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Memorial Day 2016

Spend your Memorial Day weekend at any of these Chicago and suburban activities!

Monday, May 30 is Memorial Day! Spend the long weekend at any of these Chicago and suburban activities!

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Attend the Memorial Day Parade! Starting in 1870, the parade honors those that sacrificed their lives for their country. The event begins with a wreath-layering ceremony at Daley Plaza and moves down State Street from Lake to Van Buren. 73 East Lake is only a 3 minute walk from the parade’s starting point!

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Enjoy some live music at the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival! The 32nd annual festival runs Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and features live music, food, and arts & crafts. The event is free to the public, only an 11 minute ride on the 22 bus from The Belden Stratford!

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Lace up those sneakers and sign up for the Soldier Field 10 Mile Race. The 10 mile course runs along Lake Shore Drive and finishes at the 50-yard line on Soldier Field with a post-race party. The race also supports SALUTE, INC, an organization dedicated to offering financial assistance to post 9/11 veterans. Only a 15 minute walk from Vue20 location!

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Spend Memorial Day weekend at the 29th annual Prairie Arts Festival! The two-day outdoor festival is features over 120 artists, three stages of entertainment, a food truck court and plenty of children’s activities. Only a 4 minute drive from Park Meadows.

Best Local: Barbecue

Enjoy delicious barbecue from any of these Chicago and suburban locations!

Don’t grill out; go out for National Barbecue Month! Enjoy delicious barbeque without the hours of prep and hassle at these Chicago and suburban locations.

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Try Chicago q! Chicago q uses high-quality meats seasoned in their house-made rubs in a southern, Savannah style dining room. The “BBq” menu includes brisket meatballs, whole pork shoulder and St. Louis ribs accompanied by homemade sauces such as North Carolina vinegar and South Carolina mustard sauce. Only a 9 minute walk from State & Chestnut or a 12 minute walk from The Bernardin.

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Good barbecue takes time! Blackwood BBQ cooks their brisket for fifteen hours over hickory and apple wood smoke logs, coated in handmade spice rubs. First choose your meat as a salad, sandwich or platter, then choose from regional sauces such as Chicago style, Memphis style or Alabama style. The Lake Street location is only a 5 minute walk from 215 West Apartments or an 11 minute walk from 73 East Lake.

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Try a creative twist on barbeque and take the American classic overseas! The Union Sushi and Barbeque Bar includes Japanese dining with a western twist. The barbecue grill includes exotic options such as escolar, alligator rib and kangaroo, along with staples such as lamp chops and pork shoulder. On the opposite side the sushi bar includes truffled tuna, seared waygu beef, and their famous black rice sushi rolls. Only a 9 minute walk from 400 N. LaSalle or an 11 minute walk from AMLI River North!

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If you’re  more traditional, TK’s Smoke Pit prides itself on no-nonsense bar-b-que. Their main platters include Texas  hot links,  chopped brisket and their special burnt eye smokey joe. Order your meat by the pound or try appetizer-style “tastes” of different barbecue options. Only a 7 minute drive from ALOFT at The Glen Town Center!

National Bike Month

Celebrate National Bike Month with these Chicago and suburban locations

Enjoy the beautiful May weather by taking a nice bike ride around the city! May is National Bike Month, so put the pedal to the metal and check out these Chicago and suburban bike locations!

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Before you ride make sure to grab the gear! Cycle Bike Shop, also known at Recycle Cycle, had a wide selection of used bikes, along with new models, biking apparel, rentals, and parts. They also do repairs and are conveniently open all week. Only an 8 minute walk from Vue20!

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What better way to enjoy a bike ride than riding along Lake Michigan with a view of the Chicago skyline! The Lakefront Trail stretches 18 miles from 71st Street up north to Ardmore Street. Enjoy sceneries ranging from boat harbors and boardwalks to parks and gardens.  Access to the trail is only a 5 minute walk from The Belden Stratford, a 13 minute walk from Columbus Plaza or a 6 minute ride through Maggie Daley park from 73 East Lake!

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Become a member of the Chicago Cycling Club! The club is dedicated to promoting safe and social cycling exploring the city. Events include weekly training, weekend rides, training rides, and races. Open to beginners and experts alike, join them for the Chicago Ride of Silence at Daley Plaza Eternal Flame, only a 6 minute walk from 215 West Apartments!

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Take a ride through beautiful prairie fields, canopied forests, and cornfields. The Great Western Trail is 14 miles of abandoned railway that runs from St. Charles to the DeKalb County line. Enjoy a peaceful view of nature while getting in a workout! Only a 7 minute drive from AMLI at St. Charles!

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!

Records

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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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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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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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!

 

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