Buyer's Resources - Buying Real Estate in Chicago
Buy Chicago condos, houses and other properties to realize the true value the city has. For those who are buying real estate, it is a good idea to know as much as you can about the city and neighborhood you are moving into. There are many attractions throughout Chicago that make selling and buying real estate much easier.
Once you purchase a new house the fun really begins: moving. In addition to the resources regarding attractions and neighborhoods of Chicago, we have also collected moving companies that you may use to make your moving in and out process easier.
At Chicago Home Estates, our primary goal is to assist you in every possible way, when you are considering buying a condo or house. That's why we've compiled this list of valuable resources. There is no need for endless online searching for resources that anyone moving will need; we've already done that for you! Make a smart investment and buy Chicago real estate.
Here you can search by address, street intersection, and/or school district to produce an appropriate area map that details types of crime as reported by the Chicago Police Department.
A freely browsable database of crimes reported in Chicago.
"The Metropolitan Tenants Organization is a grassroots organization working to improve the lives of tenants throughout Chicago. We believe that the best way to accomplish our goal is to organize. Organizing is not some mystical process that only a few people can do. Everyone can do it and we encourage everyone to be a part of improving their conditions and the society in which we live."
Chicago's Community Information Technology & Neighborhood Early Warning System:
CityNews is an interactive website that allows users to obtain data about properties in their community (News) and indicators about their community (City). In addition to the specific housing data, we now allow you to look at overall statistics in neighborhoods.
"Whether teaching children to swim, rescuing young men from gangs, training adults for the workforce, providing expectant mothers with prenatal care or serving transients with housing and supportive care, YMCAs collaborate with public service providers, government agencies, churches and neighborhood associations to improve life quality and encourage individual achievement."
"Since 1978, the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) has worked to show urban communities locally and all across the country how to develop more sustainably. With smarts, creativity and innovation, and before the term sustainable development was even widely used, CNT has been demonstrating its unique brand of sustainable development: development that is good for the economy and the environment; makes better use of existing resources and community assets; and improves the health of natural systems and the wealth of people—today and in the future."
Chicago Tribune's listing of Community Events for the next seven days in the City of Chicago.
Check out this page to learn about the events, festivals, and activities that the City of Chicago is sponsoring and/or managing. From Kids & Families to Dance to Museums to Street Fairs, this is the only source to find out, not only 'what to do in Chicago' but also, to find out What Chicago's Doing!
City of Chicago
Office of the Mayor
121 N La Salle St
Chicago, IL 60602
Official site of city office. Information on art, attractions, community affairs, museums, festivals, restaurants, shopping, and theatre.
An invaluable resource for driving Chicagoans. Information on how to apply for a new or renewal driver's license, titling and registration of your vehicle and license plates, nearest government offices, and more!
Cook County, Illinois
Cook County Board
118 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60602-1304
The Official Cook County government website. Quickly and easily obtain a wide variety of information from department services to recreational activities.
State of Illinois
Office of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
Official site. Comprehensive source of information about the state and the state government.
Public Transportation for Chicago.
The United States Postal Service's webpage with information on changing your address, forwarding your mail, and Post Office Box rental.
"The board sets educational policies and guidelines for public and private schools, preschool through grade 12, as well as vocational education. It analyzes the aims, needs and requirements of education and recommends legislation to the General Assembly and Governor for the benefit of the more than 2 million school children in Illinois."
The official web page of the Office of the Mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley.
For complete details of Chicago's 311 city services. To access by phone, dial 311 from any area code.
Access to every animal service that Chicago has to offer
Designed to keep travelers up-to-date and informed, this is the page to check first when you plan on traveling by plane.
"The Department of Consumer Services protects consumers and businesses from unfair and deceptive business practices. We work to ensure the safety, accuracy and equity in products and services offered to the public."
