You’re Invited to Dinner This Saturday Night!

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Daystar Center Benefit Dinner
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Order your tickets now! A limited number of seats remain!

“Only in Chicago…” Experience an Evening of Diversity with food, drink, entertainment, art, and inspirational stories!

Hear.  See.  Taste.  Experience.

Hear music, theatre, and inspirational stories.

See art and photos.

Taste Spanish tapas, sangria, and decadent desserts.

Experience Daystar Center in all its diversity!

If you are already part of the Daystar Center community, we invite you to come and support the community’s ongoing mission of building community.

If you are new to the Daystar Center, we invite you to come and experience a taste of who we are.

We look forward to celebrating the Daystar Center’s accomplishments and future with you!

Schedule for the Evening

6:00pm – Silent Auction and Cocktail Hour – Some fabulous art for viewing and bidding.  Sangria from Tapas Valencia and coffee service from Overflow Coffee Bar.

7:00pm – Dinner and Dessert – Dinner from Tapas Valencia and Desserts from Delightful Pastries and Overflow Coffee Bar.

Here’s a preview of the menu:

Cold Tapas

  • Patatas con Alioli – Robust garlic potato salad with mayonnaise and fresh parsley
  • Gambas Marinadas – Chilled marinated tiger shrimp served with a trio of sauces: tomato brandy, cumin, and alioli
  • Jamón Serrano con Queso – Imported Serrano ham with Manchego cheese, tomato, garlic and toast points
  • Setas Salvajes – Medley of sautéed wild mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini, Manchego cheese, and pine nuts on a romaine heart, drizzled with balsamic white wine vinaigrette

Hot Tapas

  • Champinones Rellenos – Stuffed mushroom caps with sautéed spinach, garlic and a blend of Spanish cheeses
  • Crepé Rellena – Crepes filled with goat cheese, spinach, apples and pine nuts with a pimiento sauce
  • Pincho de Solomillo – Beef tenderloin brochettes grilled with cracked black pepper, served with carmelized red onions, horseradish sour cream and mashed potatoes
  • Paella Mariscos – Shrimp, mussels, clams, scallops and calamari, baked in saffron rice with vegetables

7:45pm – Entertainment – Three Performances, Three Genres, One Theme: “Only in Chicago…”
Richelle Hennen & Mark Anderson – Spanish Art Song
Katrina Miller – Soul, Pop, Motown
David Boyle – Comedy, Storytelling

All are welcome, but tickets are required.  Click here to RSVP A limited number of seats remain!

$125 for General Admission
$900 for a table of 8
(plus additional service fee)

Market Update August 2014

In the video above, we looked at some data indicating that the nation as a whole is going to see a strong fall season. Real estate trends can differ quite a bit on the local level.

Existing home sales have seen an increase throughout the summer, but if we look at downtown Chicago we can see that it, overall, has been more conservative.

The following charts show month-to-month points of closed sales for condos and for single family homes in the neighborhoods of the Loop, Near North Side, South Loop, and West Loop.

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The number of homes going under contract in downtown Chicago has also been fairly stable. We are seeing a strong year overall, and fall is looking to be a good season. However, with a couple peaks, but no major dips, it is clear that our high season is tapering to a close.

The following charts show month-to-month points of condos and for single family homes that are under contract in the neighborhoods of the Loop, Near North Side, South Loop, and West Loop.

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Banish Smelly Trash for Good!

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No Trash

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About a month ago, my South Loop neighborhood condo building started a composting program and my trash has not smelled since. Composting may seem like a foreign idea, especially in the city, but it’s really quite simple! Our program is set up through Waste Management and they collect our compost once a week. Once you have a collection set up, all you have to do is get a small bin to keep in your home for compostable materials, line it with a compostable bag, and empty your bin every 3-5 days in your larger collection bin.

Does your building or work compost? Spread the news to the neighborhood and let us know!

After extensive research our household purchased the Full Circle Fresh Air Kitchen Compost Collector from Amazon. It was $30. With that we ordered a box of 25 Full Circle Renew Compostable Waste Bags for $10. The bags are only 2.5 gallons, so as you can imagine this easily fits in our kitchen, we keep ours next to our recycling bag and garbage can. The only trick is to empty the container every 3-5 days. Because the bags are also compostable, they start to break down as soon as an item is placed in them. You don’t want a bag with a hole in it! If you tend to get busy or forgetful I would suggest designing a system to remind yourself to bring the composting down. If your bag does get a hole in it you can put it in a paper bag, which is also compostable.

