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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 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.

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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!

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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.

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Things To Do in Chicago This Summer

‘Summer time Chicago’ is one of the best times of the year to be downtown on the lakeshore. With endless possibilities of exciting adventures, be sure to check out some of the cities favorites!

Enjoy a beautiful summer day or evening paddling down the shores of Lake Michigan in a kayak! Kayak Chicago offers multiple locations at North Ave Beach, Montrose Beach and the Chicago River to set off on your great adventure. Enjoy multiple tours including sunset rides, firework shows, day time skyline tours and city light night paddles down the Chicago River. They also offer stand-up paddleboards as well! Grab your friends and hit the water this summer with these exciting tours.

Don’t forget about your furry friends, they want to enjoy the summer weather as well! Bring them by the Montrose Dog Beach for a great day splashing in the water and digging in the sand. As one of the only dog-friendly, off-leash beaches in the city, your dog will love interacting with all the others as well as making new friends! Open till around 9 pm during summer hours, stop by and check this place out, your dog will surely thank you.

For a full day of fun in the sun, check out Oak Street Beach located just minutes from Michigan Ave. In the heart of the city, Oak Street Beach has a ton to offer to those looking to catch some rays and take a break from the bustling downtown area. Sunbathing and swimming aren’t the only options– take your workout outside and exercise along the paved path lining the beach. Grab a bite to eat at the Oak Street Beachstro, located at the Southern end of the beach. Enjoy options from their breakfast buffet, full lunch and dinner menu or their full bar. Beachgoers can take in the views while diving into delicious cuisine.

For an exciting day on the water, many Chicagoans flock to the playpen for an amazing boating day and plenty of nautical things to do. Don’t worry – if you don’t have your own boat rentals are available through through many companies, including Chicago Boat Rentals. Experience the thrill of boating by renting sailboats or power boats. Head over to Jet Ski Chicago at North Ave beach to rent jet skis for some more fun in the sun if you don’t want the hassle of a boat!

Located within walking distance from Navy Pier is the well known Ohio Street Beach. With its sheltered curve of the shoreline, the calm waters are great for all swimmers. Enjoy the conveniences of being centrally located near the city while taking in the beauty of lake
Michigan and the sand between your toes. Bike rentals on-site offer additional things to do to make the most of your beach days! Also along the lakefront trail, many go for jogs or walks parallel to the water!

Don’t miss all the fun happening on the shores of the lake this summer and be sure to check out some of these amazing beaches and some of the great activities they have to offer to everyone!

Optima Signature: Streeterville’s New Luxury Tower One Year Later

Nearing the one year anniversary of it’s grand opening, Optima Signature continues to be a sure standout in the near Streeterville neighborhood. The 57-story tower reflects luxury from the inside out with its exquisite glassy exterior to the high-end, ultra-modern perfectly tailored interiors.

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Waiting inside your new home is the comfort and opulence any urban dweller desires. Sweeping city views are on display with floor-to-ceiling windows in every unit. Balterio wide-plank hardwood flooring throughout adds warmth and the ultimate design canvas to reflect your personal style. In the kitchen, the ultimate chef’s kitchen is available for anyone to enjoy. Pristine quartz countertops and Snaidero cabinetry matched with built-in stainless steel appliances reflect luxury at its finest. There are even select units that feature wine refrigerators as well!

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Though luxury comes standard at Optima Signature, the Apex (penthouse) units feature an added dose. Contemporary kitchens feature condo-grade finishes from the countertops to cabinetry, with wine refrigerators and integrated appliances. 10 -foot ceilings add dimension and space to an already spectacular home. All closets come completely built-in with shelving and an integrated shoe rack in the master bedrooms.

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Optima Signature offers amenities galore, with resort-style luxuries, such as multiple indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas, a sundeck terrace with several fire pit lounges, cabanas, indoor and outdoor sauna and stream rooms, a playground, media entertainment center, a library, and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Outdoor private dining areas with grills and coolers are also a great option for entertainment.

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Enjoy the luxury of working out from home in the cutting-edge fitness center with WELLBEATS virtual workout studio or the tranquil yoga studio to add some zen to busy days. Take a post-workout cold plunge in the locker room or relax in one of several fitness center level lounge spaces. For more athletic space, be sure to check out the indoor golf simulator for when the weather is not up to par or the putting green. The indoor basketball, racket ball, and bocce ball courts add tons of activity space for you to enjoy.

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A spacious party room and large demonstration kitchen offers multiple spaces to entertain. Entertainment is accessible in the on-site theatre room as well. Check out Club 52 – the penthouse level rooftop terrace offering wine lockers and lounges.

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Last, but certainly not least, Optima Signature offers direct, indoor access to the adjacent Whole Foods grocery store!


