d’aprile Locales – Passero – Arlington Heights

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:



A dynamic blend of contemporary American cuisine with a healthy dose of Chicago-style Italian flair, Passero is looking to bring a traditional trattoria feel to downtown Arlington Heights. The impressive and ever-changing menu features handmade pasta and Italian small plates, partnered with classic cocktails and a robust wine list that is second to none.


Passero is the brainchild of Chef Matt Peota – most recently the sous chef for Rick Bayless’ Frontera Hospitality Group – and his wife Rikki. Chef Peota wanted to bring an urban feel to this northwestern suburb, with traditional Italian cuisine inspired by the recipes of his grandmothers. A smaller venue allows for a more intimate atmosphere, as the team at Passero were looking for a space that would catch the eye of curious walk-ins. This has allowed them to truly get to know the community, as their popularity has soared mostly through word-of-mouth.


The new summer menu is here, featuring a delectable market risotto with seared east coast sea scallops, blue pacific shrimp, shaved asparagus, preserved lemon, and fresh herbs. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the amazing maple brined 12 oz. duroc pork chop. Served on heirloom polenta and topped with cherry marmalata and roasted pistachios, this exceptional entree won’t be around for long!



Tuesday – Thursday:4:30 PM – 10 PM
Lunch Fri/Sat:11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Dinner Fri/Sat:4:30 PM – 11 PM
Sunday:4 PM – 9 PM



Seasonal Italian American Cuisine

5 W Campbell St

Arlington Heights, IL 60005

(224) 857-8900

Moving Forward With You

The minute you’re satisfied with where you are, you aren’t there anymore.
— Tony Gwynn, Hall of Fame Baseball player
Time flies when you’re having fun.
This company began with a shared purpose, and a hopeful outlook toward the future. Today, having exceeded the expectations of thousands of clients across the Midwest, and cultivating some of the area’s finest top-producing agents, we are excited to announce that we have made the Inc. 5000 list of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America for the fourth consecutive year.
The organizations included on this list are noted for their dedication to service and innovation, and are championed for their ability to create value and job growth. d’aprile properties is proud to once again be included on this prestigious list.
Our firm dedication to the quality of service we provide has fueled our success – but we won’t stop Moving Forward. We’re committed to providing a unique and wholly satisfying real estate experience to our current and future clients, as well as our amazing team of dedicated agents. We dedicate ourselves to providing our agents the opportunity to take their individual business to new heights.
d’aprile’s foundation was built on a culture of collaboration. While it would be impossible to name each, we’d like to take this moment to thank each and every one of our valued clients, agents, and support team members, whose trust and acceptance of our vision are the exact reason that we do what we do.
We’re honored to have shared this experience with you, and look forward to working with you again in the future!





More Than an Agent – Loreal Urso

At d’aprile properties, our team members are a reflection of the communities we serve. Yes they are real estate agents, but they’re also husbands and wives, mothers and fathers. They are local area experts, because they have a personal investment in the neighborhoods that we call home. 
That’s why we’ve created ‘More Than an Agent’, a series that highlights members of the d’aprile family who serve our communities outside the world of real estate. This week, we’d like you to meet:

Loreal Urso: Real Estate Agent and Professional Horse Trainer

If there is one thing that gives Loreal Urso a great sense of pride, it is her ability to balance her passions in life. Professionally, she is a full-time licensed real estate agent, and a proud member of d’aprile properties. Personally, she has been a professional horse trainer for well over 20 years.



As an agent, she loves to empower her clients by educating them on the real estate process, fully preparing them for one of the biggest decisions of their lives.
But when she takes off her agent hat, she enjoys nothing more than to slip into a saddle. Here she educates as well, preparing some of her customers for competition at local and national levels. But what she really loves is helping people simply enjoy their beloved senior horse as a member of the family, making the most of their time together. And finally, it provides her with another life experience to share with her beautiful daughter, Arianna.


In both arenas, Loreal has managed to build and maintain relationships, some for as long as 20 years. Her trusted clients become trusted friends, in part because they trust her to always look out for their best interests. “My secret lies in building honest and trustworthy relationships, and keeping sacred the values those relationships are built on.”




Mobile Phone: (847) 814-2113








Right Where We’re Supposed To Be

Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. –Matsuo Basho

If you were to ask the average agent what the number one rule in real estate is, you will often hear the phrase, “Location, location, location.” Because the perfect home isn’t made up of just brick and mortar – it has to be part of the perfect community as well.

And when you’re a real estate company, the same rule applies to where you decide to place your offices. d’aprile properties could not be more excited to announce that we’ve found the perfect community for its 11th office!

