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Dream Retreat Entire Compound Sleeps 29, Chicago--40min, 3+ nights request quote

Bedrooms 6
Space 557 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Bedrooms 6, Bathrooms 5, Sleeps 29

**Please contact us to confirm rates for more than 2 nights, as they may not calculate accurately.

**All reservations must meet all Booking Requirements

This 5-Star luxury oasis, only 40 minutes from Chicago, is a private, secluded, spa-quality, ultimate beachfront getaway right on the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Miller Beach Dream Retreat offers commanding views of Lake Michigan, unspoiled dunes, the Chicago skyline and is loaded with first-class amenities, top-of-the-line fixtures, appliances, furnishings, and a pro sand volleyball court. This year-round Beach Retreat is Indiana’s most luxurious vacation rental offering complete privacy.

Miller Beach, IN, the closest beach-side community to Chicago, is a unique and growing artist community in NW Indiana full of galleries, shopping, fine dining, and miles of pristine beaches and nature trails. Hundreds of attractions are located within 60 minutes: casinos, amusement/water parks, golf, antiquing, wineries, outlet malls as well as Chicago’s rich culture: Millennium Park, Magnificent Mile, museums, restaurants, sports, theater, concerts, etc.

* Since 2008, we have hosted thousands of guests and cater to multi-generational family reunions, friend’s getaways, and milestone birthdays and anniversaries. * There are no other homes along the southern coast of Lake Michigan that offer comparable amenities or accommodations, and we are only 40 minutes from Chicago. * We are family-owned and managed and are very passionate about what we do. When traveling the world, we always stay in vacation rentals and often get inspiration and ideas for ways to create the best experience for our guests.

The 6000sqft six bedroom, five bath, two full kitchen Retreat offers 2000sqft of custom outdoor living space and accommodates 29. Floorplan is functional with large gathering spaces for grand-scale entertaining and comfortable, cozy nooks for managed solitude. Unlike most rentals flanked on both sides by neighbors which offer no privacy, the Dream Retreat is 350 feet from our closest neighbor. It is located on a quiet, tree-lined, cul-de-sac street and corner lot. Daily maid service available upon request.

Our backyard and beach IS the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Only a sliver of national park and short nature trail separate the Retreat from an amazing semi-private, sugar-sand beach with a 150ft sand bar and crystal clear water with no muck, rocks, or algae. This little slice of paradise contains one of the most diverse ecosystems in the entire national park system. It is world famous for the Karner Blue butterfly and has over 369 species of flowering plants and cacti. The first manned-glider ride, preceding the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, occurred on historic Chanute Hill (200ft from our rear deck) in 1896 by Octave Chanute. The Aquatorium, a half-mile paved nature trail away, contains both the Chanute and Tuskegee Airmen Museums. Lake Street Beach, three blocks away, has a watercraft launch.

Gourmet Kitchen

* Perfect for guest chefs or families to make meals together, this full-service kitchen opens to the two-story Great Room.

* Dining service for 3* Bosch and Jenn-Air professional appliance suite includes double electric baking and convection microwave ovens, 36in gas roasting oven with six-sealed burners, warming oven, chimney hood, built-in Fridge with auto ice-maker, dishwasher,

* Custom, built-in wine center that features two separate Marvel cooling units for red wine and cold-temperature beverages as well as specialty glassware cabinets.

* Double-bowl farm sink with Grohe pull-out faucet, all small appliances, cookware, bakeware, flatware, glassware, barware, and supplies.

* Oversized island has a prep sink and seating for four guests.

* Keurig coffee station

Overlooking the beautiful National Lakeshore, its unspoiled beaches, lush dune-scape, and the Chicago Skyline, the most coveted space is the multi-level decks. Privacy and seclusion were paramount in the design of this 2000sqft outdoor wonderland. Outdoor living space contains five multi-level decks and several seating and dining areas including a conversation fire pit, bistro tables, cushioned chairs, loungers, hammock and swing. Melt your stress away in the year-round, 8-person hot tub with LED lighting. Bathe in the heated shower. Grill your specialties on the professional Napoleon gas grill. Serve it up on Indiana’s ONLY professional sand volley ball court set to Woman’s Olympic specifications. Guesthouse also has private deck, Weber gas grill, and bistro table.

