The holiday season is upon us and we, at Chicago Home Partner, spend much of our time reflecting on how lucky we are to have a supportive base of friends, family and past clients.  We know we don’t say it often enough, but THANK YOU for all your continued support.

One of my favorite things about this time of year is how our city comes alive with decorative lights.  From Lincoln Park to Lisle, it’s hard to go anywhere without witnessing a visual celebration of the season.

A few years ago, I took advantage of one of those crisp, cold January days to do some hiking at Morton Arboretum. I couldn’t help but notice thousands upon thousands of Christmas lights hanging from the trees.  I quickly found out that this was part an ongoing celebration called Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum.  Visitors are taken through a magical wintertime walk in the woods as acres of the Arboretum’s majestic trees glow in mesmerizing hues of blue, green, purple, and magenta.  We had missed the festival, but vowed to return and witness it ourselves.

Fast forward to 2016… We piled out of our car around 5:30pm in a PACKED parking lot and were immediately transported into a wonderland of sights and sounds.  My description CANNOT do it justice. It was simply amazing and something everyone needs to experience.

It’s always hard to find things to do that everyone in the family will enjoy, but I can honestly say that Illumination will impress across the board.  This festival has become an annual staple with my family, and I guarantee it will become one of yours too.

We’ve compiled all the information below you might need as well as some, “Pro Tips”, to make your visit an amazing one.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We truly have so much to be grateful for.

Amanda, Tiffany, Ressie and Jared

1Morton Arboretum Holiday Lights

Good for:  Adults, kids, grandparents and out of towners!
Where:  Morton Arboretum
When:  November 18th – January 2nd
Click here for ticket prices and the Official Website

Adults and children of all ages will become kindred spirits as 50 acres of vibrant LED lights are hung on the Morton Arboretum’s vast treescape, creating a kaleidoscopic winter wonderland. Take a magical walk through the one-mile illuminated path with integrated video and sound media plus interactive elements. This year, enjoy the dancing lights of the new Symphony Woods featuring the music of the Nutcracker Suite and enjoy the Meadow Lake Magic where lights create the illusion of skipping stones.

New this year: Tickets are for both a specific date and time, starting at 4:30 p.m. each evening. The time on your ticket is the start of your half-hour entry window. Last admission is at 8:30 p.m.  Once admitted, you can stay as long as you like until the exhibition closes at 9:30 p.m.

Allow 10 to 15 minutes prior to your ticket time to park your car and make your way to the Illumination entrance outside the Visitor Center.

Member Tickets

Weekend (Friday/Saturday/Sunday)
Adult: $17
Child (2 to 17 years old): $9
Weekday (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday)
Adult: $13
Child (2 to 17 years old): $7

Non-member Tickets
Weekend (Friday/Saturday/Sunday)
Adult: $22
Child (2 to 17 years old): $14

Weekday (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday)
Adult: $18
Child (2 to 17 years old): $12

Children under the age of two are admitted to Illumination for free. No ticket is necessary.

Download the full Illumination program here and enjoy the video for what’s in store below!


Property Address: 1030 North Marshfield Avenue #1, CHICAGO, IL 60622 (MLS # 09775254)

Property Specifics: 3 Bedroom – 3 Bath

Additional Information: 1030 N Marshfield Detail Page

Neighborhood: Wicker Park

Property Virtual Tour: 1030 N Marshfield Virtual Tour


Note: The below entry has been provided by the seller of the property.

We will be incredibly sad to leave our home but hope another family finds as much joy as we did from our condo. This was our first home in the U.S. after relocating from London in the UK. We came here as two and are leaving as a family of three.

The condo will always hold a very special place in our heart as it was the home we first brought our little boy home to. But we couldn’t possibly have predicted that when we walked up to the original open house one Sunday in July 2015. We had looked at what seemed like so many places – duplex ups, townhouses and so on – but decided a duplex down would be best for us as we knew babies were on the horizon and didn’t want to have to balance that with walking up stairs.

The hardest thing about living in this condo has been that staying in hotels has become way less exciting. The bathrooms and kitchen are all finished to a super high standard. Our master bathroom with spa-like steam shower and heated floors have made me feel like I was staying in a 5-star hotel every single day. Cooking in our gorgeous kitchen with ample quartz countertops felt like living in a dream. While we feel that now is the time to “upsize” as our family continues to grow, where we are going can’t possibly compete in this respect sadly.

Our favorite memories from the home will be from what became our gorgeous roof-top garden oasis. Summers have been spent grilling and chatting with friends, hearing our baby giggle with delight when pushed on the pergola-hung swing, and quiet afternoons of coffee and reading on the deck. We always meant to project a movie onto our neighbor’s house (I’m sure they wouldn’t mind, they’re friendly) – which would’ve been awesome – but never quite got around to it.

The location was phenomenal: it’s so easy to get to and from work downtown by blue line, bus or divvy (15 minutes if you catch the lights right!) It was on such a pretty and quiet residential street, and yet so close to all the amenities of Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village, and West Town. While we are moving to another part of Chicago, I expect we will come back often to visit some of our favorite ‘locals’ as we say in England! There is so much that the neighborhood has to offer: brunch at West Town Bakery, incredible cocktails at Bordel, extensive beer lists at Bangers and Lace, tacos from Antique Taco, scones and coffee from Scone City, and date night in the lush tropical patio at Beatnik.

The park scene here is also great. We have Wicker Park, Eckhert Park, Dean Playground and Pulaski Park (complete with free kiddie play pool) all within easy walking distance. You will find us in one of these each Spring, Summer or Fall night and probably many more times in the future. The Wells High School park at the Augusta end of the street will also open soon. We have also enjoyed jogging down the 606 and have kept in shape using the WPAC gym a 2-minute walk away.

But all good things come to an end and we will miss Marshfield Avenue greatly. We only hope someone else gets as much joy from living here as we have.




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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.

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2017 Chicago Neighborhood Festival Schedule

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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 I’m extremely excited to provide you with […]

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City Gardening Tips for Spring

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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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