Homeward Bound, Western Suburbs

Our mission is to bring an outsider's perspective and an insider's familiarity to helping you become homeward bound to one of Chicago's Western Suburbs.

Chicago's near west suburbs

Our coverage area includes the following near west suburbs: Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Berkeley, Berwyn, Bloomingdale, Broadview, Brookfield, Burr Ridge, Cicero, Clarendon Hills, Countryside, Darien, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Forest Park, Forestview, Franklin Park, Harwood Heights, Hillside, Hinsdale, Hodgkins, Indian Head Park, Itasca, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lombard, Lyons, Maywood, Medinah, Melrose Park, Norridge, North Riverside, Northlake, Oak Brook, Oak Park, Oakbrook Terrace, River Forest, River Grove, Riverside, Roselle, Schiller Park, Stickney, Stone Park, Villa Park, Westchester, Western Springs, Westmont, Willowbrook, Wood Dale and Woodridge/

Chicago's western suburbs

We also cover the following western suburbs: Aurora, Bartlett, Batavia, Big Rock, Bolingbrook, Bristol, Burlington, Carol Stream, Elburn, Fox Valley, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Hampshire, Hanover Park, Lisle, Maple Park, Montgomery, Naperville, Newark, North Aurora, Oswego, Pingree Grove, Plano, St Charles, Sugar Grove, Virgil, Warrenville, Wayne, West Chicago, Wheaton, Winfield and Yorkville.

Our authors

Our first author, Joe Zekas, is a long-time resident of the North Shore, having lived in Kenilworth and now Wilmette for more than 20 years. He has two children (Jordan and Valerie) who attended Wilmette schools and graduated from New Trier. He's managed to live on the North Shore, or such is his conceit, without having gone native.

Our Local Correspondents

Our local correspondents are long-time insiders on the west suburban real estate stage. They include some of the industry's most accomplished luminaries, savviest veterans and fastest-rising stars.

They're wired in to what's to be seen on the scene and heard on the streets of the west suburbs. They've all been at their profession long enough, and intelligently enough, to make the critical judgments that matter to home buyers, sellers, investors and renters, Informed, considered judgment is what sets them apart as experts in their profession.

Our conflicts of interest

Many of our Local Correspondents will be affiliated with clients of Data Based Ads, a firm founded by Joe Zekas, the first author of this site. Those clients, include Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Koenig & Strey and Prudential Rubloff, some of the largest real estate brokerage firms in Chicagoland.

Our client base also includes numerous local home builders and other real estate brokers. We do our best to maintain an independent take on real estate despite our client ties, and believe those ties enable us to bring you more, and more credible information. You will, of course, have your own take on that.

We have a long-standing and highly-valued relationship with the Tribune Company, as an ad agency for local real estate clients, and as a supplier of Internet ad order entry systems and other services to Tribune newspapers throughout the country.

Our other sites

We also publish the YoChicago, Housing Newswire and NewHomeNotebook sites. You can see our videos at YouTube, and our photography at Flickr.