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Now Leasing! Old Town Park Update

May 14, 2018

Update on post from April 16, 2018:

Atrium Village: Phase 2


New construction alert! With the first of three towers nearly ready for move-in, the second phase of Atrium Village is already underway! With receiving the all clear to start construction, phase 2 is breaking ground! The second tower will rise 39-stories above the bustling Wells and Division Old Town intersection.

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The captivating tower will house 428 residential units on top of a six-story podium, which will contain an indoor parking garage as well as ground level retail space.

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The major Atrium Village re-vamp is well underway. Developed by Onni Group, the second tower is going to feature impeccable, state-of-the-art finishes and stunning floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed by Chicago’s Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, this building will be sure stand out.

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The Atrium Village overhaul will end up bringing a total of three brand new, luxurious towers to the Old Town neighborhood. The area will include top of the line amenities and a perfectly sculptured green space connecting all three towers for residents and guests alike to enjoy.



April 16, 2018

The wait is finally over! Old Town Park is now pre-leasing for their condo grade units in the highly sought after near North Side neighborhood. Located at the bustling Division and Wells intersection, the new Onni Group development has caught our attention!

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As part of the massive Atrium Village redevelopment, Old Town Park is the first of four towers to rise from the ground. By the time it’s all completed, the area will also incorporate a great deal of retail space and a beautifully landscaped park for both residents and guests a like to enjoy.

Inside the modern, glassy tower residents can enjoy state-of-the-art, sleek apartment units. With a very thoughtful design, large floor-to-ceiling windows provide magnificent jaw-dropping views of the city skyline and lake.

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7.5 inch wide-plank flooring flows throughout units. Kitchens feature European cabinetry, completely integrated Blomberg and Fulgor Milano appliances that offer unparalleled style and performance. Beautiful granite slab waterfall countertops boast luxury at it’s finest. Full-height backsplashes only add to the meticulously planned design.

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The attention to luxury detail doesn’t end there – spa like bathrooms bring relaxation home to you every single day. Fully glass-encased showers accent the aesthetic of the building. Pristine caesarstone vanity countertops paired with 12” high backsplashes combined offer a fluid sense of high-end luxury from the moment you walk into your front door, down to the last detail.

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Units also feature large balconies with skyline views.

Old Town Park will be a one-stop shop for residents, who can enjoy the full amenity building with everything from swimming, outdoor activities, indoor community rooms, and exercise needs. Enjoy the Chicago summers with the on-site heated pool, hot tub, lounge chairs and daybeds. A fully landscaped outdoor common area provides a calming contrast to the urban surrounding. Fire pits and outdoor kitchens with grills are perfect to entertain guests.

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A rooftop sports court offers a perfect social setting for friends, family and even neighbors. Relax under the starts enjoying movies on the outdoor projector screen as well.

Inside, a sports lounge and private dining room completely equipped with a chef’s demonstration kitchen is ideal for bringing any party out of your home. Work out in the brand new fitness center with cardio, strength and free weight equipment. Complimentary classes are also brought to the fitness center as well! Rejuvenate after with a dry sauna, steam room or in the private treatment rooms!

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Looking for luxury apartments for rent in Old Town? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

3Eleven, You’ve Got Our Attention: Stunningly Sleek River North Luxury


Rising 281 feet above downtown Chicago’s River North, 3Eleven has caught our attention. The new sleek, stylish and sophisticated building is as captivating inside as it is out. The project, developed by the John Buck Company, will feature 245 luxury apartments, considerable amenities and roughly 3,000 square feet of retail space making this building a one-stop-shop for all your living conveniences.

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Whether your preference is to drive or bike, the building offers both indoor parking and nearly 200 bike storage stalls so you’ll never have to worry about parking. Adding further convenience and peace of mind, smart package storage will make having things shipped directly to you simpler. Luxury and convenience are at your fingertips throughout.

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As many Chicagoans know, we experience frequently changing seasons, but year round nobody can resist a beautiful rooftop. 3Eleven’s rooftop is equipped with everything one could possibly want. Whether you’re entertaining yourself or guests on those beautiful days, residents can enjoy a rooftop pool with plenty of lounge seating and hammocks to relax on under the sun. During the perfect starry nights the outdoor rooftop spaces also include additional dining areas, grilling stations and cozy fire pits. What more could you ask for?

Kick back and relax up here anytime while gazing at the stunning River North skyline. For those who love a good work out, don’t worry, there’s more! Enjoy a pristine, indoor rooftop workout room at your leisure, so you can break a sweat and take in the Chicago skyline at the same time.

