Stories by George

Before You Go: Steps to Keep Your Home Safe During a Winter Vacation

Jan 23, 2014

The snow has certainly been piling up in Chicago this year. And, for some people, that means it’s time for a getaway to someplace warm and snow-free. Before you go away, though, remember to take some simple steps to protect your home from the elements and from thieves. After all, nothing will put a quicker […]

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Shoveling Sidewalks in Chicago: It’s the Law

Jan 10, 2014

What’s worse than the seemingly unrelenting snow that has hammered the Chicago area this winter? Perhaps it’s trying to walk where you need to go and being stymied by snow-covered sidewalks. Making sure that the sidewalk in front of your building is shoveled is more than just a neighborly thing to do: It’s the law […]

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Holiday sewer backups and thefts more likely for IL residents

Dec 20, 2013

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year; unfortunately, they can also be hazardous. According to a new report from Allstate, Illinois claims for sewer back-ups and theft spike this time of year. Seasonal changes in routine—think hoards of holiday visitors and loads of presents displayed under the tree—can leave homeowners more susceptible […]

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Packing up the Pets and Leaving Chicago? Read This First

Dec 12, 2013

The holidays are quickly approaching, which means it’s almost time to pack up the whole family—pets included—and get out of Chicago. If you’re hitting the road with your furry family members, we’ve gathered some tips to consider before and during the trip. Pre-Planning for Your Pets Whether you’re leaving town for a weekend or a month, […]

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A Helpful Refresher on Chicago Winter Driving (And Parking) Basics

Dec 06, 2013

December in Chicagoland: The leaves are gone from the trees; the snowbirds are packed and ready to head south; and the first snowfall reminds us that we have all forgotten the basics of winter driving. The first snow of the season, which dropped 0.4 inches at O’Hare on November 11, seemed to catch drivers off guard. Don’t […]

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8 Tips to Winter-Proof Your Vintage Chicago Home

Dec 04, 2013

Local legends credit our Windy City moniker to all the hot air coming from politicians, but the Windy City is indeed windy—and cold to boot—which means weatherproofing is key during the upcoming winter months, particularly if you live in an older home. “Most older homes can be drafty,” says Gillian Wiescher, Director of Communication at the […]

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Let’s Talk Turkey: Thanksgiving Kitchen Safety Tips

Nov 22, 2013

Thanksgiving is the kickoff to the year-end holiday celebration season. If it’s your turn to host for Thanksgiving dinner, you probably feel at least a little bit of pressure to make sure everybody is well-fed. A little planning and preparation can help make sure that nothing mars your festive meal. Let’s Talk Turkey Fryer Many […]

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Make Your Home Handmade with Pieces from Chicago Artists

Nov 21, 2013

There’s nothing like a little chilly weather to make you want to stay indoors, put a pot of stew on the stove, and pay attention to your pad. Thankfully, Chicago is a hub for home decor—particularly the handmade. The city has fine artists with an eye for creating that piece your home shouldn’t live without. We’ve […]

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How to hire a Chicago contractor and avoid getting scammed

Nov 20, 2013

Update, Nov. 20, 2013: Severe weather ripped through the Chicago area last weekend, bringing high winds, hail and reports of tornadoes. According to the National Weather Service, severe weather events in November that produce tornadoes are a rare occurrence in the area. Since 1950, there have been only six recorded weather events that produced a total of 12 tornadoes across […]

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Chicago’s Best Hidden Bike Trails

Nov 13, 2013

On weekends in Chicago, the Lakefront Trail is bustling with bicyclists. It’s no surprise—Bicycling magazine in 2012 voted Chicago the fifth most bike-friendly city in the nation. And it may continue to move up in ranks since Chicago isn’t letting up on its bike-friendly plans. The city’s Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 consists of adding […]

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