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March 2015 Events in Chicago

Although March is typically associated with dyeing the river green and all the rest of Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities, it’s also the beginning of [somewhat] warmer weather and the long-awaited spring season.

With that, a host of events, both indoor and outdoor, are happening all month long and if you’re looking for something to do other than take down a few green beers over the next few weeks, here’s a look at some of the most exciting things happening around downtown Chicago in the month of March:

March 1st: Kicking off the busy month is Chicago’s annual Polar Plunge, and this year’s celebrity guest is Vince Vaughn. Join hundreds of other plungers and brave the icy cold water of Lake Michigan!

Events:

March 7th: One of the more unique

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Sophie's Chicago

Craft cocktails and a seasonal menu with an unbeatable view of the Mag Mile. Oh, and there’s a Saks Fifth Avenue pretty close by. Welcome to Sophie’s, tucked away on the 7th Floor of Saks (sophies.com, 700 N. Michigan Ave.) Yes, you will see ladies who lunch. And corporate types at client meetings. But that’s where the similarities to other restaurants in high-end retail stores end. You see, Sophie’s isn’t just an afterthought to wind down a day of binge shopping. In one year, this little gem has already become a destination in its own right, and deservedly so.

The food and beverage menus are seasonal, and every effort is made to use locally-sourced ingredients, including spirits from Chicago distilleries. The hand-crafted cocktails are creative but

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for most of the recent past, you know that the area just west of Chicago’s famed Loop is the place to be in the city right now. As it turns out, the West Loop, extending from the Chicago River west to Ashland Ave. and bordered by Lake St. and I-290 to the north and south, respectively, has been around for a while, with a storied history to rival that of its more well-known neighbors like River North or the Gold Coast.

In the 1800s, the broad shoulders that built Chicago were largely concentrated in the near west side, where immigrant communities settled along the banks of the Chicago River and near the developing railroad tracks. Ethnic and religious diversity remained characteristic of the neighborhood through a

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Ronsley Lofts For Sale, Chicago IL

If you’re going to be in the market for a new luxury condo or loft in Chicago’s River North neighborhood soon, your timing couldn’t be much better. As first reported by Crain’s Chicago Business, sales for an exciting new loft development are set to get underway next month, and while River North certainly has its fair share of unique residential loft conversions, what’s being called The Ronsley is seemingly one of the most existing loft projects to get underway in quite some time.

Located at 678 N. Kingsbury, The Ronsley will be one of the first Soho-New York style loft developments to hit Chicago, and when finished, will be among some of the most expensive properties in all of Chicago’s trendy River North area.

Once getting underway, the project will

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People who have never been to Chicago in the winter wonder how and why Chicagoans deal with the snow, ice, and biting wind year after year.  But people who live here know that the winter is a special time when the city comes alive with holiday cheer.  From the breathtaking lights on the Mag Mile to caroling at Millennium Park, this is how we deck the halls in the Windy City.

11/8/14- 1/11/15 Holiday Displays at Macy’s on State Street

For over 100 years, Macy’s On State Street (111 N. State St, http://l.macys.com/chicago-il?cm_mmc=macys_places-_-Chicago-_-n-_-215) has been a time honored part of the holidays in Chicago. Marvel at the festive window displays (themed, “The Journey of a Christmas Wish” this year), then head inside for a look at the

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Gold Coast Real Estate on Lake Shore DriveWhen it comes to downtown Chicago real estate, the Gold Coast is among the most highly sought after destinations for home buyers. But what is it about this part of downtown Chicago that makes home buyers so crazy? Is it all the boutique shopping that fills out Oak Street? What about the one-of-a-kind historic architecture that’s on display on streets like Bellevue, Elm, or Astor? There’s all kinds of reasons why people fall in love with the Gold Coast, but what’s the one factor that may in fact trump all the rest?

Lake Shore Drive.

Chicago’s lakefront is the one part about Chicago everyone seems to love, and when it comes to Gold Coast real estate, nothing beats an unobstructed view of the open blue waters of Lake Michigan. Dozens of spectacular

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Luxury Vintage Real Estate in the Gold Coast The Gold Coast in downtown Chicago is one of the best neighborhoods in the city for luxury vintage real estate. Anything from magnificent Victorian single-family homes and rowhouses to high-end McMansions and condos, luxury vintage real estate in the Gold Coast is not only in very high-demand, but will undoubtedly hold its value over time.

Situated up and down streets like Astor, Bellevue, Elm, and Goethe are some of the most spectacular brown- and graystones you’ll find in all of downtown, while Lake Shore Drive is loaded with luxury vintage condominiums that offer spectacular views of beautiful Lake Michigan.

When it comes to luxury vintage real estate in the Gold Coast, it’s certainly more common to find a high-end vintage condo on the market

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Condos on East Lake Shore Drive in ChicagoLake Shore Drive is home to some of Chicago’s most highly sought after condo buildings. Breathtaking unobstructed views of Lake Michigan certainly top the list of why so many home buyers specifically want condo space directly on one of Chicago’s most famed thoroughfares, but many buildings on Lake Shore Drive actually offer more than just that coveted million dollar view.

There’s no doubt that if you live on Lake Shore Drive, you’re in a prime downtown location. Access to transportation, fine dining, fun-filled entertainment, and all the best shopping downtown Chicago has to offer is likely just blocks from your front door, but among the dozens of condo buildings that make up the Lake Shore Drive landscape, exactly what part of ‘The Drive” is the most

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You know that feeling. The one where you just need a good cocktail…five minutes ago.  Speedy, craft cocktails made from high-quality ingredients and spirits are no longer the stuff of dreams. Welcome to Tippling Hall (646 N. Franklin, http://www.tipplinghall.com/), River North’s newest home for boozy, delicious craft cocktails on draft that are made fresh in-house daily. Try the Misty in the Mountains, an exquisite blend of smoky mezcal and homemade fruit juices. Or the Big Nose Gets Lei’ed for a sweeter but equally balanced experience. The extensive beverage list has plenty of other libations, including hand-mixed cocktails, draft and bottled beer, wine, and frozen drinks. Don’t worry—there are also thoughtful lunch and dinner offerings (lamb

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It’s November in Chicago: the temperatures are dropping downtown, the trees in Grant Park are losing their autumn colors, and the River North patios are closed until spring. Funnily enough, people don’t seem to mind much. There is actually a palpable… cheer, because November in the city is bursting with the promise of the holidays to come. But there is plenty to do even before the holiday season kicks off.  Here are some of our favorite November happenings in Chicago.

10/25-11/9 Chicago Humanities Festival
If you were a theater geek in high school, you’re not alone. From 10/25-11/9, the 25th annual Chicago Humanities Festival (http://chicagohumanities.org/) celebrates culture and the arts through a variety of performances, screenings, exhibits, and

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