Is Chicago lifestyle becoming more like New York?

One of the stark differences between Chicago urban lifestyle and New York that I hear people talk about is food on demand. For decades New Yorkers have enjoyed the ability to get quick delivery from almost any of their favorite restaurants. This has not been the case in Chicago. In fact, unless you work in a building with a pedway, for years you may not have found a restaurant for blocks in downtown. But many have noticed over the last several years new pop up restaurants, the evolution of food trucks, and of course the ever expanding Mariano’s grocery store have permeated the Downtown Chicago hemisphere.

Ever the innovators- Uber is now offering Ubereats- a restaurant delivery service that promises your order in 10 minutes! Which begs the question- are we soon to be morphing into a lifestyle more like New York? While the service will be rolled out in a limited fashion for now- just one restaurant a day from 11am-2pm in only the Loop and River North one can only hope it will be extremely popular and make it’s way up the Chicago shore very soon.

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Is Wallpaper back in style?

One of the latest housing trends this year is wallpaper and specifically patterned designs. But this isn’t your Grandmother’s wallpaper friends. It can be anything from upscale designer looks to funky and whimsical. In addition to the patterns being fresh and new, the application of wallpaper isn’t what it used to be. Easy stick, Peel and Stick, self adhesive, removable, and tempaper are all commonly used terms now to apply towards those wallpapers that won’t take you days with a spray bottle to remove if you should change your mind down the line.

Graham and Brown is one of the more popular vendors for this type of wallpaper click the photo to see an article with 6 of their featured new designs :

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Another way to create a similar look are stencils. If the idea of wallpaper just freaks you out, then maybe wall stencils are for you. Don’t worry if you aren’t among the craft inclined. There are simple roll on designs with instructional videos for you to achieve looks like the below:

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Royal Design Studio and Cutting Edge Stencils are both online companies that offer stencil supplies, video tutoring, and wonderful easy to use products.

Resale: As a real estate broker I am always thinking about resale and wallpaper or stencils can be very personalized to taste. I would make two points A) it’s your home and you want to enjoy every moment that you are in it, so as long as it is not too permanent of a change go for it! B) When it comes time to sell, consult a real estate professional who can organize a tour of several agents through your home to give thoughts on anything that looks too personalized or anything that may be a turn off to buyers in your marketplace.

Spring is here!

One of the best things you can do for yourself and your home to re-vitalize this Spring is to renovate your outdoor space. In addition, if you are thinking of selling it can be an easy and inexpensive way to add value to your home and entice buyers to visualize themselves loving the enjoyment of the outdoors.

For some great ideas on how you can freshen up your outdoor space- check out one of my favorite articles on House Beautiful by clicking the photo below-

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