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For All of You Chicago Cubs Fans....Be A Part Of History
Brad Magnant, Brad Magnant (EXIT Strategy Realty)
Too often these days sports owners and teams are too far focused on the business side that tradition and team pride go right out the window. Not only is this apparent when it comes to player contracts but the stadiums they play in. In 2009 The Dallas Cowboys left Texas Stadium (a stadiun that FIVE super bowl winning teams played in) for a brand new state of the art one. Also in 2009, The New York Yankees left Yankee Stadium (home to TWENTY SEVEN World Championships) for a newer stadium as well. With these and many other stadiums rapidly being demolished, one thing I have really come to appreciate as a resident of Chicago is Wrigley Field. When I was younger and went to the games with family I was the typical happy kid eating his hot dog, nachos and in awe of watching a professional game live. As I grew older I began to notice the little things that really stand out. The manual scoreboard, the ivy, the (on a good day) "W" flag flailing in the wind. I realized how lucky I was to live so close and be able to frequently visit such a historic place. A place where greats like Ron Santo Ernie Banks and Ryne Sandburg once took the field. A place where Harry Caray endeared fans with his passion of the game before and after leading the 7th inning stretch. Even Babe Ruth's "Called Shot" sailed into center field at Wrigley Field. Next year marks 100 years at Wrigley Field and for those die hard Cubs Fans out there that want to contribute to history, here is your chance.. The Chicago Cubs are reaching out to the fans to help create a logo commemorating 100 years of Wrigley Field and to honor all of the great memories in that span. Regardless if you're an artist or just a passionate fan, it's a great opportunity for the winner to have their artwork recognized by thousand of fans, and even score a pair of free tickets in the process. For more details check out the Chicago Cubs Website. I'll See You At Wrigley Field for the Cubs Home Opener on April 8th....PLAY BALL! Brad Magnant Call/Text: 630.797.0196 EXIT Strategy Realty Find Me on Social Media:
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Chicago - Land / NW Indiana Things to Do-Private Tour of Wrigley Field
Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM (F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate)
Last week, we took some time off to support a charitable organization (ORT America) and took a private tour of Wrigley Field and then had dinner at nearby  Goose Island Brewery where we enjoyed conversation from sports announcers Dan Bernstein (radio 670 The Score, CBS) and Jim Memelo (radio 720 WGN) . Living in NW Indiana, The City of Chicago is commuting distance by car or train to the windy city if you are looking for an evening excursion to a Chicago Cubs Baseball game or other things to do! This trip to Wrigleyville was 1.5 hour drive from Valparaiso, IN during a non-rush hour commute. Living in NW Indiana has it's advantages... with lower property taxes and a more financially stable state government than our neighboring state of IL.... many choose to live in NWI, yet enjoy the many amenities of the big city nearby! Here are a few photos->
Thanks for stopping by and reading our Blog about Life in NW Indiana, The Housing Market, Communities, Local Sports, Events, attractions & more. Sincerely, Jeff & Grace Safrin,  Broker / Owners                               F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate 13 Lincolnway Suite # 203 Valparaiso, IN 46383 Office # 219-309-9930 serving Lake, Porter, La Porte, Jasper, Newton & Starke Counties in NW Indiana Independently Owned & Operated Visit our various Social Media Sites:            Trulia Profile
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Go Cubs Go, To The Rooftop
Michael Hobbs, SRA, LEED GA, RAA (PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy)
For anyone who was ever a Chicago Cubs fan, watched the Cubbies on WGN, or even made one or many trips to the friendly confines, your chance to own a piece of history is coming around soon. Earlier, there was public notice that one of the Wrigleyville Rooftops was going into foreclosure and was slated to be sold at auction.  The owners instead filed bankruptcy to thwart the foreclosure and now it seems that the U.S. Bankruptcy judge overseeing the proceedings is indicating that a sale is coming around.  Go see it, the address is 3633 N. Sheffield, Chicago, Illinois, 60657 So, ready your pocketbook, your chance to buy a piece of history is right around the corner! Michael Hobbs, PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy
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The Price May Be Right; Own A Bar By Wrigley Field
Michael Hobbs, SRA, LEED GA, RAA (PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy)
If you have ever visited Chicago, or even if you are a regular in the neighborhood of the Friendly Confines, a nickname for Wrigley Field, where the Chicago Cubs of the Major League Baseball play, then you may have walked, er stumbled into, one of the local establishments. Last week, Crains Chicago Business announced that two Wrigleyville watering holes with colorful histories are up for sale. The first one is Wild Hare, a legendary reggae bar at 3530 N. Clark St. that closed in May. The second one is Gingerman Tavern at 3740 N. Clark St. For different reasons, both are mainstays in the Wrigleyville area.  For those who meet up before game or stick around into the evening after a game, both of these establishments offered social opportunities.  And so it seems, that with the changing of the seasons, so too does the ownership of long-time bars also change hands.  Granted, the price of one of these establishments far exceeds the price of a condo in the neighborhood, but then again, this is a business up for sale, not a residence. So, possibly one or even two enterprising entrepreneurs in the community will step up and define a new future for these locales and help visitors and locals alike make some new memories in the coming baseball seasons. Michael Hobbs, PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy
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Chicago Cubs Fans: Own A Piece Of History - Rootop Being Auctioned
Michael Hobbs, SRA, LEED GA, RAA (PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy)
