Calavera Opened in West Town

Neighborhood News

I get excited every time a new restaurant on Chicago Avenue opens and I have been waiting for this restaurant to open for awhile. I finally noticed that it opened last week.  This new Mexican restaurant is called Calavera and it opened last Thursday in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago.

The word calavera most often refers to the decorative skulls associated with the celebration of Día de los Muertos, (Day of the Dead) an annual Mexican tradition that honors the deceased.

I stopped by for a late lunch and was able to sample a few items on their menu.  They offer several different appetizers that each have their unique twist and all are homemade.  I tried the Queso Fundido  for an appetizer per our server’s recommendation and it was tasty!  This yummy starter is melted cheese, chorizo and onions served with chips and tortillas. They also have homemade salsas on the table that you can add to your dish to kick up the spice.

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The Queso Fundido appetizer

 

For the main course I had the Steak Fajitas and my husband had the Pescado a la Deracruzana which is grilled tilapila in a salsa sauce with rice. I tried both dishes and my favorite was the steak fajitas.

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Pictured is the grilled tilapia dish on the top and the Steak Fajitas dish.

This restaurant is a nice addition to the neighborhood and I recommend giving it a try yourself because I know I will be back again for more tasty Mexican food!
Calavera – 1438 W. Chicago Ave.
Serves lunch and dinner and will be open from 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. daily

 

Amy Pearson

Real Estate Broker

Baird & Warner – Gold Coast

amy.pearson@bairdwarner.com

Happy Place Chicago

Neighborhood News

Amy Pearson, realtor and neighborhood expert in River West, recently visited Happy Place and she gives a tour of the pop-up experience through this video.
The Happy Place is a massive pop-up experience is filled with larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms, and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Happy Place Chicago is located in the River West neighborhood of Chicago and it runs June 28 – August 6th.

Happy Place – 1004 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Amy Pearson

Real Estate Broker

Baird & Warner – Gold Coast

amy.pearson@bairdwarner.com

 

New Greek Restaurant at SixO6 Cafe Bar

Local Business, Neighborhood News

I have been wanting to try out the Six06 Cafe Bar for awhile now.  I finally ate at this place last weekend and it did not disappoint.  The restaurant has Greek food but, it also has a coffee bar in the morning for the local commuters to enjoy. They do have a rooftop area as well but, the rooftop space has not officially opened yet.

I order the hummus and pitas chips for an appetizer and it was so creamy that it tasted homemade. Our waitress even brought out more pita chips that were warm from the kitchen after we finished most of the chips that came with the dish.

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For our main course, we asked the server for her favorite recommendations and her recommendations we excellent choices! We decided to order the Six06 Burger which had gouda, topped with caramelized onions and a feta sauce.  When I ate the burger, all I could think of was that is tasted like a Greek style burger.  The burger had a unique flavor that made it stand out from the usually burger you would get at most restaurants in the area. The french fries that came with the dish were seasoned with Greek spices which made it hard to stop eating them because they were so good!

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The other main dish that I shared, was the Chicken Pita which was the server’s other recommendation.  The Chicken Pita dish had a mustard sauce on it along with cucumbers, tomatoes and onions.  This dish felt similar to a chicken kabob in a pita sandwich. Out of the three different options that I tried from their menu, my favorite was the Chicken Pita.

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I definitely would recommend that you should try this new Greek restaurant located on Chicago Avenue in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. I can’t wait when the rooftop to open up this summer and to try out some more tasty Greek dishes!

Six06 Cafe Bar – 1641 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Amy Pearson

Real Estate Broker

Baird & Warner – Gold Coast

Amy.pearson@bairdwarner.com

 

Fun Night Out at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

Local Business, Neighborhood News

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I recently got to try out my shuffleboard skills at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club located in Wicker Park , and it was definitely a fun night to experience with a group of friends! I have only played shuffleboard a handful of times and every time had been in Florida which was the same skill level as many of my friends. We also didn’t know the rules or how to play the game but, lucky for us there was a staff person from Royal Palms that explained the game to us and proper shuffleboard etiquette.

I had a fun time trying to play the game that is mostly known for being played in the state of Florida.  There also was over-sized Jenga and Connect Four games to play while you are waiting to play shuffleboard.  Courts are rented on a first come, first served basis and courts a $40 an hour or you can reserve a cabana ahead of time. Unfortunately, they do not serve food but, they feature a different food truck every single night. There is a schedule of the food trucks that will be serving food at Royal Palms that can be found on their website. The night I was there,  the 5411 Empanada Truck was dishing out food and the empanadas were tasty!  I highly  recommend stopping by Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club if you are looking for something unique and different to do with friends!

Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club – 1750 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Amy Pearson

Real Estate Broker

Baird & Warner – Gold Coast

Amy.pearson@bairdwarner.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noble Square Neighborhood Spotlight

Neighborhood News

The Noble Square neighborhood is located within the West Town community of Chicago, Wicker Park is located to the north and Ukrainian Village to the west. Noble Square was established by a changing mix of European immigrant populations over several decades. Following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, German and Scandinavian settlers were the first to live in the community.  Noble Square, whose “square” is believed to have come from the square-shaped Eckhart Park that falls within its boundaries, has seen quite a bit of revitalization in recent years. Chicago Avenue runs through the neighborhood, has become a hot spot that offers a variety of dining, shopping and nightlife options.

