Equifax Breach – What you NEED to do!

by Amanda on September 21, 2017

As you know, I owe much of the success that I have experienced over the years to my efforts to become your real estate advisor.  This means looking out for your best interests in good times and in bad, while always trying to protect your investment and your family.  

At the same time, I have surrounded myself with many advisors who do the same for me in their chosen fields.  Scott Martin of Kingsview Asset Management is one of those individuals.  Scott secured the position of my top financial consultant by being one of the best in his field, while still remaining incredibly accessible and approachable.  Last week he sent the following note to me, and I feel it important to pass this information on to all of you.

As devastating Hurricane Irma was last week, another storm has gone under the radar – the Equifax data breach. As your financial advisor, and a credit card holder myself, I’m taking this data breach very seriously.

Most everyone in the US has credit information maintained by Equifax. This data breach is the largest in history and may arguably be the most damaging to date. Take this seriously.  I am acting as if my data was compromised and I highly recommend you do too.”  – Scott Martin

Scott provided 6 steps that everyone can take to potentially safeguard themselves against their credit information being used below.  I highly recommend you take the time to follow these preventative steps:

  • Put a freeze on your credit record.  Visit https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0497-credit-freeze-faqs to learn more and how to take this step.
  • Put a fraud alert on your credit record. The link in #1 tells how to do this also.
  • Immediately obtain a credit report from one of the three credit bureaus (TransUnion, Experian, Equifax) and review it carefully to see if you have already fallen victim to abuse or ID theft.
  • Commit to obtain another credit report from a second bureau in 2 months, and again in January 2018 (from the third bureau).
  • Review any offer from Equifax to provide credit monitoring.
  • Place alerts on your credit card accounts so that you are getting routine email updates about balances and transactions.  Read the updates as they come in and follow up if something doesn’t seem quite right. (This can be done by logging into your CC online account.)

If you have any questions Scott Martin or are looking for someone to discuss your financial well being, I can’t speak highly enough of him.  He’s truly is top notch.

Scott Martin
CIO Kingsview Asset Management
smartin@kingsviewam.com
312.273.5110

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2017 Al Fresco Outdoor Dining

by Amanda on August 7, 2017

For the past eleven years, I have suggested that you (our loyal Chicago Home Partner family!) grab some friends, pack up the stroller, leash up your pups and get outside to enjoy some of the best al fresco dining that Chicago has to offer.

Al Fresco: From the Italian word al fresco meaning “in the fresh air”.

Dining: From the French word diner meaning “to have dinner”.

Al Fresco Dining: A tradition of eating outside during the summer.

Over the years, we have tried to provide you with our favorite destinations whether Northside, Southside, Westside or The Loop. Regardless of cuisine or location, we have strived to provide you with the best of the best, year after year.  That’s why this year we’ve searched through our archives, added in some new & are pleased to announce… The Chicago Home Partner Top 10 Al Fresco Restaurants!

This special 11th Edition of the Al Fresco Dining Guide is available online at www.ChicagoHomePartner.com/dining with Team CHP commentary, links to Yelp review pages and which meal is best served at the establishment. Where this list may be FAR from complete, you’re sure to find a new spot you haven’t tried yet that may quickly become a favorite.

It’s been hit or miss this year so remember that these warmer days be gone before we know it. Get on out there and share your favorites on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/ChicagoHomePartner.

Ella Elli

1349 w Cornelia, Chicago, IL | (773) 935-3552

Southport Corridor continues to receive exciting dining additions to its growing lineup. The latest big opening comes courtesy of 4 Star Restaurant Group, which is building a mini empire in the neighborhood. Ella Elli has seduced diners with a sleek and intimate setting along with a globally-inspired menu. Out on the patio, the chic aesthetic plus pastas, pizzas, and glasses of bubbles make for a cozy date night.

 

Mi Tocaya Antojería

2800 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL | (872) 315-3947

Diana Dávila is off to a hot start at her new restaurant, dazzling both diners and critics. An outdoor patio doubles the seating of the small space and allows more guests to try the talented chef’s creative takes on Mexican favorites and regional specialties. So far, standout dishes include beef tongue with peanut butter salsa, enchiladas potosinas, and cactus stew.

 

Broken English

2576-2580 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL | (312) 929-0045

Tacos on patios are all the rage and Adolfo Garcia and Phil Stefani’s new taqueria is aiming to be Lincoln Park’s most sizzling attraction this summer. Guests can bring their favorite four-legged friends outside (it’s dog-friendly) and lounge the day away with kegged margaritas and fried chicken tacos.

 

 

Park & Field

3509 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL | (765) 426-6657

Chicagoans have already been enjoying the spacious 6,000-square-foot patio at Park & Field since it debuted over the winter but soon they’ll be able to do so without huddling around the fire pits. In keeping with the old-timey vintage gym theme, guests can also play bocce on the outdoor courts.

 

 

Cabana Club

2018 W North Ave, Chicago, IL | (872) 315-3083

Wicker Park residents now have another trendy rooftop to lay out and relax on. Cabana Club, situated atop The Hollander, has just opened its 160-seat deck on the sixth floor for the season. Although the club’s pool is only for hotel guests, everyone is free to grab a seat at one of the surrounding chairs, couches, and tables. Rounding out the experience is a 180-degree view of the skyline, Mexican-inspired fare, and plenty of booze (of course).

