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'Tis the season to get your craft on! With the holiday season in full swing, you may be in need of some décor to spruce up your home. Make your holiday season festive with these clever holiday DIY ideas. It's the most wonderful time of year to go all out on decorations, and spend quality time with family and friends while doing it!

1. Wooden Ornaments

Sick of using the same store-bought ornaments year after year? Freshen up your Christmas tree with hand-painted wooden ornaments! Stop by your local craft store, grab a few wood slices, and embrace your inner-artist. Paint a simple design or word,  drill a hole, and string a ribbon through for hanging!

2. Glass Bottle Menorah

Start collecting empty glass bottles to create this simple

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If you're looking for a new place to own and don't want to dish out your life savings, you may want to look into a co-op. Co-op, short for "cooperative," is a unique way to obtain property. For an apartment in a co-op building, you are buying shares instead of buying the property itself. A co-op is owned and controlled by a group of individuals who have equal shares and occupancy rights to the housing. Buying a share gives you access into the shareholder group and the rights of the co-op corporation.

Co-ops can come in all shapes and sizes:

  • single family homes
  • townhouses
  • mid and high-rise apartment complexes
  • garden apartments
  • senior housing
  • and more!


One of the biggest advantages of living in a co-op

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Chicago is a city full of transplants and transients. It’s a place that attracts individuals who want to better their career, live in a huge and gorgeous city, or pursue a degree at some of the best institutions this country has to offer. All of these efforts are exciting, but when it comes to holidays many of these go-getters are away from their families. Friends work together to create Friendsgiving dinners so no one has to feel lonely, but what else is there to do?

The reside360 team compiled a list of the top five things to do around Chicago on Thanksgiving. It may be different than what you’re used to, but it’s never too late to start a new tradition.

1) 40 Annual Turkey Trot Chicago 5K & 8K
Lincoln Park, Chicago
9:00 AM

Kick the morning

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Camping out in your PJ's all winter may sound tempting, but there is a ton to see and do around town! Although Chicago winters are known to be full of polar-vortex madness, Chicago has plenty of family friendly activities that are worth bundling up and venturing outdoors. Grab your kids, zip up your winter jackets, and head on out to brave the cold. From ice skating in Maggie Daley Park to walking through Candy Cane Lane, there is bound to be a winter adventure perfect for you and your family!

Here are 10 places to add to your winter itinerary:


1. Zoo Lights 

The Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo is a fun, family-oriented, and FREE fest that features magnificent light displays and seasonal activities throughout the zoo. The celebration is

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Much of River North restaurateurs and developers wait with baited breath as the council votes today, October 11, on ordinances that would ban new establishments from receiving a liquor license. Heading the pack championing the implementation of this ordinance is Alderman Brendan Reilly, who has had a public feud with River North institution Bottled Blonde in the past.

Reilly cites that many businesses in River North that run under a liquor license as a restaurant are skirting the responsibility of their true function: being a night club. Clubs are subjected to more hoops to jump through and higher costs to maintain the licensing needed to sell alcohol.

Currently River North, which is the 42nd ward, has more liquor licenses than any other ward,

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At Chicago’s 5th Ward meeting that occurred earlier in the week, developer Carlton Knight’s presence was noted. He was there to propose the first condominium construction project in South Shore since the unsuccessful FJF Development proposition over a decade ago. The 2006 project, which began as a dazzling 30-story condo, shrunk to 19, and then petered out completely.

In an attempt to recoup some of their $3.4 million investment, FJF is now asking for $529,000.

This area is similar to many of Chicago’s most popular neighborhoods, where rental buildings have surged the past two years, and some condominiums converted to rental units. Thus Knight’s plan to create a building that offers ownership may breathe new life into the South Shore area.

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Are you haunted over Halloween decoration ideas? Are you dying for inspiration? Check out this countdown of top 10 Illinois homes and their spooky creations!

10) Neponset, Illinois

The thirst is real for these skeletons trying to break in! We fed them once and they just keep coming back! 

9) Sycamore, Illinois

It's a pumpkin but also sort of a potato, and a Mrs. Potato Head at that! Brain explosion!

8) Old Town Chicago, Illinois

Witches be crazy!

7) St. Charles, Illinois

Is the Prius part of the decoration?

6) Arthur, Illinois

This house could use more pumpkins...

5) Gold Coast, Illinois

Those glowing eyes will haunt your dreams.

4) Boilingbrook, Illinois

Okay, hold the phone, this is

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The well-known restaurant group Boka, hopes to continue its Chicago success with its newest Gold Coast based restaurant Somerset, located in a prime location, next to the new Viceroy Hotel. The minted restaurant seats 180 people inside with sky-high ceilings, plus 90 al-fresco. Somerset, in hues of blue with nautical styling, aims for a 60’s yacht club vibe.

To pay homage to the former seedy and perhaps questionable reputation of prior tenants at the 1112 N State street location, the out of place neon sign for the Cedar Hotel hangs dominantly on the second floor. Despite the locations prior patrons of intoxicated college kids, Somerset hopes to attract a more refined crowd.

Wood-grilled fare is at the menu’s center stage, with dishes like

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Check out amazing photos of this beautiful Lincoln Park Mansion, measuring 11,000 square feet. The listing price dropped over a million dollars, from $9.2 million to $7.8 million.

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See anything you love? You can order it right now for yourself on Amazon! Many of these items also make great house-warming gifts.

30) Reef Fruit Bowl


Add color and texture to your kitchen with this reef fruit bowl. It comes in three colors, black, red, and silver, to match any kitchen’s scheme.

29) Dachshund Dog Shaped Ice Cube Tray

 For those ruff days that can only be solved by a refreshing drink, this adorable ice cube tray is a match made in doggy heaven.

28) Bread Bin


Alright, we will be honest, bread is more boring than, well, bread. Now Designs offers bread boxes in a multitude of colors that pop to give the boring old bread box a breath of freshness.

27) Arthur Boiled Egg Cup Holder with Eating Spoon



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