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Best Local: Holiday Activities

Get in the holiday spirit with these Chicago and suburban events!

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With Thanksgiving past, it’s officially holiday season in Chicago! The city turns festive in December with various events showcasing unique gifts, delicious eats and holiday-themed activities. Celebrate the season with these featured events!

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Christmas in Chicago means the infamous Christkindlmarket! A staple to the Chicago holiday season for over 20 years, the Christkindlmarket brings German and European tradition to the city’s largest downtown festival. Local vendors feature unique knick knacks and gifts, along with delicious food and drink including stuffed pretzels, schnitzel and craft beers. The festival also features various performances each day from live music to visits from Santa. Stay at Marquee at Block 37 to be in the heart of festivities and beat the rush, or it’s only a 7 minute walk from 73 East Lake or a 9 minute walk from AMLI River North.

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Don’t be a Scrooge this season; visit the Goodman Theatre for a special showing of A Christmas Carol. The play by Charles Dickens offers a message of kindness and charity for the season. The play is running through December and features great local actors. Goodman Theatre is located off Dearborn, about a 2 minute walk from Marquee at Block 37!

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Enjoy stunning light displays with Zoolights at the Lincoln Park Zoo! The holiday event includes musical light shows illuminating the zoo after dark. Zoolights also features ice carvings, holiday drinks and snacks, photos with Santa, and even 3D light shows. The event is even free and open to the public, and only a 5 minute walk from The Belden Stratford.

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Celebrate Hanukkah in Chicago with the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Hanukkah Concert! Surrounded by festive decorations and floral arrangements, the Klezmer kickoff features live music from the Maxwell Street Klezmer band along with brunch at the Garden View Cafe. Only a 6 minute drive from NorthShore 770.

Thanksgiving 2016

Enjoy Thanksgiving Day with the help of these Chicago and suburban events

From Thanksgiving feast to holiday festivities, Chicago has an array of events to make the holiday fun. Make this Thanksgiving memorable with these Chicago and suburban events.

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Get in a workout before feasting with the 39th annual Turkey Day Run.  The run features a 5k, 8k and Plymouth Rock Ramble kids race. The event will feature a Turkey Day Tailgate complete with cornhole, turkey bowling and apple cider refreshments. Proceeds will go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and is only a 5 minute walk from the Belden Stratford.

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To busy with the turkey to make some pie? Beatrix is offering Thanksgiving pies for pick-up. Pie flavors include Oh My! Caramel pie, handsome chocolate cake, and a twist on the Thanksgiving classic, pumpkin pecan pie. Only a 2 minute walk down Clark Street from AMLI River North, or a 4 minute walk down Grand from the Grand Plaza.

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Skip the hassle of preparing Thanksgiving dinner and dine at Cherry Circle Room instead. Cherry Circle Room is opening its dining room for a family-style, prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner complete with turkey dinner and specialty cocktails. Only a 7 minute walk from 73 East Lake or a 13 minute walk from 215 West Apartments.

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Thanksgiving day isn’t complete without the Thanksgiving Parade! The parade features Grand Marshal Matt Walsh from “Veep” along with stage performances by Broadway’s STOMP, country music star Craig Campbell, Ringling Brothers and more. The parade will feature a variety of floats, marching bands, and special units such as tumbling teams and the Harlem Globetrotters. The parade is free to the public and will runs on State Street from Congress to Randolph. The parade’s finish at Randolph is around the corner from Marquee at Block 37 or a 5 minute walk from 73 East Lake.

Best Local: Vegan Options

Try these vegan-friendly restaurants in Chicago and the suburbs!

No meat? No dairy? No problem! Chicago features a variety of restaurants serving delicious vegan dishes at affordable prices. Enjoy vegan options from these Chicago and suburban restaurants.

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Eat clean at LYFE Kitchen! LYFE offers a variety of soups, salads, bowls, desserts and even breakfast focused on healthy and clean eating. For vegan options try their quinoa crunch bowl, LYFE veggie burger, chocolate budino, or morning veggie wrap. Located to the left of W Hubbard St. from AMLI River North, or only a 6 minute walk from the Grand Plaza.  

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Get back to the roots at Native Foods Cafe! Centered around sustainable, organic ingredients, Native Foods offers a long list of vegan entrees. Try their Bangkok curry bowl, OC raw chopper salad, avocado crunch wrap, and finish your meal with a vegan chocolate chip cookie. Order online, or visit the cafe at South Clark St., only a 10 minute walk from 215 West Apartments.  

