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Nov. 20, 2019

THANKSGIVING PIES FROM THESE CHICAGO SHOPS

Alright, so you’ve picked up the frozen turkey and the usual staples — stuffing, pickled beets, and the like — but what’s for dessert? The relatives are arriving in just a few days but you’re still wrapping up projects at work, preparing the house, and there’s simply no time to add another item to the laundry list of things to cook for the big holiday feast.

 

Fortunately, Chicago boasts a reputable lineup of highly rated and beloved pie shops. From classic to eclectic, these sweet purveyors of delectable desserts will not only save you precious time during the Thanksgiving crunch, but may even save the day.

Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

For the boutique take on homemade classics, look no further than Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits. With locations in Logan Square and Ravenswood, North Siders have options for a pre-Thanksgiving pickup. To keep things simple for Thanksgiving, Bang Bang is only offering five pie varieties: apple, pumpkin, chocolate pecan, key lime, and chocolate caramel. Hurry and place your orders though, as Bang Bang is already gearing up for the holiday rush.

Hoosier Mama Pie Company

With locations in Chicago’s West Town community and Evanston, Hoosier Mama specializes in seasonal pie selections made from scratch. Making fresh pastries and desserts daily, Hoosier Mama offers 10 varieties of sweet pies every single day. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving orders for the Evanston location are closed, so you might be better off arriving first thing in the morning to grab what is readily available.

Bittersweet Pastry Shop

If you’re really looking to impress your guests, consider grabbing a picture-perfect pie from this Lakeview bakery. Seriously though, take a look yourself — Bittersweet’s pies truly are magazine-quality pieces of confection-perfection. Thankfully, there is a spread of different pie, cake, and cookie options available for Thanksgiving orders. For those who want to go all out, consider the equally impressive and adorable Thanksgiving gingerbread house.

Jimmy Jamm Sweet Potato Pies

Nothing says Thanksgiving like turkey and sweet potato pie. If you’re located in or around Beverly, you’re in luck as this beloved staple offers a plethora of pie options — so long as sweet potato is the main ingredient. An old school spot, it doesn’t have an online order form or directions for calling orders in. Instead, you might want to just swing by the store as soon as you can and see if there’s any unclaimed pies waiting for you.

Justice of the Pies

When you order your Thanksgiving dessert from Justice of the Pies, you can not only feel good knowing that you’ve got a delicious baked dish coming your way, but also know that you’re doing good by supporting a mission-based business. All of the bases are covered when it comes to classic varieties: orders are open and available for pumpkin, sweet potato, key lime, and several others. And in the meanwhile, you can drool over the pie pictures posted to their Instagram.

Sweet Mandy B’s

The old fashioned pies and desserts from Lincoln Park’s Sweet Mandy B’s are sure to delight holiday guests. After feasting on turkey and stuffing, try snacking on a sweet apple-cherry streusel, banana cream pie, or pumpkin cheesecake. Or maybe cap off dessert with one of Sweet Mandy B’s classic cupcakes.

 

Nov. 13, 2019

Real Estate Terms Every First-Time Homebuyer Should Know

It’s no secret that purchasing a home can be a major undertaking, especially if you’re a first-time buyer.

As you navigate the process, there are all kinds of real estate terms that you are likely to encounter along the way. Knowing and understanding these terms will not only help you communicate with your broker but will also make your journey toward homeownership more seamless. Here’s a brief primer to help familiarize you with some common terminology:

Pre-approval vs. Pre-qualification – A mortgage pre-approval is an estimate of the amount you can borrow based on a lender’s verification of your financial documents, employment and credit history. Pre-approval is essential in a competitive home-buying environment because it immediately demonstrates to a seller that you are a qualified buyer (keep in mind it is not an actual loan commitment, but it gives you an important head start on the process). Pre-qualification, on the other hand, is an informal, preliminary assessment of your borrowing power based on basic information you provide to a lender.

Comps – Short for “comparable properties”, comps help determine the current value of a property. They are chosen based on property attributes like price, location, condition, features and other criteria.

CMA – Also known as a Comparative Market Analysis, this pricing tool is an evaluation of a home’s current value based on recent comps. Once you’ve found a home you love, your broker will prepare a CMA to help you formulate an offer.

