Real Eastate Update, The Garden Show, and Chicago's Own Union League Club


Well, with better weather we are hoping the Real Estate market will also start to 'heat up'!  On a National level, new home sales jumped 17.5% in December to the highest level in 8 months.  Also, from a Remax of Northern Illinois report, while still running below 2009 levels, December 2010 home sales in the 7 county Chicago area were only 11% below the December 2009 levels, which is a significant improvement considering that October 2010 and November 2010 were 36.1% and 34% lower than October 2009 and November 2009 respectively.


Along with better weather, the Chicago Flower and Garden Show is guaranteed to lift your spirits!  The Show will run from Saturday March 5th to Sunday March 13th.  The highlights include more than 25 gardens in full regalia, 100 vendor booths showcasing the very latest in horticulture, gardening, and landscaping products and services, and Educational Seminars from professional and academic experts.


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I love to highlight forgotten buildings and unheralded Chicago spaces.  One of these is the Union League Club, founded in 1879 to "uphold the sacred obligations of citizenship, promote honesty and efficiency in government, and support cultural institutions and the beautification of the city."





Club members were instrumental in getting Chicago named as the host of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, and their influence continues on, with our new Mayor Rahm Emanuel selecting the Club as the site of his first big press conference flowing the recent Mayoral elections.



Another amazing fact about this elegant Club is that there are just short of 800 significant works of art in the Club's collection, including an original work by Monet that has been loaned to prestigious exhibitions in major museums around the world.  The total value of the Club's collection has been estimated at over $50 million!  They hold exhibitions for the public so maybe you can go and check it out sometime!

Get Ready for Spring, it's right around the Corner!

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