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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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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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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.

Best Local: Art Galleries

Enjoy art with these Chicago and suburban galleries!

Chicago is home to a variety of art galleries, from contemporary to classics! Paintings, sculptures, live art and more, view art in its various forms at any of these Chicago and suburban locations!

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Kick off the fall art season by spending the weekend at EXPO Chicago! Hosting its fifth year at Navy Pier, EXPO features artwork from over 140 galleries around the world. EXPO includes special exhibitions, panel discussions, and new media works in film and video. EXPO Chicago runs Sept. 22-Sept. 25 and is only a 13 minute ride on the 124 bus from 73 East Lake!

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Support local schools and students by visiting the School of the Art Institute’s Sullivan Galleries! Sullivan Galleries celebrates emerging artists and features projects led by faculty or student curators, using the exhibition process as a mode of research. Current exhibits being shown are faculty projects, “Micromodern Memories in Tokyo and Chicago”, “Helio Labs”, and “Painting in Time: Part Two”. Only a 10 minute walk from 215 West Apartments or a 9 minute walk from 73 East Lake.

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Visit a gallery the whole family with love, the Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery. Come walk through the imaginative mind of Dr. Seuss and view rare work of the illustrator’s Art of Dr. Seuss collection. Their exhibits features large-scale bronze sculptures, a “Hats-Off to Dr. Seuss” collection, and retrospective exhibit of the writer’s 70 years of creativity. Some art is also for sale and only a 7 minute walk from The Bernardin or The Chicagoan.

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You don’t have to be in the city to see great art! Water Street Studios is an art gallery that also features a school of art, maker-space, and individual artists studios. Upcoming events include a “Rural Studies” gallery along with monthly the studios’s monthly Waterline Writers club. Only a 13 minute drive from AMLI St. Charles!

Best Local: Fall Activities

Make the most of fall with these fall-themed Chicago and suburban activities!

Winds are changing, days are getting shorter, and leaves are changing. Fall is bringing its beauty to Chicago! Enjoy the season to the fullest with these autumn activities throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

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Enjoy beautiful fall foliage at parks around the city, like the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool! Tucked away in its own corner, open the industrial, prairie-style doors off of bustling Fullerton Avenue and be instantly transported to a secret garden oasis. The lily pool features a stone walkway surrounding the pond with native plants, shaded pavilion and council ring. Take a stroll in the fall and enjoy stunning fall colors hidden in the city! Only a 5 minute walk from The Belden Stratford.

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Skip the pumpkin spice lattes and try some local, fall-inspired coffee concoctions! The Beatrix is a restaurant and cafe that features not only delicious food but high-quality coffee paired with fresh baked goods. Try their honey & cinnamon latte, mexican iced coffee, or white lightening latte for a seasonal twist. Only a 2 minute walk from AMLI River North or a 4 minute walk from the Grand Plaza.

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Visit the Daley Plaza Farmer’s Market before it’s out of season! The longest running farmers market in Chicago, is open on Thursdays until the last weekend in October and features in-season produce along with special baked goods. Stop by for a fresh lunch in between work or grab food for the week! Only a 2 minute walk from Marquee at 37 Block, 6 minute walk from 215 West Apartments, or a 7 minute walk from 73 East Lake.

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Family run since 1948, Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm and Garden Center is the perfect place to spend a family-fun fall weekend! September kicks off the farm’s Fall Festival, which features a petting zoo, pig races, corn maze, and their famous pumpkin eating dinosaur. Choose from a variety of pumpkins and make sure to grab some homemade apple pie, or apple cider donuts, to go! Only a 15 minute drive from Park Meadows or a 16 minute drive from One Arlington!

Labor Day 2016

Enjoy Labor Day with any of these Chicago and suburban events!

Labor Day is less than a week away; start planning for your long weekend now! Chicago offers a variety of weekend-long events to help you end summer on a high note. Check out any of these Chicago and suburban activities to make your Labor Day less work and more play!

