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Fall Activities 2017

Fall activities to do in Chicago!

Friday, September 22nd marks the first day of fall! Spend the season pumpkin picking, attending haunted tours and tasting delicious food. Celebrate the start of the season with these autumn-themed activities throughout the city and suburbs.

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Learn about Chicago’s spooky history with a Chicago Hauntings tour! The three hour tour is run by paranormal researcher and author Ursula Bielski and features stops at actively haunted locations, including stops at Death Alley, site of the Eastland disaster, and the location of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Ursula also conducts specialty tours, such as the Our Devil in the White City tour and the Archer Avenue Triangle & Resurrection Marie tour. The tour bus meets only an 8 minute walk from 73 East Lake or the Grand Plaza!

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Take a stroll through Lincoln Park for beautiful autumn scenery! With fall foliage turning the trees red and yellow, walk through North Pond, the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Lincoln Park pond. Enjoy a game of catch on the ball fields or float through the rowing canal. Only a 5 minute walk from The Belden Stratford or a 12 minute walk from Kent.

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Skip the chain pumpkin spice lattes and opt for local favorites instead with coffee and baked goods from Eva’s Cafe. Eva’s brick and mortar location features a cozy coffeehouse space serving fresh coffee and fall favorites such as spiced cider, chai lattes and fall specialty drinks. Pair it with a bagel, egg sandwich or baked good for a delicious start to the day. Only a 7 minute ride on the Chicago brown line from State & Chestnut!

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Decorate for the season with pumpkin picking and more at Sonny Acres Farm. Sonny Acres is home to pumpkin patches, carnival rides and a farmers’ market selling fall favorites from apple cider to fresh pumpkin bread. Bring the whole family for fall-themed fun! Only a 9 minute drive from AMLI at St. Charles.

Best Local: Cheeseburgers

Enjoy Chicago’s take on the classic cheeseburger!

September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day! Whether topped with avocado, fried egg, or Elvis-style with gooey peanut butter, take your cheeseburger experience to the next level. Enjoy Chicago’s take on the classic burger with a bite from any of these locations!

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“Cheezborger, cheezborger!” Visit the famous Chicago location that inspired the John Belushi SNL skit, Billy Goat Tavern! The tavern opened in 1934 under the owner William “Goat” Sianis, who later became “Billy Goat” after a goat jumped off a nearby truck and wandered into the tavern, becoming Sainis’ pet and inspiration for the Billy Goat’s namesake. The bar is known for its cheezborger creations, which skip the lettuces and tomatoes and opt for thin 100% beef patties made for stacking. Only a 7 minute walk from AMLI River North or an 8 minute walk from Grand Plaza.

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For grass-fed beef and savory burgers, try Grange Hall Burger Bar! The Grange Hall is a perfect place for healthy burger options, such as free-range turkey burgers or wild rice veggie burgers and even vegan chickpea and spinach burgers! For meat lovers, try the berries and brie beef burger or the BBQ picnic beef burger with fried avocado and chipotle BBQ. Only a 7 minute walk from Catalyst Apartment or an 11 minute walk from Presidential Towers.

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For a killer cheeseburger classic, stop by the local burger chain M Burger! Their old fashioned cheeseburger will satisfy any traditional lover, or try the signature M burger with bacon, cheese and onion. Check online for their secret menu as well, which features burger creations such as the backyard burger, Dr. betty burger and salad-style burger creations. The East Randolph location is only a 3 minute walk from Marquee at Block 37 or an 8 minute walk from 73 East Lake.

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Sip some wine while enjoying your burger at 25 Degrees Chicago. The upscale burger joint features an extensive wine list to pair with their patty selections. Burger creations include lamb burgers with feta cheese and tzatziki, or beef burgers with crispy prosciutto and pesto. Only a 6 minute walk from State & Chestnut.

Best Local: Architecture

Explore Chicago’s Famous Architecture!

Chicago is home to beautiful architecture and skyscrapers, each containing a rich influence on the city’s history! Explore some of these museums and monuments for breathtaking views!

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Enjoy learning about the architectural history of Chicago on the Chicago Architecture River Tour! Hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, float down the Chicago River while learning about famous buildings and their importance to the city skyline. Only an 11 minute walk from Grand Plaza!

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Learn about Frank Lloyd Wright, on of Chicago most famous architects, at The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Located in The Rookery, one of Wright’s most dramatic interior designs, visitors are educated on the history of Chicago architecture and offered interactive maps of Frank Lloyd Wright locations around the city. Take a tour of your favorite Wright location! Only a 9 minute walk from 215 West Apartments.

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Visit the Glessner House located in the South Loop! Named one of the top house museums by Curbed magazine for 2017, the Glessner House was designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson in 1887. The house helped redefine domestic architecture, and the museum now features monthly events such as readings, tours and informational lectures. Only a 6 minute drive from AMLI 900.

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Explore the Skydeck at the Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower! At 1,353 ft. in the air and 103 stories high, the Skydeck is a 4 foot glass box extension allowing visitors to view across the city. If heights aren’t your idea of fun, check out the Skydeck museum and video presentation Reaching for the Sky. Only an 8 minute walk from 215 West Apartments.

