Happy Holidays!!

From all of us at the Shenfeld Group:

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Syd Jerome Magazine – Fall/Winter 2015

If you know me, you know that one of my favorite stores is Syd Jerome’s Menswear, and I was honored to recently be featured in the fall issue of Syd Jerome’s magazine with four other Chicago real estate professionals.

It was an honor to be included in this group of gentlemen, and as most of you also know, I prefer to be behind the camera than in front of it. My journey to real estate began with a successful career as a professional photographer, and I still like to be the one directing the shots.

If you have a moment, take a look at the Syd Jerome’s Magazine. You can find my feature and the rest of the magazine online here or read below:

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Happy Thanksgiving from The Shenfeld Group

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Your partnership, support and friendship mean the world to us. Thank you for enabling us to do what we love every day. We hope your holiday is filled with all of the best things in life!

If you’re looking for a little bit of fun for your holiday, take a look at this list of 16 free holiday printables. There’s a really great A-Z “Things I’m Thankful For” list, a Thanksgiving mad lib, and a cool placemat for kids!


 Click on the image or click here to access.

It’s the Weekend – Let’s Party!

If you’re looking for things to do in Chicago this weekend, or if you want to get out the first snowstorm of the season, check out the top 5 weekend happenings:

1. Christkindl Market


The German market’s back in Daley Plaza, and with the season’s first snowfall, it should be darn right magical. Plus, the boots are back this year, so come ready for a lot of Glühwein.

2. Magnificent Mile Tree Lighting Parade

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Thousands of Chicagoans and tourists flock to this annual tradition. Should be lovely with the mass amounts of snow we’re about to get!

3. Chicago Book Expo

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The event brings dozens of Chicago-area authors, nearly 100 local presses and organizations selling their books together to connect and discuss their works at Columbia College.

4. Hyde Park Handmade

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A farmers’ market and artisan bazaar, Hyde Park Handmade showcases the South Side’s best farmers and the unique local goods made from neighborhood artists. Local DJs spin jazz and soul records to help make your browsing a cool, collected experience.

5. The Zen of Slow Cooking Class at Gene’s Sausage Shop


Learn how to make maple French toast casserole and sample slow-cooked chocolate chip pumpkin bread along with a mimosa. You’ll also get tips on how to stock your pantry to make the most out of your Crock Pot. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday. $20. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com

Enjoy an Hour of Sleep on Us!

Don’t forget to set your clocks back this weekend!

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See Chicago Like Never Before – One Weekend Only!

This coming weekend is Open House Chicago (OHC), an event that happens only once a year, where gorgeous Chicago landmarks open their doors free to the public. Presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, OHC offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 200 buildings across Chicago.

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Locations include private clubs, residential spaces, offices, hotels, theaters and performance halls, design/architecture studios, schools, places of worship as well as manufacturing, cultural and government facilities. This diverse selection of sites allows visitors to plan an itinerary according to their own specific interests. Browse the list of sites or see them on a map.

Here are the top 5 tips for planning your personalized tour of Chicago’s best open house spaces:

1. OHC runs this Saturday and Sunday, Oct 17-18, from 9am to 5pm. Open times for individual sites vary. Hours are listed on our website.

2. The OHC website includes an itinerary planner. To try it, select “add to itinerary” on any of the 200 participating sites. You’ll be asked to sign in with Facebook or Twitter.

3. During OHC, you can bring your itinerary with you by signing in on your smartphone! You can also view an interactive map of your itinerary or print it.

4. Follow CAF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for live OHC updates: @chiarchitecture and #OHC2015

5. Have fun!

Open House: 417 N. Noble #3 Saturday, October 10 from 11 am to 1 pm

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Open Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm: 417 N. Noble #3 | Chicago, IL 60642 | Offered at $385,000

This recently updated, extra wide 1800 sq sf 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom duplex up is one of the largest homes in this boutique building with attached garage parking included. 1st floor: maple kitchen with 42” cabinets, under cabinet lighting, granite countertops with under-mount sink, new Samsung range & microwave, stainless steel appliances & island with breakfast bar. Large living room has gas fireplace with granite surround & wood mantle. Separate dining room with access to the grilling patio. 2nd floor: enormous 22×19 master suite has fireplace, 2 custom organized closets & room for a king size bed, full size couch TV area & a desk nook. Slate master bath has double bowl vanity with honed granite top, extra storage, 6’ soaker tub & separate shower. Large 2nd bedroom with 2 organized closets. Marble bath with framed mirror, laundry, storage & balcony. Open floor plan, hardwood floors throughout freshly painted, new ceiling fans & lighting. Common rooftop deck & close to everything.

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Who Lives in this Modest Home? You Might be Suprised.

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Most of metro Chicago’s 14 Forbes-listed billionaires live in the baronial custom-built mansions and lavish penthouses that you’d expect, but there’s one who lives in a modest brick tri-level near O’Hare International Airport.

Poultry pasha Joe Grendys is worth $1.8 billion, which ranks him 13th of Chicago’s richest 14 people, according to the Forbes 400 list that came out in late September. The CEO of Koch Foods has told reporters in the past that he still lives in the house where he grew up, on the Far Northwest Side of the city.

The Grendys family’s 1,300-square-foot house is valued at $272,000, according to the Cook County Assessor.

That’s chicken feed compared to the $29 million that Chicago’s richest person, Citadel’s Ken Griffin, spent last year for two floors in the Waldorf-Astoria in the Gold Coast, part of what the New York Times recently called Griffin’s “record-setting real estate spending spree.”

Griffin, whose $7 billion fortune ranks him as the 69th wealthiest person in America, in recent months has spent $200 million for a New York penthouse and $60 million for one in Miami Beach, the newspaper reported.

Grendys, who is in his early 50s, may also have multiple properties, like many of the billionaires on this list, but by calling the O’Hare-area house his home, he follows the lead of Warren Buffet. America’s second-richest man identifies a home he’s owned in Omaha, Neb., since 1958 as his main address.

Here’s where all of Chicago’s 14 Forbes-listed people live, when they’re in town. (None of the 14 responded to requests for comment.)

To continue reading, please visit the Crain’s Chicago website.

Open Sunday 12 – 2 p.m. – 3215 N. Hoyne Avenue Chicago, IL

OPEN SUNDAY 12 PM – 2 PM | 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths | $1,375,000

Roscoe Village brick/stone masterpiece. 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths with 4 outdoor spaces including a rooftop deck over garage with pergola. Audubon School. Exquisite finishes throughout. 1st-floor with cherry eat-in kitchen, granite with stainless steel, subway tile backsplash, cooking island with Viking 6-burner range, double ovens, Miele built-in espresso bar and breakfast bar. Huge family room has coffered ceiling, surround-sound speakers and opens to grilling deck and access to rooftop deck. Formal living/dining room with wood-burning fireplace and custom millwork. .5-bath and foyer. 2nd floor master suite with 2 organized walk-in closets and tray ceiling. Marble bath has cherry double-bowl vanity with vessel sinks, corner jet tub and steam shower with rain head and body spays. 2 large bedrooms with organized closets, laundry and marble full bath. Lower level rec room has stone wood-burning fireplace, wet bar. 2 bedrooms, bath, utility room and storage. 10-foot ceilings. Cherry floors, custom blinds, lighting and doors. Close to multiple parks, schools, transportations, restaurants and shopping.

Call Michael Shenfeld for more information: 312.475.4563 or email: Michael@TheShenfeldGroup.com