If you’ve spent time in downtown Chicago’s Loop around the holiday season, you know there’s something undeniably special in the air. November means holiday festivities are ramping up and we couldn’t be happier! Here are some annual favorites to kick off the holiday season.
Thanksgiving Day Parade
Head to State Street in the Loop on November 25th to catch the Thanksgiving Day Parade. This beloved Chicago tradition started in the 1930s to lift spirits at the height of the Great Depression and has been an annual staple ever since! The parade will run 8-11am from Ida B. Wells to Randolph Street. Stick around afterward for performances all day long!
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Each year throughout November and December, Michigan Avenue is sprinkled with holiday lights. The annual lights make their first appearance on Friday, November 19th at the Mag Mile Lights Festival, with the lighting of the iconic, towering tree in Millennium Park followed by a ballet performance and fireworks. Stick around the following day where the fun continues with ice skating, photos with Santa, and a live DJ, followed by the Festival of Lights parade that evening.
The Christkindl Market, inspired by German tradition, takes place annually at Daley Plaza in the Loop. Peruse handcrafted, specialty goods, start your holiday shopping, and grab a souvenir mug of spiced wine to sip while you wait in line for the beloved annual ornament shop. Christkindl Market will be open November 19th through December 24th.
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Millennium on Lasalle is bringing luxury apartments for rent to the heart of downtown Chicago’s Financial District. The 13-story historical building was converted from office suites into 216 apartments with premium amenities and an additional 7000 square feet of retail space.
Millennium on Lasalle offers studio, one bed, and two bedroom apartments with modern finishes. Each apartment comes equipped with in unit laundry, marble tiled bathroom floors, air conditioning, hard surface flooring throughout the living spaces, and ample storage space. The modern kitchens feature stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile backsplashes, premium Italian cabinetry, and dishwashers.
Millennium on Lasalle is complete with useful amenity spaces. Check out the state of the art fitness center and indoor multi-sport court. Entertain in the theatre room, poker room, at the demonstration kitchen, or on the rooftop, complete with a pool, poolside lounge, and grilling stations. Residents can also enjoy two video gaming rooms, musical practice space, and coffee lounge.
This pet friendly building also features pet amenities! Take your four legged friends to the private dog run or pet spa! Other on-site conveniences at Millennium on Lasalle include 24 hour maintenance, on-site storage, dry cleaning service, bike storage, an option to have units furnished for an additional cost, and co-working spaces equipped with wifi.
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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).
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).
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.
Restaurant week begins January 24th and runs until February 9th. Click here for a list of all participating restaurants in the Loop.
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The stretch of Michigan Avenue that runs through Chicago’s Loop is affectionately known as the “Cultural Mile”, with its high density of museums, theatre, and cultural events. Check out these things to do on the Cultural Mile!
The Art Institute is one of the oldest art museums and second largest (after the Met) in the United States. It houses more than 300,000 permanent pieces in addition to 30 annual temporary exhibits. Some of it’s famous collection pieces include Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Seurat, The Old Guitarist by Picasso, and Grant Wood’s American Gothic. The current spotlight exposition is Andy Warhol’s From A to B and Back Again, through January 26th.
The Art Institute also hosts art driven events and will be hosting a celebration of the Lunar New Year on Saturday, February 8th, from 1 to 4:30pm, with gallery tours in both English and Mandarin, performances, music, art making, artist demonstrations, and interactive experiences. The celebration is included with museum admission. The celebration continues with a lantern procession at Millennium Park at 5pm.
Better yet– general admission is free to Illinois residents each Wednesday from 5 to 8pm, all the time for children under 14, and for children under 18 on weekdays from January 27th to March 4th and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Auditorium Theatre is a national historic landmark building and was designed in 1889 by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. The Auditorium has been home to the Joffrey Ballet for over 20 years and hosts a multitude of live performances and dance companies. Upcoming performances include Alvin Ailey dance company, the American Ballet Theatre, and National Geographic-Live. Click here for all upcoming performances and ticketing.
