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St. Charles Restaurant Week!

by The Rullo Team

Did you miss out on Geneva’s Restaurant Week or are just looking to explore more of the culinary delights located throughout the Fox River Valley? You are in luck! Monday, February 27th through Friday, March 3rd is St. Charles Restaurant Week!!

35+ of the finest restaurants and cafes will be offering special discounted dining during the week. Bring in the special Discount Card (which can be downloaded HERE) to any of the participating restaurants to receive 20% off your total bill! A minimum of $20.00 pre-tax bill is required for the discount. Take advantage of these great savings and fill your bellies with some delicious food at incredible St. Charles restaurants!


Participating Restaurants:

Abby's Breakfast and Lunch | 11 North 3rd Street

Alexander's Cafe 64 | 1650 West Main Street

Alley 64 Bar & Grill | 212 West Main Street

The Beehive Tavern & Grille | 204 West Main Street

Brown's Chicken & Pasta | 1910 West Lincoln Highway

Buona Beef | 2425 West Main Street

Charleston on The River | 1 West Illinois Street, Suite 170

Charlie Fox's Pizzeria & Eatery | 3341 West Main Street

Chili's Grill & Bar | 3795 East Main Street

Colonial Cafe | 1625 East Main Street

Colonial Cafe | 552 South Randall Road

Crazy Fox Bar & Grille | 104 East Main Street

E&S Fish Company | 311 North 2nd Street

El Puente Restaurant | 108 East Main Street

The Evergreen Pub & Grill | 1400 West Main Street

The Filling Station Pub & Grill | 300 West Main Street

Francesca's by the River | 200 South 2nd Street

Gino's East | 1590 East Main Street

Isacco Kitchen | 131 South 1st Street

La ZaZa Trattoria | 5 South 1st Street

McNally's Irish Pub | 109 West Main Street

Nuova Italia Ristorante | 18 North 4th Street

The Office Dining & Spirits | 201 East Main Street

On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina | 3050 East Main Street

Pub 222 | 222 West Main Street

Puebla Modern Mexican | 51 South 1st Street

Riverside Pizza & Pub | 102 East Main Street

Rookies | 1545 West Main Street

ROX City Grill | 100 West Main Street

Salsa Verde Mexican Restaurant | 1850 Lincoln Highway

Spotted Fox Ale House | 3615 East Main Street

St. Charles Place Steak House | 2550 East Main Street

Szechwan Restaurant | 117 West Main Street

Tap House Grill | 3341 West Main Street

Taste of Himalayas | 110 North 3rd Street

The Finery and Blacksmith Bar | 305 West Main Street

Wok 'n Fire | 181 South 1st Street

Happy Restaurant Week in St. Charles!

Top Benefits for Buying this February!

by The Rullo Team

If buying a new home was on your list of goals for 2017, do not delay! Although winter is generally not considered a prime time to buy a new home, all indicators for the year show that it is the best time to buy. Find your dream home in the Fox River Valley this month! Here are the top ways you will benefit buy buying your new home this February!

You will have higher savings!

Home prices in July and August, which are prime home buying months, are predicted to be 8.45% higher than they currently are. That means that you can enjoy significant savings on the price of the home by buying now instead of waiting for the weather to warm up!

Your interest rate will be lower!

Just as you will save money on the price of the home, you will also enjoy a lower interest rate buy purchasing now. Interest rates are predicted to rise to close to 5% as 2017 progresses. Lock in a lower rate today!

You will have less competition in the market!

Winter is not a popular time to move in Illinois. With cold weather and snow, moving your belongings can be a hassle! That does not mean it should deter you though. In fact, since everyone feels that way, there are less buyers in the market in February. At the same time, there tends to be around the same amount of inventory. This means less competition from buyers which can result in a better deal for you as sellers are more willing to negotiate.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this prime month to Buy your new home, give the Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at

Great Local Deals for Your Fox Valley Home!

by The Rullo Team

There are so many incredible Fox Valley businesses offering products and services to fit your every need. Local company Fox Valley Values helps connect consumers to these great local businesses! Visitors to the website can search hundreds of local Fox Valley businesses. As an added bonuses, you can find exclusive offers and coupons for these stores. With restaurants, local boutiques, and services offered, there is the perfect deal for you on this site!


