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See Chicago’s Loop in One Of These Downtown Chicago Holiday Tours

The only thing that rivals summertime in the Loop is the holiday season in the Loop. Whether you're looking to see holiday lights, the striking architecture, or a little of both, here are some holiday tours to soak up festive holiday cheer. Chicago Architecture Center Holiday and City Lights See holiday lights in the Loop with the Chicago Architecture Center. During the 90 minute tour, you'll learn about the architects who shaped Chicago while seeing the dazzling city lights aboard a double decker bus. Tickets include admission to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your holiday tour. Tickets are available through the end of the year. The CAC will also be extending it's holiday season hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 8pm. Holiday Lights Segway Tour A segway is a unique way to see Chicago's downtown Loop. You get a more intimate and thorough look at the city than you would in a car but can cover more ground more quickly than on foot. See Cloudgate, also known as "The Bean", head down The Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue, stop by Christkindl Market, and ride past the Art Institute. Holiday light segway tours run Wednesday through Sunday at 6pm until December 21st. [caption id="attachment_22391" align="alignnone" width="477"] Cloudgate at Millennium Park in the Loop, also known as "The Bean"[/caption] Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Holiday Tour The holiday tour bus makes two stops-- one at the Christkindl holiday market in Daley Plaza, and another at Lincoln Park Zoo's Zoo Lights. Each rider will get a pair of 3D glasses, to view Zoo Lights at a whole new dimension, and a bag of Hot Cocoa Caramel Popcorn from famous Garrett's Popcorn. Private tours are also available. Click here for tickets! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago's Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Downtown Apartment Company Culture: An Inside Look

Ever wonder what it's like to work at Downtown Apartment Company? If you're looking for a career that keeps you on your toes, where everyday is different, and you can always learn something new, with a culture of welcoming, hardworking, approachable team mates, the DAC pack may be the right fit for you! Here's an inside look at what it's like to work at DAC. You'll Have A Growth Oriented Environment DAC is a growth conducive environment. The leadership is extremely approachable, cares about agents' personal and professional fulfillment, and encourages trying your best without fear of failure. Managing broker, Ben Creamer, recently sat down with Chicago Agent Magazine to discuss learning and coaching from your mistakes. “There’s no greater source of teachable moments than your own personal experience in the business" he said. The article also discussed how Ben and the DAC leadership develop agents by running through problem solving exercises. “Regardless of whether they give the right answer, they’ve learned something valuable through the thought process.” He emphasized the importance of putting your team first, being humble, and preparing your team for a range of situations, as well as having a team with diverse skill sets and knowing how to play to everyone's strengths. There's No Shortage of Things To Do Between team events, like the famous annual DAC Holiday party, industry exclusive looks, like hard hat tour previews, and whole industry networking opportunities, like broker open houses and new inventory openings, there's no shortage of team building and professional development activities at DAC. "I love working at DAC because my calendar is so full" says Alexa Morgan, an agent at DAC. "There's always an opportunity to build great, lasting relationships whether its with other members of the team or other industry professionals." There's Never A Dull Moment No two days are the same at Downtown Apartment Company. The constant influx of new rental inventory, new clients, a growing team, and regular agent trainings, there's no shortage of new places to see, things to learn, or people to meet. DAC broker, Adam Valentino, says "The market is booming and areas that weren't as residential have been rapidly growing and are therefore, now in higher demand. The popularity in these rapidly growing areas brings new real estate inventory, restaurants, green space, and an overall developing sense of community, so even as a local there's always something new to learn about the city because of how regularly it's growing and changing." Due to the growing team, Downtown Apartment Company recently opened an innovative new office in River North. [caption id="attachment_22374" align="alignnone" width="654"] The Conference Room at Downtown Apartment Company's New River North Office Space[/caption] If you like being in a fast-paced environment that regularly challenges you to learn, DAC could be the place for you.   At DAC we build our team based on our values of integrity, desire to learn, resourcefulness, work ethic, professionalism, and above all else, kindness, with culture as our top priority. If DAC sounds like the right fit for you, contact us or email your resume to Kati at careers@downtownloop.com.

Head To The Loop For Holiday Shows!

The Loop is home to Chicago's vibrant theatre district. Between Broadway in Chicago, live musical performances, dance, and smaller theatre productions, there are plenty of exciting and thought provoking shows to see. Here are some of the most popular holiday performances in the Loop. Joffrey Ballet's Performance of "The Nutcracker" The Joffrey Ballet's annual performance of The Nutcracker is a longtime holiday tradition. The classic ballet, composed by Tchaikovsky, follows the story of a young girl and her mother preparing for a Christmas dinner in 1892 just before the World's Fair. When everyone has gone to bed, the girl is transported to a dreamlike world where her Christmas gifts come to life. [caption id="attachment_22334" align="alignnone" width="485"] Courtesy of the Joffrey Ballet[/caption] The Nutcracker runs through December 29th at the Auditorium Theatre in the Loop. Click here for tickets. "Merry, Merry, Chicago!" at Chicago Symphony Orchestra In Merry, Merry, Chicago! the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform holiday favorites, carols, and an appearance by Santa Claus. The performance will be conducted by guest conductor, Emil de Cou, and runs December 14th-23rd. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR66yr26-Fs[/embed] See below for the program! "A Christmas Carol" at the Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol has been a holiday favorite for over forty years. The story, originally written by Charles Dickens, follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he learns about compassion, kindness, and redemption. Tickets are available through December 29th. [caption id="attachment_22341" align="alignnone" width="573"] Courtesy of the Goodman Theatre[/caption] Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" at the Cadillac Palace Theatre Broadway in Chicago's White Christmas is sure to leave you full of holiday cheer! Choose Chicago says White Christmas is full of, "dancing, laughter, and some of the greatest music ever written". Don't miss out! This Broadway musical only runs through mid December. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the Loop's theatre district? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

West Loop Dog Friendly Restaurants

Your furry friends shouldn't have to "sit" and "stay" home while you soak up all the West Loop has to offer. Bring them with you to these dog friendly spots in West Loop. [caption id="attachment_22316" align="alignnone" width="453"] Ericka Rios, Director of Leasing, with Ruben Oliver, the "DAC Doodle"[/caption] Saint Lou's Assembly- 664 W Lake St The patio at Saint Lou's Assembly is a prime pooch social spot. Bring your dog for a "dog beer", which comes in a regular beer-esque bottle. Stop by for one of many dog oriented events, like the dog halloween costume contest! [caption id="attachment_22313" align="alignnone" width="463"] Courtesy of Saint Lou's Assembly[/caption] Wishbone West Loop- 161 N Jefferson St Chef Joel Nickson serves up southern classics and a mix-and-match menu of side dishes. Wishbone has been a West Loop favorite for 30 years. Their dog friendly patio is a great place to go for Monday through Friday happy hour light bites, including fried chicken sliders, jambalaya, and catfish nuggets. City Mouse Chicago- 311 N Morgan St Looking for great brunch in West Loop? Look no further! City Mouse Chicago serves up seasonally inspired fare in the Ace Hotel. Dogs are welcome in the indoor lounge, where both you and your pet can order food. The pet menu includes meat based items and water is served in doggie bowls. The "human" lounge menu has great selections and happy hour specials as well. A reservation is recommended for the dog friendly lounge area. [caption id="attachment_22311" align="alignnone" width="433"] Photo Courtesy of Anjali Pinto, citymousechicago.com[/caption] Kuma's Corner- 852 W Fulton Market Kuma's Corner is known both for serving up some of the best burgers in the city with unique twists, as well as their support of local heavy music artists. Bring your pet to their dog friendly patio to check out their eclectic menu and hear a great mix of Chicago heavy musicians. You can also listen to the Kuma's playlist on Spotify.   Looking for dog friendly apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

West Loop History on Halsted: Athenian Candle

Halsted Street in West Loop is known for its high density of Greek shops, restaurants, museums, and other cultural sites, many of which are long time neighborhood treasures. Athenian Candle is a specialty spiritual goods shop that's stood the test of time as Halsted Street has evolved over the past century. Athenian Candle was founded nearly 100 years ago by Themistocles and Efthimia Godelas in 1920. This fourth generation store is the only original Greek Town business standing. [caption id="attachment_22287" align="alignnone" width="446"] Themistocles Godelas in the original Athenian Candle store in the 1940s[/caption] Athenian Candle offers over 7,000 products, including handmade candles as well as cultural and spiritual goods imported directly from Greece for use in special events and ceremonies. Products range from incense, essential oils, statues, rosaries, tapered candles, oil lamps, books for a variety of religious and spiritual faiths, and English/Greek greeting cards, and Greek flags and cook books, to Greek wedding and baptismal items like stafana (wedding crowns) and martirika (baptismal ribbons). Each year, Athenian Candle produces thousands of hand dipped paraffin and beeswax candles, ranging from 8 inches, for candles lit during most Sunday liturgies, to 5 feet, for candles used in wedding and baptismal ceremonies. These specialty candles are then sold in both the Halsted Street store and online and via catalog worldwide. The use of top quality paraffin and beeswax is crucial, as most religious and spiritual groups do not condone burning animal fat. Athenian Candle also offers candle burning and other on-site services. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw6j8fhrM38[/embed] With the blend of historic character and modern additions, Greek Town is a cultural cornerstone of West Loop. Greek Town is conveniently accessible from most of the city via the CTA blue line, the metra trains at Union and Ogilvie stations, and the Kennedy and Eisenhower expressways, making it an equally as convenient place to live as it is to explore on weekends. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Halsted Street in West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

New West Loop Apartments: The Venn

The Venn is a new set of  luxury apartment towers in the West Loop coming to the corner of Madison and Green. The 586 unit rental project is being developed by The John Buck Company, Lendlease, GREC Architects, and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation and will include studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments as well as town homes. Each town home will have its own private entrance at ground level, which will surround the building's parking garage so it is not visible from the street. [caption id="attachment_22191" align="alignnone" width="432"] Courtesy of GREC[/caption] The name, "The Venn" comes from the idea of the overlapping communities of each tower, joined by the shared amenity space, like a Venn diagram. The Venn is situated in a prime location, just a block west of bustling Halsted Street, two blocks from the UIC Blue line CTA, walking distance to the Metra at Union and Ogilvie stations, blocks from the Kennedy and Eisenhower expressways, two blocks south of Restaurant Row on Randolph Street, and less than a block from Mariano’s and Whole Foods grocery stores. Residents can check out the Green City farmer’s market, movies and yoga in the park, and a whole host of other neighborhood events at Mary Bartelme Park, which is located one block southwest of The Venn. The outdoor amenities include an expansive green space with a pool, lounge seating, cabanas, fire pits, a dog run, and outdoor dining areas. Indoor amenities include co-working spaces, a game room, a chef’s kitchen, and a fitness center. There will also be 11,000 square feet of onsite retail space. The interiors of these luxury West Loop rentals will feature stainless steel appliances and white quartz finishes. The Venn will begin preleasing in spring of 2020.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

West Loop Old Main Post Office Redevelopment

The West Loop Old Main Post Office has been closed since 1996, but following the recent major redevelopment, is now welcoming its first tenants in the newly revamped building at 433 W Van Buren. The structure was first built in 1922 and greatly expanded in 1932. At the time, Montgomery Ward and Sears were the largest retailers in the United States and the post office needed to expand its capacity due to all the mail order traffic the two retailers brought in. There were a few variations on proposals for the building's redevelopment from 2011 to 2014, but none that secured the proper funding. In the interim, when it was not being used as a post office but prior to the redevelopment, the Old Main Post Office was used in filming for Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon films. In 2016, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel threatened that the city would take possession through eminent domain if it remained undeveloped. The owner, Bill Davies, sold the Old Main Post Office later in 2016, just one day before his passing. The 2.8 million square foot building has already secured large tenants including Walgreens, which will be relocating from Deerfield, as well as Ferrara Candy, The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, and Uber. The lobby at the Old Main Post Office will also feature a food hall which is open to the public. There will also be a plethora of tenant amenities, including a bar and bocce court on the second floor, a gym with free weights and a boxing ring, and scattered luxury meeting and co-working spaces throughout the building. [caption id="attachment_22182" align="alignnone" width="585"] Courtesy of Michael Zajakowski[/caption] The mail chutes have been repurposed as architectural accents. [caption id="attachment_22179" align="alignnone" width="640"] Courtesy of Michael Zajakowski[/caption] Roughly 16,000 new employees will work in the building, stimulating the Southwest Loop area along the river, where office buildings and high-rises meet. [embed]https://vimeo.com/287470483[/embed] The Old Main Post Office redevelopment is consistent with the trend of corporate relocations and new amenity filled office construction in the West Loop. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

McDonald’s West Loop Corporate Headquarters Relocation

The West Loop has been an attractive spot for corporate relocations the last two years. McDonald's garnered significant attention in 2018 when it moved its headquarters from its home of 47 years in Oakbrook to downtown Chicago's West Loop neighborhood. The new headquarters office building was built at the former site of Oprah's Harpo Studios. The relocation brought over 2000 jobs downtown and had a positive impact on this year's earnings. CEO Steve Easterbrook says the move downtown was motivated by a desire to become a more modern company by tapping into a wider range of top talent and being hip with trends in food and beverage-- both things he hopes will be improved by being being centrally located right on Randolph Street. Easterbrook also noted that the downtown move has had a positive impact on recruiting. McDonald's received over 200,000 job applications sine their relocation, which is a large increase from years prior. [caption id="attachment_22163" align="alignnone" width="555"] Courtesy of McDonald's[/caption] The new McDonald's headquarters features a restaurant with menu items from around the world which is open to the public. The second floor houses Hamburger University, where McDonald's trains its managers. The third floor has a test kitchen for new potential menu items and the sixth floor has an employee cafe with co-working space, a barista style coffee bar, and an IT help bar. Over 300 conference rooms equipped for audio and video, cafe style meeting spaces, unassigned benches and cubicles, and large meeting spaces are scattered throughout the building to promote collaboration. The innovative headquarters has multiple open floor plan sub office "neighborhoods", each with private phoning rooms, tables, meeting rooms, and lockers. Last but not least, the ninth floor features a fitness center and terraces overlooking the city. [caption id="attachment_22152" align="alignnone" width="454"] Courtesy of McDonald's[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments from rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

The West Loop: A Hub For Higher Education and Medicine

The West Loop is home to many of Chicago's higher education institutions. Whether you're looking for a four year degree or a specialized technical certification, the West Loop is full of excellent schools and training programs. The University of Illinois Chicago UIC is a public research university which offers degrees in the arts, business, humanities, sciences, technology, health care, public administration, and urban planning. Although many students opt to live on campus, UIC is largely a commuter school with many students living in apartments in the West Loop and other nearby neighborhoods. UIC is also easy to access with a blue line stop just a block from campus and the Halsted bus #8, which runs right through campus. [caption id="attachment_22143" align="alignnone" width="428"] Courtesy of UIC[/caption] Rush University and Medical Center Rush University is the private, academic branch of Rush University Medical Center. Rush University has colleges of nursing, health sciences, and medicine, as well a graduate college. Whether you're looking to become an internist, speech pathologist, speech pathologist, or researcher, Rush University has highly regarded accredited programs and is well known for its advanced research. Rush University and Medical Center are located just off the Polk green and pink line stop, which provides access to Oak Park through the West Loop and downtown to the Loop. Paul Mitchell School of Chicago Do you have a passion for styling hair? The Paul Mitchell School  offers placement assistance and career path planning with hands on experience on the floor throughout the program. Students also get access to prestigious additional programs and experiences, including the opportunity to attend events like Caper, Beacon, and the North American Hair Styling Awards. The Paul Mitchell School is located off Halsted near Maxwell Street with service from the Halsted bus #8. [caption id="attachment_22145" align="alignnone" width="364"] Courtesy of The Paul Mitchell School Chicago[/caption]   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

West Loop 2019 Apartment Lease Ups in Review

2019 was a busy year for both residential and commercial development in West Loop. The residential inventory went above and beyond in terms of visionary design and creative amenities. These four West Loop apartment buildings stole the show with their lease ups this past year. The Van Buren Although the Van Buren opened September 15th of 2018, most of their lease up took place in 2019. Residents of The Van Buren love that this boutique style midrise offers a quieter, more private feeling atmosphere while still offering the advantages of luxury high rise living, like resort style amenities, great management, and curated social events. Between the light finishes, large windows, and high ceilings, the apartments at The Van Buren are filled with natural light. 727 West Madison 727 West Madison opened its doors to its first residents December 1st of 2018. This high-rise is striking, rising nearly 500 feet with its glassy elliptical shaped exterior, and is known for being the tallest skyscraper west of the highway. The curved exterior makes each unit feel like a corner unit with panoramic views of the city and skyline. The high ceilings, eye catching metallic accents, and elegant terrazzo flooring add to the lobby's grandeur. 727 West Madison exudes elegance from the moment you walk in. The Mason The Mason opened its doors in spring of 2019 and filled up quickly. Residents love the unique design and trendy accents throughout the building. Black matte appliances and distressed kitchen backsplashes against white tile, quartz countertops, and wide plank grey flooring give apartments an elevated twist on the standard black, white, and grey palette. No detail was spared, especially in terms of lighting. From the street outside, you'll notice the eye catching multi-tiered chandelier that hovers above what feels like most of the room next to the lobby. The Edison bulb pendant lighting hangs above kitchen islands and the frameless bathroom mirrors are complete with excellent built in lighting around the perimeter. Milieu Milieu residents first moved in September 3rd of 2019. In addition to the wonderful amenities like a fitness center, dog run, outdoor terrace, media room, pool and spa, and several other resident spaces, Milieu adds its own creative touch. Residents enjoy having an onsite barista crafting complementary La Colombe coffee drinks, a hammock lounge area, and an outdoor fitness area. Additionally, residents on the 18th floor have access to club level living services, which include in home package delivery, daily newspaper delivery, morning coffee and refreshments, monthly housekeeping, priority parking, and monthly happy hours. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

New Soft Loft West Loop 3 Beds For Rent

Looking for 3 bedroom apartments for rent in West Loop? Check out these soft loft new construction rentals! Property 120- Randolph & Halsted This building's curved exterior and floor to ceiling windows offer stunning views of downtown Chicago. The two toned interiors, dark hallways, and soft loft accents give this  three bed its distinct West Loop character. The kitchen features quartz countertops, Whirlpool stainless steel appliances, a tile backsplash, a full size washer and dryer, a Nest thermostat, and a spacious island with room for barstool seating. The master bathroom features a frameless glass shower and double vanity sink. The other full bathroom features a soaking tub. There is also an additional half bath off the kitchen area. This layout starts at $4756. Property 17- Jefferson & Lake This three bed, three bath apartment offers great separation and newly renovated interior finishes. The kitchen features granite countertops and stainless appliances, including an in unit washer and dryer. This layout is unique-- two of the three bedrooms have their own ensuite bathrooms and walk in closets so that there are effectively, two master beds. This apartment also has two balconies, one off the living space and one off the second bedroom. This three bed starts at $4419 for an immediate move. Property 171- Ada & Randolph This contemporary West Loop three bed features black, matte finishes, Edison bulb pendant lighting, a distressed, two toned metal kitchen backsplash, and premium blackout roller shades in the bedrooms as well as convenient features like full sized in unit laundry, a built in "tech shelf" with USB outlets, and a keyless electronic entry system. Both bathrooms have double vanity sinks and great "selfie" lighting around the mirrors. Despite the large, open layout, the spacious kitchen peninsula creates separation between the kitchen and living areas. An expansive patio spans most of the length of the living space. This layout starts at $4700 with 2 months free on select lease terms. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

West Loop Penthouse at 727 West Madison

Looking for a luxe penthouse for rent in West Loop? Look no further! This 2 bed 2 bath penthouse at 727 West Madison features elegant finishes, stunning views, and state of the art amenities in a prime location. Take in 360 degree views of downtown Chicago, amplified by the floor to ceiling windows and 10 foot ceilings. The kitchen finishes and appliances are top of the line with Grohe Concept faucets, a marbled backsplash, Viking stainless steel appliances, spacious quartz countertops, a wine fridge, a six burner gas range, ample storage space, a Nest programmable thermostat (which you can also control remotely), soft close cabinetry, and hard surface plank flooring throughout. The bathrooms feature Kohler fixtures, a frameless glass shower, a stand alone soaking tub, double vanity sinks, premium tile, and plenty of storage. The custom walk in closet and built in shelving systems make closet organizing a breeze. The layout of this spacious penthouse makes it feel like a full home perched in the skyline. Enjoy the space and separation of a home with the amenities of a high rise. Indoor amenities include a private rooftop sky lounge, a TV and media theatre, a lounge with a coffee bar, coworking space, conference rooms with presentation screens, a club room with pool tables, private party rooms, an expansive club grade fitness center, a yoga studio, Peloton bikes, and a pet spa. [caption id="attachment_22067" align="alignnone" width="539"] Skylounge, Courtesy of 727 W Madison[/caption] Outdoor amenities include the resort style pool and spa, pool side cabanas, sun terrace, outdoor grills and seating, and the dog park and water station. Residents also get access to convenience services like 24 hour concierge, wifi throughout the common areas, curated resident events, package lockers, EV charging stations, bike storage and repair, and away from home services. This West Loop penthouse at 727 West Madison is located conveniently on Halsted and Madison, a couple blocks from the highway and UIC blue line stop, with service to O'Hare and the Loop, and is less than a block from Whole Foods and Mariano's super markets. This penthouse is priced at $10k per month. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

New West Loop Time Out Market: Coming Soon!

Looking for a place to eat with friends can be tricky in West Loop because there are so many great options-- it's hard to agree on just one! That's where Time Out Market comes in...If you haven't already jumped on the food hall trend, it's not too late to start! Food halls are essentially a trendier take on the classic food court, with kiosks where patrons can get their favorite items from a variety of local restaurants. [caption id="attachment_22020" align="alignnone" width="380"] Rendering courtesy of Time Out Chicago[/caption] Time Out Market Chicago is the second largest Time Out Market, after the Lisbon location and will be opening soon in Fulton Market. The 500,000 square foot, three story food hall will house 18 kiosks which will vary in cuisine and style, from fast casual to high end Michelin starred fare. The venue will also have three bars, a demonstration kitchen, and event space, complete with bleacher seating. So far, the chef roster includes Jimmy Bannos Jr. of Purple Pig, Thai Dang of HaiSous, Brian Fisher of the Michelin starred Entente, Bill Kim of Urban Belly ramen, Dana Salls Cree of Pretty Cool Ice Cream, Zoe Schor of Split Rail fried chicken, Edward Kim of Mott St., and Art Shabez of The Art of Pizza. [caption id="attachment_22022" align="alignnone" width="528"] Courtesy of Mini Mott by chef Edward Kim[/caption] Chefs have one year contracts, which they can renew, but Time Out is looking to keep bringing in new dishes and concepts to keep things fresh and interesting for customers. Time Out also shared a vision for the space to function as a multipurpose venue for private events and weddings. According to Chicago Eater magazine, customers can expect to spend about $20 to $30 on lunch or dinner. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Looking For Things To Do in West Loop This Weekend?

It's that time of year-- it's too cold to do fall things and not quite holiday season. Fortunately there are plenty of things to do near West Loop this weekend! Brooklyn Boulders Try rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders with or without ropes. Brooklyn Boulders offers intro classes for beginners as well as memberships for more regular climbers. Gear rental and climbing shoes are included with your reservation. [embed]https://youtu.be/b8GSF6Ni9vo[/embed] Emporium Fulton Market Spend your evening having some nostalgic fun at Emporium bar and arcade. Enjoy pool tables, pin ball machines, air hockey, ski ball, arcade games, and a full live music events calendar. Bad Axe Throwing Looking for a new activity to spice up your usual weekend plans? Check out axe throwing! (Think: a heavier version of darts). Walk ins start at $27 per hour, or book a group ahead of time for $35 per person flat rate. Get in free on your birthday! Open Books Open Books is a nonprofit book store with a selection of over 50,000 donated books. Stop by the location at 651 W Lake for the Snowy Soiree holiday party on November 20th at 5pm to support literacy. Your tickets get you half off any books you purchase plus free gift wrapping! Bottom Lounge Bottom Lounge has a full calendar of live music. Check out Jaymes Young and Phil Good this Saturday or click here for a full schedule of upcoming concerts [caption id="attachment_22001" align="alignnone" width="466"] Courtesy of Bottom Lounge[/caption] National Hellenic Museum The National Hellenic Museum on Halsted Street is the first and only major museum in the nation dedicated to Greek-American culture. Try one of the weekly event offerings, like Greek dance classes, or attend one of their annual events, like the gala or golf outing. Take a tour of the museum which concludes with a visit to the building's rooftop overlooking the skyline, weather permitting. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

West Loop Epiphany Center for the Arts

The former West Loop Church of the Epiphany, at 201 S. Ashland, is being converted into one of the newest event venues and art centers. The high ceilings, mosaics, and historic windows add to the striking elegance and charm of this space, which will be used to house local art events and private events like weddings and rehearsals. [caption id="attachment_21989" align="alignnone" width="403"] Courtesy of Epiphany Center for the Arts and Chicago Tribune[/caption] When owner and developer, David Chase, initially applied for liquor and entertainment licenses, West Loop residents had trepidation about what they interpreted as the conversion of this historic landmark into a nightclub. However, Chase explained that his vision for the site was to "not to profit, but to 'activate' something beautiful for the community that would preserve the architectural glory of the church". He explained plans to turn it into a single destination wedding and event venue and 42,000 square foot hub for a multitude of practicing artists, including several distinct spaces. These include Epiphany Hall, located in the venue's sanctuary with capacity for 1000 people, The Sanctuary, an upstairs lounge with live magic and cabaret performances with a 100 person capacity, and The Catacombs, an underground space for live jazz performances that holds 400 people. Chase has emphasized that he intends to keep Epiphany Center for the Arts open to the public as much as possible, with public live music and events booked on Sundays through Thursdays and weddings predominantly on Fridays and Saturdays. The church was originally built in 1885 in Romanesque style, complete with a bellower and sandstone exterior. The historic West Loop gem was the site of many historically significant events, like the funeral of Mayor Carter Harrison Sr. following his assassination, an event profiled in Devil in the White City. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

West Loop Buildings With Electric Car Charging Stations

As electric vehicles have become more popular, newer construction buildings have begun to include electric car chargers in their garages. With so much new rental inventory in the West Loop, many buildings in the neighborhood offer electric car charging. [caption id="attachment_21850" align="alignnone" width="470"] Courtesy of Chicago Tribune[/caption] 727 W Madison 727 West Madison is known for being the tallest downtown building west of the highway. It just opened in Q4 of 2018 and has built a reputation for being the pinnacle of luxury in West Loop. Among its many top of the line amenities, 727 W Madison offers electric vehicle chargers in the garage. [caption id="attachment_21843" align="alignnone" width="479"] 727 W Madison also offers pet amenities like the large dog runCourtesy of 727 W Madison[/caption] Spoke Spoke offers many state of the art amenities, like a recording studio and video gaming lounge, so it's no surprise Spoke's garage features electric vehicle charging stations as one of its many amenities. [caption id="attachment_21846" align="alignnone" width="384"] Take in skyline views from one of many rooftop loungesCourtesy of Spoke Apartments[/caption] [caption id="attachment_21849" align="alignnone" width="376"] Spoke's whimsical resident loungeCourtesy of Spoke Apartments[/caption] Arkadia West Loop Arkadia is only a few years old, but its amenities recently underwent a significant renovation, keeping it highly competitive with this year's brand new inventory. One of Arkadia's modern features is electric car charging in the garage. [caption id="attachment_21852" align="alignnone" width="350"] Arkadia is known for its expansive amenity deck-- one of the largest in the city!Courtesy of Arkadia West Loop[/caption] Landmark Landmark has a wide selection of parking amenities in addition to electric car chargers. Choose from monthly or hourly parking options or discounted rates on the on site Zipcars. Enjoy discounted parking for guests and on site eco friendly car washes from in house vendor, Sparkl. [caption id="attachment_21840" align="alignnone" width="330"] Residents love the tranquil rooftop poolCourtesy of Related[/caption] What if you're out and about in West Loop and need a quick charge? Here are some public EV charging locations downtown! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop with electric car charging stations? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