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River North has remained a highly desirable neighborhood to eat, play and live in downtown Chicago. Foodies alike will be in awe over the cuisine options conveniently located within walking distance of 3Eleven. Featured on The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive ins and Dives” Guy Fieri has visited highly acclaimed BIG & little’s for their gourmet fast food. Guy’s notable mentions included a decadent pork belly po boy and their beer-battered fish and chips. Looking for something more upscale? Check out some of the highest reviewed River North restaurants on Yelp! such as Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf or Mercadito!


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Looking for River North Luxury Apartments? Check Out Hubbard221!

Located in the heart of the highly sought after River North neighborhood, Hubbard 221 brings style, luxury and convince to the urban dweller.  Everything you would need is right here in this spectacular building.

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Residents can enjoy entertaining guests with private party rooms, lounge, and a chefs kitchen. If you want to bring the party outdoors on those beautiful summer days or nights, outdoor grilling stations are just at your fingertips. Outdoor fire pits and TVs entertain residents and guests alike. Whether you’re out the door early, or working from home, stop by the Starbucks coffee nook for all caffeine needs. For those who work for home, enjoy co-working hubs to efficiently get the job done without any distractions. Residents can also tone up in the outstanding state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio, equipped with Fitness On Demand.

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When you need a break and some relaxation, head up to the rooftop sun terrace where residents can enjoy the pool and hot tub or take a break and lounge around in the cabanas or sunbeds while enjoying the breath taking city skyline. With on-site concierge and management services, convenience is at your fingertips. Enjoy the dog run and pet spa, perfect for all the personal needs of your furry friend.

Inside each unit, you’ll find features that are the essence of luxury. From the kitchens’ Italian soft-close cabinetry, to the stainless steel Whirlpool appliances, with a collection of extraordinarily superior finishes (like the porcelanosa tile backsplash) makes luxury the standard. Balterio gray-tone plank flooring matched with floor-to-ceiling windows create a serene, contemporary design to offer an outstanding living experience. Sunshade window treatments are a must for the spectacular windows in all units.

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Worried about space? Hubbard221 is already ahead of you; custom closets are meticulously made to help with all those issues. Seamless, floating bathroom vanities and frameless bathroom door showers continues the contemporary design flow throughout each room of your apartment.


River North is perfectly located steps from the city’s best dining, nightlife, and shopping. Hubbard221’s outstanding walk score of 99 and transit score of 100 make for unparalleled access to all public transportation needs.


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Looking for Dog Friendly Neighborhoods? Check Out The South Loop!

Known for its spectacular attractions like The Museum Campus and Chinatown, the South Loop is also one of the most dog friendly neighborhoods in downtown Chicago. With its four popular dog friendly parks and plenty of pet friendly luxury apartment rentals, the South Loop is the perfect place for you and your furry friends.

Grant Bark Dog Park

As the very first dog friendly park to be constructed in the South Loop, Grant Bark Park is also the largest dog friendly area in downtown Chicago. Located near Grant Park with more than 18,000 sq.ft. of space, this beautiful off-leash park is lined with honey locust trees, and also has a decorative fountain. The park is fully-fenced and double-gated with plenty of fresh water sources for your puppy.

Coliseum Dog Park

Located just south of Wabash Avenue, Coliseum Park has more than 2,800 sq. ft. of space, including a dog run and a raised area covered with turf. There is also a dog friendly fountain, along with a playground and recreation area located nearby.

Fred Anderson Dog Park

As one of the newest dog friendly parks in the South Loop, this park was completed in 2014 to pay homage to famed Chicago jazz musician, Fred Anderson. The park is specialized designed with two areas: one area designated for small dogs (5,200 sq. ft.), and another area designated for large dogs (13,700 sq.ft.). Once you enter the gate, there are two clearly marked entrances to distinguish these different areas. There are also dog friendly water-play fountains and tunnels, along with picnic tables for those perfect summer afternoons in downtown Chicago!

D’Angelo Dog Park

Located just off the west side of Franklin Street, this 5000 sq. ft. dog friendly park has its own pet friendly water fountain, along with a designated area for small dogs.

South Loop has amazing dog friendly parks, but it also regarded as one of the best neighborhoods for dog friendly luxury apartment rentals! Beautiful new additions to the neighborhood like 1001 South State and 1000 South Clark have great, pet friendly amenities like dog runs, pet care facilities, and grooming areas—1000 South Clark even has a 5,000 sq. ft. dog run.

Around the South Loop neighborhood, you’ll also find dog friendly restaurants like The Spoke & Bird, Kasey’s Tavern, and Square One—to name a few! The annual Chicago Food Truck Festival in the South Loop is another dog friendly event to check out.

