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Explore Chicago’s River North neighborhood

Explore Chicago’s River North neighborhood!

Venture north of Chicago’s main loop and discover the trendy River North neighborhood! Chicago’s River North neighborhood features fine dining, galleries and unique shopping experiences where downtown luxury meets uptown charm. Visit these, and other, River North locations.

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Wine and dine at The Purple Pig! Named on of Bon Appetit magazine’s “10 Best Restaurants in America,” the restaurant serves Mediterannean fare in unique style. Combining flavors from Spain, Italy and Greece, the Purple Pig is known for its wine, cheese and meat platters, creating delicious pairing plates. Try any of their pasta creations, duck confit, or homemade morcilla sausage. Only a 6 minute walk from the Grand Plaza or a 9 minute walk from AMLI River North.  

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Catch a live show at the House of Blues. Born out of a love for Rhythm and Blues music, the Chicago venue features classic blues and soul, along with cabarets and upcoming DJs. Upcoming shows include Windy City Rev Ups, Michael Charles, Guy King and Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls. Only a 6 minute walk south of Grand Plaza or a 6 minute walk east from 400 N. LaSalle.

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After a show keep the night going with drinks at the Studio Paris Nighclub! One of Chicago’s trendiest nightclubs, the upscale venue combines the feel of a modern cocktail lounge with the energy of a nightclub. Studio Paris has hosted live performances from artists such as Jason Derulo, Rita Ora and Calvin Harris, and features a rising artist night every Wednesday. Studio Paris is neighbors with AMLI River North, or is only a 3 minute walk down Hubbard from 400 N. LaSalle.   

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Score some unique antiques at The Golden Triangle! Open for over 25 years in the River North neighborhood, the furniture store originally started as collectibles and grew to include Asian and European antiques, lighting, and furniture mixed with modern designs. The Golden Triangle also offers services in interior design, custom built art and furniture, and even doubles as an event space. Stop in and take home a treasure; only a 3 minute walk south from AMLI River North!

Explore Chicago’s Loop

Explore downtown Chicago with visits to these locations!

Spend some time getting to know Chicago’s downtown area, the Loop! Named after the loop-like design of the elevated railways that surround the area, Chicago’s Loop is home to not only top businesses but also museums, parks and restaurants. Explore the Loop with these various locations.

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Spend the day exploring the Art Institute of Chicago. See works by renowned artists such as Andy Warhol, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and Cindy Sherman. The museum also features sections on Impressionism, Modernism, Photography and the Thorne Miniature Rooms. Take a tour or explore on your own! The Art Institute is also free on Thursday nights for Illinois residents, only an 11 minute walk from 73 East Lake.

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Grab a cup of coffee at local chain Dollop! The modern coffeeshop brews local Metropolis coffee while featuring daily pour over specials. Dollop also baking its own pastries and handmade sandwiches, including vegan donuts, sticky buns and daily pies. Only an 8 minute walk to the Munroe location from 215 West Apartments or a 12 minute walk from 73 East Lake.

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Enjoy a performance at the Civic Opera House! Open since 1929, the Civic Opera House is a Chicago architectural landmark home to the world-renowned Lyric Opera. Along with beautiful velvet stages, the opera house is home to three dining rooms for pre-show meals. Tickets are currently available for shows such as The Magic Flute, My Fair Lady, and Carmen. Only a 4 minute walk from 215 West Apartments or a 6 minute walk from Presidential Towers.

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End with a delicious dinner at Nellcote! The west loop restaurant features a posh interior with diamond chandeliers and marble flooring. The fare is just as fancy, toting venison tartare, market apple pizza and tagliatelle bolognese, prepared with handmade pasta. Pair with any of their signature cocktails or draft beers, including Chicago-based brews such as Krankshaft and Lost Sailor. Only a 7 minute walk from Catalyst Apartments or a 9 minute walk from Arkadia Towers.

Best Local: Fitness Facilities

Start the New Year right with these Chicago and suburban gyms!

The New Year means New Year’s resolutions! If your resolution was to drop some holiday pounds, Chicago is home to a variety of gyms and fitness clubs. Start the New Year with a membership, or trial, at any of these Chicago and suburban locations!

