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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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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FGR’s Guide to The Best Chicago Farmers Markets

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.

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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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