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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!

Mother’s Day 2017

Celebrate Mother’s Day with these Chicago events! 

This Sunday, May 14 is Mother’s Day! Celebrate moms, grandmas, aunts and all the wonderful mother-figures in your life. Chicago is offering delicious brunch specials, bonding activities and spring greenery. Check out any of these events!

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Treat mom to afternoon brunch and tea at The Langham Chicago! The Langham features a Mother’s Day brunch complete with mimosas, Bloody Mary bar, omelet station and vanilla pearl sugar Belgian waffles. Enjoy brunch with a live jazz ensemble, magician and floral arrangements. Only a 7 minute walk from AMLI River North or a 6 minute walk from Grand Plaza.

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Take a stroll through the serene Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool! Lincoln Park is home to this beautiful lily pond, tucked away in an alcove adjacent to the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Sit under the pergolas and enjoy the lush greenery or explore the wildlife surrounding the pond. Only a 5 minute walk from the Belden Stratford or a 12 minute walk from Kent.

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Enjoy bonding time with mom by decorating cupcakes together at Magnolia Bakery! Swap real roses for sweet buttercream ones with their Mother’s Day cupcake decorating classes, where attendees can take home six cupcakes of their creation. Learn how to make buttercream roses and decorate like a pro! The class also includes recipe book, cupcake decoration and at-home icing kit to keep. Only 2 minute walk from Marquee at Block 37 or a 5 minutes away from 73 East Lake.

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Enjoy the spring weather with a Mother’s Day dinner outside! Piccolo Sogno features a beautiful courtyard for outdoor dining. The Italian restaurant features gourmet eats, such as the signature ravioli “piccolo sogno,” roasted duck and potato dumplings. Only a 7 minute drive from EnV Chicago!

National Photography Month

Capture the beauty of Chicago with National Photography Month!

May is National Photography Month! View the city with a new lens and celebrate with photography exhibits, trips to historical camera shops, or your own photography excursions throughout Chicago!

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Visit a Chicago photography staple, Central Cameras located in the Loop! Calling downtown Chicago its home since 1899, Central Camera offers film developing services, darkroom equipment, cameras for sale and lots of photography advice! Whether novice or pro, Central Camera has all the accessories  — and experience  — for any photographer. Only an 11 minute walk from 73 East Lake or a 13 minute walk from Marquee at Block 37

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View beautiful photography exhibits while you shop at Tamarkin Camera! The Tamarkin Camera showroom, the Rangefinder Gallery, is featuring Cuban photographer Roberto Salas chronicling the rise and fall of Fidel Castro’s rule. Tamarking also features the largest Leica camera showroom in the Midwest, priding itself on un-retouched photography exhibits. The store also includes film and digital cameras for sale. Only an 11 minute walk from 400 N. LaSalle or a 14 minute walk from Grand Plaza.

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Explore the art world of photography at The Museum of Contemporary Photography, in partnership with Columbia College. Founded in 1976, the musuems current exhibitions include Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy and #AiWeiwei. The space also features lectures, poetry readings and other events. Only a 14 minute walk from AMLI 900.

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New to photography? No problem! Flex your creative muscles with the Creative Eye Workshops, held by internationally published photographer Mike McDonald. McDonald will teach you the photography basics to help your own vision and style blossom. Only an 11 minute drive from Dwell at Naperville.

National Poetry Month

Celebrate National Poetry Month with these Chicago locations and events!

The month of April is National Poetry Month! Chicago is historically known for its poetry, from Carl Sandburg to the annual Louder than a Bomb competition. Enjoy poetry readings, spoken word or browse local books stores for curated collections. Check out these Chicago events!

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Stop by the Poetry Foundation, the headquarters for world-renowned poetry journal Poetry. Started in 1912 by Harriet Monroe, Poetry was an initiative to bring the art form away from the coasts and to the Midwest. Over a century later, the Poetry Foundation is now home to a 30,000 volume library, gallery space, public garden and event space. The foundation actively hosts public events and readings for the public, and their current exhibition features a photo gallery from poet Jun Fujita. Only a 7 minute walk from Grand Plaza or a 10 minute walk from AMLI River North.

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Visit the Newberry Library, Chicago’s largest independent research library since 1887! Their collections include the history of the book, music, travel & exploration, and Chicago and Midwest history. The Newberry is also home to a large collection of literary magazines and journals, along with archives dedicated solely to Shakespeare. Stop by for some educational fun or attend an event, only a 4 minute walk from State & Chestnut!

