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  • Model profile features Pleasant Square Oct 17, 2014 12:01 AM
    Homebuyers looking for luxury townhouse living will find a gem in Schaumburg — the new Pleasant Square community with two showstopper models that are stunning visitors. The Caldwell and Aldine models have been receiving rave reviews from customers, said Cheryl Bonk, vice president of sales and marketing for M/I Homes.

  • Districts 211, 214 agree to change boundary for Arlington Downs Oct 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    Officials from two Northwest suburban high school districts have agreed to shift attendance boundaries so families who might move into apartments at the former Sheraton hotel site now known as Arlington Downs are not split into separate schools. The boundary dividing Northwest Suburban High School District 214 and Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 now runs directly through the building.

  • Forklift company relocating to Elk Grove first to get new TIF funds Oct 17, 2014 5:55 PM
    A forklift and lift truck dealer planning to move to Elk Grove Village could benefit from at least $1.6 million in tax increment financing proceeds, under a deal inked with village officials. Company officials say it will cost more than $17 million to acquire and redevelop the property and relocate their operations there, and without public funding, the project wouldn’t be economically feasible.

  • New Bartlett restaurant blends French, Indian Oct 15, 2014 4:32 PM
    To get a sense of his vision, watch Bartlett restaurateur Rakesh Chopra make rumali roti. He folds the delicate bread like a burrito instead of the usual handkerchief. The concept? Indian food on the go. "There's nothing like this," Chopra said Wednesday.

  • Barrington project gets started with coffee, not cement Oct 15, 2014 5:26 AM
    Village officials and developers intended to have the “first pour” ceremony for The Barrington Village Center, the long-awaited retail project at Hough and Main streets, but the dreary Tuesday morning weather forced organizers to change plans. Instead of the first pour of concrete, village officials and other VIPs poured a few cups of coffee. “We took a bit of poetic license with that,” Village Manager Jeff Lawler said.

  • Gene & Georgetti to replace Rosewood in Rosemont? Oct 14, 2014 5:24 PM
    Rosewood restaurant and banquet hall in Rosemont is planning to close its doors as soon as January and a possible replacement is a Gene & Georgetti restaurant, officials said Tuesday. If a deal goes through, it would be the first time Gene & Georgetti opens a second location in the restaurant’s 74-year history.

  • There’s a fireplace for every size and space Oct 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    Often fireplace designs seem too clumsy or large for a tiny room. It seems that most people just cannot help themselves and invariably believe that bigger is better when it comes to the hearth.

  • Don’t be scared when it comes to fall holiday flair Oct 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    Scare up some fun this All Hallows’ Eve with these ideas from Country Sampler magazine, like folk-art ornaments that are really on the ball when it comes to fall holiday flair. Set up a prim-inspired vignette to greet candy seekers and any other guests by mixing fabric pumpkins, twig furniture and brighter accents.

  • Leases, loans make it possible for you to go solar Oct 12, 2014 7:11 AM
    A new financing offering could make home solar cheaper and more attractive to homeowners, and keep the adoption of home solar growing. The offer, announced by SolarCity this week, is a loan that allows homeowners to install their own solar system on their roof for little or no money down, and pay less for electricity. Previous plans, while popular, turned off some because the solar company owned the system.

  • Oil-based driveway sealer exists, but its use is uncommon Oct 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. My sister-in-law just had her driveway newly asphalted, after which the contractor immediately applied a sealer. You can imagine how alarmed we were when we read your reply to my previous email advising that it not be sealed for two years. So I called the contractor and requested his side of the story.

  • Elgin Tower Building project pleases surrounding businesses Oct 11, 2014 7:36 AM
    A plan to convert the Elgin Tower Building into apartments is getting the thumbs-up from nearby business owners and property managers. “There is a demand,” said Katie Lange, leasing agent and assistant property manager for nearby Fountain Square on the River. Developer Richard Souyoul of Souyoul Properties in Chicago said he hopes to close on the property “very, very early next year.”

  • Craft brewery proposed in industrial area of Buffalo Grove Oct 11, 2014 8:23 AM
    Buffalo Grove could see a new craft brewer in an industrial area along Busch Parkway. Raj Chauhan said the plan is to offer a tasting room along with retail sales. “We propose to distribute as well as sell on site,” he said.

  • Color spices up a timid kitchen Oct 11, 2014 8:26 AM
    Q. We are taking down the wall between our kitchen and the old breakfast room. Our kitchen is all light wood. I’d like to do something jazzy in the new space.

  • Several reasons to seek real estate advice Oct 11, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. how do you find out the title of a home? Or if someone owns a specific home or not? Where do you go? Is it free?

  • Listing of the week Oct 11, 2014 12:01 AM
    You have to visit this “near-town country estate” in unincorporated Lombard to believe it. Who would expect to encounter a 1.5-acre horse-friendly property so close to the Lilac Village?

  • How to handle rules violations Oct 11, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q.Our association rules state that homeowners cannot park work trailers/construction equipment trailers on the streets or driveways. When receiving a complaint from a homeowner about a violation of this rule, does the board simply take their word for it and send the violator a notice of violation?

  • Steady real estate market is a healthy one, brokers say Oct 11, 2014 12:01 AM
    We are looking at a real estate market this year that is very similar to the market of 2013, says Lynn Klein, managing broker and owner of Century 21 New Heritage in Hampshire. "There has been a bit of an improvement in terms of supply-and-demand, so prices are up about 2.9 percent this year. But, for the most part, the market has remained fairly steady.”

  • Why not use Fannie and Freddie to make a better primary market? Oct 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    The phaseout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which have now been in conservatorship for six years, is on indefinite hold. Terminating them without an effective replacement would devastate the market, and no effective replacement is in sight.

  • Neighborhood profile features Lexington Hills Oct 10, 2014 12:01 AM
    The Summit model impresses visitors at Lexington Hills, a new community of 46 luxury townhouses that resides in a natural, country-like setting in Palatine. The development by Lexington Homes offers three floor plans with three bedrooms, 2½ baths, basement and two-car garage.

  • Old house coming down in Libertyville despite neighbors’ protests Oct 10, 2014 4:25 PM
    An old house that was at the center of a heated property battle in Libertyville five years ago is coming down. The 114-year-old house at 212 W. Maple Ave. is owned by neighboring First Presbyterian Church. Some neighbors say the house should be restored. “It’s a property rights issue,” Mayor Terry Weppler said. “We can’t prevent them from tearing it down. We can (only) control what’s built there afterward.”

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