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Appraisal – If you are obtaining bank financing, the bank will order an appraisal, which is an opinion of a home’s value. Unlike a CMA, an appraisal is performed by a licensed appraiser who must follow a number of established guidelines. While appraisers use the same data as real estate agents to find comparables, they have additional guidelines to follow in order to protect the lender.

Pocket Listing – Also known as an exempt listing, a pocket listing is a property that has a signed listing agreement but is not yet listed on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). This approach is typically used by sellers who want to protect their privacy or pre-market their home before it’s ready to show.

@tip: With the help of @gent – @properties’ exclusive internal communications app – our brokers are alerted to pocket listings that match your preferences.

Contingency – A condition that must be satisfied before closing occurs. These conditions are written into the contract and typically include things like a home inspection, mortgage financing or the appraisal. If you include a home inspection contingency with your purchase agreement, for example, you have the right to have the property inspected within a specified time period, and can cancel the contract or negotiate repairs depending on the results.

As-Is – When a home is listed for sale “as is”, it means the property is being offered in its present condition and the seller does not intend to make any repairs or improvements. As a buyer, you are usually advised to include an inspection contingency as part of the contract, giving you the option to walk away from the deal based on the inspector’s findings.

Fixed Rate vs. Adjustable Rate Mortgage – Two types of mortgages available to homebuyers. A fixed-rate mortgage has the same interest rate through the entire term of the loan, while an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) is a loan in which the interest rate periodically adjusts based on a specified index.

Earnest Money – A deposit, given by the buyer to the seller, which secures the contract until closing and lets the seller know you are serious about the transaction. An initial deposit must be given with the contract, and the balance of the earnest money is usually due upon attorney approval. Earnest money is typically held in an escrow account until the closing, when it may be applied to the down payment and/or closing costs.

Closing Costs – Expenses and fees associated with a real estate transaction that are paid at the closing. Examples of buyer closing costs include a loan origination fee, title insurance, survey, attorney’s fee, home inspection fee, appraisal and credit report fees, and prepaid items such as escrow deposits for taxes and insurance.

Title Insurance – An insurance policy that protects the buyer or lender against defects or problems with the title when property ownership is transferred. Title insurance protects against claims for past occurrences, while other forms of insurance protect against future events.

Of course, this is just the beginning. For tips on buying your first home, head here and don’t hesitate to contact a broker for expert guidance and advice.

 

Nov. 5, 2019

7 Ways to Give Back Across Chicagoland

As the holidays approach, giving back is a great way to kick off the season. Whether you’re looking to give back in the form of time or monetary donations, there are many organizations across the Chicagoland area that could benefit from extra support. Read on to learn the ways you can start a new tradition, while lending support to those in need.

 

Blessings in a Backpack

This organization provides food on the weekends to elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. While these children are fed during the school week, Blessings in a Backpack is dedicated to ensuring they receive nutritional meals over the weekend, too.

How to give:
  • Through a one-time gift ($130 will feed one child on the weekends for one 38-week school year).
  • Make a donation to a specific school.
  • Make a monthly donation.
  • Donate new backpacks or drawstring bags.

Cradles to Crayons Chicago

Cradles to Crayons provides homeless or low-income children, from birth through age 12, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.

How to give:
  • Make a monetary donation ($33 helps provide a child with the everyday essentials they need).
  • Donate high-quality and like-new items, such as coats, clothing, diapers, baby gear, toys, bedding, etc.
  • Create a KidPack (make a monetary donation or purchase items off an Amazon Wish List).
  • Host a drive in your community.

One Warm Coat

This organization provides a free, warm coat to anyone in need. One Warm Coat also provides individuals and groups with the resources to hold a successful coat drive. The coats are then distributed in the communities where they were collected.

How to give:
  • Donate a coat at a participating location.
  • Make a monetary donation (every dollar donated warms one person).
  • Host your own coat drive.

The Honeycomb Project

With a focus on family volunteering, the Honeycomb Project’s mission is to engage and inspire kids and their families to strengthen Chicago’s communities. Volunteering opportunities are centered around creating meaningful experiences and include events such as helping with conservation efforts in a forest preserve, working at a food pantry, sewing quilts for pediatric patients at hospitals and much more.

