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Your Complete Guide to Biking in Evanston

Your Complete Guide to Biking in Evanston

Evanston is truly a haven for biking enthusiasts. Back in February we posted an article about all the incredible bike shops here in Evanston, so you can get your bicycle tuned up for our warmer months.  But Evanston has something even more to offer: Whether you are a...

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Your Complete Guide to Evanston Bicycle Sales and Repair Shops

Your Complete Guide to Evanston Bicycle Sales and Repair Shops

Consistently warmer weather is just around the corner. So, if you haven’t already been biking around town this winter thanks to this year’s milder temperatures and lack of snow – or like many Evanston residents, live car-free and use your bike as your main form of...

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How to Have a Heavanston Halloween in ‘23

How to Have a Heavanston Halloween in ‘23

While Evanston may be known for its beautiful lots and breathtaking lake views, dubbing the city “Heavanston” all year round, don’t forget about Halloween. During the month of October, the city truly prepares for the fun, spooky season. Evanston’s official...

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Your Complete Guide to Outdoor Dining Options in Evanston

Your Complete Guide to Outdoor Dining Options in Evanston

Many local residents have long enjoyed al fresco dining while others in the area might have discovered the joys of it more recently, but all can agree that visiting an open-air establishment can create a truly unique and relaxing change of pace. It’s no wonder that...

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An Insider’s Guide to Farmers’ Markets in Evanston

An Insider’s Guide to Farmers’ Markets in Evanston

There’s nothing better than the great taste of nutritious, straight-from-the-farm fruits, vegetables, eggs, and meats as well as fresh baked breads and pastries.  And with the many farmers’ markets in Evanston, it’s easy to get them – as well as lovingly made, small...

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Your Comprehensive Guide to Your Daycare Options in Evanston

Your Comprehensive Guide to Your Daycare Options in Evanston

We’re proud of Evanston’s A+ schools. This pride extends to those who serve our youngest citizens, which is why we’re proud of our extensive list of local daycare options. After all, before our children are even ready for preschool school, they progress through...

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Evanston Schools: A+ in Virtually Every Way

Evanston Schools: A+ in Virtually Every Way

It’s not just our beaches, restaurants, boutiques, bakeries, bookstores, theaters, museums, parks, and other points of interest that make Evanston so great.  And it’s not just our housing stock that ranges from sophisticated high rises to vintage elegance and from...

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The Ultimate List of Bakeries in Evanston

The Ultimate List of Bakeries in Evanston

Bakeries are among the best parts of a community’s landscape, bringing warmth and joy to our taste buds. Enjoy the complex mix of sweet, yeasty aromas as it travels out the door, around the corner, and into the streets where it meets your senses. So why not pick up a...

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Your Go-To Guide for Italian Restaurants in Evanston

Your Go-To Guide for Italian Restaurants in Evanston

Hungry for some Italian-style food in the area? As the North Shore’s culinary capitol, Evanston will surely not disappoint you – and probably will delight you. While good Italian restaurants can be found in every great American city, Evanston truly has quite a rich...

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ChatGPT’s Take on Why You Should Consider Moving to Evanston

ChatGPT’s Take on Why You Should Consider Moving to Evanston

By ChatGPT from OpenAI All the world is talking about the amazing capabilities of ChatGPT from OpenAI, so we decided to check it out. After first asking it some questions about Evanston, which we found to be quite accurate, we then asked it to “write a 600-word blog...

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Your Complete Guide To Exploring Evanston’s Asian Cuisine

Your Complete Guide To Exploring Evanston’s Asian Cuisine

Asia’s cuisine is broadly divided into many different regions: Central Asian, East Asian, North Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and West Asian. But no matter what type of Asian cuisine you’re seeking, you can find it all right here in Evanston – everything from...

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How to Have a Heavanston Halloween

How to Have a Heavanston Halloween

While Evanston may be known for its beautiful lots and breathtaking lake views, dubbing the city “Heavanston” all year round, don’t forget about Halloween. During the month of October, the city truly prepares for the fun, spooky season. From haunted houses to picking...

