Friday Fun

Happy Independence Day, Will and Grundy County. Celebrate safely, please.

Here’s where you can find fireworks in Will County (courtesy of

Lockport 4th of July Fireworks

Date:  July 3, 2015 at 9:10pm
Where: Dellwood Park
18th and Lawrence Ave
in Lockport, Illinois 60441
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Romeoville Independence Day

Date:  July 3, 2015 at 9:15pm
Where: Village Park
900 W. Romeo Road
in Romeoville, Illinois 60446
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Patriotic Picnic and Fireworks

Date:  July 3, 2015 at Dusk
Where: Plainfield Central High School
24120 W. Fort Beggs Dr.
in Plainfield, Illinois 60544
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Lemont Park District Freedom Days Fireworks

Date:  July 3, 2015 at Dusk
Where: Centennial Park
16028 127th St
in Lemont, Illinois 60439
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Park Forest July 4th Celebration

Date:  July 4, 2015 at 9:15pm
Where: Central Park
410 Lakewood
in Park Forest, Illinois 60466
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Bolingbrook All American Celebration

Date:  July 4, 2015 at 9:15pm
Where: Bolingbrook Golf Club
2001 Rodeo Drive
in Bolingbrook, Illinois 60490
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Channahon 4th of July Fireworks

Date:  July 4, 2015 at 9:15pm
Where: Community Park
23200 W McClintock Rd
in Channahon, Illinois 60410
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Joliet 4th of July Fireworks

Date:  July 4, 2015 at Dusk
Where: Memorial Stadium
3000 W. Jefferson St.
in Joliet, Illinois 60435
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Ribfest Fireworks

Date:  July 4, 2015 at 9:30pm
Where: Knoch Park
724 S. West St.
in Naperville, Illinois 60540
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Beecher Fourth of July

Date:  July 4, 2015 at 9:30pm
Where: Firemen’s Park
673 Penfield St
in Beecher, Illinois 60401
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New Lenox 4th of July

Date:  July 4, 2015 at 9:30pm
Where: Village Commons
1 Veterans Parkway
in New Lenox, Illinois 60451
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Frankfort 4th of July Celebration

Date:  July 4, 2015 at Dusk
Where: Main Park
400 W. Nebraska St.
in Frankfort, Illinois 60423
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Here’s where you can find fireworks in Grundy County (courtesy of

Channahon 4th of July Fireworks

Date:  July 4, 2015 at 9:15pm
Where: Community Park
23200 W McClintock Rd
in Channahon, Illinois 60410
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Grundy County Fair

Date:  July 5, 2015 at Dusk
Where: Grundy County Fairgrounds
Illinois Rt 47
in Morris, Illinois 60450
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Dear Zillow and Trulia,

Congratulations on your recently FTC approved merger. I truly wish you well in your endeavor. But here’s the thing…. I’m going to need you to stop calling me everyday trying to sell me space on your website, okay? No, for real. Here’s why….

Those “leads” you call 3 or 4 times a week trying to make me pay for are people; just people who are interested in local real estate. Furthermore, they are people who are potentially interested in a house I ALREADY HAVE LISTED. I shouldn’t have to pay you for giving me what is already mine. I liken this to when I go grocery shopping. I can go buy all the groceries I want and bring them into my house and put them away. On the off chance my wife cooks dinner, she doesn’t serve up the meal then leave me the check for $17.99 (plus tip). That would be absurd, right? Well, that’s how I feel every time you call or spam email me asking me to pay you for space on your sites. There are plenty of agents out there that will gladly throw away hard earned commissions (or their spouses income) on advertising with you. Do yourself a favor and just nurture those relationships.

While you’re at it….. could you do something about those Zestimates? They’re a real joy for all of us professionals to constantly correct in the minds of buyers and sellers.

Have a great weekend.



LaSalle Station

by Jim Ludes on September 8, 2013

in Friday Fun

LaSalle Station

Friday, the fine folks (of which I am one) of RE/MAX Top Properties were invited for a private tour of Exelon’s LaSalle Station. We were there from 10am to almost 2pm learning about the plant. It was very informative. My favorite part was the control room. I had to exhibit restraint and not play with buttons (I ALWAYS want to play with buttons).