Labor Day Activities 2017

Enjoy Labor Day Weekend with these Chicago events!

Labor Day is summer’s last hoorah, so enjoy the long weekend with festivals, sports and good food! Chicago has various events and festivals spread across Labor Day weekend. Stop by these favorite Chicago events for exciting long weekend plans.

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For a weekend of live music check out the Chicago Jazz Festival. The Chicago Jazz Festival has been featuring local and international jazz artists and groups since 1979 to encourage and educate jazz music. Running Thursday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 2, the Chicago Jazz Festival features musicians such as Jason Moran, Dee Alexander and the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective. The event is free to the public and only a 5 minute walk from 73 East Lake or a 7 minute walk from Marquee at Block 37!

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Enjoy a weekend of delicious eats at the Great American Lobster Fest. The Midwest’s largest lobster and seafood festival, stroll through Navy Pier sampling fresh lobster, listening to live music and shopping at the craft fair. Only an 11 minute walk from Moment.

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Celebrate with the last Chicago Summer Ddance events of the summer! The Labor Day weekend dance lineup includes house, argentine tango, and square dancing. Dance the night away to live music, with the help of specialized instructors offering step-by-step lessons. Only a 12 minute walk from AMLI 900!

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Go out to the ball game! The Chicago Cubs, reigning World Series Champions, will be hosting the Atlanta Braves at the iconic Wrigley Field for a Labor Day showdown. Grab a hotdog and bring your mitt, only a 9 minute ride on the 22 bus from Kent!

How Your Business Benefits With Chicago Furnished Apartments

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As an active business, you may find your business always on the move. With a constantly moving business, you would want to ensure that your employees always have a place where they can live for a few months. In such large cities such as Chicago, it can be difficult for your employees to find a location where they can easily commute to and from work. With Chicago Furnished Apartments, we allow you to find your ideal corporate apartment that allows your business to run more efficiently. Our business provides you with the security, comfort, and price that you cannot find anywhere else.

Why Chicago Furnished Apartments?

There may be many reasons why you need extended stay apartments. Perhaps a regular hotel does not provide the space or amenities you require. Maybe, you wish for a more convenient location that does not make your employees or associates travel too far. Maybe a regular hotel does not allow for extended stays that last longer than a month. Whatever the reason may be, Chicago Furnished Apartments offers listings of corporate apartments for businesses that are looking to either extend their business or host a long conference. Chicago Furnished Apartments offers many benefits over regular hotels or apartments. Our business helps you find a place to stay that is not too costly, but provides you with the highest degree of comfort. We can help you book a stay in one of our corporate apartments without any of the hassle or wasted time.

About Chicago Furnished Apartments

Chicago Furnished Apartments provides businesses with listings of corporate apartments that contain full amenities and resources so that your associates’ business trips can go as smoothly as possible. Our apartments offer services beyond just housing and listings. Chicago Furnished Apartments includes benefits such as:

Unlike most hotels and other apartments, our services provide you with a completely furnished and cleaned room. You do not need to worry about dirt or other messes before arriving. Our staff ensure that your room is completely clean and supplied with all of the items you will need for your extended stay. Each room is painted with bright colors to make your living space clean and refreshing every time you step in. To further ensure that your apartment remains clean and comfortable, we offer biweekly cleanings.

Rest assured, our staff are screening and selected for their hard work and ethical conduct. All of the cleaning staff are monitored and supervised by one of our higher level management. Theft and other concerns should not pass your mind with our rigorous application process. Each cleaning staff member must maintain a high score of cleanliness to remain on the team. Your room will always meet the highest standard of cleanliness possible. In order to make your experience with us as smooth as possible, our core management team has worked with Chicago Furnished Apartments for over ten years. With this much experience, our staff understand how the business has worked for years and can guide you with any troubles or questions. They also know the city very well and can guide you in navigating around downtown.

Where are we located?

Chicago Furnished Apartments has many different apartments all over Chicago so that you can choose the ideal location that allows you to commute with ease. There are listings on the website that can help orient you to your exact location and allow you to plan your extended stay. The apartments are located in areas that are not too crowded with tourists so that traffic and people will not be an issue during your day. On the website, you can compare locations with our virtual map and images to help you determine where you would like to stay.

If downtown life is too hectic and crowded for you, we also have listings in the suburbs where it is more quiet and traffic is not an issue. These special listings also have images of the units available and maps for you to compare and plan out your travel time. These apartments are just as furnished and cozy as our downtown listings.

We also provide apartments in other states such as California, Ohio, Texas, and New York. This way, you do are not limited to planning trips in Chicago. You can explore what cities we have connections with at our website so that you can plan your trip in advance. If you still do not see your city, you can contact our friendly staff who can guide you in finding options.

What are the rooms like?