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The Ultimate Evanston Breakfast & Brunch Guide

The Ultimate Evanston Breakfast & Brunch Guide

Does a freshly brewed cup of coffee sound good? How about a bagel sandwich while you read a good book or a fresh-made homemade pastry while you spend a relaxing morning taking in the city scenery? Or try simply eggs, an omelet, a benedict, waffles, crepes, pancakes,...

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Your Comprehensive Guide to the Best Pizza in Evanston

Your Comprehensive Guide to the Best Pizza in Evanston

Pizza is an American favorite, never failing to bring us together on game day, at parties, or just for the cravings. While Evanston isn’t quite in Chicago, that doesn't keep the city from getting its hands on the best pizza around. You can find a classic Chicago-style...

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Condo Buildings in Evanston with Pools

Condo Buildings in Evanston with Pools

Chicagoland is not known for its “pool” weather. But you can swim all-yearlong in Evanston because – in addition to our many fitness centers with pools and, of course, our lake front with its beautiful beaches – there are quite a few condominium buildings with pools...

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Museum Passes

Museum Passes

Adventures Awaits: Museum Passes for FREE or Discounted Admission Here is your chance to visit museums and cultural institutions throughout the Chicagoland area without busting your bank. That's because, if you're an Evanston Public Library Card Holder, you can pick...

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Evanston Schools: A+ in Virtually Every Way

Evanston Schools: A+ in Virtually Every Way

It's not just our beaches, restaurants, boutiques, bakeries, bookstores, theaters, museums, parks and other points of interest that make Evanston so great. And it's not just our housing stock that ranges from sophisticated high rises to vintage elegance and from...

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Stopping Ice Dams in Their Tracks: A Guide for Homeowners

Stopping Ice Dams in Their Tracks: A Guide for Homeowners

Drip, drop, plop – what’s that sound? It’s a water leak in the ceiling! Sigh, grab the buckets. As Evanston residents, like the rest of the Chicagoland area, we’re no strangers to the Midwest winter. Once the beautiful layers of white snow hit Evanston and the...

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Creating a Stylish and Functional Home Office

Creating a Stylish and Functional Home Office

With the post-covid opportunity to continue working remotely at least part of the time, having a dedicated home office has become a necessity. A simple desk and chair won't cut it. Your home office should be comfortable and inspiring, so you can be productive.  Here...

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Key Considerations Before Adding Solar Panels

Key Considerations Before Adding Solar Panels

Did you know that by using solar energy, you can increase your home value while lowering your energy bills? In fact, according to the Department of Energy, solar panels boosts a home’s value by an average of $15,000 – while lowering overall electric bills even with...

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Do I Have Mold in My Attic?

Do I Have Mold in My Attic?

I often get asked, “Do I have mold in my attic?” The answer: Yes, everyone has some level of it in their attic! This is normal. In fact, I’ve seen it in virtually every attic I have inspected in the past decade since I became president of Chicago Green Insulation. ...

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The Life Expectancies of Home Appliances & Systems

The Life Expectancies of Home Appliances & Systems

While things might break sooner than expected – and a few might last longer than as well – knowing the expected life of an appliance or system is a great first step in crafting a home budget, so you will know what to save for their eventual replacement. To help you,...

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The Essentials of Condo Reserve Studies

The Essentials of Condo Reserve Studies

By Ken Bertolucci, CMCA, AMS When our community managers ask condominium boards if they want to authorize a reserve study for their association, we sometimes get puzzled looks. While they may have heard of the term, some are unsure of the value of such a report....

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What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)?

What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)?

By Robinson Markus, The Evanston Development Cooperative (EDC) Now, it is easier than ever for Evanston homeowners to build an accessory dwelling unit (known as an “ADU”) on their property. Last September, the City of Evanston passed regulations to open up new...

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5 Things to consider when planting a tree in your Midwest yard

5 Things to consider when planting a tree in your Midwest yard

The social, environmental, and economic benefits of planting a tree are many. But while planting a tree might sound easy, it needs to be done correctly - and to plant the correct tree - for it to thrive. For the best results, you should: Evaluate the Site: You can't...

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Everything Home Buying

Will 2024 be the Year to Buy a New Home?

