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Real Estate Agent - Jennifer Ames Chicago - Coldwell Banker
Happy birthday, Chicago! Yesterday, March 4, was exactly 172 years since Chicago was granted its charter, having been founded on a short, swampy portage near the Chicago River and named after a wild onion (humble beginnings, yes). Since then, Chicago has been the hog butcher for the world, the bi...
Yesterday, President Obama signed into law one of the largest pieces of legislation in American history, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (a.k.a. the economic stimulus package), a $787 billion mix of tax breaks and government spending intended to jumpstart the U.S. economy. I’m no macro...
Most folks these days know how to look up an address in Google Maps, but how many know how to see what's near an address? Thanks to a new Google-powered web tool, you can enter your current (or next!) address and see everything from restaurants, coffee shops, and ice cream parlors to hospitals, p...
Even to the casual observer, it’s easy to see how proud we Chicagoans are of the late Illinois rail-splitter-turned-president, Abraham Lincoln. There are Chicago streets, parks, statues, entire neighborhoods, and countless business establishments that have been built or named in Lincoln’s honor. ...
We may be in the dead of winter, but if you have kids, it’s not too soon to start thinking about signing up for summer camp. In fact, slots for some programs fill up quick over the winter, and if you don’t act fast, your kids could miss out on some great summer opportunities (and you on some summ...
On Inauguration Day, as people from around the country and world were watching on TV and online, this Chicago Realtor was in D.C. in person for the swearing in of Barack Obama. As an agent, I am used to talking with strangers, and that is exactly what I did the entire time in D.C. I met so many p...
Chicago Agent magazine’s “Real Data 2009″ was delivered today. This book is their annual compilation of local residential statistics including top brokerage offices and top-producing agents. Their figures were taken from sales reported to Chicago’s Multiple Listing Service (MRED) from January thr...
If you've still got Christmas shopping to do, why not give your out-of-town family and friends (or even those in town!) a little Chicago flair this holiday season? There is wide selection of great gifts available that capture the essence of the Windy City. These include mail order deep dish pizza...
With plenty of snow, larger than life Christmas trees, and years of holiday tradition, there's nothing like Christmas in Chicago. The Lincoln Park Zoo Lights, The Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza, and The Macy's Christmas Displays are just some of the great ways to enjoy this holiday season in th...
I’d like to tip my hat to Jeff Kerr over at the ChiTown Living Blog for pointing out this informative article in the Chicago Tribune about what homeowners need to consider when renting out their homes. As I’ve mentioned before, this is a conversation I have with my own clients from time to time. ...

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