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Benefits of Plants

The extra, life-enhancing benefits of loving a plant Besides instantly boosting a home’s artistic appearance, studies show that being surrounded by such greenery can help clean the surrounding air, create a sense of well-being, and enhance your life. Benefits of plants Lowers levels of anxiety. Constantly seeing and being around plants helps people feel more calm and relaxed, thus decreasing levels of anxiety. Increases attentiveness and memory. Being around plants, whether at home or work, helps improve memory and attention span by 20 percent and can increase concentration. Increases productivity. This study shows that employees were more productive when just a few houseplants were added to their workspace. Reduces [...]

2021-06-23T19:21:24+00:00February 3, 2021|News|

Happy Holidays

Wishing all our residents, clients, vendors and contractors a happy, healthy and safe Holiday season and a wonderful New Year.

2021-06-23T19:11:57+00:00December 18, 2020|News|

Holiday Reminders – COVID-19

HOLIDAY TRAVEL DURING COVID-19 Chicago residents are strongly advised to avoid all non-essential, out-of-state travel. If you are traveling during the holidays, remember to follow all guidelines and restrictions during your trip. Quarantining upon return is strongly recommended as well as practicing social distancing, wearing face covering and avoid touching surfaces frequently touched by others. If you plan on being away from your residence for an extended period of time, please remember to leave your heat set no lower than 55 degrees to prevent freezing/burst pipes. HOLIDAY GATHERINGS DURING COVID-19 While we understand and sympathize with our residents during [...]

2021-06-23T19:08:40+00:00December 4, 2020|News|

The 19 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Chicago

During the first two weeks of October, Chicago's trees shake off the last vestiges of summer in favor of red, orange and yellow splendor. You'll be treated to autumnal views on any old tree-lined city street, but for the most impressive results, it's best to head to Chicago parks, gardens and cemeteries packed with fall-friendly foliage (think birch, sumacs and the always resplendent red maple). You can even check out places like Millennium Park and other iconic Chicago attractions to soak in the sight of colorful leaves against cityscape vistas. Whether you prefer to wander amid nature preserves or crunch leaves on the [...]

2021-06-23T18:59:30+00:00September 11, 2020|News|

How to set up an effective home workspace

Working from Home Is a Good Thing, Right? Home is where the heart is, but it’s also where your spouse or roommates, kids, bed, giant TV, Playstation, laundry machine, and just about every other personal distraction is located. So, what’s a remote worker — or remote manager— to do? Introducing the 5 Tips for Remote Working video template: A guide that managers can share with remote employees and teams, explaining how to set up a workspace from home, stay productive and keep up employee morale — even when separated from your office and colleagues. Tip #1: Create a Dedicated Work [...]

2021-06-23T20:31:03+00:00August 25, 2020|News|

A How-To Guide for Landlords and Brokers to Conduct Virtual Apartment Tours

UPDATE July 1, 2020: At the onset of Illinois’ first round of stay-at-home orders in March 2020, many landlords had to quickly roll out alternative plans for showing vacant apartments in Chicago. The go-to solution was virtual showings, where a live video call or pre-recorded walkthrough video had to substitute for the traditional methods of in-person showings to slow the spread of Coronavirus in Chicago apartments. Now, Illinois and the City of Chicago have progressed beyond the most severe shutdowns and stay-at-home orders as new Coronavirus cases have declined across the state. The state’s reopening follows a phased approach and [...]

2021-06-23T20:29:24+00:00July 7, 2020|News|

Just Housing Amendment to the Human Rights Ordinance

On April 25, 2019, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed an amendment (Ord. No. 19-2394) to § 42-38 of the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance (“Ordinance”) to Prohibit housing discrimination based on an individual’s covered criminal history; and Require housing providers to perform an individualized assessment of an otherwise qualified individual’s criminal conviction history prior to denying them housing. Below are frequently asked questions for applicants and the general public to help navigate the Just Housing Amendment to the Human Rights Ordinance. PDFs of this FAQ and a FAQ for housing providers, sample language for notices to applicants, definitions, [...]

2021-06-23T20:20:53+00:00February 11, 2020|News|

12 Tips for Being a Great Tenant That Landlords Love for Apartments

It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of thinking of your landlord as an adversary, someone whose interests clash with your own. But that faulty attitude can cost you time, money, and stress. In reality, your landlord is a supplier, someone who has a business relationship with you. It’s true that your interests and theirs aren’t perfectly aligned. They want to charge as much as possible for their service, and you want to pay as little as possible, as in any supplier-client relationship. But suppliers and clients don’t have to have an antagonistic relationship – quite the [...]

2021-06-23T18:22:27+00:00January 29, 2020|News|

Holiday Reminders

HOLIDAY TRAVEL If you are traveling during the holidays, remember to leave your heat set no lower than 55 degrees to prevent freezing/burst pipes. HOLIDAY PACKAGE DELIVERY It is typical for an increase in package delivery this time of year. It is strongly recommended that you have parcels either delivered to your place of work, require a signature for delivery, or have them shipped to a secure nearby location, such as a UPS Access Point, FedEx locker, or Amazon Hub Locker. Pick up suggestions: https://www.ups.com/us/en/services/individual-shipper/ups-access-point-deliveries.page https://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=6442600011 https://www.fedex.com/en-us/shipping/onsite.html An accumulation of packages in a building lobby is not only visually [...]

2021-06-23T18:22:06+00:00December 3, 2019|News|

Tips for Getting Your Apartment Ready for Winter

Fall is a good time of year to begin preparing your apartment for the winter. As temperatures begin to drop, your apartment will require some low maintenance in order to keep it worry-free throughout the winter. Here are tips on how to get your apartment ready for the coming season. Air Conditioner: Be sure to remove your air conditioner. Close and latch all windows. Water Lines – to prevent water lines from freezing and bursting during cold weather: When temperature drops below 10 degrees, allow water to trickle, especially at night when the temperatures drop. Open up all cabinet doors [...]

2021-06-23T20:17:20+00:00November 11, 2019|News|
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