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Mother’s Day 2016

Celebrate Mother’s Day with these Chicago and suburban activities!

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8th! Thank mom for everything she’s done by treating her to any of these Chicago and suburban activities!

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Take her out for a nice brunch! The Bohemian House is offering a Mother’s Day special brunch menu featuring a first course, appetizer and dessert along with mimosas. Choices include Bavarian pancakes, grilled asparagus toast, smoked trout scramble and strawberry kolacky. Only a 2 minute walk from Grand Plaza, 3 minute walk from AMLI River North or a 6 minute walk from 400 N. LaSalle!

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Have a laugh at the 19th Annual Chicago Improv Festival, running May 1st through May 8th. With over 200 shows throughout the week, including workshops, there is sure to be lots of laughs. Get your tickets soon, only a 15 minute ride on the 22 bus from The Belden Stratford!

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Relax with a spa day! Visit Renew Spa and treat mom, and even yourself, to massage therapy, skin renewal soaks, and manicures & pedicures. Spa packages include the sublime escape, a six hour five senses tropical escape. Only a 7 minute walk from The Chicagoan or State & Chestnut, and an 8 minute walk from The Bernardin.

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Enjoy an afternoon buffet at Sam & Harry’s Steak House in Schaumburg. The all you can eat menu includes a carving station with porchetta and prime rib, fresh pastries, an omelet station, and a mini dessert table. The buffet also includes a complementary mimosa. Only a 7 minute drive from Park Meadows.

 

Best Local: Record Stores

Browse any of these Chicago and suburban locations for some great music finds!

Music lovers rejoice! Chicago is home to an array of great record stores, with selections ranging from today’s hits to the classics. Stop by any of these Chicago and suburban stores to keep your vinyl collection growing!

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Stop by a Chicago favorite, Reckless Records! Since opening in 1989, the record haven has expanded to three locations throughout Chicago, selling a variety of records, CDs, DVDs, and video games. The store also offers a small description, along with a store member’s grade, on each record. Sell your old records and get some new all at the same location! The East Madison location is only a 7 minute walk from 73 East Lake or a 10 minute walk from 215 West Apartments!

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It’s all vinyl, all the time at Dave’s Records! Totally devoted to vinyl, Dave’s contains records of all speeds, formats, and style. If it’s on vinyl, it’s at Dave’s! With over 25 years of experience and over 40,000 titles stocked, Dave’s is a record junkie’s haven. Only a 15 minute walk from The Belden Stratford!

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Courtesy of reggieslive.com

Like that old time rock ‘n’ roll? Visit Record Breakers, located above Reggie’s Rock Club! The store carries an array of rock options such as classic rock, hardcore, ska, and punk. Only a 7 minute walk from Vue20!

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Enjoy good music, even in the suburbs, and visit Kiss the Sky! A music store and laidback music venue, Kiss the Sky offers the feeling of a “listening room” to get up close with the music. Visit one of their Saturday Morning Café sessions, live music every Saturday morning. Afterwards stay and browse their selection of vinyl and CDs. Only a 12 minute drive from AMLI at St. Charles!

Earth Day 2016

Celebrate Earth Day with these Chicago and suburban events

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April 22nd is Earth Day! Give back and get back to nature with these Chicago and suburban activities.

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Couresy of adlerplanetarium,org

Visit Earthfest at the Adler Planetarium!  Celebrate the planet we call home with various Earth-themed events all weekend long. The program includes a Sensing Earth sensory station, an Astronomy poetry slam and a telescope observation. Fun for all ages and free with admission. Only a 16 minute ride on the 3 bus line from Vue20!

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Help clean up Chicago parks! Help with planting, mulching, picking trash and restoring trails. Volunteer at the North Pond location! Only an 8 minute walk from the Belden Stratford.

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Join the Chicago Botanic Gardens for an Earth Day Walk! Take a walk through McDonald Woods and learn about a variety of wildflowers and forest restoration. Free to the public! Only a 4 minute drive from NorthShore 770.

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Celebrate with a party! Attend Cosley Zoo’s Party for the Planet and learn how you can help the environment. Walk the zoo and stop by environmentally-friendly businesses and organizations to learn how to make a difference in your community. The event will also feature performances by Dave Orleans and The Earthsinger.  Only a five minute drive from Wheaton 121!

National Poetry Month

Celebrate National Poetry Month with these Chicago and suburban activities

April is National Poetry Month! From haikus to sonnets, celebrate literature with these Chicago and suburban activities.