If you are recycling and composting as much as you can at home, you will be surprised to see how little actual trash you will accumulate! Since recycling is rinsed and compost is taken out so frequently your trash may never be smelly again!

Below are charts to remind you of what can be composted and what can be recycled.

Please be careful with what you recycle and what you compost! Waste Management explains: “One dirty product, or one with food waste still in it, can contaminate an entire bale, containing thousands of pounds of collected plastics. This can cause thousands of recyclable items to go to a landfill instead of being recycled.” They also note that recycling must never be placed in a plastic bag or it will be automatically sent to the trash.

NOTE: Some of the items listed below are not recommended for at home compost piles because they will be very smelly as they breakdown. These lists were created from items which are accepted by Waste Management.

 

Compostable Items: Anything that is Wholly Organic, Nothing that was Chemically Produced
*might be recyclable

Acceptable

Unacceptable

Fruits/vegetables

*Plastic food packaging/wrap

Meat, poultry

Latex & plastic gloves

Bakery items & ingredients

*Coated & plastic take-out containers/cups

Eggs & paper egg cartons

*Plastic bags

Plants, cut flowers, potting soil

*Milk & juice cartons

Coffee grounds, filters, tea bags

Aerosol cans

Paper products (napkins & paper towels)

Twist ties, rubber bands, wire

Compostable packaging

Grease from cooking

Hair (human & animal)

Kitty litter/feces

 

Recyclable Items: Non Organic Materials, Rinse All Food off First

Metal

Paper/Cardboard

Glass

Plastic

Aluminum cans

Corrugated cardboard

Clear, brown, or green glass

Look for the following numbers in the symbol
 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7

Aluminum foil/bakeware

Magazines

Unacceptable glass

Unacceptable Plastic

Steel/tin cans

Office papers

Heat-resistant glass/Pyrex

Items coded 6 PS

Unacceptable Metal

Newspapers

Broken glass

 

Metal caps/lids

Paperboard

Mirror/window glass

 
 

Paper/cardboard milk & juice cartons

Crystal

 
 

Mixed paper/unsolicited direct mail

   

 

Additional Recycling: These items can be brought to a store for recycling

Batteries/Bulbs

Electronics Can be brought to a store like Best Buy

Car batteries Usually can be exchanged with your battery store

Computers (CPUs, monitors, peripherals, keyboards)

The following can be brought to most hardware stores i.e. Ace on State St

Office equipment (photocopier, printer, fax)

Household and button batteries

Televisions

Rechargable batteries

Consumer electronics (DVD player, stereo, phone)

Incandecent & LED lights

Cell phones

Compact florescent bulbs

 

 


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Skyline Views from Your Couch or Kitchen

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View current inventory of rental properties by Chicago’s Near South Side.

Listing Details 

Skyline Views from Your Couch or Kitchen

61 W 15th #501, CHICAGO, IL 60605

Original List Price: $2,500/mo

MLS number: 08711346

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 Space You Need

An oversized kitchen with tons of storage overlooks the spacious living/dining room combo. Both rooms have fantastic views of the Chicago skyline. New this year, Bosch washer/dryer and dishwasher appliances bring luxury to this apartment.

Click here to see additional images of this 2 bedroom apartment.

Peaceful Urban Location

Situated at the south end of Dearborn Park II this home is nestled in a quiet, residential area steps from Cottontail Park and the South Loop School Park. With a Walkscore of 95, it is in a Walker’s Paradise. Mariano’s grocery store is around the corner and just down the street are the shops and restaurants in the Roosevelt Collection and the South Loop Neighborhood.

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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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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Listing Details 

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.

Click here to see additional images of this 2 bedroom apartment.

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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View current inventory of single family homes by Chicago’s Near South Side.

Listing Details 

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.

Click here to see additional images of this South Loop Single Family Home

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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Listing Details 

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!

Click here to see additional images of this South Loop Townhome

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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