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A Season to be Thankful!

by The Rullo Team

A season to be thankful…

5 ways to give back this holiday season

There are so many ways to help others this season, or all year long! Now, who wouldn’t love to do that??

  1. Support our Troops: United Service Organizations offers a variety of drives for soldiers. You could also sponsor the cost of a phone call home, the local USO division can assist you with information. This year, Yankee Candle Company is selling Thankgiving-themed candles with part of the proceeds going to support the USO’s programs.
  2. Donate to a Food Bank: This would seem an obvious one, but did you know that not only can you donate food….but donate your time and money also? Food banks such as Northern Illinois Food Bank will accept help sorting food at their facility but if you are short on time, you can make a monetary donation. Whichever you choose, they are grateful for your help!
  3. Visit a Retirement home: Retirement homes and Memory care facilities often have residents who won’t see a family member during Thanksgiving. All you need to do is check the visiting hours and bring the gift of good conversation!
  4. Help the home-bound elderly:  Meals on Wheels delivers daily more than 1 million meals to the home-bound, and a large number of them are elderly. This organization is always looking for volunteers to continue their good works!
  5. Visit a hospital: Sadly, there are no holidays in a hospital. Call your local hospital and inquire as to how you can volunteer for the holiday. Offer to distribute food, bring small gifts to children or elderly, or maybe the best gift of all, just simply sitting and visiting with someone.

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.

Are you Flying the W?

by The Rullo Team

After 71 years, the Chicago Cubs are headed back to the World Series! Within 40 miles of downtown Chicago, there are many people around the Fox Valley showing their support for our team! Will you be flying the W?

In their 145th season, the Chicago Cubs are returning to the championships! This storied season began on April 4, 2016 against the Los Angeles Angels and ended on October 2, 2016 against the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs ended with the best record in Major League Baseball with a total of 103 wins! They won the National League Central title, winning by a total of 17.5 games. In the National League Championship Series, they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers after 6 games, securing their journey to the 2016 World Series.

The Chicago Cubs will be going head to head against the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. Here is the pending schedule of games on FOX so you do not miss out on any of the action!


Game 1

Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00 pm - Cubs @ Indians

Game 2

Wednesday, October 26th at 7:00 pm - Cubs @ Indians

Game 3

Friday, October 28th at 7:00 pm - Indians @ Cubs

Game 4

Saturday, October 29th at 7:00 pm - Indians @ Cubs

Game 5*

Sunday, October 30th at 7:00 pm - Indians @ Cubs

Game 6*

Tuesday, November 1st at 7:00 pm - Cubs @ Indians

Game 7*

Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm - Cubs @ Indians

*Game played if necessary.


Congrats to the Chicago Cubs! Bring home the Commissioner’s Trophy!!

Eat Your Art Out in Geneva IL!

by The Rullo Team

Fill your bellies with delicious food and your eyes with beautiful art at one of Geneva’s great cultural events…..Eat Your Art Out! Head down to The Herrington Inn's Pump House on Saturday, November 5th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for the ultimate art and food celebration. This annual gala fundraiser by the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission pairs fine art with food and wine. Original art work by Len Bielefeldt, Karen Bordenave, Fatima Figueiredo, and Jan Schmuckal has inspired a delectable four course masterpiece dinner with wine pairings by Atwater’s Executive Chef. Along with spectacular food, enjoy live artistic performances, a fine silent auction, a salon style cocktail hour, a live auction hosted by Geneva’s mayor, and so much more. Your body and soul will be satisfyingly full after this night of fun! Tickets to this amazing annual event are limited so be sure to grab yours today!

Evening’s Schedule

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Cocktail Hour with cash bar and fine silent auction

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Dinner and Live Auction


Since 2006, the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission has been promoting cultural art experiences for the residents of Geneva. Made up of Geneva community members and business owners, the committee works to create a diverse and engaging art scene in the city. Annual events such as Eat Your Art Out help support the work of the commission.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: The Herrington Inn & Spa (15 South River Lane, Geneva)

Cost: $125 per person. Purchase Tickets HERE!

Curb Appeal For Fall Home Selling!

by The Rullo Team

Fall is the most wonderful time of the year. The holidays are right around the corner, the air is filled with cozy scents, and the leaves are changing to brilliant shades of red, orange, purple, and green. If you are Selling your Fox River Valley home this fall, add some seasonal charm to the outside of your house to help it stand out from the others on the market. Follow these tips for instant Curb Appeal for Fall Home Selling!

Stay on top of Maintaining Your Lawn throughout the season. Fall foliage is beautiful and can make your home look more attractive. However, once it starts to fall on to your lawn, keep up with raking up the leaves. Be sure to continue to mow your lawn until the frost. Patch up any brown spots in the grass to keep your lawn a brilliant green.

