Let Us Give Thanks


Can someone tell us where 2018 went?

It seems only yesterday that we were gearing up for the spring real estate market. Now all of a sudden, Thanksgiving has come and gone. Your neighborhood is likely awash in twinkling colored lights, and we’ve already survived winter’s first blizzard. The year is hurtling toward its grand finale; before long we’ll be raising a glass at midnight, singing a song whose lyrics we can never quite remember, and thinking about how we can better ourselves in 2019.

It’s true that the holiday season is best spent in the moment, surrounded by friends, family, and those whose company you crave most. But many of us, quite naturally, spend this twelfth month looking to the future. After all, a new year means a new beginning, and it’s hard not to gaze off toward the horizon, imagining everything that could be.



But before we begin wrapping presents or jotting down our resolutions, we at d’aprile properties wanted to take a moment to look back on a year that began with so much hope and promise, and will come to an end as one of the best in our history. For the fourth year running, we added to our tremendous growth. Our leaders joined the ranks of ‘Who’s Whoin Chicago. And we made some noise when the Tribune named us as a company that people wanted to be a part of.

But most importantly, we had the privilege of helping amazing new clients (and some wonderfully loyal return customers) realize their real estate dreams. These individuals and their families are the backbone of our business, people that we aim to turn into lifelong customers. You are the ones who allow us to do what we do, and make it possible to do what we love.



So here, at year’s end, we wanted to take the time to say thanks to each and every one of you. We are so very grateful for your business, and we are honored to serve those you refer our way. We provide real estate services. You provide us with your trust, your honesty, and your faith. Without you, and the confidence you place in our vision, we couldn’t realize our own dreams.

So if we have partnered together in the past, know that we are always here for you, no matter what you need. And if we haven’t yet met, we hope that you stop in, and see what we’re all about. Until then, take the time today to join us in looking forward to a new year, and a fresh start. Because the most amazing thing about time is that it cannot be wasted in advance. The next hour, the following day, and the year to come belong to those who act with purpose. Who find meaning in what they do, and always strive to live in the moment.

We can’t wait to see what 2019 has to offer. To You and Yours from Us and Ours, may the holiday season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter.

d’aprile Locales – On Tour Brewing Company – West Town

At d’aprile properties, we feel that the word ‘community’ means more than a subdivision or zip code. A community is defined by the character of its people – a combination of work ethic, pride, and spirit that brings everyone together, in a place they happily call home.  That’s why we’ve created ‘Locales’, a series that highlights vendors, businesses, and organizations who stand out in their respective communities through their passion and purpose.

May we introduce you to:

On Tour Brewing Company

THEIR STORY: For Owner/Founder Mark Legenza, it began as a hobby, brewing homemade beer in his garage with friends for eight years. That hobby quickly became a passion, and after winning home-brewing awards at both the local and national level, gave him confidence that he could successfully open his own place. Today, that passion has become a lifestyle, as this third-generation Chicagoan has returned home to open On Tour Brewing Company along West Hubbard Street. Once an area known for its industrial factories and warehouses, the emergence of several local breweries has locals referring to this West Town neighborhood as ‘The Brewing District’.

THEIR VIBE: A wide variety of carefully crafted beers is what brings you in the door, but for the team at On Tour, there is more to the experience than barley and hops. “When you host a party at your house, there are certain things you have to provide your guests: cleanliness, hospitality, and a nice, comfortable space that has something for everyone,” Legenza says. “My wife and I are always the ones hosting parties, and I wanted to bring that same at-home feeling to your local brewery.” On Tour is immaculately clean, and kid-friendly. But what makes it unique is the enormous garage door that, when weather permits, is open wide along a peaceful street, welcoming the sunshine and fresh air to the overall ambiance.

Take a 360º Virtual Tour of On Tour Brewery


WHAT’S HOT: Perfect for quenching your thirst, treat yourself to On Tour’s current favorite, Cities – a goes-down-easy Mexican Lager that Legenza perfectly describes as ‘super-crushable’ on a hot Chicago summer day.

For more information on On Tour Brewery, check out their:

All photos courtesy of On Tour Brewing Company