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Among the vibrant streets of Old Town, atop the historic Second City building at Piper’s Alley, Utopian Tailgate perches. You may have noticed a sudden flooding on your Instagram from friends of a new gorgeous view of the Chicago skyline, framed by white Christmas lights, with old school music bumping in the background. It begs the question, how was there not a rooftop bar there sooner?

Opened for less than a month, Utopian Tailgate, taking note from the success of game-focused restaurants and bars, features a full American-style menu, full bar, and lots of games. The most used at the time I attended were the oversized Jenga set, and bags (cornhole). So, is Utopian Tailgate a hit or miss?

The Hit:

The bar played eclectic music, from

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Winter is still a few months away, but just the thought of those permeating cold drafts wandering through your house is enough to give you chills. While plummeting mid-west temperatures are unavoidable outside, seeking refuge in the warmth of our homes is a delight many of us treasure. But what if your home loses warmth quickly, or the electricity bill starts reaching staggering amounts? Fear not! Get warm and cozy with these five inexpensive options to keep the heat in and the frigid cold out!

1) Recaulk your Windows and Door Frames

There is varying levels of quality among caulk, so even if you’ve caulked within the last two years, it’s possible that there are cracks allowing cold air through. Be sure to look at your electricity bill over the

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As you make your way down the highway on 290 or you’re out on the waters of Lake Michigan, you can see the sleek silver building, Legacy at Millennium Park has pierced its way into the Chicago sky. The 72 story high building is mixed use, with higher floors dedicated to residences, and lower ones operating as classrooms for the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

Right now the building is offering close out pricing for its units and free parking. Since the opportunity to buy is more enticing than ever reside360 wanted to highlight this residential building that was built ten years ago and is the thirteenth tallest skyscraper in Chicago.

Legacy’s architectural design from firm Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz, is purposely narrow, to offer more endless

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photo courtesy of Chicago Park District

As a cyclist in-between novice and experienced, I fall somewhere within the spectrum of the majority of cyclist using the Lake Front Path as a source of exercise and transportation. The recently separated path is a godsend. In areas around North Avenue Beach and Oak Street Beach not only was a biker forced to bike at a snail’s pace, but the areas were so congested that it was downright dangerous. This is not an exaggeration, bike collisions on the Lake Front Path have resulted in death. I’ve also seen multiple bicyclists along the path tending to broken bikes from a recent crash and wiping up blood from their knees with their shirts. Taking the path has felt kind of like a “bike at your own risk” type of situation for far too long.

The separated

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(photo from Chicago Tribune)

Fill in the blank:  Reservations at Barton G are like __________, they don’t matter.

After hearing how spectacular the presentation was at Barton G, a restaurant that opened up in February in River North, we had to see for ourselves. We made a reservation a few days in advanced for 7:15 and arrived at Barton G’s decorative entrance a few minutes prior. We checked in and were told that we’d be seated shortly and get a text message alert when our table was ready. We headed to the bar to bide our time, and overheard a gentleman say to his dining partner, “what’s the point of a reservation if you still wait 20 minutes?” What a great question! We waited at the bar for about 30 minutes.

The silver lining is that the bar

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When you decide to buy a condominium, remember it’s a different process from buying a single-family home. There are a few things to keep in mind before buying a condominium in Chicago.

Buyers are attracted to condo living because of the convenience to area shopping, dining, and amenities. If a repair is needed, the building maintenance team handles it, not the unit owner. Not everyone wants to mow a backyard lawn every weekend or tend to unruly shrubbery, so condo living appeals to people with fast-paced busy lifestyles who want to live in downtown Chicago where all the dining, shopping, and nightlife are a few steps away. 

Keep a proactive outlook when selecting a unit. Think about how your family or living situation may change in the

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When you think of buying a brand new home built the way you want it, you expect the process to be easy without obstacles like repairs and contingencies. However, there are things you should keep in mind when buying a new construction condominium in Chicago. This is a list of tips to help you get the most for your money and what to expect when you buy a new construction condominium in Chicago. 

Be Patient and Get Upgrade Costs in Writing

When you buy an existing home, you can expect to move into your home in a couple of months or sooner. However, new construction condos can take longer depending on how far along the developer is in the construction process.

Make sure the estimated completion date works for your schedule. Be prepared for

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Market Watch

Home buyers should keep an eye on the ebb and flow of the 2019 real estate market and trends. The housing market of 2019 may be one of changing tides. Predicting them is almost impossible. Before starting a search for your next apartment, loft, co-op, penthouse, townhouse, or condominium in Chicago, it’s a good idea to get a sense of the forces that sway the market.

Realtor.com compiled some data about housing market predictions and determined that both buyers and sellers may face challenges in 2019. You can see the full Realtor.com Housing 2019 Forecast here.

Below, is a collection of highlights from the report and other sources about 2019 trends and forecasts for the U.S. real estate market, with special emphasis on Chicago properties.

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Gallery on Wells Deck

Even among the plethora of art galleries and luxurious studios in River North, one building stands above the rest, quite literally. The Gallery on Wells, located at Wells and Ontario, is the new apartment complex that reaches thirty-nine stories, dwarfing its neighbors not only in height, but in its luxurious design as well. Each unit offers hand-picked and custom made finishes with details to give each space a unique feel.

The building was designed by Loewenberg Architects and features an eight-floor-high red-brick base, topped by a 31 floor sparkling glass construct that pierces the sky. Magellan Property Management Company currently manages the building, made up of 442 apartments, which vary from studios, one bedrooms, two bedrooms, and three

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Pet owners are a funny breed. They lavish attention and treats on their furry friends and shower them with love but, when it comes to buying a new home, they want to see no sign that a dog, cat, potbellied pig, or hamster lived in a property they're considering purchasing. On one hand it's a humorous form of hypocrisy; on the other, it's a perfectly understandable concern for someone worried about making such a huge financial investment. A urine-stained carpet, scratched baseboards, clumps of hair in the corners, or torn-up furniture may indicate a damaged house that’ll require a buyer to finance repairs. Prospective buyers are apt to see such signs as characteristic of a dirty, poorly maintained property. That can be a real deterrent for even the

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