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Best Local: Margaritas

Grab a glass and relax at these margarita famous Chicago locations!

Need a quick retreat? Wednesday, February 22 is National Margarita Day! Escape the February drear with a tropical drink from any of these Chicago bars and restaurants serving top-rated margaritas. Don’t forget the salt!

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Choose from a variety of flavors at La Cantina Bar & Grill! The bar features flavors such as pineapple, mango, and coconut, or for a spicy kick try their jalapeño jalapeño cucumber mix. Come to their $5 Monday Margaritas for a beginning of the work week pick-up. La Catrina also feature an delicious burritos, quesadillas, and seafood options, along with a vegan menu. Only a 12 minute ride from 215 West Apartments!

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Taste margaritas with a twist at Frontera Grill! The restaurant’s expansive margarita menu features specials such as the xoco margarita, blue agave margarita, and champagne margarita, pairing oranges, lime and sparkling Moet champagne. Only a short walk down Clark St. from AMLI River North or a 5 minute walk from Grand Plaza.

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Sample from a large selection of mezcal cocktails at Mercadito. The restaurant features La Mez agave lounge with drinks such as classic margaritas and specialties including casagria, paloma diabla. and la vida rosa drinks. Attend one of their mixology classes and learn how to create delicious drinks at home! Only a short walk down Kinzie St. from AMLI River North or a short walk down LaSalle Blvd. from 400 N LaSalle.

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Stop by Flaco’s Tacos for great margaritas and tacos to pair! Voted Top 10 in Chicago for margaritas by the Chicagoist, Flaco’s features original margaritas or flavored such as peach, wildberry, and strawberry. Enjoy their Monday Margarita special featuring $3 margaritas, or their Sunday Sangrita, a mixture of their beloved margaritas and sangria. Don’t forget to order their taco of the week along with your drink! Only a 4 minute walk from State & Chestnut.

Valentine’s Day 2017

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these Chicago and suburban events!

Tuesday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day! The holiday of love comes with various fun events, whether single, in a relationship or just looking for a good time. Enjoy any of these Valentine’s Day events for a night filled with laughter and love.

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Take a romantic ride on the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier! A ride on the Centennial Wheel will be free to the first 1,200 riders between 10 a.m. and 2:14 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. Select riders will even be chosen to be upgraded to VIP gondolas, complete with glass-bottom floors for thrilling birds eye view sights. See the city at new heights and save for dinner later! Only a 5 minute drive from Columbus Plaza

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See a performance of the classic love saga Carmen! Featured at the Lyric House, George Bizet’s infamous opera tells the love triangle of a gypsy, soldier and bull fighter. Go for a Valentine’s Day date or see the opera throughout the month of March. Only a 6 minute walk from Presidential Towers.

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Spend Valentine’s Day paying tribute to the music legend David Bowie at the David and Angela Bowie in Soul Love! Focusing on androgyny and acceptance, the show will feature a tribute to the Starman’s influential music. The show focuses on gender nonconformity and loving yourself. Only a 13 minute drive from State & Chestnut.

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Enjoy a nice dinner at Francesca’s! Located off the Fox River, Francesca’s features traditional Italian fare in a cozy yet sophisticated atmosphere. Enjoy their Valentine’s Day special featuring tortellacci, filet mignon and chocolate ganache tart. The traditional menu also includes a variety of pasta, pizza, salad and fish options along with an extensive wine collection. Only a 6 minute drive from AMLI St. Charles.

Best Local: Bagel Shops

Celebrate National Bagel Day with these Chicago and suburban locations!

Thursday, February 9th is National Bagel Day! Breakfast lunch, or dinner, these Chicago and suburban locations serve fresh bagels daily.

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Grab a breakfast for champions at Hero Coffee Bar! Along with fresh coffee, Hero’s food menu includes an assortment of bagel flavors such as cheddar herb, everything and jalapeno cheddar. The coffee bar also features specialty bagel sandwiches such as a cumato bagel sandwich and U sandwich. Only a 9 minute walk from AMLI 900.

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Stop by Chicago Bagel Authority for delicious hot bagel sandwiches. With over 100 sandwich options steamed and pressed fresh, CBA has a sandwich combination to fit your taste. For breakfast try their Chicago-inspired Belmont or the Eggosaurus or stop by for lunch to try the Wrigley Fielder, pizza sandwich or Lincoln Pork. Just a 2 minute walk down Wells Street from 215 West Apartments or an 8 minute walk from Marquee at Block 37.  

