Film Tonight @ Overflow Coffee – Diamond Road

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Every year 24 tons of diamonds are teased from the heart of the earth. Once mined, they begin their year-long journey through the “pipeline,” a vast network encompassing five continents and a diverse cast of characters. By the end of their journey these tiny bits of carbon will have made multi-millionaires of some and virtual slaves of others.

Boring deep into the diamond world, Diamond Road seeks to understand the multiple meanings this object has for a few of the fascinating people who are part of the diamond pipeline – international prospector, impoverished miner, child cutter, celebrity jeweller, smuggler, high-end dealer. Interwoven with their stories is the determined pursuit of one industry leader to bring fairness and transparency to this secretive world. What results is a multi-layered portrait of a stone which is steeped in a history of intrigue, conflict, love and hope.

See Diamond Road tonight at Overflow Coffee Bar (in the auditorium)
7:00 p.m., 1550 S State St, donations welcome

http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Documentary-Films/events/187598272/


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The 11th Annual Bash on Wabash is This Weekend!

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This weekend is the 11th annual Bash on Wabash, the South Loop’s summer street festival! Located at 14th and Wabash, the Bash will be on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 & 24 starting at noon.

Listen to live music throughout the weekend while enjoying food, drink, local businesses, and events for kids.

Take note of  some of the special programming:

  • Watch BMX Stunts by Brian Kachinsky
  • Enjoy craft brews at the inaugural appearance of the Goose Island Mobile Unit
  • Taste free samples at the demonstration tables of South Loop chefs
  • Let the kid’s enjoy free samples of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

Visit the Bash Facebook page to keep up to date on all the happenings.

See you there!


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Kayaking in Downtown Chicago

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Are you in search of a new urban adventure or just a unique view of the Chicago skyline? If so, check out Urban Kayaks.

I was invited to do an intro paddle yesterday. As an inexperienced kayaker this was perfect for me. The trip was about an hour long and I’m just a little sore today. Kayaking down the river is fascinating, exhilarating, and relaxing. While it is not really a city tour my guide shared some unique stories about the city and the river. Being the smallest boats in the river, she was also very cautious and attentive when we ran into boat traffic, making sure we both stayed clear of the big tour boats, water taxis, and barges.

The skyline view isn’t much different from that on an architecture cruise, but the view of the river is more intimate. We avoided the big boats, but also got a unique view underneath parts of the barges. Did you know some sky scrapers have air vents that pump air into the river, pushing small boats like kayaks into the middle of the water? After maneuvering past a few of those we took in the nature as we passed a few ducks near Merchandise Mart and one bird under a bridge that we couldn’t identify.

If you have never kayaked, but have done another water sport that uses paddles, you will probably pick this up quickly. It’s fairly easy on the Chicago River, but if you are inexperienced and nervous it might help to try kayaking on a smaller lake at first. We did have to stop, row backwards, make some sharp turns, and paddle fast at times. The nice thing is that all the boats really watch out for each other.

I also realized today that I need to work on my form a little. If you are doing it correctly, it should be a great core workout, but I think my biceps are a little more sore than they should be.

The launch dock is great! I was a little nervous at first because I was wearing sandals that don’t have a back strap, but you step into the boat before sliding into the water, so it was not a problem. I highly suggest wearing quick dry pants or board shorts, if you have them. A tank top or t-shirt is fine, your torso will stay dry, but I dripped a lot of water on my lap.

Urban Kayaks has a few packages for beginners and more experienced kayakers. Chose from a city tour, a sunset tour, two fireworks tours, or just rent some boats for an afternoon on your own. If you are ready to try a new urban adventure check them out here: urbankayaks.com.


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Watch Navy Pier Fireworks from Your Living Room or Balcony

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Watch Navy Pier Fireworks from Your Living Room or Balcony

1250 S. Michigan Ave. #1009, CHICAGO, IL 60605

Original List Price: $2,500/mo

MLS number: 08696115

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

 

Call Terri Buseman at 312-208-5166 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

All the Comforts You Need

A spacious home in a full-amenity building. Granite counters, three exposures, and plenty of closets make up the interior of this apartment, while the building boasts a 24 hour doorman, pool, party room, and exercise room.

