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Strengthen Create Build Transform Mentor

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Arcade Jewelers
The old, the new, the beautiful, the rare, the best

Arcade Jewelers
51 E Burlington, Riverside • (708) 442-8110 • www.arcadejewelers.net Open Tuesdays though Saturdays

Carole Peters
• Professional Service • Knowledge of Riverside Community • A Top Producer in Riverside Market

Burlington realty
Consistent leader in Riverside sales and listings

Past President of District 96 School Board; Past President of Riverside Center of Infant Welfare; Past Board Member of Riverside Swim Club

New Listing: 190 Maplewood Road, Riverside $1,195,000

Elegantly Updated Arts & Crafts Style Home, Overlooks Des Plaines River, Over Half Acre Lot - 200 Feet of River Frontage, Boat Dock, River Terrace, Limestone Pond, Forest Preserve on Far Bank. All Within 10 miles of Downtown Chicago

Call Carole Peters @ 708-642-6239 • carole@carolepeters.com


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B R E N N A N M A S S A G E & S PA

rennan Massage & Spa owner Abby Snow, grew “We started with one employee and now we are up to up in the Riverside Brookfield area. She went to a staff of 18! My first employee is still with me and evgrade school at Hollywood School, then junior eryone who has been added to the team has played a role in our success.” high at Hauser and Riverside Brookfield High School. When asked, how did you make a spa work in BrookAfter teaching art in a Chicago Public School, in the field at the start of a bad economy Abby always says Humboldt Park neighborhood, for seven years Abby “Hours of non-stop work, sticking to my word, comdecide it was time for something new. municating our intent, staying positive, supporting my Upon graduating from massage school, she immedistaff, laughing with our customers and learning from ately began her business plan for a day spa in the sub- my mistakes.” urbs. Six years later, in 2008, that plan was a success. Abby plans to be in business in Brookfield for a long time. The day spa is called Brennan Massage & Spa and stands in the heart of the community, in an old farm Abby lives in Forest Park with her husband Michael and house that she converted into a spa. daughter Harriet, and they have a baby on the way!

Upcoming Spa Events & Sales
Monday, November 4th Fundraiser For Matthew Gill Call to schedule mini spa services. $30 per person Black Friday Gift Card Sale! Save 15% on all spa gift cards! Spa Holiday Gift Card Sale! Monday December 9th, 3pm-8pm! Save 15% on all spa gift cards

1 hour Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, or Sports ½ hour 55, 1 hour $80, 1.5 hour $100 Aromatherapy Massage ½ hour $60, 1 hour $85, 1.5 hour $105 Hot Stone Massage 1 hour $95, 1.5 hour $115 Pure Restoration Facial $85 Natural Enzyme Peel Facial $90 Back Attack Massage 1 hour $90, 1.5 hour $110 Sugar Treat Massage 1 hour $90, 1.5 Hour $110 Holistic Microdermabrasion Facial $90 Hydrating Anti-Age Facial $95 Waxing services available Thai Massage 1 hour $95, 1.5 Hour $115 Scalp Treatment & Massage 1 hour $95, 1.5 hour $115 Healing Acne Facial $85 Simplicity Mini Facial $55

3700 Grand Blvd., Brookfield, Il 60513 www.brennanspa.com • 708.255.5335
Visit our website to sign up for monthly spa specials on our mailing list. Become a fan on Facebook!

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“I know the neighborhood!”

Karen Arndt Your Neighborhood Realtor

* 31 years of real estate experience serving this community - I’ve been in most of our homes! * Member of the National & Illinois Association of Realtors * Member of the Multiple Listing Service * Past President of the West Suburban Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors * Office Representative to the Sales Advisory Council of Re/Max * I know all real estate markets!

Your Neighbor
* I’m a North Riverside resident for 28 years * a Former Komarek PTA President, R-B Booster Club member, Patron’s Council member, Little League supporter, and your neighborhood Realtor! * The mom of a UIC graduate! * UIC Alum, now in graduate school * I am privileged to live and work in these soughtafter, award-winning communities, and I owe it all to my clients’ confidence in my experience and abilities!

