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A Special Space for Kyleigh

I’m very excited to announce that the Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation has teamed up once again with Special Spaces Northern Illinois Chapter to create a bedroom makeover for Kyleigh, a 4-year-old Arlington Heights girl who lives with chromosomal abnormalities.

Because of her condition, Kyleigh suffers from heart, kidney and chronic lung issues, seizures, developmental delays and is gastrostomy tube dependent. Despite it all, she is a happy child who radiates positivity and brings joy to those around her. After a long hospital stay, Kyleigh came home to find a big surprise – a new dream bedroom!

Kyleigh’s bedroom makeover décor incorporated her favorite things: princesses, Minnie Mouse and vibrant colors. New furniture filled the room and provided ample storage for Kyleigh’s belongings and medical supplies. Lumber Liquidators donated beautiful new flooring. And, Kyleigh’s brothers, Kevin and Aidan, got room makeovers too!

I am thrilled with the amount of support we received from our sales associates and employees to create this dream bedroom for Kyleigh and her family. The funds for Kyleigh’s room were raised by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Northwest, Libertyville and The Groves offices. It is truly remarkable what we can do when we all come together to make a difference in the life of a child.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation. I hope you take a moment to watch this heartwarming room reveal video. Click here to donate to the Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation.

Our Favorite Chicago, Milwaukee & Harbor Country Breweries

If you’re a beer fan, give props to the monks from the Middle Ages, who became the predominant brewers of their time when nearly every monastery was equipped with a brewery. Their love of all things malty led them to the innovation of lagering – or cold storing – to enhance the beverage’s flavor and secure beer’s standing as one of the world’s most popular beverages.

Here are a few of our favorite local breweries to celebrate your love of this frothy favorite.


Chicagoland has had an explosion of breweries in the last 15 years. Here are just a few of my favorites from all over the city and the suburbs.

Old Irving Brewing Company – 4419 W Montrose, Chicago, IL – This is a relatively new brewpub that focuses on house-brewed craft beer and elevated bar food in a fun atmosphere. I have two words for you “indoor bags”.

Half Acre Beer – 4257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL – Half Acre’s first brewery opened in 2008 and has since changed the scene for Chicago microbrews. Their Daisy Cutter Pale Ale is now a standard in most Chicago bars and they’ve since opened another brewery and a restaurant. You can also take brewery tours on most Saturdays if, but be prepared to wait in line.

Temperance Beer Company – 2000 West Dempster Street, Evanston, IL – Just when you think you are officially lost, you find this not-so-hidden gem behind a produce store in this northern suburb. You can visit the taproom or book a tour — either way, you won’t be disappointed with the beer selection.

5 Rabbit Brewery – 6398 W 74th St, Bedford Park, IL – Their tagline is ‘Latin American, Made in Xicago.’ 5 Rabbit is tucked away southwest of the city and mixes the best ingredients to create uniquely delicious beers. Visit their tap room Wednesday – Saturday, but hours change – so check their website/Facebook page.


Miller Brewery – 4251 West State Street, Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee would not be Milwaukee without the Miller Brewery. You have to take the tour at least once.

Lakefront Brewery – 1872 N. Commerce St., Milwaukee, WI  – There is everything from a mini-tour to a technical tour available to this brewery that sits on the Milwaukee River. They even offer organic and gluten-free beer selections and some pretty hilarious tour guides.

MKE Milwaukee Brewing – 613 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI – MKE combines the best local ingredients with sustainable practices to create unique beers. You can book a tour online or even book private tours.

Harbor Country/NW Indiana

Greenbush Brewing Co. – 5885 Sawyer Rd., Sawyer, MI –  Beginning as just a taproom in 2011, this brewery now has some pretty legendary brew and eats. So come hungry and thirsty!

Three Floyds Brewing Co. – 9750 Indiana Parkway, Munster, IN – One of the originals, this brewery opened in 1996 and now their beers can be found in IL, IN, KY, OH and WI. Tours are offered on Saturdays on a first come first serve basis.

“Beer, if drunk in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirits and promotes health.” Heed the words of Thomas Jefferson, and in the hearty spirit of International Beer Day, go enjoy a cold one! And as always, drink responsibly.

Tips to Turn Your Backyard into a Party Paradise

Outdoor living is as important as indoor space, especially in the summertime. Everything in your backyard — whether it’s a fire pit, dining area and bar, or theater — should be part of a well-planned, integrated design. Here are a few outdoor accessories that will turn your backyard into another room of your house.

Fire pits
Fire pits add a warm touch to an outdoor area and can serve as a focal point in landscape design, especially if you live in an area that gets cool at night. You can choose from wood-burning, propane, gel fuel and natural gas fire pits. If space is a consideration, go with a tabletop model.

Outdoor kitchen and bar
Offered in a variety of styles, such as gas, charcoal or hibachi, a grill should be part of any fully equipped outdoor kitchen. A mini-fridge, sink, an ice maker, a beer tap, a wine chiller and warming drawer are just some of the other equipment you can add to enhance your outdoor drinking and dining experience. And don’t forget to make sure the area is well-lit for those evenings of entertaining.

Dining areas
What good is it to eat and drink outside without a dining area? Make sure it has comfortable chairs with durable cushions, and a table for dining with an expansive umbrella for shade and shelter. You can design them with a Mediterranean, Japanese or Victorian flavor, or with whatever stylistic flourishes tickle your fancy. Citronella candles or tiki torches will help keep away those pesky mosquitoes.

Backyard theater
The next best thing to a drive-in, a backyard theater can entertain family and friends. For a well-designed movie-viewing experience, make sure you have a video projector, a free-standing portable screen, a DVD player, surround sound, theater seats and, to top it all off, a popcorn machine. Another outdoor viewing option is a self-contained outdoor TV. LED/LCD outdoor TVs come in sizes from 32 inches to 65 inches, or even larger, and incorporate heavy-duty construction, making them resistant to temperature and weather. Some also are resistant to rain.


Ginny Leamy
& The Leamy Team
121 N Addison Ave
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Phone: 708-205-9541

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