The Auditorium hosts daily tours. See the stunning 24 karat gold ceiling arches, ornate sculptural designs, floor and wall mosaics, and murals by Charles Holloway and Albert Fleury.
Second Fridays at the Fine Arts Building
The second Friday of each month, the Fine Arts Building opens its doors to the public, free of charge, to showcase the work of its resident artists. The historic building is located on Michigan Avenue and is home to a collective of visual artists, musicians, teachers, book stores, writers, craft instrument designers, yoga studios, dance and theatre performances, and artisan workshops.
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Gut rehabbed historic buildings turned into luxury apartments was 2019’s trend in Loop construction. These three luxury Loop apartment buildings opened in 2019 and were rehabbed historic buildings.
The Alfred by FLATS
The Alfred apartments (named after architect, Alfred Alschuler) opened in the former Hartman Building, which was built in 1925. To keep the character of the building, the exterior brick and terra-cotta were repaired and many of the historic interior fixtures, like elevator doors and lights, were salvaged and used in the current design.
The open layout apartments at The Alfred feature high, vaulted ceilings, in unit laundry, poured concrete or herringbone wood floors, with walk-in closets and dishwashers in select units. Residents have access to luxury functional amenities like the 13th floor lounge, a spacious outdoor terrace with seating and fire pits, and a coffee shop in the lobby.
Millennium on Lasalle
Each rental features stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, a dishwasher, a tiled kitchen backsplash, and premium Italian cabinets in the kitchen, marble bathroom tile, in unit washer and dryer, and hard surface floors. Layouts include ample storage space– even the efficiency studio floor plans include walk in closets. The apartments at Millennium on Lasalle are also pet friendly! Amenities include bike storage, co-working space with wifi, a movie theatre, dry-cleaning service, an expansive fitness center, an indoor multi sport court, a roof top pool with lounge space and grilling stations, a poker room, chef’s kitchen, dog wash, 24/7 maintenance, and more! Millennium on Lasalle opened in the heart of the financial district in the Loop in fall of 2019.
330 S. Wells
330 S. Wells is a newly rehabbed historic insurance building. The boutique style building has a quiet, community feel despite being so centrally located. Interior finishes are stunning, with quartz countertops, GE stainless steel appliances, modern cabinets, and tile flooring throughout each kitchen, Brizo and Kohler plumbing fixtures in each bathroom, and an in unit washer and dryer in each apartment. The 16 story building houses retail and office space in addition to rental apartments. Both commercial and residential tenants get access to the bike storage room, fitness center, and rooftop lounge. The rooftop is complete with grill stations, fire pits, a chef’s style “sky kitchen”, and an indoor sky lounge. The 5th floor also houses a chef’s style kitchen and lounge, as well as a yoga studio, conference room, and fitness center. Residents also enjoy controlled building entry, close proximity to the blue, red, and brown line CTA trains, and that these apartments are pet friendly.
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Seeing downtown Chicago is fun, but there’s nothing that can’t be made more fun by bringing your dog along! Here are some dog friendly places and activities to do with your pet near the Loop!
312 Chicago is located in the heart of the theatre district in the Loop and serves northern Italian fare, brunch, bakery items, and craft cocktails. The charming patio is dog friendly and even offers homemade dog treats on Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 2pm. Insider tip– bring your Christkindl Market mug to 312 Chicago for a complimentary refill of mulled wine with purchase through January 15th, 2020!
O’Brien’s Riverwalk Cafe
Enjoy waterside dining with your dog at O’Brien’s Riverwalk Cafe. O’Brien’s regularly hosts live music and is a festive place to celebrate favorite Chicago holidays (like dyeing the river green on St. Patrick’s Day) as well as lesser known Chicago holidays (like Cheeseburger day). If you’re looking to switch up the traditional patio scene, you might enjoy bringing your dog for a day on the Riverwalk!
Mercury’s Canine Cruise
What’s even better than the classic architectural boat tour? One that your dog can enjoy, too! Sightsee in Chicago’s Loop along Lake Michigan and the river with your furry friend as you get a detailed tour of Chicago’s architectural marvels. The 90 minute tour departs from 112 E Wacker Drive. There are dog water bowls and relief stations on board to keep the ride comfortable for your pet!