Add a splash of color to your yard by Planting Fall Flowers. Your summer plants will start to fade as the season gets colder. Prune any brown and dried out parts of your plants. Then plant some hardy, colorful flowers for immediate curb appeal. Vibrant Mums are a fall favorite but also try adding plants that thrive in the Illinois fall weather, such as Ornamental Kale, Autumn Joy Sedum, and Beautyberry.

Be diligent about Cleaning Your Gutters. Buyers want to know that you have kept up with the monthly and yearly maintenance of the home. During the fall season, this means making sure that leaves and other debris are cleared out of your gutters and downspouts. This will help protect the home from water damage that might occur.

Make sure your home's Exterior is Looking Its Best. The outside of your home becomes more exposed when trees become bare after losing their leaves. The exterior appearance of your home is vitally important for curb appeal. Pressure wash the outside of your home. Clean all of the windows. If you notice chipped or faded paint, add a fresh coat for a quick update to your home's exterior.

Keep the outside bright all day by Adding Outdoor Lighting. Fall means shorter days in the Fox River Valley. With the sun setting earlier and earlier as the season progresses, you want to make sure that the outside of your home stays illuminated for the safety of potential homebuyers. Add decorative lights along walkways. Install lanterns or flood lights to the entrance area to brighten it up.

Add a focal point to the outside of your home by Highlighting Your Front Door. Use fall decor such as a simple wreath made of foliage or with fall flowers to invite people into your home. For a bolder look, paint your front door a vivid red to help your entrance pop out to potential buyers.

Make your home look inviting and fresh with Fall Decorations. Use some subtle fall decor such as pots of seasonal flowers, pumpkins, or a wreath on the door. Just be sure to keep it simple! You don't want to distract from your actual home. Although Halloween decorations are fun, avoid using them when you trying to sell your home.

If you are looking to sell your Fox River Valley home, The Rullo Team is here to help you every step of the way. Want to know what your Fox River Valley Home is worth? Check out this helpful website today:


by The Rullo Team




As the temperature starts to dip pet owners should take a moment to prepare their pets for the colder months ahead. Here are a few things to remember to protect your pet:

General pet wellness: A visit to your Vet for a wellness exam is always a good idea, but remember certain conditions, like arthritis are made worse by the cold weather.

Knowing your pets limits: Just because our pets have a beautiful fur coat does not mean that they are unaffected by the cold weather! Coats and booties for dogs and short trips outside will help in the frigid temps.

Provide choices inside: Comfy dog and kitty beds away from drafty doors and windows will be provide a great place for a winter day snooze.

Watch their food intake: Contrary to popular belief a chubby pet is not a warmer pet! Factor in their reduced activity level when feeding and giving treats.

Avoid ice and salt: When cabin fever sets in a short dog walk is nice, but watch out for ice and salt on the sidewalk. Salt can irritate your pets paws and you should always wipe it off, but also so that your pet does not ingest the sometimes toxic salt crystals.

Common sense and a bit of planning will keep your pets happy till Spring!!

Trick-or-Treating Hours for St. Charles, Geneva, and Batavia!

by The Rullo Team

Halloween is just around the corner! It's time to dress up your little ones as ghosts or goblins, princesses or witches, superheroes or monsters! Be sure to mark your calendar with the Trick-Or-Treating hours for these Fox River Valley communities!

Neighborhood trick-or-treating for St. Charles will take place on Monday, October 31st, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.


You have two opportunities for trick-or-treating in Geneva. On Thursday, October 27th, you and your children can enjoy trick-or-treating during the daytime from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm at participating businesses Downtown Geneva. Then, on Halloween, neighborhood trick-or-treating will take place between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm.


Trick-or-treating in Batavia will take place two times this month. During BatFest, Saturday, October 22nd, trick-or-treating will occur Downtown Batavia from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. Enjoy neighborhood trick-or-treating in Batavia on Monday, October 31st, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.



It's important to make sure that everyone stays safe this Halloween! Follow these great safety tips during trick-or-treating:


  • All trick-or-treaters should walk in groups and not alone. 
  • Young children should always be accompanied by their parents or another adult. 
  • If you are going to be out after dark, make sure that everyone is visible in your group. Be sure to carry a flashlight. Wear light colored costumes or add reflective tape generously to costumes. 
  • Costumes should fit properly to avoid any tripping hazards. Costumes should also not restrict vision.
  • Only walk while trick-or-treating. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible and only cross streets at designated crosswalks or intersections. Leave bicycles or skateboards at home.
  • Review with your children the importance of watching for traffic. If you are a motorist on Halloween night, be on the look out for children. 
  • Examine all of your children's candy before letting them eat any. Only keep candy that is wrapped or packaged. 