For years I tried convincing my clients and folks on my mailing list to join a free NCAA pool and participate in the Madness of March for a free prize. No one cared. This year I took a different approach. I put my facebook fans, current clients and past clients into a randomizer (random dot org) and took the top 64. Of those 64, I again put into the randomizer and spit out a team for everyone.  The winner gets a $50 Menards gift card from me. Why? Because I’m awesome. No, really. Why? Mostly because I appreciate each and every one of you for giving me a chance to do this for a living for almost a decade. And I love giving. And I sort of like gambling and pitting people against in other in winner take all battles.

So,here’s who made it to the round of 32. Some interesting matchups. We’ve got sisters battling each other. We’ve got a battle on Hunters Run and they might not even know it. Good luck to everyone!

EDIT: We’re to the Final Four! Congrats to Mark, Kim, Jeremy/Amy and Aaron/Toni for taking your teams as far as you have! Scope the updated brackets here.


Second Wild Card

by Jim Ludes on April 13, 2012

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Totally unrelated to real estate today for Friday Fun. You may or may not know that Major League Baseball has added a second wild card team to its playoffs. Now, the wild card teamS will battle in a one game playoff to determine the real wild card winner. Baseball purists probably hate this. I’m no purist but I think it’s stupid too. Throughout the course of this blog entry I’m going to put my stats nerd hat on and see if my prediction is on to something. I think, before starting, that the difference between the would-be wild card team (as it has been played in the past several seasons) and the current 2nd wild card (the 5th seed, I’ll call them) is going to be fairly substantial. By substantial, I mean a 5 game average in the Win/Loss columns. Therby, I think (going in) that there’s no reason for the 2nd wild card to be added.

Here are the games back of American and National League teams both Wild Card winners behind their division winner and would-be 2nd wild cards behind the actual wild card since  the Wild Card inception in 1995. Here are the Wild Card Stats

Conclusions: I’m an American League guy and in the American League, I think my hypothesis is dead on. The average games behind for the 2nd wild card is 5.5 and the median (as I always love to use in small sample sizes, as you real estate fans know) is 6. 58.8% of the time, the 2nd AL wild card would be 5 or more games behind the original. There’s no reason to give that team another shot at the post-season… just had 162 games to get in. In the National League, however, the would-be wild card averages only 2.6 games behind and has finished a mere 1 game behind a stunning 9 times in 17 years. In the NL, the second wild card seems to make more sense. Why the differences in 4th to 5th seed between the leagues? I think it is because the NL has two more teams (16-14). What are your thoughts, baseball fans?

PS- Sox fans, even though I’m against this…..the 2006 team would have been that “5 seed” with a chance at a one game playoff to get into the real playoffs and defend our World Series title.

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Opening Day

by Jim Ludes on April 13, 2012

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Clients past, present and future. I love you and am grateful for you daily….. but today is the Chicago White Sox home opener and that’s where I’ll be. This is year three of what I hope will be a longstanding tradition with my boys of being at Opening Day. Last year we froze.

Opening Day at about 29 degrees

The year before we sweat….

God Bless the ol' U.S- Opening Day tradition

Pics from later today in the future.

Play ball!


Morris Press Release

March 16, 2012

Kinda a self serving promo here, but it’s always fun to have a big write up in the newspaper, right? The Morris Daily Herald had a press release from RE/MAX Top Properties about me yesterday.

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Coaler Football Opener

August 26, 2011

When I’m not selling real estate, running a soccer club, working for the park board or trying to spend quality time with the fam, I write the football articles for the Coal City Courant. Tonight’s opening night for high school football in Illinois and I’ll be out in Seneca as the Coalers take on the [...]

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Dear Photograph

June 24, 2011

Check out this cool website that a friend turned me on to. You take a picture of now while holding up a picture of the past in the new picture. A very cool idea. I’m composing this on Monday afternoon and willing to bet I’ve submitted at least 5 of these AND I’ll go out [...]

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Location Location Location

May 6, 2011

You’ll never see me use one of, if not the, biggest real estate cliche. I will, however, use it in describing this family of bunnies that I found nesting in my backyard the other day. As the proud owner of a pure-bred beagle, this was maybe not the best idea. Luckily for them, they nested [...]

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