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Margaret Hagerty - State Farm
The Hagerty Insurance Agency of State Farm has been protecting what matters most since 1998. Founded by insurance agent Margaret Hagerty, she and her team have over 50 years of combined industry experience. The Hagerty Insurance Agency prides itself in being able to get clients the best price, while still ensuring they are well protected in case the unexpected occurs. To date, they have serviced over 2,000 individuals and businesses with auto, home, life, health, and financial coverage, making it a one-stop insurance shop. Located in the beautiful, historic, and family-oriented neighborhood of Edgewater, the Hagerty Insurance Agency primarily services Chicago’s North Side, as well as their neighbors throughout the Chicagoland area.
Downtown Evanston, where Chicago and the North Shore meet and urban sophistication meets suburban relaxation. Our vibrant and unique downtown district offers wonderful international cuisine, excellent shopping at independent and national retailers, a variety of health and fitness activities, outstanding services, and entertainment for all. We offer access to a rich theater and arts community enhanced by our proximity to Northwestern University. Located just a half-mile from Lake Michigan, downtown Evanston is a short walk to a phenomenal system of parks and recreation. Downtown Evanston is easily accessible from Chicago on the CTA and Metra and parking is easy and inexpensive. Downtown Evanston is the organization that provides special services to the downtown business district including marketing, physical maintenance, special events and more to maintain and improve the vitality of the local economy and quality of life.
Caffè ArrivaDolce is more than a coffee shop — it’s a delightful take on Italian drinks and cafè culture. Serving breakfast and lunch, they offer a wealth of delicious treats, such as gelato, pumpkin apple bread, scones, chocolate croissants, sandwiches, soups, and their fan-favorite “cinnayums.” ArrivaDolce is the quintessential neighborhood cafè, a place to meet with friends and indulge in a gelato “kookie,” or relax with a book while sipping espresso. Recognized for their friendly staff and inviting atmosphere, they are proud to be independently owned, and serve local Midwestern products, like Colectivo coffee. Recently celebrating six years in their original Highland Park location, Caffè ArrivaDolce is looking forward to summer in the city as they bring their take on “Urban Tuscany” steps away from the “El” in Rogers Park.
Broker Joanne DeSanctis Kirk brings a broad skill set to buying and selling residential properties in Chicago. She combines outstanding people skills, design and project management experience, and a vast network of real estate and construction resources to benefit her clients. Buying, selling, or investing ¾ clients count on Joanne's expertise and unfailing commitment to ensure a smooth transaction from start to finish. A long-time Chicago resident, and 20-year resident of Andersonville and Edgewater, she currently resides with her family in Lakewood Balmoral and has a true understanding of the charm and subtleties of Chicago neighborhoods. Passionate about giving back to her adopted hometown, Joanne has volunteered at many nonprofits over the years, including the Lincoln Park Zoo and Prentice Women's Hospital. Dedicated to women’s health issues, Broker Joanne DeSanctis Kirk donates a portion of each commission to the Go Red For Women Campaign of the American Heart Association, supporting gender focused medical research that helps fight heart disease.
Real estate broker, Ray Miller, is a native of the West Ridge neighborhood in Chicago. He was born just blocks from his current home, a Historic Chicago Bungalow, which he has lived in for the past 27 years. In addition to being a native and current resident, he serves the West Ridge neighborhood, as well as Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Bucktown, Logan Square, Andersonville, Evanston and the North Shore. With over 20 years of experience, Miller specializes in single family homes, condos, investment properties, and assisting developers with condo conversions. The phrase, ‘goes above and beyond,’ is often used by his former clients to describe his work ethic. Indeed, Miller is most proud of the fact that the majority of his business comes from referrals. He genuinely cares about the needs of his clients and understands that every buyer and seller is in the market for a different reason, which is why he works so closely with his clients to ensure the best possible results.