The entire Real Group RE team is thrilled to congratulate Marc Dumas, Kenneth Arrizola, and Jason Finn for being named as “Five Star Professional” award winners for 2019!

This is an enormous honor! Five Star’s research and review standards are incredibly high, and only the very top real estate agents in a market are awarded this coveted title. For Jason, this marks the ninth year of earning the Five Star Professional award; he has been recognized each year since 2011, when Five Star first brought its evaluation process to the Chicago market. Marc was previously named a Five Star Professional Rising Star for 2017, and now receives the established Five Star Real Estate Agent recognition. 

Five Star Professional is a research firm based upon the idea of helping consumers find the very best service professionals in their area. The “Five Star Professional” title is awarded to real estate agents who have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to professional excellence in their local markets. Winners are selected for their integrity, communication skills, and customer service, as recognized by their clients and industry peers.

What Are the Current Real Estate Market Conditions in Portage Park? (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Looking for a home with easy access to parks, a quick commute to plenty of local businesses, and winning views of some iconic Chicago sites? Then it's time to start looking at Portage Park, which boasts all of these features and more. 

Located on the northwest side of the city, Portage Park is bounded by Jefferson Park and Forest Glen to the north, Irving Park to the east, and Belmont-Cragin to the South. In addition to its beautiful homes, Portage Park also offers a ton to see and do, including its namesake park, a 36-acre area that once played host to the Pan-American Games, as well as Chopin Park, named for the famous Polish pianist

If shopping is more your style, the area also contains the iconic Six Corners shopping district, located at the intersection of Irving Park Road, Cicero Avenue, and Milwaukee Avenue. Portage Park also plays home to some amazing glimpses into the past and future of Chicago, including two iconic old movie palaces in the Portage Theater and The Patio. 

For more neighborhood information, we'll leave that to the neighborhood association and local guides:

Ready to give this charming and historic slice of Chicagoland a look for yourself? Here are the current market statistics for Portage Park:

What are the Current Market Conditions for Old Irving Park? (Source: wikimedia.commons)

The MLS neighborhood of Irving Park - commonly called "Old Irving," or "Old Irving Park" - is one of Chicago's most unique neighborhoods. Located on the northwest side, it's bounded by the Chicago River on the east, the Milwaukee Road railway tracks to the west, Addison Street on the south, and Montrose Avenue to the north. It also encompasses the area west of Pulaski Road, bounded by Belmont Avenue on the south and Leland to the north.

When you talk to your real estate team about this great area, you can call it by any of those names above; for the sake of clarity, we'll refer to it as Old Irving Park. Named for famed author Washington Irving, the Old Irving Park neighborhood offers convenient access to both the Loop and O'Hare airport. Full of charming public art and murals, stately homes dating back to the 1860s, and a variety of tasty restaurants, Old Irving Park is the perfect place to make your Chicago home.

Ready to learn even more about this wonderful Chicago neighborhood? Here are a few handy resources worth checking out:

Ready to give this historic area a fresh look? Here are the current housing market statistics for Old Irving Park that you need to know:

Old Irving Park's Current Condo Market

1. The Median Sales Price of an Irving Park Condo Has Leveled Off

When it comes to summer festivals, Chicago is the place to be. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed foodie, an ardent music lover, or someone who just likes to explore all that Chicago has to offer during the summer months, there are street fairs, events, and fests perfect for you, on practically every weekend of the summer.

Of course, with so many amazing events on your radar, it can be hard to keep track of them all. To help, Real Group RE has compiled a list of local favorites and new additions for the year.

Looking to plan your summer of fun? Here’s our handy guide to the best festivals in the city...

Our Favorite Summer Festivals, 2019

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