Looking for Downtown Chicago luxury apartments near the South Loop? Give us a call today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Landmark Apartments: Luxury Near The West Loop

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Meet West Loop’s Landmark apartments—a charming luxury rental building in one of Chicago’s trendiest neighborhoods! This LEED-certified, 30-story masterpiece, designed by Morris Adjmi Architects, reflects and pays homage to the unique historic architecture that can be found throughout the West Loop.

Upon walking into any luxury apartment at Landmark West Loop, you’ll find an open-style, modern kitchen with sleek, modern finishes. Complete with features like high-performance Bosch appliances, a stainless steel island, custom storm grey cabinetry, and subway tile backsplash, these kitchens are the epitome of luxury dining and excellent for entertaining guests and hosting dinner parties.

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Each residence includes large, 9’ floor-to-ceiling windows that give you spectacular views of downtown Chicago near the West Loop, custom-designed plank flooring, and cutting-edge Nest thermostats to create the perfect ambiance for your home.

The glamorous bathrooms feature a frameless glass shower, dual sink, Quartz countertops, and a custom-designed vanity.

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For entertainment, check out the Landmark Sport & Social amenity area—complete with a swimming pool, hot tub, sun deck, grilling stations and a fire pit for those perfect summer days when you want to BBQ, or roast marshmallows with your friends. There is also a fully-furnished demonstration kitchen for your convenience.

For your fitness needs, enjoy the state-of-the-art, 24-hour fitness center including cardio and weight equipment. There is also a luxurious, serene yoga studio.

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Next time you’re near the West Loop, check out Randolph and Halsted Streets for the best entertainment and nightlife options. Halsted Street has plenty of shopping, theatres, boutiques, coffee shops, and bars. Additionally, Randolph Street offers many fine dining experiences for you to choose from. Furthermore, Randolph Street is famous for its annual market street festival, Taste of Randolph, that features the best cuisine in the West Loop and live music performances.

Looking for Downtown Chicago luxury apartments near the West Loop? Give us a call today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Ashley Lemaine

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Luxury Near River West- Mondial Apartments

Meet River West’s Mondial apartments—a highly desirable luxury rental building in Chicago’s trendy River West neighborhood! With its international-style architecture and its proximity to popular hotspots in downtown Chicago, this luxury development is truly the best of both worlds.

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Upon walking into any luxury apartment at Mondial River West, you’ll find a large, expertly-crafted kitchen with sleek, modern finishes. With features like stainless steel appliances, double bowl undermount sinks, high end Grohe fixtures, Italian wood cabinetry, and granite countertops, these kitchens are the epitome of luxury dining and excellent for entertaining guests and hosting dinner parties.

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Each residence includes high 10’ ceilings, large floor-to-ceiling windows, and a private balcony that gives you spectacular views of downtown Chicago near River West.

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The glamorous, marble-tiled bathroom is the perfect oasis. With large,  deep-soaking tubs, you can rest easily and relax after a long day.

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For entertainment, check out the stunning rooftop sundeck—complete with grilling stations and a fire pit for those perfect summer days when you want to BBQ, or roast marshmallows with your friends. There is also a party room located on the rooftop, along with a demonstration kitchen for your convenience.

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For your fitness needs, enjoy the state-of-the-art, 24-hour fitness center including cardio and weight equipment.

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Next time you’re near River West, explore Chicago and Milwaukee Avenues for the best nightlife options. Chicago Avenue has plenty of shopping, theatres, boutiques, coffee shops, and bars. Additionally, Milwaukee Avenue offers many fine dining experiences for you to choose from. Furthermore, with the United Center conveniently located nearby, you can also catch a Bulls or Blackhawks game and watch your favorite Chicago sports team play!

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Looking for Downtown Chicago luxury apartments near River West? Give us a call today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

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Optima Signature: New Luxury Apartments Near Streeterville

Welcome to Streeterville!

As home to many of the biggest and most visited attractions in not only Chicago, but in the world, Streeterville is one of the most popular neighborhoods in downtown Chicago. With famous Navy Pier, glamorous Magnificent Mile, and gourmet dining all in close proximity, Streeterville is the perfect place to fully indulge. Now, with its newest addition, Optima Signature Apartments, it is also a superior choice when it comes to luxury living!

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Rooftop pool? Check. Sundeck terrace? Check. Whirlpool spas, private dining areas, and fireside lounges? Check, check, and check! Optima Signature’s resort-style spaces are the best places to enjoy a perfect, sunny day with your friends and family, and enjoy the views of downtown Chicago near Streeterville. You may also enjoy taking a stroll through many of the beautiful pet-friendly parks walk with your pup.

