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10 Things You Should Do Before Chicago Summer Is Over

July 25th, 2014

Our Chicago real estate team can tell you plenty of reasons why you should live in Chicago in general, but we all agree that the summer here is particular special. Here are our top ten things you should do in Chicago before the summer is over:

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Millennium Park in the summer.


1. Go see the Cubs at Wrigley and the White Sox at the Cell. Whether you are a baseball fan or not, seeing a game live in one of America’s historic ballparks is a wonderful experience.

2. Have a picnic in one of Chicago’s many parks – ideally during one of the Movies in the Park where you can see a classic film while enjoying a delicious meal outdoors in Chicago’s beautiful summer weather.

3. Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo. Whether you have kids, grandkids, younger relatives, or friends to experience the amazing environment with,

4. Buy fresh produce and more at one of Chicago’s farmer’s markets, and make a wonderful meal out of everything the fabulous Midwest summer has to offer.

5. Enjoy a wonderful dinner on a patio or rooftop deck. Whether it is on your own balcony at Lakeshore East or any other downtown Chicago neighborhood, there is nothing more wonderful than cooking or grilling dinner outside and enjoying it al fresco in the summer.

6. Celebrate the season at all of the city’s street festivals. Whether you want to check out the city’s best cuisine at the various “Tastes” of each neighborhood, enjoy specific foods at Ribfest, Burgerfest, or other celebrations, or just hear some amazing live music, there’s something for everyone.

7. Speaking of live music, you should go to an outdoor concert at Ravinia or anywhere in Chicago, really. Seeing great live music in perfect summer weather is one of the many reasons why living in Chicago is so amazing.

8. Take a walk, bike ride, or run along Lakeshore Drive. Some of the best views of the skyline are freely available along the Lake Michigan coast.

9. Eat a little too much at RibFest, the Taste of Chicago, and other food-focused festivals. Or just have a meal on a restaurant patio (or your own balcony if you are lucky enough to live in Lakeshore East) and enjoy the beautiful weather.

10. Go outside in general! Whether you are taking a walk through one of the Chicago neighborhoods, along the lake, or through a city park – or any combination of the above.

How are you celebrating the summer in Chicago?



Visuals of Chicago: Instagram And Flickr Feeds To Follow

July 1st, 2014

Are you active on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or other visually-focused social media? We love to see the amazing images of Chicago and our beautiful architecture, delicious food, exciting festivals, and other fun activities that make living in Chicago great. HereĀ  are some of our favorite users to follow:

Chicago Flickr and Instagrams

Flickr User Vivek Jena’s image of a plaza in downtown Chicago.

Jim Harch – A Chicago architect who posts photo of (unsurprisingly) Chicago architecture, this is a great way to get a glimpse of the Windy City

Nick Ulivieri – A local photographer who documents the city’s amazing architecture, delicious food, and more via his personal Instagram account.

NathanMichael – Perhaps the best possible Instagram to check out if you are at all into the Chicago food scene.

LettuceEntertainYou – The locally-based dining empire chronicles their most delicious dishes on Instagram.

Trashhand – A photographer who posts pictures from the world but calls Chicago home, this Instagram account features remarkable shots of Chicago architecture and more.

Elisa Swopes – A graphic designer and photographer who captures the best of the city – all from her iPhone.

ChicagoFoodAuthority – A local food blogger with a talent for photography as well.

Mike Innocenzi – A Chicago photographer who shares his remarkable images with the world via Flickr.

Vivek Jena – Another talented Chicago-based photographer who creates striking images of our fair city (in fact, one of her images illustrates this post).

What are your favorite Chicago Instagram and Flickr accounts to follow?

Want to experience Chicago from the perspective of a resident, or simply looking for new real estate opportunities in the Windy City? Check out our available Chicago real listings today!



Our Latest Listings: 600 North Fairbanks Court

June 25th, 2014

While downtown Chicago is home to many spectacular condos, there are a few that stand out from the rest. One of these properties is our real estate firm’s latest listing in Chicago’s coveted Streeterville neighborhood, at 600 North Fairbanks Court (#1705).

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The views from the master bedroom at 600 North Fairbanks in Chicago.

With two bedrooms and two bathrooms and situated on the 17th floor of the popular high rise located at the intersection of Fairbanks Court and Ontario Street just east of Michigan Avenue, this condo has all the upgrades – it is a true contemporary masterpiece. The kitchen is is complete with stainless steel fixtures and a brick tile backsplash, the bathrooms have floating sinks/vanities, and the closets have customized build-outs, and every room features customized lighting and window treatments. The building also has a pool, sundeck, exercise room, and a party room.

This downtown Chicago condo’s spectacular views showcase the city’s amazing skyline and the deep blue waters of Lake Michigan to the north and west. Both dogs and cats are allowed in this pet-friendly building, and there are several parks nearby that are perfect spots to walk your pup. The Lakeshore Drive running, walking, and biking paths are also right around the corner, as well as a number of gyms and health clubs in case you want to go beyond the building’s excellent facilities.

Located just east of Michigan Avenue (a.k.a. the Magnificent Mile) with all of its excellent shopping and dining options, the location of this Chicago condo also means that there is easy access to the rest of the city and Chicagoland area via the freeways and public transportation. It is also easy to walk to the Loop and Chicago’s central business district, as well as all the River North’s trendy art galleries, restaurants, lounges, and clubs. There are also plenty of schools at all levels nearby, from preschools to elementary on up through universities and grad schools.

Discover more about this amazing property in downtown Chicago, or contact our real estate team to learn more about available properties in Chicago’s Loop, Streeterville, River North, and Lakeshore East neighborhoods and more.


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View our video of the Lakeshore East neighborhood.