Peet’s Coffee and Tea plans to compete with one of Chicago’s biggest coffee chains. Yep, you probably guessed it — Starbucks. Following the shutter of the majority of the Caribou Coffees in Chicago last spring, the California-based chain is planning to open 16 new Chicago locations this fall. Peet’s newest store, which opened early this morning, sits next to a busy Starbucks on a stretch of North Michigan Avenue that also has a Panera Bread and, soon, Le Pain Quotidien. 

Peet's Michigan Avenue [Photo: Peet's Coffee and Tea]

Peet’s Michigan Avenue [Photo: Peet’s Coffee and Tea]

So, what do you say? Are you ready to ditch your non-fat, extra whip cappuccino to welcome Peet’s Coffee to the neighborhood? Leave your thoughts below in the comment section. 

Read more on the story at the Chicago Tribune

Posted by Michelle, @dziubs


If you’re looking to settle down in the suburbs of Chicago, you should check out these top 10 safest places to live before buying your next home.  Some of our favorites made the cut including Geneva, Glen Ellyn and Homer Glen. See the entire list to help you find your next home!


Are you in the market to buy your first home? CNBC has compiled a list of the most common mistakes first-time homebuyers make. Check out the list below before you start hunting!


  1. They don’t even consider renting as the better financial decision.

  2. They’re not prepared to compete in an all-cash market.

  3. They put the car before the home.

  4. They put too much faith in online loan information.

  5. They put too much faith in online home values.

  6. They skip the home inspection.

  7. They forget to check the (wrong) emotions at the door.

  8. They expect their home’s value to appreciate over time

    Check out the full article written by Maggie Overfelt at CNBC.

    Have you already bought a home? What did you learn from your first house hunting experience that you wish you would have known before you started? Feel free to share it in the comments below!


In these days of tweets, facebook updates, and “Google Street View”; future buyers and sellers are much more informed than in previous years. The availability of general real estate data and specific information on homes on and off the market is staggering. I cannot imagine the years before the internet when heavy books were used to advise agents of the properties that were on and off the market. Finding homes is so much easier than it was before.

At the same time though, many of these large websites seriously lack in specific areas. Once a property has been found is when the real estate agent’s true colors shine. Comparables, offers, counter offers, accurate pricing, pricing to gain attention, negotiation, inspections, closing costs estimates, mortgages, and recommendations to respected companies and professionals.

With all this in mind, feel free to glance at this article “5 Ways big Data Is Changing Real Estate” on and let me know what you think.


An 89-story skyscraper may take over one of the last remaining pieces of the Lakeshore East development. The Chinese developer wants to start building by the end of 2014 making it the city’s third-tallest high-rise by it’s estimated completion in 2018.



Full story written by Melissa Harris and Blair Kamin from the Chicago Tribune:

Chinese tycoon plans stake in 3rd-tallest Chicago skyscraper

Let’s hope the plans go through for this one! We all remember what happened (or didn’t happen…) with the Chicago Spire!

What are your thoughts? Share in the comments below!

Submitted by Michelle @dziubs


We’ve gone a pick’n and came back with a healthy list of our favorite Farmers Markets right here in the Chicagoland area.There’s no better place for local, sustainable food than farmers markets, which carry the freshest fruits, vegetables, meat and fish. Now that the warm weather has finally arrived, hitting your local farmer’s market is a great excuse to get outside.


Green City Market

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

South end of Lincoln Park, at the intersection of Clark & Lincoln.

In 2011, the AARP named Green City Market one of the 12 must-see farmers’ markets in the United States, and the event has been growing ever since. With a line-up of 60+ vendors, it’s no wonder it’s known for it’s large selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, fish and baked goods.


Evanston’s Farmers Market

Saturdays 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave.(behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave).

Celebrating it’s 39th year this year, it’s definitely worth venturing up to north for this market of more than 50 vendors. It still offers a big selection without the big crowds in the heart of the city. Known best for their large amounts of berries, corn, tomatoes, and flowers…lots and lots of flowers! BONUS: this market offers hands-on experience with this summer’s free canning workshop that features take-home samples and raffled items (canning workshops will be July 12, July 19, August 30 and Sept 6. Workshops at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.). Market visitors will learn about the benefits of canning for healthy, sustainable living.


Wicker Park Farmers’ Market (a.k.a WPFM)

Sundays 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wicker Park Ave. & Damen Ave. 

This market may be small in size, but they are big on education. From fresh fruits and veggies, baked goods, meats, cheeses, and flowers, this market focuses on teaching kids and adults about the food we eat from the farm to the table, straight from the farmer’s mouth.



Oak Park Farmers’ Market

Saturdays 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Pilgrim Church Parking Lot – 460 N Lake St.

The Oak Park Farmers’ Market offers high quality, locally grown produce in the friendly, historic Village of Oak Park. Between the sounds of live bluegrass music, the smell of fresh, homemade donuts and an incredible variety of nature’s freshest fruits and vegetables, this is a great way to escape from the city.


Farmer’s Markets are a great way to support local farmers and enjoy the freshest tastes that nature has to offer. Be sure to check out the City of Chicago’s Seasonality Chart to see when your favorite fruits and veggies are best to eat!

Have a favorite Farmer’s Market in the Chicagoland area? Be sure to share with us it in the comments section below!

Submitted by Michelle @dziubs




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