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Three Exposures Offer Tons of Light & Fantastic Views

North, east, and west views keep the home bright all day long. The living room and balcony overlook the pool and sun deck as well as providing views of the Chicago skyline and the firework shows at Navy Pier.

South Loop: One of Chicago’s Oldest Neighborhoods

The South Loop has been a vital neighborhood for most of Chicago’s history. From Dearborn Station as an early a transportation hub. To the Prairie District, once home to leaders of early Chicago such as Marshall Field and John Glessner. Later Printer’s Row became a popular place for book manufacturer’s. A residential revival started in 1979 with Dearborn Park. Today the neighborhood is home to many Chicagoans, as well as tourist destinations such as Museum Campus.

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Single Family Home in a South Loop Gated Community

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South Loop Single Family Home in a Gated Community

27 W 15th Street Unit C, CHICAGO, IL 60605

Original List Price: $899,000

MLS number: 08685910

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 3

Square Footage: 2600

 

Call Terri Buseman at 312-208-5166 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

Plenty of Storage & Space in This Two Bedroom, Single Family Home 

Designed for room to stretch out this two bedroom home has a family room, living room, rec room, fenced yard, balcony, and a rooftop deck with views of the Chicago skyline. A full-sized two-car garage, with a pad for additional parking, built-in cabinetry, and an extra-large laundry room provide tons of additional storage.

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Smart Updates Make the Home Feel Spacious & New

Plans for a small bedroom were reconfigured to create a large laundry room. Located on the third floor with the bedrooms the laundry room was designed to maximize storage. 

Fresh paint throughout, newly stained hardwood floors, and new carpeting make the home bright, airy, and elegant.

Dearborn Park: A Residential Community in the South Loop, Chicago

Dearborn Park I & II is a residential area in the South Loop that was developed in the late 70s-early 80s to offer families an alternative to moving to the suburbs. Filled with condos, townhomes, and single family homes, as well as parks and a school Dearborn Park offers a respite from the bustling downtown nearby.

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Bright South Loop Townhome

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Bright South Loop Townhome

1351 S Clark, CHICAGO, IL 60605

Original List Price: $3,200/mo

MLS number: 08681843

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 3

Square Footage: 2000

 

Call Terri Buseman at 312-208-5166 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

Additional Living Inside and Out

This Dearborn II, bright, east and west facing town home has a family room which could be used as the 3rd bedroom. Bonus spaces include a balcony, yard, roof deck, garage and pad to park an additional car. Available furnished!

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Ideal Location for City Living

Located on Clark St., daily shopping such as Mariano’s and Target is just around the corner as well as entertainment in the new shopping district at Roosevelt Collection. Chicago’s Loop is just at your fingertips, as well as luscious South Loop parks.

South Loop: One of Chicago’s Oldest Neighborhoods

The South Loop has been a vital neighborhood for most of Chicago’s history. From Dearborn Station as an early a transportation hub. To the Prairie District, once home to leaders of early Chicago such as Marshall Field and John Glessner. Later Printer’s Row became a popular place for book manufacturer’s. A residential revival started in 1979 with Dearborn Park. Today the neighborhood is home to many Chicagoans, as well as tourist destinations such as Museum Campus.

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Don’t Be Afraid of a Little Paint

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Many people agree that a little paint can go a long way in making a room look pulled together and finished, but so many people are afraid to paint the exposed wood on their cabinets and doors. Here are some pictures of a project that is in process. I hope you can see how the paint will help complete the overall look of the kitchen.

Won’t that be nice against the stainless steel appliances? Don’t be afraid to take a risk! After all, it’s just paint.


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Home Seller’s Checklist

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To sell your home fast and for top dollar requires a lot of up front work! The quickest way to sell any property is to declutter and stage, i.e. make it look like it belongs in a magazine.