The Rullo Team wishes everyone a very Happy and Safe Halloween!!!

Geneva IL Police Meet & Greet!

by The Rullo Team

Head over to the McDonald's in Geneva tomorrow, Tuesday, October 11th, for a Cop Meet & Greet! Geneva is a community dedicated to safety and that is a thanks to our great Geneva Police Department! We appreciate all that the finest in blue do for our town! Come thank them at this gathering while enjoying complimentary coffee. This event is also a great opportunity to discuss community issues with the law enforcement officers. Be sure to take some time tomorrow morning to show your appreciation and build relationships with those that serve all of us in Geneva.


Event Details

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Time: 8:30 am - 10:30 am

 Location: McDonald’s (1812 South Randall Road, Geneva)

Cost: FREE!

Halloween & Haunted Houses in the Fox Valley!

by The Rullo Team

It is that spook-tacular time of here! Halloween is just around the corner! Get in the spirit of the season at some of the amazing events planned in the Fox Valley area. Whether you are looking for the ultimate scare at a haunted house or want something tamer, such as a fun, Halloween themed event, check out these great activities going on all month long!  


Insanity Haunted House

Think you can handle over 7,000 square feet of pure terror? Head down to the Insanity Haunted House (3800 East Main Street) in St. Charles for some bone chilling fun! You will come face to face with terrifying creatures and ghouls. Enter if you dare. This scary attraction is open on Fridays through Sundays now through Halloween. Doors open at 7:00 am. Tickets are $15 per person. Be able to skip the line by purchasing a VIP ticket for $25.

Basement of the Dead

Prepare to scream at one of the nation’s top rated haunted houses! See if you are brave enough to make it all the way through the basement. Be sure to check out Shattered, the world’s only 3D flashlight haunt for some extra terrifying fun. This haunted house is located at 42 West New York Street in Aurora. The horror occurs every weekend starting on Thursdays. Times vary by date. Click HERE for ticket prices.

All Hallows Eve

For two nights only, Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October, 15th, experience Naper Settlement Museum (523 South Webster Street, Naperville) like you never have before! The museum has been transformed into a site of horrors with terrifying creatures from the past, present, and future. The buildings located on the 12-acre property are now the sites of an insane asylum, a torture dungeon, H.H. Holmes’ Murder Castle, and Frankenstein’s Laboratory. The attraction will be open both days from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Admission is FREE for members and $15 per person for non-members.

Massacre Haunted House

Try to find your way through a maze of over 60 rooms of overwhelming terror! Face your deepest, darkest fears that covers over 20,000 square feet and features all the creatures from your nightmares! Experience both Massacre and Fear Factory 3D for an admission price of $25. Pay $35 for a fast pass. Click HERE for dates and times. This haunted attraction is located at 299 Montgomery Road in Montgomery.

(299 Montgomery Road, Montgomery) two haunted houses, HERE for dates and times. $25 admission to both massacre and fear factory 3d, $35 for both but fast pass.


31st Annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest

Dates: Friday, October 7th - Sunday, October 9th

Times: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm (Friday & Saturday), 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Sunday)

Location: Downtown St. Charles

Cost: FREE admission!

Check out our favorite local Fall festival! Marvel at the over 100 hand made scarecrows on display and vote on your favorites! There is so much to do all weekend long with your family and friends. Dine on delicious food, dance to live music, take a spin on a carnival ride, visit with some animals in the petting zoo, buy some arts and crafts….and make your own scarecrow!!

Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour

Dates: Friday, October 14th - Monday, October 31st

Times: Evenings

Location: Throughout St. Charles

Cost: FREE!

Go for an evening drive with the family to check out the scariest houses throughout St. Charles. Community members throughout town have entered the Halloween House Decorating Contest. Pick up a complete list of the participants from the Park District. Vote on whichever home you find the spookiest!

Haunted Quarry

Dates: Saturday, October 15th, October 22nd, & October 29th

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Hall Quarry Beach (400 South Water Street, Batavia)

Cost: $8 per person

Enter the haunted quarry if you dare. The water has been drained and the guards are gone. See if you can escape!

Zombie Apocalypse

Date: Saturday, October 22nd

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Wheeler Park (822 North 1st Street, Geneva)

Cost: $10 per person (Residents), $15 per person (Non-Residents)

See if you can survive a zombie apocalypse during this fun event. Brave the course filled with zombies and obstacles in the dark of the night. Luckily there are safe points along the way for some respite….if you can find them. There are different wave times as participants will be sent in groups of 10-15 throughout the night. For those that want a family-friendly version, come between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. The real apocalypse will begin at 6:30 pm for those 11 and older.