USA Moving & Storage Inc. is a Chicago moving company providing moving and storage services to consumers and businesses
Looking for movers, Self moving service, Local movers, Small Moves, long distance, furniture, corporate relocation or International movers in your area? Find moving companies and compare moving & packing service quotes at MyMovingneeds.com
"The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, America's first planetarium, was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. The museum is home to two full-size planetarium theaters, including the world's first all-digital projection StarRider Theater and one of the world's most important antique instrument collections. The Adler is a recognized leader in science education, with a focus on inspiring young people, particularly women and minorities, to pursue careers in science."
8400 31st St
Brookfield, IL 60513
3300 Golf Rd
Brookfield, IL 60513
"The Brookfield Zoo has a reputation as one of the best zoos in the country, and it's well deserved. Located about 15 miles from downtown Chicago, the Brookfield Zoo covers over 200 acres. Its large size allows for a vast array of animals featured in natural settings, engaging exhibits, and delightful activities." Review by: epinions.com
"The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, part of the College of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is a historic site and memorial to Jane Addams, her innovative settlement house programs and associates, and the neighborhood they served. Housed in two original Hull-House buildings, the museum is an internationally recognized symbol of multicultural understanding, reflecting the long Hull-House tradition of social service and reform, educational innovation, and urban research."
"Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers. Located within a verdant park just minutes north of Chicago, the zoo has been a natural, free oasis for generations of animal lovers, who come to hear a lion's roar echo off nearby apartment buildings, see gorillas climb trees as the Sears Tower looms in the distance, or forget where they are as they immerse themselves in tropical rain forests, dry-thorn forests or spacious savannas."
"The Polish Museum of America was established in 1935 as the 'Museum and Archives of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America.' The first public display area opened on January 12, 1937 in a specially designed and constructed room within the headquarters building of the PRCUA. From that date the Museum's collection and importance grew very rapidly and quickly gained autonomous status as 'The Polish Museum of America' with its own governing board of directors."
"Strap a mask and flippers onto your imagination and chart a course to Shedd, the World's Aquarium. Have you ever sailed the Pacific Northwest on a whale-watching cruise? Gotten eye-to-eye with a shark? Or followed a sea turtle as she soared through the Caribbean? At Shedd, it's all possible."
"The Field Museum was incorporated in the State of Illinois on September 16, 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago with its purpose the 'accumulation and dissemination of knowledge, and the preservation and exhibition of objects illustrating art, archaeology, science and history.' In 1905, the Museum's name was changed to Field Museum of Natural History to honor the Museum's first major benefactor, Marshall Field, and to better reflect its focus on the natural sciences."
"Here, you'll find a natural oasis, conveniently located right here in the city. Discover the mysteries of nature... up close. Bright blue butterflies brush your cheek. A praying mantis sizes you up. Water snakes enjoy a snack inches away from your face. Play leapfrog with grasshoppers in our prairie landscape. You'll be transfixed. You'll be amazed. You'll be an expert on the secret world of critters, creatures, and our connections with nature."
"One of the nation's largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. The MCA documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the MCA boasts a gift store, bookstore, Puck's restaurant, 300-seat theater, and a terraced sculpture garden with a great view of Lake Michigan."
Parks & Recreation
"The Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois is one of the largest and most impressive conservatories in the United States. Often referred to as 'landscape art under glass,' the Garfield Park Conservatory occupies approximately 4.5 acres (18,000 m˛) inside and out and contains a number of permanent plant exhibits incorporating specimens from around the world (including some ferns that are over 300 years old)." Review by: Answers.com
"In 1997 Mayor Richard M. Daley directed his staff to develop plans for a new music venue to be built over the active tracks and surface parking lot. What is now Millennium Park was first conceived in 1998 with the mission of creating new parkland in Grant Park to transform the unsightly railroad tracks and parking lots that had long dotted the lake front. Over time, with Mayor Richard M. Daley's vision and Frank Gehry's involvement, the project evolved into the most ambitious public undertaking in Chicago's history."
