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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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Courtesy of chicago.metromox.com

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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Courtesy of outputlounge.com

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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Courtesy of resident.com

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.

Best Local: French Fries

Celebrate National French Fry Day with these Chicago and suburban locations!

Wednesday, July 13 is National French Fry Day! Whether paired with a juicy burger or eaten alone, celebrate at any of these Chicago and suburban locations where fries turn from beloved side into the main course.

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Forget the ketchup, Au Cheval pairs their fries sunny side up! The late night bar and diner features crispy fries with mornay sauce, garlic aoli and topped with a farm fresh fried egg. Wash it down with any of their signature strong drinks for the perfect bar pairing. Only a 5 minute walk from Catalyst Apartments or an 8 minute walk from Arkadia Towers.

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Dusek’s Board and Beer takes the classic ketchup and fries to a new level. Their beef fat frites are paired with homemade harissa ketchup, given a spicy kick with Serrano peppers, garlic, red pepper powder and coriander. Try with the house burger or their sausage sandwich, only a 15 minute ride on the 18 bus from AMLI 900.

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Enjoy French fries European-style at the Chicago French Market located under Ogilvie Transportation Center! Visit the Amsterdam-style Frietkoten fry shack and enjoy traditional Belgian fries with over 20 different sauces, served in a paper cone. Grab some for lunch or pair with their Belgian beers for a relaxing commute. Only a 4 minute walk from Presidential Towers or a 5 minute walk from Catalyst Apartments.

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Courtesy of theodysseyonline.com

Enjoy a local fast-food favorite serving up Chicago-style fair – and fries! Portillo’s originally started as a hot dog stand in Villa Park, IL, by Dick Portillo in 1963 and has now expanded as far as California. Get an order of regular, crispy fries or cheese loaded fries along with Chicago dogs and burgers. The Elmhurst location is only a 7 minute ride from Elm Creek Apartments.

Independence Day 2016

Celebrate the Fourth of July with these Chicago and suburban events!

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Let freedom ring and let the celebrations begin! Spend your Independence Day in the city with fun events from barbecues to firework shows. Try any of these Chicago and suburban events!

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Courtesy of chicagonow.com

Learn the history behind our nation’s independence with a trip to the Chicago History Museum. Celebrate Independence Day with patriotic music, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a children’s costume parade led by the world’s tallest Uncle Sam. The event is free at Uihlein Plaza followed by free admission to the museum for Illinois residents! Only a 9 minute ride on the 22 bus line from State & Chestnut or an 11 minute bus ride on the same line from The Belden Stratford.

Avoid the mid-day heat and party the night away at Freedom Fest. Receive access to the Navy Pier Rooftop along with food and bar, live music, and the best view of the firework show. An all-age event! Only a 15 minute bus ride on the 65 line from Grand Plaza.

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It’s the grand finale to the perfect Fourth of July celebration: Fireworks at Navy Pier! Enjoy a patriotic light show set over the Lake Michigan shoreline starting at 9:30. Free for all! While the fireworks can be seen anywhere along the shoreline, for the best view watch from the pier itself – maybe even the famous Ferris wheel – only an 8 minute drive from AMLI River North!

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Courtesy of positivelynaperville.com

Start the celebration early and spend your weekend at the Naperville Ribfest! Running from July 1st through the 4th, ribfest includes evening concerts, a family-friendly carnival, and slabs of ribs of course! Music acts include 3 Doors Down, Sheryl Crow, Lee Brice and Gin Blossoms. Stay for one day or the whole weekend, only an 8 minute drive from the Iroquois Club or a 10 minute drive from Lincoln at the Parks.

Best Summer Activities

Enjoy the start of summer with any of these Chicago and suburban activities!

Monday, June 20th is the first day of summer! Celebrate the summer solstice and embrace – or escape – the heat with any of these Chicago and suburban activities.

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What better way to kick off summer than a trip to the beach! Right off the Lake Michigan shoreline, Chicago is home to beautiful, sandy beaches with clear lake water. Soak up the sun at Oak Street Beach with views of the city skyline. The beach is perfect for playing rounds of beach volleyball, taking a swim, or simply sun tanning. Only an 11 minute walk from The Chicagoan or State & Chestnut!

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Enjoy free music in the park with the Millennium Park Summer Music Series! The Jay Pritzker Pavillion hosts a variety of free concerts on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the summer with a music acts of all genres. A 5 minute walk from 73 East Lake or a 7 minute walk from Marquee at Block 37.

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Take a tour of the city with the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise! Learn Chicago’s history, from its humble beginnings to the current bustling metropolis. In the 90 minute tour learn about Chicago architecture and its history as tour guides highlight over 50 riverside buildings. The pick-up location is only an 11 minute walk from AMLI River North or the Grand Plaza.

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Surround yourself with summer love and take a stroll through the Merrick Rose Garden! Open since 1948, the garden features hundreds of blooming rose bushes along with the historic Fountain Square Centennial Fountain. Only an 8 minute drive from AMLI Evanston.

Father’s Day 2016

Celebrate Father’s Day with any of these Chicago and suburban locations!

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19! Let dad know how much you care with special brunches, golf outings and father bonding activities! Treat dad to any of these Chicago and suburban activities.

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Have a weekend of fun with dad at the 20th Annual Taste of Randolph festival! Enjoy a weekend of live music while sampling dishes from over 20 Chicago restaurants. One day tickets and weekend passes available! Only an 8 minute walk from Catalyst Apartments or 12 minute walk from Presidential Towers.

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Don’t strike out this Father’s Day, take dad to Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse! Started by beloved Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray in 1987, the famous Chicago restaurant is decorated with sports memorabilia, celebrity autographs, and old photos of Harry himself. The River North location will be serving two dad-inspired specials, a filet trio and pan roasted day boat scallops, along with their original menu options. Only a 2 minute walk from AMLI River North, 5 minute walk from Grand Plaza or a 14 minute walk from 215 West Apartments.

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Courtesy of articles.chicagotribune.com

Enjoy some bonding time with the Father’s Day Canoe Adventure at the Chicago Botanic Gardens! Canoe the lakes of the Chicago Botanic Gardens and witness the beautiful wildlife of the city, including heron, turtles, ducks and fish. No experience necessary, only a 5 minute drive from NorthShore 770 or a 10 minute drive from AMLI Deerfield.

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Treat dad to a round of golf at The Glen Club. The golf course land was originally used as a Naval Air Base, covered in asphalt runways. Since then, the 18th hole course features over 75 acres of prairie grass, mature trees and a dramatic terrain. Only a 9 minute walk from ALOFT at Glen Town Center!

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