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May Flowers and Events in Chicago

Bike The Drive Chicago – Jean Ward – Chicago Lake Condos

The earth has thawed and we’re in full bloom. Get out and enjoy your city with these May 2015 events:

American Beer Classic – May 9 – Soldier Field
Taste what over forty breweries have to offer, learn more about brewing and beer, consort with other enthusiasts, and of course, eat some food along the way!

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Garden – May 10 – Chicago Botanic Garden
Take Mom to an elegant brunch among flowers. Reserved seatings at the McGinley Pavilion take place at 9am, 11am, and 1pm. Brunch will also be served at the Garden View Cafe with no reservations required.

Memorial Day Parade – May 23 – Lake to Van Buren
Honor those who’ve sacrificed for our country with a Memorial Day celebration. Festivities start at 11am and the free parade kicks off at noon at State and Lake.

Wright Plus House Walk and Architectural Tour – May 16 – Oak Park and Riverside, IL
For the 41st year, tour the interior of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes and enjoy entry to landmark Wright buildings.

Bike the Drive – May 24 – Lake Shore Drive
Check out the sunrise when you ride this 30-mile course while Lake Shore Drive is shut down for your cycling enjoyment. All ages and ability levels welcome.

Millennium Art Festival – May 29-31 – Lake Street
Contribute to a free-standing graffiti wall and take in the creative urban feel of local artists displaying paintings, ceramics, photography and furniture for an entire weekend.

Do Division Street Festival – May 29-31 – Wicker Park
Shop at the sidewalk sale, engage in the family fun center with activities like pony rides and mini-golf, listen to an incredible music lineup featuring Black Mountain and Tobacco, and eat and drink all weekend!

Gospel Music Festival – May 29-31 – Chicago Cultural Center
Millennium Park hosts this annual free even, showcasing local national, and international gospel singers, such as Ricky Dillard, Brian Courtney Wilson, and The Brown Sisters.

505. N Lake Shore Drive #4512 on the Market

Lake Point Tower - Jean Ward - Chicago Lake CondosAmazing views from this 45th floor 2-bedroom, 2-bath lakefront condo.  North and West exposure of the lake, city & shoreline. 1450 square feet of open floor plan. This unit boasts travertine floors in foyer and kitchen, remodeled kitchen, granite counters, white cabinets, new stainless appliances, French doors to the 2nd bedroom, and in-unit washer/dryer. View virtual tour.  Listed for $650,000.  Lake Point Tower is a full amenity building with health club, indoor & outdoor pools, park & more.  For more information and pictures, click here, or Contact Me for a private viewing.


505 N. Lake Shore #5712 only $395,0000!

505 N Lake Shore Drive 5712 - Jean Ward - Chicago Lake Condos


Lake Point Tower offers extensive amenities including full health club, 2.5 acre park, and indoor and outdoor pools.   This 57th floor 1-Bedroom unit offers an open floor plan of 1100 square feet with stunning lake and city views.  View virtual tour.  Other features include new honed marble foyer and kitchen floors, large island, stainless appliances, french doors to bedroom, beautiful new bathroom, and neutral decor. For more information and pictures, click here or contact me for a private showing.

Spring Cleaning

Jean Ward - Chicago Lake Condos - Spring Cleaning

Easter’s on the horizon and what if the bunny can’t make it to your house because the winter debris hasn’t yet been cleared from your yard and walkway? It’s time to pull it together, folks and get your spring cleaning done as warm weather and sunshine is right around he corner!  Follow this checklist of home projects to get prepared for the season:


Clean up the trash and leaves from the yard, pull any leftover weeds and dead plants from last season, and put down a herbicide. Check to make sure your sprinkler system is in good working order, and turn on water supply to external water spickets, and test to make sure no leaks. Clear sewage drain grates of leaves and debris so that they’re ready to accommodate spring showers.

Decks and Patios

Clear debris and hose off patios. Check for cracks and rotted wood on your patio/decks. Make sure railings are stable and repaint/refinish if needed. Clean, stain, and reseal your deck.

Entry and Garage

Check for cracks in foundation, steps, and in brickwork/siding on your home. Make repairs before they increase in size. Check for functionality on entry and garage doors and locks.

Roof and Chimney

Examine the roof for winter damage and repair as needed. Make sure chimney and stack covers and gutters haven’t blown away and replace if needed. Scan chimney for signs of water absorption by looking for calcium deposits on the brick or crumbling brick on your roof or walkway. Re-line chimney and perform tuckpointing as necessary. Clear gutters of all debris and make sure they’re securely attached and routed properly for best water distribution away from foundation.

Air Conditioning

Clean, inspect, and service your air conditioning units inside and out, including fans and drain panss. Most HVAC Service companies recommend a yearly service, in addition to regular self-maintenance, to maintain the efficiency of your heating and cooling units. Install window AC units now so you you’re literally out of the hot seat when a warm day hits.


Winter takes it toll from the outside in, so make sure to clean windows inside and out. If window panes have cracks or if frames are in disrepair, repair or replace them to keep your cooling system functional. Check and repair seals and recaulk all trim areas where caulk has peeled or cracked. Replace or install weatherstripping to areas where warm air is able to enter your home.


Check doors for proper fit in doorways and repair/replace as needed. Clean, inspect and repair door frames, jams, and thresholds for cracks and sign of water absorption. Consider a new high-efficiency door that can pay off come tax time.


Dust all window and door frames, furniture, ceiling fans and cabinetry (don’t forget the tops that you can’t see). Perform an extra vacuum of furniture and carpets and steam clean all as necessary. Wipe down cabinets and walls. Clean tile and repair any missing grout. Check all pipe and plumbing for leaks and repair/replace as needed. Declutter your home from winter activities and projects by putting things away, i.e. shovels, salt, puzzles, parkas and boots. Downsize by donating, selling, or passing on underutilized items. Open the windows and let the spring air flow through!

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