How to give:
  • Register to volunteer for a project (registration opens the 15th of the month prior to the event).
  • Donate your professional skills (in the areas of fundraising, events, photography, research or marketing).

Cara Chicago

Cara is a workplace re-entry program that helps people affected by poverty obtain and keep quality jobs. Most importantly, it helps these individuals rebuild hope, self-esteem and opportunity.

How to give:
  • Donate professional attire for men and women.
  • Make a monetary donation.

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly

This non-profit is dedicated to relieving isolation and loneliness among those faced with aging alone. The organization provides friendship, conversation and connection to thousands of elders who no longer have relatives or friends to rely on.

How to donate:
  • Visit an elder you’re matched with based on shared hobbies and interests by spending an extra hour a few times a month.
  • Provide holiday help for the organization’s three big celebrations across the city on Thanksgiving, Christmas and in the spring. You can volunteer as a holiday driver, or for pre-holiday prep, event set-up, hospitality or cooking.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Since 1977, Ronald McDonald House Charities has kept families together with their hospitalized children across Chicagoland. Every night, the organization keeps families close to the care and resources they need at five area Ronald McDonald Houses and three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms. Helping families stay close to their hospitalized child supports the child’s health and well-being, while saving families more than $10 million in annual hotel and food costs.

How to donate:
  • Volunteer your time in the form of cooking, cleaning or comforting.
  • Cook a home-cooked meal for those at the Houses and Family Rooms, through Meals from the Heart, which saves them from the stress of cooking and expense of dining out.
  • Bake cookies through Cookies from the Heart, which provides homemade treats to help them feel comforted and at home.
  • Purchase new, unused items from the wish list, such as unwrapped snacks, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, gift cards, postage stamps and more. Supplies can also be ordered through Amazon Smile.
By: Deanna Kane
Oct. 30, 2019

Home Purchases to remain solid in 2020, thanks to low interest rates

 

Thanks to historically low-interest rates — and cheap mortgage rates — home purchases are expected to continue to increase in 2020, according to a new forecast from the Mortgage Bankers Association.

The Washington, D.C.-based organization estimated that mortgage originations will grow 1.6 percent next year to $1.29 trillion. That’s a slight drop from 2019, which could post the biggest gain since 2007 at $2.06 trillion.

Interest rates are expected to remain low next year, with the Federal Reserve poised to reduce borrowing costs for the third time this year on Wednesday. And as the economic outlook remains cloudy, policymakers at the U.S. central bank seem unlikely to raise rates anytime soon.

"Interest rates will, on average, remain lower for longer given the somewhat cloudy economic outlook," MBA's chief economist Mike Fratantoni said in a statement. "These lower rates will in turn support both purchase and refinance origination volume in 2020."

Lower-than-expected mortgage rates gave a huge bump to the refinance market in 2019, resulting in the strongest year since 2016.

"Given the capacity constraints in the industry, some of this refinance activity will spill into the first half of next year," he said.

Sales could also increase thanks to lower prices. After several years of home cost surpassing average wage gains, home prices are also expected to fall next year, as the number of available houses for consumers grows, MBA said.

"Moderating price growth is healthy, as it allows household incomes to catch up with home values," Fratantoni said. "This improvement in affordability will lead to more home sales – especially given the rise in household formation and growing demand from first-time homebuyers."

Article from Fox news.

Oct. 30, 2019

Get Your Kitchen Ready for the Holidays

 

The kitchen is undoubtedly one of the busiest areas in the home during the holiday season. Between being the site of delicious meal preparations to hosting your family and friends, it is sure to see a fair amount of foot traffic over the next few months. As you begin mentally preparing for the busyness of the holidays, make sure to give your kitchen a little love. Quick and easy fixes to get your kitchen ready for the holidays include swapping out old linens for new ones, clearing off unnecessary counter clutter and adding stylish and functional pieces throughout the room.

 

Here are some of our favorite items for sprucing up your kitchen for the holidays:

 

The kitchen is undoubtedly one of the busiest areas in the home during the holiday season. Between being the site of delicious meal preparations to hosting your family and friends, it is sure to see a fair amount of foot traffic over the next few months. As you begin mentally preparing for the busyness of the holidays, make sure to give your kitchen a little love. Quick and easy fixes to get your kitchen ready for the holidays include swapping out old linens for new ones, clearing off unnecessary counter clutter and adding stylish and functional pieces throughout the room.

