ve recently stepped into Lakeview’s newest attraction, The Catcade.
Palms sweating, heart racing, Benjamin Moore swatches haunting your every move. Relax. While purchasing your first home triggers unwanted angst, there’s help. Follow these tips to ease and enhance your homebuying experience. Continue reading
Hey, Chicago! It’s The Year of Public Art, so get outside, and behold. Continue reading
Yes, the 4th is over. That doesn’t mean you need to catapult into retiring your warm weather wardrobe. Don’t close the books on Chicago’s buzziest season just yet. There are still plenty of things to do, movies to see, and hot dogs to eat. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again. America’s birthday means sporting patriotic clothes and filling a cooler with Pinterest-sourced goods. It means packing up or camping out to watch sky-high wonder. Struggling to find an experience that fits? We’ll shed some light. Continue reading
For a handful of Fulton Grace Realty’s most spirited and earliest rising, June 4th was a morning of city-wide dreaming, dashing through color zones, and community. Continue reading
If you wandered by 6977 N Sheridan Rd, a storefront bursting with candy-colored balloons would greet you. Upon entering, you may see Kat Connor and Lindzi Shanks demonstrating bona fide teamwork through table assembly. Continue reading
The scenario: an armful of groceries and the chance to preserve some coin and our planet.
The solution: reusable tote bags. Continue reading
A new month and 8 ways to enjoy it. Wait no more. Continue reading
In the market for a newly-built home? Good news: options are endless. Continue reading
If you’ve been anywhere worth being in the past few days, you may have witnessed bewitched people sipping fluorescent concoctions. Do you believe? Do you want to believe? Continue reading
Unable to sell your home? Don’t blame the market. Don’t blame your mom. Read on to discover why marketing could mean the difference between Just Sold and Just Listed…again. Continue reading
Wilson Ave might as well be the unofficial cafe capital of Uptown, nay, Chicago. Greet 4 favorite coffee shops within a half mile of each other. Prepare to be buzzed. Continue reading
Celebrating the day everyone claims Irish lineage? More of a spring equinox supporter? Regardless of your connection to the annual holiday, here’s a mix of events, openings, and extracurriculars you should know about. Continue reading
It’s a small world after all. John Morris’ homey paper creations agree. See what Chicago architecture looks like on a micro scale. Continue reading
Two Northside neighborhoods attract with German homage, diverse artisans, history, and our mayor’s home. Explore this nest of Chicago charm with the following guide. Continue reading
If someone told you that you could live in Chicago rent-free, would you believe them? Or laugh at the seemingly absurd idea? Continue reading
Albany Park, Oak Park. City, suburb. So? Check out two FGR listings to see what the $700,000-$750,000 range offers in the city versus the suburbs. You might be surprised.
A juicy trifecta is served: Chicagoland, real estate, and a cross-country fast food fight. These are the ingredients of McDonald’s rise. Continue reading
“Highest and Best: How to win the bidding war when purchasing or renting a new home”
You finally found it! The home or apartment of your dreams! Unfortunately, you’re not the only one that found it…
A new year ushers in pressure to resolve old habits, expedite health goals, and adopt a fresh attitude. It’s also a chance to see your surroundings with a year wiser eyes. Chicago is waiting. Get out there, and play! Continue reading
The best part about the Holidays is that you get to choose what makes you feel at home. Continue reading
Looking to invest in Chicago Real Estate? Top producing FGR broker, Jon Stein, shares where to start.
Going up? Fulton Grace Realty is. Get the story on our featured developments: 14 brand new condos, booming West Town constructions, and fresh suburban gems. Continue reading
“First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, and then we’ll go ice skating, and then we’ll eat a whole roll of tollhouse cookie dough as fast as we can, and then to finish, we’ll snuggle.” Match Buddy the Elf’s enthusiasm with even more ways to embrace the holidays. Continue reading
With a nail-biting MLB championship and turbulent election ending, it’s time to “shed leaves” of months past and move forward with thanks. You might even add a few layers, depending on the unseasonable warmth. Swallow all that this time and city have to offer with the following guide.
After 108 years, Chicago’s lovable losers have finally clinched another World Series title. Now, it’s your turn to score. Feast on fresh Wrigleyville BBQ. Demolish goat-filled dishes. Track some freebies. And most importantly, fly the W.