Great Room

Experience the rustic-chic atmosphere of 28ft beamed, cathedral wood ceiling with studio lighting and five skylights. Six large casement windows and patio doors open to the main deck. Wood burning stove provides cozy ambiance, dancing flames, and warmth on those chilly nights. Solid hickory dining table seats ten and banquet tables and chairs are also available. Chocolate leather sofa and matching club chairs complete the space.

Entertainment Loft

This inviting wrap-around balcony overlooks the Great Room and is one of the most popular gathering places. It conveniently opens to the multi-level decks and has an 18ft wall of windows to showcase panoramic views. Lounge on the leather sectional or perch in the parakeet chair while viewing the 50in HDTV with Blu-Ray DVD and Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Play poker or games on the professional table and stream music inside and out with the Yamaha and Jamo high-fidelity sound system.

Recreation Room

This space is designed for fun and features a Queen Anne Foosball table and walk-in wet bar with counter space for ten, refrigerator, Kohler sink and faucet, and back-light bar shelves. TV viewing area has a coffee leather queen sofa-bed and club chairs, a 55in digital cable HDTV with Dolby 5.1 surround sound, and library with over 200 DVDs and 200 CDs.

Six well-appointed bedrooms comprise the compound, including a lavish Master Suite, four queen bedrooms and Bunk Room which sleeps five and has one twin XL over queen plus a twin over twin bunk. Two queen sofa beds and several high-rise, self-inflating/deflating Aerobeds with built-in headboards are available. Guests love the convenience and simplicity of putting them wherever and whenever. Each bedroom has been carefully crafted with guests in mind. Tasteful features include soft wool rugs over antique oak flooring and touches of leather and custom upholstery throughout. All bedrooms offer high thread-count linens, comforters and pillows, ceiling fans or stand fans, digital cable HDTVs with DVD players, ample closet space with hangers, full length mirrors, dressers, and nightstands with lamps.

Occupying the entire top floor, the 1200 sqft over-the-top luxury Master Suite is unlike any other. The loft style, open floor plan features skylighted cathedral ceilings and Juliette balcony with French doors overlooking the Entertainment Loft and Great Room below. Double 9ft patio doors open to wrap-around decks with amazing lake views, table seating, and built-in bench which faces East to view spectacular sun rises over the dune-scape. A premium Stearns and Foster bed is centered to maximum views of surrounding nature. For TV therapy, there is a 60in Smart HDTV with digital cable and Roku for movie and music streaming. Completing the space is the Master Closet which is 10ft by 8ft and also has a skylighted cathedral ceiling.

En suite spa is a custom-designed sanctuary with commercial-grade fixtures for professional relaxation therapy. With a clear glass entrance, the Kohler steam shower has seating for two persons, a eucalyptus oil reservoirs for steam-aroma therapy, and temperature-controlled, Grohe rain fall shower head and hand-held massaging shower. The dry-Cedar Sauna has benches for two persons to lie down, digital controls, and cedar enclosed walls and ceiling. The two-person peninsula jetted-tub has artic white tile and 12 air-controlled jets. Dimmable LED chandelier lighting sets the perfect ambiance for your break from reality. There are separate vanities with custom mirrors and Grohe faucets as well as a separate WC room. Natural stone flooring throughout and an auto-humidity sensing fan complete the spa.

Five well-equipped marble-tiled bathrooms have custom vanities and mirrors, Kohler sinks, Grohe faucets, rain fall shower heads, fluffy towels, bathmats, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, tissues, and hair dryers.

Attached Guesthouse

This comfortable and inviting space features 16ft vaulted skylighted ceilings, table seating for eight, leather queen sleeper sofa, 50in Smart TV with Blu-Ray player, a private deck with Weber gas grill and bistro table as well as a private entrance.

Second full-kitchen has all major appliances, ice-maker, dishwasher, quartz counters, island seating for two, built-in desk, Grohe sprayer faucet, all small appliances, Keurig coffee station, cookware, bakeware, flatware, glassware, barware, soaps, towels, paper towels, etc.

Three mega-capacity laundry units with ozonators are available for guest use. They require no hot water, bleach, detergent, or fabric softener. Ozonators clean better by infusing a third oxygen molecule to create super-charged wash water.

We offer Wi-Fi at speeds at up to 50 Mbps, 11 HDTVs with DVD players, driveway parking for 8 vehicles, and all supplies including soaps, paper towels, tissue, trash bags, etc. Retreat is cooled by 11 Mitsubishi AC wall units and heated by a Buderus radiant heat boiler with six thermostatic zones for customized comfort.

