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Best Local: Music Venues

Enjoy live music at any of these Chicago music venues!

Chicago is home to a burgeoning music scene with venues, bars and outdoor theatres featuring live music! Whether you enjoy jazz or hip-hop, rock or soul, stop by Chicago music venues for a variety of live music.

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Enjoy live music at a North Side favorite venue and bar, Lincoln Hall! Located in the renovated Fullerton Theatre from 1912, Lincoln Hall hosts smaller music acts of styles varying from indie rock to rap. Upcoming shows include Temples, Bob Schneider and Crystal Castles. Only a 15 minute walk from Belden Stratford or Kent!

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If you enjoy classical music visit the Chicago Symphony Orchestra! The Chicago Symphony Orchestra partners with Ravinia theatre to host outdoor concerts. July shows include Bronfman playing Brahms, Tchaikovsky Spectacular and Celebrating John Adams. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra hall is only an 11 minute walk from 73 East Lake or Marque at Block 37, Ravinia a 12 minute drive from AMLI Deerfield.

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Check out the Bottom Lounge in its new location! Moved to West Town off Lake St., the Bottom Lounge still features both local and national acts along with food & drinks. Grab tickets for their Lollapalooza after show series, featuring The Pretty Reckless, Mura Masa and $uicideBoy$. Only a 7 minute drive from Arkadia Towers or an 8 minute drive from Catalyst.

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Looking for a concert on a budget? Check out the City of Chicago’s Summer Music Series, located in Millennium Park at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion! Enjoy live music every Monday and Thursday with names such as Natalie Prass, Big Thief and Joshua Nelson. Bring a blanket and some lawn chairs, only an 11 minute walk from 73 East Lake.

Best Local: Ice Cream Shops

Enjoy a cold treat from any of these Chicago and suburban locations!

Sunday, July 16th is National Ice Cream Day! Escape the heat with a cold cone, sundae or shake from these favorite Chicago ice cream parlors.

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Stop by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream for unique, custom flavors! Made with dairy from grass-pastured cows, Jeni’s ice cream features a pure buttercream body for a smooth finish. Specialty flavors include Intelligenstia black cat espresso, churro, wildberry lavender, and juniper and lemon. Come for a cone or buy a pint, only a 6 minute drive from The Belden Stratford!

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Trade ice cream for gelato at Amorino Chicago in River North! Serving authentic, traditional Italian gelato, Amorino churns their gelato daily to keep a rich, thick consistency with flavors such as dulce de leche, banana del Brasile, speculoos, and stracciatella. All gelato comes served as a flower cone! Conveniently located across the street from State & Chestnut, or only a 9 minute walk from Grand Plaza.

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Enjoy ice cream with an Irish flair at Cone Gourmet Ice Cream. The ice cream parlor features European style soft serve and hand-scooped ice cream sandwiches. Try their cookie cone or signature Shamrock flavor, soft serve with a layer of Lucky Charm cereal. Only an 11 minute walk from Arkadia Towers or a 13 minute walk from Presidential Towers.

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Try a suburban favorite, Graham’s Fine Chocolates and Ice Cream! Along with an assortment of chocolate creations, Graham’s features quality ice cream options, served in a thick waffle cone. Enjoy classics such as cookies & cream, cookie dough and rich vanilla. Only an 11 minute drive from AMLI at St. Charles!

Independence Day 2017

Celebrate the Fourth of July with these Chicagoland activities!

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Tuesday is the Fourth of July! Celebrate with fireworks, parades, cook-outs and more at these patriotic Chicagoland events.

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Spend the day at Northwest Fourth Fest, known as the suburbs’ biggest Fourth of July celebration! Located in at the Sears Center, the weekend celebration continues with a morning parade and carnival on the fourth. Children can also participate in the Children Bike and Trike parade! Only a 15 minute drive from One Arlington.

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Enjoy Fourth of July at the Lake Michigan beaches watching the Navy Pier Fireworks! The annual fireworks show includes festive red, white and blue fireworks over the lake. The Independence Day fireworks show will start at 9:30 p.m., with a nice view from State & Chestnut, Columbus Plaza or Grand Plaza.