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A Chicago Labor Day staple since 1979, check out the Chicago Jazz Festival! Running Sept. 1 through Sept. 4, the Jazz Festival features both local and internationally-acclaimed jazz performances. Check out The Bad Plus, Soul Migration, and don’t miss Candido Camero’s 95th Birthday Celebration Sunday night! Free admission and only a 5 minute walk from 73 East Lake.  

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Spend your Labor Day with good food! The Great American Lobster Fest at Navy Pier is the Midwest’s Largest Lobster and Seafood Festival. From Sept. 2 through Sept. 3 enjoy lobster-themed meals, live music, and family-friendly games. Stay and end the evening with end of the season fireworks off Navy Pier! Only a 10 minute ride on the 29 bus line from Grand Plaza or a 12 minute ride from Columbus Plaza!

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Swing, waltz, and cha-cha all weekend at the Chicago SummerDance Festival! Try different dance lessons and then put your moves to the test with live music from over 40 bands. Located in the beautiful, 100% recyclable dance hall of the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park. Free to the public, only an 8 minute walk from Columbus Plaza or a 9 minute walk from 73 East Lake.

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Cruise into fall in style and visit the Downer’s Grove Summer Nights Classic Car Show! The Labor Day weekend feature car is pony cars such as mustangs, camaros, and javlins. Live entertainment includes a rock ‘n’ roll throwback band playing hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Free and only a 9 minute drive from APEX41!

National Dog Day

Spend a day with man’s best friend at any of these Chicago and suburban dog-friendly locations!

Friday, August 26 is National Dog Day! Pamper your pooch with a trip to any of these tail-wagging Chicago and suburban locations!

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Take your furry friend on a date to Grant Bark Park! Located in southern Grant Park, the neighborhood dog park is over 18,000 sq. feet in size. It features doggie drinking fountains, a tree-lined gravel path. The park is also located by tennis courts and open fields with plenty of room for some games of fetch! Only a 15 minute walk from AMLI 900.

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Visit the Mary Bartleme Dog Park, where history combines with modernity! Built on the foundation of an old infirmary, the park features not only a sunken dog park but a fountain plaza, open lawn area and viewing hill of the park and Chicago skyline. A park for the whole family, and only a 5 minute walk from Arkadia Apartments, 9 minute walk from Presidential Towers, or a 12 minute walk from Catalyst Apartments!

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Give your pet the life of luxury with gifts from Tails in the City. It’s not your typical pet store; it’s a “fashion destination for your dog.” The boutique includes a selection of designer dog beds, collars, and only the most fashion-forward in doggie streetwear and accessories. Tails in the City will have your companion strutting in style, only a 2 minute walk from State & Chestnut or a 5 minute walk from The Chicagoan!

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Feed your dog the best with food from Kriser’s Natural Pet! Kriser’s specializes in naturally-made food, treats, and supplies with products free of wheat, soy, corn, or other by-products. Try their personalized grooming treatment, featuring blueberry facials, teeth brushings, specialized grooming, and nail trims. Only a 9 minute walk from AMLI 900!

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Give them a coat that shines with a grooming session at Gail’s Groomerie! With over 20 years of experience, Gail’s prides itself on making you and your pet comfortable with kind staff and grooming tailored to your dog’s specific needs. Their services include haircuts, brushes, baths, and blowouts. Only a 12 minute drive from Iroquois Club or a 14 minute drive from Lincoln at the Parks!

Best Local: Thrift Stores

Skip the trash and find the treasures at these Chicago and suburban thrift stores!

Get ready to pop some tags because Wednesday, August 17th is National Thrift Shop Day! From apparel to home goods and unique knick knacks, find some steals at these Chicago and suburban locations!

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Take a twist on your weekend garage sale hunt and try Luxury Garage Sale! Shop designer brands at discounted prices or check out their collection of vintage apparel. They also feature an array of shoes, bags, and accessories. Only a 10 minute ride on the 36 bus from State & Chestnut.

