A kitchen remodel at your Chicago luxury home can offer one of the biggest return on investments, but if you’re not careful, you’ll end up with a laundry list of things you wish you had done differently. Here’s a look at the four most common kitchen remodeling mistakes to be aware of. Avoid these, and you’ll be living in the lap of luxury in no time!

  1. Consider Your Lifestyle:While it would be easy to rip out all of your appliances and countertops and replace them with fanciest ones you can find, a lot of people don’t focus on the big picture. Before you even consult with a contractor, consider your lifestyle and how your kitchen should function. This will help you determine the kinds of materials, appliances, and layouts that will work, and those that…

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Chicago BBQ restaurantsWhen you think of Chicago luxury dining, barbecue probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But as more and more barbecue restaurants up the ante on their offerings, it’s quickly becoming one of Chicago’s hottest dining trends. Look out Kansas City, Memphis and the Carolinas...Chicago is ready to give you a run for your money! Here’s a look at some of the barbecue restaurants around town that have Chicago condo home owners hanging up their aprons and indulging in a flavor-packed meal.

River North: If you’re a Chicago home owner who lives in River North, there are tons of options when it comes to barbecue. Bub City offers live country music and amazing cocktails by bartender Paul McGee, and both are paired with outstanding barbecue fare. If…

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Chicago luxury real estateRecent reports indicate that Chicago is among the list of the world’s most expensive cities for luxury real estate. Billionaires continue to break records as they purchase mansions, estates, townhomes, and even condos in major housing markets from London to Malibu and all points in between.

Savills, a global real estate firm, recently published their annual World Cities Review report, and in it said, “Global billionaire activity in world real estate markets has been so intense over the last seven years that it has led to a doubling of property values in this sector.”

Known as “billionaire markets,” super luxury real estate markets are one of the fastest growing segments of the entire real estate picture. While the largest increases have been realized…

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Chicago dog boardingPet parents who also travel for business are often faced with the tough task of dropping off their dog or cat for boarding while they're away. The thought of leaving their beloved four-legged family member in an unfamiliar place, or worse, a crate, can cause a lot of anxiety and guilt. Fortunately, Chicago luxury home owners have another choice thanks to Paradise 4 Paws billed as "Chicago's premier resort for cats and dogs.”

With locations near both O’Hare and Midway, owner Saq Nadeem says he came up with the idea while attending Northwestern’s Kellogg School. He adds, "We go above and beyond in a lot of different ways.”

This pet-friendly luxury haven caters to furry guests by offering poolside views, private rooms with flat screen TVs, bottled-water…

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Chicago real estate newsIf you have been considering purchasing a Chicago condo or home, experts say now is the time! After years of declining prices in the Chicago area, home values are finally headed back up again. Zillow chief economist Stan Humphries adds, “We think Chicago has hit bottom.”

For buyers who have been toying with the idea of purchasing a Chicago condo or home, the message is clear: now is the best time to buy before prices climb past something you’re comfortable with spending. This goes for first-time buyers, those looking to trade up to a larger home, and buyers who have been considering purchasing a second home.

In late 2012, Zillow said Chicago was the best market for home buyers among the 142 metros they surveyed. They based their decision on the number…

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Chicago Condo Finder Real Estate ToolsMost people have a hard time getting through the day without their smartphones, so it comes as no surprise that more and more home shoppers are using smartphones and real estate apps to help them with their search for the perfect Chicago condo. At one point, there seemed to be a new real estate app everyday, but the pace has slowed somewhat. Still, there are a bevy of useful real estate resources that will help you find the Chicago home of your dreams! Here’s a quick look.

Mobile Search: Did you know that ChicagoCondoFinder.com provides a fully supported mobile search? We understand that many Chicago home buyers are on the go, which is why we provide free mobile search for Chicago real estate. You have the option of searching for all active properties…

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