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Walking into your luxury apartment at Optima Signature, you’ll find an immense, modern-design kitchen with sleek finishes. With features like the Snaidero cabinetry, built-in Stainless steel appliances, Quartz countertops, and Balterio wide-plank flooring, these kitchens are the epitome of luxury dining.

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With three levels of incredible amenity space, there are many entertainment options. You’ll find elite-level athletic areas such as a golf simulator with putting green, a basketball court, a squash court, bocce ball courts, and also an outdoor 40-yard dash track for sprint training. Optima Signature also offers its very own WELLBEATS virtual workout studio, along with a cutting-edge athletic center for your fitness needs.

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Next time you’re near Streeterville, check out Grand Avenue and Illinois Street for the best nightlife options. Grand Avenue has plenty of shopping, theaters, and bars, and Illinois Street offers many fine dining experiences for you to choose from. And, with Navy Pier conveniently located nearby, you can enjoy that latest movies at their 3D IMAX Theater, concerts at their Skyline Stage, and the new 196-foot Ferris Wheel!

Looking for Downtown Chicago luxury apartments near Streeterville? Give us a call today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Ashley Lemaine

DAC Contributor


New Luxury Apartments in Chicago’s Gold Coast: Aurélian

Chicago’s Gold Coast, famous for its trendy high-rises and chic venues, welcomes its brand new luxurious paradise—the Aurélian Apartments! Located nearby the glamorous Magnificent Mile, these apartments are in the heart of one of Chicago’s most lively neighborhoods.


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Starting with the amazing rooftop resort, you’ll find a spacious sundeck with an outdoor pool, large pillow-top beds perfect for lounging, and private cabanas. With built-in outdoor kitchens, grilling stations, and fire pits, you can whip up a delicious meal with your friends—all while enjoying panoramic views of the city.

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Inside, you’ll find large floor-to-ceiling (9 feet!) glass windows that look out over Lake Michigan and Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, luxury Kemlan flooring throughout the kitchen and living areas, and even a private balcony from which you can admire the Chicago skyline. The kitchen comes equipped with Whirlpool stainless steel appliances including under-mount sinks with disposals, refrigerators, gas ranges, and built-in microwaves. European-style high gloss cabinets and under cabinet lighting, along with soft-close drawers, are also special features that are included.

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Thoughtful floor plans at the Aurélian allow one room to flow seamlessly to the next.

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The spa-like bathrooms have their very own European quartz custom vanities that include a 42” mirror, along with designer porcelain and ceramic tiles throughout. 

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In the bedrooms, you’ll find over-sized walk-in closets, custom grey-out roller shades, and conveniently-placed USB ports to keep all of your electronic devices fully charged.

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For your fitness needs, you have many options. With a 2,600 square foot health club, you can test out state-of-the-art Matrix cardio and strength training equipment and even catch up on your favorite shows with the individual TV screens that are included. Along with that, there’s also a motion studio, a yoga room with Fitness on Demand, and even men’s and women’s meditation lounges.

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For entertainment, the Aurélian has its very own social club, which includes a gaming center and a large island with bar seating. Located on the 4th floor, you’ll find The Garden Terracehome to bocce ball courts, a party room, and trendy geometrically-designed spaces.

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And when you’re ready to explore Chicago’s Gold Coast’s nightlife, you’ll have plenty of popular spots to check out like Primary and The Pump Room—which many celebrities frequent!

Looking for Downtown Chicago luxury apartments near the Gold Coast? Give us a call today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!


Downtown Chicago Apartments for All Weather Living

Bask in the sun poolside in the summer then bundle up at the abundance of indoor amenities these downtown Chicago apartments have to offer.

These terrific luxury apartments all offer direct access to the Pedway, a system of underground walkways connecting buildings all over the Chicago Loop. The Pedway houses a plethora of shops, restaurants, and services, like dry cleaners and salons. Moreover, the Pedway affords direct access to the Metra trains and “L” subway, which goes to the airport, making the Pedway an efficient way to access anything you might need in the winter time, all without going outside.

Marquee at Block 37

Located in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, Marquee at Block 37 is the prime spot for summertime luxury living. Warm weather amenities include the outdoor pool and sundeck with cabanas, a rooftop hot tub, multiple terraces with fire pits and grilling stations, as well as a dog run.

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In the wintertime warm up in the resident lounge, steam room and sauna, or penthouse level fitness center, which offers a complementary selection of fitness classes. Relax in the cinema screening lounge, game room, or one of several coffee bars. In addition to direct access to the Pedway and both red and blue line “L” stops, Marquee offers access to the on-site Shops at Block 37, including Magnolia Bakery, Sephora, AMC, as well as a preponderance of additional stores and restaurants.

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Lakeshore East‘s Aqua building is the perfect place to soak in the Chicago summer or brave the Chicago winter.

