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Haunted Maze and Halloween Ball

by Allyson Hoffman

October 29-30, 2016

Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Halloween EventsNavy Pier is hosting several unforgettable Halloween events this weekend. With something for everyone, you won’t need to go anywhere else to enjoy the most frightfully fun day of the year.

First, there’s the Amazing Chicago’s Haunted Maze. The Funhouse Maze takes up 4800 square feet to provide a terrifying experience you won’t soon forget. Travel through the Silly Squeeze of Death and the Dreaded Blood Labyrinth to get the fright of your life. The cost to experience the Maze is $15 per person.

Finish off the night with the Haunted Halloween Ball on Saturday, October 29, beginning at 8 pm. This 21+ only event promises a mysterious evening at the Aon Grand Ballroom. The orchestra plays in the background as you dance with ghouls and the walking dead on this evening of gruesome glamour. To learn more about this event, and to buy tickets, visit the Navy Pier website here.

Don’t miss out on a frightfully good time at this year’s Navy Pier Halloween events. Amazing Chicago’s Haunted Maze and the Haunted Halloween Ball are sure to provide plenty of excitement this weekend.

When: October 29-30, 2016

Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

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Interested in Improving the Lighting in Your Home?

by Allyson Hoffman

Home LightingConsider making some changes to improve the lighting in your home if it is darker than you might like. Good lighting, an essential asset of a home, will enhance your enjoyment as well as the ability to sell your home in future. Here are a few easy tips to consider...

1. More is Better

When it comes to light, more is better. Have at least three different types of light in a room. Begin with general lighting, usually a ceiling fixture. Then add task lighting, such as lamps. Lastly, add ambient lighting such as decorative wall sconces or candelabras.

2. Consider the Lamp Shade

To provide the ideal lighting, consider switching lamp shades to achieve your desired effect.  A white shade provides more light to brighten the room. Colored shades soften the light and often create a cozy space. Both are good options, but choose the one that affects your goal.

3. Add Flameless Candles

One of the easiest ways to add light to a room without breaking the budget includes purchasing flameless candles or wall sconces. These don’t have to be wired in because they run on batteries. Many look realistic with flickering lights to add authenticity. They can even be grouped on a coffee table, end table or fireplace mantel to add a special touch or draw attention to that area.

4. Add Mirrors

Consider placing a mirror in the room to reflect the light from lamps and candles. It provides a doubling effect in the amount of light you have, especially if it’s in a dark corner. Also try adding metallic accents, which similarly reflect light.

5. Don’t Overlook the Outdoors

Solar lights around your walkways and driveway will brighten up the outdoors and improve your curb appeal. Strings of light surrounding the deck or patio for evening entertaining adds special ambience. Outdoor lighting enhances the setting to make your exterior space more inviting.

The addition of new light sources in your home is truly a simple way to update any space. It’s potentially inexpensive and provides a warm welcome to any room. For additional ideas to improve the ambiance of your home in anticipation of a future sale, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.  

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Halloween at Navy Pier

by Allyson Hoffman

October 22-23, 2016

Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois

Halloween at Navy PierThe weekend of October 22 and 23, 2016 will be a lot of fun for kids of all ages at Navy Pier. On Saturday, a free screening of Hotel Transylvania will be held in Polk Bros. Park. This outdoor screening is sure to capture the attention of the whole family. Rated PG, it’s a fun story of Dracula and his five-stake resort which welcomes monsters and their families. When a human accidentally shows up, the excitement begins. Bring a blanket and lawn chair to enjoy this fun event, which will be held at 6 pm.

On Sunday, October 23, the fun continues with Trick or Treat. From 12-4 PM, local vendors will be handing out candy and treats to kids in costume. Children will also get their Halloween passport stamped to be redeemed for a spooktacular surprise. To learn more about these events, visit the Navy Pier website here.

Don’t miss great activities, treats and costumes at Navy Pier this weekend. This spooky event will provide plenty of Halloween family fun.

