The 2024 CHP March Madness Pool!

by Amanda on March 12, 2024

This year, we are proud to announce the 16th Annual Chicago Home Partner March Madness Pool!  I would like to invite you, your friends and family to participate in this fun online competition.

Best of all… the winner walks away with a $100 AMAZON gift card!

If you have participated before:

  • Enter the password “chicago” (if prompted) to start making picks!

If you are new to the pool this year:

  • Go to
  • Click “Register Now” in the upper right hand corner and create your free account.
  • After logging in, select the ‘Join NCAA Pool’ option.
  • In the search box, enter the pool name, Chicago Home Partner and click ‘Search for Pool’.
  • Select the correct pool and click the ‘Select Pool’ button.
  • Enter the pool password, chicago (lower case) and click the ‘Join Pool’ button.
  • Once you join the pool, you will see your username and an option to MAKE PICKS.
  • On this page it will show you who’s playing who and their record.  Pick your winners and you’re done!

How to sign up as a new user for the CHP March Madness Pool:

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY TIP-OFF ON THURSDAY, MARCH 21st and don’t forget to “talk some trash” over on our Facebook page!

The website will automatically update with your progress, the winners, the losers and who’s leading.  We have even added “Bonus Points” this year for biggest upsets, most correct picks and more. 

Whether you live in Lincoln Park, Wicker Park or Hyde Park… everyone enjoys a little competition.  Good luck to everyone and please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have!


by Amanda on September 25, 2023

Top Fall Pumpkin / Apple Farms Near Chicago

Dear friend,

Fall is just around the corner, and with warmer temps still here, it’s the perfect time to embrace the season!

Whether you’re looking for a day of apple picking or searching for the perfect pumpkin to carve, we’ve provided a great list of fun, Fall spots below!

**Jonamac Orchard** – Malta, IL

   – A scenic orchard offering apple picking, pumpkin patches, a corn maze, and delicious apple cider donuts.

**Kuipers Family Farm** – Maple Park, IL

   – Enjoy apple orchards, pumpkin patches, hayrides, and a petting zoo at this family-friendly farm.

**County Line Orchard** – Hobart, IN

   – Explore acres of apple trees, corn mazes, and take a tractor ride to the pumpkin patch for your perfect pumpkin.

**Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch & Apple Orchard** – Pingree Grove, IL

   – A one-stop-shop for apples, pumpkins, farm animals, and fall-themed activities like haunted houses and inflatables.

**Royal Oak Farm Orchard** – Harvard, IL

   – A serene orchard with apple picking, a country store, and a picturesque view of the orchard from a 40-foot lookout tower.

**Didier Farms** – Lincolnshire, IL

   – Known for its pumpkin patches, pony rides, hayrides, and a fun-filled Pumpkin Playland for kids.

**Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm** – Minooka, IL

   – Experience pumpkin picking, a corn maze, pig races, and a pumpkin cannon show for thrilling family entertainment.

*Please note that availability and activities may vary, so we recommend checking their respective websites or contacting them directly for the most up-to-date information.

As you plan your autumn outings, these locations offer an opportunity to spend time with friends and family while enjoying the beauty of the season. 

Our seasonal clock is ticking, so don’t hesitate! Feel free to reach out with any questions on my favorites.



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