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Visit Frontier Days Festival for free Fourth of July entertainment! Enjoy live music, soccer games, battle of the bands and a 4th of July parade.  Only a 9 minute drive from One Arlington.


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Keep the summer festivities going after Independence Day with Taste of Chicago! Open from July 5th through July 9th in Grant Park, Taste of Chicago features live music, artistry, cooking demonstrations and of course food! Local venues featured at the festival include Beat Kitchen, Gold Coast Dogs, The Fudge Pot and Frannie’s Cafe. Enjoy sun and good, local food, only a 15 minute walk from AMLI 900.



Best Local: Hot Dogs

Grab a Chicago-style hot dog from any of these eateries!

July is National Hot Dog Month! Chicago is known for its famous hot dog style, complete with mustard, white onions, sweet relish, tomato wedges and a pickle spear  — no room for ketchup. Stop by these Chicago diners and restaurants for a hot dog and more!

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Find a variety of hot dog flavors at U.B. Dogs. Their unique hot dog stylings include the Maxwell polish, traditional Chicago-style or the Joey dog with fries, tabasco and garlic-wasabi aioli. Don’t miss their 2 dog special, which includes two Chicago-style dogs with a basket of fries. Only a 7 minute walk from EnV Chicago or an 8 minute walk from Marquee at Block 37.

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Looking for upscale lunch options? Allium Chicago is open for all-day for dining and drinks with their own twist on the Chicago-style hot dog. All house made, the dog features house-ground beef and spices that is smoked, broiled then charred for flavor. The dog then features a poppy seed bun along with locally sourced toppings. If you’re not feeling a luxury hot dog try their grilled halibut burger or the lobster “BLTA” along with a drink from the bar. Only a 5 minute walk from State & Chestnut!

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It’s hard to resist the temptation of a hot dog from Devil Dawgs! Their menu features hot dog creations with flavors such as the bacon-cheddar dawg, taco dawg, seoul dawg or the blue demon dawg, a DePaul favorite. The South State location is only a 6 minute walk from AMLI 900.

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Visit an Illinois staple, Portillo’s! Started in 1963 by Dick Portillo in the Villa Park neighborhood, Portillo’s was originally known as “The Dog House.” Since its beginnings it has expanded to include locations in Chicago, Illinois suburbs and even restaurants as far as California. Try a Chicago-style or a chili cheese dog favorite. Along with hot dogs, Portillo’s is known for its Italian beef and decadent chocolate cake shakes. Only a 5 minute walk from AMLI River North or Grand Plaza!

World’s Largest Block Party

Stop by the World’s Largest Block Party in Chicago’s West Loop!

It’s block party season! Chicago offers an array of summer block parties, including this weekend’s World’s Largest Block Party located in the West Loop! Enjoy warm weather, food, live music and more for a weekend of summer fun.

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Old St. Patrick’s Church will host the 33rd annual World’s Largest Block Party from Friday, June 23 through Saturday, June 24. Open to all ages, the event features a two-day concert lineup for non-stop music. The block party also features the Miller Lite bags tournament each evening, with prizes awarded to the winners! Local vendors will provided some of Chicago’s tastiest summer treats along with beverages available to purchase. A kidzone will be open on Saturday from 2-6 p.m. with bounce house, blow-up obstacle course, face painting and prize giveaways.

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Keep the party going afterwards, too! Local bars such as The Lodge, Dugan’s, The Original Mothers and Green Street Local will be open late with drinks and specials for the weekend. Tickets are available online or at the event, along with raffle tickets available online! Stop by for happy hour on Friday from 5-6 p.m. for free admission!

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Funds from the weekend will go toward outreach programs, social justice work and St. Patrick’s Church. Only a 3 minute walk from Presidential Towers, a 4 minute walk from Arkadia Tower or a 7 minute walk from Catalyst Apartments.

Father’s Day 2017

Enjoy Father’s Day with these Chicago and suburban activities!

Sunday, June 18th is Father’s Day! Make the day all about dad with these Chicago and suburban Father’s Day activities.