 

Here are some of our favorite items for sprucing up your kitchen for the holidays:

SERVING PLATE

Place small appetizers or the main course on a platter that will wow your guests and complement your food. Look for unique colors and textures to add more interest to the dish’s overall presentation.

Salt and Pepper Sets

Salt and pepper sets make it easy to add that pinch of salt or dash of pepper. They are also a small but simple way to accessorize your countertops without adding too much clutter.

Wood Cutting Board

Whether you use it to prepare food or as a rustic charcuterie board, a wood cutting board is a subtle and durable accent piece. Be sure to look up proper care techniques, as some woods may require maintenance for lasting function.

Trivet

Protect your countertops and dining room table with a trivet suitable for the hottest of dishes. Marble is a versatile material and has alternative uses as a cheese board or as a stylish place to organize cooking oils, seasonings or a vase of flowers on your countertop.

Kitchen Linens

Swapping out your kitchen linens is an inexpensive and quick way to refine your space. Opt for neutral linens with stripes to add an understated accent to your kitchen.

Written by Arianna Frederick, the communications coordinator for @properties.
Oct. 23, 2019

A Taste of Fall in Chicagoland

The fall season is in full swing, bringing arguably the best flavors of the year to Chicagoland’s food and beverage scene. Whether you’re looking for the very best cinnamon, apple or pumpkin treats, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite seasonal sweets to enjoy throughout the area.

 

Best Apple Cider

There is certainly no shortage of delicious apple ciders in Chicago. These local favorites serve some of the freshest, straight-from-the-orchard cider:

Best Pumpkin-Inspired Drinks

When that inevitable pumpkin craving strikes, there are plenty of local coffee shops to get your fix. Our favorite shops take the standard PSL to the next level:

Best Apple Cider Donuts

Apple cider donuts are a seasonal delicacy, so switch up your usual donut order while they are still available:

Best Pumpkin Pie

Whether you’re enjoying a slice alone or sharing a pie with friends and family, try out one of these local staples for this quintessentially fall dessert – you won’t be disappointed:

Best Caramel Apple

There is nothing like biting into a perfectly juicy, crispy caramel-covered apple in the fall. Head to one of these longtime favorites to satisfy your taste buds with this sticky treat:

BY ARIANNA FREDERICK, communications coordinator for @properties.

Oct. 23, 2019

Everyone Calm Down! It's not 2008

 

 

Last week realtor.com  released the results of a survey that produced three major revelations:

 

1.    53% of home purchasers (first-time and repeat buyers} currently in the market believe a recession will occur this year or next.

2.    57% believe the next recession will be as bad or worse than 2008.

3.    55% said they would cancel plans to move if a recession occurred.

Since we are currently experiencing the longest-ever economic expansion in American history, there is reason to believe a recession could occur in the not-too-distant future And, it does make sense that buyers and sellers remember the horrors of 2008 when they hear the word "recession."

Ali Wolf, Director of Economic Research at the real estate consulting firm Meyers Research, addressed this point in a recent interview:

"With people having PTSD from the last time, they're still afraid of buying at the  wrong time."

Most experts, however, believe if there is a recession, it will not resemble 2008. This housing market is in no way the same as it  was just over a decade ago.

Zillow Economist, Jeff Tucker, explained the difference in a recent article, Recessions Typically Have Limited Effect on the Housing Market:

''As we look ahead to the next recession, it's important to recognize how unusual the conditions were that caused the last one, and what's different about the housing market today. Rather than abundant homes, we have a shortage of new home supply. Rather than risky borrowers taking on adjustable-rate mortgages, we have buyers with sterling credit scores taking out  predictable 30- year fixed-rate mortgages. The housing market is simply much less risky than it was 15  years ago."

George Ratiu, Senior Economist at realtor.com,  also weighed in on the subject:

"This is going to be  a much shorter recession than the last one, I don't think the next recession will be a repeat of 2008...The housing market is in a better position."