"Funded by philanthropist Kate Buckingham in memory of her brother, Buckingham Fountain is one of the nation's finest fountains and a public icon of Chicago. It is the centerpiece of Grant Park, the city's grand 'front yard,' and is set within a handsomely landscaped garden, one of the city's finest examples of a Beaux-Arts-style landscape design." Chicago Landmarks: Buckingham Fountain
From Chicago Park District: Buckingham Fountain
- The fountain has 134 jets in the following configurations:
- 36 jets point upwards from the top basin, including a central jet to produce a 150-foot geyser.
- 34 jets at the consoles.
- 12 jets in the upper trough that arc into the top bowl.
- 12 jets in the inner trough that arc into the upper trough.
- 12 jets in the lower trough that arc into the inner trough.
- 8 jets spout from the sea horses' mouths.
- 20 isolated jets.
- The fountain's water capacity is 1.5 million gallons. Depending on wind conditions, major displays use approximately 14,100 gallons of water per minute conveyed through 134 jets. Water is re-circulated from the base pool after the basins are filled and not drawn from the outside except to replace losses from wind and evaporation.
- The bottom pool of the fountain is 280 feet in diameter, the lower basin is 103 feet, the middle basin is 60 feet and the upper basin is 24 feet. The lip of the upper basin is 25 feet above the water in the lower basin.
- The underground pump room is 35 feet long, 25 feet wide and 25 feet high.
2021 N Burling St
Chicago, IL 60614
"In 1976, the park was officially named Oz Park in honor of Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919), the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Baum settled in Chicago in 1891 several miles west of what is now the park. In the early 1990s, the Oz Park Advisory Council and the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce commissioned artist John Kearney to create a Tin Man sculpture, installed in October 1995, the Cowardly Lion, installed in May 2001 and the 7 ft./800 lb. cast bronze Scarecrow, installed June 2005. Other elements which celebrate Oz Park's theme, include the 'Emerald Garden' and 'Dorothy's Playlot'."
"Discover the pleasures of Chicago Park District treasures! The Chicago Park District manages over 220 stunning facilities throughout the city and most can play host to your next event. For more information about the Chicago Park District's more than 7300 acres of parkland, 552 parks, 33 beaches, nine museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, 10 bird and wildlife gardens, thousands of special events, sports and entertaining programs, please continue on through the event section
Places of interest
Chicago buildings were designed in a wide variety of architectural styles, some of which you can find included on this site listed here. Click here for more information.
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
"Navy Pier is the place where all of Chicagoland and tourists from around the world have come together since 1995 to enjoy the beauty and the thrills of a day on Lake Michigan. From rides to restaurants, exhibitions to entertainment, shopping to dining cruises and tour boats Navy Pier has it all - in a location unlike any other!"
"With the Ceres statue included, this is the tallest art deco building in the world outside of New York City.
The trading floors have a free visitors' gallery on the fifth floor.
The lobby features a variety of art deco floor designs, including a pattern with airplanes, steamships, & submarines in the basement.
The Chicago Board of Trade was the tallest building in Chicago from 1930 to 1965; surpassed by the Richard J. Daley Center."
"Welcome to Chicago's McCormick Place, the premier convention facility in North America. Located just minutes from downtown Chicago, McCormick Place is owned and operated by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) and attracts close to 3 million visitors each year."
"This is one of Chicago's oldest buildings and the best surviving example of the Greek Revival style, which was fashionable in the early 19th century. The original owner was Henry B. Clarke, a wealthy hardware dealer, who died in 1849; thereafter, the building became known as the 'Widow Clarke's house.'"
"The Hancock Observatory is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (last ticket sold at 10:45 p.m.) and is located at John Hancock Center, 875 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. The newly renovated Hancock Observatory will meet your loftiest expectations! Experience spectacular views spanning up to 80 miles and 4 states. Explore our site to preview a favorite Chicago attraction!
We invite you to bring your cameras and camcorders so that you will be able to keep photographic memories of your visit, but we ask that you do not bring tripods to the observatory."