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Spend Father’s Day at the Tortoise Supper Club with their ties and steak special! Try their filet, lamb chops or their famous prime rib. Top it off with The Grasshopper milkshake, made with brandy, fresh mint and grasshopper cookies. Dad will also recieve a complimentary $25 gift certificate for the Tortoise Supper Club, only an 8 minute walk from 73 East Lake or Marquee at Block 37.

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Enjoy Father’s Day brunch at Belly Up Smokehouse! The Father’s Day special includes “man-mosas” and Bloody “man-lys.” For food options try their chicken & waffles, pork & grits or famous smoked brisket hash. Only a 10 minute walk from AMLI 900.

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Take dad to out to golf at the Diversey Driving Range! A nine-hole golf course until the 1940s, the Diversey Driving Range includes a turf range, two synthetic putting greens and 18 holes of miniature golf. Enjoy bucket rates as low as $10, only a 15 minute walk from Kent!

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Enjoy family time outside while touring some art! The Art in Bloom festival is a Father’s Day tradition in Wheaton, with over 100 featured artists, curated art shows, live music, crafts and food! Make reservations for the Father’s Day brunch beforehand, too, located in Cantigny Park. Only an 11 minute drive from Wheaton 121 or Courthouse Square!

Best Local: Urban Gardens

Enjoy summer weather by visiting these urban Chicago gardens!

With summer approaching, enjoy the warm weather by spending some time outside! Chicago is home to rooftop gardens, beautiful parks and outdoor patios for summer night gatherings. Check out any of these Chicago locations to make the most of summer!

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Take a stroll through the Lurie Gardens! Located in Millennium Park, the garden pays tribute to Chicago’s transformation from marshland to a green city. The garden’s four season design includes lush flora in the summertime, along with a 15 foot hedge mimicking the city’s nickname “City of Big Shoulders.” Only an 8 minute walk from 73 East Lake.

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Visit Chicago’s most famous rooftop garden, the City Hall Rooftop Gardens. Located on top of the 11-story city hall building in the Loop, the garden was built in 2000 as part of the City’s Urban Heat Island Initiative to test how urban gardens affect temperature and air quality. It features over 20,000 plants  — most native to the prairie plains of the region  — along with two trees. Only a 4 minute walk from Marquee at Block 37 or 215 West Apartments.

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Take the beauty of the outside, inside with the The Crystal Gardens Navy Pier. Along with strolling the pier, stop by the gardens to see palm trees, indoor fountains and lush foliage. Crystal Gardens is also enclosed in glass to offer a breathtaking view of the skyline and lake. Only a 10 minute walk from Moment!

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Enjoy a drink with views of the city skyline with Kensington Roof Garden and Lounge. Guests can take the glass elevator up to the roof and be welcomed to an outdoor bar with greenery and a sleek, modern design. Sip champagne while enjoying the view, or rent the rooftop for a summer soirée! Only an 11 minute walk from State & Chestnut!

Best Local: Doughnut Shops

Celebrate National Doughnut Day with a bite from any of these Chicago and suburban locations!

Friday, June 2nd is National Doughnut Day! Whether you prefer jelly-filled or long johns, specialty flavors or simply glazed, these local Chicago doughnut shops are open for both breakfast and dessert.

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Go glazed with Chicago favorite Glazed and Infused! Doughnuts are made daily by hand with locally-sourced ingredients, rotating seasonal flavors along with holiday and specialty flavors. Try their maple bacon long john, matcha cream, sweet tooth or simply an old fashioned. Current seasonal flavors include spring ring, only a 3 minute walk from AMLI River North or a 6 minute walk from 400 N. LaSalle.

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Originating in L.A., Stan’s Donuts has become a Chicagoland staple. Starting as a small shop in the L.A. area in 1963, Stan’s has since grown to include 7 Chicagoland locations. Their expansive menu extends beyond donuts to include coffee, bagels, frappes and ice cream. Donut flavors include cinnamon roll, biscoff cream pockets, toffee cake, and cinnamon sugar pretzel. Only an 11 minute walk from Grand Plaza.