Enjoy the sunshine from your own downtown Chicago apartment at the outdoor resident area. Spend the day at the outdoor pool area, complete with a hot tub and personal cabanas. As the night cools down, head over to the sky garden rooftop resident area where you can cozy up by one of Aqua’s many fire pits.

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You’ll never have to feel cooped up in the winter time at Aqua. The on-site Filini restaurant and bar and CVS keeps going out to dinner and shopping for essentials convenient. Find entertainment without leaving your apartment at the indoor sky garden lounge. The lounge features a fireplace and is just steps from the media room and movie theatre. Entertain guests in the game room, basketball court, or indoor pool, or work up a sweat in the fitness center, sauna and steam rooms. Furthermore, if you’re looking for something you can’t find inside the building, Aqua offers direct access to the Pedway system.

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Columbus Plaza

Located along the Chicago River in one of the city’s most lively areas, Columbus Plaza is a comfortable and convenient place to call home.

The year round sun room’s retractable sky light makes it conducive to rain-or-shine relaxation.

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Warm weather entertainment is a breeze at the outdoor bar-be-cue grilling stations and resident rooftop area.

Get fit and stay fit during the holiday season without leaving home at the 48th floor fitness center, where you can admire the Chicago skyline. Find just about anything your heart desires just steps from the Columbus Plaza Pedway entrance.


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New South Loop Apartments: Loving 1000 South Clark

We’ve had the pleasure of welcoming many beautiful luxury high rises to downtown Chicago this year. This South Loop gem stands out as one to be sure to check out!

1000 South Clark

1000 South Clark is loved for a multitude of features, but namely its amenities. With 45,000 square feet of common space, a 20,000 square foot roof top deck, and 10,000 square feet of fitness space, its no mystery why the amenities are a resident favorite. Moreover, 1000 South Clark just opened this year and the poolside sun deck, private library and wine lounge, and restaurant grade resident kitchen were just some of the top hits. Not to mention, there’s plenty for your furry best friend to love here, too, with a dog run and grooming and daycare services.

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The 29th floor clubhouse is a beautiful spot to take in views of the South Loop and beyond. Or, step outside to the penthouse level roof terrace and enjoy the view by one of my fire pits.

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The Billiards Lounge is more than the average game room. The lounge features two televisions, a pool table, card table, Chexx hockey game, and a wet bar. The cozy and elegant ambiance makes this room the perfect spot for entertaining a few friends on game night.

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Have your Sunday Funday poolside! The indoor lap pool is just steps from the outdoor terrace, complete with barbecue grills, tanning areas, party space, and bluetooth-ready speakers. As the day turns to night, keep the South Loop party going with the outdoor theatre.

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The fitness facilities are every workout lover’s dream come true. On sunny days, you can take a jog around the rooftop track. On chilly days, warm up in the club-grade sauna. Practice your golf skills at the indoor golf lounge, complete with a putting green and virtual golf simulator. The 10,000 square feet of indoor workout equipment houses over 40 machines, a free weight area, and two group fitness rooms with fitness-on-demand.

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Living Near the Loop: Luxury Rental Apartments

Its where we already work and socialize everyday: Living near the Loop means living near everything else that’s already a wonderful part of your life. Check out some of these newer luxury rentals near the Loop!


Completed: 2016

MILA sits on the Magnificent Mile, steps from some of the finest restaurants, museums, shops, and Chicago entertainment. The entertainment continues when you head inside up to the garden and deck, complete with BBQ grill stations, a bocce ball court, outdoor TV and movie screens, an herb garden, and fire pits. While you lounge around at the pool drop your dog off at the pet salon, take your bike to the tune-up station, and your clothes to the valet dry cleaner. Afterwards, squeeze in a workout at the fitness and yoga centers.

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73 E Lake

Completed: 2014

Its prime location on Michigan Avenue is just one spectacular feature of 73 East Lake. If you’re looking for state-of-the-art amenities that make you feel like you’re on vacation every day, 73 East Lake is the place for you. Club 73, the extensive 42nd floor resident lounge, features private dining, a lounge with flat screen TVs, a terrace with cabanas, and fire pits with views of the city.

The ninth floor houses a Cook’s Kitchen, indoor pool and hot tub, sauna, and steam room. The fitness gym comes complete with cardio machines, weights, WELLBEATS Fitness, which offers customizable workout classes on demand, a core workout space which offers Synergy360 equipment, and a training nerve center. Throw in the private film screening room, conference centers, and dog run, and you’ll see why you never have to leave home to find exactly what you want and need once you’re at 73 East Lake’s apartments near the Loop.