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Try a membership with the Lakeshore Sport and Fitness! The gym boasts a rooftop deck along with eight indoor tennis courts 2 outdoor paddle courts and a raquetball court. The rooftop lounge area also includes a health-conscious restuarant for pre or pos-workout meals. The gym offers special family memberships or rates for couples, single parents and young adults. Only a 7 minute drive from the Belden Stratford.

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Sweat it out with 105F Chicago’s Original Hot Yoga! Hot yoga combines the strength workouts of original yoga with increased temperatures to keep the heart pumping and body sweating. The facility offers six different classes tailored to posture, breathing and strength training along with workshops and beginner courses. Only a 4 minute walk from AMLI 900.

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Try the local Chicago chain of neighborhood gyms, Chicago Athletic Clubs! Gym memberships feature amenities such as rock walls, swimming pools and Pilates reformers along with monthly or yearly memberships. The gym also features a range of fitness courses for beginners and up, featuring yoga, Pilates and strength classes. The Near West Side location is only a 17 minute walk from Catalyst Apartments or a 14 minute ride on the 20 bus line from Arkadia.

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Punch, kick and block your way to a new you with the Falcon Boxing Gym. The gym provides boxing training, weight training, drill space and kids boxing camps. Try their unique hot room boxing for an added challenge! Only a 4 minute drive from Aloft at Glen Town Center or a 10 minute drive from The Reserve Glenview.

New Year’s Eve 2016

Ring in the New Year with these Chicago and suburban events!

The holidays may be winding down, but the city isn’t done celebrating yet! Spend New Year’s Eve in Chicago with family-friendly day activities and nightime celebrations for when the clock strikes midnight. Make 2017 a year to remember with these New Year’s Eve events.  

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Chicago with Chi-Town Rising! Partnering with NBC Chicago and Telemundo, the event is free with ticket download. The night’s musical lineup includes Saint Motel, Sir the Baptist and Blackhawk’s singer Jim Cornelison will host while performing his infamous national anthem. The outdoor party will also feature food and beverage stands, and ring in the celebration with Midnight Fireworks. Viewing zones will be located on Upper Wacker between Michigan Ave and Columbus Drive, only a 5 minute walk from 73 East Lake or a 9 minute walk from Marquee at Block 37.

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Raise a glass and celebrate with Brew Year’s Eve! Skip the champagne and instead sample over 20 local craft beers including Goose Island and Half Acre. After midnight enjoy a pizza buffet along with more drinks and live music. The event will be held in the historic Salvage One building, only a 9 minute drive from Catalyst Apartments or Arkadia Towers.

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Celebrate all day with the kid-friendly Noon Year’s Eve at the Chicago Children’s Museum. Families can spend the afternoon making crafts and noisemakers and counting down to 2017 with a dance party. When the clock strikes twelve enjoy a confetti finish and more dancing! Free with museum admission and only a 15 minute walk from Columbus Plaza.

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Add great music to the mix with Reaction New Year’s Eve Party! The two-day concert event features artists such as Zed’s Dead, Flume, Anderson. Paak and Gucci Mane. Along with music acts, Reaction includes an artist gala, meme poster contest, and drinks for purchase. Tickets are still on sale, only a 13 minute drive from River 595 or Kingston Pointe.

Christmas 2016

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Celebrate Christmas with these Chicago and suburban events!

Christmas time has arrived in Chicago! Celebrate the holiday with delicious dinners, family-friendly activates and gift giving. Try these Christmas Eve and Christmas Day events to make the holiday memorable.

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Enjoy Christmas at Palm Court Restaurant at the The Langham! Enjoy Christmas-themed Langham afternoon tea throughout December, or enjoy delicious Christmas Day and Christmas Eve dinners. Christmas tea includes a selection of coffee and teas, along with specialty Langham teas. Choose from an array of pastries such as eggnog crème brulee, Christmas mince pie or Black Doris plum cake, as well. The Christmas dining packages include a three course fine dining experience with champagne or upgraded packages include access to a three hour DJ and ballroom. Only a 5 minute walk from 73 East Lake or a 9 minute walk from Columbus Plaza.

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After dinner and tea spend a white Christmas at the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating in Millennium Park. Free to the public, bring your own skates or rent a pair for $12. Open for 16 seasons, the rink features open skating along with Winter Workouts on ice, skating lessons, and noodle hockey. Afterwards enjoy hot chocolate at the Park Grill Cafe, only a 9 minute walk from Columbus Plaza.

