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Chicago Neighborhoods – Wrigleyville

July 31, 2010

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From our dear Maija – For me Wrigleyville equaled sports —  but then I actually got to know the neighborhood. We all know the Wrigley Field, home for the Cubs, but I’m happy to say Wrigleyville is so much more than just that.

Only about 15 minute drive north from the Loop and you’ll reach the Wrigleyville’s restaurant repertory that is out of this world. It includes virtually everything from ”the basic international cuisine” such as Italian, Spanish and Thai food (Cozy Noodle & Rice, definitely worth of a try) to more extreme and unusual choices like Ethiopian cuisine. Pretty diverse, right? In addition to the area’s culinary reputation it is also a neighborhood known for its live music (you might want to try Metro on N Clark St). Walking down the streets of Wrigleyville is an excellent place to hear both indie and jazz – and everything in between. Wrigleyville is not too known for its shopportunities but if you’re looking for something to wear at the game (i.e. anything that says Cubs) it’s the top place to shop.

Due to the large variety of Wrigleyville’s activities (theatres, sports, beaches, clubs…), it’s a place favored by young professionals, many of them with families. The residential area in Wrigleyville reminds me quite a bit of its southern neighbor Lakeview’s housing; pretty tree-lined streets filled with cozy townhouses close to parks and a walking distance to beaches.

Wrigleyville has a huge number of clubs and bars (esp. sport ones) which are packed especially if there’s a big game going. Bars around Wrigley Field are a known place to hang out pre- and post games… If you are looking to experience the real Wrigleyville and its festive repute, hit the bar by Wrigley Field (for example The Cubby Bear) on a game night and feel the spirit.



B&W’s Karen Larsen awarded by Freddie Mac

July 18, 2010

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From our dear intern – Maija Harjula – A few weeks ago Baird & Warner’s REO Manager Karen Larsen was awarded in a Freddie Mac’s Illinois Annual Regional Meeting. She received the Mentor of the Year award for her work with Pamela Martin of Realty Services Consortium. When Karen was named as Pamela’s mentor last May Pamela was just starting as a HomeSteps network broker.

I had a chance to ask Pamela what made Karen’s mentoring so great. “In addition to being a wealth of knowledge, she is patient and willing to share every little thing. We talk openly and I have no hesitation in bringing up any problematic matters” Pamela told of Karen.

I had no doubt the award went to the right person – especially when Pamela referred to Karen as “… my mentor, my go-to person, my friend forever”.

Chicago Relocation Blog salutes Karen for her great work!




Inman begins in “my city by the bay”

July 12, 2010

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….Don’t you just love Tony B.?

This week kicks off a promising real estate/tech conference in sunny (?) San Francisco – Inman’s “Real Estate Connect.”  As they say, “the hottest trends have everything to do with real estate.”  That’s good news for Chicago real estate and transferees, because the better equiped your agent is, the better chance of them helping you buy or sell in Chicago quicker and on the most favorable terms.

Real Estate and tech professionals from around the globe will be converging – With an “A” list of speakers including a return appearance by the famous yet humble Craig Newmark, “customer service rep and founder” of the game changing Craig’s List website (   On that note, a seemingly low tech promotion like Craig’s list is one of the most important vehicles to consumer access to your listing.  Believe it or not, it regularly trumps most companies’ paid efforts. 

THAT’s the power of the internet!