Looking to make some improvements to your Fox Valley home? There are amazing deals being offered through the website now to help you do that. Improve your home's heating and cooling to keep you and your family comfortable all year round. Get ready for spring by stocking up on your lawn care and landscaping needs. Spruce up your home with some beautiful, new home decor. Check out the current deals below to help update your area home, save money, and support local businesses!


Special Offers for Your Fox Valley Home

Heating and Cooling

Blue Frost Heating & Cooling (1965 Powis Road, West Chicago)

Current Offers include dryer vent cleaning, deep air duct cleaning, attic insulation, and furnace cleaning, installation, or servicing.


McNally's Heating & Cooling (707 Colomba Court #102, St. Charles)

Current Offers include humidifier installation, duct cleaning, Full HVAC installation, furnace installation, and discount on any service.


Lawn Care

Ralph Helm Inc. (820 Stover Drive Unit A, Elburn and 36W710 Foothill Road, Elgin)

Current Offers include lawn equipment servicing, setup, and delivery.


Tentinger Landscapes (1290 Molitor Road, Aurora)

Current Offers include project consultation and estimate.


Home Decor

Cocoon (212 South Third Street, Geneva)

 Current Offers include savings on home decor. 

If you are interested in Buying or Selling a home in the beautiful Fox River Valley, give the Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at  


Things to Know About the Home Inspection

by The Rullo Team

Knowing what to expect every step of the way when buying a new home can help eliminate some of the stress from the process. One of the important steps during this process is the Home Inspection. This step occurs before the final closing on your home. A home inspection helps protect you and your investment by allowing you discover any potential issues with the home that might have been overlooked or undisclosed. You can then decide whether to renegotiate with the seller or, if the issues are too extreme, walk away from the home. Here are the important things to keep in mind when you are ready for a home inspection.

Make sure to hire a highly skilled home inspector. You want to make sure that you use someone that will complete a thorough review of the home. In order to find the best home inspector in the Fox River Valley, contact the Rullo Team for our recommendations. Once you have the names of recommended home inspectors, it is smart interview them to find the one best for you. Use this opportunity to find out about their training, expertise, and experience. You should also ask to see their past home inspection reports to make sure that they are highly detailed and offer recommendations for issues found.

Attend the home inspection, if possible. This will allow you to walk through the home with the inspector and find out about any issues immediately. It gives you the opportunity to fully discuss recommended fixes with a professional. The home inspector will review everything between the roof to the basement floor. Although the physical structure of the home and all major systems and appliances will be inspected, realize that there still could be some hidden issues that the inspector just is not equipped to reveal. By having a discussion with him during the process, you can ask questions and find out if there are additional things you should be on the lookout for should you decide to continue with purchasing the home.

For more Home Buying Tips or to Search Homes for Sale in the Fox River Valley, give us a call today or visit our website at We are happy to help you every step of the way to find and purchase your dream home!

Romantic Ideas for Valentine's Day in the Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

It is almost Valentine’s Day! The Fox River Valley is the perfect place for romance this holiday. There is plenty for you and your sweetheart to do. Check out our recommendations for romantic things to do this Valentine’s Day throughout the St. Charles, Geneva, and Batavia!


Valentine's Day Farm Dinner

Date: Saturday, February 11th

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Heritage Prairie Farm (2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn)

Cost: $100 per person

Enjoy a delicious farm to table meal with your sweetheart at the beautiful Heritage Prairie Farm. Your ticket includes a stunning dinner of beet cured sitka salmon, seared pork belly, smoked duck breast, or vegetarian options, plus dessert, beer and wine! Purchase tickets HERE.

Valentine's Day with Garage Rock Superstars

Date: Tuesday, February 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Arcada Theatre (105 East Main Street, St. Charles)

Cost: $59 per person

Rock out this Valentine’s Day at the Arcada Theatre. Chicago’s most iconic 1960s and 1970s era rock groups will keep you dancing all night. This concert special will feature The Buckinghams, The Cryan Shames, The Ides of March, The New Colony Six, The Shadows of Knight, and more! Purchase tickets HERE.