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Enjoy weekly poetry readings hosted by The Green Mill! Every Sunday night the jazz bar features the Uptown Poetry Slam, featuring Chicago’s own Beer Vendor Poet. Grab a drink and share your work, or just enjoy the jazz and spoken word! Only a 12 minute drive from Kent.

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Explore arts and humanities with various events offered through the Chicago Humanities Festival! The Chicago Humanities Festival focuses on creativity, thoughtfulness, diversity and quality to provide a diversity of events such as readings, lectures and book signings. Attend upcoming events such as Art and Obsolescence, Caitlyn Jenner: Secrets or Roxane Gay: Hunger. Tickets available online and discounted for students/teachers, their office location is only a 3 minute walk from AMLI River North or Grand Plaza.

Best Local: Record Stores

Celebrate National Record Store Day!

Saturday, April 22 is National Record Store Day! Whether it’s browsing old classics or new releases, vinyl is making a comeback. Chicago is home to hip record havens and longtime record stores celebrating Record Store Day.

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Celebrate with live music at Reckless Records! For Record Store Day the store will hold performances by local Chicago bands for free as customers browse though racks. Reckless Records sells new and old vinyl along with CDs, DVDs and posters. Browse through their staff picks with their custom album reviews! The East Madison location is only a 6 minute walk from 73 East Lake or Marquee at Block 37.

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Stop by a Chicago record store staple, Dave’s Records! Open for over 25 years, Dave’s has one rule  — No CDs! Search through vinyl onyl to find new releases or find valuable collectibles. Located across the street from the Kent location.

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Stop by the nation’s largest dance music distributor at Groove Distribution! Featuring new releases every Friday, the store features house, nu disco, dupstep and downtempo. Only an 8 minute drive from Arkadia Towers.

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Visit “High Fidelity’s” own Vintage Vinyl in Evanston. Vintage Vinyl is one of Chicago’s longest running record stores and is top rated by Dave Eggers. Known for their collector’s stock of psychedelic, prog rock, krautrock and mod, Vintage Vinyl also includes international imports from European and UK vendors. Only a 5 minute drive from AMLI Evanston!

Easter 2017

Celebrate Easter in Chicago with these Chicago and suburban activities!

Sunday, April 16 is Easter! From egg hunts to Easter brunch, these Chicago and suburban events will make a great holiday.

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Get the family involved with the Great Chicago Egg Hunt at Maggie Daley Park! Collaborating with Medieval Times, the event features a Middle-Ages themed Easter extravaganza, complete with over 1,000 candy-filled eggs. The egg hunt will also feature games such as sword fighting demonstrations, knights and princesses, crafts and more. Only a 9 minute walk from 73 East Lake or an 11 minute walk from Marquee at Block 37.

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Enjoy an Easter brunch at Nico Osteria. The Italian seafood restaurant is serving savory dishes such as spring lamb hash, stuffed apple pancakes and lobster scramble. Brunch also includes Bloody Marys and Bellevue Bellini, including a sweet treat of tiramisu or cassata cake. Only a 6 minute walk from State & Chestnut.

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Easter egg hunts aren’t just for the kids! Enjoy the Easter tradition  — and a drink or two — at Longman and Eagle’s Adult Easter Egg Hunt! The event starts with an egg hunt, followed by a block party hosted by Longman and Eagle featuring music and food. After an egg count winners will be awarded an Easter gift basket. Only a 12 minute drive from Catalyst Apartments or Arkadia Towers.

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Easter is for enjoying the springtime weather! Have Easter brunch among the spring flowers at Morton Arboretum Brunch. Enjoy a view of Meadow Lake with a buffet-style brunch, and afterwards take a walk through the park. Only an 10 minute drive from Iroquois Club or Dwell at Naperville.

Best Local: Beer & Breweries

Enjoy locally brewed beers at any of these Chicago and suburban locations!

Friday, April 7th is National Beer Day, and Chicago is home to various craft brews! Celebrate with a tall glass from these local Chicago breweries and bars.

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Cruz Blanca Cerveceria and Taqueria mixes brewery and Mexican tapas bar for a unique taste of Mexico City in Chicago. Their beer menu includes Das Bueno doppelbock, Bombita barleywine and Emil biere de garde blend. After choosing a drink pick a taco to pair, or try their Oaxacan-style tlayudas or their shrimp encamaronada quesadillas. Only a 6 minute drive from Catalyst Apartments or an 11 minute walk from Arkadia Towers.