Additional Booking Rules:

* Licensee must be at least 28 years of age.

* Additional Fee for more than 19 guests: $50/person (one-time) use and occupancy fee (over the age of 2).

* Occupancy Limit: Dream Retreat accommodates up to 29 guests.

* Observed holidays require a three night minimum.

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Calendar last updated:
23 February, 2018

About Hilary

As an Engineer and General Contractor, I have a passion for designing and building luxury smart homes. Being from a large family, I create spaces to accommodate large families and groups who want to celebrate, entertain, and relax.

My wife is an accomplished Interior Designer and Event Planner whose work has been published by Martha Stewart and Vogue Magazine and loves to furnish inviting spaces, ensuring that all the details and creature-comforts are attended to.

We are proud to call the Dream Retreat home and enjoy our private oasis, where we can escape from it all.

Why Hilary chose Miller Beach

The Miller Beach Dream Retreat was conceptualized in 2005 and meticulously designed, built, and furnished for the sole purpose of entertaining large groups and beachfront relaxation. We are in the memory-making business and have hosted thousands since 2007.

Completed in 2007, the Miller Beach Dream Retreat Entire Compound is 6000 sq.ft. comprising a Main House with six half-levels (Level 1 through 6 with six steps between each) plus an Attached Guesthouse. 2000 sq.ft. of outdoor living space are multi-level decks with amazing views and amenities. After staying in many properties around the globe, we have defined luxury vacation rental.

Views from the Dream Retreat to the North and East are pure nature: Lake Michigan and rolling dunes. To the Northwest, see the unmistakable Chicago skyline.

Follow the nature trail through a sliver of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to the semi-private, sugar-sand beach, wade onto the 150ft sand bar, swim in the crystal clear water. Enjoy no rocks, muck, or algae.

What makes this house unique

Unlike most beachfront rentals that are flanked on both sides by noisy, nosy neighbors and offer little to no privacy, the Miller Beach Dream Retreat was built to be private and secluded. We are located on a quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac street on a corner lot and 350 feet from our closest neighbor.

Our backyard and beach IS the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This little slice of paradise contains one of the most diverse ecosystems in the entire national park system. It is world famous for the Karner Blue butterfly and has over 369 species of flowering plants and cacti.

The first manned-glider ride, preceding the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, occurred on historic Chanute Hill (200ft from our rear deck) in 1896 by Octave Chanute. The Aquatorium, a half-mile walk on a nature trail, contains both the Chanute and Tuskegee Airmen Museums.

Our guest list is confidential, but includes A-list celebrities, professional sports stars, and noted journalists.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Our four family's travel to a new destination each year. This year we stayed at the Dream Retreat and everyone had an amazing time. We all wished that this was our home and didn't want to leave.
May 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Miller Beach

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 557 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 29
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • *Rates do not include $50/person (one-time use/occupancy fee) over 19 ppl regardless of length of stay/purpose. *3 night min + Premium for Holidays
  • *No high school, college, after-prom party, graduation party, or any other underage groups. No illegal, dangerous, or non-family oriented activities.
  • *Agree to abide by the rules, policies, and regulations established in the Vacation Rental Agreement and the Welcome Packet
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Master Suite Bathroom Spa: -Commercial-grade two-person Steam Shower with eucalyptus oil reservoir -Grohe rainfall shower and hand-held massage shower -Two-person, peninsula jetted tub Other Bathrooms: outdoor shower (Peak Season) Marble tiled baths with custom vanities (maple-glazed with hand-carved, claw feet) loaded with full towel sets and bath mats to make you feel like royalty! Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair dryers, toilet paper provided in all bathrooms
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 29
  • Top floor HUGE 1200 SF Master Suite: -Private, wrap-around decks--see Chicago Skyline, Lake, & North & East views of Nat'l Park and lagoon. Enjoy outdoor bistro table & built-in bench to catch the morning sun -Juliette balcony w/ French doors overlooks the loft & Great Room below -10'x8' walk-in-closet w/ windows/skylights, dresser, iron & board, hangars -Custom silk draperies -Stearns&Foster Queen bed En-suite Master Bath: -custom-built Dry Cedar Sauna -2-person steam shower w/ eucalyptus oil dispenser -Grohe downpour shower head -Extra-large, 2-person Jacuzzi tub -Private toilet room Other Bedrooms: -All Queen-sized beds, high thread count sheets, fluffy pillows and comforters and plush towels -Each bedroom equipped w/ dresser, flat screen HD cable TV, DVD player, ceiling & stand fans, large closets w/ hangars, alarm clocks. Some have private balconies.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • tennis
Leave your worries behind & bring only your personal belongings... Think of the Dream Retreat as a 5-Star, luxury hotel, loaded with fine amenities, but private, secluded, and your very own... Our nearly endless list of amenities are second to none: Indoor/Outdoor sound system creates the perfect atmosphere for entertaining or relaxing Pro kitchen—serves 29, mixing bowls, bake ware, serving platters, pots, pans, and skillets, roasting pans, spatulas, serving spoons, spices, toaster oven, blender, steamer, crock pot, coffee makers, filters, everything! Towels, shampoo, conditioner, body wash Extra pillows, sheets, beach towels (seasonal) Lanterns, flashlights, first-aid kits 4 Queen-sized, high-rise, luxury, self-inflating/deflating Aero-beds w/ pillow tops & Headboards! Pro-Sand Volleyball & outdoor toys (Peak Season only) Firewood, trash bags, plastic-ware, paper towel, laundry, fabric sheets, dish soap, etc.


