- Bedrocks Craft Beer and Pizza Bar: 700 W Jefferson Street (815) 744-8408
-Great place for craft beer fans with over 40 beers on the menu. Homemade pizza, calzones, and wings are available along with live music on Friday’s, daily drink specials and plenty of pool tables, dart boards, ping pong, etc.
- Crowd around Me: 103 E Jefferson Street (815) 725-5940
- Skooter’s Roadhouse: 700 W Jefferson (815) 799-4700
-They have a large menu with specials several days of the week. They also regularly feature live music.
- Casa Maya: 805 West Jefferson Street (815) 725-7760
- Little Saigon: 201 Vertin Boulevard (815) 782-6395
-Wonderful drinks including a special drink every season. They regularly feature 7 specialty cocktails and the food is delicious.
- Friacos Mexican Restaurant: 1321 State Highway 59 (815) 254-4866
-They offer great happy hour deals with great small bites to eat.
Downtown Plainfield is a unique and fun town full of great restaurants and businesses and many buildings that are part of the National Registry of Historic Places. Check out what makes Plainfield a great place to live!
- One of the many things that makes downtown Plainfield special is the National Register District on Lockport Street between Route 59 and James Street. Buildings that are included in the National Register of Historic Places were built between 1840 and 1960 and include a wide range of styles. Buildings given this special designation include Clock Tower Building (Opera House), Plymouth Congregational Church, and the Masonic Lodge.
- The pedestrian friendly dowtown hosts many fun events throughout the year including the Irish Parade (Sunday, March 12th 2017), Cruise Nights (Tuesday nights from June 6th-August 22nd 2017) where classic cars can be seen driving through downtown with each Tuesday having a different theme, Plainfield Fest on Friday, July 14th through Sunday July 16th 2017, the Harvest 5K on Sunday, September 24th 2017 and much more!
- Many wonderful restaurants and businesses can be found right downtown such as 3 Girls Boutiques, Inc., Moe Joe’s Cajun, Opera House Steak & Seafood, Art Cube Studios (art school), Best In Show Dog And Cat Grooming Too, Blu (bar), Capri Sogno, School of Rock Plainfield, Sovereign Tap, Tap House Grill, Front Street Cantina, Hopscotch & Vine, Just Ducky Gift Boutique, Uptown Eatery & Tap, Vaughan Dance Academy, Wine & Cheese by TCC, Milettes Cakes & Cupcakes, and so much more!
Tax season is upon us and there are many benefits awaiting homeowners:
- Mortgage Interest: This is a huge money saver and can be taken on both primary and secondary homes, as long as you itemize your return and your loan is less than one million dollars.
- Mortgage Points: Points, which are percentage based fees that a lender charges to originate a loan, are seen as a type of mortgage interest which is paid in advance. As long as you meet certain requirements, you can deduct these points in full the year they were paid.
- Property Taxes: The amount you paid in property taxes can be entered on your federal form for as long as you own the home. You can find this amount by looking at your annual statement that you just received by your lender. This must be an itemized expense.
- Home Improvements: Many homeowners took on various home improvement projects in the last year and you may have been one of those homeowners as well. Projects range from adding additional square footage, replacing the roof, etc. The money spent on these projects can help to lower your tax bill. If you used a home equity loan or other loan tied to your home to fund home improvement projects, the loan will qualify for mortgage interest deductions just like your home mortgage.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Here are some of the best romantic restaurants in the area!
- Sovereign: 24205 W Lockport Street (815) 556-8577
- Wine & Cheese by TCC: 24104 W Lockport Street (815) 436-3499
- Capri Sogno: 24102 Lockport Street (815) 733-5815
- Volar: 24136 W Lockport Street (815) 267-6372
- Paris Bistro: 2835 Showplace Drive (630) 357-1005
- Meson Sabika: 1025 Aurora Avenue (630) 983-3000
- La Sorella Di Francesca: 18 W Jefferson Avenue (630) 961-2706
- Pizzeria NEO: 47 E Chicago Avenue (630) 922-8200
- The Melting Pot: 4931 S Route 59 (630) 717-8301
- Little Saigon: 201 Vertin Blvd (815) 782-6395
- Tin Roof: 158 N Chicago Street (815) 727-0123
- Barolo Ristorante: 2765 Black Road (815) 729-3606
- Al’s Steak House: 1990 W Jefferson Street (815) 725-2388
- Tallgrass Restaurant: 1006 S State Street (815) 838-5566
- Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf: 218 W Kinzie Street (312) 624-8154
- Penumbra Wine Bar: 3309 W Fullerton Avenue (773) 772-2343
- Bandera Restaurant: 535 North Michigan Avenue (312) 644-3524
- A Tavola: 2148 W Chicago Avenue (773) 276-7567
- MK Restaurant: 868 N Franklin Street (312) 482-9179
- DiSotto Enoteca: 200 E Chestnut Street (312) 482-8727
- RM Champagne Salon: 116 North Green Street (312) 243-1199
- Boka: 1729 North Halsted Street (312) 337-6070
Curb appeal is so important because it is the first impression that people have of your home. Here are some ideas to improve your home’s curb appeal, especially if you are thinking of putting your home on the market.
- Give the front door and shutters a fresh new coat of paint. Either go with a traditional hue such as black, white, grey, navy blue, etc. or try a trendier shade. Check out Arsenic by Farrow & Ball (a blue/green), Sunburst by Benjamin Moore (yellow), Evening Sky by Benjamin Moore (deep blue), Folly Green by Farrow & Ball, Hampshire Rocks by Benjamin Moore (gray), etc. Just be sure to check with your HOA if you have one to get permission before painting if needed.
- Install a new mailbox
- Plant trees, shrubs, and flowers
- Put up new address numbers
- Invest in new outdoor lights
- Paint your garage door if needed
- Power wash the exterior, siding, and walkways
- Perform any necessary maintenance on fences
- Repair or replace the roof if it is needed
- Clean dirty windows; unclean windows really do detract from the appeal of a home’s exterior
- Replace any rotted wood
- Replace any missing siding
- Once it’s warmer outside, keep bushes and shrubs trimmer and the lawn watered and mowed