In the past 23 years, there have been two  national recessions -  the dot-com crash in 2001 and the Great Recession in 2008. It is true that home values fell 19.7% during the 2008 recession, which was caused by a mortgage meltdown that heavily impacted the housing market. However, while stock prices fell almost 25% in 2001, home values appreciated 6.6%. The triggers of the next recession will more closely mirror those from 2001- not those from 2008.

Bottom Line

No one can accurately predict when the next recession will occur, but expecting one could possibly take place in the next 18-24 months is understandable. It is, however, important to realize that the impact of a recession on the housing market will in no way resemble 2008.

Oct. 16, 2019

Where to Grab the Best Fall Beverages

 

Whether you are team #PSL or prefer a plain cup of joe, there is no denying that pumpkin everything is front and center as soon as fall begins. Expand your pumpkin palette, and grab a fall-inspired drink at one of the many options across the city and ‘burbs.


Fall Beverages in Chicago

beatrix pumpkin coffee

Photo: Beatrix, LEYE

Beatrix

With three locations now in Chicago (River NorthStreetervilleWest Loop), Beatrix created its own version of pumpkin-spice bliss, made with pumpkin-cream nitro coffee. It comes topped with house made pumpkin-vanilla whipped cream and cinnamon.

Hi-Vibe

Visit either of the River North locations (Kinzie Street or Merchandise Mart) to build your own bulletproof coffee, and add pumpkin spice aromatics to give your coffee the boost of fall you crave.

Fall Beverages in the Chicago Suburbs

mud and char pumpkin latte

Photo: Mud and Char

Mud and Char

In between drop-offs, pick-ups, appointments, and classes, take a moment to yourself and indulge in Pumpkin Pie Spice Latte, with hints of vanilla, at this Downers Grove coffee house.

Owl and Lark

Begin a chilly fall morning at the La Grange coffee and juice bar. Take in the artistic decor and sip on a Pumpkin Pie Latte or Pecan Spice Latte.

Steam Coffee Co.

This Oak Brook coffee house is serving fall vibes in the form of a Pumpkin Latte, as well as a Pumpkin Chai Latte.

Gloria Jean’s

This coffee chain’s fall drink menu offers a Pumpkin Spice Latte, a Pumpkin Spice Chiller (an icy twist on the original), and pumpkin pie flavored whole coffee beans.

Fall Beverages in Chicago and in the Suburbs

peet's fall lattes

Photo: Peet’s Coffee

Peet’s Coffee

Peet’s unveiled an entire menu of lattes to celebrate autumn — available both hot and iced.  The Pumpkin Latte is espresso, steamed milk, pumpkin pie flavor and a variety of spices.  The Pumpkin Chai Latte is made with tea, sweet pumpkin, chai, and baking spices.  The Vanilla Cardamom Latte is espresso, freshly steamed milk, cardamom spice and a hint of vanilla.

Au Bon Pain

Available for a limited time, the Pumpkin Pie latte is blended with pumpkin pie spice, topped with frothed milk, and dusted with cinnamon. Available hot or iced.

Dunkin Donuts

Visit your nearest Dunkin, otherwise known as the mecca of all things pumpkin, this fall to order nearly any type of pumpkin beverage imaginable. Latte, macchiato, and cappuccino, or a pumpkin flavored hot or iced coffee in original blend, dark roast or decaf — you’re covered.

Still not enough? Bring home some pumpkin spice K-Cup pods, bottled iced coffee or pumpkin spice flavored bagged coffee.

Einstein Brothers

When you’re grabbing your Pumpkin Walnut Crunch bagel, order a Pumpkin Pie Latte to wash it down. Because of fall’s fickle temperatures, order it hot, cold, or blended, depending on the weather.

Fall Beverages At Home

coffee at home

Photo: Mud and Char

La Columbe’s Pumpkin Spice Draft Latte

For an additional indulgence and available online only, La Columbe’s Pumpkin Spice Draft Latte is a healthy variation of a fall favorite.

It’s made with made with cold-pressed Nizza espresso and blended with real pumpkin puree and warming spices.

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Prefer to brew your own? Check out Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Coffee, a medium dark roast with natural spices.

For an extra boost of pumpkin, add Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Almond Beverage.

