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Chicago has a lot of great things, like a winning baseball team and deep dish pizza. But let’s face it, that’s getting basic. However, if you hop on the El for a quick ride west, you will find yourself at the gates of Oak Park. Before you think I’m sending you to a boring park, hear me out. Even if Oak Park, originally Oak Ridge, was named after the oak trees...

When you think about homes of the future, you might imagine a house you can talk to. A new survey from Coldwell Banker shows you're not alone; voice control capability was the top want of 72 percent of Americans surveyed. The study, created in conjunction with Vivint Smart Home, focused on 4,108 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. Out of these participants, 923 already...

Prepare to see a lot more green in 2017—and not the kind you get from a scratch-off. Pantone recently revealed next year's Color of the Year, a "zesty" yellow-green named—what else?—Greenery. The hue, which immediately brings to mind The Land Before Time, will crop up in home decor and housewares, from accents and furniture to paint. The "refreshing and revitalizing...

Deck the halls with lots of lights, fa-la-la-la, oh whatever. To celebrate the holiday season, we're gifting you with a selection of five holiday light fails, so you can feel better about the light choices your neighbors make. Hydrated Santa

A little too much milk there, Santa. Funny or crass? We will let you decide! Meh!

For those...

We all know great school systems and access to public parks can amp up real estate values. Did you know access to healthy, innovative eats can have the same impact? A new ULI report shows that access to healthy eats, a focus on “local” choices, and innovative cuisine options can all support a richer real estate value. The report, Cultivating Development: Trends...

If—to quote Frank Sinatra—you want to wake up in a city that doesn’t sleep, you should obviously pack your bags and head to New York. Now, if you really want to be “king of the heap,” you need to be well-versed in Greenwich Village history. And thanks to this digestible recap, you will be ready to join the gang of "Friends" in no time. So, let’s get started. Once...

It's December 1 and 'tis the season, no matter which holiday you celebrate! So we'd like to know: Which of these holiday activities is your favorite?                     A: Baking (or cooking!)
B: Decorating
C: Celebrating
D: Shopping We'll be giving out 3 prizes of $50 each starting on December...

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Looking to give back this holiday season? Good on you! Wondering how many of your neighbors are doing the same? From doling out toys for tots to working in soup kitchens, a hot new WalletHub study runs down the top charitable states in the country. Where does yours weigh in? Source: WalletHub Source: WalletHub View the full WalletHub study here. ...

By Alexis Craig All signs point to an improved housing market — home values are up by about 30 percent since 2012, they’re selling faster, and overall demand is high. But this recovery has led to a dramatic decrease in the overall housing inventory. Fortunately, there might be some relief from the shortage in sight. The inventory that has been hiding in the shadows...

Historic neighborhoods are primarily venerated for preserving a certain look and feel of the past. However, most of the architecture within these neighborhoods are quite homogenous, exemplifying Edwardian, Victorian or Colonial styles. Yet, New Orleans’s French Quarter dared to embrace different influences during its youth, transforming this neighborhood into an...