Real Estate Resource Center,
for personal service! The next time you require the services of a local Realtor,

Consider ME your

Insist On Karen!

Celebrating 31 years as Your Neighborhood Realtor!


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An Architect’s Passion for Kitchens
eet architect Lynn Larsen, CKD, CBD whose passion for designing kitchens, bathrooms and handicap accessible areas is a personal thing. It’s personal because her client’s homes are an extension of their personality and unique lifestyles. At her design studio and showroom in Riverside, Illinois, Lynn creates rooms with personality that captivate people by the extraordinary creativity that has been her hallmark since her passion for designing interior spaces took over her career. It all started six years after graduating with a Professional Master’s in Architecture & Management from the University of Illinois when Lynn took a job with St. Charles Cabinetry. It was her introduction to kitchen design and a move that would change her career. And, change it did. First, she completed her certifications in kitchen and bath design. Then, in 1996, she partnered with her husband Joseph LaMantia, also a certified kitchen designer, to open a kitchen design studio and showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. As time went on, her inspiration and passion resulted in design projects from coast to coast even as far as Japan, write ups in numerous publications, an impressive string of awards, and hundreds of satisfied clients. In 2010 Lynn and Joe moved their studio


and showroom to Riverside, the place that they have lived and loved for years. Landmark Kitchen and Bath Design is a welcoming neighborhood kind of place where you’ll find some of the latest in design trends, custom cabinetry, granite and quartz countertops, tiles, fixtures and more. Their relaxed style makes it easy to collaborate and convey your vision so that they can create a beautiful new environment that blends your personality with purpose. Whether you’re just getting organized with a few new cabinets or you’re dream is a completely redesigned world-class kitchen or space, Landmark Kitchen Design has a solution for every client and every budget. They will even work with your installer. If a new kitchen, bath or other space is in your future, put their passion to work for you. Stop by or call Landmark Kitchen Design. Our showroom and studio is located at 39 E. Burlington in Riverside, 708-447-0100 or visit www.LandmarkKitchenDesign.com.

World Class Designs from Award Winning Designers... Lynn Larsen CKD, CBD and Joseph LaMantia CKD
Celebrating Our 20 th Anniversary as Certified Kitchen Designers

or Visit Our Showroom
39 E. Burlington • Riverside, IL www.LandmarkKitchenDesign.com

Call Us for a FREE Consultation

#1 Coldwell Banker Agent in Riverside for 2012

Thinking about selling your home?
My inventory is sold and I’m looking for NEW LISTINGS!
- Area Resident for over 40 years - Outstanding Customer Service - Certified Staging Consultant - Marketing Expert 297 Northwood Rd 298 Northwood Rd 371 Bartram Rd 412 Shenstone Rd 150-152 Barrypoint Rd 314 N. Delaplaine Rd 436 Uvedale Rd

SOLD Riverside Listings 2013

274 Lionel Rd 284 Lionel Rd 241 E. Burlington St. D 404 N. Delaplaine Rd 412 Blythe Rd 428 Selborne Rd

Pending Listings in Riverside 28 S. Forbes Rd 237 Herrick Rd

Sheila Gentile CNC,CSC - BROKER 708-220-2174 - direct www.sheilagentile.com
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 219 W. Hillgrove Avenue LaGrange, IL 60525

Call about a FREE market analysis.