But honestly, where’s the fun in just coming out and telling you? Think you could guess our newest location, based on pictures alone?

We’ll give you some hints. This amazing Chicago suburb can best be described as a ‘big small town’. Home to 40,000 residents, it blurs the line between suburban and rural.

Need more? Our newest home is an important stop on the Union Pacific NW Metra line, where thousands of commuters make the short, 50 mile trip into the heart of the downtown Chicago.

Featuring two of the best public school systems in the region, high-quality municipal services, and one of the lowest tax rates in the area, this beautiful burg takes pride in the amenities it provides its inhabitants.

Oh, and did we mention our office is smack dab in the middle of downtown?

All of this to offer, and we haven’t even talked about the lake. Oh wait…lakes. Sparkling water, pristine beaches, hiking trails, boat rentals, scuba diving, and so much more! Can you guess the spot? Let us know in the comments. It really is “A Good Place to Live!”

Happy to Rock the Boat!

On Tuesday, July 24th, d’aprile properties hosted our third annual Lake Geneva Boat Tour!


Thanks to our good friends over at Gage Marine, over 100 of our agents from all across Chicagoland boarded the beautiful and historic Lady of the Lake for a tour of all the amazing lakefront properties that this southern Wisconsin haven has to offer!


Our Fontana, Wisconsin office team played host, educating all of our visiting agents on the Lake Geneva market. After all, a majority of vacation home buyers in the Midwest market reside in the Chicagoland communities we serve daily. City and suburban agents can partner with our Fontana team to ensure that all of our clients find the home, investment property, or vacation getaway they’ve always dreamed of!


A great time was had by all! We can’t wait for next year!



Tips for Accommodating Your Home-Based Business’ Growth Spurt

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Once again, we welcome Jim Vogel, co-founder of ElderAction, who focuses on helping ensure seniors thrive throughout their golden years by sharing pertinent resources and information.

Do you run a business out of your home? If so, you’re in good company. A recent study showed that more than half (69 percent) of all businesses in the United States were started in someone’s home. In fact, even Apple got its humble start as a home-based business when Steve Jobs launched it from a garage. (That very same garage is now listed as a historic site.)

For Carrie Wilkerson, founder of The Barefoot Executive, the primary motivation for starting a business was getting out of debt and providing a better life for her children. As a wife and mother, Carrie worried that long hours spent working at a day job would prevent her from watching her children grow up. She decided to start her own home-based business, and now runs multiple six-figure businesses from her own home — and with the love and support of her family.

Although it’s true that not all businesses will see the success that Wilkerson or Jobs have seen, that doesn’t mean your business can’t be successful. You’ve probably heard that most small businesses don’t survive their first year, but new data is actually showing this might not be true. On the contrary, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) reports that only 20 percent of businesses survive their first year. Nearly half of all businesses survive for five years or more, and one in three businesses will last 10 years or longer.Whatever your reasons for starting a business might be, if you’ve survived this long and your business is growing, congratulations! You’re living every small business owner’s dream. Now that sales are rolling in and the demand for your products and services is increasing, all the freedoms of running your own business from home are at your fingertips.

Although it’s a good problem to have, sometimes business growth means your home office can no longer accommodate the site of your business. If that’s the case for you, then it’s time to find a way to make your home accommodate your business growth so you can reach your full potential. For many small business owners, that means two things: upsizing your home and funding more growth.

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Upsizing Your Home

If your home no longer accommodates your business, consider upsizing. There are a few key things that home-based entrepreneurs should look for in a new home.

  • Price and expenses. Before moving into a bigger house, make sure you can afford it. It won’t do your business any good if you are stuck in a mortgage that’s beyond your budget. You’ll either get burned out with the hustle or you might have to give up your business ventures all together to focus on making ends meet with a full-time job.
  • Office space. Home-based business owners have to consider something that other homeowners don’t: where to work during the day. You’ll need a quiet, distraction-free room that is large enough to accommodate any office supplies, inventory, desks, and other equipment related to your business.
  • Location, location, location. Consider how conveniently located your new home will be, including high-speed internet access and distance to clients.

Funding Your Growing Business

Regardless of whether you’re upsizing your home, you’ll also want to consider how you’ll fund your continued business growth. Business credit cards or loans can be a great way to do this. When securing a credit card or loan for your business expenses, it’s important to understand processing fees and rates and how to lower transaction fees.

The things listed above may not be the most fun considerations when running a business or purchasing a new home. However, it is crucial to consider them before you make a big decision. Otherwise, you might get locked into a mortgage for 30 years that isn’t right for you and only ends up hurting your business. Save yourself some trouble and money by researching these things in advance so you can make the right decision for you — and for your business.