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Stop by Firecakes before your work for a sweet treat! Firecakes includes flavor such as malted milk ball, pistachio old fashioned, butterscotch praline, and chocolate old fashioned. For a savory summer dessert try their ice cream donut sandwich! Look out for their roving donut truck, or stop by their location on Clark which is only a 5 minute walk from Kent apartments or an 8 minute walk from The Belden Stratford.

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Support local business DB3 Donuts in Evanston! Partnering with neighboring business Ten Mile House, DB3 offers a pass way between the two businesses to combine donuts and coffee for breakfast with lunch and cocktails next door. Stop by on the weekends for a coffee and either a basic or specialty donut off their changing menu. Flavors include strawberries & cream, cinnamon toast crunch, raspberry glazed and more. Only a 10 minute drive from AMLI Evanston!

Best Local: Wine Venues

Enjoy a glass of wine at any of these Chicago locations!

Thursday, May 25 is National Wine Day! White, red, Pinot Grigio or rosé, pour a glass and celebrate the day with some wine tastings! Stop by any of these Chicago and suburban locations for a drink.

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Enjoy a glass of wine while looking over Michigan Avenue at Eno! The wine tasting venue boasts a variety of fine wines, cheeses and chocolate truffle pairings that visitors can enjoy while sitting under the outdoor patio. Eno also offers wine tastings led by expert sommeliers and offers the option to buy bottles by local and international winemakers. Stop by for happy hour to enjoy up to 50% off select wines by the glass! Only a 7 minute walk from Grand Plaza.

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A Chicago staple since 1966, visit D.O.C. Wine Bar! Enjoy wine tastings and wine flights in a luxurious, modern venue complete with fireplace and lounging areas. Pair your glass  — or bottle  — with selections from their butcher’s block menu or try their brussel sprouts & bacon pizza. Located across Clark Street from Kent or a 12 minute walk from the Belden Stratford.

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Pair your wine with dinner at Enolo Wine Cafe. Enolo not only offers a wine list spanning from South Africa to Oregon, but also includes a food menu of paninis, pizzas and bruschetta. Just a short walk down Clark Street from AMLI River North or only a 5 minute walk from Grand Plaza!

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Join Lynfred Winery, located in northern Illinois, for their Tasting DeVine Cellars in Naperville! The tasting events include wine flights, pairings, wine by the glass and cheese plates to pair. Wines include seasonal selections and fun fruit infusions such as peach and blueberry. Make sure to join them at the Naperville Wine Walk on June 4th! Only a 7 minute drive from Iroquois Club or an 8 minute drive from Dwell at Naperville!

National Bike Month

Enjoy National Bike Month with these Chicago cycling activities!

Spring is in the air, and what better way to enjoy the weather than bicycling around Chicago for National Bike Month! From spin classes to bike trails, Chicago features biking activities for those from commuter to competitor.

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Enjoy a ride along Chicago’s beautiful Lakefront Trail! Stretching 18 miles along Chicago’s eastern front, the Lakefront Trail features a view of Lake Michigan and the city skyline. Bike past Navy Pier, Lincoln Park, Montrose Beach and Southshore. Assessable by only a 5 minute walk from State & Chestnut.

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Looking for something sporty? Stop by Get a Grip Cycles for sports bikes, road bikes and repairs! Enjoy a specialized, custom-fit bike experience with a one-on-one interview, physical assessment and bike fitting. Get a Grip helps make your bike an extension of you, only a 5 minute walk from Catalyst Apartments!

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Find the perfect ride at Cycle Smithy. A bike shop for the competitor, commuter, and collector, Smithy’s has called Chicago home since 1973. Smithy’s includes specialized bikes and brand-named bikes, along with gear, repairs and a museum of display bikes and artifacts. Only a 5 minute walk from Kent or a 9 minute walk from Belden Stratford.

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Take a class at the SoulCycle location in the Loop! The popular cycling gym includes forty-five minutes of feel-good, fat-burning workout combining core work and free weights. Reserve classes with your favorite instructors, or base your visit around your workout for the day! Only a 7 minute walk from EnV Chicago or an 8 minute walk from 73 East Lake!

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