When: October 22, 2016 at 6 PM and October 23, 2016 from 12-4 PM

Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

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Top Amenities for Luxury Home Buyers

by Allyson Hoffman

Luxury HomebuyersWhen buyers purchase a luxury home, they typically require features that offer convenience and/or simplify living. Here is a glimpse at top choices for luxury home buyers today.

1. A Focus on Technology

Thanks to advanced technology, homes are smarter today adding convenience, entertainment and security. Everything from lighting controlled by voice commands to adjusting the thermostat remotely can be accomplished with home automation the result that enhances lives.

2. Home Entertainment

Home entertainment often extends beyond the traditional media room to create an entire in-home theater experience with inviting and comfortable space for friends and family to gather. Simultaneously, it should feature the latest in entertainment technology such as 3D systems, stadium seating and even theater-style refreshments on the list of amenities.

3. Private Gyms

Busy people don’t always have the time to go to the gym, but they want to stay in shape. In many of these luxury homes, the gym comes to them. The latest commercial-grade equipment ensures a good workout with everything from treadmills and elliptical machines to strength-training apparatus. Once a workout is complete, many homes also include an in-house spa for relaxing tired muscles.

4. Garages

For an avid car collector or those with several vehicles, a garage is more than just a place to store your vehicle. It can become a showroom for displaying these prized possessions or a sheer necessity to house your cars. Heating the garage space is typical with ample room for multiple vehicles.

5. Outdoor Living

In a luxury home, the outdoor area design is frequently meant to be more than just a patio. It’s an extension of the home and may become additional living space. Many exterior extensions feature a full kitchen with the latest appliances and/or entertainment center with an outdoor TV making this area a favorite place to spend time.

6. The View

One of the most important attractions for luxury home buyers is the view. A spectacular view with amazing scenery will often top the list of “must have” requirements. The phrase, “a million-dollar view”, comes to life in these homes.

So, if you’re looking for a luxury home, make sure the amenities that enhance your life are part of the property you choose. For more information about luxury homes in Chicago’s North Shore, North and Northwest suburbs, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you find your dream home.

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September 2016 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports

by Allyson Hoffman

Midwest Real Estate MarketThe September 2016 Midwest Real Estate Market Reports are now ready for your review. These market reports provide an insight on the real estate market statistics for Cook County and Lake County. These statistics are helpful when you are considering buying or selling in today’s real estate market.  And, remember should you need tailored reports on a subdivision or neighborhood in the North Shore, North, and Northwest Suburban Chicago, Illinois area, please let me know.

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HawkFest 2016

by Allyson Hoffman

October 14-15, 2016

Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, Highland Park, Illinois

Highland Park Illinois EventsGather your family and head to Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve for an exciting day at HawkFest. You’ll be treated to a view of migrating raptors and can participate in field trips to see the birds. Additionally, attendee workshops will provide the opportunity to learn new information on a variety of related topics.

This event begins on October 14 and runs through October 15, 2016 with a talk on the history of hawk watching in the state and an optional buffet dinner offered on Friday. Saturday’s events will features morning field trips and workshops along with a day-long hawk watch. This event will be held at the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve located in Highland Park and at Lake Forest College. Education stations will be located at both sites and are free to visit.

Cost to attend the Friday evening sessions is $7 per person. Dinner and admission to the talks runs $25 per person. To learn more or to register, visit the Lake County HawkFest Facebook page here.

HawkFest is a great opportunity to learn about amazing birds and see them in action. Visit the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve for an exciting and educational family-oriented experience this Friday and Saturday.

When: October 14-15th, 2016

Where: Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, 80 Cliff Rd, Highland Park, Illinois

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Elegant Fall Home Decor

by Allyson Hoffman

If you like to decorate for every holiday and want to try something elegant this October, here are a few ideas to consider. Whether you’re expecting neighborhood trick-or-treaters, hosting a grownup party or just want to get in the spirit, these suggestions are easy, fun and can make your home look festive for visiting buyers if you’re currently selling your home.

White Pumpkins

Put a modern spin on the traditional pumpkin by painting it white. Regular craft paint or spray paint will work. Paint three or four pumpkins or gourds and arrange them together with pinecones and other fall items. This adds a sophisticated touch to your front porch for great curb appeal. You can also go with all black or all gold or mix it up with a pumpkin of each color.

