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Art Institute of Chicago Ranked #1 in the World

by Thomas Makinney

It was one of Ferris Bueller’s stops on his infamous day off, and even 28 years later the Art Institute of Chicago remains just as popular of a destination as ever.  While the list of attractions that draws tourists to Chicago year after year is ever-growing, at the core of the list are some tried

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and true Chicago staples.  Even residents of the city and the surrounding suburbs shouldn’t forget to take advantage of these gems, or dismiss them as ‘tourist traps.’  Navy Pier is a prime example of a tourist trap, while the Art Institute of Chicago is a tourist treasure.


The Art Institute was recently rated by Trip Advisor as the #1 Museum in the WORLD. If it’s been a while, give in to your inner tourist and pay the museum a visit.

At one million square feet, the institute is home to more than than 300,000 pieces of art permanently on display, and features additional rotating exhibits throughout each year.  art-institute.jpgIf you’re planning an upcoming trip (because you should) it is always a good idea to do your research, and map out what wings you would like to see the most.  Because of it’s vast size and variety, it is nearly impossible to view (and appreciate) the entire museum in one day. Check out the current and upcoming exhibits here -LINK.
We love living near such an amazing city and we hope you share our passion for Elmhurst and the Chicago suburbs! If you or someone you know would like more info on buying a home in the Elmhurst area, give us call at 630-441-5570 or visit us on the web at www.MariaAndTom.com.

We’ve all been there.  You’re standing in someone’s home and you suddenly feel the need to check a calendar.  Have you travelled back in time to the 19070’s, or has avocado green come back in style? Is this pale pink and gold bathroom Scarface-inspired, or is it 1980 once again?

While its only natural to notice (and judge) the most outdated of styles in the homes of others, many of us are not exactly on the cutting edge of interior decorating either.  It can be hard to keep up with the latest, so every now and then it may be a good idea to consult an expert.

How can you tell if your bathroom is outdated?

- Flooring such as carpet or linoleum are ready for retirement.
- Too much color, or too little color. That may sound tricky, but an overly-sterile white bathroom of white walls and white toilet, white fixtures, can be just as bad as ‘all pink everything’ powder rooms of yesteryear.
- Hollywood Lighting, or any lighting fixtures that have not been replaced with a new look in the past ten years or so, can not only be unflattering for your reflection but also make your bathroom look dated.

 



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Your bathroom, one of the easiest rooms to neglect when it comes to updating to the latest modern amenities, can soon go from eyesore to enviable with some helpful tips from a pro.
Elmhurst resident, Gracik Makinney Group client, and talented interior designer Linda Fougerousse will be giving a tell-all presentation on bathroom renovations this weekend at the Pheasant Run Resort.
“The Old House New House Home Show” (don’t ask us to say that three times fast!) will feature Fougerousse’s “Beautiful Bathroom” workshop. You can catch the workshop Saturday and Sunday at 1pm at booth #512, where she will also be raffling off a $500 certificate!


If you have questions about your Elmhurst home, or know someone who is looking to relocate to the area, we are always happy to help. Give us a call at 630-441-5570 or visit us on the web at www.MariaandTom.com

Elmhurst Open House List for September 27 & 28th

by Thomas Makinney

Here is your list of Open Houses in Elmhurst this weekend! Feel free to stop by and say hello to us, we will be at:

 

275 N Michigan Ave

Elmhurst

09/28/2014 02:00 PM

$369,900

621 S Fern Ave

Elmhurst

09/28/2014 02:00 PM

$790,000


481 W Second St

Elmhurst

09/28/2014 02:00 PM

$950,000

 


100 W Butterfield Rd

Elmhurst

09/27/2014 01:00 PM

$159,900

 

242 S Monterey Ave

Elmhurst

09/28/2014 01:00 PM

$259,900

 

991 S Spring Rd

Elmhurst

09/27/2014 11:00 AM

$292,000

 