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What better place to celebrate poetry than at the Poetry Foundation! The Poetry Foundation location includes featured exhibits, galleries and upcoming events all centered around poetry. The museum is also home to an extensive poetry library, where visitors are allowed to sit and peruse the various books. The museum’s current exhibit is Memory, an audio-visual installation featuring over 1,000 photographs accompanied by narration. Only a 7 minute walk from AMLI River North or Grand Plaza!

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Courtesy of Chicago Architecture

Attend Poetry Fest at the Harold Washington Library! The library will be hosting its 17th annual Poetry Fest on Saturday, April 30 and is open to the public. The event includes writing workshops, readings, open mics, and the 12th annual Hauki Fest Award Ceremony. Fun for all ages and only a 16 minute walk from 215 West Apartments.

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Courtesy of after-wordschicago.com

Pick up your own copy of some poetry at After-Words Bookstore.  The two floor bookstore is home to over 70,000 volumes, including an extensive poetry selection. The space also holds book signings, reading and lectures. Only a 3 minute walk from Grand Plaza, 5 minute walk from AMLI River North or an 8 minute walk from 400 N. LaSalle.

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Listen to spoken word at Kafein Coffee! The hip coffee shop holds an open mic every Monday night at 7 p.m. This open time features various performances ranging from poetry to stand up and musical performances. Grab a coffee and enjoy some performances! Only a 5 minute drive from AMLI Evanston.

Best Local: Deep Dish Pizza

Grab a pizza pie from any of these Chicago and suburban locations

Celebrate National Deep Dish Pizza Day in its birthplace! Also known as Chicago-style pizza, these pies are a bit backwards, known for their thick crust stuffed with layers of gooey cheese and topped with tomato sauce. Grab a slice, or two, from any of these famous Chicago and suburban restaurants!

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Visit the place that started it all! In 1943 chef Ike Sewell created the first deep dish pizza and opened Uno Pizzeria in River North. The signature, original recipe includes fresh Italian spices, chunky tomatoes and mounds of cheese baked for an hour. Today, styles include Chicago classic, farmer’s market and spinoccoli. Only a 2 minute walk from Grand Plaza, a 6 minute walk from 400 N. LaSalle or a 7 minute walk from AMLI River North.

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Opened by Rudy Malnati Jr. in 1991, Pizano’s Pizza makes gourmet deep dish pizza with high quality ingredients. Styles include the Rudy’s Special with green peppers, onions, sausage and mushroom, or the carb-free pizza with handmade sausage crust. Only a 6 minute walk from 73 East Lake!

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Courtesy of tasteofchicago.com

Lou Malnati’s makes deep dish pizza a family affair. Taking a note from his father, the favorite Chicago chain was started by Lou Malnati and keeps the tradition of delicious, gourmet pizza alive. Try the signature “Lou” style, topped with spinach and mushrooms, 3 different types of cheeses and garlic butter crust. One location only a 4 minute walk from State & Chestnut location, or another only an 11 minute walk from 215 West Apartments.

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Courtesy of recipefrenzie.com

Get the whole Italian experience at Gulliver’s Pizza and Pub! Sit down to a custom stuffed pizza, complete with homemade sauce, surrounded by antiques, eclectic lamps and old paintings in the restaurant’s various dining rooms. Stay for dessert and try the Gulliver’s pan pizza dessert, a chocolate chip cookie sundae baked deep dish pizza-style and topped with sweet vanilla ice cream and fluffy whip cream. Only a 6 minute drive from AMLI Evanston.

Best Local: Parks

Enjoy some time outdoors at these Chicago and suburban locations!

Spring has arrived! Enjoy the blooming flowers, wildlife and warm weather with a walk in the park for National Take a Walk in the Park Day on Wednesday, March 30th. Get some fresh air and visit any of these beautiful Chicago and suburban locations!

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Stroll through Chicago’s “front yard,” Grant Park! Located in the Loop, the park features Buckingham Fountain, Millennium Park and Museum Campus. The park is home to miles of lakeside greenery, gardens, tennis courts and baseball diamonds. The area also features some of Chicago’s biggest events, including Lollapalooza, Taste of Chicago and the start and finish of the Chicago Marathon. Only a 17 minute walk from Columbus Plaza.

