Daystar Center Benefit Concert

Two Local Bands, One Great Cause!

On Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 6pm, the Daystar Center invites you to join in a night of inspiring music while supporting our community-building efforts. Purchase your tickets here.

There are so many reasons to attend:

  • Enjoy awesome music from both bands in two sets.
  • Relish a bonus collaboration set where the bands join together for an improvisational jam session.
  • Be one of the first to hear about and see the future of Daystar Center! We will be making a big announcement and releasing a new website during the concert.
  • General admission is only $15 and includes complimentary appetizers and BYOB.  If you’d like, bring wine or beer to enjoy during the show.  For an even better deal, advance tickets are 2 for $20 online only. This early-bird rate ends at midnight on Saturday February 28! Buy your tickets now.
  • The concert is conveniently held at 1550 S. State Street in the Auditorium space located through Overflow Coffee Bar.  Overflow will be open during the concert if you’d like to purchase a beverage or food.

Renegade Lightning Rebellion has been bringing their indie chamber-rock sound to Chicago and surrounding areas since summer 2011. This six-piece outfit performs an eclectic batch of songs that reflect such diverse influences as contemporary Indie music (Of Montreal and Dirty Projectors), classic jazz (Miles Davis and Charles Mingus) and classical chamber music. RLR has captivated audiences throughout Chicago with their deft handling of sudden shifts in energy and instrumentation – the band, almost all multi-instrumentalists, swap freely between such unique instruments as upright bass, oboe, trumpet, violin and accordion.

The Under Lines Quartet is a jazz group based out of Chicago, Illinois. The group is made up of guitarist Alex Ispa-Cowan, saxophonist Con Campbell, drummer Josh Calef, and bassist Jake Hawrylak.  The group performs a mix of original compositions and their own take on jazz standards.

Buy your tickets today!

The Daystar Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting arts and culture.  The Center’s events gather culture-lovers together and connect audiences with local artists.  The Center hosted its first concert in 2012 and currently hosts theatre, musical, and film events multiple times per month.  Event details can be found at http://www.daystarcenter.org/events.html.  

Please call (312) 674-0001 for questions and to purchase tickets over the phone.


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Exquisite Views from a Downtown Penthouse

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Listing Details 

Penthouse Level Downtown

611 S Wells #3105, CHICAGO, IL 60607

Original List Price: $4,250/mo

MLS number: 08844202

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2.1

 

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

Corner Home on the Top Floor 

Live in the sky in this spacious penthouse beauty. Two bedrooms plus a den (currently used as a third bedroom) and a huge living space offer an elegant home from which to enjoy the city. Housed in a full-amenity building on the west edge of Printer’s Row, you can also enjoy the exercise room, party room, terrace, and spa.

611 S Wells penthouse for rent

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Mezmerizing Views and Fine Finishes

Situated on the southeast corner of the building, floor to ceiling windows and three balconies provide miles of lake and city views. Custom closets, pocket doors, recessed lighting, and remote controlled shades are just a few of the finishing touches.

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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Bright Printer’s Row Loft

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

Listing Details 

Bright Printer’s Row Loft

523 S Plymouth #404, CHICAGO, IL 60605

Original List Price: $335,900

MLS number: 08793941

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

This lovely home is filled w/ character; exposed brick, 11 ft. ceilings, glass block details, & a preferred western exposure, providing plenty of light. Fresh paint and new carpeting make it an inviting place to come home to.

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Well Designed Layout for Living and Entertaining

A giant wall of windows bathes the living room in natural light. Curl up in front of the fire and enjoy the true loft architecture. The smart layout clearly defines plenty of space for a large dining area, spacious living area, and roomy kitchen.

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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Play in the Chicago Snow This Weekend

It’s been pretty cold this week and that’s perhaps causing a bit of cabin fever for some Chicagoans. This weekend will be warmer and should be perfect to get out and enjoy Snow Days at McCormick Place.

The annual festival hosts snow sculptors from around the world who compete to create the most spectacular masterpiece.

Snow Days Chicago 2010

Begining at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday visitors can enjoy voting for their favorite sculpture, viewing penguins from the Shedd Aquarium, painting snow, and children can enjoy free snowboarding lessons.

Follow your day in the snow with a nice meal at one of Chicago’s top restaurants, as it is also Restaurant Week!


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Updated Dearborn Park Home

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View current inventory of 2 bedroom townhomes and condos by Chicago’s Near South Side.

Listing Details 

Updated Dearborn Park Home

1169 S Plymouth 308, CHICAGO, IL 60605

Original List Price: $328,000

MLS number: 08823275

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

 

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

Spacious, Updated Condo

This freshly updated home has a spacious floorplan with room for everyone. The large dining and living room is big enough to accommodate a dining table for six, a large couch and sitting area, as well as a small office area.

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Remodeled Kitchen and Baths Add an Air of Elegance

Fresh updates make the bathrooms feel bright and stylish. The kitchen glistens with stainless steel appliances, including a huge refrigerator, a glasstop stove, and quartz countertops. Take note of the gorgeous flooring throughout.