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One Eleven

Completed: 2014

Looking for stunningly sleek finishes? Look no further. OneEleven Wacker’s designer kitchens feature quartz countertops, white marble mosaic tiled backsplashes, and stainless steel Energy Star appliances. The spa-like bathrooms look polished with custom vanities and stone flooring. Finally, the floor-to-ceiling windows offer beautiful views of the Chicago River and the downtown skyline.

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Marquee Block 37

Completed: 2016

Marquee is located in the same building as the shops at Block 37 on State Street, one of Chicago’s most desirable retail locations. Block 37 includes a broad array of clothing stores, coffee shops, casual dining restaurants, meeting areas, and a dine-in movie theatre all without leaving the building! The building also provides direct access to the CTA Red line and Blue line, which goes directly to O’Hare International Airport, making Marquee at Block 37 perfect for people who travel often! With brand new modern finishes and amenities, there is a lot to love at this luxury building.

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3 New Restaurants in Downtown Chicago Opening This Week

Check out these restaurants in Downtown Chicago opening this week!

Just as the weather’s cooling down, the restaurant scene is heating up! Check out these three noteworthy restaurants in Downtown Chicago opening this upcoming week.

The Flamingo Rum Club

Phil Stefani (Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants) and Adolfo Garcia (Pearl Tavern) are bringing a taste of 1940’s Cuba to River North. The new River North spot will host one of the country’s largest rum selections as well as live Cuban music with an intimate, speakeasy vibe. Furthermore, decor will feature gold leaf oval ceilings and island chic wallpaper with palm trees. Stylish accents include a brass bar, cement tiles imported from the Dominican Republic, and an eight foot mounted marlin.

Opening Saturday, October 8th at 601 N Wells Street.

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Rylon’s Smokehouse Barbecue

Chef Derek Rylon already has a loyal fan base with Batter & Berries (Lincoln Park). Therefore, his new Kansas City style barbecue concept is being met with great excitement in the South Loop for its downtown Chicago opening. Moreover, Rylon’s Smokehouse will feature a rotating menu of whiskey-based sauces. The 2400 square foot sit-down restaurant will host a selection of pit grilled and smoked dishes.

Opening  Wednesday, October 12 at 67 E Cermack Road.

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Beacon Tavern

Finally, the highly anticipated Beacon Tavern opens this week in the heart of the Loop, steps from Michigan Avenue. This new concept from Billy Lawless (The Dawson, River West) will feature an large meat selection. Along with the impressive oyster selection, Beacon will offer a wide array of seafood options. “Our guests can expect a menu loaded with fresh interpretations of tavern classics and seafood-forward dishes and libations, which play heavily on classic American cocktails with a twist,” Lawless said in a statement, courtesy of DNA Info. Furthermore, Beacon Tavern will house an extensive wine selection.

Opening Tuesday, October 11 at 405 N Wabash.

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Chicago Skyline Series: The Willis Tower — 5 Cool Facts

The Willis Tower is one of the most iconic buildings in the downtown Chicago skyline!

Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the Willis Tower is the perfect place to catch the best views of the Chicago skyline with its very own Skydeck. Located in the Loop, this 1,350 ft.- high deck, peers out into the city as a main attraction for Chicagoans and tourists alike. Here’s the scoop on what you need to know about the famous Willis Tower.

#1 The Willis Tower is the second tallest building in America!

At one point, starting in 1973, it was the tallest building in the world — surpassing the World Trade Center for nearly 25 years. Standing at approximately 1,720 feet at the very tip-top, the Willis Tower is now the 2nd tallest building in the U.S. and its the 14th tallest in the world!

#2 More than 1 million people visit the Skydeck every year!

The Ledge, the glass balcony that extends four feet from the tower on the 103rd floor, is infamous in Chicago. With breaktaking views spanning over 4 states, standing on The Ledge is a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable experience. Inside Skydeck, you’ll find interactive touch-screens exhibits, trivia games, and much more!

#3 Two real-life “Spider-men” climbed the Willis Tower!

In 1981, a man named Dan Goodman made his very own Spider-man suit and decided to scale the building. Using suction cups, sky hooks, and camming devices, he began his 7-hour climb to the top of the tower. Another man, Alain “Spiderman” Robert, followed suit in 1999. This French urban climber made it all the way to the top using his bare hands and feet!

#4 Hollywood loves using the Willis Tower in movies and TV shows!

Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Monk, Kenan and Kel, Stargate SG-1 — these are just a few of the TV shows that the tower’s been featured in. The Willis Tower was also a focal point in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, I-Robot, Man of Steel, Divergent, and many others!

#5 The Willis Tower is equivalent to 101 football fields of space!