With each apartment we offer, you can find a detailed video and or pictures about the rooms available. Chicago Furnished Apartments offers different rooms sizes from studio apartments to apartments that house many people. Each apartment listing has images of the layout so that you can visualize how you would organize your furniture. The listings also contain pictures of the apartment with furniture so that you can visualize the space. The apartments listings also have pictures that show you what the entire apartment complex looks like to give you a feel for where you will be staying. The videos included also give you a virtual tour of the unit so you can imagine yourself walking around the unit. You can see the size of the pool, what other amenities they offer, and the layout of the entire complex. This way, you can get an idea of how large the complex is and whether it is a good fit for your associates.

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What is living in one of our apartments like?

Living on one of our apartments is as comfortable as living in your own home. Our apartments all have a working fully furnished kitchen, bedroom, and central living area. In these apartments, you have much more space than a regular hotel room. You can cook your own meals instead of having to go out for dinner each night. You can bring your own furniture and accessories without worrying about becoming crowded. Noise and other neighbors are not of concern when living in our apartments. There is far more privacy and quiet for you to complete your work in our apartments due to the larger space.

Many of our apartments also provide other services such as pool, recreation rooms, and exercise rooms where you can enjoy your day when not in business meetings. If you are traveling with family these are great places for your children to play and relax. These do not require any special membership; they are free for the tenants to use as they please. These amenities are located on site for your convenience. You can now enjoy a run or swim that is just minutes from your unit.

The majority of our apartments also provide wireless and TV services so that you can conduct your business affairs without any problems. The internet we provide allows you to research and perform any video conferences without any delay or lag. You do not have to worry about providing or finding your own service when you stay in one of our apartments.

The best part about is that you do not have to worry about the cost of your TV and internet. All of these amenities are included in your original bill.

Local attractions and services

We also offer advice and guides about the best places to visit during your stay. We understand that business is not all work and not play. Rather than guiding you to the busy crowded tourist locations, we can guide you to the best local spots that few know about. These local spots can allow you and your family to enjoy the night in quiet. Some of the spots that we suggest are local landmarks, shops, dining and restaurants, and entertainment. You can go out one night and enjoy the local food or go shopping for whatever necessities you may require during your trip with ease. With these extra tidbits, your business trip can be more memorable as you explore and make memories in the city that you are visiting.

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Contact our friendly staff

To learn more about planning your business trip with Chicago Furnished Apartments, you can contact us at 1.800.833.0331or visit our website. Our expert and friendly staff can help you plan out your entire trip. They will ensure that you have any special needs such as disability accommodations provided for your business associates. Any questions or concerns can also be addressed over the phone or through email. We want to ensure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible.Our staff can answer any questions about planning your trip and booking your extended stay. If your business has many associates, we can accommodate for a large number of people. Chicago Furnished Apartments looks forward to helping you plan your business trip and ensuring that you enjoy your entire stay in one of our luxurious spacious apartments.  

Beginner’s Guide to Chicago Short-Term Lease

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Short-term leasing can be anxiety-inducing, especially when you’ll be gone several weeks (or even months) in a new and unfamiliar city.

If you’re looking at a short-term lease in Chicago, you’re in luck: Chicago is a bustling city with excellent restaurants and entertainment options, and Corporate Suites Network is here to help you find your dream rental in the Windy City.

Benefits of a Chicago short-term lease

Corporate Suites Network helps busy professionals with their short-term leasing needs. There are many benefits to short-term leasing in Chicago, such as expense transparency and comfort levels that feel much more homier than a hotel room.

Navigating a new city and trying to secure a short-term rental can be stressful when you find yourself there for–and need to focus on–work. Here are just a few examples of why a short-term lease in Chicago is an excellent option.

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Hotels can be pricey, especially in a city in such great demand as Chicago. Popularity, tourism, and a high cost of living put Chicago hotels on the higher end of the spectrum. When you factor in a long stay, hotel prices can quickly become astronomical.

Fortunately, corporate housing stays longer than 30 days are a more cost-effective choice than hotels. Their rates are also much more straight-forward.

Hotel rates may seem cheap, but always remember that the advertised rate doesn’t include hotel tax. Taxes alone can add an additional several hundred dollars a month on top of the exorbitant rate you are likely already paying.

Corporate housing stays of 30 days or more are not subject to the high hotel tax rate, which makes the pricing more predictable as well as more affordable.

In addition to the wildcard of hotel taxes, hotel prices can also vary nightly, often with markedly higher rates on weekends or during certain times of year. This can make expense forecasting a challenging sport.

Corporate housing is more transparent. Many times, corporate housing can offer a fixed rate for guests. This makes it much easier to provide predictable price quotes that are friendly to the working professional that needs to predict and justify long-term travel expenses.

Hotel rooms typically offer minimal space, even suites, which can make you feel claustrophobic–especially during long-term stays. Corporate housing is more homey and spacious, providing a full kitchen rather than a tiny kitchenette, and the fully-furnished space is more like your own individual apartment than a generic hotel room. You can stretch your legs and put your feet up after a long day’s work!

Even though your corporate housing stay will feel private and homey, you still get to reap the benefits of housekeeping. This is excellent for a busy professional who may not have much time to devote to upkeep.