Small Dog Tea Party at the Drake Hotel
February 9th, 2020 stop by the Camellia Room at the Drake Hotel from 1 to 3pm for the Small Dog Tea Party, hosted by the Dog Moms of Chicago. The tea party will have a Valentine’s Day theme and all proceeds will go to local dog rescue organizations.
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A new year (and new decade) means a new apartment! If you’re looking to live in the Loop in the heart of downtown Chicago, here are some great new year specials on Loop luxury apartments.
$1755 (net $1609 with specials) available now!
This Loop apartment building is offering great specials including 1 month free on vacant units and a $750 sign on bonus for students at Kaplan and nearby schools, as well as employees of select preferred employers. Find out if there are any apartment buildings offering specials and discounts for employees at your company!
$1975 (net $1810 with specials), available now!
Property 152 in the Loop is a beloved historic landmark with newly renovated interiors and amenities. This location is great if you’re looking to be close to public transportation with convenient access to O’Hare and Midway airports, as this Loop luxury apartment is located less than a block from the blue, pink, green, orange, and brown line trains at Clark and Lake and two blocks from the red line at State and Lake.
Get 1 month free when you lease a newly renovated apartment!
$3022 available January 2nd
This rental building on the Magnificent Mile offers spa like amenities, including a steam room, lounge pool, two fitness areas, a hot tub with a waterfall wall, a movie theatre, and multiple sun decks. This two bed two bath layout has a spacious living area, great storage space, and a modern kitchen.
$4444 available now!
This modern, soft loft apartment offers great separation between each bedroom, each bath, and the living space, making it perfect for roommates. Living in this 3 bedroom apartment with roommates comes out to less than $1500 per person, making it the most cost efficient option!
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Whether you’re a Chicago resident looking for a downtown “stay-cation” or in from out of town looking to explore Chicago, there are so many ways to spend New Year’s Eve in the Loop!
360 Chicago is the 94th floor observation deck at the John Hancock Center. 360’s New Year’s package includes unlimited rides on TILT, a firework display, a live DJ, party favors, drinks, and stunning views of downtown Chicago from over 1000 feet above the Magnificent Mile.
ROOF on the Wit
From 9pm to 1am on New Year’s Eve, ROOF will be transformed into a French Riviera and Monte Carlo themed extravaganza, featuring gaming tables, acrobats, French cuisine from award winning chefs, an open bar, and music. This 27th story Loop rooftop bar is a great place to watch all of Chicago’s lively festivities, city lights, and fireworks.
The Hilton is the happening place to be on New Years in Chicago! This multiple ballroom soiree features seven party areas, twelve acts, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and champagne, celebrity DJs, live casino, live video mixing, a confetti “storm” at midnight, table service, discounted hotel rooms, and more! It will be hosted by Kiss FM and televised by NBC 5.
New Year’s Eve Blast
New Year’s Eve downtown in any city can get pretty pricey. Looking for free things to do for New Years in downtown Chicago? Look no further! Enjoy fireworks and celebrations along the Riverwalk from Wolf Point to Lakeshore Drive with New Year’s Eve Blast. You can also watch the midnight fireworks live on WGN.
Travelle at the Langham
If you’re a foodie, head to Travelle at the Langham hotel for your New Year’s Eve celebration. Enjoy a five course fine dining experience at Travelle, followed by an Andy Warhol’s “silver factory” themed celebration at the bar. The dinner menu includes: Butternut Squash Soup with crème fraiche, Ossetra Royale Caviar, and chanterelle conserva; Rohan Duck Confit with beets, citrus, frisée, radicchio, braised salsify, and black truffle; Monkfish with Manila clams, bouillabaisse, braised fennel, and saffron touile; Wagyu Short Rib with pommes mille feuille, cippolini agrodolce, horseradish, and celery root; and Citrus Pavlova with grapefruit granita, black currant ice cream, and yuzu curd.
