Shrimp & Creamy Pasta for Dinner

Shrimp & Creamy Pasta for Dinner
What are we all quarantine-cooking for dinner? Here at Building Chicago we’re going to whip up some shrimp and creamy pasta with a great green veggie. Growing up, seafood was one of my mother’s favorites. She’d cart me and my two brothers to her favorite seafood restaurant and we’d get to order from the adult... Read more »

Chicago: A History of Real Estate

Chicago: A History of Real Estate
As we continue quarantine in our sacred spaces and while the streets have slowed, the parks and public spaces have closed, I can’t help but think of the built environment of Chicago and how there’s such a rich history in building types, layout, city-planning and home styles. In every city, there’s usually an event that... Read more »

The Best Oats Come Loaded

The Best Oats Come Loaded
A great breakfast is an essential part in the nourishment of those in and out of the home. Oatmeal has been heralded as a wonderful early morning option with great nutritional value and is loaded with fiber, protein and minerals. I remember growing up, this breakfast meal was one of my father’s favorites. He’d be... Read more »
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Stay Home, Builders

Stay Home, Builders
Hello Chicago! I’ve taken some time away from Building Chicago, so I’d like to re-introduce myself and let everyone know what’s next! My name is Dion Hickles and I am a trained civil engineer, construction manager, real estate developer, broker, homemaker, gardener, interior designer and artist. Within this current climate, I wanted to expand the... Read more »

How to Properly Stage a Home for Sale

How to Properly Stage a Home for Sale
Staging a home is a key aspect to ensure that your home has the best likelihood of selling. If one has the funds to update the home to current home trends, the homeowner should consider improving the home to a level that would maximize net earnings once selling the property. Evaluate the improvement budget and... Read more »

Strategies for the Budding Real Estate Investor

Strategies for the Budding Real Estate Investor
Many see real estate as a lucrative vehicle for investment. If done correctly, utilizing this method can produce handsome returns; if done improperly, the risk exposure can be paramount. The first step in evaluating real property is to understand your investment criteria and evaluate potential properties based on that criteria. This criteria should include at... Read more »
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Selling a Home: What You Need to Know

Selling a Home: What You Need to Know
When a seller is interested in placing their home on the market, there are a myriad of items each seller should consider. Firstly, a seller should seek out the help of an established Real Estate Broker who has knowledge of the market where the home sits. For more information on how to find a reputable... Read more »

A Buyer's Guide to Purchasing Real Estate

A Buyer's Guide to Purchasing Real Estate
To search for a home in the ever-changing climate of real estate and built environment can be challenging, arduous and sometimes confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Here, we’ll explain what the typical steps are to find a beautiful home that will serve you and your family for years to come. The first step... Read more »

Sourcing a Reputable Real Estate Broker: What's Most Important

Sourcing a Reputable Real Estate Broker: What's Most Important
A real estate broker is a real estate professional that serves as an intermediary between a principal seller, buyer or renter; they represent the best interests of a party within a residential or commercial real estate transaction. This relationship is an agency relationship or the legal relationship between the principal/client and the real estate agent.... Read more »
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Chicago: A City of Museums

Chicago: A City of Museums
Chicago has a long-standing history of being a city committed to the arts. There are several museums in the city that showcase art, artifacts, objects, photography and prints that comprise many different cultures, interests and history. Here, we’ll discuss the most notable: The Field Museum, The Museum of Science and Industry, The Art Institute of... Read more »