Bi-weekly housekeeping is a coveted perk of corporate housing. In addition, each new guest can expect a unit that has been fully shampooed, painted, and deep-cleaned using a 48-point checklist prior to their move-in date. All bed and bath linens, as well as all blankets and comforters, are professionally laundered at a temperature of 150 degrees.

Because housekeeping is bi-weekly, you don’t have to worry about being up and out of your unit at a certain time every day. Relaxing and sleeping in is encouraged! Because corporate housing is more like an apartment than a hotel room, you have privacy and independence. Gone are the days of listening to the footsteps and slammed doors of fellow hotel guests coming and going throughout the night.

Corporate housing amenities tend to be superior to hotel amenities, and all utilities and amenities are already included in your monthly rent. No unpredictable bills makes for a financially stress-free stay!

You can expect a fully-furnished apartment including a comfortable bed with brand new pillows. The unit comes stocked with plenty of extra blankets and pillows in the closet, to boot. You can also depend on a fully-equipped kitchen, wi-fi access at no additional charge, and a 42-inch plasma TV.

Corporate housing units feel like home. Hotel rooms can feel generic and sterile, and the walls can be paper thin. On the flip side, corporate housing is homey, private, and provides surroundings that feel familiar and comforting. When you’re on the road and miss your family and friends, or you’ve had a particularly stressful day at the office, it’s nice to retire to a relaxing oasis that feels like much more than just your temporary home.

There’s nothing worse than feeling stranded in an unfamiliar city. Fortunately, many of Chicago’s corporate housing options are located in neighborhoods with high walkability scores. Many Chicago neighborhoods have walkability scores in the 90s, which may mean that you don’t have to rent a car, deal with city parking, or rely on transit during your stay.

There is no better way to explore a city than on foot–and hitting the street for a leisurely stroll or a jog to blow off some steam couldn’t be easier than in these pedestrian-friendly areas.

When choosing corporate housing, working directly with a corporate housing provider can help you avoid the nightmare of leasing and maintenance of your unit. Corporate housing providers handle the details for you while you live, work, and play. The staff is entirely comprised of fully-trained hospitality professionals that are on staff to make your stay a worry-free experience.

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10 things to watch out for

There are a few hard and fast rules when choosing a rental. Before you sign your short-term lease in Chicago, make sure you’ve thoroughly read the terms, and remember these tips:

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Why choose Corporate Suites Network?

More Locations

Corporate Suites Network rents hundreds of corporate apartments at various locations throughout downtown Chicago and the Chicago suburbs. Finding a convenient location for your stay is easy when you contact Corporate Suites Network.

Better Value

Corporate Suites Network delivers more value to our residents than our competitors. Our combination of exceptional service and affordable prices has made us the leader in the corporate housing industry in Chicago.

Thorough Housekeeping

Unlike other corporate suite companies, bi-weekly housekeeping is included with our Chicago short term housing. This ensures the exceptional quality of our corporate suites. Each apartment goes through a thorough 48-point inspection checklist before the resident arrives, to ensure a clean and comfortable stay.

Consistently Exceptional Service

Our entire management staff is composed of hospitality professionals. It is our philosophy that by maintaining core management staff, a certain consistency exists that ultimately leads to higher standards of customer service.

Great Amenities

Our apartments come fully-furnished for maximum convenience to our residents.

Best Local Recommendations

Not only is Corporate Suites Network a tight-knit team of hospitality professionals, we’re also experts on the best ways to enjoy Chicago and the Chicago suburbs. We confidently steer our guests away from the tourist traps to Best Local spots near our corporate apartment locations.

Human Resources Love

We appreciate all the work human resource professionals do, and want to help you make smart choices for your company and make your job easier—we love HR people. We’re the people who take the time to understand and accommodate your corporate housing needs, and show you HR love.  

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Best value for Chicago short-term leasing

Extended stay housing provided by Corporate Suites Network will give you many advantages:

Corporate Suites Network simply offers the best value for extended stay housing in Chicago.  Our Chicago furnished apartments are significantly more spacious than hotel rooms and feature fully-equipped kitchens and the privacy and comfort you deserve.

Unlike other corporate suite companies, bi-weekly housekeeping is included in most corporate apartments. This ensures the exceptional quality of our furnished apartments.

Our on-site housekeeping staff is hired, trained, and supervised within the organization.

Team development is aimed at employee commitment to achieving standards of the highest quality.

The initial impression guests experience upon entering their Corporate Suite Network apartment should be an awareness of the cleanliness and comfort of their surroundings. Corporate Suites Network ensures the continuing quality of corporate suites and prepares for each new arrival by:

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One reason for our success is the fact that our entire management staff is composed of hospitality professionals. Beginning with the President of Corporate Suites Network, and the six Managers of our operation, combined, have accumulated more than one hundred years of experience in the hotel, restaurant, and travel related industries. The intense training and experience of their professional background has helped us to achieve our goal of consistency in Quality Customer Service. In addition, the core management staff of ten has an average length of employment of ten years with Corporate Suites Network. It is our philosophy that by maintaining core management staff, a certain consistency exists that ultimately leads to higher standards of customer service.