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Grab some dough from the Illinois-based Great American Bagel. Founded in 1987, the Great American Bagel bakes their bagels from scratch daily. Try their specialty super bagel flavors, such as cheddar salsa, fruit crumb bagel or sun dried tomato basil with cream cheese flavors like pineapple walnut or chocolate chip. Only a 9 minute ride on the 20 bus line from Arkadia Towers.

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Visit a suburban favorite and try New York Bagel & Bialy Corporation. Based in the northern Chicago suburbs since 1965, the bagel shop brings the New York bagel reputation to Chicago. Choose from flavors such as salt & poppy, garlic, and cinnamon raisin. For a protien packed morning try their New York breafast special complete with mini bagel, sausage, egg and cheese. Only a 9 minute drive from AMLI Evanston.

Best Local: Bars

Enjoy a night in the city at any of these Chicago bars!

Planning a night out? Chicago is home to a variety of nightlife options, including specialty bars featuring karaoke, trivia, wine clubs and more. Check out these Chicago restaurants and bars!

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For an upscale dinner and drink try River North’s esteemed Gilt Bar. A casual restaurant and bar with a modern design, Gilt has been featured in The New York Times, Crain’s Business and the Chicago Tribune. The drink menu features a variety of liquor options along with house cocktails such as a whiskey sour, Paloma and French 75. The bar also features a separate wine and beer menu, including champagne. Only a 3 minute walk from 400 N. LaSalle or a 6 minute walk from AMLI River North.

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Rather end the night unwinding with a glass of wine? Dine then wine at Enolo Wine Cafe. Featuring Mediterranean inspired fair, Enolo merges European flavors with American flare. Their wine list features bottles from both continents. Sign up for the Enolo Wine Club for invites to wine seminars and gifts such as a free bottle of wine during your birthday month. Just a short walk up Clark Street from AMLI River North or a 4 minute walk from Grand Plaza.

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Enjoy a French-inspired night out at Maude’s Liquor Bar. A retro-lounge serving French dishes and house cocktails, Maude’s combines fine dining with fun French cocktails. Pair a plate of escargot with a French gimlet, or moules frites with vieux carre rye mix. Only a 7 minute walk from Catalyst Apartments or a 10 minute walk from Arkadia Tower.

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Voted the #1 karaoke lounge in Chicago, stop by Brando’s Speakeasy for good music and drinks. Brando’s features cocktails such as Montauk mules, rye sidecars, and strawberry ginger, along with an extensive list of beers, wines and spirits. Stop by on Tuesday’s for cocktails and trivia night! Sip and sing, only a 10 minute walk from Marquee at Block 37 or a 13 minute walk from Presidential Towers.

Best Local: Pie

Celebrate National Pie Day!

 

January 23rd is National Pie Day! From classic apple pie to signature specialties, Chicago is home to various restaurants serving the traditional dessert. Grab a slice from any of these Chicago locations.

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Start with dinner before dessert at Pie-eyed Pizzeria. Whether its a dinner date, ordering takout or grabbing a late night bite, Pie-eyed’s flexible hours and fresh ingredients are a Chicago pizza pleaser. The pizzeria features pizza by the slice, deep dish, calzones, and fried shrimp baskets. Only a 10 minute ride on the 56 bus from Catalyst Apartments.

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A Chicago favorite and the mother of all pie shops, stop by Hoosier Mama Pie Company. Selling slices and whole pies, Hoosier Mama makes their pies by hand with ingredients from local farms. Flavors include specialties such as passionfruit meringue, grapenut custard, and earl grey custard, while also including favorites like apple and chocolate cream. Find them at a local market near you, or the Pie Shop is only a 7 minute drive from Catalyst Apartments, or a 10 minute drive from 400 N. LaSalle.

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Relax after dinner with coffee and a slice of pie at Beatrix. Try their infamous Oh My! Caramel pie paired with a latte or a glass of wine. Only a 2 minute walk on Clark from AMLI River North or a 4 minute walk down Grand Avenue from Grand Plaza.

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Pie pairs well with burgers at Grange Hall Burger Ball! Known for their grass-fed, natural patties, Grange Hall is also known for their heir monthly pie and ice cream flavors. Try January’s Michigan tart cherry alongside red velvet ice cream for a sweet combination after dinner. Only a 7 minute walk from Catalyst Apartments or a 10 minute walk from Arkadia Tower.

Explore Chicago’s River North neighborhood

Explore Chicago’s River North neighborhood!

Venture north of Chicago’s main loop and discover the trendy River North neighborhood! Chicago’s River North neighborhood features fine dining, galleries and unique shopping experiences where downtown luxury meets uptown charm. Visit these, and other, River North locations.

