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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.

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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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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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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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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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!

Best Local: Ice Cream Shops

Grab a scoop or two from these Chicago and suburban ice cream shops!

Beat the summer heat with a tasty treat! Chicago is home to many ice cream parlors and creameries to help keep cool. Try any of these favorite Chicago or suburban locations, and don’t forget the sprinkles!

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From ice cream truck to famous storefront, try Bobtail’s Ice Cream! Bobtail’s offers small-town feel with an urban touch. Try Chicago-based flavors such as Daley Addiction, Lakeview Barhopper and Cubby Crunch. If you need a caffeine kick, try the specialty Bobby Joe, ice cream blended with coffee and espresso. Only a 10 minute ride on the 36 bus from The Belden Stratford!

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Indulge yourself with delicious sweets from Ghirardelli Chocolate Café! Ghirardelli is America’s longest operating chocolate manufacturer, opening in America in 1849. Try any of their decadent sundaes such as Crissy Fields, Earthquake or Treasure Island. Choose from over 12 ice cream flavors, serves in a handmade waffle cone or in shakes or floats. Only a 7 minute walk from Columbus Plaza!

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Step back in time to an all-American diner with Five Faces Ice Cream! Five faces serves throwback soft serve as a cone or a shake, along with other classic diner foods for cheap! Only a 9 minute walk from State & Chestnut or an 11 minute walk from The Chicagoan!

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Get a taste of Italy with rich gelato at Gelati! Gelati rotates over 75 unique flavors, including Amerena, Biscotto, Donatella and Fior de Latte. Only a 10 minute drive from Lincoln At The Parks.

Best Local: Doughnuts

Celebrate National Doughnut Day with these Chicago and suburban locations

Saturday, June 4th is National Doughnut Day! Pair your morning cup of coffee with a tasty treat from any of these Chicago and suburban locations.

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Enjoy delicious breakfast pastries and other baked goods at West Town Bakery! Choose classics such as glazed and blueberry jelly, or try a mysterious dark matter doughnut. The bakery also featured their signature doughssants, fried croissant dough shaped into a long john and stuffed with creamy filling. The menu also features gluten-free, nut-free, vegan and sugar-free options so everyone can enjoy! Located across the street from Grand Plaza or a 7 minute walk from AMLI River North.

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Enjoy doughnuts rolled fresh, daily, at Glazed and Infused! Voted Chicago Reader’s best doughnut in Chicago, Glazed and Infused continually rotates seasonal sweets with beloved traditional flavors. Try a banana walnut, fruit-of-the-day, or the Chicago neighborhood-influenced Pilsen doughnut featuring a mango-pineapple glaze covered in Tajin spice and lemon zest. Only a 6 minute walk from 215 West Apartments or a 7 minute walk from Marquee at Block 37.

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An L.A. transplant brings west coast flavor to the Windy City at Stan’s Donuts! With over 50 years of service Stan’s extensive menu includes dreamsicle bar, biscoff pockets, captain crunch bismark and toffee cake. Enjoy your donut with a cup of the Chicago-based Intelligentsia coffee brew! Only a 5 minute walk from Grand Plaza or a 12 minute walk from 400 N. LaSalle.

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Skip the chain and try John’s Donut Shop! The donut-specialty store includes coconut, boston cream, blueberry glazed and botwies. Only a 12 minute drive from Wheaton 121.

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!

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