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Enjoy an early Christmas present with The Nutcracker Ballet at Joffrey Ballet! The new Nutcracker features the magic and beauty of Chicago’s 1893 World Fair with choreography by Tony Award-winning choreographer Wheeldon. Enjoy beautiful ballet and music by the Chicago Philharmonic with daily shows through Christmas Eve, and performances after Christmas through the New Year. Only a short walk down Randolph Street from Marquee at Block 37, or a 9 minute walk from 215 West Apartments.

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Make the holiday sweet with cookies, cakes and more at Tag’s Bakery! An Evanston staple since 1937, the bakery features special Christmas cookie trays, Christmas tree coffee cakes and their Tag’s traditional stollen. Make sure to pick up a box of their famous Florentines, a thin, Italian cookie coated in chocolate. Only an 11 minute drive from AMLI Evanston.

Best Local: Movie Theaters

Grab some popcorn and catch a flick at any of these Chicago and suburban theaters!

When winter snow and cold weather hit, stay inside and cozy up with a movie! From hit blockbusters to independent art house screenings, Chicago has a range of movie theaters offering hits for any film lover. Stop by any of these Chicago and suburban theaters for a perfect movie night  — and escape from the cold!

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Make movie night an entertainment experience! The Navy Pier IMAX features 3D films on giant wall-to-wall screens for an immersive movie experience. The theater features current Hollywood blockbusters and special showings. Only a 16 minute walk from Columbus Plaza or an 11 minute ride on the 29 bus from Grand Plaza.

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Courtesy of Cinema Treasure

Named after the famous Chicago film critic Gene Siskel, stop by the Gene Siskel Film Center. Run by the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Gene Siskel features world cinema in a non-commercialized setting, featuring carefully curated films. The theater aims to enhance education and film studies, and hosts over 1,500 screenings and 100 filmmaker appearances. Check regularly for their variety of runs and limited screenings, located around State St. from Marquee at Block 37 or a 4 minute walk from 73 East Lake!

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Enjoy a drink with your movie at the AMC River East 21! The theater features not only a variety of currents hits, 3D filming and comfortable seating, but it also includes the MacGuffins Bar for drinks and cocktails with your show. Find current internationally acclaimed films as well, only a 9 minute walk from Columbus Plaza.

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Visit a suburban landmark! Open since the 1920s, the Glen Art Theatre still features the old-school touches such as a blinking marquee sign and vintage interior. Catch both popular blockbusters and independent films, along with special children’s movie matinees on weekdays. The theater also features a $5 before 5 p.m. special and a $1 matinee, only an 8 minute ride from Wheaton 121 or Courthouse Square Apartments.

Best Local: Holiday Shopping

Visit any of these small-business friendly locations in Chicago for holiday shopping!

It’s the holiday season, which means holiday shopping. If you’re rushing to find the perfect present, Chicago is home to retail stores galore including hometown gems from Merchandise Mart to Jewelers Row. Stop by these Chicago locations for unique gifts!

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Shop through an array of small businesses and local vendors at the Randolph Street Market Festival! The holiday sale features over 125 vendors selling gifts such as jewelry, houseware, cooking goods and art pieces. Get your gifts wrapped for free, too! Only a 10 minute walk from State & Chestnut.

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Visit After-Words Bookstore, one of the few independent bookstores still located in the downtown center of Chicago. The two-floor warehouse holds over 70,000 new and used volumes. Their selection includes fiction, poetry, art and photography, cookbooks, local books, history books and much more. If you can’t find the book your looking for, After-Words can also special order books if a specific copy is unavailable. Stop by for readings and book signings, too, only a 3 minute walk down State St. from Grand Plaza, or a 5 minute walk from AMLI River North.

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Wabash Jewelers Mall Open since 1921, the mall is holds the largest collection of jewelry in the Midwest with over 180 fine jewelers in the one location. Secondhand or custom-made, watches or rings, the mall ranges in vendors and sales. A 5 minute walk from Marquee at Block 37, or a 7 minute walk from 73 East Lake.

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Dress up for the holidays! Open since 1959, Dean’s Clothing originally started as a children’s clothing store and is now grown up, featuring classic staples for men and women. For men, choose from a selection of custom suits and evening dresses for women. Dean’s also offers free gift wrapping. Only a 9 minute drive from Iroquois Club, or an 11 minute drive from Lincoln at the Parks.

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!

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