233 S Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60606-8615
"A triumph of ingenuity and innovation, Willis Tower combines robust technological services, comprehensive security networks, and a wide range of top-quality amenities, making it an ideal location for business. Standing at 1,450 feet and 110 stories high, Sears Tower is the tallest building in North America and the third tallest building in the world. It offers more than 3.8 million square feet of office and retail space. No wonder this address means business in Chicago."
"This fascinating building is a world-wide attraction that features an art gallery, artisans shop, three floors of restaurants and shops, and 13 floors of balconies that surround the 160 foot rotunda. 'Wait until you see it... It is no less than breathtaking,' wrote the Chicago Tribune's Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Gapp about the James R.Thompson Center."
210 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60606
"Experience the ultimate venue in Chicago. The magnificent Great Hall at Chicago Union Station is the ideal location for elegant special events, receptions and weddings. Originally designed by famed architect Daniel Burnham ('make no small plans, they have no magic to stir men's blood') and completed in 1925 by the Graham, Anderson, Probst and White Firm, the Great Hall is considered to be one of the greatest indoor spaces in the United States."
GreatSchools is a national, independent nonprofit organization committed to helping parents choose schools, supporting children's education, and improving schools in your community.
A resource for locating and reviewing Chicago Public Schools.
A resource for locating and reviewing private schools in Chicago.
"Built on rubble from the 1871 Chicago fire, the museum housed a collection of plaster casts and had a visionary purpose: to acquire and exhibit art of all kinds and to conduct programs of education. The collection now encompasses more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world, and the school's graduate program is continually ranked as one of the best in the country. Within the next decade, a new complex will continue this process of growth"
"Education is hard, but thankfully Education Index is very very simple. Read reviews of schools and universities across America in order to help you make better decisions. Then, write your owns reviews to help others do the same.
In return Education Index will help collate and present your reviews in an informative manner."
Find schools rated independently at this site.
This site should be very useful to anyone interested in all that the historic Lincoln Park area of Chicago has to offer. Whether you are looking for a professional service, an event location, tourism information, community calendars or even demographics and governmental contacts, this site is an excellent resource for you. There is even information on how to start a business in our wonderful neighborhood.
"The Magnificent Mile: where a unique urban experience awaits you! Four inspiring outdoor festivals beckon you to return at least once a season! You'll also find world-class shopping, dining, lodging and leisure entertainment throughout the Magnificent Mile area. And there's something for everyone."
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654
"The Merchandise Mart is the world's largest commercial building, largest wholesale design center and one of Chicago's premier international business locations. Encompassing 4.2 million sq. ft., The Mart spans two entire city blocks and rises 25 stories!"
"At the pinnacle of Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place is Chicago's premier shopping destination. Its stunning eight-level atrium features more than 100 of your favorite stores and restaurants plus a mix of distinctive specialty shops and boutiques. It offers a unique, high-energy urban shopping experience you simply won't find anywhere else in the city. In short, Water Tower Place is the place to shop."
2540 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
773.935.6100 (Box Office)
"The Apollo Theater (no relation to New York City's Apollo Theatre) is a lush venue with a prestigious reputation, located in the heart of Chicago's fashionable Lincoln Park neighborhood. Built in 1978 by theatre producers Jason Brett and Stuart Oken and twice renovated, the Apollo boasts a dramatic glass and concrete design conceived by Chicagoan Michael Lustig and hosts some of Chicago's most successful off-Broadway productions."
"Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Civic Opera House is a hybrid of Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles and is considered to be one of the world's most beautiful. Built in 1929 and recently restored to its original splendor, it not only boasts gracious surroundings, but excellent sight lines and premium acoustics."
Music Box Theatre
3733 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
773.871.6604 (Show times)
"The Music Box Theatre opened on August 22, 1929, a time when the movie palaces in downtown Chicago had seating capacities of around 3000 people. The Music Box, which sat 800, was considered an elaborate little brother to those theatres. Theatre Architecture Magazine noted in 1929 that the theatre 'represents the smaller, though charming and well equipped, sound picture theatre which is rapidly taking the place of the deluxe palace'."
