Remember playing the game Monopoly?  Of the two cards offered in the game, Community Chest was almost always the better.  With rewards such as “Advance to Go – Collect $200.”, “Income tax refund. Collect $20”, and my personal favorite, “You have won second prize in a beauty contest. Collect $10.”  Unfortunately not many of us receive these cards in our daily lives.


However, a friend shared some information with me the other day that was too good not to pass on to you.  It’s called the Illinois iCash program and where it’s not quite as cool as winning a beauty pageant, it’s much more lucrative!

In Illinois, the state treasurer is tasked with safeguarding more than $3 billion in unclaimed property, such as unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts, and unused rebate cards. They are legally required to return this property to the rightful owners no matter how long it takes.  Now the state has “digitized” the program, made it much simpler and can identify money and property due to you in a matter of minutes.

Sound like one of those, “I’m working with the king of Andorra and would like to send you money” emails?  It’s not. WGN, ABC and the Chicago Tribune have all run stories on this service sponsored by the Illinois State Treasurer which paid out over $239 MILLION dollars in forgotten cash over the last 12 months.  Yep, that’s millions with a capital M and don’t we all deserve a windfall?

All you have to do to get started is head over to https://icash.illinoistreasurer.gov/ (part of the Illinois Treasurer’s website) and enter some personal information.  They’ll ask some pretty personal information, (to validate your identity), and present their findings in a matter of minutes.  Where safe, the State of Illinois does warn citizens of imitation sites and recommends ONLY using the website listed above.

So join us in collecting your windfall to finance some fun this summer!

Warmest regards, 

Your Friends at Chicago Home Partner

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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 we’re excited to provide you with this year’s “Chicago Home Partner City Neighborhood Festival Schedule”. For many of you long-time residents, the Chicago street festival season has become a timeless tradition.  For those of you newer to Chicago, it’s time to get out and experience everything the city has to offer.  Either way, these are an awesome way to get out and take part in some of our favorite events.

All of these festivals offer something unique and special.  Great food, excellent music, and neighborhood flavor await you every weekend until the leaves begin to change!  Whether you’re into local art or local cuisine, we’ve got you covered every step of the way.

So do yourself a favor and place this schedule somewhere to remind you that there’s always something to do in Chicago.  Just simply click the image below to download your copy, and if you ever need a personal recommendation – you know who to call.  Hope to see you out there this summer!

Amanda, Tiffany, Ressie, Jared and Georgianne

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The 2019 Chicago Neighborhood Farmers Market Schedule

May 15, 2019

We think that we’ve seen the last of the Chicago snowstorms, so it’s time we all look forward to during warmer midwestern months. Each summer the Chicago area plays host to an amazing number of farmers markets.  These markets bring in the best locally grown fruits, vegetables and other wonderful foods from farmers around the […]

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Need More GOT? Find Refuge In This Castle!

May 13, 2019

2326 West Giddings Street #302, CHICAGO, IL 60625 (MLS # 10342747) Property Specifics: 3 Bedroom – 2 Bath Additional Information: 2326 West Giddings #302 Detail Page Neighborhood: Lincoln Square Property Virtual Tour: 2326 West Giddings #302 Virtual Tour Note: The below entry has been provided by the seller of the property. House of Giddings, from […]

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2019 Chicago Home Partner March Madness

March 11, 2019

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! This year marks the 11th year hosting our Chicago Home Partner March Madness Pool!  We […]

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2019 Chicago Real Estate Forecast & 2018 Year in Review

February 23, 2019

As Chicago real estate market experts, we take immense pride in releasing our 8th annual “Chicago Real Estate Roundup”, where we discuss the year in review and explain our predictions for the year to come. Our predictions for 2018 and results are listed below. Our 2018 predictions were spot on with the exception of “seller […]

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15th Annual Lurie Children’s Hospital Toy Drive – Chicago Home Partner

December 12, 2018

It’s that time of year again… people are full of cheer, the streets are glistening with festive lights and we are – for a short time – eager for the arrival of snow!  Yes, the holidays are officially among us. For the past 15 years, we at Chicago Home Partner have celebrated the holidays through […]

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Your 2018 Chicago Holiday Bucket List

November 30, 2018

Winter is here, and the holidays are right around the corner. The lights, the people and the energy really makes me love living in the city…  However, I know that the month of December often slips away with all the office parties, holiday dinners, and the never-ending consumerism. That’s why this month, I’m providing you […]

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The 12th Annual Chicago Home Partner Pumpkin Carving Contest

October 16, 2018

As the temperatures begin to tumble like the leaves outside, it’s time to begin thinking about winter, the holidays and most importantly HALLOWEEN! This is one of our favorite holidays here at Chicago Home Partner, and we are pleased to announce that this month will mark the 12th Annual Chicago Home Partner Pumpkin Carving Contest.  This is […]

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Top Autumn Farm Fun Near Chicago – Chicago Home Partner

October 3, 2018

Well, it’s about that time… darker mornings, earlier sunsets, shorter days and yes, the unpredictable temperatures of autumn in the Midwest! If you’re like me, you’re trying to squeeze as much outdoor time out of these months as possible. We all know that Mother Nature can toy with our emotions this time of year – […]

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