July 2017

Found 4 blog entries for July 2017.

Sure, the city of Chicago is full of wonderful people, and there are a dozen apps to make new friends or meet a potential new love interest, but how easy is it to organically form new bonds? More and more development companies are offering homes with the dorm feeling to help catalyze new connections. What does that mean exactly? Less luxury in the room itself, less space, shared bathrooms, but more concentration on community spaces such as game rooms and movie rooms with social programming, plus yoga groups, and happy hour.

Don’t let that description fool you though, the pricing is still similar to some of the nice high-rises throughout Chicago. 30 E Balboa offers apartments with a furnished option for $1,549 a month per room (in this case a

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While development in Chicago is booming, it seems the dream of ownership is fading. The majority of new buildings in the hottest neighborhoods, like River North, Gold Coast, and Old Town, are only available as rentals. Rentals may be perfect for the recent college grad entering the workforce, but what about the other citizens of Chicago who want a high rise to call their own?

Luckily, there are still condominiums available to own in desirable neighborhoods throughout the city. Take 10 E. Ontario for example. The building has units for sale with several layout styles like junior one bedrooms with smaller square footage to larger two bedroom two baths. Regardless of the unit size, residents benefit from a 24-hour doorman, a pool with outdoor deck for

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Sure, Castaways Bar and Restaurant is great. The elevated space offers its guests views of the water, and it’s fantastic for people watching from above, plus the service is quick. It’s also great for broiling in the sun on hot days, while the tables in the shade are coveted, and may have caused strongly worded verbal exchanges over who is entitled to them. One can also enjoy drunk college students calling each other names over how much they can chug. It’s not Castaways’ fault. They were the only place right off the beach that offered sit down dining and a server.

That’s all a thing of the past now, with the new restaurant, Shore Club, opening in August. The new space offers three distinct sections, with room for 200 guests. The Patio portion is

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One of the underappreciated benefits of living in a big city like Chicago is the ability to easily travel to other destinations outside the city’s limits by using mass-transit. That means a relaxed trip without the stress of driving, traffic, or pumping gas. With warmer weather upon us, there isn’t a better time to hop on the Metra or the Amtrak and explore what’s just beyond our bubble. Here are the six best places to visit along the Metra and Amtrak during the summer:

Ravinia Festival –
Take the Union Pacific North Line and get off at Ravinia Park.
Ravinia The front gate to the Ravinia Festival

The Ravinia Festival is the oldest outdoor music festival in America. The festival started in 1904 and is open for the summer season – June through September –

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