A suite attendant’s job description is accompanied by a written statement of our Standards of Professionalism and Code of Conduct. This covers professional appearance, professional behavior, and housekeeping guidelines. Newly hired housekeepers work with a seasoned suite attendant for three days of training before they become responsible for the cleaning of any guest apartments. Every apartment is inspected by a supervisor, using a Quality of Cleaning Inspection Form, before the guest arrives. Out of a possible score of 100, each suite attendant must maintain an average minimum score of 97.5 in order to retain her position.

Professional Service, Experienced Hands

At every level, our employees are selected primarily for their attitude and their experience. The majority of our total staff has extensive hospitality experience as a part of their professional background, so they are steeped in the tradition of service, service, service. With this degree of service tradition in common, our staff has been able to maintain a valuable consistency in its approach to Quality Customer Service.

Corporate Suites Network amenities

Our client focus is to offer corporate housing in furnished apartments that provide not only the necessities, but offer many additional services and luxuries, as well. Our most important objective is to provide our guests with all the warmth and comforts of home and to respond to their needs, quickly and earnestly. Some of the comforts of home include:

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We solve complex Corporate Housing challenges for Corporate clients.

Do you need furnished apartments for a group of associates who will be flying in and out of Chicago for an extended period of time? Do you have special needs such as handicap access or allergies? Do you need special reporting or billing arrangements? No worries. We can help.

Our Key Accounts Team is here to help.

Since opening our doors in 1980, we’ve been fortunate to work with hundreds of corporations.We’ve worked through language barriers, culture issues, and last minute bookings. We’ve tailored our reporting systems to meet the unique needs of our clients. We’ve developed and managed large-scale, multi-city corporate housing programs. So if you’re looking for a relationship with a corporate housing provider who offers more than furnished suites, talk to us. You’ll find our team to be experienced, proactive, flexible, and detail oriented. We think you’ll be very pleased with the service you get and the solutions we provide. Click here to have someone from our Key Accounts Team contact you.

Don’t take our word for it. Ask for references.

We’re proud of our work and the client relationships we’ve built. If you’re unsure about our furnished apartments, please ask for references to speak with a client of Corporate Suites Network. We’ll be happy to put you in touch with one of our repeat clients. Their testimonial says more than we ever could.

Chicago neighborhoods Corporate Suites Network leases in

Gold Coast

Luxurious corporate housing along Chicago’s Historic Gold Coast. The area is one of the country’s most affluent neighborhoods.

Lincoln Park

These corporate apartments are near beautiful parks and beaches along the north shore of Chicago. Close to Northwestern University and Evanston Hospital.

Loop • West Loop

Furnished apartments near Chicago’s business district.

River North

Our River North corporate apartments offer convenient access to restaurants, galleries, transportation, and much more.

South Loop • Printer’s Row

Chicago’s South Loop is home to Columbia College and the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum.

Streeterville

Our Streeterville apartments offer easy access to Navy Pier and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Suburbs, too

Corporate Suites Network also offers expansive short-term lease options in the following suburbs of Chicago:

Arlington Heights • Schaumburg

Deerfield • Glenview • Northbrook

Close to major corporations.

Des Plaines • O’Hare

Conveniently located near the airport for quick access to travel.

Elmhurst • Lombard • Oak Brook

Upscale furnished Apartments in Chicago’s Western suburbs. Conveniently located close to shopping malls, dining, and more.

Evanston

Furnished apartments in Evanston near Northwestern University and Evanston Hospital.

Naperville

St. Charles • Wheaton

Vernon Hills

Wheeling

Best Local: Thrift Stores

Enjoy these Chicago thrift stores!

Searching for unique antiques, vintage fashion or a new DIY project? Chicago is home to various resale stores full of interesting find. Stop by these Chicago secondhand and thrift stores for great deals!

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For kitschy, secondhand clothing and accessories stop by Hollywood Mirror! Hollywood Mirror sells clothing, accessories and funky home goods. Clothing is thrifted and refurbished to include fun patterns and patches for one of a kind pieces. Leave with something unique! Only a 15 minute walk from Kent!

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New Elephant Resale is a nonprofit resale shop housing antiques, artwork, jewelry and more! Now located in the Reebie building, built in Egyptian-style ornament by George Kingsley, New Elephant has hidden treasures and vintage finds. All sales from New Elephant benefit three local charities  — The Jesse White Tumbling Team, Rotary Club One and Boys/Girls Hope of Illinois. Only a 5 minute walk from The Belden Stratford.

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Shop through a curated selection of vintage clothing and houseware from Seek Vintage Wares & Apparel! Find baking dishes from the ‘50s mixed with couture gowns from the ‘70s at this West Town thrifting staple. Seek has carefully curated pieces sure to turn heads, only a 9 minute drive from EnV Chicago.