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Dream Retreat Entire Compound Sleeps 29, Chicago--40min, 3+ nights request quote
average rating of 4.928571 based on 15 reviews

This home was great for our group of 19.

  • 5 of 5

Hilary thought of everything, with plenty of dishes, coffee, games and puzzles, movies, bedding, towels, basic toiletries. It was so nice to just show up and enjoy spending time with our extended family. This home was better than we expected and we can't wait to stay again!

  • Review Submitted: 16/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Christine: Thank you so much for having your family reunion with us! When we travel as a family, we only stay in vacation rental homes for so many reasons, one of which is to see what our competitors are doing and make sure we stay several steps ahead. We try to offer everything imaginable to make your stay with us perfect. Leave your worries behind, enjoy family and friends, and hit the beach! We look forward to seeing you again this Spring. Jim and Hilary
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Sit back and enjoy

  • 4 of 5

On March 3rd 2017 I hosted my annual girl's birthday retreat. Upon arrival I was greeted by Hilary and two lovely assistants. They were all welcoming, I was taken on a tour of the house. Where each level gave me goosebumps because of the beauty. After the tour we discussed rules, regulations and the overall upkeep of the house. It's exactly what you see in the pictures. Very spacious for my 13 guests. However, it was a few hiccups it had nothing to do with the house. It was more so about communication and paperwork. Other than that, I loved the house, the stay and the comfort it provided..It literally felt like a home away from home. Everything I needed​ was at my fingertips. I appreciated the up to date appliences (especially the Keurig) and the personalized welcome pack. The beds are extremely comfortable and the stairs are a breeze, I have respiratory issues and I feared it would be an issue, but it wasn't a problem at all. Overall, I enjoyed my stay and the beautiful view.

  • Review Submitted: 06/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Marquisha: We appreciate you taking the time to write such a thoughtful review. We enjoyed hosting your birthday retreat and glad that our home exceeded your expectations! We always strive for continuous improvement and value your feedback. I designed the Dream Retreat to be six half-levels, with a maximum of six steps between them, on both the interior and exterior staircases, to make it easier for guests with mobility/respiratory issues to navigate the home. As for the paperwork/communication hiccup, I apologize for any inconvenience, but we do require a security deposit credit card authorization for all guests. Like a hotel, we do not charge your card. It only places a temporary hold in case there are damages to capture which automatically expires after departure. Since nothing is charged, there is no waiting for a deposit refund. Our guests really like this convenient process. We look forward to hosting your birthday retreat again next Spring! Very Truly Yours, Jim
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Loved by all

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful! I rented it for 25 people to surprise my husband for his 30th birthday. It was rented for the weekend and everything was spectacular. The house was incredibly clean when we got there & they were nice enough to set up the volleyball net for the unseasonably warm weather. There was tons of space for everyone. Everyone had such a great time. Thank you so much for letting us rent your home for a few days!

