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Millennials are Staying Put…Here’s Why

In comparison to past generations, millennials are found to be moving a lot less. Check out Curbed’s article on this trend:

Why aren’t millennials moving as much as previous generations?

The economy has recovered from the housing crisis, but rates of mobility country-wide have reached record lows, according to an analysis of census data by Pew Research Center. This is in part due to a young adult population that’s moving way less than did their predecessors.

Back in 1990, 27 percent of young adults had moved within the previous year. For Gen-Xers in 2000, that rate was 26 percent. Fast-forward to 2016, and only 20 percent of millennials aged 25-35 had changed addresses within the past year.

moving-truck-boxes-1024x576Conventional wisdom would assume that the mostly childless and unmarried millennial cohort would pull up roots and transplant themselves to more opportunity-rich locales like their forebears did. But, surprise, surprise! It’s now too tough for the millennial generation to buy homes. Only 6 percent of millennials who did recently move did so because they wanted to own a home. For Gen-Xers in 2000, that number was 14 percent.

From 2006 to 2015, millennial homeownership rates fell from 40 percent to 32 percent. And a majority of today’s millennials don’t meet the median credit score requirements to get a mortgage from Fannie Mae, one of the biggest lenders in the country. Is it still shocking that nearly a third of millennials still live with mom and dad?

Via:, Pew Research Center

Although the research might say millennials aren’t moving, Roberto Montano of Frank Montro Homes says NOW is the time to buy! Check out his speech right here:



Kitchen Updates to Match Your Lifestyle


Millennial renter? Mom of three? We’ve got you covered.

There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to renovating your kitchen. What might appeal to a new homeowner or a Gen Y renter probably wouldn’t make much sense for a young family of five. Below, Nate Berkus—interior design guru and artistic adviser for LG Studio‘s high-end line of appliances—shares the best ways to upgrade your kitchen based on your lifestyle.


Get permission from your landlord to paint the cabinetry and swap out the cabinet hardware. I did it for my assistant’s apartment in Brooklyn, and it transformed the entire feeling of the space. The cabinets went from a standard wood tone to a beautiful chalky white. Upgrade the handles, and suddenly you’ll feel like you’re in a new kitchen.


People who actually entertain and cook should invest in the best appliances out there. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter how much time you spent picking out the backsplash if you stick something in the oven and it doesn’t work. Also, if you have the room, add an island, whether it’s free-standing or built-in—there are a million options. It really helps change the traffic pattern of the space.


Most people don’t realize it until you already own them, but stainless steel appliances are really smudgy. I have a 17-month-old daughter, and there are handprints at her sightline on every single thing in our house. What’s nice about the LG Studio line is that we changed the graining of the stainless steel to go horizontally instead of vertically, which greatly reduces fingerprints and smudges.


Do an edit. You don’t need a cabinet filled with dozens of cereal bowls anymore. Save a few for when the grandkids visit. Keep your best cookware and your prettiest linens, and donate the rest.


Smartly designed appliances should take center stage. LG Studio’s French-Door Counter-Depth refrigerator features a front compartment to store the things you need easy access to, so you don’t have to open the entire fridge every time you reach for them. It’s terrific for cooks because they don’t have to dig into the back of the refrigerator—and let out cool air doing so—to find the things they’re constantly using.


Go deep into the accessories. What’s the runner in front of your sink? What’s the fabric you’ve upholstered your counter stools in? Do you have gorgeous pendant lights hanging down? What do your cutting boards look like, and how are they displayed? Upgrade the tactile things that you touch everyday and incorporate patterns and colors that you really love.

Start with the kitchen. It is, in my opinion, the single most important renovation in terms of adding value to the home. Build exactly what you want, but always remain on the classic side of things. If it doesn’t look like it was around in 1920, then it’s time to move on from the idea.


I like kitchens that are largely designed to be under the counter, with the exception of the range, the hood, and the refrigerator. Consider skipping upper cabinetry so that you have a wall to hang a black-and-white photograph or a favorite painting.


Use natural materials, like stone countertops that are an inch-and-a-half or two inches thick. Add custom cabinetry that’s designed with anything you could dream of: spice organization, dividers, drawers lined in anti-tarnish cloth for your sterling. Incorporate architectural salvage pieces into the design. For instance, a plaster hood with an old stone medallion. Or, you could use an 18th-century French marble fireplace to frame the hood over the stove. In general, just focus on improving the quality of the materials that you’re using.



Top Drunk Food Spots in Chicago

 Top Drunk Food Spots in Chicago

According to Chicago Now:

You’ve been out drinking and this is about the time your head starts to spin.

Your designated driver hates you.

You keep saying, “I love you, man!”

Someone keeps spinning the ceiling.

It’s 2:00 AM, do you know where your appetite is?

It is true, eating a good solid meal and downing two to three bottles of water or gatorade hours before going out for drinks can help you later on. The presence of food in the belly slows the absorbtion of alcohol into the bloodstream which can delay the craziness.

Eating a bit may stop you from pissing in the plant outside your buddy’s house because it looked like a urinal.

And fluids keep you hydrated and less likely to have a horrible headache since those brain thumpers are due to the dehydration caused by drinking more than a “few”.

However, you only ate a donut about 11 hours ago. And you can’t even remember if you drank anything today. Your body has absorbed that alcohol like a sponge and personality-wise you are somewhere between douchebag and whore. Not pretty.

Even though you feel like someone has begun tap dancing in your lower bowels, you may want to put some food in your stomach since eating fuels your metabolism which helps churn that alcohol out of your system faster.

With food, you will be less likely to have a horrible hangover the morning after.

Here is my list of where you can go to get your food fix and fight LA CRUDA.

5. Lawrence’s Fisheries: 2120 S. Canal Street, Chicago, IL
This place is open 24/7 so you can’t go wrong. Mounds of fried shrimp with yummy cocktail sauce will do your stomach just right. A half order is about 7 bucks so you can’t go wrong. If seafood isn’t your thing, go for an order of jumbo wings. Lawrence’s also has a selection of nice sides, delectable sandwiches and dessert too. Plus, you can add fries to any item for a small charge.

4. White Castle: 3457 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL
Another 24 hour joint that brings back nostalgia. A few sliders might be just what you need to keep your “cookies” under control. Try to be within 50 feet of a bathroom just as a precaution.

3. White Palace Grill: 1150 S. Canal, Chicago, IL
Another all-night food fest begins here. The White Palace Grill has been around since 1939 and has always been open 365 days a year. The waitresses are friendly and that’s exactly what a drunk like you needs. Whether it is a homestyle breakfast you crave or tender short ribs, White Palace Grill kills all of your late night hunger growls. The menu items are reasonable and there are nightly specials too!

2. Clarke’s Hyde Park: 1451 E. 53rd Street, Chicago, IL
Clarke’s has finally come to Hyde Park with the largest portions you’ve ever seen. For the glutton of a drunk, any hamburger can be topped with a fried egg. A steaming bowl of homestyle chicken soup can calm the churning in your tummy and keep you focused enough to tell a joke that actually makes sense. Open 24 hours, Clarke’s is a diner that is worth the drive.

1.1. Jim’s Original 1250 S. Union, Chicago, IL
Jim’s near Maxwell Street is your #1 go-to place for the late night grease pill that makes your stomach smile after a hard night of drinking. This stand is THE original home of the Maxwell Street Polish and has a 70+ year history. The grilled onions piled high on top of a slick Vienna beef polish with mustard and peppers make the night epic. The best part is that anything you buy from Jim’s comes with an order of freshly fried golden french fries. Follow the smells to 1250 S. Union right off of 90/94 any day of the week 24 hours a day.

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