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Stop by Vice District Brewing Company for a local Chicago brew! Named for the Red Light Vice Districts of the late 1800s, the South Side brewery has 5 staple beers and specials such as coconut porter, imperial milk stout and my alibi IPA. Grab some local food and sit at the bar with a custom beer, only an 8 minute walk from Vue20.

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Enjoy a beer after hours at Howells and Hood! Named after architects John Howells and Raymond Hood, the bar and restaurant features over 199 unique craft beers, and 360 tap beers spread across 3 bars with over 20% dedicated to local Chicago brews. Can’t choose? Try their beer flight for a mix of flavors ad stay for delicious entress and burgers. Located in the historic Tribune Tower and only a 9 minute walk from Grand Plaza or AMLI River North or an 11 minute walk from 400 N. LaSalle.

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Try local Sketchbook Brewing Company. Opening its doors in 2014, the local brewery has since grown to includes its own tap room and circulation to over 30 local restaurants. Sketchbook is a community-supported brewery focusing on sustainability and local ingredients with over 25 different brews. Their new Tap Room includes IPAs, Irish stouts, pilsens and a special Black Saison. Only a 3 minute walk from AMLI Evanston!

Best Local: Bakeries

Visit these Chicago and suburban bakeries!

Chicago is home to a variety of bakeries serving goods from fresh bread to cakes and gourmet sandwiches. Plan for Easter treats or simply stop by for a loaf of bread at any of these Chicago and suburban bakeries.

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Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter offer real Belgian baked goods in Chicago. Try their Belgian country bread, Belgian chocolate croissant or peche mignon pastry. Come on the weekend for a taste of their weekend brunch menue and enjoy a view of the creation process with an open window to the bakery! Only a 6 minute walk from State & Chestnut!

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Enjoy muffins, scones, bagels and more on the go with Little Goat Bakery, located in the French Market! Bakery flavors change daily, but some specials include bacon and gouda bread, onion rye bagels and fat elvis cake. Little Goat even offers custom creations, so come in with an idea and they will make it a bakery reality! Only a 4 minute walk from Presidential Towers or a 9 minute walk from 215 West Apartments.

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Enjoy dessert all day at Goddess and the Baker. Combining the gourmet coffee experience with sweet baked goods, Goddess and the Baker encourage customers to indulge themselves. The bakery serves morning buns, coffee cake, goddess granola bars, soft egg toast and more. Speaking of toast, take a peek at their beer, wine and “boozy” coffee menu! Only a 5 minute walk from 400 N. LaSalle or a 6 minute walk from Marquee at Block 37.

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Stop by DeEtta’s Bakery, a family bakery serving goods baked from scratch. Enjoy croissant cup bread, maple pecan cinnamon rolls or DeEtta’s delight bar with oatmeal, milk chocolate and homemade caramel. The menu also features cakes, cupcakes and pies for any occassion. Stop by on the weekend for fresh doughnuts! Only a 6 minute drive from Iroquis Club or an 8 minute drive from Dwell at Naperville.

20 Must-Have Items for Corporate Travel in 2017

20 Must-Have Items for Corporate Travel in 2017

You fly halfway across the United States, go through the hurdles of the airlines, finding an Uber, plopping down into a strange bed, exhausted, only to find your phone at 2% power. How many times has it happened you reach into your messenger bag (in that one pocket you always put your charger in) only to reveal in the rush of trying to get out of the house to catch your flight you forgot the one piece of equipment that charges your critical communication device.

It happens. Being in the corporate housing and hospitality industry for as long as we have, people forget these items all the time. Phone chargers, Tylenol, headphones…underwear. Luckily, we’ve come up with a printable checklist for you with 20 ideas of must-have items for corporate travel in 2017. These must-have items are intended for corporate travel users, the kind folks who will be hanging around Chicago in a furnished apartment for an extended stay of 2-4 months on work assignment. (At the end of the article you’ll find the PDF version of the checklist.)

  1. W&P Carry-On Cocktail Kit – $24

Start and end your corporate stay right. “The Carry On Cocktail Kit includes everything you need to mix up two delicious cocktails at 30,000 feet. Whether you’re in the mood for a proper Old Fashioned, the perfect Gin & Tonic or a spicy Moscow Mule, the Carry On Cocktail Kit is the ultimate traveler’s companion” (Wandpdesign.com).