Nestled between Ravenswood and the Chicago River lies a neighborhood subsection of alluring proportions. Beverage depots, eclectic headquarters, and real estate for new families or the newly single rest. Investigate these nine offerings sure to delight the senses. Continue reading
Three courses, roughly two hours of physical activity, and one giant umbrella shaped FGR’s Fit Company Challenge experience. Continue reading
Last week marked the first of fall. Naturally, Fulton Grace Realty gathered some of the city’s best ways to usher in the season. From beer guzzling and pumpkin picking to horror screening and outdoor adventuring, the leaf-obsessed and less thrilled can all partake. Continue reading
What does the Lighthouse Realty Group of Fulton Grace do for a good time on a gorgeous Saturday? After serving up some food and beverages to their favorite buyers, sellers, developers, investors and realtor friends, they load a trolley destined for home exploration. Continue reading
What is Override: A Billboard Project? Well, it’s not your typical art installation. From now through September 25, you can skip museum fees and turn your mind-numbing commutes into stimulating journeys. Continue reading
We are proud to announce that Inc. Magazine has ranked FULTON GRACE REALTY No. 2,185 on its 35th annual Inc. 5,000, an exclusive ranking of America’s fastest-growing private companies. For the second consecutive year, Inc. Magazine has ranked Fulton Grace in the top half of the nation’s 5,000 fastest growing companies. Only a small fraction of the nation’s companies have demonstrated such remarkably consistent high growth.
The coveted Inc. 5000 represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Oracle, Clif Bar, Patagonia, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.
This extraordinary achievement reflects the hard work, entrepreneurial spirit and constant innovation from the team of agents and employees here at Fulton Grace. We truly love what we do… and our success would not be possible without the constant support of you – our friends, clients, peers and colleagues. Thank you for playing an essential role in our growth and our story.
Fulton Grace Realty is back for round two. Previously featured in Chicago Agent Magazine’s Who’s Who 2015, the sales, rentals and property management team is thrilled to be credited among other top realty groups for 2016. Continue reading
Travel across the land, searching far and wide. Or at least make your way to Millenium Park this Sunday for a “Pokémeeting” like no other. But first, catch up on catching them all. Continue reading
If you aren’t still suppressing the bloat from Taste of Chicago, chew on the latest in food: punchy chains occupying new neighborhoods, fresh out the oven exhibits and jackfruit.
Chicago’s July lineup has something for every type of fair and fest-goer: the hungry, the grungy, the wordsmiths and audiophiles. Read more to discover where you fit.
This year offers no excuses for missing patriotic pomp and circumstance. Whether you’re venturing into the city or stuck in the suburbs, chase the spectacle. Continue reading
Fulton Grace Realty proudly welcomes a beacon of real estate success. Read on to soak up the group’s thoughts on uniting with FGR, subsequent business goals, and integrated approach.
Everyone’s favorite movie dad, while prone to anxious antics and stubborn follow-through, is releasing grips on “his house”. Fathers, families, and those who left a piece of their heart in the ’90s, dream on. Continue reading
A neighborhood is only as good as its supply. So whether you’re tracking down the hippest happy hour or a venue for thirst relief, choose these 5 Logan Square watering holes. Continue reading
Looking for a home with a paranormal past? You’re in luck. “Amityville Horror” revisits the market. Continue reading
Here’s an AM to PM guide of Old Town To-Do’s. Continue reading
Follow your senses to these fair / festival destinations this June. Continue reading
If your annual patio “party” leaves something to be desired, try this handful of weekend alternatives! Continue reading
Wicker Park is neither a pair of religiously worn black skinnies nor a winding line of taco-obsessed individualists. Let the engaging and effortlessly cool community be your guide. Continue reading
Everyone’s favorite Midwest-bred funny man is out to sell his Chicago penthouse…again. Check out details, pictures and prices. Continue reading
It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood. Read on to reveal more about the Northside character. Continue reading
Most of us searching for our next living space instinctually avoid mansion listings. Let’s pretend for a spell, though, that a nearly $5.3 million residence is in our wheelhouse. Meet three stunning and historically-grounded contenders. Continue reading
Travel north to experience a medley of Andersonville’s best. Historic, expansive and eclectic, everyone can locate bliss. Continue reading
Fulton Grace Realty found 5 recipes not only a mother could love. Brunchers will swoon, too. Continue reading
Fulton Grace Realty feels lucky to be stationed in a hub of comedy, cuisine, culture and more. Here’s a sampler of what to do, eat, watch and hear in this hood. Continue reading
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