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Living in the heart of downtown Chicago in the Loop doesn’t have to be hard on your wallet. If you’re interested in having the space of a 1 bed apartment but don’t necessarily need a door, renting a convertible apartment is a great way to save on your rent! Many convertibles are like hybrids of studios and 1 beds, but these Loop convertible apartments have incredible separation. Some even have sliding doors, giving you a fully enclosed 1 bedroom without paying 1 bedroom rent prices.
Property 82- Michigan/Lake
This Loop apartment building has incredible convertibles. The sliding, light blue sea glass door fully encloses the bedroom, creating the same separation from your living space you would have in a 1 bedroom. Each unit features plenty of storage space and large kitchen islands as well as expansive, floor to ceiling windows overlooking views of downtown Chicago and the lake. Apartments in this building have in unit laundry.
Property 41– Wells/Lake
Travel for work often? Whether you fly out of Midway or O’Hare, this Loop apartment building is in a convenient location for direct access to the airport, less than a block from the blue line and two blocks from the orange line. With floor plans ranging in size from 652 to 968 square feet, the convertible apartments are more spacious than most 1 beds. Each convertible also has a sliding door, giving you a fully enclosed bedroom. Apartments in this building have in unit laundry. Looking for a great pet friendly apartment? The onsite dog run and pet amenities ensure your furry friends will love living here, too!
Property 35– Wells/Randolph
This historic high rise has fully renovated interiors and unique amenities (life-size chess, movie theatre, or hammock lounge, anyone?). The bedroom area is an enclosed alcove with a spacious walk in closet. Apartments in this building have in unit laundry. This building is offering 1-2 months free for a limited time!
Living in the Loop gives you a central location to some of the best entertainment, convenient transit, and stunning outdoor amenities, like the Riverwalk and lakefront trail, in the downtown area!
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If you’re looking to see holiday lights in downtown Chicago, the Loop is the place to be! Here are some of our favorite places in the Loop to get in the holiday spirit.
City of Chicago Christmas Tree
The 106th annual Christmas Tree in Millennium Park was celebrated with a lighting ceremony in late November. However, the 60 foot evergreen will be brightening up the city every nigh through January.
Menorah Lighting at Daley Plaza
The annual menorah lighting in Daley Plaza is a great way to celebrate Hannukah! Enjoy food, drinks, and entertainment by AD the DJ and Charlie the Rapper.
Museum of Science and Industry Holiday Lights & Christmas Around The World
The 45 foot tree is adorned with 30,000 lights and surrounded by over 50 smaller trees, each decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s different communities to reflect their cultures. The occasional indoor “snow” flurries add to the charming holiday ambiance.
CTA Holiday Train
Ever wonder why the downtown area is called “The Loop”? The neighborhood gets its name because the CTA L train tracks make a “loop” around the center of the city. During the holidays, hop aboard the CTA’s holiday train for meet and greets with santa and his reindeer and holiday cheer. The special holiday trains are covered in multicolored lights, red bows, garlands, and candy cane striped ribbon. The tradition started in 1992 and has grown in popularity and decadence over the years. Click here for a schedule of when to check out the CTA holiday train.
Macy’s on State Street
Macy’s on State Street is known for having eye catching, festive windows. Step inside and head to historic The Walnut Room, where you’ll see the Great Tree and enjoy a holiday themed cocktail. With the whimsical decorations in the Macy’s windows, Christmas music coming from speakers in the flower beds, and tree covered lights, hopping along State Street takes on a whole new atmosphere
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The Loop is home to Chicago’s vibrant theatre district. Between Broadway in Chicago, live musical performances, dance, and smaller theatre productions, there are plenty of exciting and thought provoking shows to see. Here are some of the most popular holiday performances in the Loop.
Joffrey Ballet’s Performance of “The Nutcracker”
The Joffrey Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker is a longtime holiday tradition. The classic ballet, composed by Tchaikovsky, follows the story of a young girl and her mother preparing for a Christmas dinner in 1892 just before the World’s Fair. When everyone has gone to bed, the girl is transported to a dreamlike world where her Christmas gifts come to life.
