On Monday, June 22nd, Chicago reopened the lakefront trail, the 606, and select parks. We are thrilled to be taking these long-awaited steps forward in reopening our city by safely bringing our bars back online with outside service, and, of course, taking our first, cautious move toward reopening our beloved lakefront,” said Mayor Lightfoot.
As Chicago settles into Phase 3 of reopening, the city continues to work on ways to support the restaurant community with the Expanded Outdoor Dining pilot program. This pilot program was developed as a way for Chicago residents to safely enjoy restaurants and other businesses while respecting social distancing protocols.
With Governor Pritzker’s recent lift of the stay-at-home order into Phase 3, the residents of Chicago have witnessed a tangible change in consideration of business operations. It comes as no surprise that although cautious, businesses have been positively adapting to the climate and developing adjusted operations in order to continue to meet their customers when and where they need it most. This is a good thing for our economy. In fact, according to The Wall Street Journal’s amended forecast, the U.S.’s jobless rate fell to 13.3% in May, resulting in a loss of 2.5 million jobs against their projected 8.3 million. Unemployment rates are stabilizing, reassured by the US Labor Department in The Wall Street Journal, reporting a decline in unemployment claims. In sum, the economy and its people are resilient, our jobs and the marketplace have seen pliancy and is continuing to benefit from the quick adaptations of small and large businesses alike.
This summer, reset your travel-search to drivable destinations and cultural institutions, national landmarks, and other famous sites that the state of Illinois is home to. From iconic movie sets to state parks that take less time to get to than your parents’ in the burbs. There are scenic overlooks that past presidents have heralded, miles of bikeable trails, and pup-friendly parks that will make your tail wag.
With the warmer weather comes the long list of errands for you home. It can be external or internal, organizing materials or excess storage, landscaping, or resetting the ventilation with new filters, or other small but necessary repairs. While the list of the average errands can be long, Fulton Grace knows many of us now have more time at home than ever and have found ourselves wondering…what else can be done?! Certainly the more rewarding of home-projects are those that you can see every day. This includes simple upgrades or DIY projects that literally change your setting for the better. Believe it or not, many of these small projects cost under $50 and can totally upgrade your home. Why not start this weekend with one of these easy but impressive projects.
For many American’s, your home is one of the most substantial investments you will make, so protecting that investment is cardinal. Seasonal home maintenance is one of the essential pillars in your efforts to retain your investments’ value. The simple rule remains true: keeping your home running well will save you money in the long run. Most homeowners don’t know where to start when it comes to maintenance so I compiled a checklist below to help you prioritize tasks that you can tackle yourself or hire a professional to help with.
Your Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system is an on-going job that requires your dedicated attention to detail. As an agent, you know that recording pertinent details, essential information, and keynotes are just the start. Establishing a relationship that you can tap at your disposal is not often a resource you acquire from the beginning. In fact, it is the continual upkeep of maintaining shared interests or a mutually beneficial dialog that seals your rapport and thus the ability to optimize your contact.
This year, the celebration of #SmallBusinessWeek is more important than ever. Although we have outgrown some of our small business “shoes”, we still operate like one. We know the perils of hardship, the importance of relationships, and the strength of community support. At Fulton Grace, we want to continue connecting and supporting our local community and it’s beloved small businesses by highlighting a few of our many, many favorites. We know some of you frequent these shops and we hope that by sharing their Covid-19 business operations, you can continue to patronize and sustain their business.
Over the next few days, we’ll be dedicating Instagram posts to local small businesses and giving away a snack of your choosing from each! To enter, keep an eye out for our posts on our page and see that post for specific entry details.
With the recent flux of at-home time, many of us are left with long periods of boredom, various video chat requests, new-found hobbies or recipes, and of course the time to reflect. More people are joining online dating apps, reconnecting with exes or long lost friends, and with that, taking the time to work on their inner-health.