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Wine and dine at The Purple Pig! Named on of Bon Appetit magazine’s “10 Best Restaurants in America,” the restaurant serves Mediterannean fare in unique style. Combining flavors from Spain, Italy and Greece, the Purple Pig is known for its wine, cheese and meat platters, creating delicious pairing plates. Try any of their pasta creations, duck confit, or homemade morcilla sausage. Only a 6 minute walk from the Grand Plaza or a 9 minute walk from AMLI River North.  

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Catch a live show at the House of Blues. Born out of a love for Rhythm and Blues music, the Chicago venue features classic blues and soul, along with cabarets and upcoming DJs. Upcoming shows include Windy City Rev Ups, Michael Charles, Guy King and Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls. Only a 6 minute walk south of Grand Plaza or a 6 minute walk east from 400 N. LaSalle.

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After a show keep the night going with drinks at the Studio Paris Nighclub! One of Chicago’s trendiest nightclubs, the upscale venue combines the feel of a modern cocktail lounge with the energy of a nightclub. Studio Paris has hosted live performances from artists such as Jason Derulo, Rita Ora and Calvin Harris, and features a rising artist night every Wednesday. Studio Paris is neighbors with AMLI River North, or is only a 3 minute walk down Hubbard from 400 N. LaSalle.   

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Score some unique antiques at The Golden Triangle! Open for over 25 years in the River North neighborhood, the furniture store originally started as collectibles and grew to include Asian and European antiques, lighting, and furniture mixed with modern designs. The Golden Triangle also offers services in interior design, custom built art and furniture, and even doubles as an event space. Stop in and take home a treasure; only a 3 minute walk south from AMLI River North!

Explore Chicago’s Loop

Explore downtown Chicago with visits to these locations!

Spend some time getting to know Chicago’s downtown area, the Loop! Named after the loop-like design of the elevated railways that surround the area, Chicago’s Loop is home to not only top businesses but also museums, parks and restaurants. Explore the Loop with these various locations.

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Spend the day exploring the Art Institute of Chicago. See works by renowned artists such as Andy Warhol, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and Cindy Sherman. The museum also features sections on Impressionism, Modernism, Photography and the Thorne Miniature Rooms. Take a tour or explore on your own! The Art Institute is also free on Thursday nights for Illinois residents, only an 11 minute walk from 73 East Lake.

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Grab a cup of coffee at local chain Dollop! The modern coffeeshop brews local Metropolis coffee while featuring daily pour over specials. Dollop also baking its own pastries and handmade sandwiches, including vegan donuts, sticky buns and daily pies. Only an 8 minute walk to the Munroe location from 215 West Apartments or a 12 minute walk from 73 East Lake.

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Enjoy a performance at the Civic Opera House! Open since 1929, the Civic Opera House is a Chicago architectural landmark home to the world-renowned Lyric Opera. Along with beautiful velvet stages, the opera house is home to three dining rooms for pre-show meals. Tickets are currently available for shows such as The Magic Flute, My Fair Lady, and Carmen. Only a 4 minute walk from 215 West Apartments or a 6 minute walk from Presidential Towers.

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End with a delicious dinner at Nellcote! The west loop restaurant features a posh interior with diamond chandeliers and marble flooring. The fare is just as fancy, toting venison tartare, market apple pizza and tagliatelle bolognese, prepared with handmade pasta. Pair with any of their signature cocktails or draft beers, including Chicago-based brews such as Krankshaft and Lost Sailor. Only a 7 minute walk from Catalyst Apartments or a 9 minute walk from Arkadia Towers.

Best Local: Fitness Facilities

Start the New Year right with these Chicago and suburban gyms!

The New Year means New Year’s resolutions! If your resolution was to drop some holiday pounds, Chicago is home to a variety of gyms and fitness clubs. Start the New Year with a membership, or trial, at any of these Chicago and suburban locations!

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Try a membership with the Lakeshore Sport and Fitness! The gym boasts a rooftop deck along with eight indoor tennis courts 2 outdoor paddle courts and a raquetball court. The rooftop lounge area also includes a health-conscious restuarant for pre or pos-workout meals. The gym offers special family memberships or rates for couples, single parents and young adults. Only a 7 minute drive from the Belden Stratford.

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Sweat it out with 105F Chicago’s Original Hot Yoga! Hot yoga combines the strength workouts of original yoga with increased temperatures to keep the heart pumping and body sweating. The facility offers six different classes tailored to posture, breathing and strength training along with workshops and beginner courses. Only a 4 minute walk from AMLI 900.