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Sharon M. Weiss will show you that Real Estate Staging is the key to Successful Selling
Sharon M. Weiss
Burlington Realty 708-280-7625 sharon@sharonweiss.com
REAL ESTATE STAGING encompasses both preparing and showcasing the home for sale. Preparing the home involves updating, repairing, de-cluttering and cleaning; while showcasing is the process of arranging furniture, accessories, art and lighting. Real estate staging benefits both buyer and seller. Staging shows buyers the property’s true potential. Buyers often do not have the funds to purchase a home and pay more money to address repair costs, painting and updating. Buyers appreciate the benefits of purchasing a professionally staged property and view the home as well-maintained. Staging benefits Sellers in that their home presents and shows better than competing houses for sale. Staged properties will sell faster when compared with houses that have not been staged. From the date of the listing until the date of closing, home staging shortens the time frame even in a slow market. In addition, Buyer’s agents know that staged homes are “move-in ready” and prefer to show these properties. This increased traffic can increase the number of offers and selling price in a hot market. Finally, staged homes look better in the photos on the MLS and other internet sites.

Staging Works!
Sharon M. Weiss has been professionally staging property for the past 16 years and has developed relationships with industry partners such as painters, floor refinishers, carpet companies and handymen. Following are testimonials from a few Sellers and Buyers whose properties have been staged this year. • “I had a vacant home to sell. Sharon brought in furniture from her wareshouse to fill my living room/dining room, and three bedrooms. In addition, she accessorized these rooms with artwork, lighting and even set the dining room table with beautiful china! My home sold in one week for over asking price!” Seller - 8107 W 30th, North Riverside • "My home was on the market for one year with no offers with another real estate firm. Sharon came to my home and helped me declutter, streamline and clean. In addition, Sharon arranged my furniture and artwork. I had three offers the first day on the market. Home sold for over list price!" Seller - 3311 Park Ave, Brookfield, IL • "After my home was decluttered and cleaned, I found it difficult to look at homes to buy that were not staged. Sharon showed me a home that was in perfect condition. We closed in thirty days." Buyer - 502 Newberry, LaGrange Park • "Sharon helped with updating my Mom's home after she died. Her relationship with her painters, floor refinishers and handymen made a huge difference. Sharon brought in a truckload of furniture to stage the home. It looked so terrific I wanted to move in and so did all the neighbors! I had three offers in 24 hours." Seller - 2258 8th Avenue, North Riverside

Call Sharon M. Weiss today at 708-280-7625 to learn how you can have your home staged and sold.

330 Northwood, Riverside

636 Selbourne, Riverside

2258 8th Avenue, North Riverside

8107 W 30th, North Riverside

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502 Newberry, LaGrange Park

1528 Harrison, LaGrange Park

1542 Kemman, LaGrange Park

3036 Carlton Ct, Westchester

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• 3 Bedroom • 2 Bath • Hardwood Floors • Restored Quaker kitchen cabinets • Private yard • Artist cottage • Well maintained.........................................................................$354,900



5 7 5 B Y R d, R I v E R S I d E
• 3 Bedroom • 1 Bath • Hardwood Floors • Large eat-in kitchen • Large Yard • 2.1 Car Garage • New Electric ..............................................................................$189,900

• 2 Bedroom • 2 Bath • Hardwood floors • Brick fireplace • Eat In kitchen • Spectacular yard • Crown Molding ..........................................................................$336,900

Maureen Barrett is a full time Realtor since 2005, a mother and part business owner of B&H Auto in Brookfield. She has lived in the area since childhood and has a passion for competing in chili cook-offs (International Chili Society World Red Champion 2009 ) and selling homes. She has the ability and professional experience to advise her sellers how to get their home ready for the market and get the home sold. Maureen offers guidance with the full process of listing or purchasing a home. Communication and Education is an essential part of the services Maureen offers to all her clients. Maureen has won several awards for sales and customer service including one of the TOP AGENTS this year announced in Chicago Magazine. Make the right choice in Realtors call Maureen Barrett at 312-209-7173.

“We live 3-1/2 hours away from Brookfield where we purchased a house for our two sons while they attend college in Chicago. Maureen was very helpful in sending a variety of properties for us to preview in order to help us narrow the properties down to a half dozen or so to look at in a weekend. She was so helpful!” -Travis Norris

“Maureen was wonderful. She helped us sell our house (in 2-1/2 weeks!) and find a new house. She was very knowledgeable and responded quickly to all our questions. I would definitely recommend Maureen.” - Elizabeth & Brian Duke

Please call me for a free market analysis on your home.