Pheasant Run Resort Valentine's Day Package

Dates: Weekends throughout February and Tuesday, February 14th

Time: N/A

Location: Pheasant Run Resort (4051 East Main Street, St. Charles)

Cost: Packages start at $159

Have a romantic getaway near home at the beautiful Pheasant Run Resort. They are offering amazing overnight packages all month long for Valentine’s Day. Take advantage of the Extended Amour Packages, which include overnight accommodations, strawberries and champagne, and an optional couples massage for an additional $199. Call (630)307-1100 to make spa reservations. Book your weekend retreat HERE!  

Valentine's Day at Hotel Baker and ROX City Grill

Date: Tuesday, February 14th

Time: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Hotel Baker (100 West Main Street, St. Charles)

Cost: $69 per person

Dine on a delectable Prix Fixe menu at Rox City Grill in historic downtown St. Charles. Call (630)845-5800 to make reservations. If you and your sweetheart want some added romance, spend the night at the Hotel Baker. Guest rooms start at $229.


Looking for something else to do this Valentine’s Day in the Fox River Valley. Check out one of the incredible restaurants in our communities for a delicious dinner with your sweetheart. Pick up a tasty treat from a local bakery, such as The Sugar Path (315 West State Street, Geneva), which is offering a special Valentine’s Day cupcake and cake menu. Buy your loved one some beautiful flowers from a great florist, such as Batavia Floral in Bloom (319 Main Street, Batavia).

Wishing you and yours a very romantic Valentine’s Day in the Fox River Valley!


Geneva IL Restaurant Week!

by The Rullo Team

Explore the best culinary delights Geneva has to offer during Geneva Restaurant Week!! On Monday, January 23rd through Sunday, January 29th, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce is proud to present their annual restaurant week. Eighteen of the finest restaurants and cafes will be offering special discounted dining. Enjoy special lunch menus for $19 and special dinner menus for $39 at the participating locations listed below. Many of the deals can only be found during Restaurant Week so do not miss out! No tickets or coupons are required. Just mention that you would like the Restaurant Week offering to your server. Explore the incredible restaurants located in the great community of Geneva and fill your bellies with some incredible deals!


Participating Restaurants:

Altiro Latin Fusion | 308 Anderson Boulevard

Atrium Cafe | 404 South Third Street

Atwater's | 15 South River Lane

Buttermilk | 7 West State Street

Chez Moi | 415 West State Street, Unit 105

Chianti's | 201 South Third Street

Deane's Market & Deli | 500 South Third Street, Suite 141

El Molcajete | 227 South Third Street

Geneva Ale House | 319 West State Street

Gia Mia | 13 North Third Street

Graham's 318 Coffeehouse | 318 South Third Street

The Grandstander | 507 South Third Street

Houlihan's | 1322 Commons Drive

Nobel House | 305 West State Street

Preservation Bread & Wine | 513 South Third Street

Sergio's Cantina | 30 West State Street  

Stockholm's | 306 West State Street

Sweet Natalie's Gluten Free Bakery | 228 South Third Street  

For a list of all of the special offers at these participating restaurants, click HERE!

Happy Dining in Geneva!


Fox River Valley Schools Rank as the Top in Illinois!

by The Rullo Team

Educational Review and Ranking website Niche recently released their list of the top public school districts in Illinois! How did the school districts in the beautiful Fox River Valley rank? They came out at the top of the class! Out of the 404 school districts examined, 5 Fox River Valley Districts ranked in the top 30 in Illinois! Check out the report cards for these awesome area school districts!


#7 Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204 | Aurora

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Indian Prairie Community Unit School District was ranked in the top 20 in the state for the best teachers, best districts for athletes, most diverse districts, and largest districts.


#12 Geneva Community Unit School District 304 | Geneva

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Geneva Community Unit School District was ranked in the top 25 in the state for the best teachers, best districts for athletes, and safest.


#14 St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 | St. Charles  

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St. Charles Community Unit School District was ranked in the top 30 in the state for the best teachers, best districts for athletes, safest, and largest districts.

