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Peet’s Coffee and Tea plans to compete with one of Chicago’s biggest coffee chains. Yep, you probably guessed it — Starbucks. Following the shutter of the majority of the Caribou Coffees in Chicago last spring, the California-based chain is planning to open 16 new Chicago locations this fall. Peet’s newest store, which opened early this morning, sits next to a busy Starbucks on a stretch of North Michigan Avenue that also has a Panera Bread and, soon, Le Pain Quotidien. 

Peet's Michigan Avenue [Photo: Peet's Coffee and Tea]

Peet’s Michigan Avenue [Photo: Peet’s Coffee and Tea]

So, what do you say? Are you ready to ditch your non-fat, extra whip cappuccino to welcome Peet’s Coffee to the neighborhood? Leave your thoughts below in the comment section. 

Read more on the story at the Chicago Tribune

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If you’re looking to settle down in the suburbs of Chicago, you should check out these top 10 safest places to live before buying your next home.  Some of our favorites made the cut including Geneva, Glen Ellyn and Homer Glen. See the entire list to help you find your next home!

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Are you in the market to buy your first home? CNBC has compiled a list of the most common mistakes first-time homebuyers make. Check out the list below before you start hunting!

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  1. They don’t even consider renting as the better financial decision.

  2. They’re not prepared to compete in an all-cash market.

  3. They put the car before the home.

  4. They put too much faith in online loan information.

  5. They put too much faith in online home values.

  6. They skip the home inspection.

  7. They forget to check the (wrong) emotions at the door.

  8. They expect their home’s value to appreciate over time

    Check out the full article written by Maggie Overfelt at CNBC.

    Have you already bought a home? What did you learn from your first house hunting experience that you wish you would have known before you started? Feel free to share it in the comments below!

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An 89-story skyscraper may take over one of the last remaining pieces of the Lakeshore East development. The Chinese developer wants to start building by the end of 2014 making it the city’s third-tallest high-rise by it’s estimated completion in 2018.

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Full story written by Melissa Harris and Blair Kamin from the Chicago Tribune:

Chinese tycoon plans stake in 3rd-tallest Chicago skyscraper

Let’s hope the plans go through for this one! We all remember what happened (or didn’t happen…) with the Chicago Spire!

What are your thoughts? Share in the comments below!



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TINY HOUSES

TINY HOUSES

Check out these interesting Tiny houses! Are there any in Chicago? You could save a lot on not having a mortgage!!

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Lending limits vary by county.
For more information: welcomehomeillinois.gov

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Between the blue skies, warm temperatures, and switching from your extra hot latte to an iced coffee this morning, it has been a fantastic start to the weekend for everyone in the Chicagoland area.  Our energy has skyrocketed, our summer plans are in the works, and we have officially kissed “Chiberia” goodbye (knock on wood).

Spring is a great time to feel productive, so what better way to kick it off than to get your yard ready for those bonfires and BBQ’s you’ve spent all winter longing for? Whether you’re looking to clean the outside of your home, prep your yard and garden, or get your outdoor living space back up and running, you’ll find some helpful reminders to add to your Spring to-do list.

 


 

QUICK TIP: START HIGH AND FINISH LOW

Clean your roof and gutters, then house siding and windows, and then the ground level. This will prevent any repeat cleaning.

 

EXTERIOR HOME CARE

Clean out your gutters. Before those April showers start, make sure the weight of snow and ice hasn’t cracked or detached your gutters.

Pressure wash steps and siding to tackle dirt and mildew.

 

LAWN/GARDEN CARE

Weed things out. Try and weed as early as possible in the Spring to avoid having them spread resulting in additional work (more time for the bonfires, eh?).

Rake problem areas. Post weeding, you should rake up any areas that have accumulated debris. Raking allows these areas to get proper sunlight so that once you begin to plant, you will have a good area to start with.

Trim trees, shrubs and bushes. Chiberia has caused a lot of damage to our trees and bushes. Reshape those hedges, chop down any branches that are in danger of falling on power lines, and trim any over-grown bushes.

Prep soil for flower beds and vegetable gardens. Turn over the soil and dispose of any dead plants.

Put away any winter equipment. Fingers crossed the kids won’t be needing their Barbie (or Batman) sleds again until the end of the year. Also find a safe home for those skis and snowshoes.

 

PATIO PREP

Sweep and power wash patio/deck, concrete and steps.

Clean the interior and exterior of your grill.

Wipe down patio furniture before bringing it back outside.

Wash outdoor cushions with a sponge, water, and mild dish soap. Then prop them in the sun to dry.

 

REWARD YOURSELF AT THE END

For me, having something to look forward to at the end of a long day of cleaning sure makes things go a lot faster. Plus, you worked hard and deserve it. Treat yourself. Crack open an iced cold beer, sit back and relax…summer is on its way.


 -Michelle Dziuban

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