Baird & Warner Residential Real Estate
Maureen Barrett

Maureen Barrett

114 Calendar Ave. • La Grange, IL • 312.209.7173 cell maureen.barrett@bairdwarner.com • WEBSITE: maureenbarrett.bairdwarner.com


Leader in Riverside Sales

Burlington realty
Broker Associate

Joan Wert


Carolyn Michals is celebrating her 3rd consecutive of being year awarded Chicago Carolyn Michals is celebrating her 3rdyear consecutive Carolyn Michals is celebrating her 3rd consecutive year of being awarded Chic Magazine’s 5-Star Real Chicago Estate Agent. As seen in October’s issue of Chicago of being awarded Magazine’s 5-Star Real Estate Agent. Magazine’s 5-Star Real Estate Agent. As seenhave in October’s issue of Chicag Magazine, only 3% of Chicago’s agents received this award. As seen in October’s issue 42,000 of Chicago Magazine, only 3% of
Award Criteria Included evaluation of: Award Criteria • Quality ServiceIncluded evaluation of: Award Criteria Included Evaluation of: • Quality Service • Exceptional Negotiation Skills • Finding •• Quality Service Exceptional Skills Buyers Negotiation properties with Ease •• Exceptional Negotiation Skills Finding Expertise Buyers properties with Ease • Marketing Marketing Expertise •• Finding Buyers Properties with Ease • Marketing Expertise

Riverside Real Estate Specialist • Home Staging • Individual Websites 708.447.7207 | 21 E. Burlington | Riverside, IL. 60546

Magazine, only 3% of Chicago’s 42,000 agents have received this award. Chicago’s 42,000 agents have received this award.

Lovely home on beautiful landscaped corner lot w views of an olmsted pk. Meticulously maintained. Eat in kit w oak cabinets. Newer gfa (2) water heaters (2) c/a (2) anderson wndws. Spacious main flr family rm w/ fireplace and wet bar leads to private fenced in patio. Lg master suite w full bath and sep dressing area. Cathedral ceiling between lr & dr. Perfect family hm and for entertainment. Must see to appreciate .....................................................................$499,000



Thank you to my clients for the nomination!

Thank you to my clients 8909 W. Cermak Road • North Riverside, IL 60546 for the nomination! 708-447-9950 • www.michalsrealty.com
8909 W. Cermak Road • North Riverside, IL 60546

Thank you to my clients for the nominatio Why Be Ordinary? Join the Elite and Call Carolyn!!

Why W. BeCermak Ordinary? Join the Riverside, Elite and IL Call Carolyn!! 8909 Road • North 60546

Lifetime Riverside Resident • 26 years experience as a Realtor

Why be ordinary? Join the elite and call Carolyn!! 708-447-9950 • www.michalsrealty.com

Contact Joan Wert 708.308.8971 or malwert@sbcglobal.net


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Pat Jicha

Someone you should know for your Real Estate needs.

Serving the near Western Suburbs

Riverside • North Riverside • Brookfield • Berwyn • Stickney • Lyons • LaGrange Park

New Winter scarves, hats, wallets, soaps & lotions are in! Stop by today for best selection

As a 29-year sales professional I’m in touch with today’s market, I have experience to offer, honesty and dedication. I try making the selling or buying process as easy as possible for my clients so they may enjoy the end result. Listening to my client is a step toward a successful beginning and a client for the future.

My areas of expertise
• 29 years of successful sales experience (in all areas of the Western Suburbs) • Effective negotiator
(I was the listing agent of the highest priced home sold in Riverside)

• Appraisal experience (State Licensed Real Estate Appraiser 1997-2001) • New-construction luxury homes

(#1 in listing & negotiating of single-family new construction homes in Riverside)

New Address!

• Free comparative market analysis • Free home searches (daily) • I make an effort to stay up to date with changes in technology with today’s market.

