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Real Estate, Realty, Realtor, Real Estate Agent, Homes, Homes for sale, Properties, Properties for sale, Condos, Condominiums, New Construction, Development, Condo Conversions, Vacant Land, Luxury Homes, Executives Homes, High End Homes, Estates, Relocation, MLS, Multiple Listing Service, Investment Property, Investment Real Estate, Income Property, Residential Real Estate, First Time Buyers, Buyers Agent, Buyer Agency, Sellers Agent, Moving to, Foreclosures, REO, Vintage Condos, Spec Homes, Schools, School District, Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Convention and Visitors Bureau and More Cook County, Illinois is the second largest county by population in the United States (after Los Angeles County, California), accounting for 43.3% of the state's population. If Cook County was an independent state, it would have the 21st largest population. As of 2000, the population of Cook County was 5,376,741, largely because its county seat is Chicago, the principal city in the county and the state and among the top 25 in the world. Chicago makes up about 54% of the population of the county, the rest being provided by various suburbs.

Cook County has the 19th largest government in the United States and is one of the most Democratic counties in the United States. It has only voted once for a Republican candidate in a Presidential election in the last forty years, in 1972, when county voters preferred Richard Nixon to George McGovern by 53.4% to 46%.

Cook County was created on January 15, 1831 by an act of the Illinois State Legislature. It was the 54th county established in Illinois and was named after Daniel Pope Cook, one of the earliest and youngest statesmen in Illinois history, who served as the first U.S. Representative from Illinois and the first Attorney General of the State of Illinois. Shortly thereafter, in 1839, DuPage County was carved out of Cook County.

When Cook County was organized in 1831 with approximately 100 residents in 2,464 square miles, it encompassed much of what is today Lake, DuPage, Will, McHenry, and Cook counties. Because of population growth in northeastern Illinois in the 1830s, Cook County lost over half its territory, but continued to increase in population. By 1839, it comprised 954 square miles and followed its current irregular boundaries. It had expanded to a population of over four thousand.

During the 1830s and 1840s, farmers purchased most of the available land in the county and began raising crops and livestock. Without railroads, some farmers hauled their harvest to Chicago, but others went to closer, smaller settlements. By 1840, Wheeling, Gross Point (now Wilmette), Lyons, Summit, Brighton, Willow Springs, Calumet, Blue Island, and Thornton were thriving settlements. Most were agricultural centers, serving the farmers in their vicinity with small stores, churches, and schools.

With the banks of Lake Michigan forming a graceful front door, Chicago and Cook County unfold easily in urban grandeur as you venture into its core. Surrounded by monumental skyscrapers, huge urban parks, shopping and eatery venues rarely known elsewhere inside the U.S., this extrametro community of millions unrolls for miles and miles. Standing above the city's welcome mat on the observation deck of the Sears Tower, one can only imagine what lies beyond the southern horizon as Cook County fades into the sky - it's that expansive. There are lively street scenes everywhere below you, fabulous cultural offerings virtually every summer night and colorful neighborhoods awaiting discovery.

Outside of east coast behemoths New York and Boston, you won't find communities with more tradition and greatness in its local sports heroes than Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The iconic Chicago Bears, the fabulous Chicago Cubs and Chisox, the incredible Chicago Black Hawks and the three-peat Chicago Bulls arouse memories of names like Butkus, Sayers, Singletary, Banks, Kluszewski, Hull, Jordan and more - all performing miracles nightly before their raucaus but faithful Chicago fans.

Though located far from Hollywood, Cook County, Illinois has also always been an alluring setting for film and TV programming; the downtown Chicago area oozes excitement, daring and ravishing charm. Film classics like "The French Connection," "Chicago: The Musical," "The Blues Brothers, "The Fugitive," "The Sting" and so many more tell Cook County's story - though not always with precision!

A cacophany of ethnic and traditional communities, Cook County belies its age, cultural mix and location at the intersection of industrial Illinois, Indiana and the marine traffic of Lake Michigan. While acknowledging its past reputation for poverty, there are also fabulous, charming, spacious and elegant homes to be found throughout the Cook County and Chicagoland areas. Today's Chicago, and its surrounding environs, produce a cosmopolitan charm that underlies its residents' "big city adventure." Chicago - this "most American of American cities" has an enduring and engaging energy, pulse and savvy the few urban communities can match.

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Cook County Homes, Properties and Special Feature Real Estate

As you would expect, Cook County, Illinois real estate is highly valued and available homes and properties sell quickly. Whether recreational land, homes, or properties of all sizes and views, you'll find Cook County area real estate opportunities that are right for your needs. In short, Cook County, Illinois is likely the kind of setting and situation that could make you and your family comfortable, cozy and contented for a long time.

Cook County, Illinois real estate includes a wide variety of homes for sale, condos for sale, water access properties (waterfront or scenic view), active adult communities, hobby farms and executive properties. Regardless of your present home or property concerns - whether you are buying or selling a home, condo, land or other property ? Harry C. Walsh has the expertise to guide you through the process painlessly and profitably. Sellers who have been in the area for a while know my reputation for knowledgeable advice, enthusiastic service, creative marketing and professional networking. My associates and I will mine every source for suitable properties so you can feel at ease that your search will produce the right kind of solution for you.

For buyers new to the area, you can rest assured that I will provide the specialized services you deserve: a strong work ethic, personal real estate expertise to help define your needs, help with selecting and securing standard financing for your purchase, special technology, constant communication throughout the transaction, and more. My recognized expertise, professionalism and commitment to customer satisfaction has made me, Harry C. Walsh, the choice of many previous home buyers to help guide their search - from existing homes for sale, properties for sale, lots, vacant land, new construction, 55-plus and retirement communities, investment properties, waterfront, golf and recreational properties, golf course lots - all the way to luxury villas, estates and executive homes.

So when you're ready to buy or sell real estate in or around Cook County, Illinois, please let Harry C. Walsh help you find the home or property of your dreams. Contact Harry C. Walsh today!

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Harry C. Walsh services the real estate needs of home buyers and home sellers in search of real estate, homes for sale, condos, investment properties, commercial real estate, new construction, new homes, land, lots, waterfront properties, scenic view homes, farms and recreational property in these nearby communities and more!

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