The West Loop: Downtown Chicago’s Transit Hub

Whether you're looking to commute downtown to the Loop, out to the suburbs, or to the furthest stretches of the Earth, the West Loop is outfitted with so many transit options that it makes most commutes a breeze. Union and Ogilvie Stations Whether you take the Metra to the suburbs or the Amtrak even further, both Ogilvie and Union Stations are right on the boarder of the West Loop. [caption id="attachment_21834" align="alignnone" width="200"] Courtesy of Union Station[/caption] Blue Line CTA to O'Hare International Airport The blue line train runs through West Loop at UIC on Halsted and on Clinton, providing a quick and efficient way to get to O'Hare, taking you anywhere in the world! Skip the unpredictable rush hour traffic on I-294, save your Uber fares, and take the blue line instead! Green and Pink Line CTA to Rush University Hospital and the Loop Catch the green and pink line trains the the Loop at Ashland and Ogden, on Clinton and Lake, or at the Morgan Street L station, which has been in operation since the 1800s and is located right on the bustling Restaurant Row strip on Randolph Street. The green line is also a convenient way to Rush Hospital and University. [caption id="attachment_21831" align="alignnone" width="520"] Courtesy of CTA[/caption] Highway Entrances It seems like half of rush hour traffic is sitting in the downtown area before you even get on the highway. Live in the West Loop and skip it with the nearby highway entrances on nearly every block from Ogden to Van Buren. Hop directly on I-94 or I-294. Work Remotely? If you work from home and don't commute, the West Loop could still be the most convenient neighborhood for you, too. There's no shortage of co-working spaces and coffee shops. [caption id="attachment_21828" align="alignnone" width="473"] Courtesy of WeWork[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Must-Try West Loop Coffee Shops

Whether you're looking for a place to work from home, dive into a good book, or make a quick caffeine stop on your morning commute, these West Loop coffee shops are worth checking out! [caption id="attachment_21649" align="alignnone" width="544"] Courtesy of Sawada Coffee[/caption] Fairgrounds Coffee Fairgrounds is located on Fulton Market and Ada and features unique takes on coffeeshop favorites. This West Loop coffee shop can be your one stop shop around the clock. Stop in for all day breakfast, super food elixirs, an expansive variety of coffee, and great happy hour specials each day of the week in the evenings. If you're looking for coffee shops open late, Fairgrounds stays open until 8pm on weekdays. Are you a fan of last year's big trend, nitro cold brew? Check out Fairgrounds' nitro matcha. [caption id="attachment_21646" align="alignnone" width="456"] Courtesy of Fairgrounds Coffee[/caption] Limitless Coffee Limitless Coffee's bright interior is both energizing and tranquil-- perfect for focusing. Whatever you're looking for in a coffee shop, from something conducive to large meetings to a place where you can spread out in peace and quiet, Limitless has all the bases covered. Each high top table has its own small dry erase board. There are plenty of outlets along the booths and comfortable lounge chairs, as well as several large meeting tables, one of which has a large dry erase board.   [caption id="attachment_21642" align="alignnone" width="466"] Courtesy of Limitless Coffee[/caption] The menu features classic coffeehouse favorites as well as "instagrammable" unique lattes, like the popular rose beet and charcoal glitter lattes pictured below. Limitless also offers smoothies, kombucha, tea, bulletproof coffee with MCT oil and collagen protein add ins, and a great keto friendly menu featuring multiple stellar avocado toasts and an avocado and egg umami biscuit that will leave you both full and wanting more. [caption id="attachment_21643" align="alignnone" width="492"] Traditional, rose beet, and charcoal glitter lattes. Courtesy of Limitless Coffee[/caption] Sawada Coffee Sawada Coffee is owned by world renowned latte art expert, Hiroshi Sawada, and is located at 112 N Green Street, near many of the new office developments that house tech companies and notable headquarters in the area. Patrons love the industrial aesthetic and quirky charm (namely the pinball machine, ping pong table, and punching bag). Pro tip: Tired of waiting in line every Saturday morning at River North's Donut Vault for your donuts? Grab your Donut Vault favorites at Sawada Coffee! [caption id="attachment_21652" align="alignnone" width="390"] Courtesy of Sawada Coffee[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

New West Loop Penthouses at Arkadia

Arkadia West Loop has four new luxury two and three bedroom penthouses available, each with it's own terrace and unique layout. All penthouses feature white quartz countertops, two toned white and espresso cabinetry with soft close drawers, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, white glass mosaic tile backsplashes, gas stoves, frameless glass showers, hard surface floors throughout, walk in closets, and side by side full sized laundry. The floor plans below of the available units show unique features of each penthouse. #3305 The terrace in unit #3305 spans the length of the apartment with floor to ceiling windows, allowing in maximum natural light. The kitchen island in the center creates more separation between the living and dining areas. #3304 The terrace in apartment #3304 also spans the length of the unit, then opens up into a larger square terrace, perfect for entertaining or setting up outdoor furniture. The kitchen and living space is more open, with a peninsula adding counter space in the kitchen. #3302 This 3 bed penthouse has an abundance of closet space, with two large closets in the master bedroom. The kitchen opens directly into the dining area, making this layout the most open. #3301 #3301 is a 3 bed 3 bath penthouse with lots of separation between the living area and bedrooms. The double vanity in the master bathroom and extra hall closets are star features of this layout. Arkadia is known for having one of the largest amenity decks in a residential building. The 24,000 square foot outdoor terrace features lounge seating, a fire pit, outdoor dining areas with grills, a resort-style pool and hot tub, and putting green, as well as stunning views of the West Loop and Chicago skyline. Arkadia's fitness center features both cardio and strength training equipment, a stretching area, and towel service. Entertain guests (and yourself) in the game room, complete with a billiards table and big screen TV, or head to the reservable resident party room and chef's kitchen. Work from home in the technology lounge, equipped with complementary coffee, or anywhere else in the building, as all common areas have complimentary Wifi access. Residents also enjoy conveniences like a private dog run and grooming station, a 24 hour on site micro market with food and beverage options, 24 hour concierge and maintenance, 24 hour package receiving, storage, a bike room, attached parking garage, and electric vehicle charging stations. Check out the gallery below for more photos! Looking for luxury penthouses for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

New West Loop Office Buildings Feature Apartment-Like Amenities

The West Loop office market saw a huge increase in momentum in 2018 and is not showing signs of slowing up anytime soon. The West Loop has become an attractive area for tech companies, many of which appear to place an emphasis on employee work-life balance and healthy lifestyle. In turn, newer office building developments have started to include features and amenities geared toward the desires of these tech-culture companies. The amenities in many of these office buildings resemble the amenities you might see in residential buildings in the area. 320 N Sangamon is a 13 story office tower that recently broke ground in what was formally the AmeriGas Propane facility. The Fulton Market building will feature 268,000 square feet of office space, 7,800 square feet of ground level retail space, and plenty of additional amenity space. Office tenants will enjoy use of a fitness center with group fitness classes, a lounge space with curated services, a bike room, and an open-air communal penthouse with an outdoor terrace and fire pits. 320 N Sangamon has a 2021 expected completion date. [caption id="attachment_21588" align="alignnone" width="370"] Courtesy of Tishman Speyer[/caption] 176 N Halsted (also known as 167 N Green Street) is a planned 15 story commercial development with 234, 600 square feet of office space with additional retail space. Amenities will include a state-of-the-art fitness center, multiple outdoor terraces, a drawing room, and a group fitness studio. Renderings also include a walkway between the development's two buildings. [caption id="attachment_21583" align="alignnone" width="519"] The amenity deck at 176 N Halsted, Courtesy of Shapack Partners[/caption] 333 N Green Street is another creative Fulton Market office and retail space, being developed by Sterling Bay and designed by Gensler, in the site of what was formerly Coyne College. As far as amenities go in West Loop office space, 333 N Green takes the cake. Office tenants will have access to a skydeck overlooking the skyline, a lounge with grab-and-go food service, a bar, gaming area, a full service fitness center (that looks more like a health club), yoga studio, shuttle service to and from Ogilvie and Union stations, bike room, conference center, 24-hour door staff, on site retail, parking, and valet dry-cleaning. [caption id="attachment_21585" align="alignnone" width="466"] Courtesy of Sterling Bay[/caption]   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

845 W Madison: New West Loop Apartments Coming in 2020

845 W Madison sits in a prime West Loop location-- less than a block from neighborhood favorite, Mary Bartelme Park, two blocks from the trendy "Restaurant Row" strip on Randolph Street, and just three blocks from Fulton market, the highway entrance, and blue line to O'Hare and the Loop. 845 W Madison is also less than a block from Whole Foods and Mariano's grocery stores. The development is just up the street from last year's 727 W Madison high rise, known for being the tallest building downtown west of the highway. This new West Loop apartment building will include 586 rental units, featuring one, two, and three bedroom apartments, as well as 10,000 of ground level retail space. Additionally, 845 W Madison will include 14 rental duplex townhomes, each with a private entrance. [caption id="attachment_21570" align="alignnone" width="482"] The 2-level townhomes will create a quaint neighborhood ambiance around the base of the developmentCourtesy of GREC[/caption] The two towers will rise 15 and 17 stories and will be connected by a two level podium which will contain the retail space as well as parking. An amenity deck will sit atop the podium and will be shared between the two residential towers and townhomes. The amenity deck will include an outdoor pool, lounge seating, grills, fire pits, and open green space for residents. Other building amenities will include a fitness center, co-working space, recreational courts, a game room, and other common space. 845 W Madison is slated for completion Summer of 2020 and is being developed by Lendlease Development and The John Buck Company and designed by GREC Architects. The site was home to H2O Skincare before the company moved its headquarters to San Francisco. [caption id="attachment_21574" align="alignnone" width="594"] Renderings courtesy of GREC Architects[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Nobu Chicago Hotel: West Loop’s Luxe New Addition

2019 has been a big year for West Loop hotel development. Early next year, its likely Nobu Chicago will join the likes of the Fulton Market's Hoxton and Ace Hotel, two West Loop hotels that both made splashes as hot spots for locals. The 12 story boutique West Loop hotel has been highly anticipated since it broke ground three years ago. The Nobu brand has garnered a loyal consumer base and a reputation as the pinnacle of trendiness and modern luxury. Nobu Chicago was designed by Modif architecture and features interiors by local Studio K interior design firm. With its minimalist lobby, dimly lit zen hallways, and generous placement of candles in common areas, as well as the dark accent walls and sleek lighting in its 115 guest rooms and suites, Nobu Chicago will combine the casual sophisticated ambiance of the West Loop with influences from Classical Japanese art. [caption id="attachment_21471" align="alignnone" width="450"] No detail was spared in the design of Nobu's guest rooms. All pictures courtesy of Nobu Chicago[/caption] The indoor pool, rooftop lounge, and restaurant and bar concepts are likely to be lively hangouts for West Loop locals and visitors alike. The 10,000 square foot Nobu restaurant will occupy the ground level retail space and feature both indoor and outdoor bar and lounge space along Randolph Street. The first Nobu restaurant opened in New York in 1993 and is among the most popular of the 10 locations, along with Malibu, CA. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa says his team will be using all local ingredients. His fresh take on upscale Japanese fare grabbed the attention of actor, Robert De Niro, who became an investor in Nobu Chicago. The West Loop is eagerly awaiting the completion of the Nobu hotel. Its as if the three years of delays and a change of developer and ownership have only increased the buzz and anticipation of this new hot-spot-to-be. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Chicago's West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Union West: West Loop Luxury Apartments

Looking for new construction apartments in the heart of West Loop? Union West offers a prime location on Washington Boulevard. Residents love that the calm of Washington Blvd is sandwiched between the lively Restaurant Row strip on Randolph to the north and coffee-shop lined Madison Street to the south. Union West is also adjacent to neighborhood gem, Mary Bartelme park, where West Loop residents flock for the Green City farmers market, yoga in the park, movies in the park, and more! Union West is also just two blocks from the Morgan CTA L station to the Loop as well as a few blocks from the Metra and Amtrak stations. Enjoy amenities galore at Union West apartments. Conveniences like on-site pet amenities, bike amenities, 24 hour package receiving, electric car charging stations, co-working space with conference rooms, high speed internet, and printing, and the fact that you can access the rooftop fitness center 24/7, make living in this West Loop community a little simpler for anyone with an on-the-go lifestyle. However, when you're looking to ick back and relax, there are plenty of spaces to entertain yourself or guests. The multiple outdoor terraces are complete with fire pits, an outdoor pool with cabanas, lounge furniture, and grill stations. In the winter, head to the yoga and spin studios, one of several resident lounges, or the aqua lounge for indoor entertainment. From the warming drawers in the private dining room to the steam room and sauna in the spa area, no detail was spared. Each apartment comes equipped with a full sized washer and dryer in unit, Nest thermostat, high ceilings, USB charging ports, premium finishes, hard surface flooring throughout, rain shower heads, walk-in closets, and Whirlpool appliances, with floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies and terraces, concrete flooring, and quartz or granite countertops in select units. [caption id="attachment_21464" align="alignnone" width="308"] Pictures Courtesy of Union West Apartments[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Downtown Chicago Things To Do This Weekend

Looking for things to do in downtown Chicago this weekend? From Lincoln Park to the South Loop's Museum Campus, here are some great ways to enjoy what downtown living has to offer! Spice Up Your Morning Yoga Looking for mix up your Saturday morning yoga practice? Get more grounded at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. Every Saturday morning at 8:30am, join all varieties of butterflies in the Butterfly Haven for butterfly yoga. Tickets are $15 in advance. [caption id="attachment_21422" align="alignnone" width="400"] Courtesy of Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum[/caption] Elevate your yoga practice (to about 1,000 feet) with a 60 minute vinyasa style class in the 94th floor Hancock Observatory in Gold Coast. Stop by every Saturday or Sunday at 9am to take in unobstructed views of the downtown Chicago skyline and lakefront. Bring your own mat to class. Tickets are $18 in advance and include a day pass to the observatory. Fall Festival at Maggie Daley Park Fall is in the air! Head to Maggie Daley Park of Michigan Avenue in the Loop for this free outdoor event, 12pm to 5pm on Saturday, October 19th. Enjoy games, crafts, and fare along the skating ribbon. Afterward, head to the Arts in the Dark parade on State Street. [caption id="attachment_21425" align="alignnone" width="504"] Courtesy of Eventbrite[/caption] Imagine the Moon Sky Show at Adler Planetarium This show is the Adler's newest addition and explores how the moon has been the inspiration for human creativity. The run time is 30 minutes and tickets can be purchased here. Lit & Luz Festival of Language, Literature, and Art This annual festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Gold Coast celebrates the cultural exchange between writers and visual artists from Mexico City and Chicago. Stop by Saturday, October 19th for readings, artist talks, performances, showcases, and a magazine finale to conclude the event. [caption id="attachment_21416" align="alignnone" width="500"] Courtesy of Lit & Luz Festival[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

New Rental Construction From CMK in the South Loop

CMK has had quite a few new residential developments in South Loop, especially in the past two years. From earlier projects, like the successful lease up of 1333 S Wabash, to newer projects, like two towered Coeval or the multiphase Riverline development, as well as several condo developments, CMK has garnered significant attention for their back to back high volume deliveries of luxury inventory. These are some of the more recent rental developments in CMK's portfolio. 717 S Clark  The most recent CMK development to break ground is 717 S Clark. 717 S Clark is a glassy new rental apartment development that began construction in Printer's Row this year in what was the former site of Palmer Printing. The 29 story residential luxury high rise will house 329 units and was designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture. It is slated for 2020 delivery. [caption id="attachment_21312" align="alignnone" width="571"] Courtesy of Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture[/caption] Riverline Riverline will be an 8 acre community with 1000 feet of continuous riverwalk. CMK is developing the southern portion of the 15 acre parcel, the northern 7 acres of which are being developed by Lendlease as the Southbank development. Riverline will feature 10 new residential buildings in addition to an abundance of public green space. The Riverline project was masterplanned by Perkins+Will architecture. [caption id="attachment_21315" align="alignnone" width="632"] Courtesy of Perkins+Will[/caption] Coeval Coeval, on 14th and Wabash, is a two towered development offering amenities and boutique style rental apartments in one tower and condos in the other, as well as 10,000 square feet of retail space. With over 15,000 square feet of amenities, residents have access to a roof terrace, fire pits, a fitness center, co-working space, and indoor and outdoor lounge an entertainment space as well as indoor and outdoor dog amenities. Coeval apartments began leasing in early 2019. [caption id="attachment_20341" align="alignnone" width="477"] Courtesy of Coeval[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Chicago's South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

2019 West Loop Hotel Development Boom

In 2015 the West Loop started to see the first wave of a residential development boom, followed by an influx of new office development in the past two years. This year, the West Loop is seeing an increase in hotel development. Hotels Locals Love Currently bustling hotels, including The Hoxton, Ace Hotel, and Soho House, have become social hubs which seem to be frequented at least as much by locals as out of towners. The top notch restaurant, coffee shop, and bar concepts in each of these West Loop hotels are major draws, namely Cabra-- a Peruvian concept by Girl and the Goat's Stephanie Izard and one of this year's hottest new restaurants-- located on the rooftop of The Hoxton. The Allis at Soho House and Waydown at Ace are both high-traffic spots locals frequent as part of the neighborhood nightlife scene. [caption id="attachment_21236" align="alignnone" width="614"] Cabra Chicago at The Hoxton Hotel[/caption] Hyatt House When Sterling Bay and Skender Development broke ground on Hyatt House in 2018 it was slated to be the first extended-stay public lodging option in Fulton Market. Hyatt House opened this summer with 200 rooms. Unlike The Hoxton, Ace Hotel, and Soho House, Hyatt House functions more as a traditional out-of-towner lodging place and meeting space and less as a local night life destination. Coming Soon After several delays, Nobu hotel is slated to open on Randolph Street's "Restaurant Row" in early 2020 with 115 rooms. It's rooftop bar and sushi concept is highly anticipated, making it likely to be another trendy spot locals love. The Nobu project was first announced in 2013 and highly publicized in part because of the notoriety of one of it's owners, Robert DeNiro. Equinox hotel, by Related Midwest, is a mixed use high rise development that will feature 240 rooms, as well as 30,000 square feet of amenity space and 370 residential units. The 58-story development will be geared toward fitness-focused clientele and locals looking for a wellness based "staycation". Another boutique hotel was approved this summer for a Pendry concept at 1043 W Fulton Market. The Pendry will be on the smaller side, at 12 stories with 200 rooms. Part of the Pendry will be allocated to full time office space, making its rooms a convenient choice for office tenants bringing in out-of-towners. Last but not least, Chicago-based Marc Realty is developing a 250 room Standard Hotel at 1234 W Randolph, just west of City Winery. The Standard will feature a ground level restaurant concept, expansive terrace, and rooftop bar or restaurant concept. It will likely cater its restaurant and bar concepts to local traffic. [caption id="attachment_21239" align="alignnone" width="717"] Rendering of Nobu Chicago, Courtesy of Bisnow[/caption] Proposed Developments In July F & F Realty and FitzGerald Associates Architects proposed a new hotel development at 920 W Lake that will likely be a more affordable Marriott concept upon completion. This proposed project is just up the street from another proposed hotel at 800 W Lake by North Park Ventures and GREC Architects.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!   By Sophie Morrison

Must-Sees at Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture hosts Open House Chicago, a free public festival which showcases 350 downtown Chicago architectural gems, every October. From well known skyscrapers, to repurposed mansions, contemporary high-rises, and historic landmarks, get a behind the scenes look at stunning Chicago architecture across 39 neighborhoods. This year, check out these stunning residential apartment buildings garnering attention from the architecture world for their exemplary design. Essex on the Park This Michigan Avenue high rise first broke ground in 2017 and was designed by Chicago based firm, Hartshorne Plunkard. Essex rises 680 feet and offers sweeping views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan. Among many other resort inspired amenities, the crowned jewel of Essex on the Park is the four story indoor winter garden, complete with an infinity pool overlooking the park. [caption id="attachment_21213" align="alignnone" width="589"] Indoor Winter GardenCourtesy of Essex on the Park[/caption] Aqua This internationally acclaimed mixed use skyscraper was designed by Jeanne Gang and James Loewenberg, is 859 feet tall, and functions as apartment rentals, condos, 55,000 square feet of retail and commercial office space, and a luxury hotel concept, Radisson Blu Aqua. The amenity deck spans over 82,000 square feet and features indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, gazebos, lounges, a rooftop running track, and more. Residents and hotel guests enjoy direct access to the Pedway as well. Aqua has won numerous awards for its innovative design, including the 2009 Emoris "Skyscraper of the Year" award. [caption id="attachment_21214" align="alignnone" width="562"] Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Center[/caption] The Alfred Before it was converted into 176 luxury apartment rentals last year, The Alfred was known as the Hartman Building, originally built in 1924. Each unit has been renovated with modern finishes but retains some of its historic character, such as the herringbone inlays in the flooring and Chicago style windows. It is one of several Loop office buildings this year that has been successfully converted into luxury rentals. [caption id="attachment_21217" align="alignnone" width="491"] Courtesy of Flats Chicago[/caption] 465 N Park Designed by Pappageorge Haymes Partners in 2016, this Streeterville apartment high rise is as eye-catching on the inside as it is on the outside. 465 N Park's cylindrical, metallic exterior creates stunning views whether you're inside or outside the building. It reflects sunrises, sunsets, the lake, and the city and also maximizes stellar views for residents from the inside with its cylindrical shape, giving every unit the "corner unit" feel. [caption id="attachment_21223" align="alignnone" width="486"] Courtesy of 465 N Park[/caption] Open House Chicago will take pace October 19th-20th. Click here for a full roster of sites. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!     By Sophie Morrison

Old Town Park Development Progresses to Phases II and III

In 2017, Vancouver-based developer, Onni Group, delivered phase I of Old Town Park, a 4-phase residential development in Old Town on Division and Wells. Upon completion of the project, the first tower will be the shortest of the four at 32 stories, with state-of-the-art amenities and a $45k per month penthouse that is completely unprecedented in the market with features that easily justify the top dollar price tag. [caption id="attachment_20959" align="alignnone" width="615"] Rendering of phase I (right), II (center), and III (left). Courtesy of Onni Group and Hartshorne Plunkard Architects[/caption] Onni's very first Chicago development, The Hudson, was delivered the year prior. With lots of very high quality inventory coming on the market, Onni sets its apartments apart by creating a boutique condo-style environment for renters with high quality, condo-grade finishes, full sized top notch appliances, separate entryways, eat-in kitchens, custom closets, and a high amenity space to resident ratio. This approach proved popular with renters and The Hudson leased up very quickly despite the competitive, high supply market. Old Town Park phase I was no different, as the 405 rental units were absorbed quickly. Renters who prioritize quality of finishes and appliances as well as an overall atmosphere of elegance throughout the building appreciated the thoughtful design of phase I and there's no reason to think phases II and III won't be embraced with the same enthusiasm. [caption id="attachment_20993" align="alignnone" width="657"] Courtesy of Old Town Park[/caption] Old Town Park phase II is slated for delivery in early 2020 and will include a total of 428 rental units as well as commercial space on the lower level. In the meantime, ground work recently began for phase III, which will be the tallest of the four towers upon completion. It will house 456 rental units in addition to a 6th floor amenity deck and office space. Want to learn more about availability at Old Town Park or apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!     By Sophie Morrison

River North Rental Buildings Under Construction

The last few years have been big for River North development, and it doesn't show signs of slowing up anytime soon. Here are some of the most highly anticipated residential rental developments under construction in River North this year. Wolf Point East [caption id="attachment_20879" align="alignnone" width="550"] Rendering by Steelblue[/caption] Wolf Point East is the second of three Wolf Point towers in the development. The first completed tower, Wolf Point West, is known for its breathtaking river and skyline views, club-grade amenities, spacious layouts, and prime location at the intersection of River North, Fulton River District, and the Loop, just across Wacker Drive. However, the fact that the Wolf Point development is surrounded by the river on three sides as well as a four acre riverfront park gives it a tranquil feeling despite its central location. [caption id="attachment_20911" align="alignnone" width="474"] WPE's indoor-outdoor pool will offer stunning city and river viewsCourtesy of Wolf Point East[/caption] One Chicago One Chicago is a massive 78-story, two-tower development featuring both residential and commercial space. The 810 dwelling units will be a mix of for-sale condos and rental apartments. In addition to ample office space, One Chicago has reportedly locked in Whole Foods Market and Lifetime Athletic Club as anchor tenants in its commercial space. [caption id="attachment_20882" align="alignnone" width="492"] Goettsch Partners/Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture[/caption] 353 W Grand This new River North high-rise is one of several buildings Vancouver based developer Onni Group has in the works in Chicago. Following the big success of their first Chicago development, The Hudson in River North, and last year's Old Town Park Phase I, Onni is currently developing Old Town Park Phases II and III, as well as 353 W Grand. This 41-story high rise will offer 356 rental apartments, retail space, and a small park along Orleans Street. Onni is known for delivering high quality finishes, condo grade appliances, thoughtful layouts, and spa-inspired amenities. Although little is known about 353 W Grand, there's no reason to think this project will be any different. [caption id="attachment_20893" align="alignnone" width="574"] Brininstool + Lynch[/caption] 810 N Clark Last year, Cedar Street Companies' conversion of Bush Temple of Music into Bush Temple Apartments, 101 studio and one bedroom apartments, was a big hit in the neighborhood. This year, Cedar Street is adding a 16 story glassy addition, complete with 129 rental units and a rooftop pool. Residents of the addition will have full use of the outstanding fitness center (and full sized boxing ring) at the original Bush Temple development. [caption id="attachment_20890" align="alignnone" width="420"] HPA[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near River North? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!   By Sophie Morrison

Century Tower: Historic Landmark With Hot New Renovations

Century Tower is a stunning historic landmark in Chicago's Loop. It was built in 1930 and was originally the Trustees System Service Bank Building. At the time of its construction, Century Tower was the tallest reinforced concrete building in the world. Architects, Thielbar and Fugard, spared no detail. Even the red marble used in the lobby is from an ancient Roman quarry! [caption id="attachment_20858" align="alignnone" width="510"] Courtesy of Century Tower[/caption] This high-rise has had many lives. In addition to the time it was a bank, before it was converted into condos in 2005, Century Tower was home to a total of nine countries' embassies, two radio stations, and was used as a location in Batman Begins Gotham City in 2004. Today, Century Tower has its same regal character but offers modern, luxury rental apartments. The 2-story lobby greets residents and visitors with a statement chandelier, gold and marble accents, and a grand staircase that seamlessly blends old and new. Being on the first floor of the lobby feels like being in the golden age of 100 years ago when the building was constructed, but climb the staircase and you'll find a second floor amenity space out as modern as it gets. [caption id="attachment_20867" align="alignnone" width="526"] Courtesy of Century Tower[/caption] The common area's modern design includes a glass fireplace, succulent wall, wifi, coffee bar, and chic, furnished lounge spaces for working from home or entertaining. The fitness center comes equipped with cardio machines, free weights, a peloton studio, TRX stations, as well as a yoga and group fitness studio with fitness on demand. [caption id="attachment_20866" align="alignnone" width="488"] Courtesy of Century Tower[/caption] Century Tower's rooftop also seamlessly weaves together the past and present. Head up to the top floor for city views, including the river and Merchandise Mart, as well as fire pits, modern furniture, and barstools with bar style seating around the perimeter. Each renovated luxury apartment features white quartz countertops, plank flooring, pull-down faucets and deep stainless steel sinks, tiled bathrooms, and espresso finish wood cabinetry, as well as in-unit laundry and terraces in select units. Most bedrooms are loft style and do not have doors. Starting prices are around $1650 for studios, $1925 for 1 beds, and $2350 for 2 beds. [caption id="attachment_20855" align="alignnone" width="504"] Courtesy of Century Tower[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!   By Sophie Morrison

Festivals This Weekend in Downtown Chicago

It's officially fall! Although summer may be technically over, there’s no shortage of festivals in downtown Chicago this weekend. Whether you’re looking for indoor or outdoor live music or all the gourmet you’re your heart desires, these Chicago festivals won’t disappoint! World Music Festival [caption id="attachment_20830" align="alignnone" width="334"] Courtesy of World Music Fest[/caption] This week enjoy live music by 50 artists from over 20 countries across multiple venues at the 21st annual World Music Festival. The eleven day event will run through Sunday, September 29thand is free to attend. With participating venues in multiple neighborhoods, including Navy Pier, Pritzker Pavillion, Old Town School of Folk Music, Concord Hall in Logan Square, Beverly Art Center, and more, the World Music Festival is a great way to see the city. Click here for the official program. Chicago Gourmet [caption id="attachment_20833" align="alignnone" width="331"] Courtesy of Chicago Gourmet[/caption] Chicago Gourmet, presented by Bon Appetit, features over 250 Chicago restaurants, chefs, and international breweries. From tastings to book signings, this event is a foodie’s dream come true. Rick Bayless and Stephanie Izard will be among featured talent in attendance. The main event will take place on Saturday, September 28thfrom 12pm to 6pm and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm at Millennium Park. However, there will be after parties, additional showcases, and other off-site gourmet events throughout the weekend. Click here for the full schedule, packages, tickets, and list of events. [caption id="attachment_20836" align="alignnone" width="353"] Courtesy of Chicago Gourmet[/caption] Hyde Park Jazz Festival [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/ByBRSEEBGPY/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet[/embed] Stop by the 13thannual Hyde Park Jazz Festival to enjoy live performances from over 36 artists. The 14 stages around the neighborhood will showcase local Chicago artists as well as national and international talent. The event will run on Saturday, September 28thand Sunday the 29thfrom 1pm to 10:30pm. Click herefor the full lineup. No tickets are required.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Amenity Trends in Luxury Chicago Rental Buildings

There's no question living in an amenity building makes life much more convenient. The on-site fitness centers, complementary coffee, package receiving, coworking space, and dog runs are just the tip of the iceberg, With the current trends in amenities, like salon service rooms, penthouse lounges, and sports facilities, it won't be long before residents never need to leave the building to find anything they want or need. 1. Penthouse floors being allocated as shared space Multiple high rise rental buildings have begun to make their most coveted penthouse floors available for many residents to enjoy. Ben Creamer, managing broker and founder of Downtown Apartment Company, recently noted in Forbes, “While the penthouse level usually commands the priciest and most exclusive square footage in a rental building, we’ve seen changes to this peak space in Chicago’s new rental model. Many developers are now using the space for shared recreation, to the benefit of all residents rather than just a select few.” Streeterville's Optima Signature is one such building. Residents of their larger Apex units, have access to the 52nd floor penthouse space as one of many common spaces in this luxury rental building. The penthouse space offers wine lockers, indoor and outdoor lounge space, and an alfresco kitchen. [caption id="attachment_20803" align="alignnone" width="313"] Courtesy of Taylor Johnson Public Relations[/caption] In the West Loop, The Parker Fulton Market and 727 West Madison have followed suit. The Parker's penthouse space houses a kitchenette, lounge space, and an atrium-style fire pit. 727 West Madison is Chicago's tallest residential building west of the highway. The club style space on the top penthouse level gives residents 24-hour access to some of the most sought-after views of the city, as well as exclusive curated events, like mixology classes.   2. Heavy emphasis on recreational sports spaces In addition to its penthouse level amenity space, Optima Signature has been a front-runner in the trend of sports based amenity spaces. Residents can enjoy racquet ball and basketball courts, a putting green, and golf simulator, in addition to other fitness amenities like a group fitness and cycling studio, full-floor fitness center, indoor and outdoor sauna and steam rooms, as well as cold plunge showers in each locker room. Fulton Market's K2 and Alta K Station are also apartment buildings with basketball courts. Although boxing equipment, like speed and punching bags, has made its way into the gyms of many rental buildings over the past few years, 2019 saw buildings with full-sized boxing rings. Included with NEMA Chicago's 70,000 square feet of amenity space is a boxing ring, the centerpiece of  its unparalleled fitness center, which frankly feels more like a 5-star health club. Bush Temple Flats in River North also features a full-sized boxing ring in its spacious, loft-inspired fitness center. In addition to its expansive fitness center and yoga studio, Streeterville's two-towered McClurg Court has three full-sized tennis courts (or shall we call them, the McClurg "Courts"). [caption id="attachment_20794" align="alignnone" width="424"] Courtesy of McClurg Court[/caption]   3. Salon and spa focused spaces Luxury buildings are increasingly offering spa spaces and services to residents. The worst part of getting a massage is having to drive in traffic afterward and forget keeping your hair blowout in tact on a windy day. These amenities help residents to avoid such inconveniences. Both the Gold Coast's Sinclair apartments and River North's Parc Huron offer massage rooms which are BYO masseuse. The Cooper at South Bank has a salon space for residents to book services with their own stylists. Alternatively, the massage room at NEMA has dedicated building masseuses as well as its own stylists for the salon. Aurelien in the Gold Coast offers on-site hair services on select Fridays in the womens' locker room on the amenity level. [caption id="attachment_20811" align="alignnone" width="398"] Courtesy of NEMA Chicago[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments with great amenities for rent? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!   By Sophie Morrison

Top 3 Unique River North Juice Bars

It's no secret that River North is the place to be for great food, and that includes juice bars! Whether you're looking for a grab-and-go bulletproof coffee or green juice, or want a place to meet a friend over smoothie bowls, these are some of River North's top unique spots to grab a healthy lunch. Left Coast Juice Bar- Great "Hang Out" Spot to Work or Meet Left Coast offers cold pressed juices, salads, wraps, smoothies and smoothie bowls, and California-inspired dishes like the Laguna avocado toast or Montocito Hash. The River North location is a great coffee shop alternative if you're looking for a place to work. The upstairs seating area has plenty of quiet tables to spread out. The spacious, semi-enclosed park is really what makes Left Coast River North so special. In the warmer months, work or meet friends at the park on premise, which features ample seating and always seems to be buzzing with social activity. Left Coast is located in the retail space of Exhibit on Superior apartments. [caption id="attachment_20766" align="alignnone" width="370"] Laguna Avocado Toast[/caption] Hi-Vibe Juice Bar- Extensive Menu With Something For Everyone The eclectic menu at Hi-Vibe is really what sets this spot apart. Stop by Hi-Vibe for a great selection of vegan, paleo, raw, and keto options as well as adaptogens and superfoods galore. It truly seems that no detail was spared in the curation of this menu. Try one of several nutrient dense smoothies, juices, power shots, pitaya or acai bowls, keto coffees, matcha and adaptogenic teas, as well as a multitude of snacks and salads. A go-to favorite is the G8 juice. With its low sugar content, stacked all-vegetable ingredient list, and light, refreshing taste, there's nothing more you could want in a cold pressed juice. If cold pressed juice isn't your beverage of choice, there are lots of other great options. If you're looking for a caffeine free hot beverage this fall, be sure to try the grassed activated bone broth. This paleo soup comes in a coffee cup and is packed with nutrients and protein to curb midday cravings. It doesn't hurt that it tastes incredible! The Kill Shot is another fall go-to, as its ingredients, like oil of oregano, are propertied to fend off the sniffles. Hi-Vibe has two River North locations: One is located on the second floor of Merchandise Mart and the other is on Kinzie Street, across from EnV Chicago apartments. Click here to see the menu! [caption id="attachment_20764" align="alignnone" width="373"] 8 of the featured smoothies currently on the menuCourtesy of Hi-Vibe[/caption] Real Good Stuff Co- Best Healthy Dessert Everything on the menu here is very good, but the "Noyo Froyo" is real good. The vegan, chemical-free, unpasteurized soft serve is made with almond milk, filtered water, coconut nectar, and vanilla. Its finally possible to enjoy soft serve without deviating from your clean eating lifestyle. Choose between chocolate charcoal or blue vanilla flavors. Add some healthy toppings (like bee pollen, cacao nibs, or chia seeds) to top it off or get it in a gluten-free cake cone. Noyo is available at the Old Town, Southport, and River North locations. Real Good's River North location is located across the street from 640 N Wells apartments. Although indoor seating is limited, the outdoor patio is a great quiet place to enjoy your snack. This incredible delight is truly one of a kind and just part of what makes Real Good unique. [caption id="attachment_20769" align="alignnone" width="449"] Toppings available on NoyoCourtesy of Real Good Stuff Co[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near River North? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Convertible Apartments For Rent Near Fulton Market

You've had some great times in your studio apartment. It's served your needs and been the quaint home you wanted and needed, but now you're thinking it's time for something new. You're ready to say "yes" to that L-shaped couch you've been eyeing for months and don't want to have to keep making your bed whenever you have company over, but a 1 bed layout isn't quite in the price range yet. Thankfully there's a happy medium to give you the space and separation you're looking for without breaking the bank. Check out these convertible apartments for rent near Fulton Market. Let us upgrade you. Property 137- Lake/Desplaines From $2126 Fulton Market apartment 137 offers in-unit laundry, integrated white appliances, marble style backsplash, and hardwood throughout. This brand new property has trendy, contemporary design down to the last detail and was built with non-toxic, sustainable materials. The wall that separates the bed alcove from the kitchen also houses additional storage space, removing the need for a dresser. Check out the state-of-the-art fitness center, abundance of co-working space, and trendy, tranquil rooftop with a pool and fire pits. The incredible amenities are the cherry on top at this stunning rental building. Property 76- Fulton Market/Halsted From $1982 The only material difference between the convertible and 1 bed apartment layouts at this Fulton Market building is that the 1 bed has a door and the convertible doesn't. The living space, bedroom size, and amount of separation are fundamentally the same, as are the finishes and in-unit washer and dryer. If you want a 1 bedroom apartment but don't care about having a bedroom door, this convertible layout is a great way to save a few hundred dollars per month. [caption id="attachment_20748" align="alignnone" width="370"] Convertible floor plan at Fulton Market apartment 76[/caption] Enjoy amenities galore at this Fulton Market apartment building. From the basketball court, steam room, movie theatre, or gym, to the lively pool scene, billiards table, yoga classes, and resident lounges, there's never a shortage of things to do. This building also offers residents private, direct access to a plaza with Jewel Osco supermarket, Starbucks, Chase bank, a pet store, nail salon, and more. Property 55- Huron/Milwaukee From $2135 The living space in this apartment is larger than in most 1 bedroom apartments. Between the walk-in closet, spacious private terrace, expansive island (which can comfortably seat 4 people), and open, square living room area, this apartment is great for anyone who loves to cook or entertain. It also has a separate, doorless alcove for the bedroom area. [caption id="attachment_20749" align="alignnone" width="367"] The spacious terrace is the piece de resistance of this rental[/caption] This layout is a great option if you have a lot of living room furniture and not much bedroom furniture. The expansive rooftop at this building offers unparalleled views of the downtown Chicago skyline.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Fulton Market? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Events Happening This Weekend in Downtown Chicago

There's never a shortage of things to do in downtown Chicago. If you're looking for events happening this weekend near you to add to your calendar, check these out! Printer's Row Art Festival [caption id="attachment_20724" align="alignnone" width="370"] Courtesy of Amdur Productions[/caption] This second annual art festival will take place in South Loop on Dearborn Street (between Harrison and Polk) on 9/14-15, and will showcase of a variety of art. The selection will include paintings, street art, beauty products, crafts, jewelry, up cycled art, photography, and other mixed media pieces, as well as food vendors from local restaurants, like Magic Circle Crepes and Judy's Pizza, and live music by Cirrus Falcon. [caption id="attachment_20713" align="alignnone" width="426"] Some of the artists that will be featured at Printer's Row Art Festival[/caption] Bourbon and Barbecue Festival Stop by this lively event for fare from local vendors like Lexington Betty Smokehouse, Big Joe's Backyard BBQ, and I-94 Ribs. The event will feature live music from Chicago based tribute bands, including 16 Candles and the Trippin Billies. The Chicago Bourbon and Barbecue Festival will be held in Roscoe Village on Damen Ave 12pm to 5pm on 9/14-15. [caption id="attachment_20722" align="alignnone" width="588"] Courtesy of Jacly Rivas[/caption] 2019 Blackhawks Training Camp Festival The Blackhawks Training Camp Festival will open at 8am on Sunday, 9/15 and will include appearances by former Blackhawks, live music, and other entertainment. At 11am, attendees can head inside to watch a scrimmage on the ice. The Blackhawks Training Camp Festival will be in Lot C at the United Center (1901 W. Madison St) in the West Loop. There is no cost to attend the outdoor portion. Tickets for the indoor scrimmage are $5 and can be purchased here. [caption id="attachment_20718" align="alignnone" width="564"] Courtesy of Blackhawks Staff[/caption] All three of these events happening this weekend will be held outdoors and is free to attend. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Dog Friendly Patios in Downtown Chicago

Looking to soak up the last few weeks of summer? Your furry friend probably is too. Here are some dog friendly patios where you can enjoy the last bit of summertime (and tasty snacks) together. Saint Lou's Assembly The dog friendly menu on the patio at Saint Lou's Assembly in West Loop features dog biscuits a la mode, pig ears, and dog friendly beer. Click here to check out the calendar of pet events and fundraisers all summer and fall! Past favorites include "Haute Dogs" dress up day, Dog Days of Summer fundraiser, and Dogtoberfest, a Halloween themed free entry party for dogs and their owners. [caption id="attachment_20695" align="alignnone" width="363"] Courtesy of Saint Lou's Assembly[/caption] 312 Chicago This Loop favorite is a great spot for brunch with your dog. 312 Chicago offers a menu for dogs on weekends including entrees like chicken and pasta or salmon and rice, with snacks like peanut butter biscuits and beefsicles. Step out to the patio on summer weekends 11am-2pm to enjoy brunch with your four-legged best friend! [caption id="attachment_20694" align="alignnone" width="362"] Dog Friendly PatioCourtesy of 312 Chicago[/caption] Your pup won't be the only one satisfied with the menu at 312 Chicago. The contemporary Italian cuisine and exquisite plating make this a classic favorite for human dining, too! [caption id="attachment_20691" align="alignnone" width="447"] Courtesy of 312 Chicago[/caption] freestyle food + drink This patio at the Dana Hotel offers a pet patio package. For $10, your dog will get a stuffed animal, signature water bowl, and gourmet treat. For guests staying at the Dana, the concierge will go above and beyond to schedule doggy massages, pet psychics, and provide a signature doggy bed. [caption id="attachment_20688" align="alignnone" width="380"] Courtesy of freestyle food + drink[/caption] Clark Street Ale House Mix and mingle with other pets and their owners at the spacious, enclosed patio at Clark Street Ale House in River North. Stop into one of multiple monthly dog gatherings to grab some freshly popped pop corn while you watch your dog's active social life. [caption id="attachment_20686" align="alignnone" width="463"] Courtesy of Clark Street Ale House[/caption] Looking for dog friendly apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Service Amenities in Luxury Apartment Buildings

Luxury apartment buildings in downtown Chicago have been offering residents an increased number of service based amenities over the past year. From housekeeping, to dry-cleaning, and even private chef service, these services provide residents ultimate convenience for their busy schedules. The Minte The Minte offers hotel-style housekeeping (as well as deep cleans) in managed residential high rises. Each building has designated, on-site housekeepers which allows for same day booking. For a starting price of around $35, the hotel style housekeeping service will make your bed, load the dishwasher, sweep, wipe countertops, and clean bathrooms. The best part? Your housekeeper will leave a mint chocolate on your pillow, making it feel truly like hotel style housekeeping. Request service via The Minte app, the in-home service request button, or online. Use code "MINTE20" to save $20 on your first service! [caption id="attachment_20667" align="alignnone" width="555"] Courtesy of The Minte[/caption] Pear Chef Pear Chef is an on-site private chef service that is available in luxury apartment buildings Sunday through Thursday evenings. Each meal is made fresh upon order and delivered directly to your door with no delivery fee. The menu, which includes appetizers, entrees, sides, desserts, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, changes weekly. Check out the calendar for cooking classes, too! [caption id="attachment_20673" align="alignnone" width="706"] Courtesy of Pear Chef[/caption] Pear Chef is currently available in a handful of downtown apartment buildings, including Mila, Xavier, Optima Signature, Hubbard Place, Sono East, 2 W Delaware, The Sinclair, 3Eleven, Eugenie Terrace, Kingsbury Plaza, Eleven40, SixForty Wells, NEMA, and 727 West Madison. Click here to see the current menu at your building. Tide Cleaners Tide Cleaners is a valet dry-cleaning service which also offers wash and fold service and alterations. Tide installs pin-pad access lockers in the lobby of each residential building they partner with so residents can put their items in a locker and request service through the Tide Cleaners app. Items will be returned to a locker in the resident's building with an access code, typically with a 2-3 business day turnaround time. [caption id="attachment_20677" align="alignnone" width="262"] Courtesy of Tide Cleaners[/caption] Looking for luxury apartment buildings with service amenities? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

5 Downtown Chicago Fitness Studios To Spice Up Your Workout

Looking to keep your workout fresh? Whether you're in River North, West Loop, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, the Loop, or Gold Coast, these downtown Chicago boutique fitness studios will never let you get too comfortable or bored in your workout. Solidcore [caption id="attachment_20616" align="alignnone" width="441"] Courtesy of Solidcore[/caption] This megaformer class is different each time and is sure to keep you on your toes (or elbows and knees if you need a little rest from holding the seemingly endless planks in this class). Solidcore aims to target your slow twitch muscle fibers with slow, high resistance movements. Solidcore has downtown Chicago locations in the retail spaces of The Hudson in River North, 1611 West Division in Wicker Park, and 727 West Madison in West Loop. Click here to get your first two classes at a discounted rate (save $25). Chill Chicago [caption id="attachment_20619" align="alignnone" width="571"] Courtesy of Susan Moskop/Chicago Tribune[/caption] Retreat from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago city life in the tranquil oasis of Chill Chicago. Upon arrival, you are greeted by the chic, soft-loft, bright, and minimalist aesthetic, lots of craft candles, and given a cup of tea by the friendly desk staff. Unwind by the waterfall fountain or with a short massage before yoga class. The dimly lit yoga studio is a perfect place to decompress. Stay for a 30 minute guided meditation session following select yoga classes and be sure to check out the unique "chilling" swings after class. Chill Chicago is located on Kinzie Street near Merchandise Mart in River North. RowHouse [caption id="attachment_20617" align="alignnone" width="452"] Courtesy of Rowhouse[/caption] For those of you who are a little "out-spun" from enjoying the last few years' boom of new spin studios, RowHouse offers something new in a similar SoulCycle type atmosphere. RowHouse has locations in the retail spaces of 1225 Old Town on Wells in Old Town and The Parker Fulton Market in West Loop. Click here to try a free workout class! Cycle Bar For those of you who are still "riding" the wave of trendy spin studios, be sure to check out Cycle Bar. You'll enjoy all the best parts of spin class (like the great leg and cardio workout, awesome playlists, and cool lighting) with the added "bar" bonus. The weighted bar is used to make sure you get in a solid upper body workout while spinning. Cycle Bar is located in the ground level retail space at Exhibit on Superior in River North and The Parker Fulton Market in West Loop. Get your first unlimited week for $29 here. Sweat [caption id="attachment_20623" align="alignnone" width="594"] Courtesy of @Sweatfitnessstudios[/caption] HIIT all the muscle groups at Sweat! These high intensity interval training sessions are a total body workout. The 8 exercise circuit makes the hour fly by and feel like you got a killer workout by the end. Sweat has locations in the SoNo area of Lincoln Park and in Gold Coast. Click here to get your first class at a discounted rate.   Looking to live near one of these awesome downtown Chicago boutique fitness studios? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

West Loop Places to Eat “Soup-er” Ramen

It seems like the weather started cooling off as soon as the clock struck "September". Warm up with some ramen at one of these spectacular spots near West Loop. [caption id="attachment_20599" align="alignnone" width="412"] Courtesy of Ramen Takeya[/caption] Ramen Takaya Ramen Takeya tops the list for its ambiance and great menu selection. The pork belly buns, poke bowl appetizer, and classic Tokyo shoyu are go-to favorites, but with the vegan seitan ramen option, there's something everyone can enjoy. The trendy-casual decor and narrow, deep layout makes Ramen Takeya feel like a spot in Tokyo only locals would know about. Ramen Takeya is on Fulton Market in the heart of West Loop. Click here to see a menu. [caption id="attachment_20596" align="alignnone" width="558"] Courtesy of Ramen Takeya[/caption] High Five Ramen If a ramen restaurant was a speakeasy, it'd be High Five Ramen. This hidden gem is located under Green Street Smoked Meats in the heart of West Loop and is a Hogsalt concept, the same restaurant group that manages Au Cheval and Bavettes. Seating is extremely limited to make sure to arrive early! [caption id="attachment_20602" align="alignnone" width="478"] Courtesy of High Five Ramen[/caption] Oiistar Oiistar Wicker Park is just a rocks throw from West Loop and combines traditional ramen with French and Italian influences to get the best of multiple cuisines. The pork-based broth is made daily and stewed for 18 hours and combined with fresh ingredients. Unique appetizers, like a kimchi French onion soup, give Oiistar its unique flare. Based on the minimalist aesthetic, you'd never guess the complex array of dishes on Oiistar's menu. if you're looking for traditional ramen with a twist of something a little different, check out Oiistar Wicker Park. [caption id="attachment_20595" align="alignnone" width="610"] Courtesy of Oiistar[/caption] Ramen San [caption id="attachment_20592" align="alignnone" width="661"] Courtesy of Ramen San[/caption] Watch the lively West Loop scene on Green Street from the outdoor patio seating at Ramen San. The hip decor, 90's music, and great beer selection make Ramen San the perfect spot for a laid back Sunday afternoon. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Looking for Brunch Restaurants Near Chicago’s Gold Coast?

Enjoy your last few weekends of Chicago summer with these unique Gold Coast brunch spots! Somerset This gem is hidden in plain sight on the first floor of the Viceroy hotel in Chicago's Gold Coast. Somerset is a Boka Group concept with a focus on American cuisine. Ever seen oysters and pop tarts on the same menu? The eclectic brunch spread at Somerset includes the best of breakfast, like benedicts, avocado toast, and skillets, lunch favorites like burgers and salads, as well as a great selection of pastries. Click here to see a brunch menu. [caption id="attachment_20363" align="alignnone" width="583"] Courtesy of Somerset Chicago[/caption] Margeaux Brasserie James Beard award winning chef, Michael Mina, brings this 1920s inspired Parisian concept to the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Chicago's Gold Coast. Meargeaux Brasserie offers locally sourced ingredients and a rotating selection of French cocktails. The brunch menu features classic French favorites like escargot, croque madame crepes, and a rotating quiche of the day, as well as an extensive seafood selection. The tin ceilings, dark leather booths, live jazz trio, and pewter topped bar contribute to the charming ambiance. [caption id="attachment_20365" align="alignnone" width="577"] Tomato Tarte Tatin, Courtesy of Matt Haas[/caption] 3 Arts Club Cafe This posh brunch spot is a garden courtyard located inside Restoration Hardware offering brunch, dinner, wine, and coffee selections. Exposed brick, lavish chandeliers, manicured greenery, and of course, signature RH accents give 3 Arts Club Cafe its upscale atmosphere. Blue Door Kitchen and Cafe Blue Door Kitchen offers farm to table fare with a seasonal menu. The brunch menu has a New Orleans flare with classic dishes like beignets, biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, andouille eggs and hash, and chicken and waffles. Locals love the quiet but spacious patio for al Fresca dining in the summer and fall. [caption id="attachment_20374" align="alignnone" width="458"] Courtesy of OpenTable[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Chicago's Gold Coast? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

2 Bedroom Apartments for Rent Near South Loop: Now Leasing!

Looking for great deals on 2 bedroom apartments near South Loop? These luxury 2 beds all features premium appliances, contemporary finishes, in-unit washer and dryer, and great amenities! Property 167-14th/Wabash Between the exposed concrete, high ceilings, and artfully curated common spaces, this South Loop building’s sophisticated aesthetic gives it unique character. If you’re looking for the perfect canvas for contemporary minimalist interior design, this is a place to see. The smart home technology and premium appliances deliver convenience and efficiency. Enjoy an in-unit washer and dryer, surface mounted dome lighting, high speed internet, and a smart thermostat in each unit. Each kitchen features ample storage space, flat panel European style cabinetry, quartz countertops, deep sinks, and a garbage disposal. Each tranquil bathroom comes equipped with Grohe appliances, a vanity length frameless mirror, integrated sinks, and either a large soaking tub or glass-encased stand up shower. Stop into the state of the art fitness center for a ride on one of the Peloton bikes or curl up by a fire pit on the 3rdor 16thfloor terraces. Pet owners love having a spacious dog run on site. Other conveniences include around the clock concierge service, resident events, on-demand dry cleaning, complimentary bike storage, and Luxer package receiving. 2 Bedroom Apartments starting at $2920    Property 116- 8th/State The master suite in this 2 bedroom floor plan features a walk-through walk-in closet, a double vanity sink in the ensuite bathroom, and both bedrooms are spacious enough to comfortably accommodate a king sized bed and dresser set. Every layout has a full sized Whirlpool washer and dryer, floor to ceiling windows, USB ports, a smart home thermostat, keyless entry, and is wired for 1 gig internet. Sleek design features include a glass tiled backsplash, grey tone plank flooring throughout the whole apartment, dual tone kitchen cabinets, and white quartz countertops. 2 Bedroom Apartments starting from $3160 Property 117- 13th/Wabash High concrete ceilings, floor mounted vanities with ample storage space, and brushed chrome fixtures are just a few of the accents that make this South Loop rental building unique. Residents love the lounge seating and fire pit on the expansive, landscaped private terrace (almost as much as four-legged friends love the pet spa and onsite dog run). With a 94 walk score, 97 transit score, and 93 bike score, property 117 is in a prime location with two major grocery stores, the CTA red, orange, and green lines, and Grant Park on Michigan avenue all within two blocks! 2 Bedroom Apartments starting from $2659 (For a limited time-- find out if you can get 1 month free on this unit!)

Best Things To Do In Wicker Park

Chicago, perhaps more than any other major urban metropolis, is a city of neighborhoods, each a unique flavor. Viewed for generations as a largely ethnic mosaic, these neighborhoods still dance to different beats — but now it is culture by choice. Every Chicago neighborhood has distinct architecture, its go-to outdoor activities, its brand of dining and drinking. Whether you favor taverns or tea rooms, fine dining or funky diners, indie rock or opera, Chicago has a neighborhood for you. There is never a shortage of things to do in Wicker Park, Chicago. This venerably chic community has been a go-to destination since the 1980s, where cheaper rents could be found. It checks more boxes than most. Here’s a short list of some of the top Wicker Park attractions: The Parks When “park” is part of the name, going to them ought to be among the best things to do in Wicker Park‚ and it is. The 606 recreational trail is more than just a great walking and biking path connecting Wicker Park with equally enchanting enclaves such as Bucktown, Humboldt Park and Logan Square. It is an ever-changing outdoor gallery and performance space, spread over nearly 3 miles of what used to be an elevated rail line, and four of its 12 access points are in Wicker Park. At 5 acres, the neighborhood’s eponymous park is a hub of activity featuring baseball, soccer and football fields; basketball courts; a fieldhouse; a children’s playground with an interactive water feature; a dog park; and ornamental community gardens. Drinking and Dining If you can find The Violet Hour, a devilishly discreet cocktail lounge, it’ll sizzle your swizzle with pre-prohibition libations. In addition to lining up the music acts at the wildly popular Wicker Park Fest each July, the brilliant minds behind Subterranean are busy programming their divine dive with rock, hip-hop, reggae and rap acts. The UP Room is a rooftop lounge atop the tallest building in the area, the Robey Chicago hotel, and offers spectacular views from the intimate indoor bar and terrace. Dining spots sample tastes from around the globe, including Filipino (CEBU), Costa Rican (Irazu), Southern (Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods, The Delta) and something called New Haven-style pizza (Piece). The veggie-centric are nibbling at Clever Rabbit. The adventurous never fail to find the Michelin-anointed molecular madness at Schwa. Shopping Yes, there are major retailers along Milwaukee Avenue, but for those who appreciate urban exploration, among the best Wicker Park things to do is discover the hidden gems of its bounty of boutiques. The Midwest’s only women-specific bike shop, BFF Bikes, makes its home in Wicker Park; as does Myopic Books®, a home to poetry nights, concerts and 80,000 used books. Asrai Garden has been wowing locals with floral arrangements, hand-crafted jewelry and exclusive apothecary items since 1999. Fashion fans flock to p.45, known for carefully curated collections of famous and emerging designers. Find Your Place in the Park With Downtown Apartment Company You can put all these Wicker Park, Chicago things to do at your doorstep quickly and with confidence. Browse apartments or penthouses for rent and call us today. You can put all these activities at your doorstep quickly and with confidence.

640 North Wells River North Luxury Apartments

With over 10,000 square feet of amenity space, living rooms with wall to wall windows, elegant interiors, spacious layouts, and a prime River North location, 640 North Wells offers residents an elevated lifestyle. Choose from a selection of 22 layouts including studios, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments. Each open concept layout at 640 North Wells features 9 1/2 foot ceilings, floor to ceiling windows with panoramic views, hardwood floors, front loading washers and dryers in unit, and oversized master suites. The chef-inspired kitchens feature 3 centimeter thick stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, chef grade wall mounted ovens, hood ranges, kitchen islands, subway tile backsplashes, and ample storage space. Select units offer large private terraces and balconies as well. The amenities at 640 North Wells are second to none. Step out to the rooftop terrace to take a dip in the pool or sprawl out in one of the sundeck cabanas adjacent to the hot tub. Although all amenity areas offer high speed wifi, residents enjoy working from home in the fireside library.  The game and media lounge features shuffleboard, foosball, and a large TV with comfortable group seating.  In addition to the grilling terrace and indoor private dining suite, the 23rd floor sky lounge social club is another great place to relax, entertain guests around a fire pit, and take in views of downtown Chicago's skyline. Whether you're an avid golfer or your busy schedule has your clubs collecting dust, check out the pro grade golf simulator and rooftop putting and practice green. [gallery ids="20299,20296,20281"] The fitness center at 640 North Wells features a wide variety of cardio and weight training equipment, free weights, and a yoga studio with free classes. Having an on site fitness center is just one of many conveniences residents at 640 enjoy. Pets are welcome at 640 North Wells and the on-site oversized dog run makes pet care much more convenient. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near River North? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Looking For Things To Do This Weekend Near Downtown Chicago?

Summer time is coming to a close, but Chicago's event calendar isn't showing signs of slowing down anytime soon. Looking for things to do near downtown Chicago this weekend? Check out some of these events! [caption id="attachment_20110" align="alignnone" width="534"] (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune)[/caption] Air & Water Show Saturday and Sunday, August 17th-18 at 9am The Chicago Air and Water Show showcases aerial maneuvers and rescue simulations from the U.S. Navy and Airforce as well as Chicago police department. The U.S. Leapfrogs (active duty SEALs and Special Forces crew members) will be doing a parachute freefall and the Chicago Fire Department Air and Water Rescue Unit will perform demonstrations as well. This year will also feature a guest performance from the U.K.'s Royal Airforce Red Arrows. The headline attraction will be the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, featuring over 100 enlisted members of the Navy and Marines. You can watch the Air and Water Show from one of many places this weekend, including for free at North Avenue Beach or aboard the Anita Dee II boat cruise  for $60, which boards at Dusable Harbor. [caption id="attachment_20107" align="alignnone" width="444"] Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events[/caption] Saturday Night Standup Comedy at Laugh Factory Saturday, August 17that 7:15, 9:15, and 11:30pm Laugh Factory is located in the new Belmont Theatre District in Lakeview. Seasoned comedians as well as brand new faces have graced the stage at Laugh Factory. Featured guests have included Das Chapelle, Bob Hope, Tim Allen, Jim Carrey, George Carlin, Adam Sandler, Wanda Sykes, Eddie Murphy, and many more. Stop by for one of three comedy sets for free with registration prior to the show, or $10 at the door. [caption id="attachment_20106" align="alignnone" width="488"] Courtesy of Laugh Factory[/caption] Chicago Westside Music Festival Saturday, August 17that 2pm Check out the Westside Music Festival this weekend in Douglas Park! The headliner will be Faith Evans and the event will feature a collection of local artists. The Westside Music Festival is sponsored by the West Side Cultural Foundation and is free to attend.    Looking for apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Looking for Luxury Lakeview Apartments for Rent? Check Out Centrum Lakeview!

Looking for a modern apartment with soft-loft aesthetic for rent near Lakeview? Check out Centrum Lakeview new luxury apartments! These rentals are pet friendly and come with top-of-the-line finishes, appliances, and amenities. The soft-loft accents, like the concrete ceilings and beams, as well as the Balterio gray toned plank floors, give these apartments character while also making them a perfect canvas for a multitude of styles and color palettes. Each kitchen features Snaidero Italian cabinetry, Energy Star appliances, Kohler fixtures, and white quartz countertops. Each apartment at Centrum Lakeview features thoughtful design, including windows that have been acoustically treated to muffle the noise of the neighborhood's liveliness and energy efficient lighting. Amenities include an outdoor terrace with lounge seating, BBQ grills, and a fire pit, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a residents' club which includes an Internet cafe, kitchenette and entertaining space, and pool table. In addition to amenities, residents enjoy the conveniences Centrum Lakeview offers, such as on-site valet dry-cleaning, Luxer One secure package receiving lockers, complementary wifi in amenity areas, onsite fast-casual dining at Brown Bag Seafood, bike storage and maintenance, and close proximity to transit and shopping. Centrum Lakeview is in a highly sought-after location. The brown line train to the Loop is less than a block away and makes commuting a breeze and both Target and Whole Foods are under three blocks away. Coffee shops, bakeries, boutiques, parks, and charming restaurants are scattered between the quaint homes on the tree-lined surrounding streets. [caption id="attachment_20068" align="alignnone" width="412"] Enjoy the convenient location with less noise! The Paulina Brown Line CTA train stop is just a few hundred feet from Centrum Lakeview. Each apartment has been acoustically engineered to muffle city noise.[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lakeview? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Reasons Why Wicker Park Is A Great Place To Live

Artists and professionals — lured west by cheaper rents than could be found in Lincoln Park and Old Town — made Wicker Park a bohemian-chic hot spot in the 1980s. Its trendiness was firmly entrenched when MTV filmed a season of “The Real World” there in 2001. Many of this neighborhood’s shops and hangouts feature prominently in the current Netflix series, “Easy,” a low-key comedic love letter to Chicago’s coolest locales. If you’re looking into Chicago living, the search has to include Wicker Park’s hip array of vintage single-family homes, funky apartments and modern lofts — especially if you’re into checking out what’s new and unique in a neighborhood of enterprises that value small pleasures and independent treasures. Here are some of the reasons that Wicker Park is a great neighborhood: 1. Location, Location, Location Wicker Park is either the place to be or place to be-adjacent. It’s ranked as one of the fifth-most-walkable neighborhoods in the city — due to its fantastic layout for public transportation and biking. Wicker Park is surrounded by equally on-trend enclaves such as Bucktown, Logan Square, Ukrainian Village, Humboldt Park and Old Town. The 606, a percolating recreational trail, contributes to the walkability and bike-friendliness of the neighborhood. Two Blue Line stations provide easy access to Chicago’s “L” trains. North Avenue grants instant access to I-90, which could have you enjoying lakefront dining in 90 minutes — in Kenosha, Wisconsin or New Buffalo, Michigan. 2. Historic Housing The Wicker Park Historic District — surrounding the triangular public park that neighborhood developers Charles and Joel Wicker donated to the city in 1870 — was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1991. Hoyne Avenue — known as Beer Baron Row for its large number of opulent homes built by brewery owners, and Pierce Avenue, in particular — offer some of the city’s best examples of late 19th- and early 20th-century Victorian architecture. 3. Groovy Green Space The 606 is, at 2.7 miles, the longest converted greenway from a former elevated rail line in the United States. It has 12 access points, including four along Wicker Park’s northern border, and bubbles with permanent and temporary artworks and performance spaces. The park for which the neighborhood is named is nearly 5 acres and features a fieldhouse, a children’s playground with an interactive water feature, ornamental community gardens, a dog-friendly area, a baseball field, basketball courts, and a field used for soccer and football. 4. The Best Fest In a city full of festivals, Wicker Park Fest is an annual standout. The longest street fest in the city — occupying more than a half-mile of Milwaukee Avenue between North and Ashland Avenues — this three-day July bash features 50-plus bands, interactive art installations and 100-plus vendors. 5. Super Shopping Wicker Park embraces the boutique culture. Though Milwaukee Avenue has a big box or two, this is a place where, among many other options, you can find: The Goorin Bros. Hat Shop — a milliner with a century of service Transit Tees — featuring locally made, Chicago-themed clothes, accessories and home goods Buffalo Exchange and Vintage Underground — secondhand couture BFF Bikes — the Midwest’s only women-specific bike shop Myopic Books® — an 80,000-volume used book store that also hosts concerts and poetry nights 6. Inventive Food and Drink Big Star will cure your craving for elevated takes on Mexican street food. Whether it’s a deconstructed lobster roll or chocolate tower French toast, Bongo Room has you covered for brunch. Small Cheval’s menu is limited to insanely good burgers, fries, shakes and cocktails. The Violet Hour, a proudly pretentious cocktail lounge, doesn’t allow cellphones or baseball hats, but will dazzle you with its pre-prohibition-style libations. Rock out at Subterranean. 7. It Can be Forever Ten Chicago Public Schools are in the Wicker Park/Bucktown area, along with seven private schools. You can start here sharing an apartment and grow into a homeowner. If you’ve decided the “where” is Wicker Park, let us help you with the “when.” Contact us today. We’ll find the perfect place in no time.

Viridian on Sheridan: Lakeview Luxury Apartments for Rent

Viridian on Sheridan offers open-concept one, two, and three bedroom apartments with designer finishes, breathtaking views of the city and Lake Michigan, and smart home technology features. Residents at Viridian on Sheridan enjoy access to plenty of common space. With the amenities at Viridian on Sheridan you'll never be at a shortage of places to relax in the building. The state of the art fitness center features premium equipment including Precor connected cardio machines, curved treadmills, Expresso bikes, and stair climbers. The penthouse level is open to all residents with a co-working lounge, an entertainment and party hosting room, as well as a demonstration kitchen. The green rooftop is used to grow produce, available for residents to purchase. On-site conveniences include Latch keyless entry system, Amazon Hub package receiving system, Tide Cleaners valet dry-cleaning lockers, a bike room, a dog wash and on-site dog run, as well as access to retail on the ground level. The Italian inspired two-tone, soft-close cabinets in the kitchens make the finishes the perfect fit for many interior decorating styles and color palettes. Kitchens are also outfitted with Delta Trinsic fixtures, stainless steel whirlpool appliances, undercount rectangular sinks, and deep quartz countertops. Each unit comes equipped with in-unit washer and dryer and wood plank flooring throughout. The 9-foot ceilings and large windows provide optimal natural light and a spacious feeling. Starting prices are approximately $2000 per month for one bedroom apartments, $3200 for two bedroom apartments, and $5800 for three bedroom apartments. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lakeview? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Milieu West Loop Luxury Apartments

Step inside Milieu, one of the West Loop's newest luxury rental buildings. The 19-story, 275-unit high-rise will consist of studio, one bed, and two bedroom apartments as well as 13,000 square feet of resident-centered retail space. Milieu overlooks one of the West Loop's most beloved green spaces, Mary Bartelme Park, where West Loop residents can catch community yoga, one of many community events in the area. Each unit features dark chestnut finish flooring throughout, high ceilings, and large custom closets. Kitchens feature light finish European cabinetry with soft-close doors and drawers, Moen fixtures, white quartz countertops, white glass subway tile backsplash, and under-cabinet lighting. Each apartment comes equipped with a Nest thermostat, integrated entry door locks, and an in-unit full size washer and dryer. The Milieu community amenities feature both indoor and outdoor spaces as well as a multitude of convenience based services. The spacious fitness center features both indoor and outdoor spaces with group fitness classes, equipment, and private training available. Entertain guests by the fire pits, in the outdoor hammock and lawn lounging area, grilling and dining area, resort-style pool and spa, media room, or one of multiple resident lounge areas. Work from home in the library or any of the indoor or outdoor amenity spaces. Pet owners also enjoy having the expansive onsite dog run. Milieu has enough to keep you entertained for a while without leaving the building, but if you do decide to head out and explore the West Loop neighborhood, check out a scooter or bike from the resident gear garage. Convenience based services for all residents include a managed package receiving room with cold storage, onsite parking garage, valet drycleaing, complimentary coffee served by a barista in the lobby, resident social events, 24/7 door staff and maintenance, and 24/7 hotel-style concierge, providing services and daily essentials. 18th-floor residents will get access to additional conveniences through the "Club Level Living" package. Club Level Living includes housekeeping, dog walking and grooming, daily newspaper delivery, morning refreshments, in-home package delivery, priority parking, monthly happy hours, cooking and cocktail mixology classes, personalized chef meals delivered to your apartment, and additional wellness and fitness services. Looking for luxury apartments for rent like Milieu near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

What Makes Lakeview A Great Neighborhood To Live In?

Urban bustle? Check. Character and charm? Check. Entertainment options? Dining to please any palate? Check, check and check. Anyone considering a move to Chicago would do well to investigate Lakeview, a neighborhood that pulses with energy and offers apartment hunters anything from vintage charmers to modern loft and condo spaces. Here are some of the reasons that Lakeview is a great neighborhood to live in: The BEST Location Not many spots in the city are better situated for access to all the things that make Chicago great. Lakeview is five miles north of the Loop. It hugs the most beautiful portions of the lakefront and a big chunk of Lincoln Park. O’Hare International Airport is only 30 minutes away. In a little more than an hour, you can be in Wisconsin or beaching it at Indiana Dunes National Park. And if you don’t want to use a car, you can access the CTA’s Red, Brown and Purple lines — plus a handful of bus routes. Important and Interesting Architecture The Great Chicago Fire in 1871 destroyed much of the city, leaving roughly a third of its residents homeless. Lakeview, established in the 1850s, lies north of the fire’s footprint and thus has some of the city’s oldest architecture. Beyond its charming collection of frame Victorian, brownstone and greystone housing, notable Lakeview structures include: Wrigley Field: The Cubs’ home was built in 1914.Athenaeum Theatre: Opened in 1911, it is Chicago’s oldest continuously operating theater outside the Loop.Music Box Theatre: Now a respected venue for independent and foreign films, the 700-seat theater dates to 1929 and is the largest full-time movie house in the city.Schubas: Originally a tavern built by Schlitz Brewery in 1903, Schubas is now one of the great small music venues in Chicago. Alphonsus Church: The royal blue ceiling of this Gothic Revival masterpiece has been stunning visitors since 1896. Great Green (and Blue) Space Proximity to Lake Michigan is what gives Lakeview its name. A healthy segment of the Lakefront Trail — an 18-mile bike and pedestrian path — goes through the neighborhood, while Belmont Harbor gives you a local spot to dock your boat and Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course a place to tee it up. Lincoln Park, with its zoo, conservatory, abundance of public art and more, juts into the neighborhood at its southeast corner. At the northern border lies Graceland Cemetery and Arboretum, an oasis of striking landscapes and stunning memorial architecture that was founded in 1860. Lincoln Park landscaper Swain Nelson had a hand in laying out the grounds. This amazing retreat from the surrounding urban bustle is the final resting place of such Chicago luminaries as Marshall Field, Cyrus McCormick and George Pullman. Dining and Dancing Rock out at Metro. Enjoy the Michelin-anointed fare at Entente or Wood. Nosh your way up and down the Southport corridor from Coalfire (pizza) to Ella Elli (fine dining) to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Dance the night away in the LGBT community’s Midwest epicenter, Boystown, at Sidetrack, or get at Berlin. All tastes are catered to in Lakeview. Living in Lakeview In this neighborhood, strollers are common. People flock to Lakeview’s western environs. Nearby Walter Payton College Preparatory High School is one of the jewels of the Chicago Public School system, as is Hawthorne Scholastic Academy. Once you’ve decided Lakeview is going to be your neighborhood, you’ll want to find the residence that’s just right for you. Contact us today. We’ll be happy to help you find that perfect room with a (Lake)view.

Uncommon: New Luxury Apartments in South Loop

Uncommon is one of South Loop's newest luxury rental buildings. The pet friendly boutique building consists of 43 loft-style apartments including studios, junior 1 beds, 1 beds, and 2 beds. Each luxury rental features stainless steel, efficient appliances including a full-sized in-unit washer and dryer, a microwave, window coverings, air conditioning, and a dishwasher. Each kitchen has espresso cabinetry and white quartz counter tops, accented with the mosaic tile backsplash. These South Loop apartments also feature high ceilings and extra storage space. Uncommon also features convenient amenities for residents including an on-site fitness center with free weights, high speed internet, a media room, outdoor space, resident lounge, pet washing station, and package receiving. Residents will enjoy the wide selection of nearby grocery stores, the weekend farmer's market down the street, proximity to Museum Campus and McCormick Place, and the easy access to both lakeshore drive and public transportation. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

The Alfred New Luxury Apartments in the Loop

Historic charm and chic modern style converge at The Alfred, one of the newest luxury apartment buildings in the Loop. It was originally built in 1924 and known as the Hartman Building prior to its conversion into 176 rentals. The high-rise features studio, junior 1 bed, 1 bed, and 2 bed apartments. Each apartment comes equipped with an in-unit washer and dryer, vaulted ceilings, and spa-inspired showers. Each kitchen features subway tile backsplash, quartz countertops, custom cabinetry, and open shelving. Although each interior is newly renovated, the building has retained its charm. Units on the third floor feature historic Chicago-style windows and the original hardwood floors with herringbone pattern and inlays. All other apartments feature poured concrete flooring. The Alfred also features a spacious rooftop lounge and terrace, the design of which was inspired by local artists and architects. Heritage Outpost coffee shop is on-site, with convenient access for residents at The Alfred. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Apartments With Easy Access to O’Hare International Airport

Travel often? The blue line is usually the fastest and most cost effective way to go between O'Hare International Airport and downtown Chicago. The blue line will take you directly inside the airport from any blue line station with zero time spent sitting in traffic! These luxury rental buildings offer studio, convertible, one, two, three, and four bedroom apartments just steps off the blue line. If you're looking for convenient access to O'Hare, these apartments may be for you! Property 115- Grand/Milwaukee Time to O'Hare: 38 min River West rental building 115 is in a prime location-- under a block from the blue line and Starbucks, three blocks from Jewel Osco grocery, and surrounded by restaurants and nightlife. The soft-loft interiors create a modern but homey atmosphere. Although this apartment building is in a lively location, the tranquil amenity deck is a great place to relax. Property 55- Huron/Milwaukee Time to O'Hare: 34 min River West property 55 is perfect if you're looking for maximum space and storage. The convertible layouts are larger than a typical 1 bed and even have large balconies and a walk-in closet. Residents have an option of darker or lighter kitchen finish packages and all units offer plenty of counter space, 10-12 foot high ceilings, and in-unit laundry. Relax by the fire pit or take a stroll down this tree-lined residential block. Pets also love the on-site dog run! Property 111- State/Lake Time to O'Hare: 43 min In the thick of Chicago winter you'll be glad you live at Loop property 111! Residents can access both blue and red line trains directly from their building. Since the blue line takes you directly inside the airport, that means you could (in theory) go from your apartment to any spot on the Earth without going outside! Take in skyline views from one of four expansive terraces or the 38th floor observation deck. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near O'Hare International Airport and the blue line? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

4 Bedroom Luxury Apartments Near Downtown Chicago

Whether you're going to be living with multiple occupants, need extra home-office space, or plan on making one of the 4 bedrooms into a custom shoe closet, you won't have to compromise on space in these 4 bedroom luxury apartments! Enjoy modern elegance and state-of-the-art amenities in any one of these brand new luxury rentals. Streeterville: 4 Bedroom, 4.5 Bathroom, Corner Unit With Terrace- $22,400/Month If you're looking for classic elegance in a brand new building, this property may be the right place for you. Just beyond this grand apartment's large foyer is an open-style kitchen with custom cabinetry, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, dark, quartz waterfall countertops, and a wine fridge. Enjoy separation with the formal living room, dedicated dining room space, and large entertainment den. Take in sprawling views of the lake and skyline from the spacious, outdoor terrace or from the living space which offers north, east, and southern exposure. The walk-in laundry room with front-loading washer and dryer, roller shades, and six customized closets are other favorite features of this Streeterville apartment. South Loop: 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, With Balcony $12,070/Month Stuck choosing between a penthouse or a townhouse? Why not have both in the same unit! This South Loop 4 bedroom apartment is located on the 54th floor so you can be perched in the skyline while enjoying expansive views from your spacious balcony. It also has a two-story townhouse-style floor plan, creating a true "home" feel and plenty of separation. Relax outside your apartment without leaving the building in one of many amenity spaces, including the unique winter garden. Gold Coast: 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, With Balcony $13,241 No detail was spared in this Gold Coast 4 bedroom penthouse. Kitchens, inspired by designer Mick De Giulio, feature quartz countertops, soft-close cabinetry, marbled porcelain backsplash, and a stainless steel island range hood. Walk-in closets come ready-to-use with built-in organizer systems. The large, open concept living space features high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, NEST thermostat, and private balcony. This Gold Coast property is in a prime location with a major grocery store, nightlife, restaurants, and plenty of green space all within two blocks. Looking for luxury 4 bedroom apartments for rent near Downtown Chicago? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Looking for a Pet Friendly Studio Apartment for Rent Near West Loop?

Are you and your pet moving to West Loop? Find the perfect place for you and your furry friend to call home when you check out a pet friendly studio apartment from our list below! Property 76-Lake/Halsted Looking for a pet friendly studio apartment in the most convenient location imaginable? Look no further! This West Loop apartment building is located in the heart of Fulton Market just steps from nightlife, shops, and conveniences. Residents even have a controlled access direct walkway to Jewel Osco grocery store. This rental is near multiple transit options just off the highway, blue line train to the Loop and O'Hare Airport, and Metro from Union station so however you commute, it'll be a breeze. Enjoy in-unit laundry and concierge housekeeping service at this West Loop high-rise! Right now, this property is offering 1 month free on a 12 month lease, bringing the net effective price for a studio down to $1573 per month! Property 36- Madison/Canal If space and storage are most important to you in a pet friendly apartment, this studio layout at property 36 may be the right fit for you! At nearly 600 square feet with four closets, an entryway, and enclosed kitchen, this studio layout offers a more spacious feel than most one bedroom apartments. This building offers shared on-site laundry. This spacious studio layout starts at $1555 per month! Property 1- Lake/Canal Pet friendly studios with balconies are rare gems! At this Fulton District apartment building, you'll get plenty of natural light with floor-to-ceiling windows that lead to your balcony. This unit has in-unit laundry and a newly upgraded kitchen! Current pricing for this layout starts at $2029. Looking for pet friendly studio apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Your Guide To Moving To Chicago

Of course you’re thinking about moving to Chicago. It’s one of the world’s great cities. With its glorious lakefront, year-round pro sports, thriving music and theater scenes, iconic architecture and more, Chicago makes it nearly impossible for a newcomer to go wrong when lining up a place to live in a bustling luxury real estate market. But there are varying degrees of right, and finding the perfect place for you in Chicago is mostly a matter of prioritizing its many pluses.  Here is a guide to the various vibes that characterize Chicago’s best neighborhoods: Craving culture?: The Loop and neighboring South Loop offer some of the most breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, Grant Park and Millennium Park — and lining up a high-rise space in either neighborhood will put you steps from a downtown office job. You’ll also be steps from Lyric Opera, the Theater District, Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus — featuring Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium — plus Harold Washington Library (Chicago’s main library branch) and Chicago Cultural Center.  Mighty neighborly: If sitting on the stoop in front of your gorgeous brownstone on a narrow, tree-lined street fits your image of urban life, consider Old Town or neighboring Lincoln Park. Beloved, long-running street fairs such as the Old Town Art Fair, Wells Street Art Fair and Sheffield Garden Walk dot the social calendar. Zoo Lights even make winter nights wonderful at Lincoln Park Zoo. Great pubs, blues and comedy clubs let you rip it up even when you’re dressing down. Luxe life: Covering the roughly two miles between the south edge of Lincoln Park and the north border of Millennium Park, Gold Coast, Streeterville and Lakeshore East define Chicago’s poshest populations. In these neighborhoods, day-to-day life includes shopping the glam boutiques of Oak Street and the Mag Mile, taking high tea at The Drake, and mixing with the tourists flocking to Navy Pier and the Bean. Gold Coast is home to Chicago’s oldest lakefront mansions and most iconic luxury high-rises, Streeterville has residents looming over Navy Pier, and Lakeshore East is a booming development of glitzy new towers tucked on the south side of the Chicago River at Lake Michigan. Cutting edge: River North is what happens when an artists’ colony grows up — great galleries and inventive dining vie for attention from loft-dwelling denizens, many of whom make their living in the area’s design and production companies. West Loop, revived from a former warehouse district, is newer, a bit grittier and every bit as hip and artsy as its chic older sibling. From your home base in either neighborhood, you’re likely to grab drinks by the river and dinner on Randolph Street’s restaurant row. Living here, you’ll get the feeling these neighborhoods are no more than five minutes from everything — and for the most part, you’d be right.  Feeling Sporty, Too? Whether you’re a Bears or White Sox fan looking for a spot in the South Loop, a Cubs fan longing for a place in Lincoln Park, a Bulls or Blackhawks fan hoping to land in the West Loop, or just a fan of fine living, Downtown Apartment Company is the ultimate resource for finding the right apartment in the right neighborhood. Call us now.

Looking for Things To Do Near Downtown Chicago This Weekend?

What's better than summertime in Chicago? Summertime weekends in Chicago! If you're looking for things to do near you this weekend, check out this list of action-packed activities! Cirque de Soleil: Volta Cirque de Soleil's newest show is centered around a game show host who is on a quest for self-discovery. The show incorporates popular elements of extreme sports including BMX and aerial acrobatics. Volta runs 2 hours 15 minutes and opens May 18th at Soldier Field. Click here for tickets! https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=O8S74z0fMyU Chicago Critic's Film Festival The seventh annual Chicago Critic's Film Festival will take place May 17th through 23rd at the Music Box Theatre. A few highlights include a fortieth anniversary screening of Alien, which Tom Skerritt is scheduled to attend, Yesterday, a film about a struggling musician who finds out he is the only person with any memory of the Beatles, The Farewell, a hit from Sundance Film Festival, written and directed by Lulu Wang who is also scheduled to attend, and Light From Light, starring Paul Harrill and Jim Gaffigan, both of whom are also scheduled to attend the event. May Fest Kick off the Chicago summer festival season with Lakeview's 24th annual Mayfest. Enjoy live music, entertainment, Bloody Marys, and festival food rain or shine. Sixteen Candles, Seventh Heaven, The Boy Band Night, and Mr. Blotto will be headlining. Chicago Mayfest will be held May 17th through 19th at Ashland and Barry. Tickets are $10 and available for purchase ahead of time or at the gate. Run a 5K Are you a runner who likes glow sticks or meat? Take your pick this weekend at the themed Night Nation and Italian Beef 5K runs. Get your glow on and dance the night away! The Night Nation 5K will be held on Saturday, May 18th at Soldier Field. Gates open at 5:30pm with the first DJ coming on stage at 6:30pm and the race beginning at 8pm, followed by the main stage afterparty. Photo courtesy of Night Nation The Italian Beef 5K will be at 9am on May 18th at Montrose Harbor and will benefit JDRF, a non-profit which funds research for type 1 diabetes. Participants will receive an Italian beef sandwich at the finish line. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Looking for Printer’s Row Deals?

With seven new luxury rental developments within the past year, Printer's Row has quickly become one of Chicago's hottest residential neighborhoods. All this new inventory means a competitive market (read: great deals!) Here are some of our top picks this week near Printer's Row. Property 166- 1 Bedroom Apartment $2063 Net Effective ($2250 + 1 month free) It's easy to see why this building, which has only been open three weeks, is already leasing up quickly. Amenities include a resort-style pool with cabanas, spa with a steam room, sauna, and indoor hot tub, a whole floor of co-working space with private conference rooms and phone call booths, pet amenities, 47th floor fitness amenities, and multiple other indoor and outdoor resident common areas. Resident conveniences include a coffee bar, away-from-home services, package receiving, 24-hour concierge, resident events, car charging stations, and rental bikes. Residence features include Whirlpool stainless appliances, full-sized washer and dryer, floor-to-ceiling windows, quartz countertops, massive walk-in closets with built-in organizer systems, tile backsplash, smart outlets, Nest thermostats, and each unit is equipped with the IOTAS smart home system. Property 158- Studio Apartment $1463 Net Effective ($1585 + 1 month free on a 13 month lease) Between the stunning, condo-like finishes, thoughtful layouts, lake views, and state-of-the-art amenities, this studio apartment is an outstanding value. Unwind by the fire pits, in the salt sauna, movie theatre, or in a poolside cabana. The fitness center is top-notch, complete with HOIST premium equipment, half basketball court, and an indoor-outdoor yoga studio with complementary classes. This studio apartment layout offers great separation between the kitchen and living areas with plenty of room for a breakfast nook or high top table. All units have stainless appliances, mosaic backsplashes, in-unit laundry, gas stove ranges, and white European cabinetry. Property 164- 3 Bedroom Apartment, $6590 This new Printer's Row high-rise offers over 70,000 square feet of amenities-- 10,000 of which are allocated to the outdoor sundeck and resort-style pool area. Looking to go for a swim year round? This building also has an indoor pool adjacent to the steam room and sauna. The fitness center is home to a full-sized boxing ring, basketball and squash courts, yoga and Peloton studios with group classes, in addition to standard cardio and weight training gym equipment. Entertain by the fire pits, the terrace overlooking Grant Park, golf simulator, or one of multiple other indoor or outdoor resident spaces. This 3 bedroom, 3 and a half bathroom comes in just over 1,800 square feet with a spacious terrace to take in unobstructed views of the Chicago skyline. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Printer's Row? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Best Chicago Restaurants with Views of the City

Rich with important and adventurous architecture, big shouldering against a truly great lake, embracing greenspace and public art like few big cities do, Chicago is home to dazzling views at seemingly every intersection. It is also home to world-class dining. But which restaurants best blend Chicago’s food scene with the scenery? Here’s our list: Aba (302 N. Green St.) — This West Loop newcomer is a Lettuce Entertain You enterprise with a Mediterranean bent. Since Day 1, its enormous, greenery-filled rooftop patio has been a bustling and decidedly casual drawing card for its views of the Fulton Market District and the skyscrapers beyond. Caffè Oliva (500 E. Grand Ave.) — Stick your toes in the sand at this seasonal, resort-style shack resting on Streeterville’s Ohio Street Beach. The views of the lake and skyline are stunning, and the vibe is full-on beach party. You can even rent cabanas while enjoying Mediterranean fare, burgers, beer bucket specials and more. Cindy’s (12 S. Michigan Ave.) — The rooftop patio of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, 13 floors above Millennium Park in the Loop, might have the best views in the city. And the setting is spectacular — vaulted steel, glass ceilings and open-air seating atop an 1893 Venetian Gothic landmark that was for 122 years a private men’s club. The food is elevated American fare, often paired with organic wines and craft cocktails, but the atmosphere is decidedly unstuffy. Cité (505 N. Lakeshore Drive) — From the 70th floor of Lake Point Tower, the only residential tower on the lake side of Lakeshore Drive, Cité diners get unparalleled, panoramic views of the lake and skyline. The menu leans toward French-inspired takes on American cuisine, and the ambiance is first-tier elegance. Definitely a place for the most important meals (and people) in your life. Everest (425 S. Financial Place) — A private elevator to the 40th floor of the Exchange Building whisks diners to this Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of the Loop’s financial district. Commodities traders don’t even need to leave their office building to sample the amazing views and French cuisine proffered by Everest for more than 30 years. The J. Parker (1816 N. Clark) — On the 13th floor of the Hotel Lincoln, where Lincoln Park meets Old Town, the J. Parker boasts 140 outdoor and 55 indoor seats. It has a retractable roof to ward off the occasionally fickle Chicago weather. The crowd tends to be young and casual. The food selection emphasizes small plates with creative takes on familiar fare. North Pond (2610 N. Cannon Drive) — You don’t always have to scale the heights for incredible views. North Pond is on the edge of a pond in Lincoln Park where flora and fauna create a quiet remove from the bustle while the beautiful Chicago skyline remains within your gaze. The restaurant, built in 1912 as a warming center for ice skaters, has been reimagined in the Arts and Crafts image. The food, earning recognition from Michelin and the James Beard Foundation, emphasizes contemporary, seasonal fine dining. River Roast Social House (315 N. LaSalle St.) — This River North spot has an amazing elevated patio hugging the north side of the Chicago River and affording not only views of this very active waterway, but many soaring structures and the percolating Riverwalk on the opposite bank. James Beard Award-winning chef Tony Mantuano’s contemporary American tavern fare — roasted and carved tableside — draws crowds for lunch, brunch and dinner. You can even get there via water taxi. The Signature Room (875 N. Michigan Ave.) — On the 95th floor of what was formerly known as the John Hancock Center, The Signature Room takes you to the highest level of Chicago dining — literally. The views are jaw-dropping. The vibe is luxe, so you’ll want to dress up for this meal. The food is classic fine dining — oysters on the half shell, shrimp de Jonghe, rack of lamb, surf and turf. A bucket-list Chicago venue. Terzo Piano (159 E. Monroe St.) — Stunning visuals are to be expected at the Art Institute of Chicago — and Terzo Piano is a sleek accompaniment to the museum’s Modern Wing. This Loop space is on the third floor of the wing designed by architect Renzo Piano, and can be accessed by a pedestrian bridge from neighboring Millennium Park. Open for lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner on Thursday and Sunday brunch, expect sophisticated renditions of Italian favorites. These restaurants take advantage of Chicago’s world-class scenery. Downtown Apartment Company can help you find a place to live near any of them. Contact us and speak to an agent today!

The Mason: New West Loop Luxury Apartments

The Mason West Loop luxury apartments are now leasing! This brand new high rise at Lake and Ada St, developed by Sterling Bay and Marquette Companies, combines the industrial charm of West Loop with contemporary finishes and state-of-the-art amenities. Choose between a variety of studio, convertible, 1-bed, 2-bed, and 3-bed layouts, all of which offer in-unit laundry, wide-plank flooring, stainless appliances, quartz countertops, and blackout roller shades. Some units also feature kitchen islands, built-in "tech shelves" with USB custom outlets, and private balconies. Courtesy of The Mason Entertain at The Mason in the private rooftop dining room, the resort style pool with cabanas, sundeck, and bocce court, the indoor aqua lounge, rooftop sky lounge and game room, or the outdoor rooftop deck complete with a fireplace, fire pits TVs, grills, and lounge space. Residents enjoy 24/7 conveniences such as Luxer One package receiving, door staff, an expansive fitness center with cardio, strength, yoga, and CrossFit equipment, covered dog run and wash, and an expansive bike storage and repair station. With its multiple dedicated co-working spaces and conference rooms, The Mason is also perfect for working from home. Courtesy of The Mason The most unique amenity of all? The Mason residents will have access to an onsite restaurant and bar, which is only open to the public during select hours. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

New River North Restaurant Alert! Check Out The Smith

Although The Smith is new to River North and Chicago, it has been a beloved New York favorite since 2007 when it opened its first location in the East Village. This farm-to-table restaurant features an eclectic menu with seasonal dishes and innovative craft cocktails and serves over 1 million people annually. Enjoy tapas, a raw seafood bar, fresh takes on avocado toast, Italian, Korean, and Japanese dishes, and steakhouse fare—all with the same menu. For friends who can’t agree on where to dine, this spot will become a surefire go-to. Courtesy of The Smith Hours most days are 7:30am to midnight and breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner menus are offered over the course of the day. In theory, you never have to dine anywhere else. The Smith seems to place a strong emphasis on the importance of its culture. Its core values, mission statement, and story have a major presence on their website. If The Smith’s current popularity is any indication of its reception in the River North neighborhood, we’re feeling optimistic. The Smith currently has six existing locations, four of which are regularly in the top ten “Most Reserved” restuarants on OpenTable. The Smith Chicago is slated to open in River North the last week of April at 400 N. Clark St. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near all your favorite River North restaurants? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Chicago Apartment Deals

While most apartment prices are gradually increasing as it gets closer to summer, these buildings' prices just dropped! Check out this week's spotlight deals and take a look this weekend! Spotlight Studio Apartment Starting Rent: $1594 The Fulton River District is nestled between three major neighborhoods, equidistant from River North, the Loop, and West Loop, and is therefore considered by many to be the most convenient location for downtown living. This Fulton District studio is two blocks from the Loop, one block from West Loop, and two blocks from River North, as well as just a few blocks from CTA pink, green, blue, purple, and brown lines and the Metra trains. This rare gem studio apartment features a balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows for taking in captivating city views as well as in-unit laundry and an expansive fitness center. Spotlight 1 Bedroom Apartment Starting Rent: $1780 + 1 month free ($1632 Net Effective) Brand new South Loop high rise #167 is getting a running start into pre-leasing with burning hot pricing and specials. This brand new two-tower development offers all the space, quality, and intimacy of a condo building with the amenities, conveniences, and flexibility of a rental. Although each floor plan is unique, every unit features in-unit laundry, hardwood floors, and modern finishes. See the gallery at the bottom of the post for more photos of this stunning new rental! Spotlight 2 Bedroom Apartment Starting Rent: $2410 The West Loop neighborhood is in high demand. Snag a spacious 2 bedroom unit with hardwood floors and great closet space just off Restaurant Row on Randolph, blocks to the Loop, and in close proximity to multiple transit lines and grocery stores! Spotlight 3 Bedroom Apartment Starting Rent: $5450 Looking for amenities and contemporary finishes in Lincoln Park? Look no further! Enjoy the tranquil charm of living on a tree-lined Lincoln Park street with the best of downtown high rise living. This brand new 3 bedroom features in-unit laundry, state-of-the-art appliances and finishes, and relaxing amenity space. Want to hear more about Chicago rental deals? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Looking for Things To Do in Chicago This Weekend?

Chicago is known for being a tremendously lively city. There's never a shortage on things to do on any given weekend in Chicago. Here are a few of our top picks of things to do this weekend. Blackhawks vs. Stars Courtesy of NHL This Friday watch the Blackhawks, currently ranked 7thin the Central division, play the Dallas Stars, currently ranked 4th, at the United Center. The game starts at 7:30 and tickets are available starting from $36. The Best of Second City Saturdays and Sundays at 4pm, check out the greatest sketches performed by Second City's Touring Company. The troupe is well known for jump-starting the careers of a long list of well known comedians including Steve Carell, Tina Fey, and Stephen Colbert. Catch the 90-minute show this weekend at 1616 North Wells St in Old Town. Get your tickets in advance here. Baconfest Enjoy all things bacon as well as a wide variety of cocktails and beer at Chicago Bacon Fest this weekend. Enjoy creations from an eclectic selection of over 100 top Chicago restaurants including Split-Rail, the Duck Inn, the Dawson, NoMI, Ruin Daily, Honey Butter Chicken, Fig and Olive, Batter and Berries, and many more! Click here for a complete list. Courtesy of Chicago Baconfest All proceeds benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The event runs April 5thand 6that 725 West Roosevelt Rd, between Halsted St and Union Ave. Get your tickets in advance here. Chicago Market for Makers Courtesy of Chicago Market for Makers Feeling crafty? Discover over 90 emerging brands and craft makers at the Chicago Market for Makers. Enjoy unique photo walls, live music, crafting stations, and food trucks. Click here  to get your tickets . Parking is free for attendees! The event runs April 6th and 7th at 4325 North Ravenswood Ave.

10 Date Night Ideas In Chicago’s South Loop Neighborhood

The South Loop frames Chicago at its most beautiful. It borders a large swath of Grant Park (known as Chicago’s front yard), extends from iconic Buckingham Fountain to McCormick Place, and touches the Museum Campus and dazzling Northerly Island. Date night in this stunning setting can be a simple stroll on Michigan Avenue, moshing at Lollapalooza or catching the NCAA tourney perennial DePaul women’s team at Wintrust Arena. Fine dining, axe throwing, escape rooms, tradition-rich and cutting-edge music venues, historic hotels, and cultural exploration are all included on our list of 10 date night ideas: After hours: Two Museum Campus gems, the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium, regularly host adult-geared gatherings after normal facility hours. Adler After Dark is held the third Thursday of each month and features access to Adler’s exhibits and galleries, sky shows in each of its three theaters, live entertainment, and a cash bar. Shedd After Hours varies its themes — 2019 events include a game night, penguin party and salsa night — which also has the Shedd’s gorgeous skyline views, food and cocktails, and of course the resident beluga whales and more.Michelin multiples: Eighteen Chicago restaurants received one Michelin star in 2019. One got three stars. Among the three that received a two-star rating (representing “excellent cooking, worth a detour”) is Acadia, a Wabash Avenue gem where the food is described by the venerable guide as “ambitious, precise and deliciously technical.” With interior spaces as sophisticated as its menu, this is a place for very special moments.Dinner and a show: Sometimes, holding hands in a darkened theater is all you need. If you need that — plus deluxe memory foam chairs in a VIP 21-plus reserved seating section; 4K projection; a lobby lounge with cocktails, street tacos and dessert; and 17 screens from which to choose — check out Chicago Showplace Icon at Roosevelt Collections.Brews for two: Many of the South Loop’s former commercial and manufacturing spaces have been converted for other uses. One such area is the Motor Row District. between 14th and 24th streets along Michigan Avenue. This is where, among the lofts taking residence where Chicago’s earliest car dealerships once flourished, two microbreweries have established roots. Vice District Brewing, specializing in fresh craft ales, is especially micro with its intimate taproom at 14th and Michigan. Motor Row Brewing, at 23rd and Michigan, is a bit bigger, favoring live blues over Vice’s collection of board games. At both, dogs are welcome and you can bring your own food.Vintage luxury, modern amenities: If you’re interested in spending the night with a romantic view of the park and the lake beyond, there’s always the Chicago Hilton at Michigan and Balbo. The largest hotel in the world when it opened in 1927, it later served as U.S. Army classrooms and barracks before being bought by Conrad Hilton after World War II. The hotelier later increased room sizes and completed a $150 million renovation in 2017. Then there’s the neighboring Blackstone Hotel, on the north side of Balbo, which was built in 1910 and hosted the 1920 Republican National Convention. After undergoing a major architectural renovation in 2008, it was acquired in 2017 by Marriott’s Autograph Collection Hotels and refreshed again with a luxe makeover. Its tapas restaurant, Mercat a la Planxa, is considered one of the city’s best.Fun and games: If you’re looking for a little more on-trend action, book a private session at Ragnarok Axe Throwing or Fox in a Box. At the former, located at 410 S. Michigan, you’ll be instructed in the fine art of hurling 1½ pounds of wood and sharpened steel at a wooden target. There might be Viking helmets to pose in, as well. The latter, at 47 W. Polk, bills itself as Chicago’s No. 1 escape room, offering multiple immersive escape experiences for two to six participants — so maybe that one’s for double date night.Dancing dates: The name might be too much pressure for a new romance, but Windy City Wedding Dance has a wonderful location — 410 S. Michigan Ave. — and a wide array of options that will have you in your partner’s arms all night. From beginning salsa and ballroom classes to private lessons teaching customized wedding choreography, a visit to Windy City could be the date night that launches a lifetime.What’s your flavor?: Whether it’s blues, jazz or rock, the South Loop has great venues for sharing a table, a drink and your favorite music. Buddy Guy’s Legends (700 S. Wabash), named after the guitarist who inspired Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan alike, covers the blues. Jazz Showcase (806 S. Plymouth Court) is a 170-seat venue that has been featuring jazz players of renown since 1947. Reggies Chicago (2105 S. State) brings national and local rock acts to stages in two gritty rooms: Reggies Music Joint, a bar and grill; and Reggies Rock Club, a standing-room concert venue.Live music and cocktails: M Lounge might get some pushback over its claim as the South Loop’s premier live music lounge, but this 1520 S. Wabash spot is an unquestionable chic urban oasis for specialty cocktails and fine spirits. Jazz, blues and R&B are featured Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while DJs spin on the weekends. Grab a couch, or a seat at the long walnut bar, and feel the exceedingly cool vibe.Nosh with stosh: After dinner and a stroll, why not cap the evening with something sweet for your sweetie? Stan’s Donuts delivers the doughy goods — perhaps a lemon pistachio old fashioned, a caramel marshmallow pocket or a beignet pair — in kitschy comfort. Or, if the evening goes really well, you can dash off to the decadent donut maker’s 26 E. Roosevelt location and return with a box before your darling wakes up on the morning after date night. Southern Exposure Among the many joys of life in the South Loop is that it easily affords access to so many experiences — the Lakefront Trail; all manner of shows at McCormick Place; quick visits to neighboring gems such as Chinatown, Little Italy, Latin-laced Pilsen and Greektown. All you really need for a great date night is someone with whom to share the adventure.

Looking For a Studio Apartment With a Balcony?

If you know you want outdoor space but don't need much indoor space, a studio apartment with a balcony could be the right option for you. However, layouts like that are rare finds. Luckily, we have a few options that could be the perfect fit! River North Property 26 - $2123/month At 690 square feet, this River North studio is more spacious than most one bedroom apartments in the area. It features floor to ceiling windows, stainless appliances, an in-unit washer and dryer, granite countertops, ample closet and storage space, and stainless appliances. Fitness fiends will love the amenities-- which include a spacious fitness center with lots of free weights, a lap pool, basketball court, saunas, and last but not least, an outdoor running track. Property 67- $1670/month Oversized closets, 24-hour concierge, and the club-like amenities are favorites at these River North apartments. Having company? This building offers a guest suite residents can reserve for out of towners. This River North studio apartment with a balcony is in a prime location. Step out your door into one of the liveliest areas for dining and nightlife. You'll be less than a block from Whole Foods grocery store and the red line subway. Property 10- $1755 The finishes and appliances at property 10 are sure show stoppers. Come for the all-glass balcony but stay for the bamboo wood flooring, built-in wine rack, 9-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, in-unit laundry, and stainless Whirlpool appliances. If you're looking to take in stunning city views in a space a little larger than your balcony, head up to the rooftop pool, which will make you feel like you're at the chicest of boutique resorts. Residents love the many conveniences this River North high-rise offers, including private wine storage lockers and zip cars. Looking for a studio apartment with a balcony for rent near River North? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Is Now is the Best Time To Sell?

Wondering about the best time to sell your home or condo in Chicago? Here are the three main factors to consider: [caption id="attachment_13362" align="alignleft" width="320"] Courtesy of Crains Chicago[/caption] 1. Demand Although there has been a lot of new inventory on the market, absorption has been high as well. "We're seeing unprecedented demand for luxury inventory" says Adam Valentino, a DRC real estate broker who specializes in luxury condos in the downtown area.  About 5,000 new luxury units were delivered in 2017, but downtown Chicago added 19,448 new workers, according to Integra. Given the amount of demand for new inventory buyers and renters are more likely to make quick decisions about taking a unit off the market. "Although there is a lot of new inventory being built, it is paralleled by the number of buyers looking for it" says Valentino. Click here to see what's on the market near you. 2. Rising Interest Rates A trend of rising interest rates contribute to high demand. When buyers expect interest rates to be higher tomorrow than they are today, they are more likely to be decisive rather than waiting to buy. The average time a house or condo spends on the market has dropped 6 percent since 2017 and is down 14 percent in the past five years according to MRED. 3. Personal Goals Determining the best time to sell your home is very personally specific. It will greatly depend on your personal goals and your specific home. Although it may be prudent to hold on to property longer in certain areas, it may be more advantageous to sell sooner rather than later in some Chicago sub-markets. If you know your personal goals will include moving within the next year, the next several months will give you the greatest likelihood at selling your home or condo quickly. Do you have more questions about whether its the right time to sell your home? Contact us today. We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop.

Looking for Luxury Apartments with Concrete Accents?

For renters looking for modern finishes, stainless appliances, quartz countertops, pendant lighting, and mosaic backsplashes are the norm, but lately concrete accents have been a highly sought-after trend. Here are some modern apartments with concrete accents for rent in downtown Chicago! Loop- Property 122 This Loop high rise has unique architectural features that make residents feel as if they are perched within the city skyline. Rather than being flush with the walls, windows protrude inches out to form creating a box-like extension which opens up 215 degrees of city and river views. The finishes include stainless appliances, matte grey and white cabinetry, dar wood-grained floorings, and white subway tile. With the exposed concrete ceilings and concrete pillars these finishes create a bold yet minimalist combination that lends itself to many different color palettes and styles of decor. River West- Property 139 Residents love the custom features in these River West apartments. The walk-in closets with Elfa shelving, high ceilings, spacious kitchen islands, and of course, plenty of concrete accents on the walls and ceilings, really make these rentals stand out. Two-story townhomes and penthouses at this property have additional custom upgrades available. Gold Coast- Property 100 With its prime Gold Coast location, on the cusp of River North and just blocks from Michigan Avenue, property 100 is a sure favorite. Floor-to-ceiling windows, the rooftop deck, and spacious balconies and terraces offer panoramic city views. Favorite features include the 9-foot ceilings, open-concept layouts, Whirlpool appliances, plentiful closet and storage space, and large in-unit washers and dryers. The concrete accent pillars in this clean-cut building add the perfect touch of character. Streeterville- Property 118 Looking for boutique style apartments near Streeterville? At this contemporary building, each unit has 10 foot concrete ceilings, stainless appliances with a French door refrigerator an interior water dispenser, gas cooking, large islands with waterfall quartz countertops, soft-close cabinets, custom closets, wood plank flooring, and full-sized Whirlpool laundry machines as well as Nest thermostats. Although there aren't many units in this building, the amenities are outfitted for a much larger building. Check out the fitness center, spacious rooftop, or dog run and spa. Looking for apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Corporate Relocation: Moving For Work?

Chicago is one of the top cities for corporate relocations, with an average of 15,000 new jobs per year since 2013 and 20,000 new job last year alone. However, many employees say housing is a primary but overlooked issue in their relocation. Although many employees' needs would be best suited with a rental, many human resource departments only offer assistance with purchase and sale housing transactions. If you're relocating to Chicago for work, there are a lot of "moving" parts to consider. Scope of Options With 77 unique neighborhoods ranging in atmosphere, available transportation, style, and price range, it can be hard to narrow down your search. A broker can help you narrow the geographic scope of your apartment search based on your wants and needs. For instance, some areas are more convenient for dog owners, people who drive, or people who prefer to walk or take public transit. Some areas are known for being more lively and some areas are known for being quieter. Finding out which neighborhoods are best suited to your preferences can be research intensive and time consuming, especially when you have many other variables to coordinate in your move. Working with a broker who has an intimate knowledge of Chicago can save you time and energy. Fluctuating Market In the downtown Chicago rental market prices, availability, and concessions can change daily. It can be complicated to keep track of which buildings offer what specials under a multitude of various parameters (i.e. "2 months free on a 13 month lease if you move before the 15th or 1.5 months free on an 18 month lease if you move between the 21st and 30th"). The pricing system many managed high rise buildings use changes the pricing based on supply and demand. For instance, if there are 5 of the same layout available, the prices of all 5 will gradually decrease, but as soon as one or more is rented, the prices of the remaining apartments will significantly spike. It's typical for units to rent quickly, even a month before they are even vacated by the current tenant. With so many people moving at a given time, pricing and availability can be difficult to track. Brokers' full time jobs are to know the special concessions, pricing changes, and availability at downtown Chicago buildings. By working with a broker, you won't have to worry about keeping an eye on all these variables. Specialization Most brokerages specialize in either for-sale listings or rental listings, but seldom both. Leasing agents in the downtown area have intimate knowledge about each distinct Chicago neighborhood in which they have inventory. Working with a broker who is specialized in the area you're looking in can not only help you find a great apartment deal, but can also serve as a tour guide and may know all the area's great restaurants, salons, pet groomers, or even dentists. Relocating to downtown Chicago for work? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Looking for a Luxury Apartment With an Indoor Pool?

Most downtown luxury apartment buildings offer top-of-the-line amenities. In a four-season city like Chicago, residents love having an indoor pool they can use year round. Looking for luxury apartments for rent with indoor pools? Check out a few of our favorite picks below! The Loop Property 85 offers amenities galore. Between two club-grade fitness centers, multiple levels of outdoor and rooftop terraces, a movie theatre, private dining lounge, co-working space, and more, we have to say the indoor pool area is the pièce de résistance. The indoor pool area also includes a large hot tub, steam room, and sauna. The back wall of floor-to-ceiling windows open, weather permitting, to a rooftop outdoor terrace, creating an indoor-outdoor feel. The versatile space is complete with lounge chairs, a light-up water wall, and trendy light fixtures. Lakeshore East Property 2 offers the best of both worlds: enjoy the spacious outdoor pool in the warmer months and the equally as spacious indoor pool year round. In addition to multiple pools, this Lakeshore East apartment building offers a plethora of other amenities and plenty of space to socialize or spread out and enjoy a moment of tranquility (80,000 square feet of amenity space, to be precise). The outdoor running track, spacious rooftop deck (that feels more like a large park), and media screening room are just a few of the additional amenities that make this downtown property feel like a resort. River North River North apartment property 45's indoor pool area is a lower level oasis, away from the hustle and bustle of fast-paced downtown living. Between the tranquil sound of the waterfall wall, mood lighting, steam room, sauna, hot tub, and massage treatment room, a luxury spa experience is only a quick elevator ride away, anytime. Love wine as much as you love the spa? Among other amenities, property 45 also has a wine cellar and tasting room just down the hall from the indoor spa area. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

The Ultimate Guide To Moving Into A Chicago High-Rise Apartment

Congratulations. You’ve finally scored that amazing South Loop loft near the Museum Campus, a Streeterville condo overlooking Navy Pier or the perfect Gold Coast pied-a-terre. Now what? Making the Move Moving into a downtown area is stressful but moving more than a couple of floors above street level adds a degree of difficulty that would challenge even a seasoned relocator. Before you start packing, there are several things you should keep in mind: Know the rules — You will be living under the same roof with dozens, perhaps hundreds, of other people. Knowing a building’s rules for tenants or owners before you sign a lease will help you steer clear of problems with your neighbors and building management. No dogs means no dogs, even if your Pomeranian is smaller than a cat. Think small — Look at the space you’re using in your current residence versus the space you’ll have in a high-rise. Minimizing will likely be necessary and just-in-case items may have to go. Boxes of stuff that won’t fit or be used need not make the trip — unless the trip is to an auction site or yard sale. Measure — Elevators, doorways, antique armoires and 12-seat dining room tables all have specific dimensions. Knowing what fits isn’t only a matter of floor space. A tape measure can be an invaluable tool in the moving process. Plan the move — In most Chicago high-rises, you’ll have to reserve an elevator and a parking spot for the moving truck. Make the reservations a few weeks in advance and confirm them the week of the move. Try to move on a weekend or in the middle of the day when traffic — both street and elevator — isn’t heavy with rush-hour crowds trying to get to work or home. Hire pros — You’re past the point of paying your moving crews in pizza and beer. Professional movers who are experienced in the challenges of high-rise relocations will make the move go faster, get your possessions to their new home in better condition and let your friends get a proper reveal at the housewarming party. If you’re not also hiring movers to pack (an option worth investigating), do them a favor and use boxes that are uniform in size and better for stacking on hand trucks and in moving vans. It’s So Worth It A move into a downtown high-rise might be the best you’ll ever make. Soul-renewing views will be yours at a glance. Your life will be filled with sunlight. An open window will bring fresh air instead of exhaust and insects. You’ll be close to everything, yet just an elevator ride away from seclusion. And given the amenities most luxury high-rises offer, your home will be a place to truly relax and recharge rather than just another item on the to-do list. Whichever luxe Chicago neighborhood you prefer — be it Lincoln Park, the Loop, River North or beyond — finding the high-rise apartment that fits your needs is as easy as reaching out to Downtown Apartment Company.

Best Running Trails In Chicago Neighborhoods

Chicago may be among the most bike-friendly cities in the country, but its residents embrace running as well. With a running season unofficially bookended by the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K in March and the Chicago Marathon in October, interesting and available running trails are a year-round must for the many residents training for their big race. Fortunately, many neighborhoods have access to lovely and lively running trails. Here are a few favorites: Lincoln Park — At 1,188 acres, Lincoln Park offers runners a patchwork of trails that take you past or through a zoo, a stunning nature sanctuary, five playgrounds and an archery range, as well as by statues, a conservatory, a lagoon and a museum. Residents from the Gold Coast, Old Town and Lincoln Park can easily access the trails. A simple loop from the south fields, past the south lagoon, around the zoo and down Stockton Drive will put you in 5K range. Chicago Riverwalk — Though it can be a bit crowded with pedestrians and construction on its eastward expansion is ongoing, the Riverwalk is great for a quick run through a canyon created by some of Chicago’s signature architectural achievements. Its south bank route is through Lakeshore East, and the Loop, but just across the river are Streeterville, River North and the West Loop. Out and back over its entire length — from Lake Shore Drive to the confluence of the river’s branches near Randolph Street — will get you a roughly 3-mile run. If you want to amp up the cardio, run the Michigan Avenue stairs. Lakefront Trail — As of December 2018, what had been an 18-mile combined use trail has been divided into an 18-mile bike path and an 18.5-mile pedestrian trail. Essentially all of it is sandwiched between Lakeshore Drive and Lake Michigan, with stunning views throughout. The Lakefront Trail stretches from 71st Street on the South Side to Ardmore Avenue on the north, but the most magnificent miles might be where it skirts the South Loop. This leg takes runners past McCormick Place, Northerly Island, through the Museum Campus and along Grant Park while offering iconic skyline views. Jackson Park/Midway Plaisance Park/Washington Park — The annual Chicago Half Marathon starts and finishes in Jackson Park, where the Lakefront Trail begins. This 500-acre eastern border of the Hyde Park neighborhood still holds remnants of the 1893 World’s Fair and is the future home of the Barack Obama Presidential Center. Runners with a love of Gothic architecture will pass natural beaches and bird sanctuaries to reach the Midway, a mile-long swath of green through the University of Chicago campus that connects to 372-acre Washington Park. This run is roughly three miles from the center of Jackson Park to the Center of Washington Park. The Finish Line There are a lot of places to find luxury living in Chicago — if your definition extends only as far as the walls of the building in which you live. But being in a neighborhood that urges you to get out and break a sweat, to remain vital in a vital city, is a luxury worth prioritizing.

This Week’s Top Apartment Deals!

Looking for great deals on luxury rental apartments near downtown Chicago? Check out these spotlight deals of the week! Studio Rent Amount: Net $1508 ($1645 + 1 month free on a 12 month lease) Residents love the contemporary finishes at this trendy new building New construction alert! Between great amenities, modern finishes, in-unit laundry, and the convenient location, Property 161 has it all. This luxury apartment is located just a few blocks from Whole Foods, the CTA blue line train, and the Metra trains at Union Station. The amazing concessions include the ability to waive the move-in fee and one month free rent, which mean this West Loop studio apartment could be yours for the cost of the $50 credit check! These concessions won't last, so click here for more pictures & details! Convertible Rent Amount: $1431 Net Effective ($1561 + 1 month free) If view and square footage are your most important criteria, this apartment may be for you. We love this apartment for its abundant closet and kitchen storage space, stunning views of the river, skyline, and Lake Michigan, and convenient access to the Pedway, a subterranean system of walkways that shields pedestrians from the elements by connecting the downtown area underground. 1 Bed Rent Amount: $1573 Looking to live in a 1 bed off Michigan Avenue for under $1600? Here's your rare unicorn apartment! With hardwood floors, newly renovated amenities, and on-site conveniences (like valet dry-cleaning, package receiving, high-speed internet, door staff, and a resident coffee bar), this apartment is an amazing value! Pet friendly property 75 is less than a block from the John Hancock Center, two blocks from the Chicago CTA Red Line train, and three blocks from Lake Michigan's Oak Street Beach. Name a better steal-- we'll wait. 2 Bed Rent Amount: $2550 We love the location of this stunning 2 bed rental. Printer's Row property 14 is located just a few blocks from multiple major grocery stores (including Jewel, Trader Joe's, Target, and Whole Foods) as well as the CTA Red, Orange, and Green Line trains to the Loop, Northside, and Midway international airport. This pet friendly building has outstanding amenities and a club-grade fitness center. Residents love this 2 bed for its spacious balcony, reclaimed wood accents, huge bedroom closets, and "homey" feeling. Looking for great deals on luxury apartments near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Convertible Apartments: The Downtown Market’s Best Apartment Hack

"A convertible? Like a car with a retractable roof?" To those in the know, renting a convertible apartment is one of the best ways to score a deal. The term, "convertible", simply means that a layout is a hybrid of a studio and 1 bedroom layout and can refer a broad range of unit styles. Renting a convertible can be a great option if your price range doesn't allow for a 1 bed but you want more separation than a studio would typically provide. Some convertibles have fully enclosed bedrooms with a sliding door instead of a hinged door (as you'd typically find in a traditional 1 bed). Some have four partial-height walls or have 3 1/2 walls with no door. However, some convertibles are essentially large studios with an alcove for a bed. Here are a few of our favorite convertibles (all of which have in-unit laundry)! Property 85- Michigan/Lake Property 85's convertible made the list because we love the sliding sea glass door separating the bedroom from the living space. Although the bedroom is fully enclosed and the layout is comparable in size to a 1 bed, this layout tends to run anywhere from $150-300 less than the traditional 1 beds in this building. Take in the breathtaking views of downtown Chicago's skyline from the Sky Lounge at property 85 Property 5- Kingsbury/Grand Looking to be in the heart of River North without breaking the bank? Convertibles at River North property 5 have full-sized one bedrooms with wooden, sliding doors, plenty of closet space, and even an ensuite Juliette balcony. We love this layout because it offers terrific separation and is currently $450 less than a traditional 1 bed layout in this building. What a deal! There's plenty of room to spread out (or work from home) on property 5's roof terrace A note to pet owners: the spacious dog run (adjacent to the building's private portion of the riverwalk) makes this building a must-see! Looking for a dog friendly convertible apartment? Check out property 5! Property 82- Illinois/Michigan At 695 square feet, this convertible is even larger than most 1 bedroom layouts. The floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city bring in maximum natural light and add to the grandeur of the unit. The bedroom area in this floor plan has an alcove with two half-walls separating it from the living area. We love this building for its outstanding amenities and convenient location, as it provides covered access to Whole Foods and is right on the border of Gold Coast and Streeterville. The unique layout can be hard to picture, so see the floor plan below!

5 Of The Best Annual Chicago Neighborhood Festivals

Depending on who’s counting, a list of Chicago’s neighborhoods can number into the 200s. Come summer months, it seems as though each of them hosts a festival of some sort, defined by the local culture, commerce, cuisine — or just a desire to get outside with neighbors and invite the whole city over for a beer. The beauty of Chicago is finding your favorites. Here are five festivals that are always among the best. Actually, this is two - Old Town Art Fair and Wells Street Art Festival both take place on the same weekend (June 8 and 9 in 2019), both feature more than 200 artists and coexist a few blocks apart in the beautiful Old Town neighborhood.   Art Fair is 71 years old and boasts the added feature of a garden walk through more than 50 area backyards. Art Festival came along about 25 years later and is the wilder of the two, offering longer hours to take advantage of the bars and restaurants that dot its Wells Street setting. Old Town’s suggested donation at the gate is $10 and Wells Street’s is $8. Gorgeous gorging — Taste of Chicago fills Chicago’s front porch — Grant Park’s beautiful greenspace, bordered by Lake Michigan and the high-rise majesty of the Loop and South Loop — with food, music and literally millions of visitors to enjoy it all.   The 2018 Taste featured 72 food vendors, including 22 pop-up vendors and 13 food trucks, and an estimated 1.5 million visitors over five days. The 2019 Taste runs July 10-14. Admission is free, but you’ll have to purchase food and drink tickets. Get Lit — Readers unite! The Printers Row area of the South Loop was once a publishing hub. Since 1985, what was originally the Printers Row Book Fair and is now the Printers Row Lit Fest has celebrated that history. Around 200 authors will be on hand to discuss and sign their works. Dozens of booksellers are browsed by patrons that will number into six digits over two days, June 8 and 9 in 2019. Admission is free, but some events require tickets.Let it Rainbow — In 1997, a six-block stretch of Halsted Street in the Lakeview neighborhood was recognized by then-Chicago mayor Richard Daley as the first official gay neighborhood in America. By that point, Northalsted Street Market Days already had been celebrating the Boystown lifestyle for 17 years.   In 2019, the August 10-11 fest, billing itself as the largest street festival in the Midwest, expects to welcome more than 200,000 visitors to a half-mile stretch of North Halsted, where four stages, 200-plus vendors, food, drink and people-watching will keep the party going. There is a $10 suggested donation for admittance. Get the Blues — Chicago is where the blues went electric. That heritage gets its due each summer in spectacular Millennium Park with the Chicago Blues Festival, the 36th edition of which will be held June 7-9, 2019. The biggest acts are featured at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, just across Randolph Street from Lakeshore East’s stunning modern high-rises. Three other stages around the park allow for more intimate performances. Admission is free. Fests for the Rest If the preceding festivals don’t pique your interest, don’t give up. Maybe Bike the Drive is more your thing, or Riot Fest or Lincoln Park Greek Fest would be more to your liking. With so many festivals in easy reach, developing your own “best of” is half the fun.

Now Leasing! Noca Blu Logan Square Apartments

Noca Blu is a new luxury apartment building in Logan Square. Looking for state-of-the-art amenities and contemporary finishes in a neighborhood away from the downtown hustle and bustle? Step inside the apartments at Noca Blu for modern kitchens featuring stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and trendy nickle finish fixtures. The appliance package includes a garbage disposal, microwave, dishwasher, ice maker, and in-unit washer and dryer in every unit. Each unit will also feature spacious, custom walk-in closets, wood-like flooring throughout, track lighting, and an efficient VRF HVAC system. Select units will have spacious, private terraces and IOTAS Smart Home technology. All units on the 5thand 6thfloors will have high ceilings, as well. Units will be comprised of studio, one bed, and two bed layouts. Starting prices will be around $1700 for studios, $1850 for one beds, and $2575 for two beds. See the gallery at the bottom of the page for more pictures of the stunning interiors! This pet-friendly apartment building will house plenty of resident amenities and conveniences. Amenities will include a fitness center with free weights, a rooftop resident lounge with grilling stations, billiards, a bocce ball court, and a resident co-working lounge with free, high-speed Wifi. Noca Blue will also offer services to make residents’ lives a little simpler, like Amazon Hub package receiving lockers for 24-hour secure package pickup, bike storage, on-site parking, and Butterfly MX. Butterfly MX is a virtual concierge that allows residents to remotely grant access to guests and deliveries via smart phone with a live front-door video feed. Furthermore, Noca Blu is just a couple blocks to the CTA Blue Line train-- the ultimate convenience. The Blue Line goes directly to the Loop and O'Hare International Airport. Noca's fantastic move-in specials can change daily, so contact us today for details! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Millennium on LaSalle Loop Apartments

Millennium on LaSalle is a luxury apartment rental building in the Loop’s financial district and was originally built in 1902 as the National Life Building, which was designed by Jenney and Mundie. The 13-story building was recently converted from an office building, most recently known as Barrister Hall, into an amenity-rich residential property. The 216 units will include studio, one, and two bedroom apartments as wel as 7,000 square feet of retail space in the ground level.             The contemporary units will have sleek, elegant finishes. Kitchens will feature stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, premium Italian cabinetry, a tile backsplash, and an in-unit washer and dryer. Bathrooms will have marble tile and premium lighting. Units will also have hardwood throughout and be outfitted with smart home technology. Technology features include integrated USB power sources, a pre-wired media hub, and integrated Bluetooth audio.             The fourteenth floor will feature a portion of the resident amenities including a pool, sports court, fitness center, common lounge, and a landscaped rooftop terrace with grilling stations.             The lower level will house a media screening theatre, two gaming media rooms, a computer room with co-working space, and a music rehearsal and recording room. Residents will also have access to many conveniences on the lower level, including valet dry cleaning and wash-and-fold service, additional storage, 24-hour maintenance, and bike amenities—which include bike storage, a workshop, part and supply vending, as well as other resources. Residents will have access to a total of 3 media rooms on the lower level             Pet amenities include a dog run on the fourteenth floor and a dog spa on the lower level.             The renovated lobby will provide a “modern aesthetic within the historic marble-clad space” according to the architecture firm on the job, Fitzgerald Associates. Residents will have a morning coffee lounge on the first floor, as well as outdoor café-style seating, pending approval. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Top 10 Reasons Why Chicago Is A Well-Rounded Place To Live

Chicago is everything: City of Big Shoulders and of intimate neighborhoods, home to blue collars and high culture, where the residents can point you to the best Italian beef or the nearest Michelin star with equal alacrity. Living in the Second City is an adventure of the first magnitude. Here are 10 facets of the diamond that is Chicago. All the sports: You’ve got the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox and Fire covering the major pro sports. If just making the scene is your thing, Wrigley Field is one of the oldest venues in sports and the United Center is one of the most frenetic. Northwestern University provides bowl-caliber football just across city limits in Evanston, while Loyola and DePaul universities offer big-time college basketball north and south of the Loop. And if you’re running devotee, more than 44,000 of your like-minded friends took on the Chicago Marathon in 2018. All the brains: University of Chicago and Northwestern University are two of the most prestigious universities in the country. University Village, around the University of Illinois-Chicago campus, is a diverse and energetic neighborhood, while DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus is as much a part of that neighborhood as the bordering green space. DePaul’s Loop Campus, Columbia College and Roosevelt University flood the South Loop with students, creating something of a college town in the heart of downtown. All the seasons: As the saying goes: “Chicago has two seasons, winter and construction.” As the other saying goes: “Don’t like the weather? Wait 10 minutes.” The truth is, few cities are as beautiful as Chicago in the summer. Seeing the city come to life at the first blush of spring is inspiring. Sweater weather can prompt an easy day trip in any direction to see the fall colors or pick apples. As for that other season, well, there’s a certain pride in surviving a Chicago winter and the very specific ways of reserving a parking space you’ve meticulously shoveled out. Transportation: Two major airports — one on the north side, one on the south — serve the city. Rail lines and the interstate highway system recognize the city as a Midwest hub. In 2016, bicycling.com named Chicago the Best Bike City in America for its many miles of dedicated bike lanes and trails and its expansive bike-sharing network. Whether you’re cabbing it, catching a CTA bus, riding the El, taking a carriage ride past Water Tower or a bicycle rickshaw in Wrigleyville — or enjoying a sightseeing cruise on the Chicago River or Lake Michigan — Chicago has a way to get you there. The greatest lake: Chicago has done a terrific job of making Lake Michigan a gem to be shared by everyone,. From Jackson Park on the south to Edgewater Beach on the north, the 18-mile-long Chicago Lakefront Trail offers dedicated biking and pedestrian paths over the length of the city’s most scenic real estate. Many of Chicago’s public treasures hug the lake, from the museum campus to Navy Pier and Grant, Millennium and Lincoln parks. Whether you’re taking a dip off North Avenue Beach or finding a perch on Northerly Island from which to watch the Fourth of July fireworks, there is plenty to enjoy. Art appreciation: The Art Institute of Chicago houses an incredible collection of works from every conceivable movement. The Museum of Contemporary Art has a narrower focus but is no less spectacular. Beyond that, Chicago’s dedication to public art affords up-close glimpses of thousands of works, from Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate sculpture (known affectionately as “the bean”) to statues honoring historical figures and modernist sculptures by Picasso and Miro. Beyond that, Chicago embraces its varied architectural history and the art in its edifices is a gift to be unwrapped over years. Food: A reasonably ambitious walker could have lunch in Chinatown, a snack and a visit to the National Museum of Mexican Art in Latin-tinged Pilsen, dinner in Little Italy and dessert in Greektown. A seriously ambitious diner could have a third Chicago-style hot dog (always with celery salt, never with ketchup) or a generous slice of deep-dish pizza. An incredibly ambitious restaurateur could attempt to join Chicago’s crop of 22 eateries that have earned at least one Michelin star as of 2018 Culture: According to the New York Times, Chicago has emerged in recent years “as the go-to city for Broadway tryouts.” That’s not to mention the city’s percolating theater scene, which along with the Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Second City, Joffrey Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance barely scratch the surface of all that Chicago’s performing arts community offers. Neighborhoods: Chicago is a city of neighborhoods — roughly 200 of them.; some maintain the character and cultures of their founders, some have evolved to reflect the roots of their current residents; some are devastatingly hip, some are immune to changing trends. Whether you’re considering Andersonville or Old Town, Bucktown or Ukrainian Village, Printers Row or River North, there’s a neighborhood that’s sure to feel like home. The best fests: Taste of Chicago draws more than a million visitors to Grant Park each year. The Chicago Blues Festival celebrates the music first electrified on the city’s South Side. Pride Fest is the annual weekend-long celebration of Chicago’s LGBTQ community. There are fests that celebrate music, art, literature, different foods and various ethnicities. In fact, by city hall’s count, there are more than 400 neighborhood festivals in Chicago each year. Ready to Move In? Whether you’re considering a brand-new high-rise in Lakeshore East, an artist’s loft in River North or an elegant Gold Coast condo, the experts at Downtown Apartment Company can help. Contact us to get started.

Coeval South Loop Apartments Begin Pre-Leasing

Coeval luxury apartments, located at 14th and Wabash, are new rentals in the South Loop. The pair of towers will have a combined total of 261 luxury units, 95 parking spots, both indoor and outdoor resident amenities, and retail space in both buildings. Units will range in size and include studios, 1 beds, including some with guest half baths, and 2 bed layouts. The two towers were designed by Chicago-based architecture firm, Pappageorge Haymes Partners and will be managed by Greystar. Developer, CMK Companies, purchased the parcel in 2017 and broke ground the following Spring. CMK has several other notable, recent South Loop developments. 1345 South Wabash, a 16-story condo building, half of the massive 8-acre Riverline project, and 1333 South Wabash, a 28-story apartment rental building just up the block from Coeval, have all been CMK developments. The prime South Loop location is just blocks to the lake front as well as three major grocery stores, night life, shopping, public transportation, and public green space. These pet friendly apartments are also just steps from multiple dog parks, including Grant Bark dog park at Grant Park. Apartments at Coeval start around $1475. Contact us below to stay up to date on specials and availability. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Top 15 Chicago Apartment Hunting Tips

The Chicago real estate market is abundant with opportunities and competitors who are ready to jump on that perfect pad. Before you sign a year lease, make sure you know what to look for (and what to avoid) when apartment hunting in Chicago. Here are the top 15 tips we give our clients: 1. Know what you want (and what you can afford). Before you even browse listings, think about what you want and what you can afford. How many bedrooms? What amenities? Vintage building or new luxury condo? Look at your budget and determine what you can realistically afford. If you start searching without this data, you run the risk of falling in love with someplace you can't afford. 2. Start your search early. Savvy apartment hunters leave themselves two to three months to find their next Chicago apartment, so they can see what's out there and find something ideal. The Chicago real estate market can be tight. Waiting until the last minute may not give you as many options 3. Look in spring or fall. Summer is the most popular move time in Chicago, which means peak competition and pricing. If you can move in spring or fall, you'll enjoy better inventory and may even save money. 4. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Yes, you can still get a good deal on a Chicago apartment, but there are many scams out there. Use your discretion. If something feels off about the landlord or the situation, trust your gut. If an apartment is listed for way below market price, then it might not be available. 5. Don't overlook hidden costs of commuting. If you work across the city, you'll have higher commuting costs. Over the lifetime of your lease, you will pay hundreds of dollars more in commuting fees. Crunching the numbers puts that in context and can help you decide what's a better deal — that perfect apartment on the outskirts or the runner-up that's walking distance from work. 6. Never overlook the neighborhood. There are tons of great neighborhoods in Chicago, but not all are right for you. It's better to have a good apartment in a great area than a dream apartment in a neighborhood you don't enjoy. 7. Work with an apartment company. Navigating the rental market yourself is stressful. Get help from an apartment company that knows the Chicago real estate market. 8. Ask about AC. In Chicago, you need an air conditioner, yet not all buildings come with central air. Always ask, never assume. If there is no central air, inquire whether the landlord provides window units (and if so, how many) or whether it's your responsibility. If it falls to you, measure the windows and make sure they accommodate a standard unit, so you don't have to purchase a pricey specialty unit to beat the heat. 9. Check the water pressure. Check the water pressure — make sure you have more than a trickle before moving in. 10. Don't try to hide bad credit. If your credit is poor, it will come out sooner or later. Be upfront with your real estate agent, so he or she can identify landlords who place less importance on a credit check. 11. Drill down with crime data. Chicago neighborhoods can vary block by block. Rather than be spooked over something you hear, check the crime statistics for your block and the surrounding areas. CLEARMAP from the Chicago Police Department is one tool to use. 12. Never pay cash. Think about it: If someone is asking for cash for first, last and security, he or she doesn’t want a paper trail. What is the likelihood that he or she is a legitimate landlord versus a con? The Chicago area has seen many scams where someone rented an Airbnb apartment and posed as a landlord advertising a rental. If someone needs immediate payment and asks for cash, find a store that sells money orders and keep the stub as proof of payment. 13. Be ready. Competition is steep. When you find a place that fits your criteria, do your due diligence, but do it quickly. If everything checks out, take the apartment or someone else will. 14. Always read the lease. Even if a landlord tells you the lease is boilerplate, read it and make sure you understand what you're signing. Some landlords require tenants to pay a portion of maintenance costs. If so, this should be written in the lease. 15. Always get renters insurance. Not only is renters insurance required by many landlords, but it's the best way to safeguard your possessions from theft or damage and protect yourself from liability. You never know what could happen, so don't go without. To get help with your Chicago luxury apartment search from a leading apartment company serving downtown Chicago, contact us today.

This Week’s Deal Sheet

Here are some of our favorite deals on luxury apartments downtown this week. Best Studio Apartment Deal West Loop Property 36: $1470 Property 36's studio apartments offer abundant closet space. Coming in just shy of 600 square feet with a square layout and separated kitchen area, these studios feel more like the open version of a 1 bedroom apartment. A variety of finishes are available, ranging from carpet and black appliances, to hardwood with stainless appliances. The best priced studio is currently $1470. Best Convertible Apartment Deal Streeterville Property 43: $1673 Convertibles at property 43 offer great separation at a lower price point than a traditional 1 bed. With layouts up to 647 square feet, these convertibles are quite spacious. The bathroom, linen closet, and desk nook are accessible via the living space as well as directly from the bedroom via a traditional hinge door. The bedroom and living space are separated by two French doors. The amenities in this Streeterville apartment building are unparalleled. Between the indoor tennis courts, sprawling fitness center, pool, hot tub, sundeck, co-working lounge, and more, there are plenty of spots to get out of your apartment without leaving your home. Best 1 Bedroom Apartment Deal West Loop Property 161: $2022 Net Effective Great concession alert! This new construction property is offering up to 3 months free! Property 161 is a brand new boutique building with high end finishes, in-unit laundry, quartz countertops, hardwood floors throughout, and glamorous amenity spaces (that feel more like a high-end Manhattan hotel than a residential building). The 1 bedroom layouts have spacious closets and bathrooms, many of which even have an additional panel of under-sink storage as well as a linen closet. Check out property 161 for 1 to 3 months free! Best 2 Bedroom Apartment Deal South Loop Property 14: $2544 Looking for a spacious two bed, two bath with in-unit laundry? This layout is available up to 1300 square feet plus a balcony! Property 14 is walking distance to three major grocery stores, target, and the CTA red line, making this building centrally located for daily convenience. Check out the floor plan below! Looking for great deals on luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Chicago Bucket List For 2019

If you’re living in, or planning to move to, Chicago in 2019, congratulations. A truly great American city awaits you. Whatever you do, don’t become one of those Chicagoans who never ventures to Western Avenue on a hot summer day to sample an iconic Rainbow Cone. Don’t let your time in Chicago end without loosening winter’s icy grip with a visit to the tropical environs of the Garfield Park Conservatory. Do check as many items as possible off this bucket list of traditional and trendy experiences: Grab a tin of Garrett Mix: You might be a block away when you first smell the gourmet popcorn churned out of copper kettles in the heart of downtown since 1949, now available at locations in the Loop, West Loop, Streeterville, Lakeshore East and beyond. The classic combo of caramel and cheese popcorn is what you want — and napkins. Baste in the bleachers: Wrigley Field, the second-oldest ballpark in the Major Leagues, is a must-do. The only way to do a game at Wrigley is a day game in the heat of the summer. In the bleachers, wearing as little clothing as is legally allowed, while drinking a draft beer. Chime in at The Second City: The Second City is ground zero for sketch and improvisational comedy in the United States. This Old Town institution often riffs off audience suggestions, and nothing quite beats the exquisite tension you feel just before shouting “marsupials!” in a crowded room. Drinks at The Signature Lounge: Have a cocktail and take in the amazing views 96 floors above the convergence of the Gold Coast and Streeterville — and one floor above The Signature Room at the 95th — in the edifice formerly known as the John Hancock Center and now referred to by its address, 875 North Michigan Avenue. Unless you’re a local. Do the Lakefront Trail: Except during the harshest storms, this 18-mile Chicago Park District trail extends across the most-photographed areas of the city — from the South Loop to Lincoln Park and points beyond. Newly divided into lanes for bicyclists and pedestrians, there are few better places to sightsee and work up a sweat simultaneously. Get the blues: Chicago electrified the blues. At Buddy Guy’s Legends in the South Loop, the namesake owner is still electrifying audiences during an annual January residency. However, Kingston Mines, opened in Lincoln Park in 1968, helped (along with some British Invasion superstars) launch the blues out of South Side clubs and is a great place out of which to stumble in the wee hours (Saturday night sets start as late as 3:30 a.m. on Sunday morning). No Bucket Is Big Enough Remember, a list of all of Chicago’s attractions would be impossible to finish — and ultimately incomplete. Part of the beauty of Chicago is not just visiting its acclaimed restaurants — Alinea, for example — or to know the traditional favorites in Little Italy. It’s discovering places yourself that you can tell other people to put on their bucket lists.

24 Hours in Lincoln Park

Whether you live downtown and have guests coming to visit, live in the Chicago suburbs and are looking for a downtown stay-cation, or are a visitor yourself, check out our “24 Hours In Each Neighborhood” posts. Here’s a great way to spend a day in Lincoln Park! 9:00 AM Lincoln Park Zoo Lincoln Park Zoo is a unique place to experience the juxtaposition of the concrete jungle and natural jungle or "see gorillas climb trees as the Willis Tower looms in the distance" as LPZ's website puts it. See a wide variety of species, enjoy the tranquil paths, or rent a paddleboat on the zoo's pond. Lincoln Park Zoo has a full events calendar between Fall Fest, ZooLights, Fitness at the Zoo, Breakfast with Animals, and more. Lincoln Park Zoo has free admission and is open 365 days per year. 12:00 PM Chicago History Museum The Chicago History Museum features multiple rotating exhibits as well as educational programs and events. One currently featured exhibit is "Modern By Design: Chicago Streamlines America", which features 300 objects, photos, and other various materials, like Radio Flyer wagons and Wrigley Gum,  from the 1930s to 1950s that highlight Chicago's role in shaping popular American designs and products. 2:00 PM Shopping on Armitage Armitage Street is lined with boutiques, cafes, novelty gift shops, juice bars, galleries, medspas, and even a cryotherapy bar. Stop by Cynthia Rowley, Art Effect, or Lori's Shoes to get a taste of Armitage Street shopping in Lincoln Park. Lori's Shoes is a boutique with specialty shoes known as the "sole" of Chicago. Lori's customers come for the shoe selection, personally curated by Lori herself in her world travels, and keep coming back because of the personalized experience. Lori's customers feel as though they are working with a personal shopper and leave with a uniquely curated look. 4:00 PM Happy Hour at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba In your new shoes, walk around the corner to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba on Armitage and Halsted Streets. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba serves Spanish tapas and paella, both of which are great for sharing, as well as a great selection of sangria. Stop by from 4-6pm on weekdays for excellent happy hour specials. 5:00 PM Dinner at Alinea Food, art, and live entertainment collide at Alinea. The multi-sensory, multi-course tasting menu gives fine dining an experimental twist. Reservations are required in advance and seatings are available at 5pm and 9:30pm nightly. See the gallery at the below for some of the sensational creations at Alinea! 9:00 PM Live Theatre Lincoln Park is a prime location for excellent theatre in Chicago. Go to Second City to see some of the best improv in the country. Steppenwolf Theatre is also known as one of the best theater companies in the country and shows feature-length plays in an intimate setting. Tickets are required well in advance for Steppenwolf. 11:00 PM Live Music Wrap up your day in Lincoln Park with some live music at Kingston Mines or Lincoln Hall. Kingston Mines blues club features live bands on two stages until late at night. Kingston Mines is more of a bar setting that has live music as opposed to Lincoln Hall, which is a designated music venue. Shows at Lincoln Hall typically range from $15-35 per ticket. Click here to see Lincoln Hall's upcoming schedule. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lincoln Park? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Coming to South Loop in 2019

With roughly 2,000 new rental units slated for delivery, 2019 will surely be a big year for residential development in the South Loop. Here are the four primary high-rise projects expected for completion this year. NEMA [caption id="attachment_14471" align="alignnone" width="559"] One of NEMA's many common spaces[/caption] NEMA, formerly known as One Grant Park, is a 792 unit rental building being developed by Crescent Heights. The tower will be a stand-out addition to the Chicago skyline and is being designed by world-renowned architect, Rafael Vinoly. According to renderings, NEMA is expected to have over 70,000 square feet of amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, coworking space, basketball court, boxing gym, a golf simulator, playroom, multiple lounges, and a chef's kitchen. Essex on the Park Essex on the Park is a 479 unit rental building being developed by Oxford Capital and Quadrum Global. The project broke ground in 2017. Essex on the Park will ofter spectacular amenities including an outdoor patio with grills, a fitness center with a yoga studio, multiple entertainment lounges, a conference room, and a four-story indoor lounge with a pool overlooking the South Loop's Grant Park. Residents will also have full use of the services and amenities of the Hotel Essex. [caption id="attachment_14475" align="alignnone" width="450"] 4-story winter garden at Essex on the Park[/caption] The high-rise was designed to focus on wellness and includes technology that provide cleaner air and water and reduce light and noise pollution. The Paragon The Paragon, a glassy 2-tower high-rise formerly known as SoMI, will feature 500 rental apartments and 7,500 square feet of retail space. The Paragon is being developed by CIM Group and Murphy Development and will offer studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments. 14th and Wabash CMK is developing the 261 unit high-rise at 14th and Wabash, and it's not their first rodeo. CMK is also the developer behind three other recent South Loop high-rises including 1333 S. Wabash apartments, 1345 S. Wabash condos, and the southern half of the Riverline project which is currently under construction. Although the specifics aren't fully disclosed, it is clear that 14th and Wabash will be an amenity-rich building with plenty of indoor and outdoor resident common space. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

24 Hours in Old Town

Whether you live downtown and have guests coming to visit, live in the Chicago suburbs and are looking for a downtown stay-cation, or are a visitor yourself, check out our “24 Hours In Each Neighborhood” posts. Here’s a great way to spend a day in Old Town! The neighborhood was dubbed "Old Town" in the 1940s with an annual art fairs called “Old Town Holiday.”  The name Old Town is still around today and the art fair is, too. 9:00 am Group Fitness Class Whether you're looking for a high intensity energy blast or a zen way to start the day, Wells Street in Old Town is a prime spot for boutique fitness studios. Check out CorePower, OrangeTheory, SoulCycle, Shred415, Kickboxing, or one of a number of smaller boutique studios, many of which offer introductory specials for first-timers! 10:00 am Real Good Juice Co This juice bar serves up avocado toast, smoothies, bowls, juice, and other vegan snacks. The punny menu includes pop-culture inspired names like the "Punky Juice-ster", "Juice Springsteen", or the "RAMBOwl". 11:00 am Spice House The Spice House is a daily shopping stop for many of Chicago's top chefs as well as for the Chicago Food Tour. Stroll through Spice House to get a whiff of the eclectic variety of spices or to soak up the charming ambiance. The store's back garden is a charming hidden gem in the warmer months. 12:00 pm Small Cheval The West Loop's Au Cheval is home to the world famous Au Cheval Burger, but it comes with a long wait (usually to the tune of 2+ hours). At Small Cheval in Old Town, try the burger without the wait! The reclaimed wood, strands of lights, and neon cursive lettering make it a very instagramable spot. 2:00 pm Old Town Aquarium Old Town Aquarium is a small storefront opened by Jim Walters and Ian Schakowsky in 1975. The two owners are environmentally conscious marine life enthusiasts and have spent years doing deep sea dives and research. Their knowledge is reflected in the eclectic selection of marine life on display. Stop by to see rare marine life. 4:00 pm Divvy Bike Ride Chicago's Old Town neighborhood is full of green space with plenty of access points to the lake front, making is a great area to see on a bike. Check out Divvy bikes using the Divvy app on your smartphone for 30 minute intervals and return them at any Divvy port around the city. 6:00 pm Orso's Orso's is a family-owned Italian restaurant and one of the first to open in the original historic Old Town neighborhood. Orso's has great specials every weeknight and live piano music on Fridays and Saturdays. 8:00 pm Live Show Old Town has plenty of live entertainment. See a comedy show at Zanie's, which has been one of Chicago's most notable comedy clubs since 1985. Zanie's also offers comedy classes and has played an instrumental role in the careers of comics including Jay Leno, Lewis Black, Emo Philips, Richard Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld, Frank Caliendo, Kathy Griffin, Larry Reeb, John Caponera, Hal Sparks, Bobby Slayton, and Roseanne Barr. If you're looking for live music, check out the Old Town School of Folk Music, which hosts live shows most evenings at 8pm as well as classes for all ages. Pete Seeger, Mahalia Jackson, Arlo Guthrie, and Steve Goodman are all among notable musicians who used to perform at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Click here for a schedule of concerts. 10:00 pm Old Town Pour House Stop by Old Town Pour House to try a selection of over 90 beers on tap and American fare. If you're ever looking for things to do near Old Town on a weeknight, be sure to check the events calendar here for events like Friends-themed trivia night or football game viewing events. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Coming To West Loop in 2019

New construction has been plentiful for the past three years in the West Loop and the development boom isn't showing signs of letting up in 2019. Here's what's coming to the West Loop in 2019. Union West (933 W Washington) Union West will consist of two 15-story mixed-use buildings. The towers will be connected by a landscaped roof terrace which will sit above retail space and parking. According to the architect, the exterior design was inspired by the existing feel of the neighborhood.  "The brick base and masonry frame mid-section relates to the West Loop’s industrial feel, while the top glass portion provides a light and airy impression, offering expansive views to the city. The tower’s top roof terraces look toward the city, allowing a direct communication of the project to Chicago’s downtown Loop" according to BkL. Union West will be located two blocks from the Morgan green line station and one block from the the lively restaurant row on Randolph Street. 172-180 N Ada 180 N Ada will be a 14-story, 263-unit luxury rental building with a modern design and L-shaped exterior. The 180 North Ada Street site was formerly home to Takis Royal Foods grocery. Current plans show that 180 N Ada will have multiple amenity areas including a second floor pool, fitness center, resident lounge, outdoor grilling space and green roof. The tenant who will occupy the 2,500 square feet of retail space is yet to be determined. Milieu Milieu will be a 20-story mixed-use luxury high rise with 275 rental units and 13,000 square feet of retail space. Apartments will include studios, 1 beds, and 2 beds. The boutique style building will be amenity-rich with abundant nearby green space at Mary Bartelme Park. This project is a joint venture between White Oak, Crayton Advisors and Pacific Life Insurance Company. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

24 Hours in South Loop

It’s the holiday season which means Chicago has a lot of visitors. Whether you live downtown and have guests coming to visit, live in the Chicago suburbs and are looking for a downtown stay-cation, or are a visitor yourself, check out our “24 Hours In Each Neighborhood” posts. Here’s a great way to spend a day in South Loop! 10:00 AM- The Bongo Room Start your day on the town at the Bongo Room for breakfast or brunch, where you can find new, unique takes on brunch classics. Some favorites include the lobster roll Benedict and the chocolate mousse French toast. The Bongo Room also offers a great vegetarian selection and strong coffee. 11:00 AM- The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, or Museum of Science and Industry Spend the first part of your day at one of the incredible museums in South Loop's Museum Campus. The Field Museum is home to Sue, a world famous Tyrannosaurus Rex. Stop by the Museum of Science and Industry to watch chicks hatch, try your luck at a maze of mirrors, test out a rocket, submarine, or coal mining experience, or visit the current featured exhibits in honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8. The MSI also has a temporary exhibit on the science behind Pixar films. The Shedd Aquarium features a multitude of aquatic ecosystems, from the Amazon to the Caribbean and down to the Arctic. Watch a live penguin or whale feeding or get a chance meet and greet an animal daily at 4pm. Looking for free things to do near downtown Chicago? Below are some dates you and your guests can get free admission to the Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, or Shedd Aquarium. Field Museum Free Days: January 21 February 1-28 April 5-7 May 2 June 26-28 Shedd Aquarium Free Days: January: 17-21 February 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-28 Museum of Science and Industry Free Days: January: 7–10, 14–17, 21–24, 28–31 February:4–7, 11–14, 19–21, 25–28 3:00 PM- Lunch at Flaco's Tacos Flaco's Tacos is a neighborhood favorite. If you're looking for somewhere fast and casual with high quality food and an interesting menu, Flaco's is worth checking out. 4:00 PM- Chicago Helicopter Experience See the Chicago skyline from a whole new perspective with a helicopter tour! You'll start in the 2400 block of South Halsted Street head North through the Loop, River North, and Lincoln Park to Wrigley Field, then back South and East over the lakefront and Navy Pier. Knock out all your site seeing in one tour! Even if you're very familiar with Chicago, this is a great new way to see all your favorite landmarks. 6:00 PM- Adler After Dark Each third Thursday from 6pm to 10pm, stop by Adler Planetarium for an exclusive event (21+) and access to all exhibits, unlimited sky shows in all three theaters, live entertainment, and educational outer space programs. Tickets are $20 with advance purchase or $25 at the door. What if it's not the third Thursday? Catch some live music at Brando's! 8:00 PM- Karaoke at Brando's Speakeasy Brando's Speakeasy is regarded as one of the best karaoke bars in Chicago, loved for its "classic Chicago" ambiance and phenomenal song selection (over 40,000!) 10:00 PM- Reggie's  Is karaoke not your thing? Feeling shy? Looking for live music (by someone other than your friends)? Stop by Reggie's Rock Club for events like bingo and trivia, as well as live rock music. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

24 Hours in Gold Coast

It’s the holiday season which means Chicago has a lot of visitors. Whether you live downtown and have guests coming to visit, live in the Chicago suburbs and are looking for a downtown stay-cation, or are a visitor yourself, check out our “24 Hours In Each Neighborhood” posts. Here’s a great way to spend a day in Gold Coast! 10:00 AM John Hancock Center Stop by the John Hancock Center's 360 (the new name for the observatory) where you can view Chicago and beyond the horizon from the 94th floor glass lookout. The observatory also includes the Tilt display-- floor-to-ceiling windows that tilt out from the building for an even more exhilarating view of the Gold Coast and city. Want to enjoy a drink over 1000 feet above the city streets? Come back later in the evening to take in the view from the Signature Room, a high-end restaurant on the 96th floor and cocktail lounge on the 95th floor. 11:00 AM Water Tower Place Water Tower is host to 111 shops as well as the Chicago Sports Museum, Broadway in Chicago Playhouse, and the American Girl Doll experience. 12:00 PM Ralph Lauren Tourists and Chicago residents alike enjoy dining at Ralph Lauren in the Gold Coast. Come for the dover sole or crab cake and stay for the upscale ambiance! 1:00 PM MCA The Museum of Contemporary Art features minimalist, surrealist and conceptual photography collections, and permanent works by René Magritte, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol. The exhibits change frequently and often include interactive installations, like tunnels lit to simulate the experience of being inside a black-and-white film, making anything inside them turn grey (including your clothing and friends). The MCA features pieces from 1920 and later. Illinois residents get free admission on Tuesdays (just be prepared with your zip code at the door). The gift shop is also a fantastic place for chic, minimalist housewares and quirky books and jewelry. In the summertime, the MCA hosts free live jazz music on the terrace 5:30 to 8pm every Tuesday. 4:00 PM Happy Hour at Lux Bar- Rush Street Lux Bar's happy hour is one of the best deals in Gold Coast. Stop by Tuesday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm for $5 wines and drafts as well as great food like the $5 avocado kale salad (which is massive), $5 burger, or $3 truffle fries. Sit inside near the social bar or dine al Fresca along the flower boxes that line Rush Street's sidewalks. 5:00 PM Shopping on Rush Street Rush Street is arguably one of the best shopping strips downtown. Between Vera Wang, Versace, Dior, Tom Ford, and many boutique appointment-only design houses, you'll be able to find many high end shopping options. Additional shops like Aritzia and Lululemon have stores on Rush Street as well. 8:00 PM Dinner at Gibsons If you're looking for an old time, classic Chicago steak house, Gibson's in the Gold Coast is the place to be. As one of the most famous dinner spots in the city, there is a scene every night at this local original. Gibson's is famous for its steaks, martinis, oysters, and large lobsters. 10:00 PM Night Life on Division Street Grab a beer at one of many dive bars or dance the night away at the Hangge Uppe. Many bars on Division Street are open until 4:00 AM on weekends. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the Gold Coast? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Rentals On The Rise In Chicago’s Corporate Relocation Market

While some may call Chicago by its specious Second City moniker, we know it’s the best city in the world. But, don’t just take our word for it. Adding another feather to the city’s cap, Site Selection Magazine named Chicago the top metropolitan area for corporate relocation in 2018. With a high-tech workforce, world-class museums, winning sports teams and foodie-favored restaurants, all situated around the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan…what company wouldn’t want to relocate here? The city added on average 15,000 jobs per year from 2013-2017, with the largest expansion of nearly 20,000 new jobs in 2017 alone. And, 2018 is looking just as promising. As employees evaluate a corporate relocation, housing is generally their number one issue. While the most common (and expensive) form of housing relocation assistance is with a home purchase, an often-overlooked need is employee rental assistance. According to a recent article from the Human Resources Certification Institute, skipping rental support is one of three common mistakes made in designing relocation packages. As we discussed in the article, leasing often better suits an employee’s needs and budget, but finding the right apartment home requires more than a quick internet search, especially in a city with the size and diversity of Chicago. In an effort to streamline their relocation services, companies all too often work with just one brokerage firm – typically a full-service firm that says its agents can help with all housing needs, including for-sale and rental. Most brokerages specialize in either for-sale listings or rental listings, but not both - especially in Chicago which is known for its 77 distinct neighborhoods and more than 100 suburbs. So, what inevitably happens is that an employee who wants to rent an apartment in the city is paired with an agent well-versed in the for-sale market. Without the in-depth knowledge of the hundreds of rental buildings in Chicago’s city center, the agent may never quite get it right and the employee is frustrated and confused. Engaging the help of a professional who specializes in apartment leasing and has hyperlocal neighborhood knowledge, as well as insight into rental concessions and rate fluctuations, will ensure the employee finds the right home and has a positive relocation experience, enhancing the employee’s overall satisfaction with the new job assignment. Below are a few additional scenarios to consider when determining the best housing option in a corporate relocation: One Size Doesn’t Fit All While previous generations bought homes early and stayed in them for a long time, that is not the case today. Many people who would have moved to the suburbs in previous generations are moving to the suburbs at a slower rate, which means many are downtown renters-by-choice for a much longer time period. Many are trading in the suburban home for a maintenance-free rental penthouse or town home in the city. In short, housing needs are incredibly varied and available options are equally diverse. Short-term Assignments Many companies are leveraging short-term and temporary assignments as a cost-effective way to balance talent development and the employee experience with the company’s workforce needs. Employees relocating for a short-term assignment will benefit from leasing and often need help finding the right rental community to meet their needs. Tax Implications A change in the tax code in 2018 means relocation expenses paid by employers are now taxable, so there is an additional incentive for both employers and employees to forgo big real estate expenditures in a move. Flexibility Most employers recognize that working ‘wherever and whenever’ is a growing trend among mobile employees who crave flexibility. Those employees often gravitate toward renting, rather than buying, because they want the flexibility afforded by leasing. Chicago’s newest rental buildings are also known for their high-speed internet, co-working areas and tricked-out business centers, which make connectivity with the home office easier and more enjoyable than ever before. Again, engaging them with a professional to conduct a customized apartment search will yield far better results in finding a home that meets their specific needs. Ensuring a smooth transition for the relocating candidate is critical to the overall success of the relocation. Engaging the help of a professional leasing service like Downtown Apartment Company is a smart move to guarantee an improved experience for all. If you need help with a corporate relocation, contact us! We would be happy to talk about our full suite of services, including suggestions for vetted moving, cleaning and furniture rental companies.

24 Hours in Streeterville

It's the holiday season which means Chicago has a lot of visitors. Whether you live downtown and have guests coming to visit, live in the Chicago suburbs and are looking for a downtown stay-cation, or are a visitor yourself, check out our "24 Hours In Each Neighborhood" posts. Here's a great way to spend a day in Streeterville! 7:15 AM During the warmer months, Streeterville residents love to start the day with Yoga on the Beach at Oak Street Beach. In the winter months, you can still start your day with yoga at Streeterville's CorePower Yoga location. Students and teachers get a discounted rate. Click here to see the schedule. 8:30 AM Streeterville is chalk full of great places to brunch. Stop by Kanela Breakfast Club (which also has locations in Old Town and Wicker Park) for Greek takes on brunch favorites, crab cake benedicts, avocado toasts, and cocktails. Kanela also offers the Impossible Burger, a vegan burger patty which many say is indistinguishable from meat. 10:00 AM See Chicago by bike, kayak, or on foot with Bobby's Bike Hike. Check out the calendar for special themed tours, including history, landmark, Halloween, mafia, and children' tours. Tours depart from 540 N Lakeshore Drive and are available year round (with the exception of kayak tours which operate May through October). 12:00 PM Navy Pier is famous for its iconic Ferris wheel and year round events. View fireworks over Navy Pier every Wednesday and Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day at sundown. Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier operates November 30th to January 6th and features 170,000 square feet of carnival rides,  holiday-themed activities, and an Indoor Ice Skating Rink. 6:00 PM An Odyssey Cruise is a great way to start the evening. Yachts depart from Navy Pier and each ticket includes a 3 hour cruise on Lake Michigan, a 3-course dinner (menu here), and a live DJ and dance floor. The views of the city from the water are unparalleled. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Streeterville? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Fall In Love With Chicago’s South Loop Neighborhood

From the postcard perfect Buckingham Fountain to the convention mecca that is McCormick Place; from the main branch of the Chicago Public Library to the Museum Campus; from the Bears to Buddy Guy — all of these make their home in Chicago’s South Loop. Many Chicagoans, as well, are choosing this neighborhood — or neighborhoods, given the expanding nature of what is defined as the South Loop and its diverse and engaging microcommunities. Southern Exposure What does the South Loop offer its residents (and, frankly, visitors from throughout the city, suburbs, country and world)? Music: Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island is a brilliant lakefront concert venue that features inspiring skyline views and national acts. Soldier Field books the biggest tours. Buddy Guy’s Legends, on South Wabash, draws stellar blues and jazz artists. On State Street, Reggie’s Rock Club is a perfectly grungy joint for up-and-coming acts, cold beer and great burgers. Sports: Soldier Field is home to the Bears. Wintrust Arena, next to McCormick Place, hosts DePaul’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, along with the WNBA’s Chicago Sky. The White Sox play at 35th Street, basically a warning track fly from the southern border of the South Loop. For participation sports, Grant Park is the premier location in the city for that Chicago original — 16-inch softball (and the 12-inch variety), and the lakefront is filled with joggers, bikers, swimmers and boaters as long as weather permits. Culture: The Museum Campus features the Field Museum, home to a cast skeleton of the largest dinosaur ever discovered; the John G. Shedd Aquarium, which houses beluga whales; and the Adler Planetarium, the first such facility in the western hemisphere. Then there’s the Harold Washington Library Center, the main branch of the Chicago system, occupying a full city block of State Street from Congress Parkway to Van Buren, housing more than 1 million holdings and open seven days per week. Food: Chicago cuisine varies from neighborhood to neighborhood, and the South Loop includes or is adjacent to Chinatown, Greek Town, Little Italy and Pilsen, an enclave of Latin culture. Just north of Roosevelt Road on Jefferson Street, don’t forget Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen, established in 1942 and arguably Chicago’s best Jewish deli. Speaking of Neighborhoods Traditionally, the South Loop was loosely defined as the area bordered by Congress Parkway to the north, Roosevelt Road to the south, Grant Park to the east, and the Chicago River to the west. Many now push the southern and western boundaries to I-55 and the Dan Ryan Expressway, respectively. More important are the various communities that have woven themselves into the fabric of the South Loop: Chinatown, the Cultural Mile, Dearborn Park, the Prairie District, Printers Row, River South and the Wabash Corridor. Here they are in the broad strokes: Chinatown: The heart of Chicago’s Asian community and an important Chinese business hub in the Midwest, Chinatown bridges the gap between narrower definitions of the South Loop and the White Sox’s Bridgeport neighborhood. Cultural Mile: This gorgeous, though less celebrated sibling of the Magnificent Mile, is a stretch of Michigan Avenue with breathtaking views of the lake, the Museum Campus and Soldier Field. Dearborn Park: Notable for quiet, tree-lined streets and a decidedly residential bent. Prairie District: A historic district that featured the city’s poshest homes in the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire, the Prairie District blends landmarked buildings with high-rises and newer townhomes and row houses. Printers Row: Home to Lit Fest (a great summer book fair) and many landmark buildings, this former printing and publishing hub is among the most intimate areas of the South Loop. River South: Marked by lots of retail development in the last couple of decades, this area combines urban authenticity with suburban convenience. Wabash Corridor: Columbia College has kept this South Loop area full of funky, artsy types for decades. Gritty, kinetic and evolving all apply. Finding What You Need The South Loop is full of dramatic and charismatic living spaces, from brick and timber lofts along State Street to the 21st century high-rises near Roosevelt Road and Michigan Avenue, a Wabash Avenue townhome or a Congress Parkway condo. Regardless, Downtown Apartment Company, with its extensive knowledge of architectural details and personal amenities, is the best resource for finding your perfect place in the bustling and beautiful South Loop. Contact us today!

Chicago’s Trendiest Restaurants This Holiday Season

Looking for new restaurants in downtown Chicago? From River North and Gold Coast to West Loop and Wicker Park, here are some of our favorites this holiday season! Aba Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group's new Mediterranean concept, Aba, is located in Chicago's Fulton Market. The West Loop restaurant and features a rooftop patio with fire pits and French-Mediterranean decor. According to their website, this Chef CJ Jacobson restaurant is an extension of Ema (mother in Hebrew) in River North. Aba, meaning father in Hebrew, incorporates a light style of cooking with a large emphasis on raw and cooked protein. Their beverage menu is centered around rare wines and Mediterranean spirits. Aba also offers Lettuce Entertain You's largest event space of all its restaurants. Address: 302 N Green St Bar Sotano Rick Bayless hits it out of the park with his restaurants and now has his first venture into bars on his list of successes. Bar Sotano is a speakeasy-like bar under River North's Frontera Girl and features both cocktails and food. Bar Sotano promises diners a stand-out experience. According to their website, "Bar Sótano’s lifeline is the markets. Where aromatic waves wash over you from the fruit stalls. Where meat vendors set out every part of the pig as a prize. Where herb stands promise health in a hundred or more flavors. Where chiles transform from a single-note spice to a symphonic full-body experience." The eclectic menu spotlights a variety of Mezcal cocktails, Mexican light bites, and an impressive raw bar and seafood selection. Address: 443 N Clark St Etta The creators of Gold Coast sensation, Maple & Ash, recently opened Etta in Wicker Park, which offers wood-fired pizzas, pastas, vegetables, meats, and seafood, as well as a comprehensive brunch menu. The Wicker Park restaurant will feature a uniquely curated wine and cocktail list as well as a rooftop terrace. Address: 1840 W North Ave Aster Hall Food halls are one of the greatest new trends in downtown Chicago's dining scene. They allow groups of all sizes to have quality dining experiences while allowing each diner to choose their preferred type of cuisine. (It turns your Vegan friend, your gluten-free friend, and your Paleo friend can go out together in harmony!). Put the timeless, "where should we go to eat" question to rest-- With food halls, you never have to get all your friends to agree on the same spot again! Aster Hall is Hogsalt Hospitality's newest food hall concept on the Magnificent Mile near Gold Coast. Diners can choose from a multitude of specialty favorites including Au Cheval burgers, Green Street Meats barbecue, sushi, ramen, tacos, lobster rolls, vegan bowls, pasta, cocktails, and more! [caption id="attachment_13963" align="alignnone" width="1222"] Aster Hall Menu[/caption] Address: 900 N Michigan

6 Insider Tips About Downtown Chicago Real Estate

At Downtown Apartment Company and Downtown Realty Company, we live and breathe the downtown real estate market on a daily basis. Recently, we've shared some of our insider tips with many real estate publications and wanted to highlight some of our favorite key takeaways. Here are our top 6 tips from Ben Creamer and Ericka Rios, co-founders of DAC and DRC. 1. Your Realtor Can Be Your Quarter Back There are many things to coordinate in a move-- from insurance, electricity set up, and furniture, to movers, reserving elevator time, and changing your address at the post office. Your real estate agent likely has experience with moving related services and vendors and can help you quarter back all the "moving" parts. "One of the things we do is to connect clients to many vetted relocation service providers such as furniture rental and moving companies," Creamer says. Read the article in Apartment Therapy, 6 Things You Never Knew Your Real Estate Agent Could Do for You for more insider moving tips. 2. Winter = Apartment Sales “As we get into the fourth quarter, demand ticks down,” says Ben Creamer. “You’ll see one to two months free concessions, which has been pretty common in new downtown construction...If job growth continues in Chicago, the thousands of new apartments currently under construction downtown will likely be absorbed". Check out the article, Rents May Be Stabilizing in Hot Chicago Neighborhoods, in Chicago Mag for more info! 3. Make Use of Storage Options Many downtown apartments and condos offer on-site storage to minimize clutter in smaller apartments. "It's particularly helpful to have storage available in the building for larger items and seasonal things you don't need on a day-to-day basis," says Ericka Rios, co-founder and director of leasing at Downtown Apartment Company. "For example, some buildings have free bike storage on the ground level, while others have basement storage units for larger or less-used items." Take a look at more of Ericka's tips in Apartment Therapy's article, 6 Things Everyone Seeking a Small Apartment Should Know  for more information. 4. Ask the Right Questions to Predict Your Average Utility Bill In order to get an accurate picture of your total monthly expenses, ask your realtor, the utility provider, and your property manager the right questions. Some utilities tend to have an average historic range. "Your agent should be able to see the annual utility costs for similar homes that are a year or two older and give you a reasonable range," says Creamer. Other, more fixed utilities, will just require a quick phone call. "Internet and cable can be calculated with a quick call to your local cable provider," says Rios. In response to any ambiguity over total costs, many downtown luxury high-rises are offering predetermined utility packages. "Most new apartment communities recognize that this is a concern for new residents and have established utility packages with prices that vary based on unit size," Rios says. "(At most buildings) the major utility expenses – heating, air conditioning, gas, water, trash removal – are covered in a single monthly fee, eliminating much of the budget guesswork." For more information on estimating your total monthly costs, check out our article, How to Estimate Utility Costs, in U.S. News & World Report's Money section. 5. You don't need to put 20% down to buy a home or condo Find a knowledgeable mortgage broker who can educate you on the financing options available. “Some financing options require as little as 3 percent of the purchase price. Others require 10 to 20 percent,” says Ben Creamer, a principal and managing broker at Downtown Realty Company. Check out our article, Think You're Ready To Buy A House? Ask These 6 Questions First, in Huffington Post for more info! 6. Amenities are in Hot Demand For an article about Apartments of the Future, Ben Creamer sat down with Mult-Housing News about trends in demand for high-rise amenities. He says: "I think the future of multifamily will continue to trend towards enhancing service amenities and creating social spaces that encourage resident engagement. Many properties are adding wow-factor social amenities—spa-inspired pools, gourmet kitchens, music lounges, and entertainment spaces—in dramatic areas, such as rooftops or penthouses, to stand out with prospective renters. Equally important, hotel-style concierge services like on-site dry cleaning, housekeeping and in-home package delivery can ease the burdens of day-to-day life. Multifamily properties will continue to find new and creative ways to both socially engage residents and deliver white-glove service. Today’s tech-savvy renter wants everything at the touch of a button, and multifamily communities will have to keep up."