 

Pizzeria Bebu

1521 N Fremont St, Chicago, IL | (312) 280-6000

Pizzerias are a dime a dozen in Chicago but this newcomer is in a class of its own. The pies are baked for three-and-a-half minutes to produce a thin and crispy crust that’s neither Neapolitan nor New York-style. It provides the base for toppings like littleneck clams, which are typically an East Coast specialty. When summer arrives, even deep dish purists won’t be able to argue against a Bebu slice and a glass of wine outside on the patio.

 

20 East

20 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 944-4970

The Talbott Hotel has just completed extensive renovations and reopened. Guests will find a brand new restaurant on the ground floor, aptly-named after the historic Gold Coast building’s address. It’ll be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner so guests can enjoy modern American plates on the patio all day long.

 

Centennial Crafted Beer & Eatery

733 N La Salle Dr, Chicago, IL | (312) 284-5353

Chicago is certainly a drinking town and there’s little reason to ever settle for anything less than the finest. Craft beerheads should be delighted by Centennial, a bi-level gastropub in River North that delivers more than 50 brews on tap and elevated bar food like smoked kielbasa and confit pork shank. For those who are sick of PBR and dry burgers, hop over for lunch or dinner on the patio and discover a new favorite beer.

 

Bar Lupo

217 W Huron St, Chicago, IL | (312) 643-3400

Punk rock meets nonna’s red sauce favorites at this Italian pub. Sure, pastas and chicken parm are aplenty in Chicago but no place has quite the same pizzazz as Bar Lupo, where guests can jam out to the Velvet Underground and saber bottles of champagne. On a warm evening, spend happy hour on the front patio and indulge in $5 spritzes.

 

Apogee

660 N State St, Chicago, IL | (312) 202-6060

Vertical Sky Lounge is no more but a new urban oasis has sprung up in its place. The redesigned Dana Hotel & Spa rooftop now sports comfy couches, carpet-like turf, and green shrubbery to help guests escape the bustle of the city. The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group’s Benjamin Schiller heads the serious beverage program, which includes a $15,000 bottle of Pappy Van Winkle.

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The 2017 Chicago Summer Farmers Market Schedule

July 11, 2017

Since Summer has officially decided to join us, I thought it would be a good time to share with you another great way to embrace these warm mid-western months. The Chicago area plays host each year to an amazing number of farmers markets.  These markets bring in some of the best locally grown fruits, vegetables […]

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1031 North Marshfield Avenue #1, CHICAGO, IL 60622 (MLS # 09686195)

July 11, 2017

Property Address: 1031 North Marshfield Avenue #1, CHICAGO, IL 60622 (MLS #09686195) Property Specifics: 3 Bedroom – 3 Bath Additional Information: 1031 N Marshfield Detail Page Neighborhood: Wicker Park Property Virtual Tour: 1031 N Marshfield Virtual Tour Note: The below entry has been provided by the seller of the property. When we saw our condo on Marshfield, […]

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Chicago 2017 Property Tax Increase: What it means to you.

June 26, 2017

Dear Friend, Happy Summer! The city is alive with people trying to soak up every ounce of life during these favorite months of ours. Where the weather has been delightful in the past couple of weeks, some recent headlines have our clients feeling less than optimal. Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you’ve […]

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2017 Chicago Neighborhood Festival Schedule

June 6, 2017

The summer months in Chicago are some of the greatest anywhere.  Our city bustles with activity as urban dwellers and tourists alike take to the lakefront, sidewalk cafes and parks.  South Side, North Side and every neighborhood in between, come alive with people, activities and celebration. That’s why I’m extremely excited to provide you with […]

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City Gardening Tips for Spring

April 11, 2017

This past weekend solidified the fact that Spring has finally come to Chicago, with temps in the low 70’s each day. We personally feel that the real estate market has helped to “heat things up” as we’re continuing to see well-priced listings fly off the market and our buyers winning out in competitive multiple bid […]

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2017 Chicago Home Partner March Madness Pool

March 13, 2017

What does March mean to you? March is always a great month for us.  It means longer days, the heat of the Spring Real Estate Market, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and for many of us… the anticipation of March Madness! We would like to invite you, and any friends or family that might be interested, […]

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2017 Smart Home Hub Automation Review

February 27, 2017

Much like the weather we’ve recently experienced, the Chicago real estate market is definitely heating up. As we predicted in our 2017 Market Report, (available for download at our website), inventory is low, qualified buyers are out in droves and well-priced homes are selling FAST! As real estate professionals, it’s always interesting to hear the […]

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2016 Chicago Real Estate Market Report and 2017 Outlook

January 26, 2017

Introduction   Welcome to the 6th annual “Chicago Home Partner Real Estate Roundup” where we look back at last year’s predictions, what we experienced in 2016 and give insight into we’ll see in 2017.   We’ve tried to differentiate our report from others in the market.  We’ve tried to make it understandable enough for those […]

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