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Courtesy of quirkytravelguy.com

For another good park just follow the yellow brick road and visit Oz Park! The park’s unique name and design is to honor Chicago resident Lyman Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz. The park includes sculptures of all the famous characters, including the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Dorothy & Toto. The park also features a beautiful Emerald Garden and friendly Dorothy’s Playground, along with baseball diamonds and soccer fields. Only a 14 minute walk from The Belden Stratford!

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Courtesy of chicagoarchitecture.org

Try an urban park! The newly designed Lake Shore East Park is over4.5 acres of outdoor space featuring a toddler playground, water playground, dog park and gardens.  Walking paths also line the perimeter of the park and open playing field. Only a 10 minute walk from 73 East Lake!

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Courtesy of epd.org

The activities are endless at Wilder Park! Located in the center of Elmhurst,  the Wilder Park is home to the Elmhurst Art Museum, the Lizzardo Museum, the Wilder Mansion and the Wilder Park Conservatory. A major renovation in 2011 now features a new kid’s playground, tennis courts and horseshoe pits. Only a 9 minute drive from Elm Creek Apartments!

National Women’s History Month

Celebrate National Women’s History Month with these Chicago and suburban activities!

March is National Women’s History Month! Commemorate women’s accomplishments and celebrate girl power with these Chicago and suburban events.

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Experience Chicago through a different lens with the Vivian Maier’s Chicago exhibit at the Chicago History Museum. Maier was a full-time nanny in North Shore since 1956, but her true passion was photography. Maier photographed everyday Chicago life throughout the 60s and 70s, including various neighborhoods, faces and everyday moments. The exhibit highlights these undiscovered photographs with over 15,000 negatives and 30 home movies. Only a 15 minute walk from the Belden Stratford!

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Honor the legacy of the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize and visit the Jane Addams Hull House Museum. Jane Addams is remembered for her social reform work, specifically with the impoverished immigrant communities, which she housed at the Hull House. Visitors can learn about Addam’s life and career as they tour the historic house. Only a 12 minute walk from Arkadia Towers!

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Take a stroll through the Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens! The park, open since 2000, is located between the Widow Clarke House and the Glessner House. The park includes an indoor playground, café, two clubhouses and a statue commemorating Jane Addams amongst a beautiful garden. Only a 4 minute walk from the Vue20 location!

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Courtesy of franceswillardhouse.com

Learn some history of the first-wave feminist movement at the Frances Willard House in Evanston. Frances Willard was a social progressive who fought against gender inequality and founded the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in 1874, which is still active today. Deemed a National Historic Landmark, the Willard House was both home to Willard and the headquarters of the WTCU. The museum still contains original furniture, books and family photographs and is only a 5 minute drive from AMLI Evanston!

 

St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these Chicago and suburban locations!

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The river is green, the parade has past and the city is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago with a week of festivities and food! Here are the best places in Chicago and the suburbs to grab some traditional Irish cuisine – and even a green beer or two!

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Celebrate at Chicago’s authentic Irish pub, Fadó Irish Pub! Founded in 1997, Fadó is Chicago’s top soccer bar and features authentic Irish design, including a century-old bar from Purty Kitchen in Dublin, one of the city’s oldest pubs. The pub rotates an extensive drink menu to ensure the finest quality whiskey, bourbon and beer for guests. The food menu also includes traditional Irish grub such as shepherd’s pie, corned beef & cabbage, fish & chips, and lamb dip. Doors open at 9 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day and live music begins at 3 p.m.! Only a 3 minute walk from AMLI River North or Grand Plaza!

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Courtesy of irishcentral.com

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just one day, it’s the whole week! Keep the party going at Howells and Hood with free Guiness Glass Engraving on Monday, March 14, Pour your own Pint on Wednesday, March 16, and on St. Patrick’s Day enjoy food specials such as a traditional Irish breakfast, colcannon and corned beef & cabbage. Only an 8 minute walk from 73 East Lake or Columbus Plaza.

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Courtesy of abc7chicago.com

Don’t skip dessert! Keep the Irish theme going with special St. Patrick’s Day options from Delightful Pastries. Choose from traditional soda bread, spinach lamb pies and shamrock cookies, or try a drunken donut made with Jameson whiskey and chocolate custard filling! Only a 4 minute walk from Presidential Towers or a 9 minute walk from 215 West Apartments!