My commitment to you: Service and Results

7223 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL. 60130 Tues- Thur 11-6, Fri 11-8, Sat 10-5
October and November Hours:

Coveny Lane
As the owner of Burlington Realty for 25 years, I am proud to say that our office has been #1 in Riverside sales and listings each of those years.  This has been accomplished not only by myself, but by the outstanding brokers who make up our team.  Our brokers are truly dedicated to our clients’ real estate needs. Burlington Realty is an independent real estate brokerage, focusing on Riverside and the surrounding suburbs.  Because of this independence, we offer our clients the extra personal service that they deserve, without being tied to the corporate world of the large brokerage firms.  Through our strategic marketing and innovative technology, our listings receive the same global reach as the larger firms.  If you want to work with the best, contact one of our local experts for your next MOVE! Judy Jisa

Burlington realty

21 E. Burlington Riverside, IL. 60546


Office: 708.447.7207 Cell: 708.651.0150

Burlington Realty is #1 in Riverside sales!
We sell more in Riverside than the next four brokerages combined.


Make your next MOVE with the LEADER!

$3,554,500 Burlington Realty Coldwell Banker Residential Landmark Realty Group

$2,960,500 Gaslight Realty

Burlington realty
Est. 1952
$1,679,000 Baird & Warner, Inc. Find us on Facebook

Information from MRED, LLC. Info deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. For closed Total Transaction Volume (SFR, condos, townhomes) by office in Riverside. 01/01/13-10/20/13.


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Riverside • Illinois 60546

An Independent Realtor Committed to Excellent Service!
Welcome to Gaslight Realty
All organizations, large or small, are defined by the quality, integrity and commitment of their people. Our goal is to provide old-fashioned service and attention to detail, whether you are buying or selling a home or an investment property. Our realtors possess many years of experience and have the enthusiasm and dedication to excellence to satisfy your real estate needs. Whether you are a first time home buyer, buying your dream house, down sizing or relocating, we can help through each step of the process. We have reliable and trusted contacts to help with financing, home inspection, home staging and/or repairs. Our goal is to provide personalized service for all of your real estate needs. Representing buyers and sellers, Gaslight Realty specializes in residential properties, townhouses, condominiums and rentals. Call our office... 708.447.7744 Send us an e-mail... GaslightRealty@sbcglobal.net Visit our office... 33 East Quincy Street, Suite B, Riverside, Illinois
144 Scottswood, Riverside Rare opportunity to own an iconic Riverside landmark home w/only 3 owners. Excellent representation of Eastlake Victorian style of architecture. Standout features include: screened wraparound front porch, 3 stories of ornate woodwork/ original wainscoting, decorative stained glass windows, 10’+ ceilings throughout & 7 fireplaces. Original expansive coach house on a sprawling shaded lot overlooking a park setting. .......... $1,495,000 147 Bloomingbank, Riverside Updated 4 BR Colonial w/2 full +2 half baths in prime Riverside location. Remodeled kitchen w/ granite counters, top-ofthe-line appliances and custom cabinetry. Open living, dining and family rms w/wood floors throughout. 1st floor powder rm. 2nd flr has master suite with walk-in closet and master bath. 3 additional BRs & 1 full bath plus a laundry rm. Newer furnace (Aug. 2008). 2-car detached garage. Fenced yard. ...........................$699,000