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A Day in the Sun

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. –English Proverb


When you love what you do, every day is a day at the beach. But every now and then, you need to actually feel the sand between your toes. On June 28th, d’aprile properties held its third Michigan City Bus Tour – an event that combines our love of unique homes and beautiful communities with a little fun in the sun.

d’aprile takes what we call an ‘Interstate Approach’ to real estate in the Midwest. You see, the majority of second home buyers in the Midwest market reside in the Chicagoland communities we serve daily.  Our presence across the Midwest allows us the opportunity to help clients find the home, investment property, or vacation getaway they’ve always dreamed of.

And there are few places in this area more beautiful than the northern border of Indiana, along the shores of stunning Lake Michigan. That’s why, on a clear Thursday morning in June, two buses loaded with agents from Chicago and its suburbs headed east on I-94. Our Michigan City, Indiana team of agents were there to greet them, ready to showcase the warm hospitality and colorful properties that represent the beach communities of northern Indiana and southern Michigan. It was a day to remember!


Lunch at Barlett’s Fish Camp – a big thanks for the good eats, and the great customer service!


The team got to tour several luxurious beachside properties, each with it’s own unique flavor!


And the evening ended with a beautiful sunset on the roof of the amazing Sunset Grille!


We can’t wait till next year!

How to Help Your Dog Adjust Come Moving Time

Once again, we welcome Jim Vogel, co-founder of ElderAction, who focuses on helping ensure seniors thrive throughout their golden years by sharing pertinent resources and information.

Do you think moving is stressful for humans? Try looking at it from a dog’s point of view. Mother Nature designed your pet to associate familiar sights and sounds with safety. Placing him/her in strange surroundings that lack their normal environmental cues can make them feel insecure and fearful. This can happen even if the new home has a bigger yard and other pup-friendly perks. Never fear, though. You can help them adjust to the change by using the following tips.

Choose a Dog-Friendly Neighborhood

You love your cold-nosed companion so much that it’s almost impossible for you to understand that not everyone feels the same way. Still, whether it is due to fear, allergies, or simply personal preference, some people just aren’t big fans of dogs. In the ideal scenario, your neighbors will welcome all of your family members, furry ones included. However, here are some warning signs that your potential new neighbors may not greet your beloved pooch with open arms:

  • They have no dogs of their own. Beware of communities where pets are scarcer than pink elephants – or where pink elephants are the pets, for that matter.
  • They act leery or hostile when you try to introduce them to your dog. It’s always a good idea to take your four-legged family member with you to inspect a prospective neighborhood. If you find yourselves shunned, then it’s best to look elsewhere for a new home.
  • Local anti-barking rules are unreasonable or burdensome. It makes perfect sense for an area to crack down on incessant animal noise, but sometimes it can be taken to the extreme.
  • The neighborhood lacks pet stores, vets, dog parks, and similar accommodations. This may signal an anti-animal area. At the very least, it means you will have to go out of your way to provide these essential services for your pup.
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Let’s say you’ve found a home in an area that will welcome your critter with open arms. That’s great! But remember that your dog has no concept of such uniquely human inventions as mortgages and moving vans. According to the ASPCA, it’s only natural for them to feel uneasy when they see you boxing up your belongings for the big day. Here are some tips for helping them make it through the moving process:

  • Try to keep them out of the house while you’re packing things. One family member could take your dog for a walk, or a trip to the dog park, while the rest of you get ready for the move.
  • Keep their schedule as close to normal as possible. Maintain their usual feeding, walking, and playing times. This will help them have a reassuring sense of continuity throughout the upcoming changes.
  • If you must keep them at home while you’re preparing to move, then give them a “safe room” where they will be out of your way. This is vital for everyone’s safety.
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Tips for Selling Your Home

One way to minimize everyone’s moving-related stress is to keep your home as appealing as possible to buyers. Here are some things you can do to help sell your home as quickly as possible:

  • Lighten things up. Keep the blinds or curtains open during showings, use high watt bulbs in lighting fixtures (if safe to do so), and trim your hedges to allow added sunshine to enter the home. Buyers love a bright, cheery house.
  • Make some space. Buyers want to picture your home with their furnishings in it, not yours. So remove as much furniture as possible without compromising your comfort.
  • Send the dog packing for the time being. This may sound cruel, but the presence of a pet is a huge turn-off for many buyers. Showings are a good time for your pup to visit the park or go for a walk around the block – under the guidance of a human family member, of course.

Following the tips in this post will help make your upcoming move a positive experience for all involved. The hard work will pay off when your dog realizes that his/her family is still by their side, just like always. Good luck and happy pet parenting.

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