Archive for May, 2010

Buffalo Grove Needs a New Restaurant and Other Thoughts

Thoughts That Make You Say,”Are You Kidding Me”?

The other night, I was in the mood to go to a local restaurant that I hadn’t been to in a while. Unfortunately, I came up Thoughts about Buffalo Groveempty handed, so I went to the new Seasons 52 restaurant in Schaumburg. The food, service and atmosphere was great. The had a phenomenal piano player, and as I said the food was different, in a good way, and the service was outstanding.

Yes, I know it’s a chain,but maybe we can get a chain here. Maybe two of them. When was the last time a “chain restaurant” opened in Buffalo Grove and is still open? Why do we seem to be at a standstill for opening restaurants, grocery stores, etc. while all around us activity is happening? I guess the question should be, who’s kidding who?

Now About the Cubs…

I was at the Cubs game the other night. A friend of mine got tickets,five rows behind the dugout. The game was typical Cubs, no timely hitting, lazy fielding, that’s you Soriano, and throw in a error for good measure. Hey, the kid is only 20 years old, give him a break.

But the thing that kills me is the ushers. They act like THEY own the seats. They were guarding those seats and preventing anyone from seating there, as if it was Fort Knox. That’s also true for anyone that might have been given a ticket stub, by someone leaving.

When I was a kid,going to the old Yankee stadium, I would either sneak in,or return enough soda bottles to buy a bleacher seat.  Around the 6th inning we would go to the box seats, and ask the guys leaving, for there ticket stub. Usually,they would give it to us,the ushers would leave us alone after checking the stub, and we would hope we would get a foul ball or maybe extra innings.

Mr. Ricketts, you were a kid once, you say you’re a fan, how about letting some kids have the experience of a life time. Tell the ushers to back off, the corporate owners GAVE the kids the stub. Relax,remember, it’s supposed to be a kids game.

Could World News Effect Buffalo Grove Real Estate?

Is Real Estate Effected by World Events?

World EconomyIf any of you still think the United States is an island by itself, all you have to do is look at what the markets have been doing the last few days, and especially today. We are in a global market and economy, whether we like it or not.  I believe the good that will come out of this is countries, more than ever will want to invest in the U.S. and still buy our debt. We are still the best choice out there. Some are thinking it could cause a “run” on the real estate market, but I think that’s a stretch.

The real estate market market is still chugging along, just like the little engine that could. Rates are still good, inventory is selling and prices are still bumping around the bottom. Remember, Hogs Get Slaughtered-but Pigs Get Fat. If you find a house you like, don’t wait for the price to come down, make an offer with your price reduction in mind. The worst that can happen is you’ll purchase a house that you love.


What Kind of Business is Buffalo Grove Trying to Attract?

I just read an article on how Libertyville is pushing for a Trader Joe’s to be built there. Let’s see,Vernon Hills/Lake Forest/Riverwoods is getting a Costco, Libertyville is trying for a Trader Joe’s, are we trying for ANYTHING? One of the biggest concerns residents of Buffalo Grove have is a tax base. One of these types of stores would help in a big way. I sure hope Buffalo Grove is working on getting a similar type store. We sure have plenty of space for it, and if not we can find it. I love living in Buffalo Grove, but let’s not drive people out or not let them in because they can’t afford the taxes.