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Courtesy of Mercy Beaucoup!

Shop for steals while supporting a good cause! Mercy Beaucoup! is a designer resale shop in partnership with the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. The Mercy Home helps youth in the area avoid neglect, abuse, and poverty. The shop features designer apparel, home goods, accessories and more! Only a 9 minute ride on the 36 bus from State & Chestnut, or a 12 minute ride from The Chicagoan.

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You name it, New Elephant Resale has it! This non-profit resale shop is perfect for bargain hunters and DIY experts, featuring furniture, home goods, apparel, and antiques. All proceeds benefit local charities, only a 12 minute walk from The Belden Stratford!  

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Check out the amazing collection of quality vintage clothing at Classy Closet Consignment! The resale store features name-brand apparel for both men and women, along with shoes, purses and accessories. Classy Closet is the perfect stop for business apparel or for something fun for a night out, and only a 4 minute walk from AMLI Evanston!

Best Local: Kid’s Activities

Take the kids out to any of these family-friendly Chicago and suburban activities!

Thursday, August 11th is National Son’s and Daughter’s Day! Celebrate with some family time spent exploring the city with fun events for both kids and adults. Try these Chicago and suburban activities!

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Do some sightseeing at over 1,000 feet in the air! Skydeck Chicago is located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower and is a 4 foot ledge offering a bird’s eye view of the city and a view spanning four states. Before stepping out on the deck stop by the interactive Wrigley Field display, which starts kids on the pitcher’s mound and then offers a view of the field from 103 floors in the air. Only an 8 minute walk from 215 West Apartments.

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Visit the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier! The museum features three stories of activities including the Dinosaur Expedition, the Kraft Artabounds Studio, Kids Town and Skyline, an exhibit featuring the engineering behind Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers. The museum is not only educational but entertaining, check out any of their special daily shows! Only a 14 minute ride on the 65 bus line from AMLI River North, or a 14 minute ride on the 29 bus line from Columbus Plaza.

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Spend the day playing at the Maggie Daley Park. The park features a play garden, picnic groves, fieldhouse and mini golf course. Try out the climbing wall, open for a limited time! Only an 8 minute walk from Columbus Plaza, or a 9 minute walk from 73 East Lake.

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Learn about indigenous Illinois wildlife at Cosley Zoo! Explore and learn about surrounding wildlife in their natural habitat, featuring wildlife like red foxes, white-tail deer, bobcats and coyotes. The zoo also features interactive exhibits that help promote animal education and wildlife conservation. Only a 5 minute drive from Wheaton 121.

Best Local: Comedy Clubs

Have a laugh at any of these Chicago and suburban comedy clubs!

Ranked as one of the best comedy cities in the U.S., Chicago has an extensive comedy history that keeps expanding.  From improvisation to stand-up, spend a night at any of these Chicago and suburban comedy clubs.

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Visit the comedy club that put Chicago on the map and has been providing elite comedy for over 50 years, Second City! Started in Chicago in 1959, the club has featured comedy celebrities such as Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Joan Rivers and the Belushi brothers. The venue includes special Chicago-themed shows, stand-up, improv and classes. Only a 14 minute ride on the 36 bus line from State & Chestnut, or a 16 minute ride on the 22 bus line from The Bernardin.

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Watch the act unfold with improvisation shows at iO Theatre.  Formerly known as ImprovOlympic, iO was founded in 1981 and is known for its premiere long-form improv shows and top-rated comedy classes. Only a 12 minute red line ride from State & Chestnut.  

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Grab a pizza and enjoy a show at The Comedy Bar in River North! One of Chicago’s only downtown comedy venues, The Comedy Bar is located on the third floor of Gino’s East River North. The lineup includes new stand-up comedians weekly along with a variety of comedy shows. Only a 4 minute walk from AMLI River North!