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Check out Open Books for a selection of new and used books. Open Books is a nonprofit that supports local reading programs, readings and book sales. Volunteers help run the programs and work the storefronts, stocked with new and used books from local and international publishers. Only a 4 minute walk from Catalyst Apartments or a 13 minute walk from Arkadia Towers.

Best Local: Relaxation Locations

Escape the city chaos and unwind at these relaxing Chicago locations!

Tuesday, August 15th is National Relaxation Day! If traffic, construction and city crowds have you feeling overwhelmed, spend the holiday exploring the hidden sights of Chicago. Relax and recharge at any of these Chicago sanctuaries!

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Spend your lunch break enjoying Chicago’s hidden gardens, like the South Garden at the Art Institute. Constructed in the 1960s, the South Garden open up to Michigan Avenue and features a walkway of locust trees surrounding the Fountain of Great Lakes. The garden’s large planters are changed seasonally and the large trees canopy the garden. It’s easy to get lost in this urban oasis, which is only a 12 minute walk from 73 East Lake.

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Relax with a day at the spa! Try Renew Spa, the only green spa in Chicago to use chemical and preservative-free products. Their services include massage therapy, spa packages and their signature renew your body or skin packages, that exfoliate and cleanse your skin to leave you feeling refreshed. Only a 7 minute walk from State & Chestnut!

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Take a stroll through the downtown Chicago Cultural Center! The building contains two stained-glass domes situated above museum exhibits along with stunning architecture. The center also features free public events, including music, film screenings, dances, and more. The center’s current exhibit includes the 2nd Chicago Architecture Biennial. Only a 4 minute walk from 73 East Lake or a 6 minute walk from Marquee at Block 37.

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Start your morning  — or afternoon  — of right with coffee and lunch at Bridgeport Coffee. Expanding from the city’s south neighborhood of Bridgeport, Bridgeport Coffee now includes a location in the South Loop serving fresh ground coffee, bistro food and even some wine options. The coffee bar is located in the Roosevelt Collection, including Showtime theatres and various retailers so you can grab a cup and shop. Only an 8 minute walk from AMLI 900!

4 Great Reasons to Use Corporate Housing in Chicago

Let’s start with what “corporate housing” is. It’s short and long-term housing solutions for people and businesses who find themselves frequently moving about, be it throughout the whole country, or just within their sales regions. A company wanting to train field office employees will need a place to house a training representative, and insurance companies use corporate housing companies in the wakes of natural disasters to send out their adjusters for field work or house those affected.

In most cases, these types of jobs take longer than a few days to complete and it costs a fair amount to house an employee in a hotel for an extended stay. Corporate housing gives you the option to book housing with furnished spaces and home amenities for your extended stay.

If you find yourself in the Windy City, here’s 10 reasons to use corporate housing in Chicago.

It’s cheaper than a hotel.

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In Chicago, hotels can be too costly. Long-stay’s for their employees leave companies looking at paying $200+ for even a basic room. In 2016, the average daily rate of corporate housing in the US was $150. There are some hotels where you can find cheaper prices throughout the city, but supplementary costs related to these hotels make this an expensive option.

You have the amenities of home.

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Monthly apartment rentals through Corporate Suites Network are all fully furnished spaces that are designed with purpose. Homely kitchens with appliances and cooking utensils affords the option to buy groceries and cook for oneself instead of having to shell out cash for your morning coffee and breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

And food in Chicago can get expensive fast. Nevertheless, $300 in groceries that will last two or three weeks is always better than dropping almost $100 a day on three basic meals in addition to the cost of travel and time to have these meals.

Location. Location. Location.

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Corporate housing can be found in apartment buildings, residential complexes, and in some cases, actual houses. This means that a customer has their pick and won’t have to sacrifice an ideal location when making the right choice. With a broader range of options, one could be just a short drive or cab ride from the heart of town while still having the relative quiet of residential areas, or find themselves in a bustling area with more things to do than time to do them.

 

It makes it easier to relocate employees and new hires.

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Having to uproot one’s life to relocate for a job is a taxing process. So if you’re moving an employee because of a promotion or bringing in a new hire, providing the right living space while they search for a place to settle down in the city or suburbs is paramount. In the corporate housing world, treating our customers as well as you would like to treat your employees is our mission.

Having a comfortable temporary space allows your employees to get familiar with a certain area and still have the time to meet with clients without the hassle of worrying about getting the family moved and finding time to search for their permanent housing solution.

The Ultimate Guide to Chicago Furnished Short-term Rentals

When you find yourself relocating for work, you can expect to spend anywhere from weeks to months in your new digs. On top of that, you’re there for business, so your mind is already preoccupied.

You want to make sure your short-term rental feels like home, that it provides the amenities you’re looking for, and that the location makes your commute a breeze while also offering you an impressive array of downtime activities.

This is the ultimate guide to Chicago furnished short-term rentals: what the benefits of corporate short-term rentals are, what to look for in a furnished short-term rental, and resources to help get you started.

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The benefits of Chicago furnished short-term rentals

When business brings you to Chicago, you want to focus on what you’re there for: your job. Navigating a new city is stressful, and securing a place to live for the duration of your stay can be tedious, exhausting, and expensive.