Joan Wiaduck: Joan is the owner and managing broker of Gaslight Realty. She is a lifelong resident of Riverside and has over 20 years of real estate sales experience. She formed Gaslight Realty in 2006 to provide a high touch local realty office specializing in personal attention and follow-up in all situations. She is active in many local organizations including Main Street Organization of Realtors, Riverside Chamber of Commerce, Riverside Garden Club, Riverside Junior Women’s Charity, local church and school alumni organizations. Joan’s experience and contacts provide an added dimension of assistance to any buyer or seller she represents. Call: 312-518-9939
284 Fairbank, Riverside Four bedroom Contempory with 2½ baths. 2013–tear-off roof, front concrete stairs, asphalt driveway, new garage door, all hardwood floors refinished with new hardwood floor in family room. Interior of whole house painted. Absolutely move-in condition. Stainless steel appliances in kitchen. Two fireplaces and an enclosed breezeway connecting house and garage. Beautiful back fenced yard with mature trees. .................$589,000 328 Olmsted, Riverside Well-maintained Dutch Colonial. Spacious LR w/fpl & oak woodwork. Separate DR w/ adjoining rm that could be breakfast, office or den. Fabulous kitchen w/granite cntrs, oak cabinets & stainless steel appls. 3 BRs on 2nd flr w/balcony off mstr BR. Finished bsmt w/wet bar, full bath, firepl, loads of closets, separate laundry, dark rm & work rm. Landscaped, fenced back yard w/fireplace. Easy walk to Harlem Metra & Pace bus. ..........$449,900

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3439 Grand Boulevard • Brookfield, Illinois 60513 • 708-485-3439

A. Analysis of Income & Expenses 1. Social Security a. Early retirement benefits b. Taxation c. Continuation of employment d. Widow/widower benefits e. Divorced spouse 2. Pension a. Maximization of income b. Monthly income alternatives 3. Future inflated needs 4. Taxable, tax deferred and tax free alternatives B. Current Retirement Plans Analysis 1. Deductible-vs-Non-deductible IRA contributions 2. IRA Consolidation 3. IRA/Rollover investment alternatives 4. Pre 591/2 IRA/Rollover maxium 5. Rollover-vs-Forward averaging 6. IRA/Rollover beneficiary alternatives 7. IRA/Rollover 70 ½ minimum withdrawal amounts 8. Stock rollover 9. T S A C. Estate Planning 1. Probate avoidance 3. Estate taxation 2. Gifting 4. Estate liquidity D. Taxes 1. Personal 2. Business E. Accounting 1. Payroll forms 2. General ledger 3. Financial Statements F. Real Estate 1. Real estate appraisal 2. Real estate affordability analysis 3. Real estate brokerage service 4. Early mortgage retirement G. Risk Management Analysis 1. Continuation of group plans 2. Survivor/dependent income protection 3. Individual health plans 4. Long term care protection 5. Medigap protection

3. Corporate 4. Estate & Inheritance

President Brookfield Financial Plans, Inc. Tax Services 708-485-3439
How long in Business: Over 50 years Why choose this area: I have lived and have been involved in this community for over 50 years. Greatest current business challenge: Keeping up with all the tax changes and Continuing Education Credits that are necessary for my multiple licenses, including my E.A. status. What do you love about your work: The people. I love the many people I have met. Your business philosophy: To treat clients the way I want to be treated. To treat them as I would treat an invited guest. Greatest accomplishments: Receiving the Woman of the Year Award, Cicero Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award, Multiple Rotarian Paul Harris Fellow Award, Western Springs Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Millenium Award, Five Who’s Who Awards, State of Illinois Woman of Distinction Award, Ronald Reagan Gold Award and two times elected Village Clerk of Brookfield. What have you learned: I have learned that many people pay taxes unnecessarily. With just a little bit of pre-tax season advice, we can cut their taxes by a lot.

Senior Advisor Waddell & Reed Investment Services 708-485-9224
How long in Business: Over 37 years Why choose this area: I wanted to do financial planning for people who really NEEDED financial planning. 40 years ago there were only financial planners for the rich. Greatest current business challenge: Helping my clients remember investing is for the long term and to stick with their goals rather than trying to give into the ups and downs of the market. What do you love about your work: The people. My clients become my friends. Your business philosophy: To invest my clients’ money as I would invest mine or my children’s. Greatest accomplishment: Being the first Waddell & Reed Representative to maintain 250 million of clients’ money under management & being inducted to Waddell & Reed’s Hall of Fame. What have you learned: I have learned that giving good finanical advice can help people turn their dreams into goals that can be reached.

Linda Sokol Francis

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