Will 2024 be the Year to Buy a New Home?

Hot off the press, mortgage rates could be going down. In fact, according to Jessica Dickler at CNBC, “The Federal Reserve’s period of policy tightening appears to be over, opening the door to lower borrowing costs”. CNBC notes that 2023 was “the least affordable home...

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What is Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac and How Do They Work?

What is Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac and How Do They Work?

You may have heard of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before. Perhaps you even have a general understanding of them or just associate these terms with owning a home. But what are they? What do they actually do? And why you, as a homebuyer, should care? According to the...

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Buying a Condo? You Might Want to Consider a Co-Op Instead

Buying a Condo? You Might Want to Consider a Co-Op Instead

There are many benefits to living in a condo: They often require less maintenance than single-family homes, as the condo association often maintains the common interior and exterior areas. As a result, condos can often offer more flexibility than single family homes...

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How to Move with Pets

How to Move with Pets

Moving into a new home isn’t just stressful for you, it’s stressful for your pets too – especially for cats and dogs. But while moving with pets can be daunting, we at Jackie Mack & More have some tips and tricks to help ensure that your move goes smoothly for...

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What is a Home Buyer’s Walk Through?

What is a Home Buyer’s Walk Through?

You put in a bid, they accepted your offer, you secured the mortgage, negotiations are complete. All you need to do is sign the contract at the closing. Right? Wrong. There’s one more step – the walk through. The purpose of a walk through is to ensure the property...

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What You Need to Know About Paying Earnest Money

What You Need to Know About Paying Earnest Money

If you have never bought a home or condo before, you may be wondering about what realtors mean by earnest money. Simply stated, it is a “good faith” deposit to show that you are serious about wanting to buy the house or condo.  You typically pay earnest money...

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What To Expect During the Appraisal for Your New Home

What To Expect During the Appraisal for Your New Home

To lend you money for a mortgage when you are buying a home, your lender will want to know that the property is worth amount you're willing to spend. They need to check everything that could devalue or increase the property's worth. To do this, they require a home...

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The Top 5 Things to Make Your Offer Stand Out

The Top 5 Things to Make Your Offer Stand Out

Being a strong buyer by putting together a strong offer will generally ensure that you are buying at the best price in a buyer's marker and will give you the edge over your competition in a seller's marker. Here are five action steps you should take when starting to...

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Everything Home Selling

How to Confidently Prepare for Your Home Inspection

How to Confidently Prepare for Your Home Inspection

A well-prepared home not only instills confidence in your potential buyer, but also ensures a smoother transaction. But it requires taking a proactive approach and attention to detail to get your home in order. By following the following nine steps, you will not only...

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This Storage Guide Can Help You Sell Your Home Faster

This Storage Guide Can Help You Sell Your Home Faster

When you are looking to buy a new home, you want to walk through the house or condo and be to visualize yourself inside it. You think about where your things will go, and how you’ll decorate it. In other words, you want to see if it “feels like home.” The same goes...

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Your Complete Guide to Understanding Home Warranties

Your Complete Guide to Understanding Home Warranties

Home emergencies happen, and there is no exception. Anyone who’s had their AC bust in the heart of summer knows that trouble can arrive at the worst of times. While you cannot stop bad things from happening, you can be prepared for the worst with a home warranty. From...

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Is Your First Offer Really Your Best Offer?

Is Your First Offer Really Your Best Offer?

There is a saying in real estate you may have already picked up on: Your first offer is your best offer!  So, what is it? Well, just like most things in life: There’s not a clear answer, but the saying is often true. To best understand how to answer the question, we...

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Why You Should Get a Pre-Listing Inspection

Why You Should Get a Pre-Listing Inspection

Isn’t it the buyer's responsibility to get inspections?  The answer is both “yes” and “it’s nuanced.” Responsible buyers are going to want an inspection. They need to check their potential new home for safety issues, foundational/structural problems, hidden...

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10 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

10 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

You know that feeling when you’re driving down a road you’ve never been on before and you pass a house so beautiful it makes you hit the brakes and back up for a closer look? Maybe you even roll the window down, whip out your phone, and take a quick photo to put in a...

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