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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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On Monday, August 21, Chicago will bear witness to a partial solar eclipse, a rare celestial event that last occurred in the Chicago area in 1979. The eclipse will start at 11:54 a.m., and will last approximately two hours until the moon covers 90 percent of the sun at 1:19 p.m., leaving a crescent of the sun’s corona visible. This event has been dubbed “The Great American Eclipse,” because the eclipse’s path traverses the length of the United States. The total solar eclipse will be visible from Carbondale, but for many Chicagoans on a Monday, it’s not feasible to travel to southern Illinois to see it. However, there are many options for those in Chicago who still want to witness the partial eclipse. Reside360 put on our investigative trench coats and

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One of the tradeoffs of living in a condo of prime Chicago Real Estate is that you may get beautiful city and lake views, like in the Gold Coast, but you’re not able to take advantage of a yard like people in the suburbs. However, the lack of space doesn’t mean you can’t have your very own garden in your apartment. With the help of these innovative indoor gardens, you can exercise your green thumb and grow plants in your home. Other than adding plush greenery, houseplants are beneficial for the people who grow them as well – they help filter pollutants from the air, improve air quality through photosynthesis, and help people concentrate. So, grab your trowel and watering can and get to work creating your own personal garden. 

1. Click & Grow Smart Herb

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It seems as though the West Loop residential boom is slowing, but not quite dead for Chicago Real Estate. After a project that was first proposed three years ago seemed indefinitely dormant, last week the buildings proposed for 1061 and 1107 W. Van Buren Street received permits to move forward with the residential renting units. This development shows that while the project is advancing other issues were incurred to slow down construction.

While the building originally called for 402 rental units and 236 spaces for parking, it looks as though the latest plan calls for some downsizing. Currently on file, the new plan has 298 units and 140 parking spots. One can only speculate on the cause of the downsizing.

The design is a product of

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Would a cat café be a purr-fect addition to the Lincoln Park neighborhood? One woman thinks so. Jennifer Tiner is currently trying to raise enough money to open a cat-centric café called the “Windy Kitty,” at 1746 W North Avenue. The purpose of the cat café is to introduce cats to people who may want to adopt them, according to Tiner’s Indiegogo fundraising page. The Windy Kitty’s Indiegogo campaign has ended, but the Windy Kitty is selling merchandise through their Facebook page. The proceeds of each piece of merchandise sold will go toward opening the café.

The Windy Kitty aims to be a place where people can, “hang out with cats and no pressure to adopt,” as well as enjoy ethically sourced food and drinks. The café expects to accommodate 15

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Sure, the city of Chicago is full of wonderful people, and there are a dozen apps to make new friends or meet a potential new love interest, but how easy is it to organically form new bonds? More and more development companies are offering homes with the dorm feeling to help catalyze new connections. What does that mean exactly? Less luxury in the room itself, less space, shared bathrooms, but more concentration on community spaces such as game rooms and movie rooms with social programming, plus yoga groups, and happy hour.

Don’t let that description fool you though, the pricing is still similar to some of the nice high-rises throughout Chicago. 30 E Balboa offers apartments with a furnished option for $1,549 a month per room (in this case a

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While development in Chicago is booming, it seems the dream of ownership is fading. The majority of new buildings in the hottest neighborhoods, like River North, Gold Coast, and Old Town, are only available as rentals. Rentals may be perfect for the recent college grad entering the workforce, but what about the other citizens of Chicago who want a high rise to call their own?

Luckily, there are still condominiums available to own in desirable neighborhoods throughout the city. Take 10 E. Ontario for example. The building has units for sale with several layout styles like junior one bedrooms with smaller square footage to larger two bedroom two baths. Regardless of the unit size, residents benefit from a 24-hour doorman, a pool with outdoor deck for

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