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Chicago comedy has even found its way to the western suburbs with Chicago-based comedy club Zanie’s in St. Charles! Hosting shows at Pheasant Run Resort, the venue offers dinner & show packages along with big name comedians. The venue also offers comedy classes for interested comedians! Only a 5 minute drive from AMLI St. Charles.

Best Local: Chicken Wings

Celebrate National Chicken Wing Day with a basket from any of these Chicago and suburban locations!

Friday, July 29 is National Chicken Wing Day! Get your hands saucy and stop at any of these Chicago and suburban locations for some chicken dinner.

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Stop by any of the infamous Harold’s Chicken Shack! What started as a shack on the south side of the city in 1950 has now turned into a the Chicago king of chicken. Harold’s offers a variety of chicken meal options including wing buckets, chicken dinners with your choice of dark or light meat, and baskets of gizzards and giblets. Each chicken dinner includes butter bread, coleslaw and fries. The west loop location is only around the corner from 215 West Apartments or an 8 minute walk from Marquee at Block 37.

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What pairs better with wings than sports? The official Blackhawk’s , grab a basket of wings and catch the game at Jake Melnik’s Corner Tap. Jake’s wings include traditional buffalo, pb & j, firecracker, and super hot. Try their XXX hot wings, made with habanero ghost peppers and scorpion peppers, the world’s hottest pepper! Only a 7 minute walk from Grand Plaza

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Build your own wing platter at Output Lounge! First choose regular, boneless, grilled, or chipotle wings, then pick from any of their sauces, including lemon pepper, hot chipotle ranch, sweet & spicy or their signature hot high Output wings. The restaurant also features an extensive burger menu; pair wings or a burger with their Output fries, fresh cut fries battered in your choice of dressing. Only a 15 minute bus ride on the 65 line from Catalyst Apartments!

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For great wings head north of the city to Buffalo Joe’s in Evanston! Buffalo Joe’s secret homemade sauce is a North Side favorite, with simple flavors like mild spicy, bqq, or suicide for the adventurous. Only a 7 minute drive from AMLI Evanston.

Best Local: Smoothie Shops and Juice Bars

Enjoy fresh fruit smoothies and juices at these Chicago and suburban locations!

Want a treat to beat the heat without compromising a summer diet, or flavor? Try healthy and delicious smoothies and fresh squeezed juices! Pick up a cool drink from any of these Chicago and suburban locations.

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Enjoy premium taste from nutrient-dense ingredients at Hi-Vibe Superfood Juicery. The menu features cold pressed juice, shakes, cleanses, and smoothies that change to incorporate the freshest seasonal fruits. For a sweet summer juice try French Kiss, made with watermelon, mint and Hawaiian turmeric, or sip on a Green Envy, featuring pineapple, kale, lemon and Hawaiian turmeric. Only a 3 minute walk from AMLI River North or a 10 minute walk from 215 West Apartments.

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Return to nature’s roots and detoxify with Harvest Juicery. Choose a greens, fruit, or root based juice with flavors such as Sweet Green, Melon Juice, or Gazpacho Juice. Try any of their homemade nut milks as well. Only a 12 minute walk from Catalyst Apartments, or have a juice crate delivered to the office with Harvest’s delivery service!

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Sip on a natural boots of energy with juices from Fruve Xpress Juicery. Fruve’s organic juices include flavors like Heart Beet, CocoKale, and Apple Pie prepackaged for a grab ‘n’ go meal, or workout juices such as Before Gym and Power House made to order. The store also features trendy acai bowls topped with fresh fruit, nuts, granola and natural sweeteners. Natural colors so vibrant its almost too pretty to eat, or drink! Only a 10 minute walk from AMLI 900.

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Let “food be your medicine and medicine by your food” at Green Healthy Café. The local café features a menu of natural, homemade dishes that focus on ingredients rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids. The menu features not only a variety of green smoothies, but also an extensive breakfast menu featuring oatmeal, egg wraps and energy wraps for a quick, healthy start to the day. Only an 8 minute drive from The Iroquois Club.

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