Lake Front (Chicago, IL)
By Michael Hobbs, SRA, LEED GA, RAA
(PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy)
Once again the opportunity to see things that are not privy to every passerby makes appraising interesting and educational.  To the unsuspecting individual, it would not seem to be a big deal to buy a condo on a high floor along / near Lake Michigan with beautiful lakefront views.  But what if you overlooked the possibility that someone else closer to Lake Michigan could build?  And what if that 'building' could rise up as high or higher than your unit and then possibly obscure or even block your view?  Recently, while standing out on the balcony during an assignment, peering out of Lake Michigan on a sunny day with miles and miles of blue lake, I looked down and saw a large (for Chicago standards) tract of land which was undeveloped.  The dirt below is the site of a future single famil...
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By Karen Winters, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff, Chicago, IL
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenig Rubloff Realty Group - Chicago, IL)
  Special Second Ward Days At The Shedd Aquarium       Chicago is divided into 50 legislative districts, referred to as Wards.  Most residents of The South Loop, The West Loop and Near West Side and the Near South Side reside in the 2nd Ward.  The Shedd Aquarium is offering Special 2nd Ward Days on Sunday, December 12th and on Sunday, January 2, 2011.  On these 2 Sundays, residents of the 2nd Ward will receive: Special Admission pricing: Buy One, Get One Free All-Access Pass**                           -or-50% off a Single All-Access Pass** A 10% discount on all food at Shedd restaurants A 10% discount on gift shop purchases ** Full Price Admission: Adults $26.95, Children $19.95** Second Ward Days Pricing - Adults $13.50, Children $10   Visitors will need to provide identification show...
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(The Group | RE)
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By Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Independent architectural histor'n)
Yes, I was on a busman's holiday last week to my home town of Chicago, and Millenium Park was a must-see place.  The last time I was down by the Art Institute, there were RR tracks to cross in order to get to the lakefront.  Now, there is glorious Millenium Park. The Pritzkur Pavillion, designed by Frank Gehry, is a star, and I am sorry I did not get to see a performance there.  The Crown Fountain is another highlight, with faces appearing on the glass blocks, and water occasionally spouting from the mouths of the faces.   Another thing that fascinated me was the Cloud Gate Sculpture. Cloud Gate is British artist Anish Kapoor's first public outdoor work installed in the United States. The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plat...
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By Exit Platinum Realty
2007 Susan G. Komen 3 day Breast Cancer Walk. Look for supporters in your area. Post your stories and pledges. Post your State first, then your local city. Net proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust, funding important breast cancer research, education, screening, and treatment. Link Below 
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