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Welcome to April, Chicago Real Estate Enthusiasts!

April 01, 2011

At the beginning of each month, we inform our readers about special designations celebrated or recognized for that month.

While some themes are home-related, this might be the first time we get to correlate a monthly designation specifically related to Chicago real estate.

Let me explain.

April is Autism Awareness Month. In honor of the designation, the advocacy group Autism Speaks has released its first list of the best places for people with autism to live, and Chicago is on it.

The areas were chosen because of their access to services related to autism.

The top 10 places to live with resources available for autism:

*Chicago

*Boston

*Cleveland

*Los Angeles

*Milwaukee

*Minneapolis/St. Paul

*New York

*Northern New Jersey

*Philadelphia

*Seattle

Among the worst places to live were California (despite Los Angeles making the good top 10 list), Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia.

“Respite services are not a luxury, they are a necessary service that allow families to successfully keep a child with autism in the home environment versus institutional care, and increases the overall wellness of all family members,” said Patricia Wright, Ph.D., MPH, National Director, Autism Services for Easter Seals, Inc.

“Every parent needs a break. Caring for a child with autism requires significant effort. Many individuals with autism need additional support from all of their care-providers; a parent cannot simply hire the neighborhood babysitter. But respite can be a difficult service to access through the social service system.”

To help find respite supports available in your community, visit archrespite.org or easterseals.com.

Merchandise Mart illuminated

The Merchandise Mart will be among the Chicago buildings lit up in blue this weekend and you know why.

While April marks Autism Awareness Month, Saturday, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day.

To recognize the cause, many Chicago landmarks and retailers will be lit with special blue lights today and/or tomorrow as part of the Light It Up Blue campaign.

Some of those buildings include the House of Blues, MB Real Estate, the Merchandise Mart, the Palmer House Hilton, Trump International Hotel, Willis Tower and the Wrigley Building.

Want to show your support? Get an LED blue light and stick it in the window of your home.

Now, back to the month.

April is also:

*African American Women’s Fitness Month

*Alcohol Awareness Month

*American Cancer Society Month

*Celebrate Diversity Month

*Community Service Month

*Jewish-American Heritage Month

Pets are wonderful in April and every month! Always treat them well.

*National Better Hearing and Speech Month

*National Child Abuse Prevention Month

*National Mental Health Month

*National Occupational Therapy Month

*National Older Americans Month

*National Parkinson’s Awareness Month

*Pets are Wonderful Month

*Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

*Stress Awareness Month

*Thai Heritage Month

*Women’s Health Care Month

On an edible note, April is National Food Month, National Pecan Month, Grilled Cheese Month, National Soft Pretzel Month, Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage Month, and National Soy Foods Month.

On the other side of the coin, beware that April is also Emotional Overeating Awareness Month.

Back to real estate-related themes: April is National Garden Month and National Landscape Architecture Month.

Research has proven that nurturing plants is good for residents and communities. For ways to celebrate Garden Month in your home or neighborhood, visit nationalgardenmonth.org.

Most importantly, April is Love your Chicagoland Real Estate Web Site Month.

OK, it’s not, but today is April Fool’s Day, so we had to throw something in there about that.

Seriously, April has also been set aside as National Decorating Month and is the start of Home Improvement Time, which runs through September 30.

    Stay tuned for more information on those themes and more throughout April, and from all of us here at Chicagoland Real Estate Forum, have a great month!

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