  • Review Submitted: 20/02/2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Melissa: Glad to hear that everything was perfect for husband's 30th birthday party! We always try to go the extra distance to ensure that our guests are very pleased and have a memorable experience. Normally, we only put the professional sand volleyball court net and boundary markers, etc. up when the overnight lows are higher than 55 degree (i.e., Peak Season), but we were happy to accommodate your request due to unseasonable warm weather in February. Hope to see you soon at the Miller Beach Dream Retreat! Jim
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Stunning setting, stunning house

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at the dream retreat with my extended family, for a family reunion of sorts. It was a great week, from the first moments coming into the house, getting a tour with the owner, to the amazing sunrises and sunsets from the hot tub, to the sound of the wind howling and waves crashing on the shorline.

The house is an amazing piece midwest architecture, with amazing natural light, seclusion, and the beds on different levels. We loved using their tablet directory to map out our hiking and beach walks and find great restaurants, shopping, and fun things to do in the area.

Jim and his wife are kind and amazing people who went above and beyond to make sure everything was great. Thanks so much!

  • Review Submitted: 06/02/2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pamela: Thank you for the kind words. We are glad you got some use out of our new interactive, digital "welcome binders". We just started offering these to our guests as an alternative to a boring, static paper binder. We will continue to add content based on guest feedback. Thanks again! Very Truly Yours, Jim
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Finally found our holiday vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

We have rented several homes on Lake Michigan in both Michigan and Indiana and our stay at the Dream Retreat in Miller Beach was our favorite to date. We were with our family of 14, 3 generations, and all agreed that the location and the house could not be beat. We rarely used our car except to go to Sams Club to pick up food. All our meals were prepared in the kitchen which pretty much had everything we needed. House was spacious, very clean, and comfortable. Firewood and stove were a nice perk. The views from the decks were beautiful, especially the skyline of Chicago at sunset. The hiking trails in the National Park began right off the back deck and were fun for the whole family. We were very pleased with renting through Jim. Our orientation to the home upon arrival was thoughtful and the few times we had questions, it was quite easy to get ahold of him. All 14 of us said this was one of the best vacations ever and we all hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: 16/01/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: George, Thank you for staying with us. I am glad your search is over! See you next December. Very Truly Yours, Jim
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Perfect space and location for our winte getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Dream Retreat was by far one of the nicest places my family and I have rented. Impeccably maintained, lovely decorations, and comfortable furniture. Lots of space for all of us to spread out. The views are amazing as was the beach, even in the dead of winter. The booking process is simple and convenient with excellent customer service. We were met with professionalism every step of the way. Enjoy this gem!

  • Review Submitted: 15/01/2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you April. We enjoyed hosting your family! Please come back anytime and especially when when it's sunny and warm. Very Truly Yours, Jim
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Nearest Restaurant
1.3 Miles
18th Street Brewery
Other Activities:

Indie Indie Bang Bang

Custom built in 2009, the secluded Dream Retreat will help you escape from it all! Retreat is situated on a cul-de-sac street (no traffic) and corner lot (only house on the corner). Closest neighbor is 350 feet away. Completely private compound (6' & 8' privacy fences). Pro-Sand Beach Volley ball court set to Womany's Olympic specifications (Peak Season only). Entire North (lakeside) and East are Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Hear nothing except the songs of birds, breeze, and waves slapping against the Lake Michigan shoreline. See the Chicago Skyline from the upper decks.

Because of our unique location, only a tiny sliver of National Park separates us (sand & asphalt trail) from the best semi-private sugar-sand beach on Lake Michigan. We are 1/3 mile from Lake St. Beach boat launch (seasonal) for all your water toys, jet-skis, boats, sailboats, etc.

We personally meet you at check-in to give keys, a brief tour, and binder full of fun and useful info and all the best attractions within a 45 minute drive or train ride.

Other Activities: Centrally located and something for everyone! All attractions are within a 45 minute drive or train ride. Shoppers and gamers paradise! grocery/liquor stores, factory Outlet malls (120 stores), West Lake two-story mall, candy factory tours, fine/casual Dining, EZ train to Chicago: (Loop, “Magnificent Mile” shopping, museums, convention center, airports), water parks, amusement parks, Amish Country, scenic drives, Fall foilage tours, flea markets, National Park hiking/biking trails and classroom discussions, winery tours, Casinos (10 min to Trump, Ameristar, Majestic, harrah's, Horseshoe; 30 min to Blue Chip), Wells Street & West Side Beaches, golf, marinas, etc.

Golf: 19 courses withing a 30 mile radius--list and contact information provided in binder at check-in.

Ski: FourLakes Apline Snowsports is in Lisle, IL approx 60 miles from the Retreat and offer a wide variety of terrain, slopes, lessons, and fun for people of all ages.


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