This week, catch the second episode of the Emmy nominated TV series “American Dream”  highlighting Chicago influencers and some of the city’s hottest real estate, on Travel Channel.  In this episode, Two Door Group co-founder and Host Jen Vest explores historic and vibrant Uptown. Tune in for a kitchen tour at Demera Ethiopian and a pre-construction tour of Chicago Market, opening soon in the historic Gerber building.

Casting Call: Selling Your Home?

Are you planning to sell your home?  We would be thrilled to see if you’d be a good fit to be featured on an episode of American Dream Chicago with Jen. 

We’re casting for the next episodes over the next few weeks, and would love to start the conversation with you to see if you, and your property would like to be pitched to the series producers!

Episode Recap: Uptown, Chicago

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Join as Jen visits favorite spots in Uptown. This neighborhood is celebrated for its diversity, its #UptownProud community pride, and its rich history dating back to the glitz and glam era as Chicago’s premier entertainment destination.

In this episode, restaurateur Chef Tigist Reda takes Jen into the kitchen of the iconic Demera to share her authentic Ethiopian cuisine. A long-standing institution in Uptown, Demera consistently tops the best-restaurants lists from Eater, Time Out, Chicago Magazine and more. Chef Reda tells Jen about raising money for “Hope For Tigray Women”, a non-profit providing humanitarian relief for women affected by the civil war in Ethiopia.    

Down the street, Jen gets a pre-construction tour of the historic Gerber Building, built in 1921 and recently restored by the CTA, which is the future home of the Chicago Market grocery co-op. Matthew Ruffi, Chicago Market Board President, explains the community ownership model for the full service grocery store, which will also be a community hub — a vibrant center of exceptional food, workshops, meetings and performances. 

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If you missed the airing on Travel Channel, you can catch the episode of American Dream Chicago streaming on Amazon Fire​, AppleTV, Roku and on Two Door Group Instagram, Facebook and YouTube channels. 

Contact Us

For more information, reach Two Door Group Co-Founder and Realtor Jen Vest at