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About markdollardrealty

Mark has built a reputation as a responsive and dedicated broker who uses his market expertise and extensive background in finance to identify and close on prime opportunities for his clients. As a multi-year top-producing agent at a boutique real estate firm, he brings an unparalleled level of experience, skills, and customer service to real estate transactions. Whether working with a first-time condo buyer or selling a multi-million dollar investment property, Mark strives to understand each client's unique needs and leads them confidently through all aspects of what is often a complex process. Constantly looking at the long-term benefits, Mark educates his clients with their future in mind, and remains a trusted advisor long after any single transaction has closed.

Roadie Q (Local): Lillie’s Q

I recently had a chance to get lunch at Lillie’s Q in Wicker Park as part of my ongoing BBQ vision quest.  I have a tough time characterizing this place.  Honestly, I would have to describe it as “BBQ for … Continue reading

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Roadie Q (Local): Smoke Daddy

Another stop on my BBQ vision quest, but this one is much closer to home: Smoke Daddy.  They’ve been around in Chicago for a while, and everyone in the Wicker Park/Bucktown area knows about ’em.  It’s my local BBQ joint. … Continue reading

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An Un-burritoble Loss: La Pasadita (East Side)

I’ve written a lot about my neighborhood and the institutions that serve it.  I work with all sorts of neighborhood denizens in my activities in real estate and as a local musician.  I have never, ever received a response about … Continue reading

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Bug-Eyed in Chicago: Star Lounge

This post is long overdue.  I’ve been drinking coffee at Star Lounge for a long time now, and I’m just getting around to writing about it.  Some background on Star Lounge is in order.  First off, they sell Dark Matter … Continue reading

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Roadie ‘Que #1: Woodyard BBQ

Currently, I live/work/play in Chicago, but I am originally from Kansas City.  Most people have a good idea about what Chicago is: large city, burgeoning culinary/drinking scene, history as a political machine, sports-crazed, etc.  Kansas City, on the other hand, … Continue reading

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Boring But Important: Why Home Buyers Must Consider Property Taxes in Chicago

First off, I’m going to apologize for this sounding kind of like economics homework, but it’s super important.  My goal as a Realtor is to help my clients be savvy buyers, and savvy buyers need to understand these types of … Continue reading

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BCS Conferences and Economic Systems: The Surprisingly Close Parallels

This is kind of a strange idea, but somehow the more I thought about it, the more the pieces fit together.  There is a story about NCAA Football and economic/government systems and history that parallels incredibly well.  I’m going to … Continue reading

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Put on Your Lao Cap: Lao Hunan

For those of you who didn’t know, Mao was from Hunan and Lao Hunan connects to that history in some not-at-all subtle ways.  First, (and I’m not sure if this is a bad translation, similar to the Simpson’s episode with … Continue reading

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Dumplings and Spicy Highlights: Lao Shanghai

A pretty common conversation with someone who is kind of into food and wants to have their first meal in Chinatown goes like this: First timer: Where should I go in Chinatown? Friend (who’s been to Chinatown a couple times): … Continue reading

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In Da’ (Prime) House

Rest assured, that’s a Bears “Da’” not a random way to start a beer commercial. One of the most common Chicago debates is about steakhouses.  It seems that almost everyone you ask will have a different favorite in the city, … Continue reading

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