Black and White Decor

Instead of the typical orange and black colors of Halloween, trying substituting black and white for a more elegant look. White candles with black votives or white flowers in a black vase will add an elegant touch to any table. Serve all black and white foods for your holiday party (or open house) and/or add a black and white striped tablecloth to draw attention and continue the theme.

Fall Color

Want to incorporate more seasonal color in your décor? Create an unforgettable centerpiece for your table by spreading fall foliage around candles and across the table. Place a silver tiered tray in the middle with gourds and mini pumpkins displayed on each tier. To make your design stand out even more, try an accent of fall color such as deep orange and burgundy with a few strategically-placed pieces.

So, if you love to decorate and change décor to follow the season, these ideas will create a fun yet sophisticated space that both you and your visitors will enjoy. For additional pointers on marketing your home in the glorious fall weather, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

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Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Tug of War: Civil Strife

by Allyson Hoffman

October 8 - 9, 2016

Navy Pier, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago, Illinois

Stop by Navy Pier on October 8th and 9th, 2016 to see the final performances of an action-packed adaptation of William Shakespeare’s works. Tug of War: Civil Strife is presented by Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The company, comprised of twenty-two actors and a four-member band, has produced award-winning plays around the world. The final drama will showcase two of Shakespeare’s tragedies with family divisions as the focus of this play.

Civil Strife is the second in a two-part dramatic series which adapts six of Shakespeare’s plays to recount the rise and fall of the rulers of the time. In this story, Henry VI Parts 2 and 3 and Richard III are adapted by Artistic Director, Barbara Gaines.

The play is six hours long with a 45-minute break. A meal or snack can be ordered ahead of time. Cost for the tickets is $100 per person. To obtain additional information or purchase tickets click here.

Don’t miss this weekend’s exciting Navy Pier performance and enjoy incredible story-telling, action, drama and more. Tug of War: Civil Strife is sure to provide plenty of entertainment this Saturday and Sunday.

When: October 8 and 9, 2016 from 8 AM to 5 PM

Where: Navy Pier, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

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Five Ways to Cut Down on Heating Costs

by Allyson Hoffman

Heating CostsWith the arrival of fall weather and cooler temperatures, it is time to start thinking about keeping your home warm. Whether you simply want to take the chill out of the air, or instead are contemplating turning on the heat, finding ways to economize heating costs will potentially reduce your bill. Here are a few suggestions to help minimize costs.

1. Use a Space Heater

You’d be surprised at how much cheaper a good infrared space heater is to run than your electric or gas furnace. Depending on the size of your space, a quality space heater could warm your home until the temperatures approach freezing. In fact, some residents use them all winter long to reduce the amount of furnace usage. Also consider using a wood-burning stove or efficient fireplace to generate heat and decrease costs.

2. Purchase Insulated Drapes

Consider minimizing the amount of outside air entering your home with heavy-duty drapes. While it’s obviously better to replace old single-pane windows with newer, energy-efficient designs, insulated draperies are a relatively inexpensive alternative solution if window replacement is not possible.

3. Use an Electric Blanket

Cover up with an electric blanket at night and dial down your thermostat to avoid wasting heat when you’re asleep. If you hate the thought of getting up to a cold room, a programmable thermostat can be set for an hour or so before arising to raise the temperature to a more comfortable level.

4. Caulk Windows and Weather Strip Doors

One of the biggest culprits in heat loss is leaky windows and doors. So check for and replace missing caulk on windows and repair, add or replace defective weather stripping on exterior doors for an easy, inexpensive fix to increase the retention of your household warmth.

5. Add More Insulation

A more permanent solution to your heating issues includes adding insulation in your attic. It doesn’t cost a lot of money and could actually be done on a weekend as a DIY project to make your house feel warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

These are just a few inexpensive ideas to help you cut heating costs if you don’t want to make big changes. The money you save can go towards other upgrades in the future. For additional information regarding helpful home tips, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to provide ideas or answer any questions you may have about buying or selling a home in Chicago’s North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
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