775 S Kearsage Ave

Elmhurst

09/28/2014 01:00 PM

$324,500

 

903 S Spring Rd

Elmhurst

09/28/2014 09:00 AM

$324,700


449 N Larch Ave
Elmhurst

09/28/2014 01:00 PM

$409,900

 

579 W Armitage Ave

Elmhurst

09/28/2014 01:00 PM

$419,900


750 S Kearsage Ave
Elmhurst
09/28/2014 01:00 PM
$469,900

 

851 S Hillcrest Ave

Elmhurst

09/27/2014 01:00 PM

$495,000

 

880 S Kent Ave

Elmhurst

09/27/2014 01:00 PM

$639,530

 

112 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

09/28/2014 10:00 AM

$650,000

 

206 W Grandview St

Elmhurst

09/28/2014 02:00 PM

$714,500


 

379 W Fremont Ave

Elmhurst

09/28/2014 12:00 PM

$774,900

 

 

229 S Kenmore Ave

Elmhurst

09/28/2014 01:00 PM

$825,000



 

224 E South St

Elmhurst

09/28/2014 11:00 AM
$1,350,000

New Regulation for Elmhurst Homeowners

by Thomas Makinney

After this particularly wet summer we’ve experienced, it is nice to see the city taking action against future flooding problems, even if it does mean certain restrictions for single family home-owners. With the recent storms, one of which resulted in two to four inches of rain falling in period of five hours, a surge of complaints have inundated city hall officials to be more proactive against flooding. What some residents may not have anticipated was that the measures won’t necessarily be at the expense of the city, but rather a new restriction for the residents and homeowners themselves.

Lots that are 9,000 square feet or less are now limited to a 60% “impervious service” cap. Surfaces such as driveways, walkways, blacktops and patios don’t absorb water, and as the recent rainfall illustrated, it’s becoming more important to preserve enough surface area for flooding prevention.
There are, however, exceptions to these limitations. If storm water storage is provided, some homeowners may exceed the limit a bit. Detention drains, trenches, and rain gardens may be your saving loophole if this new ordinance was putting a damper on any of your upcoming home improvement plans.

In addition to the many creative ways to go about ensuring proper drainage, there are now paving surfaces that comply with the ordinance! Pervious Concrete Pavement is a new solution to meet our suburban needs while still protecting the environment. Porous concrete allows rain water to filter into the ground. This new material is the EPA recommended surface, and it's growing popularity is a promising sign that we are headed in the right direction.

If you have questions about being an Elmhurst homeowner, feel free to contact us anytime at 630-441-5570 or visit us on the web at www.MariaAndTom.com!

 

Elmhurst Open House List for September 20 & 21

by Thomas Makinney

Here is your Open House list for the weekend! Stop by and visit The Gracik Makinney Group at

424 Mitchell or 621 Fern in Elmhurst, or 610 Lakewood Court in Oakbrook!

424 S Mitchell Ave
Elmhurst
09/21/2014 02:00 PM
$629,000



621 Fern
Elmhurst
09/21/2014 2:00 PM
$790,000



610 Lakeview
Oak Brook
09/21/2014 2:00 PM
$985,000

 

100 W Butterfield Rd

Elmhurst

09/20/2014 01:00 PM

$159,900

 

470 N Maple Ave

Elmhurst

09/21/2014 12:30 PM

$250,000

 

6 Birch Tree Ct

Elmhurst

09/20/2014 01:00 PM

$269,900

 

471 E May St

Elmhurst

09/21/2014 01:00 PM

$284,900

928 S Stratford Ave

Elmhurst

09/21/2014 01:00 PM

$334,500

 

341 S Poplar Ave

Elmhurst

09/21/2014 12:30 PM

$349,900

 

258 S Boyd Ave

Elmhurst

09/21/2014 01:00 PM

$369,900

 

756 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

09/21/2014 01:00 PM

$379,000

 