Chicago Cubs Fans, never say never.  Over the weekend, Bardan Azari of Cherry Picker Investments told me that a couple of his clients might be considering making a run at piece of history. Just when you thought the unimaginable couldn't happen, on August, 17, 2011, the next best opportunity to being able to buy the Chicago Cubs is coming available to you.  The Lakeview Baseball Club, pictured above in the photo from the Cook County Assessor's site, is going to be sold via foreclosure auction and Bardan Azari will be there to see it happen. For die-hard Cubs fans, the building is known as the rooftop which overlooks Wrigley's right field and displays two signs written in Latin.  Now, if you are like me and didn't study Latin in school, then you didn't have any idea what they said either. When I consulted a few published sources, I learned that “Eamus Catuli,” purportedly means “Let's go little bears,” and “AC0266102” corresponds to AC standing for "Anno Catuli," Latin for "Year of the little bear," and then the numbers represent the years since the franchise last won a division title (02), a National League championship (66) and a World Series (102). For all of those financial types out there, Lakeview Baseball Club borrowed money from First Personal Bank who provided a $2.8-million loan and the another $350,000 loan.  Additionally, there are three other creditors who are supposedly owed $715,334, according to the foreclosure judgment entered July 8 in Cook County Circuit Court. The Chicago Cubs win loss record  is 43 - 65 (40% win rate) and 16.5 games out of first place in the Central Division in the National League, per ESPN.com Applying a little math, if you take the 40% win rate of the Chicago Cubs, one might say that the rooftop could be bought for 40% of the total debt or $1.55 million....Granted, most of us cannot write a check for that amount of money, but that's a lot smaller check than what was necessary to purchase the whole franchise which the Rickett's family recently did. So, who knows Cubs fans, you could finally be a winner! No matter what happens, there are losers and there are the Chicago Cubs.  Only this time, its seems that First Personal Bank gets to join the ranks of the Chicago Cubs, but at least the Cubs have the Rickett's family backing them up....not so sure about First Personal Bank, of Orland Park, Illinois.  But, possibly some crazy Cubs fans, might just bid enough at the foreclosure auction to payoff First Personal Bank's delinquent loans. Michael Hobbs, President, PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy
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Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279 (Chevaux Group, PLLC)
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME! While visiting Chicago this past weekend, I was thrilled to attend my first baseball game at Wrigley Field.  This field is a wonderful, outdoor facility full of great history.  To top it off, the game was between cross town rivals the Cubs and the White Sox. There is just nothing more all-American than a great baseball game.  The stands were full of fans from both teams and it was quite colorful and lively to say the least.  It was a hot day in Chicago yet a perfect day for baseball. Enjoyed hitting the pubs afterward too in this area they call Wrigelyville.  The area is full of quaint taverns, pubs and eating establishments.  A great way to continue the fun after the game.  I love all of the brownstones and the historic streets.  So different from where I am from. Thanks Chicago for a great trip with so many wonderful memories. "Have you fully lived today?" Paula L. McDonald ~ REALTOR® Broker ~ The Woodlands, Texas 936-203-0279 Direct Selling The Woodlands real estate and surrounding areas! Paula@ChevauxGroup.com                    Copyright 2015 Paula McDonald
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Appeal of Living in Wrigleyville
Yuval Degani (Dream Town Realty)
If you’re a Chicago Cubs fan, you’ve probably been to Wrigleyville a time or two, or perhaps even hundreds of times you’ve listened to the sounds of summer: the crack of a bat, the roar of a crowd and the sizzle of a ballpark hot dog, as you meandered down Clark Street on your way to Wrigley Field. But have you ever considered becoming a permanent resident of this happening hood? Read on to learn more about what you can expect by living in one of Chicago’s most beloved neighborhoods.Wrigleyville is bordered by West Diversey Parkway on the south, West Irving Park on the north, North Ravenswood Avenue on the west, and the shore of Lake Michigan on the east. You’ll see charming brownstones line the tree-lined streets of Wrigleyville, but one architectural detail often unique to this neighborhood is the concept of the Wrigley Roof. Many of the area’s buildings and homes feature small bleacher areas available to purchase seats in when Wrigley Field hits its capacity.As is to be expected, many of the residents of Wrigleyville are young professionals and young families, taken in by the charm of Wrigleyville and the heart-pounding thrills games offer in the spring, summer and sometimes fall—depending on how the team does that year of course! Baseball isn’t the only draw in this neighborhood. Music lovers also can appreciate the live local music scene in Wrigleyville. Metro (3730 N. Clark) is an old theater with the floor seating removed that presents local and international acts and is considered one of the best live music venues in Chicago. The Wild Hare (3530 N. Clark) even features reggae music every night of the week!If you’re strongly considering making Wrigleyville your new neighborhood, this spectacular penthouse in the heart of Wrigleyville, at 839 W. Bradley #3, might be the perfect place for you to set up shop and enjoy all that Wrigleyville has to offer. This two bedroom, two bathroom property costs $469,850 and offers a wide open floorplan, a balcony off the living room and a huge, 28 x 21 private roof terrace where you can perch on summer nights and listen to the hum of the neighborhood’s excitement around their beloved baseball team! Cherry floors and cabinets along with granite and stainless steel fixtures make for a truly stunning kitchen, and the bathroom has a steam shower, double sinks and stone tile which are both functional and elegant. Extra high 11’ ceilings, surround sound and a fireplace make this home so glorious you’d never want to leave—except if you have tickets to a Cubbies game of course! See more about Chicago neighborhoods at Dream Town
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