Home & Real Estate


This page provides links to guides for finding the best day care for both children and adults, recipes, gardening tips, home repair assistance, and advice for getting rid of stains.

You can also find valuable real estate information including various home sale and apartment rental sites for the Chicagoland area.  If you are moving out of the area, you may want to check the city comparison guides to see how your new area compares.

To research property, use the Cook County Assessor's Office site to find assessed values and the recent home sales section to check the sales price of area real estate.

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Web resourceStain Guide

Find out how to remove hundreds of different stains with this online stain guide.

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Web resourceChicago Botanic Garden

The online home of the Chicago-area "botanical museum" includes information about plants, gardening, and "Illinois' Best Plants."

Web resourceGardening from Better Homes & Gardens

This online collection of gardening guides for the homeowner includes a plant database, garden plans, and buyer's guides.


This database of over 1,300 species of house and greenhouse plants includes photos and advice on watering, lighting, and pest care.

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Home Repair


Find all sorts of tips and advice for cleaning, improving, and keeping up a home at this website from "the home care specialists" at ServiceMASTER Clean.


Browse How-to guides for thousands of home projects at this consumer website about construction.

Web resourceFine Homebuilding Online

This website covers a variety of topics to assist homeowners with framing, interior finishing, roofing, safety, and tools. The site also includes video guides of professionals handling various repair jobs.

Web resourceMcGrawHill Construction:

This searchable collection of information on building materials is based on manufacturer's catalogs and is arranged in sixteen building trade divisions.


This site provides detailed information on appliance repair including forums to post specific questions about individual problems.


Use this website to find repair guides for major appliances, order parts, and get online assistance from a "RepairGuru."

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Recipes and Cooking


Find thousands of recipes, menu ideas, meal preparation tips, information on cookware, and news on this culinary website.

Web resourceThe Cook's Thesaurus

This cooking encyclopedia provides entries for thousands of ingredients and kitchen tools. Resources include pictures, descriptions, synonyms, pronunciations, and suggested substitutions.

Web resourceEpicurious

Search more than twelve thousand recipes or find reviews of restaurants and cookbooks at this website.

Web resourceThe Fanny Farmer Cookbook

Search more than 1,800 recipes in the 1918 edition of this classic best selling cookbook, which was the last edition to be completely authored by Fannie Farmer.

Web resourceFood and Recipes from Better Homes & Gardens

This site contains a recipe database, cooking guides, and meal planning information.

Web resourceRecipeSource

RecipeSource is one of the oldest online recipe archives with a large database of recipes arranged by region for ethnic cooking or type of dish for traditional fare.

Web resourceThe Webtender

Browse this online bartender's guide for drink recipes and ingredients, a "Bartender's Handbook," a discussion forum, and more.

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Web resourceChicago-area Organizations Accepting Donations

This page, compiled by the Chaos To Order™ organization and efficiency company, lists charitable organizations in the Chicago area accepting donations of various categories of household and business items.

Web resourceChicago Recycling Coalition

An all-volunteer group that provides information on recycling all kinds of waste material and older products in the Chicago area.

Web resourceEarth 911

Use this website to find the nearest recycling centers for various products.

Web resourceRecycling Resources from Northwestern University

This site provides information about recycling, lists recycler locations, and specifies the types of products they accept in the Evanston area.

Web resourceSolid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County

This site contains information on materials and locations for recycling in the Skokie area.

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General Real Estate Information


This website provides ratings for credit cards, new and used auto loans, money market accounts, CDs, checking and ATM fees, and home equity lines.

Web resourceCook County Tax Portal

Find information about Cook County properties compiled from the Assessor, Recorder of Deeds, and other County agencies. Search by PIN or address.


Resources on this website include tools for finding homes, apartments, and moving companies.


This website provides a detailed directory of links covering all aspects of real estate.

Web resourceTrulia

Trulia is an all-in-one real estate site that gives you the local scoop about homes for sale, apartments for rent, neighborhood insights, and real estate markets and trends to help you figure out exactly what, where, and when to buy, sell, or rent. You can also find a real estate agent, view prices of recently sold homes, and see home values in your community. Get advice and opinions from local real estate agents, brokers, and other local experts on Trulia Voices, Trulia's online real estate community.

Web is a powerful home valuation tool that offers free home valuations via an address search. Other information available included: value changes for each home, comparable area sales, satellite and aerial views, and individual home data.

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Web resourceChicago Tribune Online Edition: Rentals

Find apartments throughout the Chicago area at this site which includes information on the rental market, articles, and a rent survey.


Search for apartment vacancies across the United States at this site which also offers help for finding corporate housing, senior housing, and moving advice.

Web resourceThe Landlord Tenant Project

The Landlord Tenant Project provides education tools for tenants, landlords, and municipalities in the Chicago area. It includes information about leases, repairs, and evictions. The site is run by a local non-profit organization with the collaboration of local municipalities, including Skokie.

Web resourceSkokie Apartments for Rent and Other Skokie Rentals from Trulia

Listings of properties for rent in Skokie with the ability to sort by price as well as other variables.

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City Comparisons

Web resourceSperling's BestPlaces

BestPlaces compares over 3,000 United States cities by housing, costs of living, crime, education, economy, health, and climate.

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Home Listings

Web resourceChicago Reader SpaceFinder

Search through the Chicago Reader classifieds for apartments or sale property in the Chicago area.

Web resourceChicago Tribune Online Edition: Home Search

Search by city or community for home listings in the Chicago area. Other resources include mortgage data and community information.

Web resourceCyberhomes Homes for Sale Website Directory

Find homes across the United States and get tips for selling a home, moving, and financing a home with this directory of home buying websites.

Web resourceHomes for Sale from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

This site provides real estate listings offered by various federal agencies including the IRS, FDIC, HUD, Customs, U.S. Marshals Service, and more. The site also includes information about homes sold due to foreclosure.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardPublic Records Electronic Database

This database contains local public filings of new businesses, new homeowners, home foreclosures and sales, and bankruptcies in the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available


Search the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) database or find information about financing or moving at this versatile website.

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Recent Home Sales

Web resourceClosing Prices of Chicago-area Homes

From the Chicago Tribune Online Edition, find recent home sales prices for individual communities, addresses, and zip codes.

Web resourceDomania Home Price Check

Enter an address to find home sales for neighborhoods throughout the United States. User registration is required for detailed listings.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardPublic Records Electronic Database

This database contains local public filings of new businesses, new homeowners, home foreclosures and sales, and bankruptcies in the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

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