285 N Highland Ave

Elmhurst

09/21/2014 01:00 PM

$379,000

 

314 N Elm Ave

Elmhurst

09/21/2014 12:00 PM

$379,900

 

145 N Hampshire Ave

Elmhurst

09/21/2014 01:00 PM

$399,500

 

449 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

09/21/2014 01:00 PM

$409,900

 

131 E North Ave

Elmhurst

09/21/2014 01:00 PM

$419,000

 

101 W Adams St

Elmhurst

09/21/2014 01:00 PM

$419,900

 

834 S Prospect Ave

Elmhurst

09/21/2014 01:00 PM

$430,000

 

458 S York St

Elmhurst

09/21/2014 01:00 PM

$459,000

 

156 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

09/21/2014 01:00 PM

$469,000

 

230 N Evergreen Ave

Elmhurst

09/21/2014 01:00 PM

$474,900

 

450 S Hawthorne Ave

Elmhurst

09/21/2014 01:00 PM

$509,000

 

191 E St Charles Rd

Elmhurst

09/21/2014 01:00 PM

$514,900

 

Elmhurst Open House List for September 13th & 14th

by Thomas Makinney

Here is your list of Open Houses in Elmhurst this weekend!

 

483 N Larch Ave
Elmhurst
09/14/2014 01:00 PM
$125,000

 

100 W Butterfield Rd
Elmhurst
09/13/2014 01:00 PM
$159,900

 

208 E Crescent Ave
Elmhurst
09/14/2014 01:00 PM
$289,000

 

3N445 Patricia Ln
Elmhurst
09/13/2014 01:00 PM
$298,000

 

463 N Evergreen Ave
Elmhurst
09/14/2014 12:30 PM
$319,900

 

449 N Larch Ave
Elmhurst
09/14/2014 01:00 PM
$409,900

 

325 E Huntington Ln
Elmhurst
09/14/2014 01:00 AM
$450,000

 

156 N Myrtle Ave
Elmhurst
09/14/2014 11:00 AM
$479,000

 

405 N Shady Ln
Elmhurst
09/14/2014 01:00 PM
$500,000

 

450 S Hawthorne Ave
Elmhurst
09/14/2014 01:00 PM
$519,000

 

880 S Kent Ave
Elmhurst
09/14/2014 01:00 PM
$639,530

 

296 E Van Buren St
Elmhurst
09/13/2014 01:00 PM
$649,000

 

845 S Prospect Ave
Elmhurst
09/13/2014 12:00 PM
$699,000

 

379 W Fremont Ave
Elmhurst
09/14/2014 12:00 PM
$774,900

 

274 S Cottage Hill Ave
Elmhurst
09/14/2014 01:00 PM
$835,000

Energy Efficient Living Seminar Next Tuesday at Elmhurst Library

by Thomas Makinney

 

Interested in pursuing a more low-carbon lifestyle but don’t know where to begin?  A senior energy analyst will be hosting a discussion at the Elmhurst ee.jpgPublic Library on September 9th.

 The “Cooler Smarter:  Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living” author will guide you through the best ways to scale back your emissions by more than 20%.  Bring your friend who doesn’t quite believe each individual contribution can truly make a difference, and Rogers will make a believer out of them with his science-based studies and proposals for addressing the problems.  Becoming a part of the solution is easier than you think, and the techniques you’ll learn will put you on your way to better living and giving back to the environment for future EnergyEfficiency.jpggenerations.

Not only will his effective methods reduce your carbon footprint, but they will save you money, too! The event is free, but you’ll want to RSVP to guarantee your spot.  The seminar will begin at 7pm next Tuesday in the Elmhurst Public Library Large Meeting Room.

If you’re ready to move into a more eco-friendly home, the Gracik Makinney Group is here to help you buy and sell! Give us a call at 630-441-5570 or visit us on the web at www.MariaandTom.com!

