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Chicago’s Angie’s List members have long relied upon each other’s reviews and ratings when hiring contractors, home improvement experts and handymen to handle the tasks homeowner's can't or don't want to handle themselves.

From Lakeview to Naperville and from Evanston to Lincoln Park, the metro area’s diverse suburbs and neighborhoods are conveniently connected by train to the Windy City’s vibrant downtown.  Great architecture and public spaces, among them  Willis Tower, Soldier Field and the Field Museum of Natural History, have long been important in this waterfront city. Since the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the city has been building and growing. From historic brownstones to newly constructed modern high rises, residents can find a home to suit their needs.

And when they need to fix a leaky roof, a flooded basement or rotting floorboards, Chicagoland homeowners know they can find a trustworthy service provider through Angie’s List.

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This gorgeous kitchen remodel proves you don’t have to spend big bucks on custom kitchen cabinet upgrades to make a big impact when updating a kitchen.
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Member Photo of the Day: Stairs That Make a Grand Entrance

Step up to stare at these sleek new stair treads, railings and balusters. See how installing a new staircase completely changes the feel of this foyer.
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Member Photo of the Day: Basement Remodel with Everything, Including the Kitchen Sink

Think of your dream basement remodel. A kitchen? A bar? A wine cellar? A home gym? Yeah, this 1,600 sq ft lower level has that and more. See the project photos!

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When mortgage rates are down, should you refinance? Learn how factors such as how long you plan to stay in your home can determine how much cash you might save.

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Chicago home remodeling contractors share what homeowners can do before and during home renovation to keep projects on schedule and avoid aggravating delays.

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Looking to start a garden? A Chicago Botanic Garden expert digs up three easy-to-grow flowers and three other spring plants that new gardeners should avoid.
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Planning a vacation or preparing for business travel? Travel light and learn the best way to pack a suitcase. 10 packing tips make getting there half the fun.
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Unless you're parking on private property, you'll want to know the facts about getting a Chicago parking permit for your moving van on moving day.

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Midwest weather and wildlife can create problems unique to Chicagoland when it comes to maintaining your AC unit. Do this to prevent air conditioning trouble.

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Clean your house from the outside in: What it costs to hire a pressure washing company to clean your home's exterior and get your deck looking like new.

Remodeling Jobs That Surprisingly Need Permits in Chicago

Before starting renovations, ask yourself, "Do I need a building permit?" When remodeling in Chicago, most likely, the answer is yes for home improvements.

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Deadly tornadoes and severe thunderstorms hit near Chicago. You survived, but did your property? How to assess and fix damage without falling victim to scams.

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Do you know how to spot a bad real estate agent? An Illinois agent is accused of pocketing more than $145,000 in earnest money from a dozen clients.