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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Huge Townhome in Dearborn Park II

View current inventory of 3 bedroom townhomes and condos by Chicago’s Near South Side.

Listing Details 

Huge Townhome in Dearborn Park II

1327 S Plymouth G, CHICAGO, IL 60605

Original List Price: $750,000

MLS number: 08815856

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3.1

 

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Bright, Spacious, Townhome 

Largest floor plan and ideal location within the development. From the open foyer to the sun-drenched living room and eat-in kitchen this home offers plenty of room to spread out and entertain.

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Warm Up in the Expansive Living Room

Large windows drench the home in light. The living room feels warm year-round from the bright sunlight pouring in to the fireplace at the far wall. Built-in glass shelves offer the perfect spot to display your fragile collectibles. 

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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Spacious Penthouse-like Condo

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Listing Details 

Spacious Penthouse-like Condo

41 E 8th #608, CHICAGO, IL 60605

Original List Price: $646,000

MLS number: 08814151

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Square Footage: 2040

 

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

Formal and Informal Space Surrounded by Terrace

Enter through a spacious hallway to the bright, formal dining room and living room. Two doors lead to the 1100 sq/ft wrap around terrace. Spread out even more down the hall in the kitchen and family room, which also have direct access to the terrace.

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A One of a Kind Chandelier Brings Elegance to the Dining Room

Purchased from the Pismo Gallery in Aspen this Ulla Darni chandelier is hand painted in the pattern Mir – Monochromatic. As all Darni glass is handpainted no two are exactly the same. For more information about the artist please visit her website: ulladarni.com.

The South Loop Neighborhood of Chicago

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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Should You Make Last Minute Improvements Before Selling Your Home

To update or not to update? This is a question that plagues many home sellers. Getting ready to sell your home can be a scary and expensive process. Most sellers want to get the most money as they can for their home without spending much. There are many reasons for this.

  • They may want to save money for the next place.
  • The potential buyer might not like the finishes the seller picks.
  • The seller might not get an even return on his investment.

Sometimes the seller gets lucky and a buyer with a vision to make the home his own comes to the space prepared to do the necessary work. But, if the seller is counting on this he is cutting out the entire market who does not want to do any work on the home.

As a study let’s look at two properties that closed in the fall of 2014. These are both 2b/2ba, 1250 sq/ft homes in 400 E Randolph.

Floor Closed Price Market Time
13 Oct 2 $338,000 109
21 Sept 26 $460,000 29

That’s a sold price difference of $122,000! The one on the 21st floor is 8 stories higher than the 13th floor, but that’s not a difference that commands $100k in price! The biggest difference in these homes is the finishes.

These condos were built in 1963, so both units have been at least partially updated. Let’s look at the differences. In each example the home on the 13th floor is on top and the same room on the 21st floor is on bottom.

Baths

The baths on the 21st floor have been completely updated. While the 13th floor has newer countertops the tiled floor is old and one bathroom still has mirrored cabinetry and a hotel style layout.

Dining

It’s hard to say from these pictures whether any walls were moved in the kitchen and dining area of the home on 21, but with the wood floors and bright paint the room looks brighter.

Kitchen

The kitchen was clearly gutted and rebuilt on 21. Wood floors, a backsplash, and nicer appliances give the kitchen an elegance that 13 can’t have with mismatched appliances and a linoleum floor.

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Removing the mirrored walls and adding wood floors in the living room make the room seem larger in the expensive home.

As a seller you may not have the funds to make all the changes your home needs and you might not see a full return if you make the improvements immediately before selling, but it might be worth the investment to at least remove outdated styles such as mirrored walls. In this case the sellers who went all out with renovations left the table 80 days sooner and $122,000 richer than the sellers who only made a few improvements.


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Market Update November 2014

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In the video above, we discussed how the real estate market is affecting buyers. With the availability of credit and the threat of mortgage rates rising over the next year it is very important for sellers to price their homes well in order to attract a buyer.

The following charts show year-over-year how prices have changed for the month of October in the neighborhoods of downtown Chicago. If you think the time might be right for you to sell your home please call us to help you determine your home’s value.

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Near West Side

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Large Townhouse Near South Loop Elementary

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View current inventory of 3 bedroom rental homes by Chicago’s Near South Side.

Listing Details 

Large Townhouse Near South Loop Elementary

1328 S Federal K, CHICAGO, IL 60605

Original List Price: $3,550/month

MLS number: 08785285

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2.1

Square Footage: 2100

 

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

Tons of Room to Live and Entertain in This Townhome

Spread out in this large townhome with a family room and den, as well as beautiful views north of the Chicago skyline. A spacious kitchen with an island overlooks the family room and has access to the balcony for outdoor entertainment. The formal dining room includes a wet bar. 

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A Quiet Location Makes This an Urban Retreat

Located in the heart of Dearborn Park II this home is practically across the street from South Loop Elementary and just a little ways from Cottontail Park. A short walk east will bring you to the heart of the South Loop and shops and entertainment on Roosevelt Road feel like they are nearly around the corner. Have an easy commute, less than a mile from the Loop.

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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