Elmhurst Open House List for September 6th & 7th

by Thomas Makinney

100 W Butterfield Rd
Elmhurst
9/06/2014 01:00 PM
$159,900

 

1 Oak Tree Ct
Elmhurst
9/07/2014 01:00 AM
$195,000

 

242 S Monterey Ave
Elmhurst
9/07/2014 01:00 PM
$259,900

 

1050 S Riverside Dr
Elmhurst
9/07/2014 01:00 PM
$298,000

 

890 S Cadwell Ave
Elmhurst
9/07/2014 01:00 PM
$324,900

 

131 W Adelaide St
Elmhurst
9/07/2014 01:00 PM
$337,900

 

428 E Webster Ave
Elmhurst
9/07/2014 01:00 PM
$374,900

 

145 N Hampshire Ave
Elmhurst
9/07/2014 01:00 PM
$399,500

 

579 W Armitage Ave
Elmhurst
9/07/2014 01:00 PM
$419,900

 

646 S Edgewood Ave
Elmhurst
9/07/2014 01:00 PM
$435,000

 

380 S Berkley Ave
Elmhurst
9/07/2014 01:00 PM
$475,000

 

433 S Hillside Ave
Elmhurst
9/07/2014 01:00 PM
$599,900

 

296 E Van Buren St
Elmhurst
9/06/2014 01:00 PM
$649,000

 

296 E Van Buren St
Elmhurst
9/07/2014 01:00 PM
$649,000

 

178 S Kenilworth Ave
Elmhurst
9/07/2014 01:00 PM
$695,000

 

379 W Fremont Ave
Elmhurst
9/07/2014 12:00 PM
$774,900

 

788 S Fairfield Ave
Elmhurst
9/07/2014 01:00 PM
$830,000

 

410 W Second St
Elmhurst
9/07/2014 01:30 PM
$899,000

 

490 S Prairie Ave
Elmhurst
9/07/2014 01:00 PM
$1,299,000

Elmhurst Open House List for August 31st

by Thomas Makinney

Here is your list of Elmhurst Open Houses for the weekend!

 

341 S Poplar Ave
Elmhurst
8/31/2014 12:30 PM
$349,900

 

145 N Hampshire Ave
Elmhurst
8/31/2014 01:00 PM
$399,500

 

380 S Berkley Ave
Elmhurst
8/31/2014 01:00 PM
$475,000

 

267 W North Ave
Elmhurst
8/31/2014 02:00 PM
$550,000

 

379 W Fremont Ave
Elmhurst
8/31/2014 12:00 PM
$774,900

Rent Your Chicago Condo and Move to the Burbs!

by Thomas Makinney

So you're ready to make the move to Elmhurst from Chicago, but you're having a hard time selling your city condo. Where some might look at this as a setback causing you to put your plans on hold, more and more Chicago homeowners are finding a hidden opportunity in this circumstance.

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Holding out for a good price on your home is understandable, and many young families who are ready to sell have seen a decrease in their property value from the time they purchased. You don't want to stall your future in a new town, but you also don't want to walk away from your investment right now. 

Enter the renters!
Chicago is full of high-earning and reliable young professionals who aren't quite ready to buy, but still value having a nice place to live, and want more than just an apartment. 
The city is having its peak year for condo rentals signed, with more renters signing condo leases in the first quarter of 2014 than any quarter in the past ten years.  This frees up the homeowners to break even or turn a profit on their city dwelling while they make their move.

If you feel like you're not equipped or up to the task of becoming Mr. Roper, fear not, there are property management companies who specialize in acting on your behalf and serving as the point of contact for your tenant.  Don’t let your current home stop you from moving forward.

Are you ready for a single family home, a yard, a garage, and friendly new neighbors? If you’re ready to make the move from the city to Elmhurst, The Gracik Makinney Group is at your service! Give us a call at 630-441-5570, or visit us on the web at www.MariaandTom.com to check out our available listings!

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