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Visit Chicago Raw for a 100% raw and vegan menu. Raw aims to raise awareness about better, healthier eating options. The menu features favorites such as Chicago raw rolls, raw raviolis, acai bowl, and mock salmon pate. Visit their online store for a list of raw beauty products, supplements, and dehydrated sweets and snacks. Located a block up on Randolph St. from 215 West Apartments, or an 11 minute walk from 73 East Lake.  

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Restaurants offering tasty vegan options in the suburbs can be sparse, but Moveable Feast offers a vegan-friendly menu! The neighborhood cafe uses ingredients from local growers and each dish is made by scratch daily. Choose from salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts each including various vegan options. Vegan-friendly dishes include stuffed sweet potatoes, winter squash lasagna, quinoa and cauliflower cakes, and a jicama slaw. Only a 10 minute drive from AMLI St. Charles!

Veteran’s Day 2016

Honor Veteran’s Day with these Chicago and suburban events

Friday, November 11 is Veteran’s Day! Veteran’s Day is a national holiday to honor those who have served our country. Pay tribute to these courageous men and women with these Chicago and suburban events.  

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Attend the official City of Chicago Veteran’s Day Ceremony. The ceremony is held at Soldier Field, named such for those lives lost in World War I. The ceremony features various speakers, wreath presentation at the doughboy statue, and formal rifle salute. The event is free to the public, only a 15 minute walk from Vue20.

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View artwork created by Veterans at the National Veterans Art Museum. The museum was founded in 1981 and features art inspired by combat to help spread the awareness of the impact of war. The museum features art by veterans of all wars and experiences, with over 2,500 art pieces.Current exhibitions include “Vonnegut’s Odyssey” and “The Things they Carried.” The non-profit museum is free to the public, only an 18 minute drive from the Belden Stratford

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Visit the Harold Washington Library and view the National Veterans Art Musuem’s Above & Beyond exhibition. Located on the third floor, the art installation features over 58,000 dog tags hanging from the ceiling to represent the U.S. soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. The third floor also features an interactive kiosk to look up the name of certain veterans, and their location. The installation is the only memorial dedicated to Vietnam veterans located outside of Washington D.C., and is only a 10 minute walk from AMLI 900.

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Cantigny Park will feature an all day Veteran’s Day tribute. The park features a luminary tribute from sunset until 9 p.m. with an illuminated pathway display winding through the park. From 5 p.m. on the park will feature “Reflections Framed, A Celebration of Military Service Past and Present.” The exhibit frames military service stories, courtesy of Wheaton College ROTC cadets. Only a 10 minute drive from Courthouse Square or a 12 minute drive from Wheaton 121.

Best Local: Sandwich Shops

Celebrate National Sandwich Day with these Chicago and suburban locations!

Thursday, November 3 is National Sandwich Day! Grab a foot long at any of these Chicago and suburban locations.

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Enjoy Cuban coffee house and cafe Cafecito! Voted Chicago’s Best Cuban Sandwiches in Chicago, Cafecito features pressed sandwiches with meats marinated in homemade mojo marinade. Sandwich varieties include pollo arugula, jardin, tilapia criolla, and guava-Q. Make it a combo with soup or salad, or come in early for a breakfast sandwich. Pair it with their special blend coffee, only an 11 minute walk from AMLI 900.

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Visit a Chicago favorite since the 1960s! Fontano’s Subs have not only been named Chicago’s #1 by the Sun Times, but also received the 2012 Zagat award for Best Sandwich Shop in the Nation. The sandwich shop features Italian favorites such as meatball subs, Italian special, caputo style and wiseguy sub, all with fresh deli meat. If you’re up for some friendly food competition, try their meatball challenge, eating a 3 ft. meatball sub in under an hour. Only an 11 minute walk from 73 East Lake.

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Try L’appetito! L’appetito was the first Italian deli to open in Chicago outside of the Little Italy village. Come for their signature Proscuitto di Parma and tostinos, or grilled sandwiches, but stay for their array of Italian cookies and pastries. Only a 6 minute walk from Grand Plaza or a 12 minute walk from AMLI River North.

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Reimagine the sandwich at Zenwich! Zenwich features Asian flavors added to an American favorite, the sandwich. The sandwich shop features made to order subs with signature flavors such as wasabi roast beef, pork katsu, and tofu satay. A unique dining experience and only a 9 minute walk from Elmhurst 255.

Congratulations CSN Housing!

CSN Housing has achieved Quality Accredited US Operator Status!

