Finding unique housewarming gifts is tricky, especially when it comes to first-time homeowners. Long gone are the days of cliche toasters and cheese boards. So what should you bring if you’re invited to a housewarming party?
Here are just a few gift ideas for the different kinds of people in your life:
If you’re one of the million or so parents in the Chicago area like myself, you’ve been so busy shuttling kids to camps and activities that you can barely comprehend we are already halfway through the school break and great weather. Rest easy! There’s still plenty of time and many places to take your children to make the most of the warm-weather months.
Why not start by swinging by a few neighborhood festivals, where bouncy houses, salty corn on the cob, face painting and maybe a beer tent will keep everyone in the family happy for a few hours? Here are a few family-friendly fests you can’t miss in the last half of summer.
Every summer has a story, and thanks to social media your adventure is completely shareable. Whether you’re just looking for something beyond the ordinary to do or looking to never forget your stunning surroundings, these postcard-worthy hot spots around Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan are sure to pack a punch on your Instagram feed.
Want to have a good laugh that quickly turns to a look of horror? Play a little game of Worst Neighbor Story Ever with a few fellow Chicagoans. That one time the guy downstairs faked a robbery and then had a four-hour fest smashing the remaining furniture in the middle of the night (yeah, that really happened) will look like absolutely nothing, I promise. But be prepared, because the look of horror might come when you realize that you yourself have committed some of the Worst Neighbor crimes, without even meaning to.
On the slight chance you’re looking to get back in the good graces of those living around you, or if you’re looking to start off on the right foot after moving into a new home, give one of these ideas a go.
Chicago is full of charming neighborhoods. Each one has something special to offer, along with its own unique vibe and feel. But when it really comes down to it, you can’t beat the convenience and beauty of the city’s elegant Gold Coast. From the stunning brownstones to world-class shops and restaurants, here are 7 reasons why we love the Gold Coast.
It’s no secret we have heart eyes for all aspects of Chicago, and Logan Square is no exception. From sipping a pour-over on a coffee shop patio to racking up a Divvy at the Blue Line stop to standing in line for a mango paleta from a cart on Milwaukee Avenue, it’s easy to see why Logan Square was named one of the coolest neighborhoods in the country.
The next time you find yourself in this southwest neighborhood, here’s what you can’t miss:
@properties is no stranger to Wilmette. In fact, we’ve been serving home buyers and sellers in the area for almost a decade. And if experience has taught us anything, it’s that there’s a lot to love about this quaint North Shore community – So much to love that we decided to make a new home for @properties right in town.
This July, stop by our new office at 1100 Central Ave. in the town’s central business district, and keep reading to find out why we’re excited to finally call Wilmette home.
In July and August, we’re headed to Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana for our second annual @properties Home for the Summer tour. While we’re excited to give you a sneak peek of some of the beautiful properties we have to offer in these resort home communities, we’re also excited to spend some time in the sun.
The mention of a farmers’ market conjures images of freshly picked produce, handmade jams and jellies, and locally-sourced meats and cheeses — all at your fingertips on a sunny day.
In Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan, it also brings to mind food trucks, artisans, live music, and weekly yoga. From the taste of homegrown flavor to enjoying those sunny summer days, farmers’ markets have a lot to offer for early risers and midday visitors alike.
Before those dog day of summer, find your way to any (or all!) of these hand-picked local farmers’ markets:
Home to countless restaurants with outdoor patios, a quaint and walkable downtown, seemingly endless parks, summer events, and a world-renowned racetrack, it’s easy to see how someone could fall in love with Arlington Heights. We know we did.
We fell hard and because of that, @properties is thrilled to make Arlington Heights one of our newest homes. Here’s why: