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West Loop Events: Artopia

Looking for things to do near the West Loop this weekend? Artopia is one of the newest attractions coming to Chicago's West Loop starting April 17th! The avant-garde installation is opening in Morgan Manufacturing's 32,000 square feet of event space, bringing "a month of kaleidoscopic immersion" and "blending the creativity of renowned artists with the wonders of modern technology" according to a recent article in Secret Chicago. Artopia will be a one hour guided experience with craft cocktails afterward. Highlights include interactive projection mapping, sound reactive LED pieces, 20 murals by Chicago street artists, eight sculptural pieces, large scale light art, and holographic pieces. [embed][/embed] Much like the West Loop's beloved WNDR Museum, Artopia also promises "Instagrammable" photo opps in one of a kind settings. Artopia will run every Thursday through Sunday through May 15th at Morgan Manufacturing (401 N Morgan Street). COVID precautions include mandatory mask requirements, hand sanitizer in each room, a 50 person capacity, and a one-way guided tour route. Click here for tickets! [caption id="attachment_27497" align="alignnone" width="618"] Image courtesy of Datagrama[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the West Loop Chicago? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions and guide you in your search! We are now offering in person, self guided, and virtual apartment tours. Be sure to ask about move in specials!

The Deco Gold Coast Apartments

The Deco, at 1400 N Lakeshore Drive, is a newly renovated rental building along the lakefront in Chicago's Gold Coast. These studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartments offer modern finishes, thoughtful floorplans, and practical amenities, all in a prime location. Each apartment features hard surface flooring, large windows, and ample storage space, although there are three tiers of finishes. Prestige apartments (most recently renovated) come equipped with subway tile backsplashes, white cabinetry with under-mount lighting, stainless steel appliances, and white quartz countertops. [caption id="attachment_27490" align="alignnone" width="627"] Prestige Finishes[/caption] Premium apartments come with classic wood cabinetry, granite countertops, and mosaic backsplashes. [caption id="attachment_27489" align="alignnone" width="623"] Premium Finishes[/caption] Lastly, vintage apartments feature metal countertops and tiled floors in the kitchens. Little details, like the black and green bathrooms and archway room entries, give these units special character. [caption id="attachment_27488" align="alignnone" width="626"] Vintage Finishes[/caption] The Deco also offers convenient amenities, including a 24 hour state of the art fitness center, 24 hour door staff, and a rooftop patio for enjoying stunning views of the lake. [caption id="attachment_27492" align="alignnone" width="627"] The rooftop overlooks Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, and downtown Chicago's skyline.[/caption] Whatever your primary mode of transportation, The Deco's location is hard to beat. The Deco is just 5 blocks from the CTA red line train, walking distance to the Loop, 2 blocks to the lakefront bike path that spans the city, and a block to Lakeshore Drive if you're driving. Plus, Jewel Osco grocery store is just 6 blocks away. On weekends, enjoy the farmer's market on Division (5 blocks) or grab brunch on Rush Street (6 blocks).   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the Gold Coast Chicago? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions and guide you in your search! We are now offering in person, self guided, and virtual apartment tours. Be sure to ask about move in specials!

Nevele22 River West Apartments

Nevele22 (1122 W Chicago Ave) is one of River West's newest luxury apartment buildings, with studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments (a total of 97 units) preleasing this spring. This new luxury building will offer stunning, modern interiors, thoughtful layouts, and state of the art amenities, all in the desirable and convenient River West neighborhood! Nevele22 is also leasing 1000-6005 square feet of divisible retail space at the ground level. There are also whispers that a restaurant with outdoor seating could also be in the ground level at Nevele, although this is not confirmed. [caption id="attachment_27478" align="alignnone" width="638"] Rendering Courtesy of Pappageorge Haymes[/caption] The seven story apartment building is being developed by Lipe Property Company and designed by Pappageorge Haymes Partners. River West has been booming, with total deliveries of nearly 1000 new rental units over the past couple years. Nevele22 will be next to join the ranks alongside Spoke, Linkt, Avenir, and Westerly. As more residential buildings have sprung up in the area, so have coffee shops, restaurants, and doggie daycares. Fortunately, River West residents get the best of both new spots and places with old charm. Long standing breakfast spot, Windy City Cafe, Chicago's smallest bar, Matchbox, and the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art all help keep the neighborhood-y character as these great new additions pop up. Nevele22 will be 3 blocks from the expressway, one block from the CTA blue line train to downtown and O’Hare International Airport, a short walk to both River North and West Loop (hence: "River West"), and right along Milwaukee Avenue, affectionately known as “Hipster Highway” because of its generously sized bike lanes that lead directly into downtown. [caption id="attachment_25495" align="alignnone" width="1300"] A penthouse unit at Spoke, the first luxury high rise in this part of River West[/caption] Stay tuned for specifics about Nevele22! With a location like this, you'll surely want to check it out! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near River West? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions and guide you in your search! We are now offering in person, self guided, and virtual apartment tours. Be sure to ask about move in specials!

When To Start Looking For Apartments In Chicago

For renters getting ready to move, timing is everything. Determining when to begin your search can dramatically impact not only rental prices, but also availability. In other words, if you know when to look for an apartment in Chicago, you could find more units and better prices than you might at other times of year. So, what are the secrets? When is the best time to hunt? Here are some tips: 1. Start by knowing what you want. You could say the best time to look for an apartment is when you know what you’re looking for — and you’re willing to focus on that. What’s your budget, for example? If you know you can’t afford to go over a certain limit, don’t waste time viewing rentals you already know you can’t afford. Likewise, what are your must-haves? If you’re not willing to add an extra 10 minutes to your daily commute, there’s no point checking out rentals beyond your target area. You’ll save yourself time and stress by starting the apartment-hunting process with a clear idea of what you need. 2. Give yourself a month, if possible. One month out from your ideal move-in date is the best time to start looking. Most of the apartments that will be available when you’re planning to move will be listed by then, giving you access to a large inventory. While some landlords will list sooner or later than a month out, the majority will be posted with 30 days’ notice. 3. Shop at the end of winter for better deals. Let’s face it: Nobody wants to relocate in the middle of Chicago’s winter snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. If you’re looking for great prices, however, this could be to your advantage. Fewer people want to move in winter, which means less competition for whatever units are empty. By the time March and April roll around, rates will typically have plummeted to their yearly lowest. Depending on what size apartment you’re going for, you could save hundreds of dollars per month in rent simply because you took advantage of the end-of-winter price dips. 4. Look for new year deals. While the end of winter offers lower prices, the start of a new calendar year often brings rental incentives. Every January, be on the lookout for limited-time promotions, such as a few months of free rent or waived admin fees. 5. Shop at the end of summer for a big selection. You don’t have to be a student to know how the school year affects rental availability. Not only do college students, parents, and teachers typically move in the summer to prepare for new school years, but — thanks to yearly leases — that routine can continue well into the future. If you want to see a wide variety of apartments at one time, summer is usually a good bet. Keep in mind, however, that high demand means high competition; if you want to shop in summer, be prepared to act fast and submit your application the same day you view an apartment. Whether you’re changing neighborhoods, upgrading your apartment size or moving to Chicago for the first time, you can get a lot more bang for your buck by knowing when to look for a new place. Use the five tips above to strategize and find the right home for you. For even more help, rent your next apartment with Downtown Apartment Company, the Chicago rental agency with a free luxury apartment search tool!

Parkline Loop Apartments

Parkline is one of the newest luxury apartment buildings located in the eastern part of Chicago's downtown Loop neighborhood, steps to Millennium Park, Lakeshore East, and the Magnificent Mile. Parkline offers 190 modern studio, convertible, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments (in addition to 24 condos on top floors) with soft loft finishes and the best of high rise amenities. From studios all the way up to the 3 beds, each apartment's thoughtful layout has dedicated space for "living", "working", and "dining", with ample storage space and private balconies in select units. Apartments feature exposed concrete ceilings, premium closet systems, roller shades, dark wood grained flooring, and individually controlled heating and air conditioning with Wifi compatible thermostats. Each kitchen comes with quartz countertops, Grohe and American Standard fixtures, stainless steel appliances, undermount lighting, and matte grey or white cabinetry. Parkline apartments are also perfect for working from home! Each apartment has a place for a desk and high speed Wifi. Additionally, Parkline also has plenty of work-remote amenity spaces. [caption id="attachment_27353" align="alignnone" width="703"] Even the studio and convertible layouts at Parkline have plenty of dedicated work from home space[/caption]   Year round amenities at Parkline include sky lounge with a terrace, an expansive fitness center with a private yoga, pilates, and spin studio, a cafe with billiards, multiple resident lounges and entertainment spaces, a private conference room and business center, a private outdoor dog run and pet spa, and a library with co-working space. In the warmer months, enjoy the landscaped panoramic terrace with a fire pit and lounge seating as well as outdoor dining areas with stainless steel BBQ stations. Parkline's pool offers the best of both worlds; the indoor year round pool opens up to the outdoor terrace in the summer months. Additionally, 24/7 concierge, professional management, onsite maintenance, 24/7 package receiving, indoor bike storage, and touchless building features all make living at Parkline that much more convenient. [caption id="attachment_27354" align="alignnone" width="820"] Indoor-Outdoor Pool at Parkline[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the Loop? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions and guide you in your search! We are now offering in person, self guided, and virtual apartment tours. Be sure to ask about any move in specials!

Atrio Medical District Apartments

Atrio is conveniently located at the intersection of Harrison and Damen in the heart of the Illinois Medical District. These Medical District apartments are walking distance to Rush and all the four major area hospitals and just blocks away from the West Loop. The expressway entrance and CTA green line are also just steps away. Atrio is comprised of 272 studio, one bedroom, two bedroom, and three bedroom apartments. [caption id="attachment_27347" align="alignnone" width="591"] Courtesy of Marquette[/caption] Atrio is one of the most recent deliveries from local developer, Marquette. The newly renovated Atrio sits at the gateway of the Medical District and is the only residential rental building in the immediate vicinity. These pet friendly apartments feature thoughtful layouts and luxe interior finishes. Each kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances, Tundra white cabinetry, white quartz countertops, a garbage disposal, dishwasher, microwave, and a gas range. Each apartment also comes with an in unit washer and dryer, with matte black hardware and grey plank flooring throughout. The equitable bedroom size in the two and three bedroom apartments makes them great for roommates! [caption id="attachment_27345" align="alignnone" width="629"] Atrio, formerly known as 1926 W Harrison St, before and after a recent complete renovation. Rendering courtesy of Brininstool + Lynch.[/caption] Atrio's useful amenity spaces include multiple co-working spaces and conference rooms, a club level rooftop, a fitness center with a private studio, package receiving, and bike storage. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the Illinois Medical District? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions and guide you in your search! We are now offering in person, self guided, and virtual apartment tours. Be sure to ask about any move in specials!

The West Loop’s Daniel Burnham: Darren Sloniger on Marquette Companies’ Vision for the Neighborhood

Residential development in the West Loop has continued to boom, especially for Naperville based developer, Marquette Companies. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Darren Sloniger, President and CIO of Marquette, to hear more about the big vision they’re bringing to the neighborhood and what to expect. [caption id="attachment_27248" align="alignnone" width="250"] Darren Sloniger, President and CIO of Marquette Companies[/caption] From the successful lease up of The Mason, current projects at 1400 and 1440 W Randolph, plans to revitalize Union Park, and plans for 140 N Ashland Ave, it seems like Marquette has a big vision for the west part of Fulton Market. Can you talk a little about Marquette's big picture plans for the area? Our first project in the West Loop was Catalyst Chicago (2013). That was before the West Loop was the cool area it is today and before Google and McDonalds announced their offices. We were really first to the table, and as a result we just crushed it. The development in the west portion of Fulton Market started with The Mason. I was sitting across the street at Smyth and having dinner with my wife for our anniversary. We were sitting near the window and I looked over at this lot and thought it was really incredible. Most other developers were east because zoning wise you could get the most height and density on Halsted up to the highway. So the thesis was “let’s jump all the way to the west where it will have more of that neighborhood feel”. We were banking on the fact that there were people who wanted to live in Fulton Market but preferred more of a neighborhood feel over a high density one. At the time, it was very pioneering to come this far west, so I needed to do a few things to help give people a sense of place. One of those things was the landscape lighting on the parkway trees along Ada Street. The idea is rather than doing blaring security lights, you create an ambiance. [embed][/embed] Then, I noticed most Mason residents would walk all the way to the Morgan CTA station instead of just a couple blocks west to the Ashland station. The other under-utilized feature of this area is Union Park, one of the largest neighborhood parks in Chicago. That’s what made me decide to take on this whole area and really create a sense of neighborhood. My first acquisition was the BellyQ site, which is 1400 W Randolph, then the next site along Lake so we could give that stretch of Ogden a pedestrian feel. We’re doing the tower on the south side of the site, and on the north side of the site we’re putting in one of the largest residential dog parks. I also just signed an 11,000 square foot restaurant for the base at 1400 and Ogden with one of the top restaurateurs in Chicago, then across the street we just got a letter of intent for a 50 unit hotel with a bar by the same operator as the restaurant at the base. Most recently, the opportunity came up on the other side of the street to purchase 140 N Ashland. I realized this was a great opportunity to have a development right on the park and revitalize that particular block. So the idea is now we’ll be able to create that same sense of place all the way down to the Ashland Street station by putting in those well-lit parkway trees and foot lamps, and we hired Disney Imagineers to do a whole animated light installation at the corner of 1400 and Ogden, so it creates a neighborhood ambiance in the area. To me, 140 N Ashland was the final piece to the puzzle in the creation of a neighborhood. [caption id="attachment_27247" align="alignnone" width="624"] Marquette is leading the way on the development of the West Loop's west end[/caption] Are there any types of commercial tenants that are particularly helpful for creating that neighborhood feel or that tend to get renters excited about the area? I’m not ever looking for a national tenant. I’m always looking for a local expert and to activate the base with a neighborhood style bar or restaurant. To be able to bring in a local Chicago operator for this restaurant is great and the operator I’m bringing in for this hotel is a local Chicagoan, too.I like to create the place you want to hang out, that local place that’s in your neighborhood where they know your name. For the operator we’re talking about bringing in at The Mason, he operates a little outdoor bar in the suburbs where my wife and I go. We were talking one day and he mentioned wanting to open a place in Fulton Market, so that worked out really organically. I always have in my head what I’m looking for and what I want so when the opportunity arises we’re ready for it. I don’t ever force it.   Can you tell me a little about Atrio and why you’re optimistic about development in the Illinois Medical District? The site was a concrete building with about 32 building code violations when we started. The idea was not only could we rehab it affordably to keep the rents lower, and that people would want to live there since it’s the only residential building in the area, but we would also be able to get the FAR (floor area ratio) we needed to develop two other buildings. The Medical District was really on board because the existing building was right at the neighborhood gateway and it wasn’t a pretty building. [caption id="attachment_27250" align="alignnone" width="732"] Before and after of 1926 W Harrison, now Atrio Apartments. Rendering courtesy of Brininstool + Lynch.[/caption] Upon completion of the project we’ll have the 272 unit rehab,a 280 unit 24-story tower, and a 9-story 120 unit residential building with 30,000 square feet of medical offices and another 15,000 square feet of retail on the corner of Damen and Harrison.   What trends have you noticed in terms of the finishes and amenities renters look for in the West Loop in 2021? Believe it or not, I don’t really focus on trends or what other buildings are doing. If you’re truly building a unique product with a unique vibe then you don’t have to worry about that. People either want to live there or they don’t and you’re going to attract people based on what you’ve created. I’m focused on creating great space. There’s no detail of a building I’m not involved in, down to the baseboards. Being intricately involved in the design is important to me because building great spaces is in every detail. So I can vividly remember the day I picked out these floors from Merchandise Mart or these stools (referencing the stools in the resident bar area at The Mason) I picked out when I was with my wife shopping and had been trying to find one that was grey, narrow, and really, really I’m always on the lookout when I’m in design mode. Another example is the co-working space. We have individual offices plus multiple conference rooms that can be reserved. We figured why not bring a WeWork type concept here. There weren’t many people who had done it when we first did it. [caption id="attachment_27249" align="alignnone" width="605"] Co-Working Offices at The Mason, Courtesy of Marquette Management[/caption] In 1400 W Randolph for example, I’m really focused on making it a health and wellness building. We invested a lot in the ionization air purification system, which has proven results against COVID, touchless everything, broke the fitness areas into three different places, and added a meditation room. That’s how it happens-- I’m really thinking through every detail of the environment and making it attractive for people who want to live here. It usually flows organically into what we’re trying to do. [embed][/embed]   By Sophie Morrison *Interview has been edited for clarity.  

Is Chicago Bike Friendly?

Short answer: Yes. In 2016, named Chicago its “Best Bike City in America,” and the city has been turning up in similar rankings for decades. That will happen in a town with more than 15,000 bike racks, and where the number of bicycle commuters more than tripled from 2000 to 2017. A Little History Chicago’s biking bona fides go way back. In the late 1800s, roughly two-thirds of the nation’s bikes were built within 150 miles of the city, which was home to a young entrepreneur named Schwinn. In 1971, Mayor Richard J. Dailey unveiled a 34-mile bike route. The next year, he added rush-hour bike lanes in the heart of downtown. In the 1990s, Mayor Richard M. Daley expanded on his father’s vision, creating the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council. The next decade saw more than 100 miles over bikeways constructed or improved and thousands of bicycle racks installed. Best of the Best While the city as a whole is good for biking, some areas are better than others. Prime neighborhoods include: Wicker Park/Bucktown/Logan Square: The 606 trail touches each of these communities, which also benefit from proximity to the Milwaukee Avenue Spoke Route, one of seven such routes providing continuous bike routes to downtown. Lincoln Park: There’s the park for which it is named, easy access to the 18.5-mile Lakefront Trail and the Clark Street Spoke Route, just for starters. South Loop: Grant Park, the Lakefront Trail, Northerly Island and the Museum Campus make for some of the most scenic rides in the city — and your commute will likely be short and sweat-free. What Makes a City Bike Friendly? Well, one thing that works in Chicago’s favor is that it’s flat. Even while there are some terrific mountain biking areas within a short drive of downtown, Chicago’s even terrain takes the interval training aspect out of casual rides and daily commutes alike. For mountain biking areas, check out the Palos Trail System in the Southwest suburbs or Kettle Moraine State Forest in Southern Wisconsin if that’s what you prefer. However, there are many more things to consider, such as: Security. With 200 miles of on-street protected, buffered and shared bike lanes, and a magnificent variety of off-street paths, Chicago is a national leader in staking out spaces for bicyclists. Accessibility. Divvy, Chicago’s ride-sharing program, has 600 stations and 6,000 bicycles available throughout the city. Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s 2021 Five-Year Capital Plan includes $37 million for additional improvements that would move Chicago closer to former Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s goal of having every Chicagoan live within a half-mile of a bike path. Culture. Do city officials embrace biking? From the first Mayor Daley on, that has been a resounding yes in Chicago. Do cyclists have the routes and access to shops and pit stops that feed the desire to get back in the saddle? Absolutely — from the stunning vistas of the Lakefront Trail to the culturally immersive 606 (replete with art installations, observatories and educational programming), to one of the largest bike shops in the nation (Old Town’s Village Cycle Center), Chicago has you covered. Ride With Us If you’re asking, “Is Chicago bike friendly?” make friends with us. The best way to ensure you’re going to get the most use out of your bike in Chicago is living in an area — and an apartment — that embraces bike culture. Downtown Apartment Company knows the neighborhoods and the housing inventory in each. To get a head start on your life in the bike lane, check out our listings here.

Chicago Restaurant Week 2021

Chicago Restaurant Week begins this Friday (albeit, it may look a little different this year than in previous years). During Restaurant Week, over 250 participating  restaurants in and around Chicago offer multi-course prix fixe menus for lunch ($25) and dinner ($39 or $55). This year, you'll get to enjoy restaurant week through indoor or outdoor dining, carry out, and even delivery. Here are some of the notable additions to this year's Restaurant Week roster in addition to tried and true favorites. Avec River North The new River North location of this beloved West Loop restaurant will be offering a five course dinner menu ($55). The tasting menu will include house-marinated olives and ciabatta to start, followed by chorizo-stuffed medjool dates with bacon and piquillo pepper-tomato sauce, a course of shaved brussels sprouts with calabrian chili and golden raisin, wood oven paella with confit chicken, escargot sausage, mussels and tangerine aioli, and lastly a raspberry rose tart. Enjoy dishes inspired by Greek and Spanish cuisine for indoor dining or on the outdoor patio. [caption id="attachment_27229" align="alignnone" width="418"] Courtesy of Avec[/caption] Odyssey Chicago River This dining experience is taking riverfront dining to a whole new level. Enjoy Chicago's stunning architecture during a dinner cruise along the Chicago River. The menu ($55) includes a selection of soup or salad, an entree (with dishes like root vegetable fricassee, broiled salmon, grilled chicken, or scallop and shrimp scampi), as well as a dessert. Aba Aba is a West Loop favorite amongst many Chicagoans. This year, Aba's $55 dinner menu will include a choice of a wide selection of appetizers (like charred eggplant, striped bass crudo, or house made stracciatella), an entree (like braised short rib, king salmon, or grilled cauliflower with dates and turmeric), a dessert (like pistachio or chocolate cake or creme brûlée), and even a craft cocktail (like a kiwi gin and tonic or a Mediterranean mule). Enjoy Aba's Mediterranean fare from their stylish and intimate outdoor rooftop. Aba will also be offering a prix fixe brunch menu for $25 which includes two courses plus a choice of cocktail, beer, or wine.This definitely tops the list as one of the best Restaurant Week deals! [caption id="attachment_27225" align="alignnone" width="636"] Courtesy of Aba[/caption] Girl and the Goat Girl and the Goat is another tried and true West Loop favorite. In addition to the high quality food and experience, the world renowned restaurant rose to prominence because of it's owner and chef, Top Chef winner, Stephanie Izard. This year's menu ($55, dinner only) will offer contemporary dishes like brioche with goat liver mousse and relish, roasted bosu oysters with yuzu Harissa butter, shio kombu, and lime,  and crispy short ribs with avocado and grape fruit chermoula. Don't worry-- we had to google a few of those ingredients, too. Girl and the Goat's Restaurant Week menu will be exclusively available for indoor dining. [caption id="attachment_27224" align="alignnone" width="635"] Intimate ambiance inside Girl and the Goat, courtesy of Girl and the Goat[/caption] Chicago Restaurant Week runs March 19th through April 4th. Click here to make reservations and see a list of participating restaurants. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to guide you in your search and answer your questions! We are now offering in person, self guided, and virtual apartment tours. Be sure to ask about any move in specials!

How To Furnish An Apartment

Whether you’re furnishing your first apartment or fifth, moving to a new place offers the fun opportunity to decorate it to one’s tastes. You may have some existing furniture, or you may be starting from scratch. You may have a certain aesthetic in mind, or you may want to wing it. Whatever the case, there’s a lot that goes into finding apartment furnishings that make a new address feel like home. Outfitting a residence with furniture that meets your needs and fits your tastes tends to be challenging and expensive. It often takes time and skill to pick the pieces that fit your particular personality and preferences. With that in mind, here’s a look at some top tips for how to furnish an apartment in a way that works for you. Start With Necessities While it’s easy to get excited about accessorizing, the building blocks of furnishing an apartment are those pieces that serve necessary functions. If you’re working with a blank slate, here are several must-haves on which to focus: A place to sleep: If there’s one thing your apartment needs to give you, it’s a place to sleep each night. Shop around for mattresses and bed frames, and you’ll see there are abundant possibilities. Keep in mind that just because a mattress is the most expensive doesn’t mean it’s the best. Look for models that hold up well. A place to eat: You can consume daily meals standing at the counter, but usually you’ll want a table or bar where one can sit down. Think beyond regular eating, too. Will you want to entertain? If so, you’ll need room for several people at your eating area. A place to sit: Couches, armchairs, dining chairs, and stools all cater to the same function: giving you a place to sit. Typically, you’ll want an anchoring piece of furniture for the living room, such as a couch, sectional or loveseat. Likewise, you’ll want chairs for the eating area and an office chair if you work from home. Kitchen tools: Even for the least culinary-minded individuals, everyday cooking requires pots and pans, cooking utensils, small appliances, and linens. Stock your space to enable meal prep, and make daily life more functional. Storage: Last but not least, you’ll want places to store belongings. Have a lot of books? Shelving or bookcases are a must. Want to showcase a collection of some kind? Furniture can make this possible. In the living room, you could keep extra blankets in baskets. The front entryway often benefits from wall hooks or a hangingrack for coats. Think about what you use in each part of your layout, and choose containers, cabinets, shelves and baskets accordingly. Organization makes a huge difference in how your space looks and feels day to day. One more tip: whatever you’re buying, a little research can go a long way. In order to invest in the best you can afford, try to find out where products were made, how they’re constructed and what to expect in terms of longevity before you buy. Know Where to Splurge As anyone who’s moved more than once could tell you: a lot of furniture ends up going to a donation box. To avoid overspending on pieces you’ll end up ditching, try to think about your long-term needs. Ask yourself: what furniture would be worth packing and moving in a truck, and what would you leave behind? Only allow yourself to splurge on the items that you’re sure to keep. That bench that perfectly fits your uniquely shaped entryway, for example. It’s unlikely to work as well anywhere else. Hunt Around for Furniture You have all kinds of options for where to buy furniture. There are big-box stores and traditional retailers, but you can also shop furniture outlets, second hand stores or even mobile apps such as OfferUp or LetGo. Whether you hunt for a new dining table on Facebook Marketplace or find a great lamp at a garage sale, you may find excellent bargains by digging around a bit. One more smart way to simplify and accelerate the furnishing process is to work with Downtown Apartment Company. When you rent one of our luxury apartments, we’re available to help connect you with other companies that rent furniture and can possibly save you money in setting up the new space. Let us help you fill the apartment without having to rent a fully furnished unit. To learn more, reach out to us anytime!

How To Grill When You Live In An Apartment

When people sign a lease to a new apartment, it could incite excitement for a variety of reasons. Perhaps it’s your first time living on your own, or you are finally living in the city of your dreams. What some people don’t realize is that they miss out on some of the luxuries of having a house. Without a porch, patio or balcony, it might be difficult to partake in certain activities — such as grilling — while living in an apartment. Due to the rules and regulations against gas, charcoal and open flames, apartment dwellers sometimes aren’t allowed to grill at all. Here are some tips to still have a great grilling experience when you live in an apartment. Workarounds to Grilling Outdoors If you’re craving some flame-roasted meals but don’t have access to a grill, try these kitchen alternatives that can be used year-round — even if you have to endure the Chicago winters from your downtown apartment rental: Use the broiler: Some people might think that an oven only has one baking setting and a light switch. However, there are a variety of ways you can use an oven. To successfully substitute broiling for grilling, set the oven to broil and move the rack so that it’s between four and eight inches from the heat source. Doing so should create the perfect caramelization and charring for your food. It may take a bit longer than cooking over an open pit, but it’s worth the wait. Turn on the electric grill: For the modern and eco-friendly cook, an electric grill can still achieve a thorough roast. Since you’re using electricity instead of fire, it’s important to make sure the meat is cooked on the inside too. Adding drops of liquid smoke and the right seasoning and sauce pairings can ensure the success of your indoor barbecue. Invest in a grill pan: A grill pan can be used on the stovetop or in the broiler. A ridged, cast-iron pan can even imitate the grill marks. A pan also grants you the ability to baste your meat while it’s cooking and provides more smokey flavor than an electric grill. A few drops of liquid smoke, extra seasonings and sauces may be necessary. Just beware of a potentially smokey kitchen and messy cleanup. Seasoning is your friend: If you still don’t have a way to cook up some flamed goodness, add some herbs and spices to imitate a fire-roasted meat dish. Once it’s on the pan or in the oven, the seasoning and sauce can bring out the flavors from the meat and give a tasty alternative to charcoal and fire. Alternatives to the Kitchen Grilling is often a messy process. If you don’t have the space or building clearance to cook indoors, try getting creative with your surroundings. Use common areas: Many apartment complexes and buildings offer a space to grill outside. Whether it’s in the yard or on the rooftop, utilizing a public space offered by your building could save the hassle of kitchen grilling. Head outdoors: If you don’t have access to a cooking space in or near the apartment, try a park, campsite, pier or public pool. Many cities and municipalities have community spaces specifically for outdoor grilling. Simply take your cooking, cleaning, prep and serving supplies — and don’t forget the meat. When you’re really craving some fresh, smokey barbecue, it can kill the mood to have to settle for takeout. Being crafty and patient with your utensils and cooking space may take some time and effort, but you’ll be rewarded with a satisfying meal. Mastering the art of the grilling lifestyle from a tiny apartment is doable — without setting off a smoke alarm. If hosting a killer barbecue party is a priority for your next apartment, contact us to find your next grill-safe rental.

Lake and Wells Apartments

If you're looking for convenient location, it doesn't get much better than Lake and Wells Apartments. At Lake and Wells Apartments you'll be just steps to the CTA Blue Line train, which provides service throughout the city and out to O'Hare International Airport, as well as minutes to the CTA Brown, Red, Pink, Orange, and Green line trains, a plethora of restaurants, shops, and plenty of green space along the Chicago Riverwalk and lakefront. River North is also less than a 10 minute walk away. These newly renovated luxury apartments feature modern interiors and thoughtful design. Kitchens come equipped with stainless steel appliances and a choice between two finish packages, including either black granite countertops with cherry wood or espresso cabinetry, or white quartz countertops with white cabinetry. [caption id="attachment_26874" align="alignnone" width="627"] Modern White Kitchen Finishes[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26879" align="alignnone" width="626"] Classic Dark Finishes[/caption] Each spacious layout features in unit laundry and floor to ceiling windows to take in the stunning city and river views. Hard surface flooring, 10 foot ceilings, and expansive balconies are also available. Amenities at Lake and Wells Apartments include an indoor lap pool which becomes an indoor-outdoor pool deck in the summer months, a 24 hour state of the art fitness center, 24 hour co working space, a rooftop with a fire pit, grilling stations, landscaped lounge spaces, and outdoor hot tub, an outdoor private pet park, complimentary coffee service, garage parking, onsite dry cleaning service, package receiving, and onsite storage lockers. [gallery ids="26883,26882,26875"] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago's Loop? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions and guide you in your search! We are now offering in person, self guided, and virtual apartment tours. Be sure to ask about move in specials including free rent!

Optima Lakeview

Optima Lakeview is one of the newest residential developments from Chicago developer, Optima, slated for 2022 delivery and located at the former Treasure Island site. The seven story building will include a composition of one, two, and three bedroom residences, 14,000 square feet of commercial space, and 40,000 square feet of amenity space. [caption id="attachment_26866" align="alignnone" width="627"] Courtesy of Optima[/caption] Lakeview is a tree-lined neighborhood with lots of character, known for having a high density of charming walk-ups, homes, and smaller multifamily buildings. So far, luxury amenity buildings have been far and few between and those looking to live in a luxury amenity building have opted to live further downtown. Thanks to Optima Lakeview, you'll no longer have to choose between high rise living and the charming neighborhood feel Lakeview offers. Optima Lakeview will be located on Broadway, right in the heart of Lakeview, just steps to restaurants, boutiques, the lakefront, comedy clubs, parks, Wrigley Field, Diversey Driving Range, Belmont Harbor, and nightlife. Amenities will include an indoor basketball court, a golf simulator, a putting green, fitness center, a dog park, pet spa, game room, a yoga studio, demonstration kitchen, conference rooms, a rooftop sky deck, resort style pool, an in-home concierge service, a striking interior atrium, and more! So far, plans show that Optima Lakeview will feature a dark brick base with a glass and bronze exterior. The CTA Red Line train and entrance to Lakeshore Drive are also just minutes away, making it a quick and easy commute downtown or north to Evanston and Northwestern. [caption id="attachment_26867" align="alignnone" width="653"] Courtesy of Optima[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago in Lakeview? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions and guide you in your search! We are now offering in person, self guided, and virtual apartment tours. Be sure to ask about move in specials including free rent!

West Loop Salons

The West Loop is full of upscale and innovative salons and blowout bars. Here are a few of our favorite west loop salons! Art + Science - 1144 W Randolph St The stylists at Art + Science each specialize in a particular area including coloring, cutting, barbering, and styling. Each stylist on the floor has been through Art + Science's competitive apprenticeship program, so it's no surprise Art + Science was ranked "Best Salon in Chicago" by Chicago Reader for three years. If you're craving a change and need some inspiration, check out their "cutting" edge look book here! In 2016, Art and Science also started Hair Cares, a nonprofit that gives back to underserved people in the community through fashion shows, coat drives, raffles, and more. Salon DJ Hairtography - 300 N Elizabeth St Salon DJ is a full service salon and one stop shop for great headshots, offering hair and make up services, products, brow, nail, and aesthetic services, and portrait photography all under the same roof! Located in a very spacious timber loft, there's plenty of room to space styling stations far apart for social distancing. *Residents of The Mason get 20% off services for a limited time! Contact us for more information about The Mason! [caption id="attachment_26783" align="alignnone" width="419"] Courtesy of Shari Sirotnak[/caption] Blowout Junkie - 1219 W Madison St If you need to get in an out quickly and look polished for days, Blowout Junkie is worth checking out! With high water pressure for extra clean hair and state of the art dryers for a quick styling time, this West Loop blow-dry bar is a neighborhood favorite for a reason! *For a limited time, receive $5 account credit for every service you receive in February 2021! Trixie Girl Blowdry Bar - 237 S Halsted St It's difficult to find West Loop salons open on Mondays, early in the morning, late at night, or on holidays. Fortunately, Trixie Girl West Loop Blowdry Bar has you covered! Trixie Girl is open seven days a week including early morning and late evening hours, so you can get that last minute perfect hair day in or start your work day with a fresh 'do. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to guide you in your search! We are now offering in person, self guided, and virtual apartment tours. Be sure to ask about free rent and move in specials!

Cascade Lakeshore East

Cascade is one of Magellan Development's newest high rises. In addition to many popular communities throughout Chicago, like the Gallery on Wells and Exhibit on Superior, Magellan is known for being the developer behind the Lakeshore East community. Over the past several decades, they've developed many high rises, commercial space, public enhancements, and Lakeshore East park, turning the former golf course into a full-blown neighborhood. Cascade is one of three buildings within the parcels IJKL in Lakeshore East, one of the last remaining areas to be developed in the neighborhood. The edgy interior design, thoughtful layouts, striking architectural details, and useful amenities make Cascade a standout building. [caption id="attachment_26774" align="alignnone" width="418"] These new luxury apartments will offer stunning views of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan[/caption] The positioning of this high rise offers optimal natural light for all units as well as stunning lake and river views, just one of the ways bKL's thoughtful architecture is woven through each detail of the building. The glass facade, accented with copper expression panels,  will reflect the surroundings, including Lake Michigan and nearby park, making Cascade an homage to what's already beautiful in Lakeshore East. Upon completion, Cascade will be 37 stories with 503 rental units. Amenities will include a pool deck, an outdoor kitchen and grilling stations, a media room, multiple communal lounges, work space, fire pits, and more. Cascade will also be close to plenty of green space. Adjacent to the tower will be Cascade Park, a new three acre landscaped park designed by internationally acclaimed Claude Cormier and Associates. [caption id="attachment_26775" align="alignnone" width="586"] Cascade Park adjacent to Cascade and Cirrus towers[/caption] Additionally, the beloved six acre Lakeshore East park is also neighboring the high rise. Lakeshore East park is currently Chicago's only free wireless park and also has a sectioned off dog park. Cascade is located at 445 E Waterside Drive and is slated for completion in quarter three of 2021. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lakeshore East? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions and guide you in your search! We are currently offering in person, self guided, and virtual tours. Be sure to ask about move in and free rent specials!

How To Create A Work-From-Home Space

Despite all the benefits of working from home, it is not without its challenges. Whether you’re managing meetings over Zoom or trying to complete projects amid household distractions, the convenience of quitting a commute can start to feel like a burden if you don’t have a dedicated home office workspace. If you spend any time telecommuting, it’s important to create a makeshift office at home. With that in mind, here’s a look at the advantages of a designated workspace, along with tips for how to get started. Benefits of Having a Dedicated Home Office Workspace  Your home offers many comforts, but it can’t compare to a traditional office. If you’re trying to set up shop at the kitchen table or on the living room sofa, you’ll quickly learn how easy it is to get distracted. Someone rings the doorbell, or the washing machine dings. The TV beckons, and the pantry is full of snacks. Having a dedicated work area can help with all these challenges. Some of the many benefits that a home office can provide include: More focus: Shutting out the routines of household life can make it easier to minimize distractions and boost productivity. With a work-from-home space, you have a dedicated area where you can get tasks done — away from chores, noises and anyone else who lives there. Accessible supplies: Even if all you need for work is a computer, it’s helpful to have a specific place where you can always keep it. A home office could also be where your printer, files, paper, writing utensils and other office supplies stay. Better work/life balance: Setting aside a room strictly for work ensures that you create better boundaries between your job and home life. In the office, you work; out of it, you don’t. Tips to Create a Makeshift Office If you’re new to working from home or finally realizing it’s time to settle into a more productive routine, here are some tips to keep in mind: Minimize distractions. Step one in creating an effective home office is to pick a location where you will be uninterrupted. You can use a spare bedroom, a large closet or part of another room, but the place you choose should make it easy to get away from regular life, find some peace and quiet, and concentrate. Get organized. Gather everything you’ll need for daily work and organize it properly. Along with traditional office supplies, consider investing in a sturdy desk, ergonomic seating and sufficient lighting to keep your eyes from getting overtired. Likewise, decorate to make the space feel personal and calming, so it’s a pleasure to occupy. Limit work to the workplace. Once you have an office set up, make it a habit to use it only for your job. By allocating the area specifically for work, you’ll make it easier to be productive when you’re on the clock. If you’re willing to get creative, you can set up an office almost anywhere. That said, sometimes the easiest way to make more space is to move to a bigger home. If you’re interested in a rental that could accommodate a work-from-home environment, come explore the units we have available at Downtown Apartment Company.  

Avra West Loop Apartments

Avra is one of the West Loop's newest luxury high rises featuring elegant interiors, thoughtful layouts, practical and upscale amenities, and an unbeatable location. Avra features a collection of 198 luxury apartments, comprised of studio, convertible, one, two, and three bedroom units as well as penthouses. Some of the star features include oversized walk in closets, floating vanities, floor to ceiling glass windows, kitchen peninsulas, designer pendant lighting, and four piece bathrooms. [caption id="attachment_26750" align="alignnone" width="405"] Renderings courtesy of Tandem[/caption] Avra is a full amenity building, including a rooftop terrace with panoramic views, a fully equipped fitness center, co-working space, fire pits, complimentary bike storage, and even pet amenities like the community dog wash station. Avra, located at 1125 W Van Buren, is in a prime West Loop location, just minutes from the Loop and Medical District, and two blocks to the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. With Whole Foods and Mariano's grocery stores just blocks away, Target just one block away, the CTA blue line train two blocks away, and the highway entrance less than a minute drive, you'll be situated near all the major conveniences. Furthermore, Avra is just a few blocks from Halsted and Madison streets, both lined with retail, restaurants, coffee shops, fitness studios, salons, and the like. Avra is also just a few blocks from Mary Bartleme Park, where you can peruse the seasonal farmers market, go for a stroll, or take your furry friend to the enclosed dog park. Whether you're looking to live near the Loop, the West Loop, or the Illinois Medical District and UIC, this location is hard to beat! Avra is currently pre-leasing for move ins starting  in April 2021 and offering spectacular pre-leasing specials.* Avra is being developed by Tandem with architecture by Antunovich Associates and interiors by Brianne Bishop Design. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the West Loop or apartments near the Illinois Medical District and UIC? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions and guide you in your search! We are now offering in person, self guided, and virtual apartment tours. Be sure to ask about move in and free rent specials! *Concessions,  specials, and availability are subject to change on a daily basis.

Morton Salt Redevelopment in Lincoln Park

Developer, R2, recently proposed a new development that would bring office, entertainment, retail, and dining space, as well as over 500 feet of  new riverfront space to the Morton Salt warehouse site. Upon approval for a zoning change from warehouse to commercial of what's been dubbed the "Salt District", R2 will also seek landmark status. R2 plans on keeping the famous "Morton Salt Umbrella Girl" sign, which is visible from the expressway. [caption id="attachment_26625" align="alignnone" width="566"] Courtesy of R2[/caption] R2 purchased the site at 1357 N. Elston in 2017, roughly two years after Morton closed down their factory after 86 years of use. The public sentiment seems to be overwhelmingly popular, with the project bringing hundreds of jobs and public green space to an area that has been out of use for several years. The Morton Salt warehouse is located in a prime location along the north branch of the river in Lincoln Park. This 760 acre corridor of Lincoln Park and the Near North Side has been known for housing industrial sites, until the city changed its zoning to allow for (and encourage) other mixed use development in this "North Branch" corridor. Among other office and public recreation developments underway in the area, Sterling Bay announced it's plans for Lincoln Yards, a mega development bounded by the Kennedy Expressway to the west, Webster Ave to the north, Clybourn Ave to the east, and North Ave to the south. Plans for the massive Lincoln Yards development include public riverfront space, residential, office, retail, and hospitality space, bike paths, art installations, and other recreation space. This stretch of Lincoln Park has only grown in popularity with developers. [embed][/embed] The video above is an overview of the neighboring Lincoln Yards mega development. See the gallery below for renderings of R2's proposed Morton Salt redevelopment. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lincoln Park? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions and guide you in your search. We are now offering in person, self guided, and virtual apartment tours. Be sure to ask about free rent and move in specials!

IMPRINT South Loop Penthouses

Step into the luxury penthouses at IMPRINT, which feature top of the line finishes, striking views, thoughtful design, and unique luxury features. Penthouse units range from one to four bedrooms, most of which have dedicated spacious closets and bathrooms for each bedroom, as well as private wrap-around terraces. These South Loop penthouses feature soaring exposed concrete ceilings, solid core entry doors with brushed chrome hardware, oversized bedrooms, and hard surface flooring. The European style kitchens come equipped with flat panel cabinetry, quartz countertops, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, a gas range, garbage disposal, a large undercount stainless steel sink, and a single lever faucet with an integrated pull out sprayer. Spa inspired bathrooms are complete with elegant lighting, vanities each with a drawer, frameless mirror, and integrated sink, single lever premium faucets, soaking tubs, glass showers, towel bars, robe hooks, tile flooring, and double vanity sinks in select units. Each unit also features full-sized, Whirlpool front loading washers and dryers as well as floor to ceiling windows with UV blocking roller shades. [gallery columns="5" ids="26465,26457,26461,26459,26451"] With indoor amenities for year round use, outdoor amenities in the warmer months, and convenient services, the amenities at IMPRINT are second to none. Head to the fitness studio and yoga platform for your own workout or a complimentary yoga class. and towel off with complimentary towel service. IMPRINT's state of the art fitness center is complete with Peloton bikes, a Powermill stair climber, and ample cardio and weight training equipment. Entertain, unwind, or work from home in the resident lounge, the private dining area and demonstration kitchen, or at the fifth floor terrace, complete with grilling stations, fire pits, and ample seating space. Check out the digital entertainment and gaming space or warm up by the fire pits at the top floor observation deck. Although the dedicated co-working spaces and first floor library are excellent for working from home, all amenity spaces are equipped with WiFi should you decide to work from one of the outdoor common spaces. [caption id="attachment_26483" align="alignnone" width="699"] IMPRINT offers extensive indoor and outdoor amenities[/caption] IMPRINT also offers a multitude of conveniences. The dog spa, grooming station, and private 24/7 dog run make having a dog in a high rise a breeze. The 24/7 concierge, on-site maintenance and management teams, LuxerOne package receiving, Tide Cleaners valet dry cleaning, printing service, covered attached garage parking and on site bike storage, housekeeping services available through The Minte, and curated resident events and perks program are all things IMPRINT offers to make life just a little easier. IMPRINT is located in the Printer’s Row area of the South Loop. The South Loop is beloved by Chicagoans for its vibrant cultural scene, with Chicago’s world renowned museums, Soldier Field, Grant Park, the lakefront, stunning architecture, and exceptional dining all within blocks. Check out the gallery below for more images of the penthouses at IMPRINT. A virtual tour of the amenity spaces is also available!   Looking for luxury penthouses for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions and assist you in your search. We are currently offering in person and virtual tours.

Gift Ideas for Hard-to-Shop-For Friends

We all have that hard-to-shop-for friend. Whether its someone who seems to have everything, doesn't like anything, or someone you don't know all that well, these gift ideas are worth checking out! Slip Slip offers high quality machine washable silk products, like the silk eye mask and pillow case that are included with their sleep set. The silk pillow case is especially beloved for its propertied skin and hair benefits. The Slip sleep set is a great way to make someone's nighttime routine feel just a little more luxurious. Slip sleep sets and a la carte silk products are available at Bloomingdale's. The Sill We all have that friend who has a window ledge full of "pet" plants in lieu of furry pets. The Sill is the perfect place to shop for a holiday gift for that friend. From succulents to more luscious potted and hanging plants, The Sill has an outstanding selection. If you or the person you're shopping for don't have very much natural light, don't fret! You can also purchase plant growth lights from The Sill. The good news is that even if you purchase a plant for someone who doesn't particularly like plants, the gesture is still usually well received. Who couldn't use a new potted plant to brighten up their home these days? The Sill is also a great option if you're looking to support a small business this holiday season! Lettuce Entertain You Gift Card Ever forget what you got someone the year before and end up accidentally giving them the same gift twice? This gift card is a gift that's socially acceptable to give to your entire circle of friends and family year after year. Lettuce Entertain You gift cards can be used at dozens of locations around the Chicagoland area and make the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for person. Although the recipient probably won't be going out to eat for a while, these gift cards can be used for carryout, too. For a limited time, get a $25 bonus card to use for yourself after the holidays for every $100 you purchase in gift cards. (Lou Malnati's has a similar promotion going on.) Vosges Chocolates Whether you're shopping for a corporate gift or got stuck with a secret santa you don't really know that well, it's hard to go wrong with chocolate! Vosges offers stunning high quality chocolate gifts for any price range. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions and guide you in your search. We are now offering in person, self guided, and virtual apartment tours. Be sure to ask about any move in specials including free rent!

The Clark Gold Coast Apartments

The Clark is one of the newest luxury apartment buildings in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, offering studio, one bed, and two bedroom apartments. Building amenities at The Clark include indoor, outdoor, and service based amenities. The rooftop terrace at The Clark is complete with grilling stations, Sonos wireless HiFi sound system, and stunning views of the downtown Chicago skyline. Unwind and entertain in the penthouse lounge or stop by the resident herb garden to grab a sprig of something to spice up your home cooked meals. Indoor amenities include the fitness center and yoga studio, both with 24 hour access, as well as plenty of space to work from home including the business center, reservable conference room, or coffee bar which seres espresso and cold drinks. Amenity spaces are also equipped with high speed internet. The Clark offers residents incredible services for added convenience. From the 24 hour door staff and concierge, flexible lease lengths, Butterfly MX, a smart intercom service with video calling capabilities via mobile app, reserved garage spaces, bike storage, onsite management and maintenance, recycling, close proximity to public transit and Jewel Osco grocery store, and 24 hour package receiving, daily life is a little easier at The Clark. Interiors at The Clark include bright and modern design, quality appliances and finishes, and smart home features. Each smart apartment is enabled with Stratis, allowing residents smart phone control over their lighting and thermostats. as well as Latch, which allows you to use your smart phone as a key. Apartments are also equipped with 1 Gigabit download speed internet, Leviton Z-Wave dimmer switches, and Nest programmable thermostats which allow you to adjust temperature settings remotely and schedule ideal settings. Kitchens features quartz countertops, designer tile backsplashes, and hardwood floors. Efficient appliances include in unit laundry, dishwashers, and microwaves. High ceilings, private balconies, premium window coverings, large closets, and striking views are all other touches that make apartments at The Clark special. [caption id="attachment_26415" align="alignnone" width="556"] The Clark offers expansive private balconies and patios[/caption] The Clark is also a pet friendly community offering state of the art pet amenities. Rain or shine, the onsite private dog run offers incredible convenience! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Chicago's Gold Coast? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions and guide you in your search! We are now offering in person, self guided, and virtual apartment tours! Be sure to ask about move in specials including free rent!

Fulton Market ‘Reve Burger’

Chef Curtis Duffy is a Michelin three starred Chicago chef known for Randolph Street's 'Grace', which closed its doors in 2017. After three years in the works, Duffy and his business partner, Michael Muser, opened their new Fulton Market restaurant, Ever, in July. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions and supply chain obstacles, Ever has pivoted into a new temporary concept called 'Reve Burger'. Ever started as a high end, contemporary concept with an 8-10 course tasting menu (starting at $285 per person) featuring seafood, seasonal vegetables, nuts, meats, seeds, and grains. The original menu consisted of ingredients like squab with guajillo, raspberry, and sorrel, hoja santa (also known as "root beer leaf"), and an earthy-looking wagyu beef with sunchoke, orange, and tat soi. However, COVID has made sourcing many of these ingredients much more difficult than usual. Between these supply chain obstacles and COVID-19 indoor dining restrictions, the restaurant's offerings have changed considerably for the time being. [caption id="attachment_26404" align="alignnone" width="628"] Osetra caviar and crab with a cucumber and citrus lace; Courtesy of Ever/Michael Muser[/caption] Ever's Fulton Market space is currently being used for Reve, Duffy and Muser's carryout concept. In addition to being "Ever" spelled backward, "Reve" also means "dream" in French. Reve offers gourmet burgers and American fare for delivery and pick up. The standard "Reve burger" consists of two, four-ounce beef patties, a few slices of American cheese, plus Vienna dill pickles, and special sauce between a brioche bun from Highland Baking Co, served with shoestring fries that supposedly get crunchier after they're reheated. Reve chef du cuisine, Jason Selk, got his chops working at Culver's in Wisconsin. Selk hopes eating the delicious burgers from Reve will invoke a feeling of nostalgia for the consumer. [caption id="attachment_26405" align="alignnone" width="627"] Courtesy of Michael Muser/Reve[/caption] Be sure to try Reve burger while it's here for a limited time!   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Fulton Market? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions and guide you in your search! We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided apartment tours. Be sure to ask about any move in specials!

Socially Distant Chicago Holiday Activities

Although it may look a little different this year, there are still plenty of holiday festivities and things to do in Chicago! Here are some socially distant holiday activities in and near downtown Chicago. [caption id="attachment_26395" align="alignnone" width="418"] Courtesy of Element5 Digital[/caption] Christkindlmarket (Virtual) Christkindlmarket is a Chicago staple for holiday activities. This year, instead of its traditional pop up location in the Loop, the market has gone virtual. Browse goods from all over the world and check out virtual events, like cooking classes, Sunday story time, and German language lessons, all through the end of December. Zoo Lights (Lincoln Park) Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo runs select dates from 4-10pm through January 3rd, 2021. Stroll along Lincoln Park Zoo's winding paths to see hundreds of luminous holiday displays comprised of 2.5 million bulbs and indulge in some seasonal fare. With reduced capacity admissions, Zoo Lights can be a great option if you're looking for outdoor socially distant holiday things to do! Mag Mile Lights Festival (Loop) [caption id="attachment_26396" align="alignnone" width="627"] Courtesy of Austin Henckel[/caption] Watch downtown Chicago transform into a winter wonderland with over 1 million lights lining the Magnificent Mile. Knock out your holiday shopping list while perusing the grand illumination trees lining Michigan Avenue now through Christmas Day. Ice Skating at Maggie Daley Park (Loop) Skate along the winding ribbons of ice rink at Maggie Daley Park, surrounded by the backdrops of the serene lakefront to the east and the striking Chicago skyline in all other directions. The icey path is twice the length of a lap around a traditional ice rink. Admission is free, but you'll need a reservation, as capacity this year is capped at 180 skaters. Ice skates are also available for rent starting at $16. Maggie Daley Ice Rink is open now through March. [caption id="attachment_26392" align="alignnone" width="746"] Courtesy of Maggie Daley Park and Timeout Chicago[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent now near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to help you in your search and answer any questions. Be sure to ask about move in specials! We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided apartment tours!

Downtown Chicago Museum Exhibits Happening Now

Chicago is home to some of the world's greatest museums. If you're looking for a fun way to spend the day during the holidays, check out these Chicago museum exhibits! Immersive Van Gogh - Lighthouse Art Space (Old Town) Lighthouse Art Space is a new art venue in Old Town dedicated to "merging the boundaries between entertainment and culture." "Immersive Van Gogh" is a an hour long walk-through digital art experience that will allow visitors to step inside Van Gogh's world. The exhibit is coming to Chicago February 11th, 2021 with tickets starting at $39.99 for adults and $24.99 for kids. [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="" loop="true" autoplay="true"][/video]   Superpower Dogs - Museum of Science and Industry (South Loop) Explore the incredible dogs and their humans who fight crime, protect endangered species, and save lives in natural disasters around the world. In a film at the Giant Dome Theater at the Museum of Science and Industry, you'll learn about the remarkable abilities of dogs and the science behind those abilities. Screening times are Wednesdays through Sundays at 10:40am, 1:00pm, and 2:20pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for kids. Monet and Chicago - The Art Institute (The Loop) The Art Institute's 46 Monet paintings and drawings constitute the largest collection of his work outside Paris. In addition to his well known popular pieces, many of his rarely seen pieces are also on display. Visit Monet and Chicago through January 18th 2021. [caption id="attachment_26376" align="alignnone" width="660"] Monet's "Arrival Of The Normandy Train Gare Saint-Lazare"[/caption] Can't make it in person? The Art Institute is operating with limited hours (Thursday-Monday from 11am to 6pm) so they currently have expanded virtual offerings. Check out one of The Art Institute's many online talks on an array of topics from gratitude, Impressionism, Chicago stories, and the timely talk on isolation, which explores current social questions and current events through a dialogue about art.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions! We are now offering in person, virtual, and self guided apartment tours. Be sure to ask about move in specials!

Moving for Work? Corporate Relocation Options in Downtown Chicago!

Are you moving for a corporate relocation, school, a medical rotation, or an internship? Is your lease up and you're not sure what the next few months will bring or where you want to live next? Maybe you want to move but just don't feel like committing to a long term lease or have family coming for a long visit and nowhere for them to stay. Whatever your reason, short term leases and furnished apartments are growing increasingly popular for the incredible convenience they offer. Although many luxury rental buildings offer three, six, and nine month leases, it's hard to find options for shorter lease terms. One high quality option is Suite Home Chicago. [caption id="attachment_26362" align="alignnone" width="471"] One of the short term options Suite Home offers in the West Loop neighborhood[/caption] Suite Home Chicago offers furnished short term rentals in downtown Chicago. With inventory in luxury high rises throughout many of Chicago's neighborhoods, it's not hard to find a convenient option for your short term stay. The minimum stay is 30 days, but there is full flexibility in anything longer. For instance, if you need to stay for 42 days, you'll only be billed for the days you need rather than a full second month. What really sets Suite Home apart is the quality of their inventory. Their rentals are in top notch luxury high rises and the interiors are masterfully designed. Each rental is complete with basics like full furnishings, full sized appliances, linens, silverware, in-unit laundry in most units, and of course wifi, down to the last detail including paper towels, house plants (because what's a modern apartment without a succulent), dish towels, travel sized toiletries, and even some trendy throw pillows. All you have to bring is your favorite snack (and some clothes too). With regular housekeeping service, door staff, and state-of-the-art amenities, you get the luxuries of a hotel with the space and comfort of apartment living. Pets are welcome! [caption id="attachment_26366" align="alignnone" width="595"] Each furnished apartment comes complete with linens and all the comforts of home[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions and assist with your move or corporate relocation. We are now offering in person, virtual, and self guided apartment tours. Be sure to ask about move in specials!

Restaurants Offering Thanksgiving Delivery

Does the recent stay at home order have you wondering what this Thanksgiving will look like? Don't fret! These downtown Chicago restaurants are offering incredible Thanksgiving dinners for carryout and delivery! Aba - West Loop Give your celebration a Mediterranean twist with Aba's Thanksgiving dinner. For $48.95 per person, you'll get pumpkin hummus, truffle baked orzo, grilled kababs, crispy Brussels sprouts, and creme brûlée, with an option to add a bottle of wine. Duck Duck Goat - West Loop In the spirit of everything this holiday season being somewhat...atypical...ditch the turkey and opt for duck! Renowned chef, Stephanie Izard's Chinese inspired menu includes peking duck, soy-roasted sweet potatoes, green beans with black bean sauce, char siu bao buns, mashed potato spring rolls and veggie fried rice. Duck Duck Goat's Thanksgiving menu starts at $175 for four people. Maple and Ash  - Gold Coast If a decadent holiday meal is your thing, look no further. Maple and Ash's package includes a whole turkey, lobster bisque, shrimp cocktail, plenty of sides and salads and apple pie, with an option to add the IDGAF add-on, which includes caviar, king crab, filet mignon, truffle jus and more, starting at $70 per person. [caption id="attachment_26312" align="alignnone" width="419"] Courtesy of Maple and Ash[/caption] etta - Wicker Park and River North Etta's prix fixe menu features Thanksgiving favorites with an elevated touch (can you say, cacio e pepe mac and cheese?) For $85 per person you'll also get a bottle of wine, focaccia, salad, turkey breast, bolognese stuffing, veggies and pumpkin cake with spiced cream cheese frosting. Bang Bang Pies - Logan Square Are you making dinner yourself but looking for an extra something? Bang Bang Pies is a Chicago favorite for Thanksgiving classics like pumpkin, apple, chocolate, pecan, and key lime pies. Call ahead to order! Their pies go quickly! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. Be sure to ask about any move in specials!

1400 & 1440 W. Randolph Apartments

Developer, Marquette Companies, has broken ground at the former site of BellyQ restaurant in the western portion of the West Loop and Fulton Market neighborhood. The development is located at Randolph and Ogden, just over a block from the CTA pink and green line stop at Ashland, making it a transit oriented development. Current plans include a 26 story building with ground level restaurant space at 1400 W. Randolph Street and an 11 story building adjacent to Union Park at 1440 W. Randolph Street. Chicago-based architecture firm Brininstool + Lynch designed both structures. Rendering courtesy of Brininstool + LynchAt a community meeting in August, Darren Sloniger of Marquette Companies noted that this new development would "build on the success of The Mason", another residential high rise from Marquette which leased up 70 percent of its 263 units in only eight weeks. Marquette is also behind Catalyst, another popular luxury high rise in the West Loop. Additionally, Marquette owns other multifamily developments in the suburbs of Chicago as well as in Michigan, Indiana, Texas, and Minnesota. The total of about 500 luxury apartments at 1400 and 1440 W. Randolph Street are slated for completion in 2022. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the West Loop? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are now offering virtual and in person apartment tours.

‘North Union’ Mega-Development at Moody Bible

JDL Development has proposed a multiphase mega-development with both commercial and residential properties, as well as public green space, near Old Town. The proposed Near North Side development, North Union, would span 8.1 acres and cover half of the current Moody Bible Institute's Near North Side campus. [caption id="attachment_26127" align="alignnone" width="595"] Courtesy of Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture[/caption] North Union would bring over 30,000 square feet of commercial space, 2680 rental apartments, and 1.3 acres of green space to Moody Bible Institute's campus. JDL currently has a deal to buy the land and Moody Bible plans to continue to operate on the remaining 9.4 acres of their current Near North Side campus. [caption id="attachment_26126" align="alignnone" width="545"] Courtesy of Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture[/caption] The proposed development would be situated between Wells Street and the CTA brown line tracks, bounded by Hill and Chestnut Streets as the northern and southern boundaries. Current plans include three high rises along Oak Street at 44, 47, and 55 stories respectively. Plans also include over 200 low rise units like town homes. Once approved, the development could take 7 to 10 years to complete. [caption id="attachment_26125" align="alignnone" width="594"] Courtesy of Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Chicago's Near North Side? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are now offering in person and virtual apartment showings. Be sure to ask us about move in specials!

Halloween Activities Near Downtown Chicago

Even though it may look a little different this year, Halloween is still on! We know you've already been wearing a mask and eating candy for a few months now, but if you're still looking for ways to celebrate the fall festivities, here are some Halloween activities near downtown Chicago! Adults Night Out: The Great Pumpkin Glow Head to Lincoln Park Zoo for seasonal activities including a pumpkin walk, a haunted trail, themed food, seasonal cocktails, and a socially distant movie. The outdoor animal exhibits will be open (with nocturnal species most likely to be active during the event). The Great Pumpkin Glow is Thursday, October 29th 6:30 to 10pm. Grab a hot cider and get your tickets here! [caption id="attachment_26111" align="alignnone" width="418"] Photo courtesy of Olivia Kulbida[/caption] Music Box of Horrors The Music Box Theatre will take over Chi-Town Movies Drive In through October 31st for screenings of horror movies, ranging from classic favorites to rarely screened films as well as filmmaker Q & A, pre-show entertainment, live trivia with prizes, and double features on Fridays and Saturdays. Admittance begins 30 minutes before the film's scheduled start time. Although the event is technically a "drive in" you can still attend without a car by bringing your own lawn chair and purchasing a ticket online. I Put a Spell on You: "Hocus Pocus" Themed Pop Up Bar "I Put a Spell on You" is a new Halloween pop up bar is now open at the Homestead rooftop in West Town. Chefs Chris Teixeira and Christo Vlahos named menu items after the most quotable lines in the 1990s cult classic film, "Hocus Pocus", like the "Amok!" cocktail and "The Devil Himself" fried chicken dish. The "I Put a Spell on You" pop up is open evenings through November 8th with a special themed brunch menu on weekends. [caption id="attachment_26110" align="alignnone" width="418"] An ice cube with Sarah Jessica Parker in "Hocus Pocus" on the top. Photo courtesy of Homestead[/caption]   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are currently offering in person and virtual apartment tours. Be sure to ask about move in specials!

What’s Open in Chicago: Phase Four

Now that Chicago is in phase four of reopening from COVID-19, there's even more to do while socially distancing. Phase four allows reopening of museums and zoos, both outdoor and indoor seating at restaurants, tourist attractions, and the reopening of movie theaters and live performance venues. Here are some of the attractions that are now open near downtown Chicago for your entertainment! Tourism Chicago Architecture Center, Wendella, Chicago Lakefront Cruises, and Shoreline Site Seeing have all resumed their boat tours. Hear expertly trained docents share fascinating stories about Chicago's history, interesting details about over 50 of the buildings that line the Chicago River,  and how Chicago from being a small settlement to one of the world's largest and most prominent cities in the span of 100 years. If you visit the Chicago Architecture Center and book through them, you'll save on admission! Zoo Lincoln Park is now open near downtown Chicago! Lincoln Park Zoo is home to 200 unique species of wildlife from around the world. Enjoy strolling the zoo's winding paths surrounded by the tranquil setting of trees, ponds, and glimpses of the city. Upcoming events hosted by Lincoln Park Zoo include virtual penguin feeding, virtual haunted history tours, and Zoo Nights, where you can enjoy fall decor, food, and beverage by Levy Restaurants on Saturdays, all of which run through October 31st. Lincoln Park Zoo admission is still free of charge but to limit the number of people on site, the zoo is requiring online reservations ahead of time. Museums Chicago offers one of the richest cultural scenes in the world and the extensive list of museums, across many mediums, is a big reason why! The Art Institute, Museum of Science and Industry, and Shedd Aquarium are now all open and require tickets in advance. The Field Museum, American Writer's Museum, and Museum of Photography are open and offering tickets at the door. The Museum of Contemporary Art is open on weekends only with limited hours. If you're looking for things to do or places now open near downtown Chicago, start by checking out one of Chicago's many museums! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to provide you with more information. We are now offering virtual and in person tours. Be sure to ask about move in specials!

Old Town Park Phase 3

Developed by Vancouver based developer, Onni Group, the third phase of the Old Town Park development is underway on Chicago's near north side. At 41 stories Old Town Park phase three will be the tallest of the three towers so far. It will include 456 rental units, a sixth floor amenity deck, parking for 193 cars, and office space on the lower levels. Old Town Park phase two made headlines last year for its $45,000 per month penthouse which set Chicago's record for the highest price for a rental apartment. Although little is known about the exact finishes, interiors, or amenities at Old Town Park's phase three, if it's anything like the first two towers, it's sure to be an outstanding product. Custom closets, full sized washers and dryers, integrated kitchen appliances, sleek design, private balconies, condo grade finishes, and large bathrooms and kitchens are all hallmarks of other Onni buildings, including the first two towers of the Old Town Park development. [gallery columns="4" ids="25950,25949,25948,25947"] Some of the thoughtful amenities at the first two phases of Old Town Park include large pools and hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas, and massage rooms, indoor and outdoor rooftop basketball courts, spacious pet amenities, club grade fitness centers, a game room, a self playing piano, many lounge and entertainment spaces, and elegant co-working spaces. [gallery columns="5" ids="25946,25945,25944,25943,25942,25941,25940,25939,25938,25937"] Phase three is slated for completion in 2021. Looking for luxury apartments for rent in Old Town near Wells Street? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided apartment tours.

River North Furniture Stores

River North is one of Chicago's cultural hubs, filled with boutiques, galleries, music venues, restaurants, and design studios. It's no wonder River North is chalk full of top tier furniture stores. Here are a few neighborhood favorites! Luminaire - 301 W Superior St. Luminaire Chicago features modern designer furniture, lighting, and accessories in a timber loft show room. Luminaire's show room is located in the gallery district of the River North neighborhood, which features the largest concentration of art galleries outside Manhattan. The Golden Triangle - 330 N Clark St. The Golden Triangle is a hidden gem for one of a kind rare finds. From furniture and decor, art work, lighting, and sculptures, to jewelry, artifacts, European and Asian antiques, and custom work, it's easy to get spend an afternoon perusing the uniquely curated collection.  The Golden Triangle is offering virtual tours of the show room and inventory via Matterport. Casa Spazio - 222 W Hubbard St Casa Spazio has a collection of luxury home decor designed and made in Italy. Their collection includes custom pieces, upholstery, office and bedroom furniture, and other modern home furnishings. Casa Spazio also provides space planning and interior design services and is currently offering a virtual tour of their show room. Manifesto - 808 N Wells St. Manifesto in River north carries custom designed furniture, imports from Italy and Austria, and contemporary accent pieces. The chic, spacious showroom features a large selection of decor in neutral colors, wood furnishings, rugs, and accent lighting. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Chicago's River North neighborhood? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided tours. Be sure to ask about any move in specials!

369 W. Grand Apartments

369 W. Grand apartments is a new rental building from Canadian developer, Onni Group, at the site of the former Clark and Barlow Hardware Store. Upon completion, 369 W. Grand will provide 365 apartments in a glass-clad 41-story tower in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The five story base will feature retail space on the ground level with parking on the next four levels. The main building will feature a resident amenity deck on the sixth floor with a large outdoor deck that will expand on to the roof of the five story base. Units will feature modern finishes and private balconies. 369 W. Grand apartments will also feature three floors of luxury penthouses. [caption id="attachment_25925" align="alignnone" width="418"] A rendering of 369 W. Grand apartments[/caption] Onni Group is also the developer behind The Hudson, just a few blocks north of 369 W. Grand, and the multi phase Old Town Park development. The River North neighborhood is just across the Chicago River from the Loop. Known for its high concentration of restaurants, music venues including the House of Blues, and art galleries as well as its vibrant nightlife scene, River North is a go-to neighborhood for a night out. River North is also home to Merchandise Mart, world-class architecture, and design studios. River North offers convenient access to both interstate 90/94 (Kennedy Expressway) and Lake Shore Drive as well as the brown, purple, and red line trains which run through the Loop and north through Lincoln Park past Northwestern University in Evanston. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near River North? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are now offering virtual, self guided, and in person apartment tours. Be sure to ask about any move in specials!

Aspire South Loop Apartments

There's no question that the South Loop is one of this year's hottest Chicago neighborhoods for residential development. If you're looking to be where all the action is, Aspire apartments is certainly worth checking out! Aspire is one of the South Loop's newest luxury rental communities, offering pet friendly 1 bed, 2 bed, and 3 bedroom apartments. Each apartment features modern finishes, thoughtful features, and premium appliances including full sized in unit laundry, exposed concrete ceilings and accents, roller shades, ample closet space, and wide plank flooring throughout. Kitchens boast stone countertops, stainless appliances, and European two tone cabinetry with stone backsplash. Bathrooms offer frameless glass showers and generous vanity storage space. The amenities at Aspire are top notch. Enjoy the fully equipped fitness center and yoga room with a virtual training system. Between the private work spaces, conference room, the resident cyber lounge, and WiFi access throughout all the indoor and outdoor amenity spaces, there's plenty of space to work from home. Entertain or unwind in the fireside lounge, the pub room, the sports simulator or game and arcade room, or the outdoor pool complete with private cabanas, fire pits, and grilling stations. Aspire also offers lots of conveniences for residents including an on site guest suite, an outdoor private dog park, bike storage, a private garage with electric car charging stations, valet dry cleaning, and a Luxor package receiving system. Last but certainly not least is Aspire's "Aspiring Artist" in residence. Canary Garcia has been commissioned to create custom artwork, beginning with a sculpture, for the building while living in it! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the South Loop? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are now offering in person, virtual, and self guided apartment tours. Be sure to ask about move in specials!

Amli 808 Apartments

Amli 808 at 808 N. Wells Street is Amli's newest apartment community coming to River North! The 17 story tower will features studio, one bed, and two bedroom apartments as well as state of the art amenities and roughly 4700 square feet of commercial space. Of the 318 total apartments, 80% will be efficiently designed studios. Some of the amenities will include multi-use lounge spaces, a library, a resident craft room, an indoor-outdoor dog run as well as other pet amenities, a rooftop pool deck, an outdoor kitchen with grilling areas, a two level fitness center, a juice and coffee bar, a Zen lounge, a podcasting room, a bike repair shop, communal gardens, and ample coworking space. Amli 808 is also being built to achieve LEED Gold certification. [caption id="attachment_25907" align="alignnone" width="418"] Rendering of 808 N. Wells[/caption] Amli 808 will have fewer car parking spaces but more bicycle parking space than some of its other developments-- for a good reason! This transit oriented development is located just a block from the CTA brown and purple line trains which run south through the Loop and north through Lincoln Park, Lakeview, all the way past Northwestern University. It will also be along Wells Street, which is one of the primary bicycle thoroughfares that runs through the city. Although Amli 808 will be the new building on the block, the design team was intentional about making sure the building would jive with the character of River North's gallery district.  According to architecture firm, NORR, Ami 808 was designed "with a nod the many low rise warehouse and art galleries in the neighborhood by utilizing a common brick aesthetic...with a contemporary glass sheathed jewel box rising above." Amli 808 is slated for completion in late spring 2021. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near River North? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions! We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided apartment tours!

Hidden Gem Furniture Stores Near Fulton Market

Whether you're looking for a contemporary accent piece, functional furniture for your small space, a timeless antique, or a whole new eclectic midcentury collection for your apartment, these furniture stores near Fulton Market are a must! Knoll - 811 W Fulton Market Knoll has distinct collections for both commercial and residential spaces, including their hybrid work from home collection. Knoll's style could best be described as contemporary, minimalist, and functional (think "IKEA's upscale cousin"). If you're partial to mid-century modern design or are a big believer that "less is more", Knoll's Mies van der Rohe collection might have just what you're looking for. Knoll recently moved from Merchandise Mart to their new Fulton Market showroom, which was designed in collaboration with Gensler. [caption id="attachment_25891" align="alignnone" width="418"] Knoll's Barcelona Chair from the Mies van Der Rohe collection[/caption] Make a reservation and visit their trendy new showroom. If you can't make it to the showroom (or don't have a car and can't stomach carrying your new desk and sofa all the way home), most items from Knoll ship free within 1 to 3 business days. Primitive - 130 N Jefferson St. There are some furniture stores where it helps to know what you're looking for before you go. This is not one of those places. Primitive, on the eastern end of the West Loop, features both modern and antique furniture, accent pieces, jewelry, artifacts, lighting, paintings, textiles, and more from over 100 different cultures around the globe. According to their site, Primitive's collection is "from some of the world’s hardest to reach places and everything has been carefully selected for its inherent merit and meaning". Although it is temporarily closed, their "Buddha Room" is a popular event venue. Primitive can feel more like a museum than a store. This is the place to go to find one in a million curated pieces, not to find bargains. Browse their site to get an idea of how extensive this world class collection truly is! [caption id="attachment_25895" align="alignnone" width="418"] Wedding Bed with Canopy & 4 Mirror Insert Panels from 19th Century China[/caption] Morlen Sinoway Atelier -1052 W Fulton Market Morlen Sinoway is a multi-disciplinary design studio representing over 60 brands. Their show room features contemporary furniture, lighting, and various accents for the home. If you find yourself overwhelmed by their extensive 60 brand catalog, Morlen Sinoway's interior design staff will be happy to lend a hand (or an eye, rather). Whether you're looking for an individual piece to tie your loft together or a complete redesign of your space, Morlen Sinoway Atelier is worth checking out. South Loop Loft- 685 N. Milwaukee Ave "South Loop Loft" is kind of a misnomer, as this hidden gem furniture store is located in the River West neighborhood, just blocks north of Fulton Market. South Loop Loft is the place to go for 20th century furnishings and decor from around the globe, custom designed pieces, and an ever-changing inventory of hand picked pieces. Make an appointment to check out their showroom! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Fulton Market? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided apartment tours. Be sure to ask about move in specials!

Mondial River West Apartments

If you're looking for maximum square footage and closet space but don't want to compromise on style or your price range, look no further! Mondial River West has it all at a competitive price point. Mondial is best known for having spacious layouts and ample closet space. Each apartment at Mondial also includes a full sized washer and dryer, floor to ceiling windows for taking in natural light and panoramic views, modern finishes, digital thermostats, natural hardwood flooring, and high ceilings. With expansive living rooms, extra long kitchen islands with bar style seating, and large private balconies, there's plenty of space to work from home or entertain. The modern kitchens feature granite countertops, full stainless steel Kitchen Aid appliance packages, Grohe pull out faucets, and double bowl undercount sinks. Bathrooms are complete with deep soaking tubs and walk in showers and designer marble tile. The amenities at Mondial offer incredible convenience. With grilling stations, 24 hour concierge, 24 hour fitness center, package receiving, valet dry-cleaning, on site storage, indoor parking, and a digital intercom service, you'll have nearly everything you could need at your fingertips. If you want to get out of your apartment without leaving the building, entertain, relax, or work from home in the rooftop entertaining room where you can curl up near the fireplace or soak up the sun on the spacious rooftop deck with stunning skyline views, a water mister, a fire pit, and a pergola. Mondial is pet friendly and even has an onsite private dog run and fully landscaped park area. Mondial is conveniently located one block from CVS, one block from the Chicago Blue Line subway stop (which provides quick and direct access to O'Hare International Airport and the Loop), two blocks from the expressway, six blocks from Jewel Osco grocery store, and a short walk to restaurants and nightlife on Grand and Milwaukee or Fulton Market. Mondial is also located right off Milwaukee Avenue, affectionately known as "hipster highway" for its wide bike lanes and Divvy rental bike stations. The River West neighborhood is one of the most in demand areas downtown because of its neighborhood feel and proximity to the West Loop and Loop. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near River West? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided tours. Be sure to ask about move in specials!

Imprint Printer’s Row Apartments

If you're looking for state of the art amenities, soft loft accents, and modern interiors, all in a prime location, Imprint in Printer's Row could be the place for you! Each apartment features soaring nine foot exposed concrete ceilings, solid core entry doors with brushed chrome hardware, and hard surface flooring throughout. The European style kitchens come equipped with flat panel cabinetry, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, a gas range, garbage disposal, a large undercount stainless steel sink, and a single lever faucet with an integrated pull out sprayer. Bedrooms are equipped with spacious walk in closets and are thoughtfully laid out. Spa inspired bathrooms are complete with elegant lighting, vanities each with a drawer, frameless mirror, and integrated sink, single lever premium faucets, soaking tubs, glass showers, towel bars, robe hooks, and double vanity sinks in select units. [gallery ids="25870,25860,25866"] With indoor amenities for year round use, outdoor amenities in the warmer months, and convenient services, the amenities at Imprint are second to none. Head to the fitness studio and yoga platform for your own workout or a complimentary yoga class. and towel off with complimentary towel service. If you're having company, entertain or unwind in the resident lounge, the private dining area and demonstration kitchen, the fifth floor terrace, complete with grilling stations, fire pits, and ample seating space, or warm up by the fire pits at the top floor observation deck. Although the dedicated co-working spaces and first floor library are excellent for working from home, all amenity spaces are equipped with WiFi should you decide to work from one of the outdoor common spaces. Imprint also offers a multitude of conveniences. The dog spa, grooming station, and private 24/7 dog run make having a dog in a high rise a breeze. The 24/7 concierge, on-site maintenance and management teams, LuxerOne package receiving, Tide Spin valet dry cleaning, printing service, and curated resident events and perks program are all things Imprint offers to make life just a little easier. Check out the gallery below for more images of Imprint! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Printer's Row in the South Loop? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are currently offering virtual, in person, and self guided tours. Be sure to ask about any move in specials!

River West Town Homes at Spoke

If you're looking for a rental near River West that gives you the benefits of living in a single family house (like your own parking garage, no elevator rides, and two levels of living space) with the benefits of high rise living (like door staff, access to state of the art amenities, and 24/7 maintenance should you need that hard to reach lightbulb changed), there's no need to compromise! These town homes at Spoke in River West offer the best of both styles of living. Between the two levels of living space, street-level private entrance, and attached single car garage, there are plenty of reasons to love living at these luxury town homes. The finishes are top notch with hardwood floors throughout, walk in closets with Elfa shelving systems, oversized windows, and automated shades. In the kitchen you'll find under-cabinet lighting, polished white quartz countertops, GE Profile appliances including a French door refrigerator with hands free autofill, gas range with warming drawer, dishwasher with hidden controls, a front-loading Energy Star washer and dryer with steam assist and sensor dry features, and a Marvel stainless wine chiller. Spa inspired bathrooms include Moen fixtures in satin nickel and lighted vanity mirrors. Although the town homes each have their own private entrances, they are attached to the high rise portion of the building for convenient access to the common areas and amenities. [caption id="attachment_25848" align="alignnone" width="418"] One of the town home floor plans including both levels of living space[/caption] Town home residents get full access to Spoke's building amenities. With the exception of the sky lounge, which is on the penthouse floor and comes equipped with a chef grade kitchen and private outdoor terrace with a fire pit and grills, the main amenity levels are the fourth and second floors. The fourth floor has over an acre of outdoor space complete with a rooftop pool, private cabanas, a massive hot tub, open green space, a bocce court, hammocks, tables, fire pits, garden, and even an outdoor pizza oven! On the fourth floor you'll also find a "Family Room" with a 12 seat farmhouse table, a double sided indoor-outdoor fireplace, lounge furniture, TVs, and another kitchen. If you're going to be hosting guests for an extended period of time, you can reserve the fully furnished guest suite! Head across the terrace to the 24 hour fitness center, complete with cardio equipment, free weights, weight machines, a boxing training system, and two private training studios which offer both on-demand fitness classes as well as complimentary fitness and yoga classes every Tuesday. Residents also enjoy access to a dedicated Peloton studio. [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="" loop="true" autoplay="true" preload="auto"][/video]   Head to the second floor for some particularly stand-out features and amenities! Enjoy the fully equipped sound-proof recording studio, the interactive virtual gaming room and movie theatre, the conference room, and The Venue-- complete with a performance stage, instruments, and professional lighting as well as a billiards table, club-style seating, four flat screen TVs, and a custom sound system. You can also make use of the complimentary bike shop and storage. In the winter time, on rainy days, or on the days you just feel like having a little extra convenience, the heated dog run and deluxe dog spa are the first class amenities that make Spoke feel like home to your four-legged friends. Additional conveniences include the lobby coffee bar, package receiving, valet dry cleaning, housekeeping service, door staff, and a 24 hour maintenance guarantee as well as a plethora of discounts at local restaurants and businesses! Check out the gallery below to see more stunning pictures of the townhomes at Spoke! Looking for luxury town homes for rent in downtown Chicago near River West? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions! We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided apartment tours.

Westerly River West Luxury Apartments

With all the demand from recent commercial growth and new jobs in downtown Chicago, the residential market can hardly keep up! With multiple significant corporate relocations to the Loop and West Loop, demand for luxury residential rentals isn't showing signs of slowing up anytime soon. For those looking to live in an area with a true neighborhood feel that is also in close proximity to work and all the hustle and bustle of downtown, River West has quickly become Chicago's brightest hot spot. Fifield Cos, a pillar and market leader in Chicago's luxury rental market, is delivering 188 new "urban chic" luxury rentals to River West at Westerly (740 N. Aberdeen). Westerly's prime location is situated less than a block from the expressway, one block from the CTA blue line train to downtown and O'Hare International Airport, and is right along Milwaukee Avenue, affectionately known as "Hipster Highway" because of its generously sized bike lanes that lead directly into downtown. All Fifield buildings are known for having high walk scores, an indicator of convenience and accessibility, including Westerly which has a score of 94. The studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartments all feature best in class finishes. Kitchens come equipped with stainless steel appliances, gas ranges, and quartz countertops with full height backsplashes. Spa inspired bathrooms features 18 inch deep 32 inch wide soaking tubs and frameless glass separate showers, with double vanities in select units. Plank flooring throughout, walk-in closets with organizers, floor to ceiling windows, and Nest thermostats give these apartments their sleek but homey feel. At Westerly, residents will enjoy state of the art amenities and thoughtful conveniences. Entertain or relax year round in the resident lounge, complete with an 85 inch flat screen TV with surround sound, the rooftop party room with a full demonstration kitchen, grills, and space for alfresco dining, or one of Westerly's intimate lounge spaces. In the warmer months, soak up the sun at the outdoor sundeck and resort style pool. Whether you're looking to get in a great workout, work from home, or groom your dog, you won't have to leave home. Head to the club quality fitness center, the business center, co-working pods, or dog wash and run areas for all your from-home needs. Westerly's conveniences don't stop there. Grab your morning coffee at the third floor coffee bar, head to one of the curated resident events, or work poolside with the complimentary WiFi that's available in all common areas. Residents can also enjoy the convenience of access controlled resident parking, concierge service, and even Livly, a digital assistant. See the gallery below for more stunning pictures of Westerly! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near River West? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions! We are now offering in-person, self guided, and virtual apartment tours.

Socially Distant Things to do in Downtown Chicago

Although we're in the second half of the summer, there are still plenty of socially distant things to do in downtown Chicago! Here are some ways you can make the most of the rest of these Chicago summer nights! Drive in Movie [caption id="attachment_25805" align="alignnone" width="482"] Courtesy of Jeremy Yap[/caption] The Davis Theater is hosting Chicago themed drive in movie nights (with flicks like Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Blues Brothers) at Lincoln Yards in Lincoln Park. If you're looking for things to do near the South Loop, head to Soldier Field for nightly entertainment including screenings of classic movies like Groundhog Day and Grease, live music, and singalongs. No car? Check out movies in the park at Navy Pier in Streeterville or a floating cinema September 9th-13th (location to be determined), where you and up to 7 friends can watch a "drive in" movie from your own small boat! Boat Tour [caption id="attachment_25806" align="alignnone" width="322"] Courtesy of Clay Banks[/caption] Whether you're a born and raised Chicagoan, new to the city, or visiting from out of town, a boat tour on the Chicago River is a must, so we had to include it in our list of socially distant things to do. See the skyline from a new perspective while you catch some sunlight and learn some facts you can spout to sound more cultured at your al Fresca dining later. The Summer of George 90 minute boat tour, praised for having extremely knowledgable and personable guides, showcases all three branches of the Chicago River, northeast to Lake Michigan, south to Tom Ping park and the vertical bridge, and west past the Groupon building. Summer of George architectural boat tour boards from 900 South Wells St. by the Southbank development and asks that you bring a mask. Have a Picnic [caption id="attachment_25807" align="alignnone" width="301"] Courtesy of Maria Ilves[/caption] Downtown Chicago is chalk full of spacious, gorgeous public parks, which is rare for such a large city. Each neighborhood has its share of great picnic spots, but it's hard to compete with Promontory Point. Promontory Point is a human made peninsula at Burnham Park that juts out into Lake Michigan, just south of downtown. Get some fresh air and take in the city and stunning lake views from a new perspective. If you're looking for socially distant things to do near downtown Chicago, a picnic at Promontory Point is hard to beat! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions! We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided apartment tours. Be sure to ask about move in and rent credit specials!

Outdoor Dining Near Lincoln Park

Streets throughout Chicago are being designated as "shared streets", which means they are closed to auto traffic on weekends to maximize the space available for outdoor dining. In Lincoln Park, North Lincoln Avenue from West Fullerton Avenue to West Wrightwood Avenue has been designated as shared street space for outdoor dining on weekends. During the rest of the week, however, you can still head to these Lincoln Park favorites for outdoor dining. Cafe Ba Ba Reeba - 2024 N. Halsted St. Head to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba for tapas, pinxos, paella, and sangria. Their all seasons enclosed patio is open for up to 50% capacity. Reservations are required for patio dining due to the limited seating and availability. You can make your reservations on OpenTable or here. Not looking to dine out? Cafe Ba Ba Reeba also offering carryout including Spanish cocktail kits, like the popular Mezcal Mule. Summer House Santa Monica - 1954 N. Halsted St. [caption id="attachment_25797" align="alignnone" width="417"] Avocado toast with poached eggs and scallion mascarpone[/caption] Just up Halsted Street from Cafe Ba Ba Reeba is Summer House Santa Monica, a trendy spot serving California inspired fare with local and market driven ingredients. The front patio and Vitamin D room are now both open with 50% capacity and an all day menu. The J Parker Rooftop at Hotel Lincoln - 1816 N. Clark St. Enjoy stunning views of the lakefront, Lincoln Park, and the Chicago skyline from the J Parker rooftop. The J Parker, from Boka Restaurant Group, offers small plates, like spring rolls and elote hush puppies, as well as a few salads and burgers, but is best known for it's unrivaled selection of signature cocktails. [caption id="attachment_25799" align="alignnone" width="514"] Take in sweeping views from the J Parker rooftop atop Hotel Lincoln[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lincoln Park? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided apartment tours. Be sure to ask about move in specials!

River West Outdoor Restaurants

Looking for restaurants with outdoor seating near River West? Try one of these neighborhood favorites!  The Dawson- 730 W. Grand Ave Originally built in 1888 and reimagined in 2013, The Dawson's ambiance and decor perfectly blend rustic, historic charm and chic, modern aesthetic. With gorgeous topiary work and greenery, trendy but comfortable lounge furniture, an outdoor fireplace, hanging lights, reclaimed wood partitions, and the high fence that surrounds it, The Dawson's large patio makes you feel transported to a world of its own. There's a reason The Dawson is known as the "gathering place of River West". Matcha grilled ahi tuna served with papaya salad, chopped salad topped with chicken fried lobster, house made spirits and expert mixologists, there's not much The Dawson doesn't have. See their creative menu here. [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="25791,25790"]   Frontier- 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave James Beard Award winning chef, Brian Jupiter, crafted a menu "dictated by nature" at Frontier. Frontier is probably best known for its signature, "Whole Animal Experience", which allows you to order a whole boar, goat, alligator, lamb, or salmon, among others. For those who aren't quite as carnivorous, Frontier has a host of other dishes, like cauliflower or salmon hash, cauliflower steak, ahi tuna sandwich, kale salad, and more. Twisted Spoke- 501 N. Ogden Ave Twisted Spoke has both patio and rooftop seating and is a River West go to for burgers, brunch, and drinks. Their brunch menu, which they call, "Hangover Hospital", features classic brunch favorites, like omelettes and French toast, and innovative twists, like breakfast gumbo, banana fritters, and pears poached in champagne. Twisted Spoke also has an extensive Bloody Mary menu as well as impressive beer, bourbon, and spirit lists. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near River West? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are now offering virtual, self guided, and in person apartment tours. Be sure to ask about move in specials!

1325 N. Wells Old Town Apartments

1325 N. Wells offers modern, luxury apartments in the heart of Old Town. If you're looking for contemporary finishes, useful amenities, and a prime location, this could be the place for you! Each luxury apartment comes with built in custom closets, an in unit washer and dryer, hard surface flooring, and a Nest thermostat for conveniently controlling your unit temperature, even when you're not home. The spa like bathrooms feature rich Italian tile, great lighting, frameless mirrors, ample storage space, chrome faucets, and spacious, contemporary vanities. With sleek finishes like the quartz countertops, tiled backsplashes, and stainless steel appliances, and thoughtful features, like undercount stainless steel sinks with garbage disposals and pull out spray faucets, and large kitchen islands, the gourmet kitchens at 1325 N. Wells are a dinner party host's dream come true. The large living room windows and private balconies are perfect for taking in unobstructed views and natural light. 1325 N. Wells has both seasonal and year round amenities. Soak up the sun in the summer months at the rooftop lounge pool with views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan or entertain at the roof sun deck, complete with ample seating, an outdoor kitchen with gas grills, and a fire pit area. If you're having company, you can also head to the multi-purpose roof lounge which opens to a private rooftop terrace and comes equipped with TVs, seating, and a wet bar. Year round, enjoy the state of the art fitness center, indoor resident lounges (with WiFi access for working from home) and all of 1325 N. Wells' resident conveniences, including valet dry cleaning, on site retail, a heated garage, and bicycle storage. The apartments at 1325 North Wells are also pet friendly and close to plenty of parks, including Washington Square Park which typically hosts events like Doggie Yoga and "Yappy" Hours. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions! We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided apartment tours. Ask about move in specials!

South Loop Restaurants With Outdoor Seating

What's a summer in Chicago without a trendy new rooftop lounge or al fresco dining? After months of quarantine and winter, this Chicago summer has made outdoor dining even more of a staple than it already was. Here are some of the restaurants in the South Loop offering outdoor dining. The Bar at Moody Tongue - 2515 S. Wabash Ave Moody Tongue's bar menu is less like what you'd expect to see on a bar menu and a little more like what you'd expect at a contemporary, Michelin Starred dinner place with a month long waiting list. If you're looking for something light, try the smoked beet and charred strawberry tartare with spruce infused ricotta and sourdough, the salmon crudo, heirloom tomato and compressed watermelon salad, or the butter poached king crab with corn, gnocchi, fennel, and host of other flavorful accoutrements. If you're looking for something even more decedent, try the confit pork belly, Maine lobster roll, fried quail, or crispy whole summer flounder with fermented bok choi, shiitake, and a chili crunch. Kurah Mediterranean - 1355 S. Michigan Ave Kurah Mediterranean has something for everyone. From vegan to gluten free to carnivore, all types of eaters can find a dish to enjoy here. Pomegranate tabouli, roasted eggplant flatbread, bacon wrapped dates, and the shwarma platter are just a few of the menu favorites. Kurah also has a daily happy hour from 4pm to 6pm offering $5 wines, beers, sangria, and appetizers as well as $2 off cocktails. AO Hawaiian Hideout - 1315 S. Wabash Ave AO Hawaiian Hideout serves up homestyle southeast Asian and Hawaiian fare. Poke bowls, sushi, short ribs, fish tacos, and curry dishes all grace the menu. AO also has an entirely gluten free vegan menu and a broad cocktail menu. Although AO has postponed their weekly live entertainment due to COVID-19, they still have fantastic specials! Click here to see more details. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the South Loop in downtown Chicago? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided apartment tours!

Columbus Plaza at Lakeshore East

If your top priorities in an apartment are square footage, storage and closet space, and central location, then keep reading. Columbus Plaza Lakeshore East apartments could be the place for you! Each layout offers an incredible value on square footage. Pushing 600 square feet, the studio and convertible layouts are larger than most 1 beds in the downtown area. 1 bed layouts are even larger, ranging from 792 to over 1000 square feet and 2 beds come in at 1352 square feet, rare finds for downtown Chicago! Most layouts also include at least one walk in closet. Entertain company on the expansive outdoor terrace, complete with a fire pit, grills, plenty of seating, and a relaxing fountain. If your guests are in from out of town, reserve the on site hospitality suite. Unwind in the resort style sun room with a retractable skylight and energize in the state of the art fitness center. Work from home from the 24/7 business center. [gallery ids="25751,25754,25753"] Columbus Plaza is located on E Upper Wacker just east of Michigan Avenue. With the Chicago Riverwalk just across the street, the Lakefront trail, Navy Pier, and Magnificent mile just blocks away, direct access to the Pedway, and close proximity to the Loop, Gold Coast, and Streeterville, it's no mystery why Columbus Plaza has a WalkScore of 95 for it's convenient location. Although situated near all the hustle and bustle of downtown, if you walk just a few minutes southeast, you can enjoy Lakeshore East's quiet residential park, walkways, and a flagship Mariano's supermarket. For a limited time, Columbus Plaza is currently offering a $2000 concession on studio, convertible, and 1 bedroom apartments and a $3500 concession on 2 bedroom apartments! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lakeshore East? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer all your questions. We are now offering virtual, self guided, and in person apartment tours!

West Loop Restaurants With Outdoor Dining

In light of COVID-19 protective measures, rooftop and al Fresca dining has become even more of a Chicago summertime staple than it already was. Here are some of the top places in the West Loop to enjoy outdoor summer dining! Nobu Hotel Rooftop - 155 N. Peoria St. One of the West Loop's newest summer hot spots is Nobu Hotel's rooftop. Take in stunning views of the Chicago skyline as you enjoy light Japanese inspired fare, a wide range of sakes, wines, and hand crafted cocktails. Menu favorites include the black cod lettuce cups, Arctic char rococo, New Zealand lamb, ribeye Kushiyaki, nigiri, sashimi, and sushi rolls. Nobu's rooftop is open daily from 4pm to 10pm and hosts live music and DJ performances throughout the summer months. Reservations are recommended. Aba - 302 N. Green St. Aba, a Fulton Market favorite, is a Mediterranean restaurant with a rooftop patio. Try one of Abc's signature dishes, including skirt steak shawarma, short rib hummus, Muhammara with pomegranate molasses, or the whipped feta appetizer. Mixologist Liz Pearce showcases rare Mediterranean-inspired wines and spirits. Aba is open for nightly dinner and weekend brunch. Beatrix - 834 W. Fulton Market St. Whether you're stopping by for their classic freshly squeezed juices, an innovative floral cocktail, farm to table breakfast pastries, or any number of lunch or dinner favorites (like the quinoa burger, truffle risotto, or miso glazed salmon), Beatrix is undeniably a neighborhood staple. Beatrix Fulton Market is open daily for coffee and bakery service starting at 9am, breakfast through dinner on weekends, and for patio dining and carryout for lunch and dinner on weekdays. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer all your questions. We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided apartment tours.  

Coast at Lakeshore East Apartments

Coast at Lakeshore East apartments offers an incredible value on luxury rentals. These pet friendly apartments are beloved by residents for their sleek interiors, top of the line appliances, outstanding amenities, panoramic views, and little extra building conveniences. If you're looking for great natural light and sweeping city views, look no further! With glass paneled balconies, open floor plans, and floor to ceiling windows, these stunning apartments take in optimal natural light with great views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, Lakeshore East Park, and the Chicago skyline. Kitchens come equipped with GE Clean Steel Energy Star appliance packages including a refrigerator with an ice maker, gas range and oven, full sized microwave, dishwasher, and full sized washer and dryer. Whether you're looking for light and bright white quartz or dark and homey espresso cabinetry with nickel hardware, Coast has something for you with a choice between two finish packages. Bathrooms all have sleek finishes with oversized marble vanities, ceramic tile, and mosaic accents throughout. The apartments at Coast also have excellent storage space between the generous amount of cabinetry and spacious closets. All units also have individually controlled heat and air conditioning, high speed internet, window treatments, and plank flooring. [gallery ids="25731,25730,25729"] Coast is a full amenity building. Residents have access to plenty of co-working space including private meeting rooms, a tech center with PC and MAC stations, and shared areas. All the amenity spaces are outfitted with complimentary WiFi, so you can feel free to take your Zoom meetings from the outdoor landscaped garden and deck or the adjacent indoor lounge. Year round enjoy the indoor spa lounge with a hot tub, sauna, and steam room, the state of the art fitness center with Cybex equipment, and the private dining lounge. [gallery ids="25741,25740,25739,25738,25737,25735"] Warm up at the heated outdoor lap pool or around the fire pit with lounge seating. Coast also offers a multitude of on site resident conveniences like a private dog run and washing station, stainless steel barbecue grills, on site parking, bicycle and resident storage, an eco-friendly neighborhood courtesy shuttle, Zip Cars, electric car charging stations, 24 hour door staff and maintenance, package receiving, valet dry-cleaning, and of course, Pedway access. [gallery columns="2" ids="25734,25733"] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lakeshore East? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer all your questions. We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided tours.

The Tides at Lakeshore East

The Tides at Lakeshore East offers spacious studio, convertible, one, and two bedroom apartments for rent in a prime location with state-of-the-art amenities. These apartments feature in unit laundry with full sized washers and dryers, high speed internet, floor to ceiling windows, expansive glass paneled balconies, great storage space, walk in closets, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, and spacious layouts, with upgraded finishes and renovations in select units. Kitchens come equipped with gas ranges, dishwashers, refrigerators with ice makers, islands, ample cabinet space, and ceramic tiled or espresso wood floors. In the bathrooms you'll find additional generous storage space including oversized vanity cabinets and tri-view medicine cabinets. [caption id="attachment_25722" align="alignnone" width="565"] Renovated kitchen with white cabinets, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances.[/caption] Amenities include both indoor and outdoor places to lounge, entertain, and work from home. Rain or shine, entertain at the indoor amenities. The Shore Club, a private reservable club floor retreat, and the billiards room are both perfect for entertaining company. Unwind in the spa and sauna, work out in the 24/7 fitness center, or work from home in the lounge off the complimentary coffee bar. Soak up the sun from the outdoor amenities, including the rooftop pool and sundeck which offer stunning views of downtown Chicago. Furthermore, Magellan Development, the developers of the majority of Lakeshore East, arranged the high rise buildings in the neighborhood like a sundial so that each rooftop pool gets unobstructed sunlight, as is the case with the rooftop pool at The Tides. [caption id="attachment_25723" align="alignnone" width="603"] Rooftop Pool at The Tides Lakeshore East[/caption] The Tides is pet friendly and also offers resident conveniences such as 24 hour door staff and maintenance, on site parking, car sharing, electric car charging stations within the vicinity, storage, bicycle storage, direct dog park access, on site housekeeping, valet dry cleaning, 24/7 package receiving, The location is, itself, an additional convenience. The Tides has an on site pre-school, is adjacent to a 6 acre quiet park, on the other side of which there is a large Mariano's grocery store, CVS pharmacy, Chase Bank, salons, and multiple restaurants ranging from Eggy's for breakfast, Brown Bag Seafood for lunch, III Forks or MingHin for dinner, Filini for happy hour, and many more. Last but not least, The Tides offers access to the Pedway, which is an efficient way to access anything downtown, transit, shops, and the airport in the winter time, all without going outside. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lakeshore East? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer all your questions. We are now offering virtual, self guided, and in-person tours!

Phase 3 of Reopening in Chicago

Illinois is now in phase 3 of reopening post COVID, meaning that infection rates are stable or declining, which allows residents to gather in groups of 10 or less and continue to wear a mask in public. Here's an overview of what's open and allowed in downtown Chicago as part of phase 3 of Illinois' post COVID reopening plan. [caption id="attachment_25698" align="alignnone" width="247"] Courtesy of Jason Mowry[/caption] Although restaurants have already been open for carryout, phase 3 allows restaurants to offer outdoor dining and drinking for groups of 6 or less with social distancing measures. Some restaurants that did not previously offer outdoor dining, like Smyth and The Loyalist of the West Loop, have made accommodations on the surrounding sidewalks and outdoor areas to offer outdoor seating. [caption id="attachment_25696" align="alignnone" width="218"] Courtesy of Megan Markham[/caption] As of June 17th, bars that do not serve food were allowed to open for outdoor seating as well. If you're looking for summer activities, many outdoor attractions in Chicago are reopening, if they haven't already. Walking, biking, and hiking as well as boating with no more than 6 to 10 people (depending on boat size) are already allowed. Parks are open with 25% maximum capacity for indoor facilities. The Lakefront Trail is set to reopen on June 22nd with hours from 6am to 7pm, while other parks and beaches east of Lakeshore Drive as well as the 606 trail will remain closed. Pools, playgrounds, beaches, museums, theaters, and zoos are to remain closed for the time being as well. [caption id="attachment_25697" align="alignnone" width="344"] Kelly Sikkema[/caption] For more information on what's reopening near you, here's a comprehensive list of what each phase means for each type of site and which phase your area is currently in by zip code. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions.

North Harbor Tower at Lakeshore East

If you're looking for a spacious floor plan in a convenient location at a great price, North Harbor Tower at Lakeshore East could be the place for you! [caption id="attachment_25679" align="alignnone" width="415"] All layouts are particularly spacious, even the studios![/caption] North Harbor Tower is known for its spacious floor plans, great storage and closet space, and wraparound windows for panoramic views. Many units have been recently renovated with premium kitchen finishes, offering a choice between dark and light interiors. Select units offer in-unit laundry and high ceilings. With apartments starting around just $1445 per month, these luxury apartments are an incredible value. [caption id="attachment_25678" align="alignnone" width="384"] Classic dark kitchen finishes[/caption] [caption id="attachment_25676" align="alignnone" width="398"] Renovated light kitchen finishes[/caption] North Harbor Tower recently underwent a full amenity renovation, which you can enjoy year round. Rain or shine, you can access the indoor pool (which converts into a semi-outdoor space during the summer months), party suite, 24 hour fitness center, yoga studio with complimentary classes, 24-hour library, and business center with co-working space. [caption id="attachment_25675" align="alignnone" width="397"] The library space[/caption] In the warmer months, soak up the sun in the outdoor BBQ and picnic area, one of multiple outdoor lounge spaces, and sun deck. North Harbor Tower also offers a host of conveniences including door staff in the elegant lobby, bike storage, parking, high speed internet, on-site management and maintenance, package receiving, and even pet amenities. [caption id="attachment_25677" align="alignnone" width="425"] One of multiple outdoor amenity spaces[/caption] These luxury rentals are located in a prime location for dog owners. Lakeshore East's 4.6 acre park is just two blocks away with quiet walking paths and a shaded dog friendly area for off leash play. North Harbor Tower also offers an on-site dog run and dog walking services for days you can't make it to the park with your four-legged friend. Select floors at North Harbor Tower are pet friendly. Whether or not you're a pet owner, everyone can appreciate the convenient location of these luxury apartments, with Mariano's grocery store just two blocks away, broad selection of restaurants, easy access to Lakeshore Drive and public transit, and short walking distance to the Gold Coast, Streeterville, and the Loop. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lakeshore East? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts would be happy to answer all your questions and fill you in on current rent specials. We are now offering virtual tours with in-person showings at select buildings!

Lakeshore East Restaurants

Although Lakeshore East is a small neighborhood and one of Chicago's best hidden gems, it is still home to lots of restaurants. Here are some of our favorite Lakeshore East restaurants offering take out and delivery. Mezcalina Mezcalina offers upscale Mexican cuisine with lunch, dinner, and brunch menus. Their menus are full of seafood, vegetarian, and meat based options. Mezcalina is currently offering take out and delivery. MingHin MingHin serves Cantonese favorites like hot pots, seafood, and dim sum as well as signature cocktails. Their menu is centered around sharable, small dishes, making MingHin a great place to try with friends. MingHin is currently offering take out and delivery. Check out their menu and order online here. [caption id="attachment_25623" align="alignnone" width="230"] Courtesy of MingHin[/caption] Eggy's Diner Eggy's is the neighborhood go-to spot for all day breakfast and baked goods but they also make great lunch and dinner dishes. Their rotating menu uses seasonal and local ingredients. A little known fact is that Eggy's is actually named after the David Carlins' (president of Magellan Development) childhood friend, Robert Mallin, who was nicknamed "Eggy". Magellan Development is largely responsible for the development of the Lakeshore East neighborhood, so it seems fitting! Eggy's is currently offering take out only. Check out their menu here. [caption id="attachment_25624" align="alignnone" width="319"] Courtesy of Eggy's Diner[/caption] III Forks III Forks serves seafood, steaks, and classic American fare with all the favorite steakhouse sides. Grab a wedge salad, shrimp cocktail, creamed corn, lobster mac and cheese, or roasted seasonal vegetables with any one of their .005% quality hand picked steaks. III Forks is currently offering take out only. See their complete dinner menu here. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lakeshore East? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are now offering virtual tours!

Best Food Delivery Services For Your Chicago Apartment

Food delivery has come a long way in recent years. Before, the options were basically pizza and, if you were lucky, a local Chinese restaurant. Food delivery services in Chicago, especially, have evolved spectacularly in a short time, driven first by convenience and now by safety and social distancing concerns. When it comes to apartment building food delivery, the first thought is a hot meal delivered by the restaurant that made it. However, if you’d rather make the food yourself, write a list and let a grocery delivery service do the shopping; or better yet let a cook-at-home company send you complete meals ready to be prepared. Hot Meals These days, the best way to support your local favorite is to order delivery directly from the restaurant — their staff will bring the meals to you. However, where that isn’t an option, here’s a rundown of companies that provide meal delivery in Chicago: Caviar: Pricey, but in addition to standard fare, this app offers exclusive access to upscale operations such as Duck Duck Goat, Honey Butter Fried Chicken and Mott St. DoorDash: If there has been a winner in the pandemic, it is DoorDash, which with its subsidiaries earned 45% of all US meal delivery sales in April. While its customer service record can be spotty, DoorDash essentially brings every restaurant in the city to your door by not limiting orders to a specific radius. GrubHub: Founded and headquartered in Chicago, GrubHub has many options and is easily navigated. It, along with subsidiaries including Seamless and Eat24, had 23% of US sales in April. Postmates: With an unlimited option for a yearly flat fee, Postmates is great for frequent users — and since their promise is “anything from anywhere,” including medicine, booze and groceries — you might become one of those users. Uber Eats: Fast, with a wider radius than most and in-app tipping. Grocery Delivery Perhaps you’re not particularly close to one of the many grocery stores in Chicago. Maybe you’re after something a little different. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of grocery delivery options available: Amazon Prime Now: If you’re a Prime member, they offer free, same-day delivery of groceries from Whole Foods and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, plus Amazon’s marketplace. Imperfect Foods: Offering up to 30% savings over typical retailers, Imperfect pulls from food rejected by those stores (e.g., surplus or blemished produce) and delivers weekly bundles based on customers’ answers to an enrollment questionnaire. Instacart: This service includes all the big grocers, plus options such as Petco, CVS and Binny’s. It mostly charges retail prices plus a $4-$8 delivery fee. Shipt: An annual fee, yes, but no delivery charges for orders over $35 — and whose grocery bill is less than that? Plus, Shipt promises hand-selected items and offers an in-app messaging service to put you in touch with the shopper. Cook-at-Home Options  Vegetarian? Pescatarian? Keto? Paleo? Maybe you’re just tired of the five recipes you know? Meal kits could be your salvation, and, luckily, there are dozens available. Here are some standbys: Blue Apron: Weekly deliveries provide everything you need for at least two meals for two, or a family of four. Customized to your dietary preferences, recipes are lean on seasonal and hard-to-find ingredients. Plus, add wine or kitchen tools to any order. EveryPlate: Easy-to-follow recipes for two to four people, these meals require minimal tools and about 30 minutes to cook. Freshly: Delivering prepared dishes that are ready to eat in three minutes, this subscription service starts at a minimum order of four meals per week at $50. Gobble: Super easy (everything comes peeled, chopped and marinated), super-fast (15 minutes) and available in two- or four-person plans. Hungryroot: Plant-based Hungryroot takes pains to personalize its weekly deliveries, covering all meals and snacks. Ingredients come pre-chopped. Sauces are made. Meals take about 10 minutes to assemble. Sun Basket: With an emphasis on healthy and sustainable options, Sun Basket will cater to just about any dietary restriction, with hormone-free meats and wild-caught seafood. We’ll Deliver, Too Face it — you can get just about anything delivered to your door. All those great meals should be enjoyed in an equally great place. Downtown Apartment Company will help you find the perfect home to savor that dish. Check out our listings today.

Aqua Building at Lakeshore East

Magellan Development's Aqua building was designed by prolific Chicago architect, Jeanne Gang and delivered in 2009. The 82 story mixed use tower consists of residential rental units, condo units, commercial space, and hotel space with amenities that were ahead of its time. The eighth story amenity deck spans over 82,000 square feet and includes a running track, fire pits, a club quality fitness center, co-working space, a media room, basketball court, a steam room and sauna, a billiards and game room, hot tubs, both indoor and outdoor pools, indoor entertainment suites with private dining areas, a terrace with small gardens and seating areas. Radisson, who operates the hotel portion of the Aqua building, also operates Filini, the on site restaurant. The Aqua building also connects to the Pedway, which allows for convenient downtown access rain or shine as well as direct access to a plethora of shops and services without going outside. The stunning views from the balconies of the luxury residential units are also another major draw. The Aqua building has received notoriety from its cinematic appearances, social references, and many accolades including the Emporis Skyscraper of the Year award, selection by the American Institute of Architects as one of Illinois' greatest places, recognition by USA Today Travel magazine as one of Illinois' 25 must see places, and its title as the tallest woman-designed building in the world, (a title which will belong to Vista Tower, also designed by Gang, upon its completion). [caption id="attachment_25608" align="alignnone" width="296"] All photos courtesy of Magellan Development[/caption] Lakeshore East has become an increasingly sought after neighborhood. Its proximity to downtown, quiet neighborhood vibe, and easy access to conveniences make it an attractive location. A 6 acre park sits in the center of Lakeshore East with designated trails, a dog park, a kids play area, outdoor wifi, and shady trees, fountains, and curated landscape design that give it a peaceful ambiance. South Water Street, which surrounds the park, is lined with shops, salons, excellent restaurants, Mariano's grocery store, and GEMS World Academy, a highly ranked preschool-grade 12 private school. Lakeshore East also has convenient access to the riverwalk and lakefront trails. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lakeshore East? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are currently offering virtual tours on Chicago apartments.

The Neighborhood Hotel Apartments

The Neighborhood Hotel in Lincoln Park offers both short term and long term furnished luxury rentals with a unique, artful blend of historic charm, modern interiors, and homey conveniences. The Neighborhood Hotel was originally built in 1893 and still has some of its preserved vintage details, like the original banister, staircase, and limestone cladding. It has since been updated with 21st century finishes and conveniences. [caption id="attachment_25563" align="alignnone" width="318"] The Neighborhood Hotel's exterior around the time of construction. Its exterior still looks similar today.[/caption] Each furnished rental unit at The Neighborhood Hotel has been thoughtfully designed and furnished. Apartments come equipped with air conditioning, WiFi, a hair dryer, coffee, books, Sonos speakers and record player, a TV with video games and YoutubeTV, linens, washer and dryer, beach essentials, and other essentials like shampoo, kitchen utensils, and spices. Entertain outside on the balcony or patio, complete with grills. Large bedrooms are complete with fire places, seating areas, and bay windows. The grey wash hardwood floors, mosaic tiling, pastel accent walls, and Art Deco light fixtures are part of what gives these rentals their character. The prime Lincoln Park location sits between Diversey and Fullerton, just a few short blocks west of Diversey Harbor, the lakefront trail, Lincoln Park Zoo. The Neighborhood Hotel is also near the red, brown, and purple line trains, allowing for a quick and easy commute south through the Loop, north through Evanston, and to the Depaul, Loyola, or Northwestern campuses. The Neighborhood Hotel offers 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments. See more photos in the gallery below. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lincoln Park? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are currently offering virtual tours!

West Loop Apartment Specials

Many luxury high rise apartment buildings in Chicago have opted to offer virtual tours during the stay at home order. The West Loop has multiple new construction buildings in their lease up also offering virtual tours. With all the new inventory in West Loop, pricing is competitive and many buildings are offering concessions. Here are a few of the best specials at apartments offering virtual tours! Property 193- Madison & Green (Offering 1.5 months free on 18 month lease terms plus an additional $500 concession) This West Loop apartment building offers a range of rentals from studios, 1 beds, 2 beds, 3 beds, and a selection of bi-level townhomes. The third floor amenity deck connects this development's multiple towers and creates a unique, neighborhood park feel. Enjoy the club quality fitness center, pool, co-working space, indoor and outdoor lounge spaces, and more. Each unit comes equipped with in-unit washer and dryer, gas stove, stainless appliances, a mosaic backsplash, and sleek, modern finishes. Property 161- Van Buren & Halsted (Offering 2 months free on move ins by June 30th) This boutique mid-rise has the feel of a chic luxury hotel in the amenities and a spacious private home inside the units. Apartments offer ample storage space and great separation between rooms. Large kitchen peninsulas and spacious living rooms make these apartments comfortable to work from home, entertain, and relax. Head to the fitness center complete with Peloton equipment, stunning common space and quiet co-working space, and sprawling pool with grill stations overlooking the skyline all on the top floor. Enjoy additional outdoor common space and a covered dog run on the third floor. Property 134- Van Buren & Green (Offering 2 months free on select units for move ins by June 15th) Wood accents and pops of bright color throughout the property gives this modern apartment building a warm personality. Each unit has floor to ceiling windows for ample natural light, wood plank flooring, integrated Bosch appliances with quartz countertops and tile backsplashes, walk-in closets, full-size washers and dryers, and concrete accents. Select apartments also have terraces. Boho meets nautical on the amenity deck, where you can enjoy lounging on the tranquil pool terrace or in one of the multiple common spaces. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Chicago's West Loop? Contact us today and one of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are currently offering virtual tours.

River North Carry Out Specials

Not only can you enjoy some of your favorite River North restaurants during the stay at home order, many are even offering specials for curb side pick up and carry out. Here are some of our favorites! [caption id="attachment_25547" align="alignnone" width="243"] Courtesy of Shayda Torabi[/caption] Pacific Standard Time- 151 W. Erie St. The best of California meets the best of the midwest at Pacific Standard Time. In addition to offering carry out for their traditional menu, Pacific Standard Time is offering a $40 option that feeds four people. It includes salad, cheese pizza, rigatoni with sausage, and chocolate chip cookies with gluten free options for pizza and pasta available upon request. Siena Tavern- 51 W. Kinzie St. Siena Tavern is another River North hot spot offering curb side pickup specials. If your order by calling their direct line at 312-595-1322 they will include a bottle of wine with your order. Orders over $150 also get a $25 gift card. Additionally, for just $40, you can order a pasta or pizza meal kit or a family style meal. Siena Tavern is a go-to if you're looking for innovative takes on Italian fare, serving up dishes like squid ink linguine with lobster, truffle pizza, or the giant wagyu meatball with tomato sauce made for dipping (pictured). [caption id="attachment_25546" align="alignnone" width="592"] Courtesy of Siena Tavern[/caption] Gene and Georgetti- 500 N. Franklin St. As Chicago's oldest steak house, Gene and Georgetti has been a neighborhood favorite since 1941. Order curb side carry out for menu staples like the Bibb lettuce salad with seared tuna, Italian sausage with peppers, baked clams, huge portions of pasta, and of course, steaks. For a limited time, receive a $25 gift card with every $100 you order for carry out. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near River North? Contact us today. One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are currently offering virtual tours!

West Loop Restaurants Offering Curbside

Even with the shelter in place order, you can still enjoy many of the West Loop's greatest restaurants. Here are some of the West Loop restaurants offering curbside pick up. [caption id="attachment_25538" align="alignnone" width="404"] Courtesy of Louis Hansel[/caption] Aba- 302 N. Green St. Aba is a favorite when it comes to Mediterranean fare. With an assortment of spreads and hummus, meat, fish, and vegetarian options, there's something for everyone. Aba is offering both carryout and delivery (including bottles of wine) Au Cheval- 800 W. Randolph St. Au Cheval isn't going to let anything stand in the way of its customers getting their hands on it's world famous burger. With a high quality patty, dijonnaise, thick cut bacon, fried egg, and even fois gras, it's easy to see why this burger has developed quite the following. Thankfully, it's available for curbside pick up. Monteverde- 1020 W. Madison St. If homemade pastas, gnocchi, and dishes with truffle galore are your cup of tea, try Monteverde. The menu includes traditional classics like spinach and ricotta ravioli or gnocchi with pesto and innovative creations like wok fried arrabiata with shrimp and tagliatelle. Momotaro- 820 W. Lake St. [caption id="attachment_25539" align="alignnone" width="289"] Courtesy of Momotaro[/caption] Be as involved or uninvolved as you'd like. Momotaro offers an a la carte menu with sushi, ramen, and other favorites if you're looking for standard pick up, but you can also spice things up with one of their meal or cocktail kits. Little Goat- 820 W. Randolph St. If you're looking to enjoy your Sunday brunch ritual from home, picking up carryout from Little Goat Diner is a good place to start! Try their beloved hash browns, unique waffles (like the Fat Elvis, which comes topped with peanut butter flavored butter), and in typical West Loop fashion, an assortment of breakfast meats. The Loyalist- 175 N. Ada St. The Loyalist serves American favorites with an upscale twist. Order dishes like the homemade biscuit with n'duja butter and honey, beet and avocado salad, or their signature dish, the cheeseburger, complete with cartelized onions and seasoning. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the West Loop offering virtual tours? Contact us today for more information.

How to Stay Productive Working From Home

When our whole lives seem to occur in the same small space, possibly with others trying to fit their whole lives in that same small space, too, it can be even more challenging to get great focus at work than it already is under normal circumstances. Here are our top 3 tips for staying productive while working from home. 1. Create a Ritual (and stick to it) Start by picking a spot that's designated for work, only. Research has shown that working in a space you associate with other activities, like sleeping, lounging, or eating, can stifle focus. This could mean moving your existing furniture around, picking an area you don't normally use, or ordering a small table and chair to put in the corner of the room. [caption id="attachment_25532" align="alignnone" width="364"] Courtesy of Lucija Ros[/caption] Next, pick a morning routine. What do you do under normal circumstances? Some people feel that commuting helps to book end their day and transition between work and home life. You can recreate this by taking a walk around the block before and after your work day. Similarly, getting dressed in work clothes can help to signal to your brain that it's time to focus, even if that just means you're wearing your "Zoom outfit" (A.K.A. Dress shirt on top, sweats on the bottom.) Maybe your morning routine includes the gym and Starbucks. Whatever it is, identify what helps you transition throughout your day and get creative on how to recreate those experiences while working from home. 2. Take Breaks, Avoid Distractions (Read: Stay Off Social!) Designated breaks and distractions are different. Human ultradian rhythms generally allow for 90 minute "sprints" of focus before becoming distracted. Give yourself a designated stretch break, time to take a walk, grab a snack, or a Ted talk to listen to every 90 minutes to recharge. According to a study at the University of California Irvine, it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get your focus back after a distraction. The reason distractions are different is that they are not controlled or accounted for. If you don't take a designated break, you're becoming susceptible to increased distractions (which would likely be multiple times in the same window). 3. Create Boundaries [caption id="attachment_25527" align="alignnone" width="259"] Courtesy of Bogomil Mihaylov[/caption] Boundaries both with work and with home life are important. Know when to clock out from work and give yourself designated technology free times. It's also important to have boundaries with your home life. That could mean putting a "do not disturb" sign on the door for a portion of the time you're working each day, saving household chores until after work is done, and if you share a small space with other people, setting expectations. That could mean waking up earlier than the rest of your household to get some quiet focus time, or setting spatial expectations. (For instance: "Can you please pick an hour window that I can have this designated area to myself each afternoon?")   Looking for luxury apartments for rent in Chicago with space for working from home? Contact us today! We are currently offering virtual tours!

5 Free Fitness Programs During COVID-19

It's going to be at least another month before fitness centers start to reopen, but that doesn't mean you have to get off track with your health goals. If you're looking for ways to get or stay healthy during the COVID-19 Shelter in Place Order, here are five fitness programs you can do from home for free with minimal equipment! [caption id="attachment_25439" align="alignnone" width="528"] Courtesy of Jonathan Borba[/caption] ClassPass Although ClassPass is normally a paid membership, free fitness classes are available to all users for free through the app, including HIIT, yoga, pilates, and more. If you're already a ClassPass user, you can roll over an unlimited amount of credits for when in person classes resume or use your existing credits for livestream classes anytime. Pure Barre Pure Barre is offering free live classes! Can't make the live classes work with your schedule? Classes are recorded and uploaded to the Pure Barre Facebook page to watch anytime. Classes will call for some equipment, like hand weights, but feel free to get creative with household items! (Tip-- a can of Bush's beans weighs exactly 1 lb.) [caption id="attachment_25440" align="alignnone" width="618"] Pure Barre is one of multiple boutique studios offering virtual classes online.[/caption] Barry's Bootcamp Barry's Bootcamp is streaming it's HIIT workouts twice daily on IGTV. Check out the 20 minute work out sessions on the @Barrys Instagram account. Some of the sessions will call for equipment (like elastic bands). Peloton App Peloton's on demand app offers an assortment of classes in their 30 day free trial, including yoga, running, strength training, outdoor workouts, meditation, and more, no bike required! Corepower Yoga Corepower is making select online classes available for free during the coronavirus stay at home order. Choose from CPY favorites like C1, C1.5, C2, Hot Power Fusion, Yoga Sculpt, or guided breath meditations. You can also get unlimited access to all classes for $19.99 monthly. Looking for luxury apartments for rent? We're offering virtual tours! Contact us today for more information and to get all your questions answered by one of our neighborhood experts.

Moving During The Coronavirus

A lot of tasks that once seemed approachable can seem more daunting in the current times of extreme uncertainty, namely, moving during the Coronavirus. We're here to help. Here's your guide to moving during the Coronavirus, start to finish. Step 1: Contact an Agent Your leasing consultant or broker will start by asking you some questions about your search. For instance, your ideal move time frame, price range, whether you'll be bringing any pets or cars, whether having in-unit laundry is a must-have or nice-to-have, how much furniture you're bringing, transit or sites you'd like to be near, view and lighting preference, the finishes, color palettes, and amenities you like best, and anything else that is most important to you. You'll want to give some thought to these questions so you know what you're looking for and your agent can best serve you. You can start by making a list of all the things that are important to you in an apartment, location, and lifestyle. Then, sort your criteria into "must-haves" (the non-negotiables) and "nice-to-haves" (the things you like but can do without). [caption id="attachment_25080" align="alignnone" width="412"] Courtesy of Erda Estremera[/caption] Step 2: Evaluate the Apartment Options (Round 1) After having a conversation about what you're looking for, your agent will send you options that match your criteria via email. Pick the top options (usually about 2-5) that you'd like to virtually tour and let your agent know of any feedback you have from these options. Is there something else you'd like to see? Did you realize something that is more or less important to you than you initially thought? If so, your agent will send you any additional options. Step 3: Virtually Tour Apartments & Re-Evaluate Options (Round 2) Your DAC agent will reach out to the on-site team at each property to request a virtual tour and bring the on-site agent up to speed on what you're looking for. Your DAC agent will either send you the virtual tours or make sure the on-site agents send them. Then, your DAC agent will help you evaluate each tour and talk through the tradeoffs of each option. Step 4: Apply For an Apartment Once you've chosen the best option, your DAC agent or the on-site agent at the building will send you a link to the online application. These applications are usually conducted through a third party. You'll want to have the necessary materials ready for income verification. Although managed high rise apartment buildings in Chicago don't typically ask for a security deposit, there are typically application and administrative fees around $50 and $450, respectively. Some buildings will waive or credit back the administrative fees if you apply within 24 or 48 hours of your virtual tour. Step 5: Schedule Your Move Each apartment building has their own protocol for scheduling a time to reserve an elevator for your move in. You'll want to ask the on-site team member you've been working with during the application process about how to schedule your move. If you're looking for a fully furnished apartment, you can ask your agent about furniture rental options so you can schedule furniture deliveries, as well. Step 6: Enjoy Your New Apartment! For more information about virtual tours, moving during the Coronavirus, or luxury apartments for rent in Chicago, contact us today to get your questions answered by one of our leasing specialists.

Chicago Summertime Quarantine Guide

Residents of Chicago, like those across much of the county, are under a stay-at-home order during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In a town that trudges steadfastly through the winter waiting for the jailbreak of spring, it’s good to know that there are fun things to do in Chicago in the summer without violating the quarantine. State guidelines say time outdoors for exercise or fresh air is allowed. While practicing social distancing — wearing masks and staying at least 6 feet from other people at all times — we still have several choices for summertime fun. Here’s our list of the best things to do in Chicago in the summer while keeping safe. Explore the Architecture  Architectural boat tours are always among the most popular things to do in Chicago during the summer. While the boats are docked, take on the city in smaller chunks. A Loop walking tour could take you past a who’s who of high-rises — Marina City, the Rookery and Willis Tower, among many others — all within less than two miles. Or contrast the quaint, bohemian residences of Old Town with the nearby historic mansions and brownstones of the Gold Coast. Another stroll could take you among the stately Victorians lining Beer Baron Row in Wicker Park. Have Dinner Delivered  Chicago has some of the best food in the world, from fine dining to the city’s ubiquitous beef sandwiches and deep-dish pizza. You could sit in Lincoln Park and do a Saturday Showdown with pies from Pequod’s Pizza and Lou Malnati’s Pizza. Or, if you’re holed up in the West Loop, 10 of the 25 Michelin-starred restaurants in Chicago are in your neighborhood. Ordering from each of them is one of those summer things to do in Chicago that could carry you into the fall. Get Out Any list of the best summer activities in Chicago must include visiting the city’s many parks. While the Chicago Park District has closed the Lakefront Trail, all nearby parks and beaches, park district buildings and playgrounds, many other parks remain open, including: Humboldt Park — A few blocks west of Wicker Park, this sprawling 197-acre park is worth the visit. Named in 1869 for German scientist and explorer Baron Freidrich Heinrich Alexander Von Humboldt, the park includes a lagoon popular with local fishermen, a youth-sized replica of Wrigley Field and several Prairie-style buildings. Wicker Park — This park features nearly five acres, including ornamental gardens, a historic fountain and a dog-friendly area. Oz Park — Taking up 14 acres on the west side of Lincoln Park, Oz Park honors “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and its author L. Frank Baum. Since 1995, statues of the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, and Dorothy and Toto have been added to the park, which also features an Emerald Garden. Washington Square Park — Easily accessed from the Gold Coast, Streeterville or Old Town, this small gem won’t be overflowing with the usual wedding celebrants this year. A lush floral garden, historic fountain and period lighting highlight its three acres. Lake Shore East Park — Surrounded by the dazzling modern skyscrapers of the New East Side and just steps from the Chicago River, this space — officially named Park No. 546 — offers nearly five acres of green lawns, a walking path and a dog-friendly area. River Esplanade Park — Take a stroll along this park’s walking paths, covering a little more than an acre on the north bank of the Chicago River in Streeterville. Ping Tom Park — Along the south branch of the Chicago River, this 17-acre site has been transformed since 1998 from an old rail yard into a beautiful, rolling green space. It’s a South Loop treasure, with many design nods to neighboring Chinatown. For up-to-date information on park closures, check the Chicago Park District website. And don’t forget, Chicago is one of the most bike-friendly big cities in the world. Of its more than 200 miles of protected, buffered and shared bike lanes, only a small fraction are currently off limits. Be a Birder  If you’re a Chicagoan, you should be able to tell the difference between a blue jay’s squawk and a cardinal’s musical call. With more than 300 kinds of birds native to the area, wander any neighborhood with an Audubon field guide and a pair of binoculars, and you’ll engage in a pursuit that is at once relaxing and competitive, solitary and communal — and among the very best Chicago summer things to do. First Things First  With all the things to do in Chicago during the summer — even during a quarantine — your first priority should be to find a perfect place in the perfect neighborhood. In this especially challenging real estate market, let Downtown Apartment Company guide you. Check out our listings of available apartments today.

Careers in Leasing: What To Know

Ever wondered what being a luxury leasing agent is like? Here's what you need to know!   Working With High Rise Buildings Although some luxury leasing consultants work with both MLS listings and high rises, some just work with high rise buildings. These high rises are seldom listed on MLS. Through years of mutual relationship building, Downtown Apartment Company (DAC) has gotten the privilege of non-exclusively representing over 200 high rises in downtown Chicago. High rises appreciate working with DAC because we bring them qualified clients, that is-- client's whose wants, needs, price ranges, and preferences match what the building has to offer. Most high rise apartment buildings have dedicated on-site leasing teams. On-site team members have extensive knowledge of the ins and outs of their particular building. DAC’s luxury leasing consultants work to have extensive knowledge of the overall market as a whole, strong familiarity with each building, and get a deep understanding of the client's wants and needs. DAC’s leasing consultants and on-site building teams have strong relationships and stay in regular communication so both parties can give the client all the information they need and find them the best suited options. This allows DAC leasing consultants to act as matchmakers between clients and on-site teams. If there's a great deal or rare unit on special, on-site team members will be the first to alert DAC’s leasing consultants. Similarly, when a client reaches out with specific search criteria, a DAC luxury leasing consultant will use their market knowledge to narrow the options from over 200 downtown high rises to a selection of 5-8 buildings. Then, the DAC leasing consultant will get in touch with the on-site experts to see which layouts in the building will be best for accommodating the client's move date, price range, view and lighting preferences, and furniture quantity. The chief responsibilities of a leasing consultant at DAC are to (1) know all there is to know about your client's wants and needs, (2) know all there is to know about the market, an (3) know all there is to know about your inventory, all so you can serve your clients' best interests. The market, pricing, and availability can change on a day-to-day, or even moment-to-moment basis, so staying on top of current information takes ongoing initiative. It takes a village to know the city! [caption id="attachment_24751" align="alignnone" width="855"] DAC works primarily with luxury high rise buildings in downtown Chicago[/caption] Being a Team Player At DAC we value character above all else. There's a misconception that you need to be "tough" or "cut-throat" to succeed in real estate. That could not be further from the truth. The people who are most likely to succeed at Downtown Apartment Company embody professionalism, kindness, great listening skills, patience, and integrity for two reasons: (1) it just feels good to be a good person, and (2) being a good person is good for business. You only do a high quality job when you're looking out for your client's best interests. When you find your client a great deal that is exactly what they're looking for, they will naturally refer you to their friends. Your clients want to help their friends, not expose them to a "cut-throat" agent who doesn't really listen. The Chicago real estate industry also feels pretty small. Over time, you're bound to run into the same agents again and again. Being kind and professional with other agents is a must. Each interaction is an opportunity to plant the seed for another positive interaction in the future. No deal is ever worth jeopardizing a relationship.  If you're someone with integrity, professionalism, a desire to learn, a good attitude, and an interest in being part of a tight-knit team, we'd love to talk with you, regardless of whether you have any real estate experience! If you're interested in learning more about leasing and real estate careers contact us at or click here to learn more.

Sono East Lincoln Park Apartments

The Sono sub-neighborhood (South of North Ave) in Lincoln Park is an increasingly in-demand place to live. Tree-lined side streets converge on boutique-lined Sheffield Street, surrounded by popular shops like Sephora, Lululemon, the Apple Store, and Banana Republic, restaurants from fast-casual to fine sit-down, live music venues, nightlife, theatre like Steppenwolf and the Royal George, as well as conveniences like FFC health club, Marianos, Whole Foods, a movie theatre, Chase bank, blow-dry bars, coffee shops, and the CTA Red Line station at North & Clybourn. It's all packed into a few square blocks. Sono East is located on Blackhawk (one of the aforementioned tree-lined streets) just one to three blocks from everything listed above. In fact, you don't even need to leave home to find plenty of things to do and conveniences at Sono East. The 8,000 square foot resident amenity area includes a rooftop sundeck, hot tub, pool, fire pits, outdoor entertaining space, and grill stations, a state of the art expansive fitness center, a yoga studio with complimentary classes, a party room with full prep kitchen, billiards, co-working space, and a business center. The ground floor features a spacious, secured dog run. The building also offers conveniences such as The Minte housekeeping service, bike storage, 24 hour door staff, package receiving, and even made to order room service via PearChef. [caption id="attachment_24739" align="alignnone" width="432"] Pool deck at Sono East[/caption] Each luxury apartment at Sono East features modern and soft-loft accents, like soaring 9 foot ceilings, open floor plans, concrete accents, floor to ceiling windows, hardwood style flooring, Italian marble tile, deep, stainless steel bowl sinks, sleek Poggenpohl cabinetry, and modern kitchen countertops. Each apartment also has its own thermostat, Whirlpool Energy Star appliances, and in-unit washer and dryer. Generously sized balconies and terraces are also available. Sono East is one of many high rises offering virtual tours. If you're interested in learning more about Lincoln Park's Sono area, luxury apartments for rent, or buildings offering virtual tours, contact us today to get your questions answered by one of our neighborhood experts.

Lincoln Park Apartments: Newcity

Surrounded by a mix of tree-lined residential side streets, lively strips of shops and restaurants, and live music and theatre venues, sits Newcity Apartments in the heart of Lincoln Park's trendy SoNo neighborhood (South of North Ave). The apartments at Newcity begin on the 5th floor of the high-rise, with retail (including Mariano's super market) on the lower levels for added convenience. Newcity is also a full amenity building. Indoor amenities include co-working space complete with a conference room and a cyber cafe with coffee, a 24 hour fitness center with adjacent yoga studio, equipped with Wellbeats Fitness on Demand, an entertainment room with a bar area and wifi, and a theatre screening room with a 90 inch screen. Outdoor amenities include a rooftop pool and spa, an outdoor lounge with a fire pit and grilling stations, and wifi that extends to the outdoor amenities in case you want to work from home and get some fresh air at the same time. [caption id="attachment_24723" align="alignnone" width="383"] There's plenty of space to spread out on the outdoor terrace[/caption] For optimal convenience, Newcity also offers 24 hour door staff, a bike repair and storage area, on site valet dry-cleaning, free guest parking (a rare gem in downtown high-rises), storage, recycling on every floor, on site maintenance, package receiving, and a dog run. The luxury apartments at Newcity feature in-unit washers and dryers, high ceilings for maximum natural light and an open feel, plank flooring, ceramic tile baths, stand up glass showers, private balconies, and built in quartz tech desks. Kitchens feature GE Energy Star efficient steel appliances, quartz countertops, and contemporary espresso cabinets. The cylindrical shape of the building makes most units feel like corner units, with floor to ceiling windows and panoramic views. Downtown Apartment Company has compiled a resource of all the luxury apartment buildings offering virtual tours, one of which is Newcity! Looking for apartments offering virtual tours in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood? Contact us for a consultation with one of our neighborhood experts!

Stay at Home Date Ideas

With just under a month left in the Shelter in Place order and an unknown amount of time left of suggested stay at home time, it's time to get creative with date and activity ideas. Here's some inspiration of things to do during at home dates! [caption id="attachment_24717" align="alignnone" width="401"] Courtesy of Jonathan J Castellon[/caption] Virtual Camping Trip Another at home date idea to make the most of social distancing from your apartment is to virtually tour a national park. From the Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree to Yosemite, Redwoods, and Yellowstone, these 3D virtual tours allow you to visit national parks from your couch. Plan a zero-cost "trip" with your partner and turn it into a date night. Put on your camping gear, make a blanket fort (or for extra brownie points, pitch a real tent in your living room), turn out the lights, roast some marshmallows on your stove, and watch your virtual tour of the stunning state park of your choosing. [caption id="attachment_24716" align="alignnone" width="383"] Courtesy of Insider[/caption] Make Your Partner's Favorite Date Dinner Are you a couple whose go-to at home dinner is cereal and milk or microwaved ramen, but when you dine out you always order things topped with fois gras and shaved truffle? This is your time to shine! Pick your partner's favorite dine-out meal (the more extravagant, the better) and (attempt to) make it for them! It'll either end in an incredible meal and new found hobby, or in some laughs and the microwaved ramen you were originally going to make. Get Competitive Start an ongoing competition with your partner. You can order two of the same puzzle and see who completes it first over the course of the week, have an ongoing push up contest, bust out the deck of cards and play gin rummy, or make food for the other person to eat with just chopsticks (hint: this one gets interesting if you make soup for your partner). You can also turn your competition into collaboration by teaching your partner something new. Maybe your partner is great at guitar, drawing, or handstands, or maybe they have a hidden talent you've never known about before. Each partner pick a skill or talent to teach the other. [caption id="attachment_24718" align="alignnone" width="256"] Courtesy of Aditya Chinchure[/caption] Start a Partner Book Club You've finally done it. After all these years, you and your partner finally have nothing left to talk about. Maybe these past three weeks of stay at home quarantine have left you in a repetitive cycle of conversation topics. If that sounds like you, try starting a miniature book club with your partner. Each person order a copy of the book to read separately. Schedule a time or two each week you'll have book club and discuss the book.   Looking for Chicago apartments offering virtual tours and showings? Contact us today to get all of your questions answered by one of our neighborhood experts!   By Sophie Morrison

Downtown Apartment Company Office

It's been one year since Downtown Apartment Company opened its new River North Office. (Of course, working from home wasn't how we expected to spend it.) The office was thoughtfully curated with unique features and plenty of individual spaces, and rings true to the DAC slogan, "Choose Wisely. Live Stylishly." Upon entering DAC's two level River North office, you'll step into a two seat lounge-style lobby area. Up the steps to the right sits the crowned jewel of the office-- the conference room. The long table with regal chairs and furniture, quartz and crystal coasters and accents, and last but not least, the faux living green wall, are just some of the attributes that make this room feel special. Even when the office lights are turned off at the end of the day, the illuminated Downtown Apartment Company logo shines from the glassy conference room. As you move through the rest of the ground level, you'll see an open layout of work space with sleek white desks. The high ceilings and towering cathedral style windows allow for abundant natural light in this area. Our office is located in River North's acclaimed gallery district. In keeping with that theme, our office is full of inspired artwork and artisan pieces. On your way down the stairs to the ground level you'll notice a collection of artwork on the wall that spans both levels. Each piece of artwork correlates with a meaning and a playlist that ties together the fun shui of the office. The lower level is complete with a spacious training room, an "instagram worthy" seating space, a large lounge area, and a kitchenette with four glass seating tables. The crystal accents throughout the office were chosen for the properties they represent: Amethyst for the protection and prosperity it brings, agate for harmony and equilibrium, selenite for fluidity and honesty, rose quartz for agreement and resolution, and smoky quartz for vitality and balance. Looking for luxury apartments for rent? Contact us today! We're offering virtual tours and would be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Work From Home Tips: How To Set Up Your Apartment

For many of us, working from home is a change of pace. It can be challenging to have healthy work-life separation and a productive work environment if you live in a small space and your amenities are closed. Here are some tips on setting up your apartment to work from home. Whether you have a studio apartment or just want to section off your living space, there are few quick and easy ways to create an additional room. You can use a tension rod to hang curtains on the exposed side of your bed to give yourself a designated bedroom area in your studio. [caption id="attachment_24567" align="alignnone" width="298"] Bedroom created with curtains, Courtesy of IKEA[/caption] You can also use shelving to create a similar effect. Floating a couch in the middle of living space can give the illusion of separate rooms, as can area rugs. [caption id="attachment_24568" align="alignnone" width="297"] A shelving unit used to separate rooms, Courtesy of IKEA[/caption] Another way to create work-home separation is to give your tables different designations. For instance, if you don't have a desk, maybe you temporarily designate your dining table as your "office space" and eat at your island. If your island or peninsula has an outlet (as is the case in many new construction apartments) you can try designating the island as your "office" during your work from home period. You can also create separation by having your furniture face different directions. For example, try putting your desk facing a window, so you're not looking at the rest of your space while you're in work mode. If you have a studio apartment, try facing your bed away from the rest of your apartment. Having separation is important for keeping routine and healthy sleep behaviors. Regardless of whether you opt to break up your space, whatever you do, don't bring your laptop or work materials into your bed. Keep work materials out of sight when it's time to unwind by storing them in a designated spot. [caption id="attachment_24566" align="alignnone" width="520"] Living space to bedroom convertible set, Courtesy of IKEA[/caption] In addition to setting up your space to be work from home conducive, it's also crucial to optimize your living situation to be distraction free, which could mean communicating with roommates or other occupants about work from home agreements. For instance, put a "Work Mode" sign on the door to your bedroom, guest room, den, or wherever you're working. Create expectations about what it means when that sign is up. Maybe it means they need to act as if you're away at your office and should call, text, or email you to communicate rather than coming in or even knocking. Put away your pets during zoom calls. Resist the urge to do housework in the middle of the work day. If you're conducting your apartment search, DAC offers virtual tours which are, as always, a completely complimentary service. For more information about virtual tours and remote showings, contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Old Town Park Phase II’s Unparalleled Amenities

Old Town Park phase II, also known as 202 West Hill Street, is one of the newest deliveries from developer, Onni Group. The new tower features 428 dwelling units, composed of convertible, 1 bedroom, 1 bedroom plus den, 2 bedroom, and 3 bedroom apartments, town homes, and unparalleled penthouses, each with its own private hot tub and sprawling terrace. All residences also have access to the building's resort style amenities. [caption id="attachment_24447" align="alignnone" width="306"] Basketball court[/caption] Old Town Park phase II offers over 27,000 square feet of resort inspired indoor and outdoor amenities, including an oversized indoor hot tub, a steam room and sauna, an outdoor pool deck with loungers and daybeds, an expansive fitness center, yoga and spin bike studio complete with Peloton bikes, lockers, and towel service, semi-private outdoor kitchens and dining areas, an indoor basketball court, multiple lounge and work from home spaces, a chef's kitchen and private dining space for entertaining, multiple outdoor spaces including an outdoor theatre, a family play room, a game room, wine tasting room, and even a self playing piano. On all those freezing cold or rainy days, wouldn't it be nice to have an easier way to take your dog out? Old Town Park II's on-site dog run is enclosed and on the fifth floor, so you can let your furry friend have some room to run around. Wash your four legged family members off in the indoor pet spa when you're ready to come in! [caption id="attachment_24445" align="alignnone" width="603"] A map of the amenities at Old Town Park 2. See the gallery below for more amenities![/caption] With Old Town Park phase II's prime location off of Wells and Division, you'll be steps to the lively heart of Old Town, chalk full of shops, dining, nightlife, and entertainment. The convenient location is also just two blocks from the flagship Jewel Osco grocery store and the CTA Red Line train. Looking for luxury apartments with great amenities for rent near Old Town? Contact us today for an in person or virtual tour! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Best Chicago Neighborhoods for Advancing Professionals

Where do advancing professionals live in Chicago? They live wherever their needs are met. That means proximity to work — whether finance or fine arts — because they spend a lot of time honing their craft. Precious free time shouldn’t be spent in traffic or looking for a place to park. Advancing professionals are looking for easy access to public transportation, shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation. Hopefully, living amidst the other go-getters will energize your own vocational climb all the more. Advancing professionals also want options. In Chicago, each of the best places for ambitious professionals to live come with their own distinctive personalities. Know The Neighborhood There are a lot of great places to live in the Windy City, but the best Chicago neighborhoods for advancing professionals have one thing in common: There’s plenty to do after work. Check out these neighborhoods to find your best fit. Wicker Park: This former artists’ enclave (along with neighboring Bucktown) is eminently walkable and is relatively affordable. Two Blue Line stops get you into the Loop with ease — and between the lively boutique culture and vibrant dining scene, there’s so much to do around the neighborhood that work might be the only time you leave. Lakeview: This area is really three neighborhoods in Chicago for advancing professionals. Wrigleyville is party-central, where the bar scene draws you in to keep the party going after a great game amid tourists and other baseball fans. Boystown hosts two of the biggest events on Chicago’s summer social calendar: The Pride Parade and North Halsted Market Days. West Lakeview puts a homier spin on things — the al fresco dining is terrific, and the atmosphere is very pet-friendly. Lincoln Park: Think green and blue. The green park for which the area is named covers more than 1,200 acres, all of it essentially hugging blue Lake Michigan. Joggers and cyclists swarm the park and lakefront trails in droves. Just far enough from the Loop (15 minutes by train) to decompress on the commute home, the neighborhood offers a variety of housing styles, proximity to North Avenue Beach, and an urban lifestyle that is perhaps dialed down the tiniest bit from Lakeview’s fabulous excess. Old Town: Just south of Lincoln Park, Old Town is home to Chicago’s famous Second City comedy club. Rich in history and close enough to the Loop to walk, this community is not so gentrified as to be completely shorn of its characters. Two of its biggest summer events — the Old Town Art Fair and the Wells Street Arts Festival — happen on the same weekend in June. River North: Across the river from the Loop, River North puts power lunchers elbow-to-elbow with tourists along the burgeoning Riverwalk. Residents can walk to the theater district, Navy Pier, the Mag Mile and Millennium Park. The center of Chicago’s gallery scene and loaded with high-end condos, this is upscale urban at its most posh. Start Your Search The best way to start your search for your next home in Chicago is by visiting Downtown Apartment Company. We have thousands of constantly updated listings, filtered by price, size, neighborhood and amenities, that you can check out right now.

Old Town Breakfast Spots

Looking for places to grab breakfast in Old Town? Check out these Wells Street restaurants! Kanela Breakfast Club- 1552 N. Wells St. The name Kanela (which means "cinnamon" in Greek) is apropos for this restaurant, which serves up brunch favorites with a Greek twist. Everything on Kanela's menu is made from scratch with local and organic ingredients wherever possible. Menu favorites include chia seed pudding, loukoumades (Greek donuts), red velvet French toast, the California Benedict (made with avocado mash and vegetarian bacon), and the impossible burger. The Vig- 1527 N. Wells St. Brunch by day; bar scene by night. The Vig keeps a full house in it's prime Wells Street location around the clock. With a brunch menu that includes lobster and waffles, breakfast nachos, and ginger donut holes, a dinner menu with king crab bar, superfood salad, and cauliflower au gratin, a large dessert menu, full bar, and a late night menu that even includes a bone in ribeye and roasted eggplant Bahn mi, you can find pretty much anything you're looking for at The Vig. Nookies-1746 N. Wells St. Nookies has been a neighborhood favorite for over 47 years and still has original items on the menu! (Where else can you order a phosphate?) Nookies doesn't just serve breakfast and brunch. Their eclectic menu also includes dinner entrees like steak, pasta, salads, stir fry dishes, and innovative sandwiches like their salmon pita. Hashbrowns Cafe-1155 N. Wells St. In addition to being a beloved and cost friendly neighborhood place to meet for brunch or a coffee meeting, Hashbrowns Cafe is known for pioneering sweet potato hashbrowns. Menu items are named after Chicago neighborhoods and are made from all fresh ingredients. Stop by for breakfast or lunch favorites all day. Gluten free options are available. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Finding a Downtown Chicago Apartment Through Virtual Tours

If your move date is coming up and you're wondering how you're going to find a new apartment in Chicago while social distancing, we're here to help! DAC is offering virtual tours for downtown apartment buildings. How to virtual tours work? When you reach out to our office, one of our team members will ask you about your search. After curating a list of appropriate options, you'll select your favorites and we'll send you video walk throughs of each apartment and the amenities in each building. The application process is all online as well. How will I get a sense for the neighborhood? Downtown Apartment Company agents live and work downtown and are experts on the local neighborhoods. Your agent can provide you with local recommendations, fill you in on what's nearby, and send you photos or videos of the neighborhood, too. If you're looking for more information on each neighborhood, visit our neighborhood guide for details. Which buildings offer virtual tours? Many downtown high rises are offering virtual tours. Since the list is always growing, contact one of our agents for a complete list. Here are just a few of the luxury apartment buildings offering virtual tours: Old Town Park- located in Old Town just two blocks west of the Gold Coast and four blocks north of River North. [caption id="attachment_24297" align="alignnone" width="391"] One of many thoughtfully curated lounge and co-working spaces at Old Town Park[/caption] NEMA- located in the near South Loop across from Grant Park. [caption id="attachment_24267" align="alignnone" width="363"] The boxing ring at NEMA[/caption] [caption id="attachment_24265" align="alignnone" width="379"] Golf Simulator at NEMA[/caption] North + Vine- located on the border of Lincoln Park and Old Town in the Sono area (south of North ave). [caption id="attachment_24296" align="alignnone" width="436"] Tranquil pool terrace at North+Vine[/caption] Eleven40- located in the South Loop near Printer's Row. [caption id="attachment_24294" align="alignnone" width="356"] Game room at Eleven40[/caption] [caption id="attachment_24293" align="alignnone" width="358"] Music room at Eleven40[/caption] For more information on remote virtual showings, contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Eugenie Terrace Old Town Apartments

Located on the northern most part of Old Town on the cusp of Lincoln Park, Eugenie Terrace offers elegant apartments in a prime area. The Clark street location puts you in the epicenter of an abundance of dining, culture, green space, and local attractions. With the lakefront, the park, Second City, and Wells Street all within a few blocks, the only hard part of deciding what to do will be picking which to do first. The resort style amenities are second to none. From the 3,000 square foot fitness center with on site classes, to the penthouse sky lounge and open air grilling deck, there are plenty of spaces to enjoy your home outside your apartment. You can even get to know your neighbors at one of many thoughtfully curated year round resident events. Among other resort style amenities, Eugenie Terrace has the highest rooftop pool of any residential building in Chicago. [caption id="attachment_24232" align="alignnone" width="336"] Courtesy of Eugenie Terrace[/caption] Take in the panoramic lake, park, and skyline views from the indoor or outdoor parts of the rooftop amenities or from the floor to ceiling bay windows in each residence. Apartments also feature large private balconies, modern kitchens with quartz slab countertops and islands, stainless appliances, large walk in custom closets, hardwood floors, great separation, and rain shower heads in the bathrooms. Eugenie Terrace is a pet friendly building and even has an on site dog run. For added convenience, residents also have access to complimentary storage, complimentary coffee and espresso, a full service concierge staff, on site dry cleaning with wash and fold service, an indoor private parking garage with Zipcars, 44th floor co-working space and business center, and 24 hour maintenance and door staff. These Old Town apartments are known for being especially spacious, with 1 beds over 900 square feet, a rare find downtown! Layouts range from studio to 3 bedroom apartments and also include 2 bed and 3 bed town homes with expansive, private wrap around terraces. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Xavier Old Town Apartments

Xavier offers apartments in Old Town that aren't just modern in terms of design. The thoughtful, high tech, and sustainable features are state of the art and tremendously convenient! Xavier's prime location on Division is a more mellow part of Old Town just south of the SoNo area of Lincoln Park. The 240 rentals are composed of studio, one bed, and two beds, with a broad selection of layouts. Each apartment features sleek, modern finishes and appliances with soft loft accents. Quartz kitchen countertops and hardwood floors are accented by the blackened steel backsplashes and exposed concrete ceilings. Kitchens also feat integrated, cabinet faced appliances, which are Energy Star rated, a garbage disposal, gas range, Nest thermostats, a full sized washer and dryer in unit, and other materials sourced from local and recycled content. Water fixtures in each apartment are efficient, as are the LED lighting systems, and the finishes are sustainably sourced and non-toxic. Bedrooms come equipped with ample storage space and built in ELFA shelving systems. Select units also come with private terraces, an office nook or den, walk in closets, and 14 foot ceilings. [caption id="attachment_24224" align="alignnone" width="594"] Courtesy of Xavier Apartments[/caption] In addition to the sustainable finishes and consumption conscious appliances, the LEED Gold certified building took additional measures toward environmental wellness. All residents receive complimentary non-toxic cleaning supplies, a seasonal crop box program through their rooftop produce garden, and complimentary fitness classes at Fit Body Bootcamp, an on site retail partner. Xavier offers state of the art amenities. In the warmer months, enjoy the outdoor terrace with a pool, cabanas, grilling stations, fire pits, corn hole, and lounge space. Entertain in the rooftop lounge, complete with a chef's kitchen, edible herb gardens, an outdoor deck with a fireplace, and sprawling city views, or head to the game room, where you'll find air hockey, football, arcade games, a large flat screen TV, and group seating. The modern fitness center houses cardio and weight equipment in addition to a Peloton bike and a yoga terrace. Work from home in one of the private conference rooms, the lobby with a co-working table and fireplace, or on the wifi in any of the amenity spaces. Xavier offers excellent pet amenities as well, with both indoor and outdoor dog runs as well as two dog wash stations. [caption id="attachment_24220" align="alignnone" width="596"] Courtesy of Xavier Apartments[/caption] For added convenience, Xavier offers bike parking and maintenance facilities, reserved car parking with 5 electric car charging stations, a Luxer package receiving system, 24/7 concierge, on site maintenance and management, and Pear Chef, a service that offers residents meals and cocktails prepared by an on site personal chef delivered via room service with no delivery fee. [caption id="attachment_24219" align="alignnone" width="505"] Sun deck, courtesy of Xavier Apartments[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Cobbler Square Old Town Lofts

If you're looking for a tranquil, homey loft to live in near Old Town but don't want to compromise being close to all the action, Cobbler Square Lofts could be right for you. The front entrance of this boutique rental building is located right on Wells Street, surrounded by shops, restaurants, nightlife, boutique fitness studios, and more. In the warmer months, there's even a weekly farmers market right outside the door! However, the apartments at Cobbler Square still have a private, quiet feel. Once you walk through the front entrance into the main building, you'll go through a gorgeous  courtyard to access the residences. It feels like you've just been transported to a small, charming village hidden in plain sight. [caption id="attachment_24209" align="alignnone" width="471"] Courtyard, courtesy of Cobbler Square[/caption] Each loft apartment is unique but all of them have spacious, open layouts. Most units have 12 to 18 foot ceilings, open kitchens with large, granite islands and countertops, gas stoves, central AC and gas forced heat with individual climate control, dishwashers, and generous closet space. Some units also have loft style accents such as exposed brick walls, wood beam ceilings, stainless steel appliance packages, a balcony or terrace, walk in closets, espresso cabinetry, dens, French door separation, double vanity sinks in bathrooms, sun rooms, tiled kitchen backsplashes, split level layouts, and wood plank flooring. [caption id="attachment_24210" align="alignnone" width="477"] Living area, courtesy of Cobbler Square[/caption] The amenities at Cobbler Square include a 24 hour fitness center, on site laundry, a sundeck with grilling stations, package receiving, business center and conference room with wifi, resident lounge with popcorn and a pool table, parking, dry cleaning service, concierge, on site 24-hour maintenance, on site salon, a landscaped spacious courtyard, recycling, and on site maintenance. Cobbler Square lofts also offers dog friendly apartments! [caption id="attachment_24214" align="alignnone" width="477"] Resident Lounge, courtesy of Cobbler Square[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

The Scott Residences in Old Town

The Old Town neighborhood is beloved for its tree lined streets, lively Wells Street strip, and abundance of culture, including Victorian era architecture and Second City. The Scott Residences are located just off Wells on Scott Street, so you can enjoy being in close proximity to the hustle and bustle while also enjoying living on a quiet, tree lined residential court. [caption id="attachment_24198" align="alignnone" width="384"] Courtesy of The Scott Residences[/caption] Each luxury apartment at The Scott Residences comes equipped with a full sized washer and dryer, plank flooring throughout each unit, 9 foot or higher ceilings, individually controlled heat and AC, and elegant interior lighting. Each kitchen features custom European inspired cabinetry, GE Artistry appliances, and granite countertops with a glass tile backsplash. You'll also find ceramic tile flooring in the bathroom. Select apartments come with a balcony. [caption id="attachment_24197" align="alignnone" width="386"] Elegant kitchen finishes, courtesy of The Scott Residences[/caption] The Scott Residences is a full amenity building. Residents enjoy access to a billiards parlor, a private resident club lounge with chef inspired kitchen, a state of the art fitness center, and a professionally landscaped rooftop sun deck with grilling stations and a fire pit. [caption id="attachment_24199" align="alignnone" width="383"] One of the resident lounges, courtesy of The Scott Residences[/caption] The Scott Residences also offer service based amenities including concierge staff, package receiving, a private ground floor dog run, storage lockers, private garage parking with bike storage, and valet dry cleaning service for added convenience. Perhaps the most convenient of all is the on site and nearby retail. On site retail includes Starbucks and Massage Envy. Plum Market grocer and Soulcycle are just across the street, as are a multitude of other dining and nightlife options, boutique fitness studios, salons, and green space. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Porte: New West Loop Apartments

Porte is a new set of  luxury apartment towers in the West Loop at the corner of Madison and Green. The units will be a composition of studio, 1, 2, and 3 bed apartments, as well as town home apartments, each with it's own private ground level entrance. The townhomes at Porte will surround the parking garage, concealing it from the street. The 586 unit rental project will begin pre-leasing this spring and is being developed by The John Buck Company, Lendlease, GREC Architects, and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation. [caption id="attachment_24193" align="alignnone" width="580"] A rendering of Porte West Loop apartments from John Buck[/caption] The interiors of these pet friendly West Loop apartments will feature stainless steel appliances and white quartz finishes. 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 on site retail space. The prime West Loop location of the X makes it convenient for commuting. Porte is just a block west of Greek Town on Halsted Street, a couple blocks north of the blue line train, blocks from 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, as well as a whole host of other neighborhood events at Mary Bartelme Park, which is located one block southwest of Porte. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

1225 Old Town Luxury Apartments

1225 Old Town offers boutique style living on lively Wells Street in the heart of Old Town. With modern finishes, spacious layouts, luxurious amenities, and a convenient location, these apartments are in high demand. The open floor plans at 1225 Old Town make these apartments great for entertaining. The 9 foot ceilings and floor to ceiling windows in most apartments also add to the spacious, bright feel. [caption id="attachment_24191" align="alignnone" width="510"] Open apartment layouts are conducive to entertaining, courtesy of 1225 Old Town[/caption] Each kitchen is outfitted with espresso finish cabinetry with nickel hardware, stainless steel Whirlpool and Energy Star appliances, pendant and track lighting, and quartz countertops and islands. Each apartment also comes equipped with an in unit washer and dryer, individual climate controls with no seasonal restrictions, wood style flooring, abundant closet and storage space, and ceramic tiled modern bathrooms. Most units also have spacious balconies. [caption id="attachment_24189" align="alignnone" width="291"] Kitchen finishes, courtesy of 1225 Old Town[/caption] 1225 Old Town is a full amenity building with both indoor and outdoor spaces for residents. Residents enjoy access to an outdoor heated pool, hot tub, game room, indoor fire place, outdoor fire pit with grill stations, a demonstration kitchen, and 24 hour fitness center. [caption id="attachment_24186" align="alignnone" width="327"] Outdoor heated pool, courtesy of 1225 Old Town[/caption] Work from home accommodations include a tech room, dedicated co-working spaces, a conference room, and wifi throughout the building. There are also plenty of conveniences from 24 hour concierge service, on site laundry and valet dry cleaning, package receiving, and a coffee lounge, to the outdoor dog run located on the second floor. Residents also love the convenient selection of on site retail. Soul Cycle, Plum Market grocery store, and Intelligentsia coffee shop are all connected to the building. [caption id="attachment_24188" align="alignnone" width="294"] Co-working space, courtesy of 1225 Old Town[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

North + Vine Old Town Apartments

North and Vine apartments at 633 W North Ave are now leasing in Old Town. Developed by White Oak Realty and designed by Fitzgerald Associates, North and Vine features 261 rental apartments ranging from studios to 3 beds. This luxury apartment building offers resort style amenities, modern design, stunning views, and smart home technology. North and Vine is a full amenity building including indoor, outdoor, service, and pet amenities. Indoor amenities all include wifi and feature a health club with cardio and strength equipment, a yoga studio with Wellbeats fitness on demand, co-working space with a conference room, an acoustically engineered media library, and a resident lounge with a chef inspired kitchen space. Outdoor amenities include a resort style pool and sundeck, a spacious private terrace with fire pits, and grilling stations. Service based amenities include 24 hour package pick up, on site storage and bike room, valet dry cleaning, a residents perk program, controlled access parking with reserved spots, and a resident app. North and Vine offers pet friendly apartments as well as pet amenities, including a dog run and pet spa. Apartment feature full size stackable washers and dryers, USB outlets in the kitchen and bedrooms, high ceilings, keyless entry systems, hardwood style flooring throughout the kitchen and living space, large windows to maximize natural light, spacious walk in closets and abundant storage space, and custom roller shades. Each kitchen comes equipped with GE Cafe Series stainless steel appliances, including a slide in gas range with convection, a built in microwave, an under counter wine cooler, a French door style refrigerator, and an under mount sink with disposal, as well as custom cabinetry with soft close drawers and under cabinet lighting. Kitchen finishes include quartz counter tops and tile backsplashes. Each spa inspired bathroom features Moen designer finishes with ceramic and porcelain tiles, vanities, and 42" full width back-lit mirrors. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Old Town Spice House

Old Town Spice House has graced Wells Street for over 60 years. From Michelin starred chefs to people who only know how to make pasta, the Spice House is a neighborhood favorite. The Spice House was founded in 1957 by Bill and Ruth Penzey and over the years has scaled into a global brand. Because they have such a broad global network of suppliers, Spice House has built a reputation for having some of the highest quality products and widest selection. The Spice House is also a go-to resource on recipes and all things spice. Although the business has grown, Spice House has still retained its quaint character. [caption id="attachment_24178" align="alignnone" width="545"] Courtesy of Calum Lewis[/caption] After a fire last July caused significant damage to the original structure, which was constructed in the 1800s, Spice House used it as an opportunity to blend modern renovations and repairs with elements of the original building, and even preserve some of the original features. For instance, the reclaimed wood rafters that were previously covered have now been painted and cleaned so they could be left exposed. The building's original exposed brick has also been refurbished. They also uncovered two of the windows at the back of the store to add natural light. Gensler architects led the way on the renovations. The historic charm, loyal neighborhood customer base, wafting spice aromas, and overall engaging experience of visiting the Spice House has kept the brick and mortar store competitive in an age of increasingly popular e-commerce. The brick and mortar store is also central to their wholesale business, which supplies to local restaurants, bakeries, and breweries in Chicago. Whether you're looking for a specific rare form of truffle oil or just looking for a unique place to stop in and "spice up" your weekend stroll, be sure to check out Old Town Spice House (and grab a sample of the delectable crystalized ginger while you're in there)! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

How To Pet-Proof Your Chicago Apartment

Whether you’re adopting a kitten from a shelter or buying a pooch from a reputable breeder, caring for a pet is a great responsibility. Your new furry friend will require a lot of love, attention, training and plenty of supplies. Properly preparing your home is essential to ensure your animal companion is safe and protected, especially on those occasions when you’re away. If you’re wondering how to puppy proof your apartment, here are five ways you can plan for your pal’s arrival. 1. Create a Designated Space A new kitten or puppy may feel scared or anxious in an unfamiliar place. Creating a space in your apartment that your pet can call its own will help it feel safe and relaxed. Try to choose an area that has tile or vinyl flooring so it’s easier to clean up messes. If the floor is all carpet, use a piece of hard plastic — such as the kind you put under a rolling desk chair — to cover it. Wondering how to puppy proof the apartment so that your pet doesn’t wreak havoc on the whole house? Consider using baby gates to keep it in a particular room that doesn’t have a door. Supply the designated space with a bed, litter box, food and toys to keep your dog or cat occupied. 2. Use a Crate Crate training can help your pup slowly learn house rules and boundaries. This can make your pet’s puppyhood a more pleasant and fun experience for you both. If you plan to keep your dog in a crate while you’re away, the designated space mentioned above would be a great spot to put it.  3. Keep Toxic Chemicals Out of Reach Animals are curious by nature. As a result, it’s important to keep all harmful chemicals, such as bleach, floor cleaner and dishwasher liquid safely locked away to prevent your pet from getting into them. Be sure to place medications out of reach and avoid storing human food on tables or counters. Foods such as chocolate, raisins, grapes and onions are harmful to dogs and could result in an emergency trip to the vet if your canine ingests them. 4. Organize Your Space You can dog proof the apartment by thoroughly inspecting it for potentially hazardous objects. Be sure all electrical cords, remotes and small objects are safely tucked away so your pet can’t use them as chew toys. Cover wires that you can’t remove, such as computer, television and lamp cords. Have breakable objects that you still want to display? Store them in a china cabinet or glass encased shelving unit to showcase your objects in a safe, accessible way. Make sure to keep plants that are toxic to dogs and cats out of reach too, such as tulips, lilies and Aloe vera. 5. Protect Your Furniture Dogs love to chew and shed their fur on sofas, and cats are notorious for clawing on the backs of couches. You can cat proof the apartment by buying a scratching post or spraying your furniture with a non-toxic, bitter-tasting pet-deterrent spray. This can help your pet learn that your soft furnishings aren’t for scratching or snacking. Puppy proofing your apartment might feel like a lot of work, but keeping your animal companion safe in your home should be a priority. These helpful tips on how to cat proof an apartment can help you establish a welcoming and secure environment that your furry friend will appreciate. If you’re looking for your next pet-friendly residence, Downtown Apartment Company can help you find a luxury apartment rental in the Windy City. Click here to start the search for your new home in Chicago.

Moody Bible Selling Land Near Old Town

This week, Moody Bible Institute created a preliminary agreement to sell 10 acres in the Near North Side's Old Town neighborhood to luxury high rise developer, JDL. [caption id="attachment_24149" align="alignnone" width="323"] Courtesy of Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune[/caption] According to the Chicago Tribune, the land at 820 N. Lasalle will be developed into 2500 or more luxury apartments and condos between a half dozen high rises totaling up to 5.3 million square feet. The land for sale is mostly vacant with the exception of a few smaller structures. The soccer field west of Walter Payton College Prep is also included in the sale. The same stretch of Old Town has seen significant residential development in the past couple years and already has several projects in the works, namely, Onni Group's Old Town Park phases I-III at Atrium Village. [caption id="attachment_23164" align="alignnone" width="485"] Rendering of phase I (right), II (center), and III (left). Courtesy of Onni Group and Hartshorne Plunkard Architects[/caption] When the land went up for sale in the summer of 2019, Moody Bible president, Mark Jobe, stated that the decision to sell the land was motivated by the desire to expand the impact of Moody Bible's ministry. Moody Bible intends on staying in the southern portion of it's Old Town campus, its home since 1886. JDL has another large development in the works on the border of the Gold Coast and River North called One Chicago. One Chicago is slated to be a megadevelopment with rental apartments, condos, retail, a premiere lifestyle fitness center, and commercial space, including a large new Whole Foods. Additionally, JDL is the developer behind the Chicago luxury rental buildings 1000 S. Clark, 640 N. Wells, Two West Delaware, Halsted Flats, Eight Eleven Uptown, 1225 Old Town, and The Scott Residences, as well as Chicago luxury condo building, No 9 Walton. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

South Loop Breakfast Spots

Whether you live in the South Loop or are looking for places to eat before you visit Museum Campus or Grant Park, here are a few of the top breakfast and brunch places in the South Loop. [caption id="attachment_24093" align="alignnone" width="365"] Courtesy of Rachel Park[/caption] Yolk- 1120 S Michigan Ave Yolk offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch options with creative twists on classic favorites, like the smoked salmon scrambler, the brisket breakfast burger, and red velvet French toast. Diners love the sizable portions and reasonable pricing. Yolk even has their own private label coffee and house made Greek yogurt. Eleven City Diner- 1112 S Wabash Ave Eleven City Diner was created in the vision of the "classic friendly diner". The black and white family photos on the walls, nostalgic "band box", neon signage, counter seating, milkshakes with barbershop straws, subway tile, and ice cream parlor style tables and chairs create the reminiscent ambiance. Eleven City Diner offers breakfast all day (including vegan and vegetarian breakfast options) as well as a walk up deli to go. [caption id="attachment_24094" align="alignnone" width="260"] Courtesy of Matheus Frade[/caption] Spoke and Bird- 205 E 18th St Spoke and Bird is a rustic chic breakfast spot that uses local, organic, and fair trade ingredients sourced from over 30 local and urban farms. The employee owned restaurant strives to offer delicious and healthy food at a reasonable price in a welcoming environment. Try a homemade quiche or Spoke and Bird's many pastries. Meli Cafe- 500 S Dearborn St (in Hotel Blake) Meli serves up favorite American breakfast and lunch dishes with a Greek twist and is known for its farm to table dishes, fresh squeezed juice, large portions, and homemade marmalade. Meli has great daily specials and full service juice, espresso, and liquor bars. If you can't decide whether to get a corned beef hash Benedict or a wheatgrass shot, get both. [caption id="attachment_24095" align="alignnone" width="410"] Courtesy of Ben Kolde[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Check Out Printers’ Row in the South Loop

Printers' Row is a highly sought after sub-neighborhood in Chicago's South Loop. Residents love the historic Chicago character reflected in the architecture and facades of old buildings, (like the Pontiac Building, 1891, and the Duplicator Building, 1886), the creative energy from the abundance of music venues, art schools, and independent coffee shops, and all the green space and tucked away parks and hidden gems. Printers' Row is generally designated by the Chicago River as the western border, Plymouth Court as the eastern border, Ida B. Wells Drive to the north, and Polk Street to the south. After Dearborn Station was completed in 1885 Printers' Row began to take shape as the printing center of the Midwest because it allowed materials (and workers) to move conveniently in and out of the neighborhood. Dearborn Station is still in tact today and has been converted into retail space. [caption id="attachment_24090" align="alignnone" width="386"] Courtesy of Hannes Wolf[/caption] Major publishing houses like Rand McNally, M.A. Donohue and Company, Franklin Printing, and R.R. Donnelley and Sons all set up shop in Printers' Row. Many of the buildings in Printers' Row that were used as printing and publishing facilities have retained landmark status and have mostly been converted into residential lofts. These buildings are characteristic of what's been deemed, the "First Chicago School" of architecture, a style which dates to the 1880s and includes work by the revered Daniel Burnham, one of the masterminds behind the World's Fair. Many of these buildings feature large windows that were originally installed with the hope that they would let in maximum natural light for book binding, type setting, and other highly detailed printing work. The Printers' Row literary scene is very much alive today. Each June the Printers' Row Literary Festival draws about 150,000 attendees to Dearborn Street, making it the largest book fair in the Midwest, according to Publisher's Weekly. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Why South Loop is Ideal For Commuters

The South Loop is conveniently situated near public transit and access points, making it an easily accessible neighborhood whether you're commuting to or from the suburbs, other Chicago neighborhoods, or even from out of town. [caption id="attachment_24084" align="alignnone" width="480"] Courtesy of Maarten Van Den Heuvel[/caption] CTA Orange Line The orange line runs through the South Loop and takes riders around the Loop and out to Midway International Airport. If you're looking for the fastest way to or from Midway or just looking to save on Uber fare, the orange line could be a great option. CTA Red Line The red line runs south to 95th Street and north through River North, Gold Coast, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Uptown, Edgewater, and Rogers Park, with on campus stops at Loyola and DePaul Universities. Northwestern University in Evanston is also conveniently accessible via red line, as multiple red line stops are also serviced by the purple line to Evanston and Wilmette. CTA Green Line Take the green line for direct access to Oak Park or the best way to McCormick Place. The green line also provides access through the West Loop and west side near Rush University Medical Center. CTA Blue Line If you fly in and out of O'Hare International Airport often, the South Loop has multiple blue line stops that provide direct access to O'Hare. The blue line takes passengers either through the West Loop, UIC's campus, and out to Forest Park, or through the Loop, Fulton Market, River West, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, Jefferson Park, Rosemont, and directly inside O'Hare Airport. [caption id="attachment_24083" align="alignnone" width="467"] Courtesy of Jeremiah Higgins[/caption] Metra and Amtrak Catch the Metra trains out to the western, north shore, and south shore suburbs and Indiana from the Lasalle and Van Buren stations in the South Loop or Ogilvie and Union Stations, which are just a short walk from the South Loop and are also serviced by Amtrak. Highways Multiple major highways pass directly through the South Loop. Hop directly on I-90 for access throughout Chicago's northern or southern neighborhoods and suburbs, I-290 for access to Chicago's western neighborhoods and suburbs, or I-55 to head southwest past McCormick Place toward Saint Louis. [caption id="attachment_24082" align="alignnone" width="510"] Courtesy of Jake Blucker[/caption] Lakeshore Drive Lakeshore Drive runs through the South Loop and is one of the most expedient ways north and south along the eastern edge of Chicago. Take Lakeshore south through Hyde Park to the University of Chicago campus or north through Rogers Park.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

South Loop Southbank Development

In keeping with the mega development trend of the last two years, Southbank is bringing luxury rental apartments, restaurants, retail, green space, and culture to the south branch stretch of river front in the South Loop. Southbank is being developed by Lendlease. [caption id="attachment_24064" align="alignnone" width="398"] Rendering courtesy of Perkins + Will[/caption] The Cooper at Southbank is the first residential rental high rise to be completed in the development. With 452 apartments and town homes, this property is making a splash in the South Loop's rental market. [caption id="attachment_10280" align="alignnone" width="384"] Rendering of one of the lounge spaces at The Cooper at Southbank[/caption] The Cooper at Southbank offers state of the art amenities including an expansive fitness center, music room, outdoor movie theatre, a large outdoor roof deck with a pool, hot tub, bocce ball court, hammocks, grills, and an herb garden, an upper level skyline terrace for taking in panoramic views of the city skyline, a game room with ping pong and billiards, a chef's kitchen, a library, curated resident events, co-working spaces with private offices and conference rooms, a shop and craft space, entertaining spaces, 24 full service concierge, and even a salon! Southbank's new two acre park will use the foundations of the demolished Grand Central Park and is being designed by Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects. Prairie grasses and landscape features (like the bird houses created in partnership with UIC students) were selected for their low maintenance qualities and with local wildlife in mind. The .2 miles of continuous river walk will feature ample seating, lighting, and a mural created by Pilsen artist, Ruben Aguirre. The Southbank development will also include 15,000 square feet of retail space. [caption id="attachment_24065" align="alignnone" width="409"] The mural by Pilsen artist, Ruben AguirreCourtesy of Curbed Chicago[/caption] Southbank strives to be an oasis in the center of the city, just minutes from the Loop and easily accessible from most of Chicago. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Best Spots In Chicago’s Neighborhoods For Deep Dish Pizza

There are a lot of terrific places to sample Chicago deep dish pizza. To get to any of them, be careful not to ask for recommendations on the best Chicago-style pizza — the answer could point you toward the legendary cracker crust, square-cut tavern-style pie at Vito & Nick’s on the far South Side, or the delicious pizza pot pie at Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. in Lincoln Park. Both are great, but neither is an example of Chicago deep dish. That particularly big-shouldered pie will come at you in a pan blackened over years of use, with an inch or so of buttery crust, chunky sauce and elastic strands of mozzarella that never quite seem to snap when transitioning to the plate. Famous Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago Exactly who has the best deep dish pizza in Chicago is a question to be answered over years of research — contented, glassy-eyed research. The search will take you to funky, ancient restaurants and chains alike. Here, in no particular order, are some great places to start: Pequod’s: Virtually any list of Chicago’s best deep dish will include Pequod’s. What separates this Lincoln Park original — it’s basically a pub in a two-flat — from the competition is the caramelized ring of cheese at the outer edge, where most pan pies will buttress their structure with a bread stick’s worth of crust. Large cheese pie price: $21. Lou Malnati’s: Lou’s is a chain with 62 locations — including Bucktown/Wicker Park, the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, River North, the Loop, West Loop and South Loop — but its origins stem from the earliest days of deep dish. Lou’s father, Rudy, is generally considered one of the two likeliest candidates to have come up with the first recipe used at Chicago’s deep dish originator, Pizzeria Uno, and Lou opened his joint in 1971. Malnati’s has two differentiators: a buttery and nearly crunchy crust, and sausage that is not placed in chunks strewn about the pie, but as a disc covering the whole crust. Large cheese pie price: $25. Pizzeria Uno: Founded in 1943, this is the original Chicago deep dish. Now part of an international chain, the original restaurant occupies a bustling River North location in a brownstone at the corner of Ohio and Wabash. The second restaurant in the chain, Pizzeria Due, is a block away. Large cheese pie price: $25. The Art of Pizza: Ensconced in a Lakeview storefront, this place has been selling flawlessly structured pies for more than 30 years. Its balance of perfectly browned crust, substantial-but-not-ridiculous amounts of tasty cheese and dazzling sauce helped lift it to No. 1 in a 2001 Chicago Tribune ranking. Large cheese pie price: $20. Gino’s East: A cornmeal crust distinguishes Gino’s East from most of its fellow deep dish purveyors. That makes the pie a bit more stable and a bit less greasy — which is a plus or a minus, depending on your point of view — than most. The original location, opened in 1966, is no more, but there are Chicago locations on the Mag Mile and in Lakeview, River North and the South Loop. Large cheese pie price: $26. Giordano’s: Dating to the ’70s, this chain is now in 10 states, but this isn’t some imitator. Giordano’s has a hefty stuffed pie — crust on the bottom, then sliced cheese, then toppings and another crust all topped with sauce — with a recipe the restaurant’s founders trace to Northern Italy in the 1800s. This weighty masterpiece can be found in the Loop, Lakeview, West Loop and South Loop — among many other locations. Large cheese pie price: $25. Deep Domiciles It doesn’t matter if you’re all about the best deep dish in Chicago or the best dim sum. Life in downtown Chicago has delights for every palate and all of your senses. The key is finding a place that helps you indulge in everything a luxurious urban lifestyle offers. Downtown Apartment Company has the inside track to the best spaces in the best neighborhoods. Check out our listings today.

The South Loop: Top Dog Friendly Neighborhood

The South Loop is one of the most dog friendly neighborhoods in Chicago. Here are some top dog friendly parks. [caption id="attachment_24050" align="alignnone" width="423"] Courtesy of Joe Caione[/caption] Coliseum Dog Friendly Area- 1466 S Wabash Ave At .65 acres with plenty of shaded benches, this fenced in dog park is the perfect place to let your pup run off the leash. Coliseum offers water stations open seasonally. Make sure to visit a participating vet to get a permit to bring your dog to Chicago Park District dog parks. Grant "Bark" Dog Park- 1000 S Columbus Dr Grant Bark Dog Park has water stations and bag dispensers, but no designated small dog area. Pets are permitted to run off the leash in this 18,000 square foot grass and gravel, tree lined park. Access the park from one of two paths on the 11th Street bridge or Columbus. Fred Anderson Dog Park- 1629 S Wabash Ave Fred Anderson Dog Park has two entrances-- one for small dogs and another for large dogs. The park is also equipped with water stations and bag dispensers. Because it is reported to be well maintained and cleaned nightly, Fred Anderson is a favorite among many South Loop dog owners. D'Angelo Park- 438 S Franklin St D'Angelo Park is a "full amenity" dog park, well lit and equipped with water stations for both people and dogs, bag dispensers, a designated small dog area, and seating. The 5,000 square foot park is located between Congress Freeway and the Thermal Building. Prairie District Dog Park- 2051 S Prairie Ave The Prairie District Dog Park has been called a "hidden gem" and "small dog sanctuary" by neighborhood dog owners. The quiet, newer dog park is right next to a kids park and offers water stations and a designated small dog play area. Click here for a list of dog friendly parks by neighborhood. Looking for luxury dog friendly apartments for rent near the South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Schools Near South Loop

The South Loop is a hub of universities, colleges, and graduate schools, with an emphasis on arts and medicine. With the South Loop as your college campus, you'll get to experience the lively city while still having a community feeling. Here is an overview of some of the major schools near South Loop. [caption id="attachment_24040" align="alignnone" width="530"] Courtesy of Ben Duchac[/caption] Columbia College- 600 S Michigan Ave Columbia College specializes in arts and media and was originally founded in 1890 as an oratorial school in anticipation of the need for speakers at the World's Fair. It has gained notoriety in the journalism field, especially through its student produced publications, including The Columbia Chronicle, which has won "Best College Newspaper" in both the state and the nation. DePaul University- 1 E Jackson Blvd DePaul University has a large focus on experiential learning, internships, study abroad opportunities, and civic involvement programs. DePaul is also on the quarter system, which means each school session is shorter, giving students an opportunity to maximize the amount of opportunities and courses they get to experience. Roosevelt University- 430 S Michigan Ave Roosevelt University is a smaller school comparatively, with enrollment around 4,400 students, with a focus on the performing arts. Social justice is also cornerstone in the school's curriculum and has been intentionally embedded into the curriculum with many student led research projects and initiatives. Notable people including Eleanor Roosevelt and Albert Einstein have served on the advisory board. Classes are held in the Auditorium and Gage buildings. School of the Art Institute- 36 S Wabash Ave SAIC is one of the nation's largest accredited independent schools of art and design and was named "Most Influential Art School in the United States" by Columbia University's National Arts Journalism Program. It's Visiting Artists program brings in highly esteemed artists from around the world for hands on experiences. SAIC also has many gallery and showcase opportunities for students. University of Illinois-- Chicago- 1200 W Harrison St UIC is a public research university between the South Loop and West Loop with over 33,000 students, a hospital and health sciences system, and 16 program specific colleges. UIC is known for it's excellent nursing, technical, and medical programs. UIC's John Marshall Law School campus is also near the South Loop.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

South Loop: A Hub For Live Music

The South Loop is a cultural hub in Chicago's art scene between the high density of museums on Museum Campus, the city's top art and film schools, and the history of creativity established by Printer's Row. The South Loop is also home to some of the most long standing live music venues, like Buddy Guy's Legends, Jazz Showcase, and Reggie's Music Joint. Buddy Guy's Legends- 700 S. Wabash St [embed][/embed] Buddy Guy is a 7 time Grammy winner, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, 37 time Blues Music Award winner, the Presidential National Medal of Arts recipient, ranked 23rd on Rolling Stone's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time", and a major influence on prolific musicians including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. At 82, he still performs on a regular basis at his blues club, Buddy Guy's Legends, which hosts live music 7 nights a week as well as free acoustic shows during lunch and dinner. Looking for a great open mic? Stop by for the Blues Jam every Monday night at 9pm. Jazz Showcase- 806 S. Plymouth Ct Jazz Showcase has been one of Chicago's premier jazz clubs since the 170 seat venue first opened in 1947, and is currently the oldest in the city. See live music 7 nights a week with a Sunday matinee event at 4pm geared towards an all ages audience. Discounts are available for students and musicians. Click here to see the calendar of upcoming performances and events. [caption id="attachment_24030" align="alignnone" width="223"] Courtesy of Konstantin Aal[/caption] Reggie's Music Joint- 2105 S. State St All under one roof, Reggie's Music Joint hosts a rock venue, a bar and grill, a a record store, and dog friendly patio and rooftop with outdoor games. The venue was formerly an auto repair shop until Reggie's opened its doors in 2007. Between the live music, walls lined with memorabilia, calendar of events, and the in house recording studio, Reggie's is every rock fan and musician's dream come true. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

South Loop Riverline Development

From the few thousand new rental units that have been or are about to be delivered, and the new restaurants and retail that seem to open by the handful, to the multiple mega developments currently underway, the South Loop has been growing rapidly the past two years and is only continuing to boom. Community amenities have been cornerstone in these mega developments, which are large scale projects that include residential, commercial, and green space. One of the most highly anticipated South Loop mega developments is Riverline, a $2B project designed by Perkins + Will and developed by CMK, with landscape architecture by Hoerr Schaudt. The development will include ten residential buildings for a total of 3,600 residential units, with a mix of apartments for rent and condos for sale, in addition to an abundance of community amenities and retail space. [caption id="attachment_24023" align="alignnone" width="524"] Rendering Courtesy of CMK[/caption] Some of the community amenities will include open walkways connecting the Wells Street corridor, an additional 1,000 square feet of Riverwalk with parks, trails, and green gathering spaces, and a natural riverbank providing easy access for activities on the river, like kayaking and fishing. Riverline will have a heavy emphasis on nature with features like aquatic grasses and sedges to create a habitat for amphibious and aquatic wildlife and large, open green spaces. [caption id="attachment_24022" align="alignnone" width="560"] Rendering Courtesy of CMK[/caption] With its convenient location, Riverline is just a short distance to multiple public CTA and Metra transit stations and highway entrances, three major grocery stores, Michigan Avenue, Museum Campus, Grant Park, and several major universities like Depaul, Roosevelt, UIC, Rush Medical School, University of Chicago, School of the Art Institute, Kent School of Law, and Columbia College. [caption id="attachment_24024" align="alignnone" width="466"] Rendering Courtesy of CMK[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent in the South Loop near Riverline? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

South Loop Development: 78Chicago

The South Loop is one of the most rapidly growing Chicago neighborhoods. In fact, it's growth includes the development of a new 62 acre neighborhood on a currently vacant site. The 78, by Related Midwest, is one of the largest South Loop projects currently in development with a social, community, environmental, and economic components all Chicagoans can appreciate. Its name comes from the idea that of Chicago's 77 existing neighborhoods, this will be the 78th. The 62 acre site is surrounded by Clark Street, Roosevelt Road, 16th Street, and the Chicago River and cornerstone of the development is the use of the riverfront, which will extend the existing Riverwalk by over a half mile to Chinatown. [caption id="attachment_24013" align="alignnone" width="447"] Rendering of new river front, Courtesy of Related Midwest[/caption] Although it is still early in development, plans show that this mixed use mega development will include residential high rises, cafes, restaurants, retail, and an abundance of community amenities and 12 acres of green space. Community amenities will include the Riverwalk extension, bike paths, an expansion of Clark Street to make it more walkable, the dedication of a community resource center to foster the growth of local minority and women owned businesses, a 5 acre riverfront lined with dining and entertainment, and 7 acre Crescent Park. [caption id="attachment_24012" align="alignnone" width="431"] Rendering of 7 Acre Crescent Park, Courtesy of Related Midwest[/caption] The 78 development will also improve transportation in the area. The project includes the addition of a new CTA red line stop on site, water taxi service, additional bikeways with Divvy rental bike stations, and a Metra stop relocation to reduce noise and improve air quality. The 78 will potentially be home to one of the country's newest research institutions, Discovery Partners Institute, an interdisciplinary innovation center that will span over 1 million square feet and service over 10,000 students every five years. [embed][/embed] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

South Loop 2 Bedroom Apartments

The South Loop is dense with new inventory and continuing to develop at a fast pace. Between all the new mega developments, namely Lendlease's Southbank development, CMK's Riverline development, and Related Midwest's 78 development, the South Loop is in for new residences, community amenities, retail and entertainment, and green space on a massive scale. In response to all this new inventory, prices in the area are quite competitive. If you're looking for a great deal but don't want to compromise on quality, South Loop is a great place to look. These South Loop 2 bed apartments all have in unit washer and dryer and are available now! Property 14- Clark & Polk Since this Printer's Row apartment building was originally designed as a condo building all units have unique, high grade finishes, massive walk in closets, and balconies. Each layout is also more spacious than a typical apartment in the area, with 1 beds up to 963 square feet and 2 beds up to 1535 square feet. Some units even have home offices, dens, and extra half baths. Even though this building is only a few years old, it already revamped all amenities, keeping it highly competitive with all the area's brand new inventory. Two bedroom, two bath apartments are currently starting at $2525. Property 18- Delano Court & Roosevelt Looking for a 2 bed loft apartment? Look no further! These 2 bed, 2 bath loft style rentals are a steal! The finishes are modern but still warm and homey, with light hardwood in the living space, carpet in the bedrooms, concrete ceilings, a mosaic backsplash, and dark, espresso cabinetry. This prime location is tucked away on a court with lots of retail and dining, but is only a few blocks west of State Street and the Roosevelt CTA, which provides direct access to Midway Airport, the Loop, and north and west through the city. There are also three major grocery stores within walking distance and a target less than a block away. [caption id="attachment_24006" align="alignnone" width="487"] Modern bathroom finishes at Property 18[/caption] Property 147- Wells & Financial Place **Ask About 2 Months Free!** This stunning new construction rental building offers multiple styles of 2 bedroom apartments, including both traditional high rise style rentals as well as townhomes for rent. The amenities in this new luxury building are unparalleled and include multiple spacious outdoor areas, a rooftop pool, expansive fitness center, a music room, craft shop space, an outdoor movie screening area, hammocks, co-working space, and even a hair salon! All units feature state-of-the-art finishes, high quality appliances, and thoughtful layouts with ample storage space. [caption id="attachment_24005" align="alignnone" width="592"] Finishes in the traditional 2 bed layout[/caption] The 2 bed townhouse rentals are two stories and feature a balcony as well as a powder room on the living area floor. [caption id="attachment_24004" align="alignnone" width="558"] Townhome floor plan[/caption] 2 bedroom apartments are currently starting at $2770.   Looking for luxury 2 bed apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

South Loop Museums: 2020 Free Days!

Museum Campus is a 57 acre park in South Loop along Lake Michigan and encompasses some of Chicago's most notable museums as well as Soldier Field and Northerly Island. If you're in the South Loop and looking for things to do near you, here are the days these museums offer free admission to Illinois residents in 2020! Adler Planetarium [caption id="attachment_23992" align="alignnone" width="438"] Courtesy of Nathan Anderson[/caption] Did you know that in Chicago's dark sky you could see 4500 stars with the naked eye? The Adler Planetarium is the first planetarium in the United States and has exhibits and sky shows that are "out of this world"! Even better, Adler Planetarium has plenty of events to keep your attention so you don't "space" out. Check out monthly events like Sun Salutations Yoga or Adler After Dark with upcoming dates on Saturday, February 1st and Thursday, February 20th. 2020 Free Dates: February 4-6, 11-13, 17-20 March 9-12 April 20-23 May 10-16 June 2, 9, 16 August 22-23, 31 September 1-4 October 12-15 November 11, 17-19 December 4-6   The Field Museum The Field Museum houses over 30 million historical, cultural, and scientific artifacts and collections designed to "inspire curiosity about life on Earth". Right now, check out the exhibit, "Fantastic Bug Encounters", which includes hands on activities and workshops for all ages. [caption id="attachment_23991" align="alignnone" width="490"] Courtesy of Fan Yang[/caption] 2020 Free Dates: February 1-29 Museum of Science and Industry [caption id="attachment_23986" align="alignnone" width="351"] Courtesy of Andrea Lightfoot[/caption] The Museum of Science and Industry is located in South Loop's Jackson Park, the historic site of the 1893 Columbian Exposition World's Fair. Learn about the differences between the genetic versus epigenetic factors that play into an animal's physiology as you watch chickens hatch right before your eyes. "Invent the Future" in the Fast Forward exhibit, as you surround yourself in a world of tomorrow's inventions. In addition to numerous exhibits, the museum also features interactive experiences like a submarine simulation and a virtual reality space walk. 2020 Free Dates: February 3-6, 10-13, 18-20, 24-27   Shedd Aquarium [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="" loop="true" autoplay="true"][/video] The Shedd is a 5,000,000 gallon aquarium housing over 32,000 animals. Visit Annik, the new born Beluga whale, get some quality time in a meet and greet with a Magellanic or Rockhopper penguin, touch a stingray, or see the aquarium at night during one of the "Asleep With The Fishes" events. 2020 Free Dates: February 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28, 2020 June 15, 16, 22, 23, 2020 August 24, 25, 2020 September 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 2020 October 5, 6, 7, 2020   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

South Loop Restaurant Week Spots

A record breaking 430 restaurants, 16 of which are in South Loop, will offer special prix fixe menus during Chicago's annual Restaurant Week, from January 24th to February 6th. Here's where to dine during Restaurant Week in the South Loop. CheSa's at the Bureau Bar & Restaurant 724 W. Maxwell St CheSa's at the Bureau, in the heart of University Village, stands out on the list because of it's dietary restriction friendly menu and kitchen. Whether you're looking for vegan, vegetarian, nut allergy or gluten free options, all are served up in the allergy friendly kitchen at CheSa's. (Of course, be sure to check with your server if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies). The $24 brunch menu includes an omelette bar, chicken and waffle station, fruit and pastries, shrimp and grits bar, and other southern favorites like collard greens, buttermilk biscuits, and country sausage gravy. The $48 three course dinner menu includes modern twists on classic southern meat, fish, and pasta dishes. [caption id="attachment_23972" align="alignnone" width="476"] $48 prix fixe restaurant week dinner menu[/caption] Grant Park Bistro 800 S. Michigan Take in the stunning views and lively energy of Grant Park at this contemporary American bistro. The $36 dinner menu includes three courses. Choose from wild mushroom soup, burnt endive salad, or ceviche for your first course, duck breast, seared scallops, roasted butternut squash, or celeriac steak for your entree, and either a teurgoule tarte or dark chocolate entremet for dessert. Grant Park Bistro also features a selection of desserts from local bakery, Vanille Patisserie. [caption id="attachment_23973" align="alignnone" width="320"] Courtesy of Grant Park Bistro[/caption] Mercat a la Planxa 638 S. Michigan Ave Enjoy modern, Catalan style tapas, meats, seafood, vegetarian fare, and charcuterie at Mercat a la Planxa for either the $24 3 course brunch menu or $48 4 course dinner menu. Mercat a la Planxa is located just across from Grant and Millennium parks and is perfect if you're looking for a trendy, semi-casual spot in a lively location. [caption id="attachment_23974" align="alignnone" width="403"] Courtesy of Mercat a la Planxa[/caption] Check out the complete list of participating South Loop restaurants here. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Is It Better To Rent Or Buy In Chicago?

Like many big cities, Chicago has a reputation for a high cost of living. Compared to New York or Los Angeles, however, it can sometimes be surprisingly affordable. When you’re moving here from another city or state, one of the biggest challenges you’ll face is whether to rent or buy in Chicago. Does it make more sense to choose a less-expensive rental or to make a bigger financial commitment by purchasing a home or condo? Should you shop rentals or real estate listings? Here’s a look at the factors to consider when making a decision about renting vs. buying in Chicago. How Long Do You Plan to Live Here? If you already know that you’ll only be in Chicago for a short time or plan to put down roots, that’s important to factor into your housing decision. When you buy, you have the security of a monthly mortgage payment, rather than potentially spiraling rental rates. On the other hand, buying involves a lot of upfront money and hassle that renting doesn’t require. Generally speaking, one of the biggest benefits of home ownership — a return on investment due to appreciating real estate values — comes over time. In contrast, renting is a lost expense, even if you live in the same apartment for years. When you decide to move, buying requires a laborious process of listing, showing, negotiating and eventually selling your home. Renting, on the other hand, is as simple as fulfilling your lease and moving on. These are all important considerations as you weigh whether to rent or buy a Chicago residence. Which Neighborhood Do You Like? There are lots of different neighborhoods in Chicago, each with its own selling points. If you already know which area(s) you’re interested in, take a look at comparable rates for rentals and purchases. Which option offers lower monthly costs? How many of each type are available? Finding out the vacancy rate or the number of real estate listings where you want to live can help you think through the choice to rent vs. buy in Chicago. How Much Responsibility Do You Want? The bottom line is that owning involves more obligation than renting. When you own your home, you not only need to take full responsibility for your bank or mortgage company debt, but you also have to manage all repairs and maintenance yourself. If there’s outdoor space, you need to take care of that, too. You also may have HOA dues or building community fees. With renting, on the other hand, you avoid many of those expenses. If the dishwasher breaks, your landlord has to handle it, not you. How Much Can You Invest Upfront? Buying a home requires a significant down payment, while renting usually requires only a security deposit. If you aren’t ready to put down a significant chunk of change to get your new home, renting can afford you time to save up for a later purchase. Is it better to rent or buy in Chicago? The decision is up to you, but if you’ve determined that renting will work best, let Downtown Apartment Company make the process of searching for an apartment easier. We’re here to help you find your next Chicago property, and we have the extensive research and thousands of listings to help you do it. Contact us at your convenience!

Tips For Finding An Apartment In Chicago

Moving to the city and wondering where to live? While apartment-hunting can get a bad rap, it doesn’t have to be a discouraging experience. Whether you’re relocating for a new job, to attend school, to be near family and friends or just for an adventure, understanding Chicago’s neighborhoods, transportation and rental prices can make your search easier. So, before you begin your hunt for a new home, consider these time-tested tips for finding an apartment in Chicago! Step One: Explore the Various Chicago Neighborhoods The best way to find an apartment in Chicago is to start by choosing a neighborhood (or two) that you like. While Chicago is one of America’s largest cities, it’s divided into distinct neighborhoods that each have their own features and feel. Can you see yourself living near Wrigley Field, clubs and the lakefront, for example? Lakeview, Wrigleyville or Boystown may be the right fit. Would you rather be in the heart of downtown, surrounded by skyscrapers and near the retail establishments on State Street? If so, check out Loop apartments. Wicker Park has a quirky, bohemian vibe. River North is a cultural hub of art galleries, antique stores and famous architecture. Explore the various communities on our site and see which appeal to you. Step Two: Determine Your Transportation Needs   The next tip for how to find an apartment in Chicago that you’ll love is to consider your transportation needs. If you’re working, going to school or taking part in other scheduled activities, you’ll need a way to get to them from wherever you live. Chicago has easily accessible CTA, bus and Metra routes, as well as a grid system of roads that makes navigating the area fairly simple. What are your transportation needs, and how will that affect your apartment hunt? Use this information to help you decide where to live. Step Three: Know You’re Getting Your Money’s Worth In a city as big as Chicago, even narrowing your search by neighborhood can still yield a huge number of apartments. When you see such a variety of price points, amenities and features, how do you make meaningful comparisons? One solution is to work with Downtown Apartment Company. When it comes to finding an apartment in Chicago, we save you time and trouble. In fact, one of the most efficient, effective ways to find a new place is by coming to us. You can give us your wish list and let us do the work of scouting out listings that will work for you. We know what’s out there and how prices compare. We also know how to find apartments that meet your specific needs. Let us help you simplify your search! If the unit you want, in the location you need is available, we will find it. You can browse the thousands of rentals we offer anytime, or talk to us about streamlining your search. Our service is 100% free for you to use. Contact us today to find your perfect place!

Your Guide For Moving From NYC To Chicago

What you should know if you’re moving from New York to Chicago is that you’re sacrificing nothing. Yes, New York is essentially the center of the universe. But when it comes to all the features that make a great city, Chicago’s got you covered — in a much tidier package. More museums per capita than New York, a theater district that frequently sends shows to Broadway, culture, entertainment and dining galore. The hardest part won’t be adjusting to Chicago. It will be getting there. Making the Move Here are a few tips to help keep the cost of moving from NYC to Chicago from spiraling: Start planning and packing at least eight weeks out. This is an 800-mile move. You won’t want to make extra trips back and forth. Make sure there are no restrictions that would prohibit your moving truck from getting into your new neighborhood, such as narrow downtown streets or a loading dock. You’re going to need easy access. Move any time other than the summer, if you can. Competition for apartments is tougher in the summer and moving costs are higher. Sell or donate as many of your belongings as you can. Smaller moving trucks cost less. And new starts should be accompanied by new stuff. What You’re Getting Into Compared to New York, what is Chicago like? For starters, it is: Younger — The average resident is 33.1 years old versus 35.5 in New York. Less married — In Chicago, 68.8% of residents are single compared to 65% in NYC. Cheaper — One-bedroom apartments in the city center average just under $1,800 per month versus just over $3,000 in New York. Then there’s the dining scene, which is second to none. And we’re not arguing thin crust versus deep dish, either. Seventy-nine Chicago eateries have achieved at least Bib Gourmand status in the annual Michelin Guide. New York, with more than three times as many residents, has 129 such establishments —  or roughly half as many per capita. Winter Is Real New York and Chicago can go toe-to-toe for hot, humid summers. But winters are a different story. On average, Chicago gets about a foot more snow each winter than New York. While the coldest average monthly temperature in New York bottoms out at 27 degrees, Chicago’s average lows in winter months are 18 degrees or colder. Chicagoans make up for those rough winters by embracing the outdoors the rest of the year. Spring blooms everywhere, from rooftop drinking and dining spots to parkways and traffic dividers along grand thoroughfares. The city has 18 miles of public access along Lake Michigan and boasts 552 parks. A spring stroll on the Magnificent Mile, a summer dip in Lake Michigan at Oak Street Beach and gazing at the fall colors in Lincoln Park are the payoffs that make Chicago winters bearable — even if the Bears don’t. (Speaking of which, everyone is a Bears fan. But when it comes to the White Sox and Cubs, it’s strictly one or the other.) Getting Around Chicago is all about its neighborhoods — each with its own vibe, and in many cases, architectural style. But they are all easily connected. The average commute in Chicago is 12 minutes shorter than New York’s 45 minutes. Owning a car is less problematic. And Chicago is one of the bike-friendliest cities in America, with more than 200 miles of on-street protected, buffered and shared bike lines, off-street paths, more than 13,000 bike racks and sheltered bike parking areas at many public transit stations. No, the subway system isn’t as good as New York’s, but the Chicago Transit Authority has more than 130 bus routes and 145 L train stations city-wide, while Pace buses and Metra trains connect the city to the suburbs. So, getting around won’t be a problem. Plus, the most desirable neighborhoods in the city are eminently walkable. Whether you’re in the Loop, Streeterville, Lincoln Park, Lakeview or so many others, you’ll be mere minutes away from an unending array of sights, tastes and sounds. Go Easy on Yourself The best way to simplify moving from NYC to Chicago is with the neighborhood guide and map of luxury listings available through Downtown Apartment Company. View our available properties today.

Benefits Of Living Downtown

As one of America’s largest and most dynamic cities, Chicago has plenty of areas to call home. From city neighborhoods to suburbs to rural areas, each one has its advantages — but that’s especially true when it comes to living downtown. If you want to put yourself in the middle of the action surrounded by opportunities and conveniences, choose one of our modern apartments in downtown Chicago as your new home. Perfectly situated in some of Chicago’s most exciting neighborhoods, our luxury high-rise apartments for rent offer all the best benefits of living downtown, including doormen, gyms/fitness centers, community centers, grilling stations, on-site dry cleaning and pools. The prime locations and luxurious appointments of these downtown high-rise apartments put them in high demand, so whether you’re looking for a place in Lakeview, Gold Coast, River North, Wicker Park, West Loop, South Loop or Lincoln Park, check our available units today. Our comprehensive listings make it efficient and convenient to apartment hunt with Downtown Apartment Company. Our units range from studios to four bedrooms, with amenities that may include stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and hardwood floors. The luxury living space you’ve always wanted is waiting for you. Don’t let it get away! Benefits of Renting Downtown Apartments Choosing to rent a luxury apartment in downtown Chicago means gaining the opportunity to enjoy all the Windy City offers, while also having a comfortable and stylish place to call home. First, when you rent, there’s no hefty down payment, no maintenance costs and lower insurance rates. On top of that, there are so many obvious location benefits of living downtown. You are surrounded by entertainment that’s only available in a world-class city, for example. Walk or ride a train to cultural attractions, concert halls, galleries, shops, restaurants, nightlife, parks and more. Chicago has more than 70 neighborhoods, each one unique. You don’t even need a car, since the city’s public transportation makes getting around easy and convenient. Whether you choose the bars and bistros of Lakeview or the fine dining and art galleries of the West Loop, you’ll be minutes from the attractions and amenities of other city neighborhoods. Once you’ve moved into one of our beautifully appointed units, you may never want to leave! Why Work With Downtown Apartment Company? When it comes to finding apartments for rent downtown, Downtown Apartment Company is proud to be your best source for luxury rentals. Simply put, we do all the research so you don’t have to waste time looking at apartments that don’t meet your criteria. Browse our listings to find a great selection of apartments, curated to give you the best amenities and the best deals. We have thousands of units listed, with real-time pricing and a description of features to aid in your decision-making. More than that, our service is completely free for you to use. At Downtown Apartment Company, we are committed to 100% client satisfaction from beginning to end. Get in touch with us anytime to learn more about the benefits of living downtown, and let us help you find your new home. Browse our listings now!

Restaurant Week in the Loop

With the holiday season behind us, lights and decorations disappearing, and social calendars calming down, January can seem cold, dark, and uneventful. Fortunately for Chicagoans, there's restaurant week, a bright light in the Chicago winter. Each year Chicago foodies (and really anybody who likes going to restaurants) look forward to restaurant week when over 400 Chicago restaurants will offer multi-course prix fixe menus and specials to diners over the course of 17 days. Here are some of the top places to eat in the Loop during restaurant week! Atwood- 1 W Washington St Atwood serves all day upscale American cuisine. Diners enjoy the imaginative menu, lively location off State Street, and modern decor juxtaposed with the 19th century historic Reliance building it's located in. Atwood's restaurant week menu includes appetizer, entree, and dessert courses for both lunch ($24) and dinner ($36). [caption id="attachment_23917" align="alignnone" width="300"] Courtesy of Atwood[/caption] Cherry Circle Room- 12 S Michigan Ave This James Beard Award winning concept is located on the second floor of the Chicago Athletic Hotel and is a hidden gem with an old time Chicago ambiance. The three course meal offers a choice of soup or salad, a fish, burger, or chicken entree, and apple tart by pastry chef, Angela Diaz and is available both for lunch ($24) and dinner ($48). [caption id="attachment_23916" align="alignnone" width="300"] Courtesy of The Cherry Circle Room[/caption] Prime and Provisions- 222 N Lasalle St For a classic steakhouse dinner, satisfying lunch, or a more extensive brunch menu than you could imagine, Prime and Provisions has it all. Choose between the very wide selection of brunch options ($24), a 2 course lunch menu ($24), or a 3 course dinner menu, complete with a starter, entree, side, and dessert ($48) while you enjoy views of the Chicago river and skyline off Wacker Drive. [caption id="attachment_23918" align="alignnone" width="300"] Courtesy of Prime and Provisions[/caption] Restaurant week begins January 24th and runs until February 9th. Click here for a list of all participating restaurants in the Loop. Looking for luxury apartments for rent in the Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!