Downtown Geneva Trick-or-Treating

Date: Thursday, October 27th

Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Downtown Geneva

Cost: FREE!

Get started with trick-or-treating early at participating downtown merchants. Your children will love putting on their best Halloween costumes and getting all the candy that their bellies can handle!

Halloween Hayday

Date: Saturday, October 29th

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Stephen Persinger Recreation Center (3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva)

Cost: $7 per child (Resident), $10 per child (Non-Resident), FREE for adults!

Come to this great family friendly Halloween event. There will be a costume contest, bounce houses, cookie decorating, hayrides, games, and so much more!

Geneva, IL....A Charming Place to Live!

by The Rullo Team

Located along the beautiful Fox River and only 42 miles west of Chicago, GENEVA, Illinois is the perfect community to call home! With historic charm, a thriving economy, great local schools, and fantastic amenities and entertainment facilities, this city is an amazing spot for families. Come explore all that Geneva has to offer! You will surely fall in love and discover why it is such a charming place to live!

Geneva is a paradise for those that love to dine and shop! Downtown Geneva is a beautiful, historic district that offers endless, unique shops. Whether you are looking for clothing, accessories, art, or antique home goods, you will find the perfect store in town. Downtown also features delicious dining options for residents and visitors. Many of these restaurants have beautiful patios for diners to enjoy their meals in the Illinois sunshine. The thriving Geneva Chamber of Commerce helps to support and promote these great local businesses. There are also great annual festivals and events that are held in Geneva. From Swedish Days and the Art Fair to Festival of the Vine and the Christmas Walk, downtown Geneva is continually the site of spectacular community gatherings. With all that downtown has to offer, you will never need to leave home to find somewhere to explore or something fun to do.

Geneva is a dream come true for those that love the great outdoors. The Geneva Park District maintains over 50 parks. These parks offer playgrounds, sporting fields, and beautiful spots for a relaxing picnic or to take in an outdoor concert. Geneva residents can spend the day at  Fabyan Forest Preserve, conveniently located just south of the city. Explore the stunning Fabyan Japanese Garden and historic, 68 foot Dutch Windmill at this natural oasis. The metro area also features a great network of biking and walking trails for those that enjoy an active lifestyle. The Fox River Bike Trail is a scenic route along the river and connects Geneva to several of the surrounding cities. For those that love spending time on the water, the Fox River offers ample spots for boating, kayaking, fishing, and more!

Education is a priority for the people of Geneva. Geneva Community Unit School District 304 is dedicated to providing students with the best education possible. This school district operates 6 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and one high school. The elementary schools include Fabyan Elementary, Harrison Street Elementary, Heartland Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, Western Avenue Elementary, and Williamsburg Elementary. Students in grades 6 through 8 attend either Geneva Middle School North or Geneva Middle School South. Geneva High School is the public high school in the city. All of these schools are top ranking and offer great academic programs as well as numerous extracurricular activities.

Want to make this incredible community your home? There are so many great houses on the market. Be sure to check out these incredible Homes for Sale in Geneva.  

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If you are interested in Buying or Selling in Geneva or the surrounding Fox Valley Communities, give The Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at

2016 Home & Lifestyle Expo

by The Rullo Team

Have you been thinking about updating your home? Or have you just purchased a home that is not looking like your own yet? Then this weekend you may want visit Pheasant Run Resort for the 2016 Home & Lifestyle Expo! Over 100 top brands and representatives will be on hand from the home improvement and home furnishings industry. High end custom home builders as well as local contractors, installers and vendors can answer questions and you can see a wide variety of products available for your home improvement projects.

Also featured will be Kelly Edwards, Host & Lifestyle expert who is best known for Hosting HGTV’s “Design on a Dime”. Kelly is known for her helpful design tips with an emphasis on personal style and affordable ideas and repurposing items for a new look for your home.

The Expo runs from Friday, September 30, 12-9 p.m., Saturday, October 1st, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

and Sunday, October 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tickets are $10 at the door and can be purchased in advance

Pheasant Run Resort

4051 East Main Street

St. Charles, IL 60174


Kitchen and Bath cabinetry displays

Outdoor and Patio furniture

Carpet, tile, hardwood flooring

Living &Dining room furniture

Windows and doors

Lighting, bath, plumbing fixtures, tubs showers

Infant and Youth bedroom furniture

Home theatre, electronics and audio equipment

Saunas, hot tubs

Custom home building solutions

Celebrity appearances & much, much more!! for more information

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