1650 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
"Now in its third decade as a professional theater company, Steppenwolf has received unprecedented national and international recognition from media, theater critics, and audiences alike. While Steppenwolf continues to live up to its many accolades, the company has not lost sight of its original vision. Today Steppenwolf remains committed to producing dynamic and exciting theater. The company's subscription base of over 20,000 is an indicator of the Chicago community's enthusiasm for Steppenwolf Theatre."
170 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60601
312.443.3800 (Box Office)
"Established in 1925, Goodman Theatre has been a part of life in Chicago for over 80 years. Every season, the Goodman presents the work of an extraordinary group of local, national and international artists."
There is no shortage of good theaters nor good live theatre performances in Chicago as well as the surrounding suburbs. Here, we offer a listing of numerous Chicago Theatres organized by area. Our listings include name, address, phone, email and web site information for most of the popular Chicago and suburban theaters. We also offer access to several theater tours and a theatre events list."
Venues and Arenas
"Since opening, the United Center has hosted over 200 events each year. Some of the events the United Center has been proud to host include the 1996 Democratic National Convention, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Paul McCartney, U2, The Who, The 3 Tenors, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice, the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament, the Great Eight Classic, Illinois College Basketball, and Champions on Ice."
"As one of the most comprehensive free arts showcases in the United States, this landmark building is the setting for hundreds of programs and exhibitions presented annually by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Designed in the beaux-arts style by the Boston firm Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, the Chicago Cultural Center was completed in 1897 and dedicated as the city's original Chicago Public Library. Completed at a cost of nearly $2 million, this remarkable monument was inspired by the neo-classical style of the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893."
1410 S Museum Campus Dr
Chicago, IL 60605
Originally opening in 1924, Municipal Grant Park Stadium was renamed Soldier field just one year later and was formally dedicated during the Army-Navy game on Nov 27, 1926. The original stadium, following the design of ancient Greek and Roman stadiums, was replaced with a new arena in 2002 and the Chicago Bears played their first game in the new stadium on September 29, 2003 against the Green Bay Packers.
1060 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613-4397
"The first park on Chicago's North Side, Wrigley Field cost $250,000 when it was built in 1914. Charlie Weeghman built the park to house his baseball team, the Chicago Federals (a.k.a. the Chi-Feds and, later, as the Whales) of the brand-new Federal League, which was challenging the established major leagues. The Federal League folded after only two years, so Weeghman, leading a ten man syndicate which included chewing gum magnate Willam Wrigley, Jr., purchased the Cubs of the National League." Reviewed by: ballparks.com
"After 80 years at one ballpark, the White Sox became the first team to open a new ballpark in the 1990s. With an aging Comiskey Park, the White Sox wanted a new facility. In the mid to late 1980s, talk began on building a new stadium. Planners spent the better part of the 1980s studying every baseball stadium to get the best ideas for a new ballpark. The study also gave architects and contractors a guide as what not to include in the stadium."
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Chicago Headquarters: Everything Chicago, from Airport Chicago to West Chicago.
WhiteFence.com allows you to shop for utilities, compare prices and features, and even connect your utilities, all in one convenient site!
Chicago Movers is a member of the Better Business Bureau
"National Van Lines is a mid-sized company, so you won't get caught up in layers of management. We're streamlined, faster to respond, and able to maintain a higher level of accountability. We're large enough to get the job done, yet small enough to care about doing it well."
ProtectYourMove.gov is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website of information and resources to make your move to Chicago easier.
Habitar makes designing fun, easy and a journey of vast possibilities. We start with defining your vision because a home has to fit your style and your way of living. Our process is interactive and systematic simplifying choices and ensuring the best possible result. At Habitar, innovative design is supported by forty-five years of experience in construction. We understand the workings behind the walls. This knowledge helps us create solutions that are inspired, functional and considerate of budget.
Choose from a variety of quality wine racks and cabinets, available in various types of materials.