Chicago Rooftop Patios Open Right Now

So long sweet Summer! Saying goodbye to the warm weather is sad but this year it comes with even sadder news, fewer options to socialize safely during Covid19. This coupled with the most recent restrictions our Governor has placed on non-essential businesses and dining, the options are dwindling. At Fulton Grace, we know it’s important to follow safety guidelines, we trust our city officials to make the right choices for our betterment. But we also know that Chicago’s weather isn’t always bearable, and so, while it is, we need to take advantage of it. We’ve done some research and found a handful of local haunts that have outdoor seating available. Of course, they are all well supplied with heating lamps, fire pits, and warm blankets. Enjoy the outdoor dining season for as long as you can, and do it safely!

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6 North Side Chicago Homes for Sale

There is a tangible shift for many, including new home-buyers, to relocate from the cities they covet to more suburban surroundings that offer you and your loved ones more space to spread out. Regardless if it is inside, with more space to grow, get creative, or host your very own home-office or if it is outside, to grow your own veggies or have somewhere outside that you can safely go mask-less. We’ve compiled six homes in varying sizes for sale now on the North Side of Chicago. North of the city, many residents enjoy ample yard space and real estate to call their own. Yet they still have access to the benefits of the big city!

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Broker Blog: Fall Family Friendly Activities In Chicago

Between stay-at-home orders, a global pandemic, and an economic crisis, it often feels like we can’t catch a break. However, it has driven the majority of us to reconsider our close circles, our time spent with family, and how to strip back to the basics of fun: safe activities we can all enjoy. Whether it’s a trip to a pumpkin patch, drive-in haunted house, or a walk around one of Chicago’s many beautiful neighborhoods, there’s plenty to do in the Windy City (especially while the weather is agreeable). If you’re looking for a quick, family-friendly pick-me-up amidst all the chaos, try one of the following!

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Fun Fall Activities To Do In Chicago

Chicago is not a city best known for it’s Fall season, it’s often hazily transgressed by the Midwest masses still reeling from the shock that summer is truly over and the lethargic acceptance that the 6.5-month Winter season is around the corner. However, this year, Chicago has had the chance to experience a few glorious weeks of full Fall foliage, fuzzy sweaters, and pumpkin-spiced everything. We at FG know it’s important to get out the house while we still can and while it’s still safe. Thus, we’ve compiled a list of some Fall activities you can participate in, drive through, drive up, or visit virtually. Don’t forget your masks and hand sanitizer!

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Broker Blog: Get Your Home Winter Ready With This List

As we enter the colder months, it’s always a good idea to make sure your home is prepared and ready to withstand the winter. You don’t want to be dealing with a home maintenance emergency during the holidays or a snowstorm! Whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or are getting ready to enjoy your first winter in your new home, the following checklist will help guide you in making sure your home is in good condition as well as give you peace of mind knowing you can avoid emergency repairs or make a trip to the hardware store in the dead of winter. 

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Where You Can Volunteer in Chicago Today

The year 2020 has brought many of us face to face with the inequalities and injustices many American’s face. It has also increased awareness of the impact of a hyper-focused and hyper-local effort. It has also allowed many of us and our neighbors to identify the local outlets and organizations that need our resources. Regardless if it is your time, financial donations, blood, extra clothing, or food, the support is needed and the support can be applied today! We’ve compiled a list of a few local Chicago organizations that are looking for volunteers today.

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3 Costs You Should Consider Before Closing

Closing costs come hand in hand with purchasing a home. For many first-time buyers, it’s imperative that you discuss with your Fulton Grace agent all of the potential fees you face prior to closing as it is undoubtedly imperative to factor into your budget when you begin looking for your first home! When the property title is transferred into your name, you can expect a few of the costs (including a handful of others) to appear that are either generated by the seller or buyer. The list below is by no means exhaustive so be sure to consult your agent early in the process to understand exactly what you will be expected to pay. 

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Sellers, Fix These Issues Before a Home Inspection

Selling a home can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. If you’re green, you might be surprised to find the lists of items you need to complete, check in on, or contract before listing. But doing your research and hiring a seasoned agent can greatly impact your experience and result in a smooth, stress-free process. With that, doing preemptive research and housing prep doesn’t hurt. Home inspections have a reputation for either sweetening or ruining a deal. Skip the headache and take note of the items below that you can address ahead of time to make home inspection time a breeze for you and your Fulton Grace agent. 

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Broker Blog: Fight or Flight: City vs. Suburbs

To many city dwellers, the suburbs signify a more relaxed, slow-paced lifestyle compared to what they’re used to in the city. However, 2020 has managed to shed a light on many different aspects of city living versus suburbia. The coronavirus pandemic paired with stay-at-home orders have made many upgrades such as outdoor and office space a “need to have.” The many offerings of urban living, such as extensive nightlife, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment options, have been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Limited capacity, outdoor-only dining, timed reservations, or complete business closures, as well as the increased risk of exposure by living in densely populated areas, has led some urbanites to rethink their decision to live in the big city. 

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