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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 stress levels and boosts mood. Caring for plants can reduce physiological and psychological stressTrusted Source as compared with mental work. This may be because caring for plants suppresses sympathetic nervous system activity and promotes comfortable, relaxed, and natural feelings. Sparks creativity. People are 15 percent more creative when surrounded by greenery and natural elements.

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.

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.

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 Phase 3 was ushered in at the beginning of June 2020. Phase 3 guidelines included permission for real estate service professionals to resume in-person showings of apartments for rent -- with restrictions in place.

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.

Apartment Etiquette: 6 Tips from an Expert

The apartment search is often about the location, the view, the amenities. But consider, too, that your new neighbors, the doorman, and the others in the immediate area will shape your experience of living in the apartment. Wondering how to imbue those relationships with positive feelings? Domu asked Leontina Richardson, the Chicago owner of Stepping Into Etiquette, for her top etiquette tips for apartment dwellers.
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