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  1. SleepPhones – $39.95 for the Corded and $99.95 for the Wireless

“SleepPhones are the world’s most comfortable headphones for sleeping.” Sleeping in a new location in spite of its homey environment can often be difficult. Listening to meditation or audiobooks to fall asleep to helps immensely. But have you ever tried falling asleep with earbuds in? SleepPhones are a soft headband with very thin removable speakers in them, perfect for comfort.

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  1. Marpac Dohm-DS Sound Machine – $51.76

Sleep is one of the most crucial elements to health, wellness, and work productivity. If you’re in Chicago for work, don’t chance it you’ll be able to sleep automatically. Admittedly, there are some rather noisy neighborhoods. “The Marpac Sound Conditioner 980A effectively masks unwanted noises and creates a sense of calm, making it easier to concentrate, relax or get some serious sleep” (Marpac.com). After a few nights sleeping with this device, you’ll wonder how you ever went without it.

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  1. Earplugs – $13.29

Maybe the sounds of the city are keeping you up but you prefer silence to the white noise a sound machine would produce. Earplugs can be the perfect solution for that. Make sure the bustling city doesn’t keep you from getting the rest you need before your next big meeting with Hearos earplugs.

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  1. Eye Mask – $12.95

Trouble sleeping on planes? Jetlagged and needing to catch up on Z’s during the day? Struggling, in general, to sleep with all the blinking city lights? An eye mask will be your savior. Much of the checklist is devoted to getting adequate shut-eye because sleep is important, period. Set yourself up to succeed with a mask that will block out disruptive light so you can relax in peace.

eye mask

  1. Nalgene Refillable Water Bottle – $8

Refillable water bottles are a necessity in mobile, city life. Bottled water is expensive and its packaging is wasteful. With a refillable water bottle, you can feel good about your impact on the environment and also ensure that you always have access to the hydration you need. And, this water bottle is BPA-free to boot! “Measurement markers printed on the side of the bottle help you track your fluid intake, and are also handy when mixing beverages in the bottle…An attached loop-top never gets lost and screws on and off easily, while offering a handy finger hold when on the move” (Amazon).

refillable water bottle

  1. Aspirin – $2.98

There is nothing worse than being sick or having a splitting headache…except maybe not having any pain relievers to treat it. We recommend always packing staples like Aspirin so you’re not in the miserable situation of having to run out to the neighborhood pharmacy in the wee hours of the morning, especially in an area you’re not familiar with. Make sure items like Aspirin make it to your checklist to avoid the awful feeling of the midnight pharmacy run.

aspirin

  1. Mini First Aid Kit – $24.50

Aspirin isn’t the only must-have as far as medical supplies goes. You should always have a first aid kit available for life’s “what if?” moments. After all, you don’t want to be at the store buying bandages when you’re in desperate need of them because you’re actively bleeding. A miniature kit should do it, like this weekend first aid kit, and it can be used for future corporate travel trips as well. Containing bandages, gauze, various ointments, antiseptic towelettes, and more, you should be covered for just about any kind of self-treatable accidental injury that might come up during your corporate stay. Just remember to replenish its supplies before your next trip!

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  1. Spare Phone Charging Cord – $25.99

Making it a point to pack a spare charging cable can save a lot of heartache. Forgetting your phone or tablet charger is a frustrating, and avoidable, annoyance. This Apple travel charger can charge three devices at once, perfect for the corporate travel who may have a personal phone, a work phone, and an iPad. “Powerful 6000 mAh capacity can fully charge an iPhone 6 at up to 3 times. Fast charge your device with the maximum output at up to 2.4A, it’s rocket fast!” (Amazon).

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  1. Razer Portable Power Pack – $59.99

Here’s another portable battery pack that can charge three devices simultaneously. Never leave the house again without assurance that every device you own will be fully-powered and ready for whatever the day throws at you. “Compatible with Razer accessories, the Razer Power Bank gives the Razer Blade Stealth an additional six hours of battery. It has both USB Type-A and USB Type-C ports to work with a variety of your devices” (TheGadgetFlow.com).