#24 Batavia Public School District 101 | Batavia

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Batavia Public School District was ranked in the top 25 in the state for best teachers.


#27 Oswego Community Unit School District 308 | Oswego

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Oswego Community Unit School District was ranked in the top 25 in the state for best district for athletes and largest districts.


Congrats to all of these great Fox River Valley School Districts! We appreciate all that you do for our students and for making the Fox River Valley such a great place for families to call home!


If you are interested in Buying a home within one of these great school districts, give the Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at

Happy New Year from The Rullo Team!

by The Rullo Team

Top Resolutions for your Fox River Valley Home in 2017

by The Rullo Team

The New Year is almost here! That means it is time to set your New years resolutions. When thinking about all that you want to achieve in the New Year, do not forget about improvements that you can make to your home. 2017 is the perfect time to make sure that your home is in tip top shape. Here are our top New Year's Resolutions for your Fox River Valley home.

1. Set a Budget.

Before determining any of your other home improvement goals, you should create a budget for yourself. This will ensure that you do not overspend when making improvements and will help you when unexpected maintenance costs pop up! If you are able to make it throughout the year without spending all the money you set aside (Lucky you!), continue to save the money into the following year when you might need it.


2. Focus on Decluttering.

We all accumulate a lot of stuff over the years. Start of the New Year right by getting rid of items that you truly do not need. Donate anything that is still in good condition. If there are items that you do not regularly use but have sentimental value, put them away in storage for the future. You will feel less stress throughout the year by only having the things in your home that are necessary. It will save you time on cleaning and tidying up.


3. Reduce Water and Energy Usage.

Help conserve our planet's natural resources while saving money yourself by making improvements to your home that cut excess water and energy usage. You can reduce the amount of water your home uses by installing low flow showerheads and high efficiency toilets. To improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems, seal and insulate your ductwork.


4. Improve Indoor Air Quality.

Keep your family healthy by improving the air quality in your home. Reduce harmful pollutants by using high quality furnace filters and changing them regularly. Invest in air cleaners that can be utilized in individual rooms to remove specific irritants. Make sure that smoke and kitchen fumes are properly ventilated outside of your home from the kitchen. The same goes for the excess humidity in your bathrooms.


5. Install Maintenance Free Materials.

Spend the time in 2017 installing maintenance free materials throughout your home. This will reduce recurring stress throughout the year by eliminating upkeep and will make the need for continual improvements a thing of the past. Within your home, use ceramic tiles that are extremely tough and stain and moisture resistant. They will make your floors look fantastic for years without any need for repair. On the outside of your home, use fiber cement siding, which is weather proof and resists insects, fire, dent, and rot. This siding will last you for over 50 years without need for replacement!


6. Achieve Other Resolutions While Improving Your Home!

You will have more personal resolutions that you make this New Year. Work to achieve those resolutions while making improvements to your home. It's incredibly easy to do. If focusing on exercising more is one of your goals for 2017, focus on do it yourself projects around the home. You can burn calories by taking on simple tasks, such as caulking, cleaning, painting, and yard work. If your resolution is to spend more time with family, focus on projects around the home that you all can work on together and find fun ways to complete the task as a team.

Officially Winter!

by The Rullo Team





Now that the temps have become positively frigid, here are a few tips to keep in mind as winter tightens it’s grip:

  1. Protect your pipes: Running a trickle of water will help prevent your pipes from freezing. Also keeping the thermostat at the same temperature day and night but will help keep your pipes becoming frozen and bursting. Your heating bill may be a bit higher, but you will avoid costly plumbing repairs and a huge mess!
  2. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire may be holiday tradition, but you can never be too careful with your fireplace! Always maintain your fireplace properly so that you can enjoy it safely and be sure all embers are extinguished before going to bed.
  3. Salting your sidewalks is a great way to keep them free of ice, but if you have pets try to purchase pet friendly ice melters. Salt gets in your pets tender paws causing irritation, so wiping their paws will also help keep them irritation free.

When the temps are truly dangerous, treat yourself to a day indoors (if you can!) watch a movie, do a jigsaw puzzle or maybe count the days till Spring!!

Happy Holidays from The Rullo Team!!


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.


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