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Foodie should definitely check out Chicago Avenue because there are a lot of great unique dining options in Noble Square. My favorite Mexican food places in this neighborhood are El Barco, La Pasadita, Flo and Mexique which is Mexican French fusion.

There are also many different types of cuisines that you can find within the Noble Square Neighborhood. Nini’s Deli is a great place for sandwiches and wraps that are Cuban and Mexican influenced. You can even experience an Italian grocery story at Bari which is grocery story, meat market and it has some of the best sub sandwiches in the city! If you are looking for a tasty Cuban sandwich, than you should try out Habana Libra.

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Noble Square is ideal for someone who wants to live near public transportation.  The neighborhood is within walking distance to the Chicago Blue Line stop, the 56 Milwaukee bus and the 66 Chicago Avenue Bus.

Noble Square is a neighborhood that you should visit, if you haven’t had the chance because it has a lot of great restaurants, a park and it’s close to public transportation.  If you are thinking about moving to a new neighborhood, this is a great neighborhood to consider. Please contact me at amy.pearson@bairdwarner.com if you are interested in buying, selling or renting in Chicago.

Amy Pearson

Real Estate Broker

Baird & Warner – Gold Coast

amy.pearson@bairdwarner.com

 

 

 

Tempesta Market – Great Lunch place in West Town

Local Business, Neighborhood News

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I wanted to get lunch in my neighborhood and I wasn’t sure where to eat this week.  My husband suggested we try out this new place in West Town called Tempesta Market.  The restaurant opened in December 2017 and it is more than just a sandwich place, they offer in-house charcuterie, gelate, craft sandwiches, and an array of gourmet pantry items to take home. Tempesta Market reminded me of a place that I ate at in Florence, Italy that had charcuterie meats displayed very similar.

I ended up getting the Q x 2 Salad which was had roasted Cauliflower, quinoa, puffed quinoa, avocado, arugula, romaine hearts, frisse, calabrian pepper vinaigrette and sunchoke chips. I am usually a meat eater and I have to say that I did not notice that there was no meat in the salad because they were so many flavors in the salad.  I highly recommend the salad and I can’t wait to go back and try it again!  My husband had a Pastrami Ruben sandwich that was a special of the day with a side a fruit for a healthy option instead of Chips. I tried his sandwich and it was so tasty that is was mouthwatering! After we finished our lunch, we noticed on the menu that was the World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie.  We were curious, so we ordered it and the cookie did live up to the name!

Tempesta Market – 1372 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

 

Amy Pearson

Real Estate Broker

Baird & Warner – Gold Coast

Amy.pearson@bairdwarner.com

 

 

 

 

First-Time Home Buyers Seminar

Neighborhood News, Real Estate News

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The FREE First-Time Home Buyer Seminar is ideal for anyone who is thinking about buying their first condo or home in Chicago.

When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 6pm -7pm

Location: Beermiscuous  – 2812 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

The seminar will include an explanation of the mortgage process including new tax regulations for real estate that will be presented by Lane Sears, Senior Loan Officer at Wintrust. You will also learn about the condo search process from start to closing by Amy Pearson, Realtor at Baird & Warner.

The event will be held at Beermiscuous located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Recognized as one of the top craft beer destinations in the city, Beermiscuous is a beer café and bottle shop that provides a coffee shop-style atmosphere for exploring craft beer. A curated selection of 16 rotating drafts and more than 350 bottles and cans are served in the café, or are available for to-go purchase.

All attendees will receive food and one drink of their choice.

Please email amy.pearson@bairdwarner.com for more information or to RSVP.

If you can’t attend the seminar on April 11th, there is another seminar that will be hosted on April 18, 2018 at 5:30pm the Wintrust Bank located on 231 S. LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60604. Please email amy.pearson@bairdwarner.com for more information or to RSVP.

mHUB One Year Anniversary Party

Local Business, Neighborhood News, Photos Around Town

On March 9th, mHUB celebrated their one year anniversary with panel speaker’s throughout the day and a party.  mHUB is Chicago’s first innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing.  It’s a co-working community of product designers, developers, entrepreneurs, engineers and manufacturers located in the River West neighborhood.  I have been wondering for a long time what goes on inside and I was able to see first hand at the anniversary party.  Check out the video of the celebration including a tour of the equipment.

 

Amy Pearson

Real Estate Broker

Baird & Warner – Gold Coast

 

March Newsletter

Neighborhood News, Real Estate News

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Are Private Listings Worth It?

If you’ve been thinking about selling your home, you’ve probably heard the buzz about private listings (sometimes called pocket listings) — when a home is marketed to a smaller pool of potential buyers without being in the multiple listing service (MLS). Private listings aren’t usually the best way to get the best price for your home, but there are a lot of them out there and they are scattered in hundreds of places.

To read the full newsletter including tips for getting ready to sell and featured properties, click here .

Amy Pearson

Real Estate Broker

Baird & Warner – Gold Coast

 

 

Video on River West Neighborhood

Neighborhood News, Photos Around Town, Real Estate News

 

Here is a short video on the neighborhood River West in Chicago.  You will get to see the different styles of condos and apartments in the area.  Located only 2 blue line stops from the loop and a short 13 minute bike ride to downtown!

Amy Pearson

Real Estate Broker

Baird & Warner – Gold Coast

amy.pearson@bairdwarner,com