The Nutcracker runs through December 29th at the Auditorium Theatre in the Loop. Click here for tickets.
“Merry, Merry, Chicago!” at Chicago Symphony Orchestra
In Merry, Merry, Chicago! the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform holiday favorites, carols, and an appearance by Santa Claus. The performance will be conducted by guest conductor, Emil de Cou, and runs December 14th-23rd.
See below for the program!
“A Christmas Carol” at the Goodman Theatre
A Christmas Carol has been a holiday favorite for over forty years. The story, originally written by Charles Dickens, follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he learns about compassion, kindness, and redemption. Tickets are available through December 29th.
Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” at the Cadillac Palace Theatre
Broadway in Chicago’s White Christmas is sure to leave you full of holiday cheer! Choose Chicago says White Christmas is full of, “dancing, laughter, and some of the greatest music ever written”. Don’t miss out! This Broadway musical only runs through mid December.
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Century Tower is a stunning historic landmark in Chicago’s Loop. It was built in 1930 and was originally the Trustees System Service Bank Building. At the time of its construction, Century Tower was the tallest reinforced concrete building in the world. Architects, Thielbar and Fugard, spared no detail. Even the red marble used in the lobby is from an ancient Roman quarry!
This high-rise has had many lives. In addition to the time it was a bank, before it was converted into condos in 2005, Century Tower was home to a total of nine countries’ embassies, two radio stations, and was used as a location in Batman Begins Gotham City in 2004. Today, Century Tower has its same regal character but offers modern, luxury rental apartments.
The 2-story lobby greets residents and visitors with a statement chandelier, gold and marble accents, and a grand staircase that seamlessly blends old and new. Being on the first floor of the lobby feels like being in the golden age of 100 years ago when the building was constructed, but climb the staircase and you’ll find a second floor amenity space out as modern as it gets.
The common area’s modern design includes a glass fireplace, succulent wall, wifi, coffee bar, and chic, furnished lounge spaces for working from home or entertaining. The fitness center comes equipped with cardio machines, free weights, a peloton studio, TRX stations, as well as a yoga and group fitness studio with fitness on demand.
Century Tower’s rooftop also seamlessly weaves together the past and present. Head up to the top floor for city views, including the river and Merchandise Mart, as well as fire pits, modern furniture, and barstools with bar style seating around the perimeter.
Each renovated luxury apartment features white quartz countertops, plank flooring, pull-down faucets and deep stainless steel sinks, tiled bathrooms, and espresso finish wood cabinetry, as well as in-unit laundry and terraces in select units. Most bedrooms are loft style and do not have doors. Starting prices are around $1650 for studios, $1925 for 1 beds, and $2350 for 2 beds.
By Sophie Morrison
Millennium on LaSalle is a luxury apartment rental building in the Loop’s financial district and was originally built in 1902 as the National Life Building, which was designed by Jenney and Mundie. The 13-story building was recently converted from an office building, most recently known as Barrister Hall, into an amenity-rich residential property. The 216 units will include studio, one, and two bedroom apartments as wel as 7,000 square feet of retail space in the ground level.
The contemporary units will have sleek, elegant finishes. Kitchens will feature stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, premium Italian cabinetry, a tile backsplash, and an in-unit washer and dryer. Bathrooms will have marble tile and premium lighting.
Units will also have hardwood throughout and be outfitted with smart home technology. Technology features include integrated USB power sources, a pre-wired media hub, and integrated Bluetooth audio.
The fourteenth floor will feature a portion of the resident amenities including a pool, sports court, fitness center, common lounge, and a landscaped rooftop terrace with grilling stations.
The lower level will house a media screening theatre, two gaming media rooms, a computer room with co-working space, and a music rehearsal and recording room. Residents will also have access to many conveniences on the lower level, including valet dry cleaning and wash-and-fold service, additional storage, 24-hour maintenance, and bike amenities—which include bike storage, a workshop, part and supply vending, as well as other resources.