With 4.5 million sq.ft. of floor space, the Willis Tower is massive. It took 2,000 workers and 3 years of construction to make it into the iconic structure that it is today. Wonder how they keep the tower sparkling? There are 6 roof-top mounted robotic machines that keep all 16,000 windows of the Willis Tower clean.

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Meet JeffJack, Your New Luxury Apartment in the West Loop

Chicago renters! Get in on all of the development action in the West Loop and check out JeffJack! At the corner of Jackson and Jefferson, you will have the best of all worlds living in this brand new inviting 15-story mid rise.

This location offers convenience for everything. Transportation options are abundant as JeffJack is a short walk from the blue and brown el stops at Quincy and Clinton, the Ogilvie Metra stop, quick access to interstate 90/94, and numerous Divvy bike stations for those looking to incorporate exercise into their commutes. Residents at JeffJack can walk with ease to the Loop, shopping like Nordstrom Rack or Target, and all of the favorite grocers like Mariano’s and Whole Foods on Halsted. Mary Bartelme park is close by for those looking to get some fun play time for their dogs or just looking for a break from the bustle of the city.

Pursuing LEED certification, JeffJack is equipped with many eco-friendly features like energy efficient heat pumps, recycled materials, a green roof, and LED lighting in corridors. The building has the favorite usable amenities of a rooftop deck, private terrace for dining, dog run, 24 hour door staff, and on-site management and maintenance.

These 190 luxury apartments have been designed with the open-feeling concept of exposed ceilings and floor to ceiling windows highlighting the beauty of Chicago and providing plenty of natural light. Sleek, modern kitchens with Energy Star appliances, granite countertops, and stainless steel sinks with garbage disposals as well as other wish list features like hardwood plank flooring, stacked washer/dryers, and ample closet space will make JeffJack a home run for Chicago. Select homes feature a balcony or terrace for those who like to enjoy their morning coffee with some fresh air!

Floor plans range from charming studios to generous two bedrooms with competitive pricing. If you’ve been wanting to make the move to one of Chicago’s most desirable neighborhoods, now’s the time!  Come visit one of our knowledgeable and professional leasing agents at 180 N. Wacker to get started on finding the perfect downtown apartment for you!

Sarah Hutcheson | Luxury Leasing Agent
Downtown Apartment Company, LLC

Parking in Downtown Chicago for Luxury Apartment Dwellers

While many Chicagoans are able to rely solely on the convenient CTA options downtown for their daily transportation needs, many residents of the Loop still have to account for the monthly parking cost of owning a car. Downtown Apartment Company agents appreciate that this is a significant monthly expense that our clients have to budget for, so here is a compilation of some of the best deals for monthly parking in downtown Chicago and around apartment search areas! While this isn’t meant to be a comprehensive guide to parking downtown, we hope it’s helpful to give an idea of pricing for one of the larger monthly costs apartment renters need to consider.

 Gold Coast / Old Town

 Apartment hunters looking in the Near North area (Gold Coast, Old Town) around Division Street, LaSalle Drive, and North Avenue should budget from $160-$260 for parking depending on whether the building’s parking is attached and covered. 55 W. Chestnut offers one of the lowest monthly parking options in the area of $160 for attached, uncovered parking.

River North

Because this area in River North around North Clark and Kinzie Street is in such high demand with endless shopping, dining, and nightlife options, attached monthly parking tends to run around $260 per month, on par with Loop parking options. River North Park offers the most competitive attached monthly parking rate of $230 on West Illinois Street by North Orleans.

West Loop / Fulton River District

Street parking during the milder months in the West Loop is a popular choice for residents in the West Loop and Fulton River District neighborhoods. Monthly parking at buildings can range anywhere from $150-$260 which depends on how new and large the property is. 1313 W. Randolph takes the cake for the least expensive monthly parking option of $150.

Near South Loop

Those searching for an apartment in the South Loop and Printer’s Row areas of Chicago can expect to pay around $220 for monthly parking. Commuters of the South Loop should also consider looking into the economical option at InterPark on South Federal Street which offers a $130 per month special for those who use their cars during normal business hours.

Additional Parking Resources and ParkWhiz are helpful resources you can turn to for alternative options to attached parking. Simply type in your address of the building or your neighborhood of choice and the sites will populate monthly parking options with the contact information and cost.

If you have guests in from out of town, the SpotHero smartphone app can be helpful for them to search available shorter term parking and reserve it on the spot. This tool is also a great help for residents who just don’t want to spend precious time circling the blocks to find a spot!

We know that living expenses add up quickly when you live in a city that has so much to offer like downtown Chicago, so we want you to feel like you’re receiving the best resources and service available to you! Come into our office at 180 N. Wacker to meet a friendly and resourceful Downtown Apartment Company leasing agent today or give us a call to get started on your search at (312) 772-3929.