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CSN Housing is pleased to announce its newest accreditation! CSN Housing is now Quality Accredited US Operator Status, in a collaboration with the Corporate Housing Provider Association (CHPA) and Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP). With CHPA based in the U.S. and ASAP based in the UK, the accreditation offers international recognition for CSN.

 

ASAP offers different levels of accreditation to owners, operators and agents of serviced apartments. Accreditation helps ensure the company is well-founded and improve customers’ confidence. Operating in 13 countries with over 160 members and 100,000 apartments, ASAP health and safety quality standards provide accreditation through individuality, compliance, and diligent standards.

 

Founded in 2014, ASAP launched the Quality Accreditation Marques to drive, maintain and inform standards surrounding bookings, facilities and health & safety. The ASAP Quality Accreditation Programme is the leading global quality assessment, reporting, recognition, and accreditation system for the hospitality industry.
For CSN Housing consumers, the Quality Accredited US Operator Status accreditation ensures confidence that we will deliver exceptional standards of customer care, comfort, and health & safety.

Best Local: Halloween Events

Enjoy a good scare at these Chicago and suburban locations!

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Halloween is around the corner, and it’s time to fill the night with fright! Explore things that go bump in the night and enjoy a good scare at these frightening Chicago and suburban locations!

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Courtesy of Chicago Cultural Mile

Attend the 2nd annual Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade on the Chicago Cultural Mile! The Halloween festival features fun, family events such as a kid’s costume parade, theatricks stage, conjure tent for arts & crafts, and an enchant tent for athletic activities such as dancing and yoga. Night is when the fun begins with the Halloween Gathering parade, spanning the Cultural Mile with costumes, music, and special performances. The parade will be led by the Creative Spirit Fellows, 13 of Chicago’s most influential creative leaders. Free for the public and only a 4 minute walk from 73 East Lake or an 11 minute walk from Columbus Plaza.

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Walk through a haunted house  — if you dare! The Disturbia Screams in the Park features a Victorian-style house, appearing normal but grows increasingly scarier as you descend to lower levels. The park has even added new areas such as Dark Swamp and Sewers of the Underworld for only the bravest to explore. Enjoy 40 minutes of fright, only a 14 minute drive from Kingston Pointe.

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Learn about the spooky past of Chicago and attend one of the Chicago Haunting Tours. Now in its 13th year, the original Chicago Haunting Tour features a classic ghost bus tour with stops along the city. Enjoy themed tours such as the Gothic Chicago Tour, Resurrection Mary Tour or the Devil in the White City tour. Book a private tour today, most leaving from the fabled Congress Plaza Hotel and only a 12 minute walk from AMLI 900.

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The Scream Scene has been terrifying visitors since 1997! Located at the Skokie Water Playground, the Scream Scene haunted house features an insane clown maze or a “lights on” haunted house for the faint of heart. Only a 13 minute drive from The Reserve Glenview.

Best Local: Just Desserts

Enjoy National Dessert Day at these Chicago and Suburban locations!

Treat yourself! National Dessert Day is Friday, October 14. From cupcakes to croissants, try these Chicago and suburban locations!

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Enjoy a taste of France, at home! Vanille Patisserie specializes in authentic French pastries, desserts and cakes. The bakery is known for their signature French-style macarons, but also sample their tarts, croissants, and handmade chocolates and candies. Located in Lincoln Park, also find them in the Chicago French Market! Only a 5 minute walk from Catalyst Apartments or a 10 minute walk from 215 West Apartments!

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Fall into a sugar coma with cupcakes and sweets from Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique! Sugar Bliss features over 20 premium cupcake flavors with options such as cinnamon carrot, spice, pumpkin patch and chocolate peppermint. Start your day with a sweet treat and try a breakfast cupcake with flavors such as blueberry vanilla or berry berry. Only a 6 minute walk from 73 East Lake or a 9 minute walk from 215 West Apartments!

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Desserts are a work of art at Alliance Patisserie! The pastry shop combines contemporary twists with classic European pastries to bring unique flavors such as balsamic fig macarons and Kouign Amanns, a specialty Breton butter cake. Come for the desserts but stay for a quick bite from their cafe, offering seasonal salads and sandwiches. Only a short walk north of Grand Plaza or a 7 minute walk from AMLI River North!