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Try the local Chicago chain of neighborhood gyms, Chicago Athletic Clubs! Gym memberships feature amenities such as rock walls, swimming pools and Pilates reformers along with monthly or yearly memberships. The gym also features a range of fitness courses for beginners and up, featuring yoga, Pilates and strength classes. The Near West Side location is only a 17 minute walk from Catalyst Apartments or a 14 minute ride on the 20 bus line from Arkadia.

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Punch, kick and block your way to a new you with the Falcon Boxing Gym. The gym provides boxing training, weight training, drill space and kids boxing camps. Try their unique hot room boxing for an added challenge! Only a 4 minute drive from Aloft at Glen Town Center or a 10 minute drive from The Reserve Glenview.

New Year’s Eve 2016

Ring in the New Year with these Chicago and suburban events!

The holidays may be winding down, but the city isn’t done celebrating yet! Spend New Year’s Eve in Chicago with family-friendly day activities and nightime celebrations for when the clock strikes midnight. Make 2017 a year to remember with these New Year’s Eve events.  

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Chicago with Chi-Town Rising! Partnering with NBC Chicago and Telemundo, the event is free with ticket download. The night’s musical lineup includes Saint Motel, Sir the Baptist and Blackhawk’s singer Jim Cornelison will host while performing his infamous national anthem. The outdoor party will also feature food and beverage stands, and ring in the celebration with Midnight Fireworks. Viewing zones will be located on Upper Wacker between Michigan Ave and Columbus Drive, only a 5 minute walk from 73 East Lake or a 9 minute walk from Marquee at Block 37.

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Raise a glass and celebrate with Brew Year’s Eve! Skip the champagne and instead sample over 20 local craft beers including Goose Island and Half Acre. After midnight enjoy a pizza buffet along with more drinks and live music. The event will be held in the historic Salvage One building, only a 9 minute drive from Catalyst Apartments or Arkadia Towers.

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Courtesy of chicagotribune.com

Celebrate all day with the kid-friendly Noon Year’s Eve at the Chicago Children’s Museum. Families can spend the afternoon making crafts and noisemakers and counting down to 2017 with a dance party. When the clock strikes twelve enjoy a confetti finish and more dancing! Free with museum admission and only a 15 minute walk from Columbus Plaza.

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Add great music to the mix with Reaction New Year’s Eve Party! The two-day concert event features artists such as Zed’s Dead, Flume, Anderson. Paak and Gucci Mane. Along with music acts, Reaction includes an artist gala, meme poster contest, and drinks for purchase. Tickets are still on sale, only a 13 minute drive from River 595 or Kingston Pointe.

Christmas 2016

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Celebrate Christmas with these Chicago and suburban events!

Christmas time has arrived in Chicago! Celebrate the holiday with delicious dinners, family-friendly activates and gift giving. Try these Christmas Eve and Christmas Day events to make the holiday memorable.

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Enjoy Christmas at Palm Court Restaurant at the The Langham! Enjoy Christmas-themed Langham afternoon tea throughout December, or enjoy delicious Christmas Day and Christmas Eve dinners. Christmas tea includes a selection of coffee and teas, along with specialty Langham teas. Choose from an array of pastries such as eggnog crème brulee, Christmas mince pie or Black Doris plum cake, as well. The Christmas dining packages include a three course fine dining experience with champagne or upgraded packages include access to a three hour DJ and ballroom. Only a 5 minute walk from 73 East Lake or a 9 minute walk from Columbus Plaza.

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After dinner and tea spend a white Christmas at the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating in Millennium Park. Free to the public, bring your own skates or rent a pair for $12. Open for 16 seasons, the rink features open skating along with Winter Workouts on ice, skating lessons, and noodle hockey. Afterwards enjoy hot chocolate at the Park Grill Cafe, only a 9 minute walk from Columbus Plaza.

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Enjoy an early Christmas present with The Nutcracker Ballet at Joffrey Ballet! The new Nutcracker features the magic and beauty of Chicago’s 1893 World Fair with choreography by Tony Award-winning choreographer Wheeldon. Enjoy beautiful ballet and music by the Chicago Philharmonic with daily shows through Christmas Eve, and performances after Christmas through the New Year. Only a short walk down Randolph Street from Marquee at Block 37, or a 9 minute walk from 215 West Apartments.

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Make the holiday sweet with cookies, cakes and more at Tag’s Bakery! An Evanston staple since 1937, the bakery features special Christmas cookie trays, Christmas tree coffee cakes and their Tag’s traditional stollen. Make sure to pick up a box of their famous Florentines, a thin, Italian cookie coated in chocolate. Only an 11 minute drive from AMLI Evanston.

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