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The following checklist should help you remember the little details that can make a big difference:

  1. Finish all unfinished projects such as painting, hanging curtains, updating switch plates, door knobs, etc.
  2. Touch up any warn, scratched, or scuffed paint.
  3. Wash all marks off of walls, including the baseboards.
  4. Clean the fireplace. If it is a gas fireplace rinse off the rocks and fake logs.
  5. Clean out closets, bookcases, and all areas of storage. Sell or donate anything that is no longer useful to you.
  6. Clean appliances such as the refrigerator and oven.
  7. Start packing. Pack all excess knick-nacks, books that aren’t read often, personal pictures. Clear surfaces of loose papers and unnecessary personal items.
  8. Make sure all lights are in working order.
  9. Arrange furniture to create well defined, spacious areas in the home that show off unique aspects such as a fireplace or great view.

The biggest and most challenging step is probably #7. Here are some things to consider for this step:

  1. You will need a place to store everything that you have packed. Many people rent a temporary storage unit for this.
  2. Remove photos of family. It helps perspective buyers imagine themselves in the home and keeps your privacy.
  3. Consider very carefully what you actually use that sits out. For example, on an average day my desk has on it, loose papers, nail polish, pens, pencils, highlighters, envelopes, a tin of paperclips, etc. These are all common items to have on a working desk, but they are all very small and therefore look like clutter when they are all visible. If I were staging my home all of these items would be placed in a drawer. I might keep a few pens and a small pad of paper on the desk along with my laptop, but that would be it.
  4. Carefully declutter your bookshelves. If you have books with beautiful bindings keep those out, but most books can be packed away. The shelves can then be used to display some knick-knacks and the prettiest books.
  5. If you have an open liquor cabinet pair it down. Keep visible only the essentials for your favorite one or two cocktails.
  6. Store away out of season clothes. Even if you don’t normally do this, it will help your closet look spacious.
  7. If you are an art lover take care with how you have curated your walls. Art can certainly help highlight the architecture of a home or brighten it up with color, but it’s best if your art and the space on your wall are in sync. This means the walls shouldn’t be so full of art that you can’t see the color of the paint, but the wall shouldn’t dwarf your art either.

If you can plan ahead, give yourself a few months to do these projects. Good luck with your sale!


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July 2014 Chicago Street Festival Schedule

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Weekends in July are jam packed with neighborhood festivals and events for everyone, from Ribfest, to the North Michigan Art Fest, to the Sheffield Garden Walk. Click on the calendar to see what else July has in store. Visit the City of Chicago’s website for a list of summer festivals by month.

Summer Festivals July

 


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Spacious & Bright Printer’s Row Loft

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Spacious & Bright Printer’s Row Loft

523 S Plymouth #404, CHICAGO, IL 60605

Original List Price: $354,900

MLS number: 08654893 

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

Square Footage: 1400

 

Call Terri Buseman at 312-208-5166 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

A Loft Full of Character

Featured in the Chicago Sun Times & several Loft Walks, this lovely home is filled w/ character; exposed brick, 11 ft. ceilings & a preferred western exposure, providing plenty of light. An original mural in the kitchen makes for a unique and inviting place to come home to.

523 s plymouth, chicago printer's row loft

523 s plymouth, chicago printer's row loft

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Original Mural Adds Color and Whimsy

The artist of the tree column, that anchors the kitchen, hid woodland creatures, not just in the nooks and crannies of the trunk, but also hidden within the pattern of the trunk. Look carefully to find deer, an owl, and women, to name a few surprises that are guaranteed to entertain and awe.

Printer’s Row: Home of Chicago’s Original Loft Conversions

Printer’s Row became an iconic neighborhood of Chicago shortly after the Great Fire. At that time, following the Industrial Revolution, big printing manufacturers were building factories and many found a home in, what is now known as, Printer’s Row. When Dearborn Station was built in 1885 the neighborhood became a transportation hub. Today the neighborhood is still an easy walk to most train lines, as well as downtown. Most of the printing factories have been converted to residential lofts.

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