 

      By Deanna Kane

Oct. 16, 2019

Hayrides, campfires mark evenings at Primrose Farm

Moonlight Hayrides

5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20

Primrose Farm, 5N726 Crane Road, St. Charles

$8 resident; $12 non resident; free ages 1 and younger; advance registration required

Experience a crisp autumn evening with a wagon ride around the farm fields. Stop by the bonfire to roast marshmallows and sip hot chocolate and cider. Register in advance through the St. Charles Park District. Select your time to enjoy a ride at sunset or wait until the sun sinks down and watch the moon rise into the sky. Ride in a tractor-pulled wagon. Each ride lasts approximately 30 minutes.

BY BEST OF THE FOX - BESTOFTHEFOX@SHAWMEDIA.COM

Posted in DuPage County
Oct. 9, 2019

How to Experience Fall with the Five Senses

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The sweaters, decor and pumpkin coffees are officially out, which can only mean one thing. Fall has arrived. From the colorful leaves to the smell of pumpkin spice, we’re taking it all in. Instead of enjoying fall in a handful of ways, we’re on a mission to experience fall with the five senses.

Whether you prefer to enjoy fall in the great outdoors or in the comfort of your home, we have a list of ways you can experience it to the fullest.

 

Sight

With shades of green, yellow, orange and burnt red, seeing the leaves change is arguably one of the best things about the fall season. Throughout Chicagoland, there are plenty of opportunities to set your sights on whimsical beauty. For starters, you can enjoy ‘leaf peeping’ at beautiful locations, such as the Morton Arboretum, Lurie GardenMaple Grove Forest Preserve or make a trip to Starved Rock.

If a more activity driven experience is your speed, we have a couple to-dos in mind. The Chicago Botanic Gardens will host the Fall Bulb Festival, where you can admire gourd mountain, a live band and purchase bulbs that will explode with color in the spring. For a more city affair, head to Navy Pier for their first-ever Pier Pumpkin Lights. This brand-new pop-up displays nearly 1,000 glowing jack-o’-lanterns along Navy Pier and pairs it with fall activities and fall-inspired food and drink.

Smell

Step outside and take a deep breath to smell the crisp autumn air and the soft scent of dried out leaves. This is the easiest way to experience fall with your sense of smell, however, we won’t leave you with just that.

Bring fall aromas into your home by creating your own warm and spicy scent, naturally. In a saucepan or crockpot, simmer water with apples, cloves, orange peels and cinnamon sticks to exude the smell of fall in your home.  Now, that may smell so good, you’ll want to smell something edible. Enter in a freshly baked apple pie or a batch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

Taste

Perhaps taste is the most important when it comes to experiencing fall with the five senses. Fall invites us to travel to apple orchards, such as Apple HollerJonamac Orchard or Kuipers Family Farm, to pick the freshest apples. It also welcomes us to explore open fields to search for the perfect pumpkin.

All of this helps us create the most delicious autumnal bites. Nothing beats a crisp bite of an apple, a sip of homemade apple cider or a freshly baked pumpkin cinnamon roll.

Who could forget game-day chili? Nothing screams fall more than a warm bowl of chili (maybe some corn bread, too? Go crazy.) and rooting for your team. We found a delicious recipe for sweet potato chili that looks like it would be a total touchdown.

Hearing

The sound of crunching leaves beneath your boots is a given, but have you embraced a ‘spooktacular’ event lately? Take advantage of local performances and events, such as Dead Poet’s Halloween Party where you can take part (and listen) to open mic performances of poems and spooky sonnets or participate in the Drake Hotel’s Nightmare on Walton Street event. Decked out in your finest black-tie attire, you can enjoy live jazz and blues music…masked.

While these are more adult forward events, there is no shortage of family fun concerts. Experience the Music Institute of Chicago’s Spooktacular Concert & Haunted Open House or relish in the beauty of the Auditorium Theater. They will be hosting Disney in Concert: The Nightmare Before Christmas, accompanied by Chicago Philharmonic to perform the movie’s score.

Touch

Remember that pumpkin we mentioned earlier? Experience fall to the fullest by digging out the gooiness to carve a jack-o’-latern and harvesting pumpkin seeds. A two for one! Enjoy the warm glow and a snack.

After an evening filled of carving, take comfort in the cozy fall essentials. Grab your favorite pajamas and knitted blanket to end the night with a warm cup of cider and latest read.

 

By: Samantha Shreve, digital content specialist at @properties.