 

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Try ice cream with an Irish flare at Cone! Cone offers a variety of ice cream flavors, sundaes, and milkshakes made with European soft serve and hand scooped. Their signatures include the Shamrock soft serve cone sprinkled with Lucky Charms, a Cone O-Flake served with an Irish flake bar, or get their cones O’dipped in Irish chocolate. Try their cookie monster flavor, vanilla ice cream dyed blue and mixed with Oreos, Chips Ahoy, and cookie dough chunks. Only an 11 minute walk from Arkadia Towers or a 13 minute walk from Catalyst Apartments!

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Try hometown, handmade ice cream flavors at Kimmer’s Ice Cream. Kimmer’s creates its own blend of unique ice cream flavors, such as Aztec hot chocolate, coffee and donuts, and sunday morning breakfast, complete with French toast pieces rolled into maple ice cream. Have your ice cream as a scoop, shake, or sundae. Only a 6 minute drive from AMLI St. Charles!

Best Local: Pasta Places

Basta Pasta! Celebrate National Noodle Day with these Chicago and suburban locations!

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Thursday, October 6 is National Noodle Day! From penne to primavera, Chicago is home to a variety of Italian restaurants serving savory pasta dishes. Enjoy oodles of noodles at these delicious Chicago and suburban restaurants!

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Blend traditional Italian cooking with flavors from around the world at Monteverde Restaurant and Pastificio. Behind the bar watch Monteverde cooks hand-make the pasta, rolling and shaping the dough. Try any of their signature pasta dishes or keeps it classic with their Italy’s pasta picks. Only a 10 minute walk from Arkadia Towers or a 12 minute walk from Catalyst Apartments!

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Courtesy of RPM Restaurant

Noodles are an art at RPM Italian! With over a dozen handmade pastas prepared daily, their fresh pasta creates delicious dishes such as squid ink spaghetti and Mama DePandi’s bucatini. Try it with any of their wine pairings or finish your meal with their signature chocolate for a full flavor experience. A 3 minute walk from AMLI River North or a 4 minute walk from Grand Plaza!

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Topo Gigio Ristorante offers a modern Tuscan-style approach to Italian cooking. A favorite for over 25 years, the restaurant features an indoor garden and year-round outdoor bar. Topo Gigio features all the Italian noodle classics such as linguine, tortellini, rigatoni, fusilli and campanelle. Only a 14 minute bus ride on the 36 line from State & Chestnut.

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Starting as a special event and catering company, Angeli’s Restaurant opened its doors to the public in 1996 and has been serving plates upon plates of pasta ever since! With a whole page designated to pasta creations, Angeli’s features favorites such as pasta arrabiata and signatures such as angry butterflies, bow tie pasta with Italian sausage, mushroom, and scallions. Dine in or have Angeli’s catered, only a 5 minute drive from Iroquois Club!

Feature: Marquee at Block 37

Surrounded by a number of acclaimed theatres, Marquee at Block 37 is a new CSN location

deserving of a standing ovation!

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CSN Housing is now offering apartments in Marquee at Block 37! Located in the North Loop, Marquee at Block 37 is a great location for shopping, dining, and spending a night at any of the various theatres located within walking distance. Marquee at Block 37 is also a prime location for winter activities in Chicago, located near the Joffrey Ballet and famous Christkindlmarket. For now, spend some time at any of these Chicago theatres!

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Courtesy of urbanmatter.com

Enjoy live stage performances in luxury at the Oriental Theatre! Oriental opened its doors in 1926 with a decor inspired by the Far East, originally designed for motion pictures. After renovations in 1996, the theatre was restored to its original decor and now features acclaimed musicals. The theatre is now featuring the Best Musical winner Kinky Boots, and is located across the street from Marquee at Block 37!

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Don’t feel like cooking, but don’t want to leave the comfort of home? Marquee at Block 37 is also home to delicious dining options! The building’s lower levels features restaurants such as Latinicity, Magnolia Bakery, MacGuffins Bar and Lounge. Start with coffee, move to dinner, and end with a drink!

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With an entrance at 25 West Randolph Street, Marquee at Block 37  shares the foundation of this iconic location, providing residents quick and easy shopping access. The four level shopping mall includes retailers such as Anthropologie, Sephora, Zara, and Sunglass Hut. Pick up a new outfit for the day, or a complete new wardrobe without leaving the building!

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Courtesy of peacecenter.org

While you wait for Christmas time and the Nutcracker ballet, enjoy other great shows at the Joffrey Ballet! A nationally acclaimed, ballet-based dance company and dance education organization, the Joffrey Ballet opened its doors in 1956 and has been producing beautiful, innovative ballet performances. The company will be featuring Romeo and Juliet from Oct. 13-23, secure your tickets soon! Just a quick walk across State Street from Randolph Street.

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