Shay and Diego’s New Keys

  It’s the last day of the month, which means lots of new keys to give out! I decided to start putting a special touch on people’s new keys by personalizing them. I bought these transparent keychains on Ebay. The front pops out and you can slide whatever you want inside. As a collage maker…

3215 W Cermak #2F – RENTED

  Happy Easter! My original posting plan was to do an egg decorating tutorial, but I chucked them all into the trash last night in an epic throwing up of hands when I discovered they were all frozen solid and completely inedible. Instead, I’m posting a video tour of an apartment for rent on Cermak and…

Local Gems: Agave Supply

  An unassuming garage on Artesian in Wicker Park is where the nascent, online home goods retailer Agave Supply lives. The passion project of local furniture artist Eddie Huber, Agave Supply features fine, handmade baskets, pottery, rugs, and much more from traditional artisans from around the world, focusing firstly and foremost on Mexico.    …

Erica’s New Keys!

Here’s my first happy renter since starting the blog! Erica was fast as lightning and swooped her awesome apartment right up, leaving other potential renters writhing in rental pain, gnashing their teeth and pulling their hair. I mean, one can only assume. Here she is with her new keys. She says, “I have a full city view…

Work With What You Got

Pictured above is the bed (or, how it was) in my Airbnb bedroom. I have some guests coming tomorrow, so I put some candy-filled, glittery Easter eggs on their pillows. If I have time to hit Walgreens, I’ll make a little grassy nest for them to lay on, too. 😉 The two watercolors are from…

2003 W. Cermak #2F

(UPDATE: this unit has been rented!) I thought I’d kick things off with a video. This apartment is on the corner of Damen and Cermak, right in the middle of Pilsen and on a nice, bustling, gently gentrifying corner. It is half a block from El Guero Supermarket, and a couple minutes’ walk to the Damen…

Welcome!

My name is Elissa, and I’m a real estate agent with Keller Williams in Chicago, an Airbnb host, and an artist. Whether crafting, performing, or refinishing furniture, or something else entirely, I’m all about it. I’m especially drawn to unusual properties with lots of great potential, and I get very excited about first-time buyers, flips, and…