World Class Amenities! Check Out 727 West Madison Luxury Apartments

727 West Madison (formerly known as One South Halsted) generated quite a bit of buzz as the tallest high-rise West of the highway. This new West Loop luxury apartment tower will feature extensive amenities, luxury interiors, and hotel-like services for ultimate convenience. 727 West Madison's lobby decor gives a subtle nod to the building's exterior. The elliptical-shaped furniture pieces, decorative accents, and light fixtures resemble the eye-catching, round shape of the building's outside. The unique metals and wallpapers give visitors and new residents a taste of the striking design they're about to see in the rest of the building. The 7th and 45th floors house the bulk of resident amenity space. On the 7th floor residents have access to places to work, entertain, and relax. The coworking space, conference rooms with presentation screens, and library are perfect for anyone who works from home. Skip your morning Starbucks run and stop by the resident coffee bar! The game room, party room, media theatre, and chef's demonstration kitchen are excellent for entertaining year round. The club-grade fitness center features a private yoga studio and Pelaton bikes! The 7th floor also has a lounge with funky swing-chairs and panoramic views of downtown Chicago. New in town? Get to know your neighbors at one of many curated resident events! Pet owners love the pet amenities at 727 West Madison! Keep your apartment bathroom for "people use only" and take your dog down to the on-site pet spa to wash up. Wintertime in Chicago can make dog walking inconvenient. Thankfully, residents have full use of the on-site dog run and watering station! Enjoy beautiful weather and views of the city from the 45th floor. The outdoor terrace, pool deck with cabanas, spa, and indoor sky lounge are expected to open in May 2019. Residents also enjoy the conveniences provided at 727 West Madison. Secured access-controlled parking, electric car charging stations, rental bikes, 24-hour package receiving, bike storage with repair tools, 24-hour concierge, 24-hour maintenance guarantee, WiFi in common areas, and Away-From-Home services are just some of the many luxuries available! Starting prices are as follows: $1735 for Studios                       $1900 for Convertibles $2290 for 1 Bedrooms              $3135 for 2 Bedrooms

Indoor Things To Do In Chicago In The Winter

It's winter. There's wind chill in the Windy City, which means the "feels like" temperature is "can't feel my toes." No matter. If you want to have winter fun while keeping warm, here's a list of 10 great indoor winter activities in Chicago: Have a Tom and Jerry: Miller's Pub has been a Loop destination since 1935. Each holiday season (roughly Thanksgiving into early January), it breaks out its version of this classic hot toddy, the Tom and Jerry. Arriving in a simple brown coffee mug, this most traditional of Chicago winter activities — a foamy concoction of brandy, dark rum, sugar, egg white and nutmeg — will have you sinking into one of Miller's amazingly deep, comfy booths and quickly becoming a local. Visit Navy Pier: One of Chicago's top tourist attractions can seem like a summer-only deal, with its giant Ferris wheel, boat rides and stunning lake views. Yet there's ample indoor space — and indoor parking — not to mention Winter WonderFest, which covers 170,000 square feet of the pier's Festival Hall with, among other things, indoor rides, giant slides, ice skating and holiday decor. It runs from late November through early January. See Buddy Guy: The consummate Chicago bluesman presides over a string of gigs each January at his South Loop club, Buddy Guy's Legends. For his January 2019 residency, he's playing 16 dates at the club, 700 S. Wabash Ave., between Jan 3 and 27. Tickets to see one of Eric Clapton's favorite guitar players range from $55 to $70. Get Tropical: The Lincoln Park Conservatory, a Victorian-era glass house built in the 1890s, has four huge spaces devoted to lush greenery. Opening in 1908 on the West Side, the Garfield Park Conservatory is larger still, with 2 acres of indoor greenhouse space. Both sites offer a wonderful respite from the winter chill amid palms, ferns and many more exotic flora. Train for Spring Training: Whether you're a fan of the North Side team or the South Side team — you have to pick one — late January is the time to start gearing up for the season. The 34th edition of Cubs Convention takes place Jan. 18-20 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. Seven years its crosstown rival's junior, SoxFest will be held Jan. 25-27 at the Hilton Chicago. Both feature players past and present and coaches mingling with fans for autographs, panel discussions and more. Laugh Out Loud: Nothing warms you up quicker than a good laugh. The Old Town neighborhood is home to two of Chicago's comedy institutions: The Second City, for improv, and Zanies, for standup. Since Zanies opened in 1978 (The Second City opened in '59), the competitors have been dishing out laughs half a block apart from each other on Wells Street. Get Ready to Wait: The Walnut Room was the first restaurant opened in a department store, coming to the seventh floor of Marshall Field's State Street store in 1905. Now Macy's, the store still welcomes thousands of visitors each year to dine amid the Walnut Room's Russian wood paneling and Austrian chandeliers. Each holiday season, with tables surrounding the great Christmas tree, waits to be seated frequently exceed three hours — all the more time to shop. See 'em: The Art Institute of Chicago is a wonderful place to while away a day. TripAdvisor's top-ranked American museum four years in a row, it has an envied collection of impressionist paintings and its modern wing is a spectacular 21st century addition. Yet just a few blocks north on Michigan Avenue sits one of Chicago's newest attractions. The American Writers Museum — named 2017's best new museum in the world by Fodor's Travel and the best attraction in Illinois by USA Today readers — seeks to engage the public in celebrating and exploring the influence of American writers. Go Deep: Eating is always among the top indoor winter activities in Chicago, and deep-dish pizza is THE top eating activity. Almost any time a list of the best Chicago deep-dish pizzas is compiled, Pizzeria Uno, Gino's East, Pequod's Pizza and Lou Malnati's rate a mention. The first two have flagships in River North. Lou Malnati's has several spots, including Wicker Park and the Gold Coast, and Pequod's Pizza is in Lincoln Park. Dream of the Open Road: The Feb. 9-18 Chicago Auto Show is the nation's largest. First staged in 1901, the show now takes 1 million square feet of exhibition space at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Concept cars and the latest models from most of the world's major auto manufacturers will be on display. Tickets are $13 for adults, $7 for seniors and children aged 7 to 12, free for children 6 and under. So Much More Remember, 10 items make for just a short list of Chicago winter activities. We haven't sent you to a Bulls or Blackhawks game; to the fabulous theatre district; or any of dozens of live music spots from Reggie's Rock Club on the near south side to Metro, Martyr's and the Aragon Ballroom up north. The point is, Chicago is no place to hibernate.

10 Great Outdoor Chicago Winter Activities

Yes, it's cold outside. That's no reason not to get into the many great outdoor things to do in Chicago in the winter. Here's our list of 10 wonderful Chicago winter activities to enjoy in the frosty fresh air. Ribbon cutting: If you own skates, you can take a free spin on the Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon, a serpentine, quarter-mile loop that does for the skating rink what lazy rivers do for the hotel pool. You can rent skates starting at $13, and some rental packages include extras such as hot chocolate and lockers. Skating amid gorgeous skyline views is available into March. Sled at Soldier Field: Just south of the Bears' home is a 35-foot-tall hill built for all sorts of sliding fun. The lakefront and skyline views aren't bad, either. The hill is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., weather permitting. When Mother Nature isn't providing snow, Soldier Field grounds crew members have been known to use snow machines to get the hill in sledding shape. Lit Lincoln: ZooLights is a 24-year tradition at Lincoln Park Zoo. Some 2.5 million lights decorate the grounds through Jan. 6, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Admission is free — just like it is every day of the year at the zoo. ZooLights' added attractions include musical light shows, ice sculpture carving, carolers and spiced wines, among others. Night sledding: Dan Ryan Woods is one of the few forest preserves within the city limits, and its 37 acres bordering the lovely Southwest Side Beverly neighborhood make it a popular destination year-round. When there's at least three inches of snow on the ground, its lighted sledding hill is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Enter on Western Avenue between 83rd and 87th streets. Window shopping: Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile features some 460 retailers spread from the Chicago River to Oak Street — or Tribune Tower to Drake Hotel. Everyone has a favorite window to linger in front of, and there are plenty of places to pop into for a quick warmup. Macy's holiday windows: Many Chicago traditionalists still refer to this State Street institution as Marshall Field's — the name under which the department store opened in 1893 — but whatever you call it, visiting the holiday-themed windows has been among the things to do in Chicago in the winter for 51 years. Each window uses familiar animated characters to create a scene built around an annual theme — for 2018, that's Reasons to Believe. Skate by the Bean: Now in its 18th season, skating at the McCormick Tribune Plaza Ice Rink continues through March 10. The rink is in Millennium Park, a touristy, percolating patch of downtown holiday bustle. The Bean, a sculpture formally titled "Cloud Gate," sits near the rink and is a great backdrop for family photos. Skating at the rink, which sits between Madison and Washington streets at Michigan Avenue, is free. Skate rentals start at $13. Winterland at Gallagher Way: At the southwest corner of Clark Street and Waveland Avenue — perhaps better known as along the left field line at Wrigley Field — Gallagher Way is a former parking lot transformed into a social hub outside the Cubs' ballpark. Winterland runs through January 27 and features, among other indoor and outdoor options, a skating rink, a schedule of holiday movies you can watch indoors or out, Learn to Curl classes and, new this winter, an interactive art installation featuring 30 lights and eight speakers called "Chimes at Gallagher Way," designed to demonstrate chaos theory. Adventure Days: Northerly Island, formerly home to a lakefront airfield, is now an extension of the lovely Grant Park and its Museum Campus. On three Saturdays throughout winter — Dec. 15, Jan. 26 and Feb. 23 — the man-made, 91-acre peninsula hosts Polar Adventure Days. Free events include the opportunity to explore the island on snowshoes; tours of the new Northerly Island Natural Area; winter crafts making; and viewing live animals including wolves and Siberian huskies. Christkindlmarket: A growing tradition, this year marks the 23rd annual Christkindlmarket Chicago, which gives a decided German accent to holiday shopping for crafts, foods and all manner of other goods with a decidedly European flair. Located in the heart of the Loop at Daley Plaza, the market runs through Christmas Eve. So Much More From cross-country skiing at Northerly Island to hitting buckets of golf balls at Diversey Park's two-tiered, heated driving range, there are many other Chicago winter activities to enjoy. Don't wait for the thaw — you've got things to do in Chicago in the winter.

Decorating Your (Kinda Small) Apartment For The Holidays

As we close in on the holiday season, it’s time to start decorating your home. If you have a small space, decorating can be a daunting task. Don’t worry—we’ve got some great hacks for decorating small spaces this holiday season. How do I display holiday cards without a fireplace?No mantle? No problem! Use ribbon to display holiday cards on cabinets How do I get a Christmas tree into my studio apartment?If getting a full-sized Christmas tree isn’t very easy, take a tomato cage and wrap it in a green string of lights.If you want to have a true tree element, use ribbon or twine fasten sprigs of pine tucked into a throw pillow, around a candle, or in and around a mason jar and display on shelves. What’s a quick and easy holiday centerpiece?Any chance you have ingredients left over from Thanksgiving? Place fresh cranberries in a white or glass bowl surrounded with 3-5 tea light candles or in a candle holder. My table or island is too small for a centerpiece. How can I make it festive?Switch out your regular candles for blue, red, or green candles—bonus point if they’re holiday scented. Adding a holiday themed runner or tablecloth is another space-efficient way to spice up your serving surfaces. Napkin rings are another great way to liven your table setting.If you really don’t have room for any decoration on your island or table, spice up your bar cart by using your wine glasses to display ornaments or candles. I’m worried too much décor will make my space look small. How can I avoid that?Develop a theme! Using the same color palette throughout will prevent decorations from overwhelming a small apartment or home as easily. Focus on designs that use height rather than width. For instance, hanging strands of lights or homemade snowflakes from your ceiling or above doorways are a great way to add some winter sparkle. No floor or counter space required! I’m short on time but want to be festive when entertaining. What’s the best one thing I can do to get my apartment into the holiday spirit?Once again, candles! In the olden days, candles in the window were a sign of hospitality and frequently used to welcome sailors home from sea. Place candles on or next to mirrors to amplify their light. Also, scent is one of the most powerful senses in memory. Using a festive, scented candle (like pine, cinnamon, apple, clove, or cookie) can fill your home with a nostalgic holiday scent to set the mood. This is especially true in small and studio apartments!Swapping out throw pillows for more festive ones on your chairs or sofa is another quick way to infuse your apartment with holiday cheer. The best part? No clean up required! How can I entertain with minimal counter space?If you’re throwing a holiday party and have more dishes to serve than you have counter space, use multi-tiered stands to maximize space.

Looking for Great Deals on 2 Bedroom Apartments?

Winter is a great time to rent in downtown Chicago. If you're looking for 2 bedroom apartment deals in River North, Lakeshore East, South Loop, or the Loop, check out the hot units below! Lakeshore East Property 78 [caption id="attachment_13648" align="alignnone" width="308"] The spacious bedrooms can comfortably accommodate king sized beds[/caption] This 2 bedroom apartment's star feature is its expansive balcony over 130 square feet. The bedrooms in apartment 78 are comparably sized, each with a walk-in closet, and the shared bathroom is in the middle, making this an ideal layout for roommates. The built-in kitchen island with outlets and in-unit laundry offer convenience. This Lakeshore East property is also steps from a semi-private 6-acre park (outfitted with public wifi) and Mariano's grocery store. Layout: 2 Bed/1 Bath + Balcony Price: $2606 + 1 month free on a 12 month lease (nets at $2389) Loop Property 46 In Loop apartment 46 you'll find Energy Star stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, cherry cabinetry, and an energy efficient washer and dryer. Floor-to-ceiling windows, large bedroom closet space, and spacious amenities are a few notable features.The convenient Loop location is ideal for anyone who works downtown and wants to keep their commute as minimal as possible. Layout: 2 Bed/2 Bath Price: $2855 + 1.5 months free on a 13 month lease (nets to $2526) South Loop Property 18 South Loop apartment 18 has an open loft layout with in-unit laundry and a large balcony. This luxury apartment was part of a condo deconversion. Therefore, the finishes are on par with most condos in the area. This prime location is steps from Target, Whole Foods, and many other shops and boutique fitness studios. Layout: 2 Bed/2 Bath + Balcony Price: $2382 River North Property 97 Concrete wall accents, an all white kitchen, and high ceilings give this River North apartment 97 a striking modern interior. Appliances include a full-sized GE washer and dryer, stainless steel kitchen fixtures, garbage disposal, and Nest thermostat. The lenient pet policy makes this rental ideal for owners of large dogs, German Shepherds, or Huskies. Layout: 2 Bed/2 Bath + Balcony Price: $3580

Holiday Things To Do Near You

The holiday season is a great time to be in downtown Chicago! Here are a few of our favorite seasonal festivities. Loop Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party Stop by the Art Institute for a holiday treasure hunt followed by a tea party. Attendees will make 5 stops in the museum's galleries and Ryan Learning Center. The event will conclude with a tea party with live entertainment in the Stock Exchange Trading Room. Each child will receive a holiday themed gift bag. When: December 9th at 10:45am Admission: $50 for adults, $25 for children, free for children under 2 Christkindl Market The Christkindl Market, inspired by German tradition, takes place annually at Daley Plaza in the Loop. Unique vendors with many handcrafted and specialty goods make for great holiday gift shopping. Grab a souvenir mug of spiced wine (and bring your mug back for discounted refills)! Christkindl Market is a primarily outdoor event. However, between the live music and traditional German fare in the food hall and the specialty ornament shop, theres plenty to do indoor whatever the weather. When: November 16 - December 24 Admission: Free Click here for more free things to do in the Loop this holiday season. Lincoln Park Zoo Lights Each winter Lincoln Park Zoo is illuminated by over 2.5 million lights. Photos with Santa, 3D displays, warm spiced wine and snacks, holiday gift shopping, live ice-sculpture carving, carnival rides, light shows, games, and zoo animals are just some of the holiday festivities available at Zoo Lights. In addition to the regular open admission days, there are also several holiday events like Brew Lights,  a beer tasting event on December 6th. When: Click here for a Zoo Lights calendar, BrewLights is December 6th Admission: Free admission for Zoo Lights (all ages), $49 ticket for BrewLights (21+) Streeterville Winter WonderFest Navy Pier's Winter WonderFest hosts music, ice skating, carnival rides, games, and refreshments. In addition to admission, tickets include a ride on the Centennial Wheel anytime before March 31st 2019. When: December 3, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019 Admission: $20 for adults, $10 for children under 42", free for children under 36" West Loop Randolph Street’s Holiday Market Randolph Street Market is a great place to knock out your holiday gift shopping! The eclectic selection of both vintage and modern items ensures you'll find unique gifts no one already has. Enjoy shopping through an array of housewares, clothing, art, and trinkets from over 125 vendors. Refreshments include a Bloody Mary bar, an assortment of beverages, and food from local eateries. Free parking for attendees! When: December 15 - 16, 2018 Admission: $10 in advance or $12 at the gate, discounts available

What $2000 in Rent Will Get You This Week

Looking for a luxury apartment for rent that won't break the bank? Here are some of our top picks netting under $2000! Looking to Rent in Printer's Row? This fall and winter Printer's Row is absolutely filled with great deals on luxury apartments for rent. Here are a few stellar deals that really stole the show this week! Property 135 This luxury apartment features large windows, white quartz counter tops, a gas range, garbage disposal, Nest thermostat, in-unit laundry, hardwood floors, and stainless appliances. Community amenities include a rooftop terrace and pool, spa, 24-hour door staff, and even a bowling alley! Property 135 also offers on-site dry-cleaning and tailoring services as well as direct access to Dollop cafe and coffee shop. Pricing: $2021 + 1 month free on a 13 month lease (Net Effective: $1866) Property 18 Between the dog run and abundance of nearby green space, this rental is a great option for pet owners. Modern finishes include designer Italian cabinetry, a rain shower and Grohe faucets in the bathroom, in-unit laundry, hardwood floors and a large walk-in closet in the bedroom. At 850 square feet plus a balcony, there is plenty of room for entertaining. If you're bringing large furniture pieces such as an L-shaped couch, dining table, or king sized bed to your new apartment, property 18 could be a great option for you! Property 14 Do you entertain often? Between the extra half bathroom by the entry, spacious balcony, kitchen island seating, and a living room large enough for an L-shaped couch plus 8 person dining table, property 14 is ideal if you plan on having company. Certainly. at 908 square feet, this apartment is one of the more spacious 1 bedroom layouts in the market. Additionally, notable features include 9 foot ceilings, in-unit laundry, and 2 walk-in closets in the bedroom. This pet friendly building also offers a dog run. Pricing: $1896 Looking to Rent in Lakeshore East? Property 78 This Lakeshore East 1 bedroom apartment features a modern kitchen with quartz counter tops, stainless appliances, and a gas range. The large balcony is great for entertaining and offers sweeping views of downtown Chicago. This apartment features in-unit laundry, ample closet space, hardwood floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Better yet- the rent price includes heat, air-conditioning, internet, cable (Showtime & HBO), gas, sewer, water and trash removal. Pricing: $2021 + 1 month free on a 12 month lease (Net Effective: $1853) Looking to Rent in the Fulton District? Property 1 The Fulton District joins the River North and West Loop neighborhoods. If you're looking for a great value for rent in a prime location, check out this Fulton District convertible. This apartment features in-unit laundry, granite countertops, a kitchen island, and large windows to maximize natural light. In addition to a large, 2-room fitness center, landscaped terrace, and billiards room, this apartment building offers a multitude of convenience-based features and services such as a resident coffee bar, co-working space with printing, door staff, and on-site dry-cleaning and bodega. Pricing: $1806    For more information on luxury apartments for rent within your price range, contact us today. We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

How To Deal With Noisy Neighbors, And Other Essential Apartment Lifestyle Hacks

The crack-of-dawn blender user, the late-night AC/DC listener, the dog that barks at falling leaves. If you’ve lived in an apartment, you’ve probably dealt with a noisy neighbor. Sometimes it’s easier than others to pop in earplugs and go back to sleep. However, apartment life doesn’t mean you constantly have to sacrifice your serenity and relaxation to accommodate those living around you. The following ways to deal with noisy neighbors and other essential apartment living hacks can help ensure your apartment is the sanctuary you’ve been seeking. Ask About the Neighbors The quest of creating a comfortable apartment environment begins before moving into your space. Ask the landlord or leasing agent about which floors or areas of the apartment complex are the quietest, and inquire about any recent noise complaints. Higher floors tend to be quieter than lower floors. Talk It Out Communication is key to understanding your neighbors and coexisting in an apartment complex with minimal issues. Neighbors are typically unaware that they’re disturbing someone, so before consulting the landlord, speak directly to your neighbor about what’s bothering you. Ask for a phone number, so you can text him or her if the noise is too loud. Consult the Landlord Sometimes neighbors are not as neighborly as we’d like, and complaints must be brought to the landlord for action to be taken. Many times, there are bylaws or lease clauses that allow your landlord to take more formal measures against the noisemaking. This way, the noisemaking is documented. If it continues, you may ultimately watch a new, hopefully quieter, neighbor move in. Make the Most of Your Space Apartments are typically smaller than most single-family homes, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort or convenience. Save space by using over-the-door storage racks, hooks and even risers to create storage space underneath your bed. Think about creating more vertical space when horizontal space is limited. Don’t Be Afraid to Upgrade Renting an apartment usually means you don’t want to dump a lot of money into the space that you won’t get back when it’s time to move. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to upgrade your space with budget-friendly items or those that you can take with you. You may not be able to update the entire bathroom, but you can purchase a new showerhead to make your shower more enjoyable. If you’re interested in a bigger upgrade, ask your landlord for a discount on rent for major improvements. The landlord will often agree, because upgrades will allow him or her to increase rent for future tenants. Save on Energy Similar to upgrading certain areas of your apartment, you can take several energy-conserving measures to reduce power use and save money. Items as simple as window shades and LED light bulbs can save you a substantial amount of money each month — which can be used toward anything you please, including rent. A programmable thermostat can also guarantee you’re not using an unnecessary amount of heat or air conditioning when you’re not home. Living in an apartment doesn’t have to be a struggle. Communicate well with your neighbors and landlord, make optimal use of your space, and upgrade items that will improve your daily life — and you’ll quickly see how easy it is to thrive in an apartment setting.

Household Plants that are Dangerous for Dogs and Cats

  We take a lot of factors into consideration when decorating an apartment. We pick new color schemes, hang our favorite paintings, and try to find that perfect feng shui. Many times, finding the ideal balance of style, comfort and serenity means including fresh flowers or living plants. Unfortunately, not all flowers and house plants are suitable for homes with pets, and many of them can cause serious illness if ingested by our furry friends. These common house plants are ones you should avoid having in your home if you live in a pet-friendly environment. Aloe Vera Aloe vera plants are common house plants that have been praised for their medicinal uses, but while the plants can be helpful to humans, they are often harmful for pets. The toxicity of aloe plants is in the skin and inner layers of the plant and is not typically found in the interior gel. Pets that ingest the leafy parts of the plant may experience diarrhea, vomiting or tremors. Be sure to keep aloe vera plants in a place your pets cannot reach if you prefer to have them in your home for medicinal purposes. Mistletoe and Poinsettia The holiday season often means decorating your apartment with festive holiday plants, such as poinsettia or mistletoe. Poinsettia unfortunately exudes a milky sap that can cause oral irritation, diarrhea or vomiting. Mistletoe contains the toxins pharatoxin viscumin and toxalbumin, which can cause gastrointestinal problems and even cardiac collapse in the most severe instances. Consider using fake versions of these plants for holiday decorations instead. Sago Palms Sago palms, also known as cardboard palms or coontie palms, may look like a taste of the tropics in your home, but they are house plants poisonous to cats and dogs. Ingestion of the plant’s cycasin toxin can lead to symptoms as simple as increased thirst and vomiting to the extremes of liver failure, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis or death. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your pet has ingested the toxins of a sago palm. Tulips Tulips are beautiful, and if you purchase a bouquet of flowers during springtime, they’ll probably be included. However, tulips contain the toxic principles tulipalin A and B, which can cause diarrhea, depression, hypersalivation and vomiting. The highest concentration of toxic principles is found in the bulb. English Ivy English ivy is another one of the several toxic plants for cats and dogs. Also known as sweetheart ivy, it’s commonly used as a decorative plant indoors. Though when English ivy is ingested, it can lead to irritation of the gastrointestinal tract and mouth — as well as abdominal pain, excessive salivation and diarrhea. Use nontoxic Swedish ivy instead. Orchids Many pet owners ask, “Are orchids poisonous for cats or dogs?” The answer is often ambiguous. Phalaenopsis orchids are nontoxic for your domesticated pets. However, while orchids are house plants safe for dogs and cats, it’s wise to keep your animals away from them. Fertilizers and pesticides may have been used on the plants before purchase, and your pets could consume those toxic chemicals if allowed to nibble on the leaves. It’s important to note that while some house plants are dangerous for pets, most of them are not. Consult the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® searchable database for a complete list of nontoxic and toxic house plants, so you can decorate your home in a way that looks and feels pleasant without causing any harm to your furry family members.