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Courtesy of stpatricksday.com

Chicago isn’t the only place for a fun St. Patrick’s Day party! Venture to Durty Nellie’s in Arlington Heights for an all-day party, free of cover charge! Enjoy live music all day long, ranging from bagpipes to Irish folk and Celtic sounds. The St. Patrick’s Day menu features Irish stew, a pot o’ gold burger, corned beef sandwich and Irish bread pudding. Only a 9 minute drive from One Arlington Luxury Apartments!

Best Local: Pancakes

Celebrate the most important meal of the day with pancakes from these Chicago and suburban locations

Wednesday, March 8th is National Pancake Day! From buttermilk to chocolate chip, fluffy or thin, these Chicago and suburban locations will have you flipping over these flapjacks!

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Courtesy of foodspotting.com

Enjoy fancily flavored pancakes at Wildberry Pancakes & Café! Specializing in pancakes, the restaurant’s unique flavors include tiramisu, oreo s’more, fig & walnut and the house signature berry bliss cakes. Only a 4 minute walk from 73 East Lake!

Sunday morning brunch can include both comfortable dining and contemporary cuisine at Elly’s Pancake House on North Avenue! Sample their signature oven-baked pancakes, baked with juicy fruit such as apples or lemon and dusted with powder sugar. Try old-fashioned pancakes with a twist such as walnut & raisin, cinnamon apple or thick potato pancakes. Only a 10 minute ride on the 36 bus from the State & Chestnut location.

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Courtesy of Chicago.seriouseats.com

Meli’s Café is as sweet as honey, literally! Named after the Greek word for honey, the café features quality ingredients, a warm setting and delicious fare. Try their delectable pancakes such as the custard and bread infused bread pudding pancakes, or the granola pancakes topped with the specialty honey. All pancakes served with dark amber maple syrup! Only a 6 minute walk from AMLI River North or a 7 minute walk from Grand Plaza!

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Try the Bongo Room, a Chicago classic for over 20 years! With the motto of serving fresh, seasonal breakfast and brunch food in a unique way, it’s no wonder the restaurant has become so popular! The breakfast menu includes sweet options like pumpkin spice pancakes, caramelized apple hotcakes and cranberry & orange pancakes. Specialties also include the favorite white chocolate & caramel pancakes topped with crunchy pretzels and melted chocolate. Only a 9 minute walk from the AMLI 900 location.

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Courtesy of emilybites.com

Visit the local Chicagoland chain Butterfield’s Pancake House! Based in Chicago with over 7 Chicagoland locations,  Butterfield’s believes breakfast is an all day affair! Pancake specials include Swedish pancakes with lingonberry sauce or their famous blueberry pancakes. They also include healthy options such as multigrain or gluten-free! The Naperville location is only a 13 minute walk from the Iroquis Club.

Best Local: Peanut Butter Eats

Journey to peanut butter paradise with these Chicago and suburban locations!

Peanut butter lovers rejoice: Chicago’s gone nuts! Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day with some savory sweets. Whether you like it creamy or crunchy, with our without jelly, these Chicago and suburban locations are sure to satisfy any peanut butter craving!

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Enjoy a classic with a twist and try a peanut butter and jelly from The Overflow Coffee Bar! The coffee shop is based on fair-trade, environmentally friendly products that are not only healthy and delicious, but promote small farmers. Try the State and 16th sandwich with peanut butter, banana and honey on a buttery croissant, or a hearty bowl of oatmeal topped with a dollop of PB. Only a 9 minute walk from the Vue20 location!

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Courtesy of Chicago.cbslocal.com

Satisfy your breakfast sweet tooth with a peanut butter flavored donut from Firecakes! Try a peanut butter cup or the seasonal specialty peanut butter and jelly flavor. Located across the street from AMLI River North or a block away from 400 N. LaSalle!

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Courtesy of recipes.ilovepeanutbutter.com

Try it the King’s way at The Bad Apple! The Elvis’s Last Supper burger features a juicy burger topped with crispy bacon and gooey house-made peanut butter. An odd combination but a customer favorite! Only a 10 minute drive from The Belden Stratford.

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Courtesy of yelp.com

Enjoy it creamy with gourmet, handmade ice cream from Kimmer’s! Kimmer’s features original gourmet flavors along with classic favorites churned fresh daily. Peanut butter specials include chocolate peanut butter cup, peanut butter chocolate truffle and the gourmet parent trap, featuring vanilla ice cream with peanut butter ribbons and Oreos. Have it as a sundae, shake, or simply a scoop! Only a 6 minute drive from AMLI at St. Charles.

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