There are many benefits to staying in corporate housing, from transparency in expenses to comfort and privacy that mimics home.

Here are the top benefits of Chicago furnished short-term rentals:

Hotels can be pricey, especially in a city in such great demand as Chicago. Popularity, tourism, and a high cost of living put Chicago hotels on the higher end of the spectrum. When you factor in a long stay, hotel prices can quickly become astronomical.

Fortunately, corporate housing stays longer than 30 days are a more cost-effective choice than hotels. Their rates are also much more straight-forward.

Hotel rates may seem cheap, but always remember that the advertised rate doesn’t include hotel tax. Taxes alone can add an additional several hundred dollars a month on top of the exorbitant rate you are likely already paying.

Corporate housing stays of 30 days or more are not subject to the high hotel tax rate, which makes the pricing more predictable as well as more affordable.

In addition to the wildcard of hotel taxes, hotel prices can also vary nightly, often with markedly higher rates on weekends or during certain times of year. This can make expense forecasting a challenging sport.

Short-term rentals are more transparent. Many times, short-term rentals can offer a fixed rate for guests. This makes it much easier to provide predictable price quotes that are friendly to the working professional that needs to predict and justify long-term travel expenses.

Hotel rooms typically offer minimal space, even suites, which can make you feel claustrophobic–especially during long-term stays. Short-term housing is more homey and spacious, providing a full kitchen rather than a tiny kitchenette, and the fully-furnished space is more like your own individual apartment than a generic hotel room. You can stretch your legs and put your feet up after a long day’s work!

Even though your short-term housing stay will feel private and homey, you still get to reap the benefits of housekeeping. This is excellent for a busy professional who may not have much time to devote to upkeep.

Bi-weekly housekeeping is a coveted perk of corporate housing. In addition, each new guest can expect a unit that has been fully shampooed, painted, and deep-cleaned using a 48-point checklist prior to their move-in date. All bed and bath linens, as well as all blankets and comforters, are professionally laundered at a temperature of 150 degrees.

Because housekeeping is bi-weekly, you don’t have to worry about being up and out of your unit at a certain time every day. Relaxing and sleeping in is encouraged! Because short-term rentals are more like an apartment than a hotel room, you have privacy and independence. Gone are the days of listening to the footsteps and slammed doors of fellow hotel guests coming and going throughout the night.

Short-term rental amenities tend to be superior to hotel amenities, and all utilities and amenities are already included in your monthly rent. No unpredictable bills makes for a financially stress-free stay!

You can expect a fully-furnished apartment including a comfortable bed with brand new pillows. The unit comes stocked with plenty of extra blankets and pillows in the closet, to boot. You can also depend on a fully-equipped kitchen, wi-fi access at no additional charge, and a 42-inch plasma TV.

Short-term rental units feel like home. Hotel rooms can feel generic and sterile, and the walls can be paper thin. On the flip side, corporate housing is homey, private, and provides surroundings that feel familiar and comforting. When you’re on the road and miss your family and friends, or you’ve had a particularly stressful day at the office, it’s nice to retire to a relaxing oasis that feels like much more than just your temporary home.

There’s nothing worse than feeling stranded in an unfamiliar city. Fortunately, many of Chicago’s short-term rental options are located in neighborhoods with high walkability scores. Many Chicago neighborhoods have walkability scores in the 90s, which may mean that you don’t have to rent a car, deal with city parking, or rely on transit during your stay.

There is no better way to explore a city than on foot–and hitting the street for a leisurely stroll or a jog to blow off some steam couldn’t be easier than in these pedestrian-friendly areas.

When choosing short-term housing, working directly with a corporate housing provider can help you avoid the nightmare of leasing and maintenance of your unit. Corporate housing providers handle the details for you while you live, work, and play. The staff is entirely comprised of fully-trained hospitality professionals that are on staff to make your stay a worry-free experience.

What to watch out for in pursuit of your Chicago furnished short term rental

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Relocation can test your patience. Moving can be a stressful and costly endeavor, and short-term relocation can provide a unique set of challenges, especially in a highly-populated city like Chicago.

Procuring short-term living arrangements in an unfamiliar city doesn’t have to be a thorn in your side, and we have a few essential tips to help you navigate the short-term rental market in Chicago.

Here are a few tips for finding the best Chicago short-term furnished rentals:

When perusing rental listings, knowing a little bit about the area and its rental market can go a long way. This can be easily accomplished by simply glancing through the available rental listings and noticing the average list price. If one-bedroom apartments in the neighborhood are renting at an average of $2k, but you come across a palatial two-bedroom listed at $1500 with two parking spaces, original hardwood, walk-in closets, stainless steel appliances…renter beware, this is probably a scam.

A luxury apartment listed below market rate is an instant red flag. Helping individuals that were scammed for fake units is an unfortunate part of the business, but it is preventable. Keep your eyes open and question any detail that feels off to you.

