Looking Good, collaborative work by Susan Pasowicz and Allison Wade
May
9
5:00 PM17:00

Looking Good, collaborative work by Susan Pasowicz and Allison Wade

Arts of Life, a non-profit organization that provides artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities space to expand their practice, presents:

Looking Good, an exhibition of collaborative work by Susan Pasowicz and Allison Wade.

Join us at LivingRoom for an opening reception Thursday, May 9th at Livingroom, 1530 W Superior, Chicago, IL from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Show runs though June 2.

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How to Buy Cooperatively Series - Building Blocks to a Functional Community
Apr
3
6:30 PM18:30

How to Buy Cooperatively Series - Building Blocks to a Functional Community

Join us April 3rd from 6:30-8pm for, Building Blocks to a Functional Community, the next event in our Cooperative Housing Series at Livingroom Realty. In this session guest presenter Liz Anderson from NASCO will discuss best practices for living and working as a community. This includes values building, the membership process, consensus and community agreement, and running member meetings. This will be a very informative event! Please RSVP to attend as space is limited.

About LivingRoom Cooperative Housing Series

Are you ready to own your own home, but concerned about rising real estate costs? Do you want to plan for the future or have a built in community by sharing your home with friends or family? Want to buy a commercial building and share resources? Are you interested in combining the financial, environmental, and/or community/social benefits of communal living with the security of property ownership?

If so, LivingRoom Realty's Co-operative living Info sessions are for you! This new series of informal meet-ups is for anyone interested in learning more about how to successfully purchase, manage, and occupy co-operative real estate in Chicago. Join LivingRoom Realty brokers Annie Coleman & Susannah Ribstein, and Co-op Development Consultant, Corrigan Nadon-Nichols, for this informative event series. 

Please RSVP to attend.

Future Series Events (More Details To Be Announced):

Date TBD - Coop Case Studies - Meet Coop members of current Chicago Cooperatives and hear there story and we’ll also highlight some national examples.

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Landscape of the Markets for Buyers
Mar
13
6:30 PM18:30

Landscape of the Markets for Buyers

Thinking about buying a home or investment property this Spring or in the next few years? Don’t jump in without being prepared. Winter is the perfect time to start learning about the process, your options and what you need to do to get prepared.  Join us at the next Landscape of the Market for Buyers.  LivingRoom Realty's Broker Elizabeth Dudek, Mortgage Broker Ben DeBoer, and Home Inspector Mike Lamb will walk through the process, share key information to help you prepare, and answer your questions.  Topics we cover are:

  • The pre-approval process and preparing your finances, including information for independent contractors and self-employed

  • Step by step overview of key parts of home buying process

  • Loan products available in today’s market

  • Overview of current market conditions

  • Helpful Information on how to decide what type of property to buy

  • What to expect from a property search

  • What to expect from a home inspection

  • What to look for in a building

  • What are closing costs and a detailed breakout

  • Tips for saving for home improvements

Q&A at the end of class so bring your questions! Food and Drinks will be provided. Class is complimentary.

Please RSVP to attend so we can plan accordingly.

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How to Buy Cooperatively Series - Financing Your Cooperative Event
Mar
12
6:30 PM18:30

How to Buy Cooperatively Series - Financing Your Cooperative Event

Join us for a repeat of Financing Your Cooperative,  part of our Cooperative Housing Series, Tuesday March 12 , from 6:30-8pm at LivingRoom Realty.

Are you ready to own your own home, but concerned about rising real estate costs? Do you want to plan for the future or have a built in community by sharing your home with friends or family? Want to buy a commercial building and share resources? Are you interested in combining the financial, environmental, and/or community/social benefits of communal living with the security of property ownership?

If so, LivingRoom Realty's Co-operative living Info sessions are for you! This new series of informal meet-ups is for anyone interested in learning more about how to successfully purchase, manage, and occupy co-operative real estate in Chicago. Join LivingRoom Realty brokers Annie Coleman & Susannah Ribstein, and Co-op Development Consultant, Corrigan Nadon-Nichols, for this informative event series. 

This next event Financing Your Coop will feature guest speakers Michelle Bobart Senior VP of Mortgage Lending at Guaranteed Rate and Kevin Truitt Senior Loan and Program Officer at Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF).   Michelle and Kevin will walk you through the loan products available to meet your Cooperative Housing needs.  Corrigan Nadon-Nichols will go over basics of how to prepare your finances.  This will be an very informative event!  

Please RSVP to attend.

Future Series Events (More Details To Be Announced):

Date TBD - Living and working as a Community - Membership Process, Group Decision Making, Conflict Resolution and other topics to create and maintain a happy and healthy community.

