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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. Here  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).

600 North Fairbanks Chicago real estate.

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.

Top 15 Things Chicago Gourmet MUST Try – Quintessential Chicago Foods

June 13th, 2014

Chicago is known as one of the world’s greatest food cities, and our real estate team definitely appreciates every aspect of the city’s culinary scene. Here are some unique elements of dining in the Second City that new residents should definitely know about.

Chicago Chinatown food

Dining in Chicago’s Chinatown

1. Pan pizza – similar to the much heralded deep dish but with a caramelized crust and baked cheese on top. A little less rich but no less flavorful, this is what real Chicago natives tend to prefer.

2. The “Mother in Law” – a hot dog/tamale/chili combination that’s unique to the south side of Chicago. If you like that, try the Gym Shoe, which uses gyro meat (a nod to the area’s Greek immigrants) instead.

3.Italian Beef – perhaps the world’s messiest sandwich, the classic combination of roast beef, rich “au jus” (a.k.a. gravy) and spicy or sweet picked giadinera peppers and other vegetables is a classic Chicago-Italian blend. In fact, giadinera in general is a Chi-Talian staple, and is wonderful on a classic Italian sandwich as well.¬† Slightly more formal restaurants will have Chicken Vesuvio (chicken roasted with plenty of garlic and other herbs) and all sorts of traditional red sauce-based dishes.

3. Craft cocktails from Violet Hour, Sable, the Aviary, and beyond. For anyone who appreciates a classic beverage or an unusual and expertly crafted drink, these places are a must-visit.

4. Speaking of cocktails, Malort is an herbal-based Swedish style liquor that is a Chicago tradition. This liquor could possibly be an acquired taste, but it is worth trying at least once, just for the experience.

5.The craft beer scene in Chicago is also extensive, with local breweries creating all manner of speciality brews that are relatively easy to find at the various beer-focused beers and gastropubs throughout the city.

6. Combining cheese and caramel popcorn is actually delicious – the perfect sweet and salty snack. Just ask the fans of Garretts!

7. Chicago dogs – hold the ketchup and drag it through the garden (meaning put all the various vegetables toppings on it).

8. Portillo’s chocolate cake milkshakes are more than worth the calories if you have the slightest sweet tooth.

9. The Jibarito was invented in Chicago by Puerto Rican immigrants – essentially a Latin sandwich or torta but using fried plaintains instead of bread, these unique treats are becoming increasingly popular, especially on the West side – but the Borinquen restaurant is the original.

10. The Wiener’s Circle’s unique staff offers a side of improv theater along with your meal. It’s worth it to watch them interact with the clientele alone – plus it is decent diner food as well.

11. Chicago is home to fantastic Asian food. With both excellent dim sum and amazing restaurants (including late night options) available in Chinatown, a variety of Indian and South Asian restaurants on Devon, and authentic Vietnamese food on Argyle, you don’t need to leave the city limits to explore the culinary scene on the other side of the world – or pick up some favorites if you are from that part of the world and craving a taste of home.

12. It’s not all Midwestern meat and potatoes – Chicago has plenty of vegan and vegetarian options too, thanks to our diverse mix of cultures.

13. That said, you can find amazing steaks in Chicago, from classic all-American style cuts in old school steakhouses to South American spots.

14. And Chicago does love its beef in the form of insane burgers as well. Kuma’s Corner is quite possibly the original spot, but you can get creative burgers loaded with all sorts of toppings at many different places around the city.

15. Last but not least, while Chicago is home to some of the best chefs in the world producing amazing cuisine, some of the smaller food trucks, ethnic joints, and family-owned places are the best places to discover the true flavor of Chicago.

Getting hungry? Live in the heart of it all at Lakeshore East or any other condo or townhome in downtown Chicago, and you’ll be able to sample all these delicious treats and more.


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