Pet amenities include a dog run on the fourteenth floor and a dog spa on the lower level.
The renovated lobby will provide a “modern aesthetic within the historic marble-clad space” according to the architecture firm on the job, Fitzgerald Associates. Residents will have a morning coffee lounge on the first floor, as well as outdoor café-style seating, pending approval.
The massive $1 billion redevelopment of the historic Union Station has been reworked following the release of the initial proposal. The plans had included a seven-story apartment complex atop the landmarked Beaux Arts building which is no longer part of the proposal.
The new plan now calls for a single-story addition to the station’s historic 1925 headhouse building – to which the upper levels will house two hotels with 400 guests suites and an office space for Amtrak as well. The penthouse level will aim to blend seamlessly into the building’s existing architecture and will not be seen from street level.
To absorb the expected increase in traffic around the hotel at Union Station, the traffic management plan will work to reduce the drop offs on Adams. A hotel entrance will be added on the Jackson Street, retail space on Clinton and the valet will be relocated to the interior of the building.
The second phase of redevelopment will take aim at Amtrak’s parking lot structure just south of the transit center. The area there will be made into a brand new 50-story, 715 foot tall office tower. Designed by Chicago’s Goettsch Partners, the tower will feature a sleek, glassy facade with a 3 setback and angled columns at the base. This phase will also feature a 1.5-acre park and plaza open to the public.
Though it has yet to go through the entire approval process, the new reimagined plan is striking better public endorsement. Located in the West Loop neighborhood, this project will help with traffic and add new construction to the booming area. The bustling travel hub will become more accessible and add a modern asset to the charming history already preserved there.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has confirmed that Chicago has selected Elon Musk’s Boring Company to build a track from the Loop to O’Hare International Airport to get passengers back and forth in 12 minutes. Located in underground tunnels, the tracks will sport autonomous electric pods traveling between 125-150 mph holding 8-16 passengers each.
The current proposed track is set to go from the International terminals of the airport to Block 37 located in the Loop neighborhood. The track will be situated in the underground tunnels that were built for an underground express train project from the Loop to O’Hare that former Mayor Richard M. Daley had spent roughly $200 million on that had never opened. The idea of having the tracks underground makes it possible for the least amount of building and homes relocated for the project.
As a privately paid for venture, taxpayers will not be held responsible for this high-speed train. Though the Company has not released exactly how much it will cost to ride this train, they have stated it will cost less than half of a typical taxi ride but more than the current $5 Blue Line special fare.
Currently, according to Chicago Infrastructure Trust, there are roughly 20,000 some passengers that travel between the airport and the Loop’s central business district. By 2045, it is estimated that number will be increased to a minimum of 35,000 people a day. An incredible, high-speed train would cut the travel time immensely from the current 45 minute Blue Line “L” commute it takes now.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Walkability is just one reason to fall in love with Downtown Chicago. But what fun is a walk without your best friend? Check out these downtown dog parks in some of Chicago’s most dog friendly neighborhoods!
Lakeshore East Park’s southern most area is fenced in for dogs to roam free, off the leash. The area is complete with a dog drinking fountain and artificial turf grass for easy clean-up. Additionally, Lakeshore East Park offers free Wi-Fi. The park is full of serene paths and trails and steps from the lakefront. The neighborhood is home to Millennium Park and many excellent restaurants. So there is always plenty to do after visiting the park with your dog!
450 E. Benton Pl.
Chicago, IL 60601
The West Loop park features a combination of artificial turf, gravel, and cement to give the park textural dimension. Moreover, unique features include umbrella-shaded seating and a three-tiered drinking fountain, which offers access to dogs of all sizes.
17 S. Loomis St.
Chicago, IL 60607
This park is perfect for active dogs who love to run around! The park has a sprawling off-leash area and a dog water fountain. Grant Park is only steps from many of Chicago’s attractions, steps from Soldier Field, beaches, Buckingham Fountain, and Michigan Avenue. Stop by the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium, or the Museum of Science and Industry.
951 S. Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
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!
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!
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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