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  1. GRID-IT Organizer – $11.99 and up

Make sure your wires, batteries, gadgets, pens, and more are packed, together, and firmly in place for your next corporate trip. “The GRID-IT!® organization system is a proprietary patent pending object retention system. A unique weave of rubberized elastic bands made specifically to hold personal objects firmly in place. Designed to provide endless configurations of objects, digital devices and personal effects” (CocoonInovations.com).

grid-it organizer

  1. Wrinkle Releaser – $7.95

Always look your best with this wrinkle-release spray, perfect when you’re on-the-go. “Just spray, tug, and smooth any time you need to quickly reduce unsightly wrinkles. No iron needed…Downy Wrinkle Releaser relaxes fibers to help release wrinkles, while also leave clothes with incredible softness” (Amazon). It also works on dry-clean-only fabrics!

wrinkle releaser

  1. Passport Wallet – $25.95

Ever misplaced a plane ticket, receipts for reimbursement, or even your ID or passport? Keep all your travel documents, receipts, and money in one place with a passport wallet. “The Plain Anti Skimming Passport Wallet features one big pocket on top for bills and map, a left side pocket for plane ticket and receipts, and a right side pocket for your passport, pen holder, and two extra pockets for cards and receipts. The cover of the Plain Anti Skimming Passport Wallet also have 3M protective film installed to protect your e-passport from being read by unauthorized RFID readers” (MochiThings). This is a must-have for corporate travel to stay organized and rest assured that you have everything important with you at all times.

passport organizer

  1. Travel Shoes – $79.99

Get your hands on a pair of comfortable, sleek travel shoes. Shoes that are easily slipped on and off will be your best friend going through TSA, commuting, and exploring all Chicago has to offer on foot. “A comfortable and practical lace-up shoe perfect for all-day wear. The ECCO Seawalker is a top selling style made from superior quality full-grain leather and oiled nubuck. A light and flexible sole creates greater shock absorption” (Ecco.com). Be sure to break in new shoes prior to daily wear.

travel shoes

  1. Foot massager – $33.69

If you spend a lot of time on your feet, especially attending conferences, a portable foot massager will be your favorite travel companion. After a long day, relax your tired feet–a little bit of pampering goes a long way when you find yourself far from home. This massager combines kneading with heat for the ultimate foot massage experience.

foot massager

  1. Muscle Foam Roller – $44.95

Another great investment for your body and spirit is this portable foam roller. “The RumbleRoller erodes trigger points, helps restore flexibility, and brings quick relief to common types of muscular pain” (Amazon). This is perfect after a long, stressful day of travel, or after a long, hard week at the office. For a fraction of the cost, you can achieve the quality of a professional massage therapist right in the convenience of your corporate rental. And, at just 12 inches long, this foam roller conveniently fits in your carry-on luggage wherever you go.

muscle foam roller

  1. Noise-cancelling Headphones – $100

Noise-cancelling headphones are a must for corporate travel. The sound quality is second to none, and “full open-air type headphones produce no sense of pressure on the ears, resulting in a completely natural sensation” (Amazon). On the plane, during your commute, at your corporate rental, and even in your office, you can enjoy high-quality sound with only the most comfortable headphone design.

noise cancelling headphones

  1. Portable Umbrella – $49.00

How many times have you been caught in the rain while travelling? Getting soaked to your core while waiting in the taxi line at the airport or walking back to your rental from the office is an incredibly uncomfortable experience. Fortunately, compact umbrellas perfect for fitting into your carry-on are available. Never show up on assignment again unprepared for a potential torrential downpour.portable umbrella

  1. Toothpaste 2 Go – $6.99

Here’s a genius item that should definitely make it on your corporate travel checklist. “If you’ve accumulated a collection of almost-empty travel-size toothpaste tubes, you’ll appreciate the genius of Toothpaste 2 Go. The special adapter attaches to a regular-size toothpaste tube so you can fill the included reusable tube whenever it runs low! Now you’ll always have the right amount of your favorite toothpaste when you travel and save money. Plus, it saves disposable travel tubes from landfills” (Container Store).

toothpaste 2 go

  1. UE Megaboom – $299.99

Living in a furnished apartment for a couple of months on a work assignment doesn’t have to be boring. Bring the life of the party with you with kind of speakers that create parties. The UE Megaboom is routinely considered the best bluetooth wireless speaker in the world. This is definitely a “Buy It For Life” purchase. Play your favorite Spotify playlist in the morning, your favorite podcast when you get back from work, or, even better, take it down to Lake Michigan’s beaches and enjoy quality, booming sound.

UE Megaboom

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And for the printable PDF checklist, you may download it here. Enjoy and safe travels!

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