Date TBD - Coop Case Studies - Meet Coop members of current Chicago Cooperatives and hear there story and we’ll also highlight some national examples.

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Taxes for the Gig Economy and Self Employed
Mar
11
6:00 PM18:00

Taxes for the Gig Economy and Self Employed

LivingRoom Realty is thrilled to host a talk by Janet Ecklebarger, of Tax Scout, on how to do your taxes for the self employed.  In this talk Janet will guide you through the process of identifying and accounting for the many diverse income streams and business-related expenses that compromise the self-employed persons reality.  

Key points that will be covered:

  • Identify which expenses are deductible and how to best categorize them

  • How to complete associated tax forms commonly used to assess and report self-employment income and tax (Form 1040-Schedule C and SE), expenses for business use of home (Form 8829), and depreciation & amortization (Form 4562)

  • Easy-to-adopt analog and digital organizational systems for tracking receipts and other types of record keeping

Suggested $15 donation that will go into LivingRoom Realty’s Grant. Fund that will be awarded to a Chicago Non-Profit at the end of each fiscal year.

Janet Ecklebarger earned her Master's degree from Cranbrook, in 1992. She has been working as a tax associate since 2005 and specializes in deductions for artists, musicians, and other creative types while also offering tax and accounting techniques for the right brained. She is a practicing artist and former Chicagoan who moved to a 30-acre property in North Carolina.  Visit her at  gleandesign.com and https://tax-scout.com/

Please note that neither Living Room Realty nor our presenters are offering professional tax or accounting advice. All opinions are personal to the presenters. 

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Algorithms Are The Utensils We Use To Devour Each Other   New Dead Mac Laptops / Michael Dinges  
Feb
16
6:00 PM18:00

Algorithms Are The Utensils We Use To Devour Each Other   New Dead Mac Laptops / Michael Dinges  

Artist’s Reception: Saturday, February 16th, 6 to 9 PM  

Show Dates: February 16th – March 30, 2019

Show Hours: Saturdays noon to 5 PM.  All other times by appointment contact Aron Packer Projects

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In advance of his upcoming show, A Scarecrow at the Crossroads of an Epoch, at the South Bend Museum of Art, Aron Packer Projects is pleased to present in our gallery a new series of engraved and painted dead mac laptops by Michael Dinges.  Completing the exhibition, we will include all extant laptops not in private collections to date.  Notes on Dinges’ agenda follow.

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining and surveillance are just part of the dramatic change that we are confronted with today. What do we give away when we are seduced and distracted by our devices?  In his upcoming show entitled “Algorithms Are The Utensils We Use To Devour Each Other,” Michael Dinges challenges us to confront our devotion to our devices as they simultaneously connect us while also alienating us. What do we lose when we trade our autonomy for flattery and convenience?  In all his work Dinges asks, “Is this what you wanted? Are these the results you expected?”

Michael Dinges’ drawings, sculpture and engraved objects utilize images of container ships, trade goods, and American iconic imagery and slogans to re-enforce, subvert and explore contemporary ideas of what it’s like to live in the whirlwind of globalization.  His work is influenced by the engraving techniques of scrimshaw and also of trench art which was done in WWI and WWII.  Dinges received his Bachelor’s degree from the Art Center College of Design in 1982 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Chicago in 2005. He has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in Chicago, Detroit, New York, Miami, as well as Vancouver B.C. and in Japan. He has received an Artists Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council as well as a residency at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Program.

A portion of sales will be donated to a charity to be determined by Living Room Gallery at the end of 2019.  

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Landscape of the Markets for Buyers
Jan
23
6:30 PM18:30

Landscape of the Markets for Buyers

Thinking about buying a home or investment property this Spring or in the next few years? Don’t jump in without being prepared. Winter is the perfect time to start learning about the process, your options and what you need to do to get prepared.  Join us at the next Landscape of the Market for Buyers.  LivingRoom Realty's Managing Broker Annie Coleman, Mortgage Broker Ben DeBoer, and Home Inspector Mike Lamb will walk through the process, share key information to help you prepare, and answer your questions.  Topics we cover are:

  • The pre-approval process and preparing your finances, including information for independent contractors and self-employed

  • Step by step overview of key parts of home buying process

  • Loan products available in today’s market

  • Overview of current market conditions

  • Helpful Information on how to decide what type of property to buy

  • What to expect from a property search

  • What to expect from a home inspection

  • What to look for in a building

  • What are closing costs and a detailed breakout

  • Tips for saving for home improvements

Q&A at the end of class so bring your questions! Food and Drinks will be provided. Class is complimentary.

Please RSVP to attend so we can plan accordingly.

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