Along the same vein, be choosy about which rental listings, property managers, and corporate housing providers you respond to. If basic contact information like the property management team’s phone number is not revealed in the listing, this could be a sign that something is amiss. We are in a technology-driven age where communication via email is the norm, however, not providing a means for potential renters to speak directly with the property management team or property owner is a troubling sign.

Renters know that signing a lease sight unseen can be scary. It is not always possible to tour the unit prior to signing, especially when moving from out of town. The property management should always offer the tour, though, even if you can’t take it. At the very least, current, undoctored photos should be presented to potential renters to provide a fair representation of the property.

If you absolutely can’t tour the unit before signing the lease, make sure the lease you’re signing includes a clause about maintenance and repair. This way you are protected in the event of damage that was not represented in photos.

Accreditation for corporate housing providers is not to be taken lightly. Accreditation legitimizes the provider and ensures that they operate professionally, ethically, and excellently.

Look for icons on websites representing membership of such accreditation companies, like the Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP), Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA), and the Corporate Relocation Council (CRC).

We live in the age of plastic. Credit and debit cards can be used virtually everywhere, including paying your housing provider’s short-term rental payment. Don’t rent from providers or properties that demand cash. Credit payments are convenient, secure, and are also logistically easier from the business end, as asking for a receipt for a cash payment is quite an uncommon practice.

Avoid unpredictable bills by ensuring that the amenities and utilities for your unit are included in your monthly rent price.

Moving typically entails cancelling, transferring, or starting new services for cable, internet, electricity, gas, water, and more, but if your stay is short-term, it’s easiest and most convenient to condense all amenities and utilities to one easy rent payment. It’s one less thing for you to worry about, and your monthly expenses won’t unexpectedly shift due to seasonal changes like heavy use of the air conditioning in the summer, or gas heat in the winter.

Many neighborhoods in Chicago have a walkability score in the mid-90s. Stepping outside to grab a bite to eat, stop in at the pharmacy, or take a leisurely stroll is a perk of living in the city. Parking downtown can be a hassle, but avoid the need to circle the block just to run into the store for dinner–research your potential rental and ensure that it scores highly on the walkability scale. The Near North Side, the West Loop, and Lincoln Park neighborhoods all rate extremely highly in walkability.

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If something breaks unexpectedly in your short-term rental, it shouldn’t be your responsibility to fix it, and maintenance and support should be accessible immediately. How long do you want to suffer with a broken water heater in the winter, or broken air conditioning in the sweltering hot Chicago summer?

Avoid the nightmare by making sure your property manager or corporate housing provider has guaranteed maintenance and support 24/7 as part of your rental agreement.

Living in a safe and secure location is incredibly important, especially in a city you’re unfamiliar with. When choosing your short-term rental, you’ll want to choose a unit that has a secure entry. You want to be sure that no one is entering the building or unit that should not have access. Before signing a lease, ask the property management about security protocol and find out if a security staff is on call 24/7. Ensuring your safety and the safety of your guests will help you rest easy in your temporary home!

You want to make sure you are signing a lease that provides exactly the things you are looking for, is reasonable and fair, and doesn’t contain any suspicious fine print. Especially when you are renting a short-term rental in another city, sight unseen, you’ll want to know the answers to the following questions:

With these easy tips, you’re fully equipped to tackle your Chicago furnished short-term rental.

Resources for finding your Chicago furnished short-term rental

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Corporate Suites Network is your main resource and one-stop-shop for securing your Chicago furnished short-term rental.

Corporate Suites Network has over 30 years as a successful extended stay housing provider. Not an app, or a booking portal, Corporate Suites Network is a team of friendly corporate housing experts who make it easy for you to book and use extended-stay apartments throughout the Chicago area.

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Corporate Suites Network rents hundreds of corporate apartments at various locations throughout downtown Chicago and the Chicago suburbs. Finding a convenient location for your stay is easy when you contact Corporate Suites Network.

Better Value
Corporate Suites Network delivers more value to residents than competitor companies. With a combination of exceptional service and affordable prices, Corporate Suites Network has become a leader in the corporate housing industry in Chicago.

Thorough Housekeeping
Unlike other corporate suite companies, bi-weekly housekeeping is included in Chicago furnished short-term rentals. This ensures the exceptional quality of each corporate suite. Each apartment goes through a thorough 48-point inspection checklist before the resident arrives, to ensure a clean and comfortable stay.

You can expect your Chicago furnished short-term rental to:

Consistently Exceptional Service
Corporate Suites Network’s entire management staff is comprised of hospitality professionals. By maintaining core management staff, a certain consistency exists that ultimately leads to higher standards of customer service.

Great Amenities
Corporate Suites Network’s apartments come fully-furnished for maximum convenience to residents.

Best Local Recommendations
Not only is the team at Corporate Suites Network a tight-knit group of hospitality professionals, but the team also excels on the best ways to enjoy Chicago and the Chicago suburbs. The team confidently steers guests away from the tourist traps and instead to the best local recommendations.

Human Resources Love
Corporate Suites Network appreciates all the work human resource professionals do, and aim to help your company make smart, informed decisions about short-term rentals, as well as make your job easier.

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