Recipe for an Active Rain Celebration...Chicago Land Style!

Real Estate Broker Owner with Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate

recipie for a celebrationFirst of All Gather Together all the Necessary Ingredients:

1Terrific Italian Style Restauraunt In Oak Brook, Illinois...just outside of Chicago

25 or so - Active Rain Bloggers from:  Iowa, Michigan, Indiana & Illiniois...Yeah Midwest!!!

2- Special Active Rain Founders:  Matt & Lydia Heaton

2- Great Organizers & Hosts:  Craig Schiller & Eileen Landau

Tons- of Warm Smiles and Great Conversation


You Have what we experienced in Chicago Today!


Active Rain BirthdayThis was a wonderful opportunity to meet people and get to know them in real life...fleshing out the blogging experience so to speak.Active Rain Celebration  Maggianos Restaurant in Oak Brook, Illinois provided a warmly intimate setting for this Midwest Connection of the Active Rain Celebration. 


Lydia Heaton, hostess extraordinaire arrived with name tags & the birthday cake!  She even sent us home with extra food! 



 Inquiring minds enjoyed talking to Matt to see if we could get revelations  for the future!  Zillow blogger & Representative, Sara Bonert also fielded many questions. It was good to be able to talk to Sara about some of the innovations Zillow is continuing to work on. 

I met Justyna, a real estate agent from the Chicago area and also Laurie Dunnmire,a Realtor and stager.  Lucky Lang talked about the incredible MEME blog that he put together. Enjoyed meeting Julie Firenzi (Project Blogger) & her husband.  Craig Schiller (Stager & Founder of Stage if Forward) stimulated my mind and imagination. As much as I enjoy his was great to share ideas in person. It was also a lot of fun to talk with Eileen Landau.   Time flew by very quickly!

 Today, was a wonderful demonstration of what makes the Active Rain experience so empowering.

I express special thanks my husband, Clement who drove 3 hours to this gathering  and made it possible for me to attend.  Several other spouses also showed up to support their Blogging Partners!

Active Rain- Chicago Birthday Celebration

Conversation naturally turned towards the real estate industry as everyone compared notes.  More than once, blogs that had been written were referred to. 



According to Matt Heaton he predicts:

Active Rain will continue to grow  at it's current steady rate and have a total of 100,000 MEMBERS in a Year!


GROUPS to be increasingly important in maintaining Community!

Happy Birthday Active Rain and May You ENJOY many, many more!  Thank You for providing a Generous Platform to share and to grow professionally

 Copyright 2007 Audu Real Estate  All rights reserved

Links to other posts about the Chicago Active Rain B-Day Celebration...

Active Rain Birthday Party Chicago Lucky Lang

How Does Active Rain Make Money?  Chicago Wanted Craig Schiller

Happy Birthday Active Eileen Landau

Thank You Active Rain for the Chicago Birthday Sara Bonert


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Eileen Landau

Ah Lola,

We had a ball. As Craig commented, "What happens in Oak Brook...ends up on Active Rain!" We enjoyed figuring out a 'cool' place that was easy to get to. And, the food! Yum!

Craig, should put the cake in the freezer and we can bring it out next year when we have our 2nd birthday party. And, yes, the figure of 100,000 that Matt threw out when I asked him where he saw AR in a year, is just mind blowing.

And we were here at the birth!

June 18, 2007 05:46 PM
George Souto
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut
Lola,  looks like all of you had a great time.  The one in New York is at the end of the month and I hope to be able to set aside time to go there.  I am sure that those who are planning that get together will do an equally great job.
June 18, 2007 09:30 PM
Greg Zaccagni
Illinois Mortgage Lender
The Federal Savings Bank


 It was great meeting you on Saturday.  You took some great pictures.

 Greg Zaccagni

June 19, 2007 10:14 AM
Laura Cerrano
Authentic Feng Shui Expert
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island
Lola, what a wonderful post!  Active Rain is coming to NY soon and I can't wait to attend and meet everyone---I'm looking forward to having a wonderful time and meeting many people on AR. 
June 21, 2007 08:42 AM
Gena Riede
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792
Lola, What a great thing. I have to call my friend and tell her that I missed the period! I was so shocked and now you have solved was a period. Amazing the difference a period, makes. Thank you.
June 22, 2007 09:51 AM

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