Warm Up With Chicago’s Best Hot Chocolate

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.

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Where to Live in Chicago If You Commute to the Suburbs

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.

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Broker Blog: Don’t Be Afraid to Renovate

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.

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Broker Blog: Don’t Over Improve!

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.

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Autumn Fun for Everyone

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.

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Stay Caffeinated in Lincoln Square

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.

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FGR’s Guide to: Buying vs. Renting

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.

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Decorate Your Patio for Warm Weather

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.

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FGR’s Guide to Chicago Neighborhoods

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.

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Pack Your Beach Bag and Head to the Lakefront

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.

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8 Places to Visit in Booming Uptown

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.

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We created a “Boost” for Agent Marketing

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.

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Broker Blog: How Buyers Can Succeed in a Seller’s Market

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

Rainy Day Blues: How to Beat Them

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

Sports & Sites: Chicago Rambles On

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 Nevadawho’s fresh from upsetting the #2 seed, Cincinnati Bearcats. It’s gonna get scrappy. Continue reading

Biggest Bang for Your Buck

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

Money Pit or Money Maker?

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

Logan Square Opens The “Come As You Are” Bar

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