September 2013

Found 10 blog entries for September 2013.

Downtown Chicago Fun FactsChicago is filled with rich history, distinctive landmarks, and world-class attractions. From the famed architecture to the legendary museums and theatres, it’s no surprise why downtown Chicago is visited by millions of tourists from all over the globe each and every year.

But while many who visit Chicago obviously don’t know all there is to know about the Windy City, local Chicago residents themselves might be surprised at just how little they know about the place they call home as well.

Don’t believe us? Well, take a look at a few Chicago fun facts below and let us know just how many you already knew!


1)  “Bucktingham Fountain” in Grant Park is one of the world’s largest fountains!

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Frasca Pizzeria & Wine BarLocal Chicagoans may love their deep dish but when it comes to some of the best pizza in the city, that title may just go to Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar. Located at 3358 N. Paulina near the Lakeview-Roscoe Village border, Frasca is one of the hottest neighborhood Italian restaurants you’ll find in the city. Featuring some of the most mouth-watering specialty pizzas around and specializing in amazing seasonal pastas, Frasca is absolutely the place to go for a hearty Italian-inspired meal that won’t disappoint.

In addition, their extensive selection of wine and downright awesome specials—which include ½ off bottles of wine on Mondays and Buy 1 Get 1 Pizzas on Wednesdays (dine-in only)—make this place a can’t miss for foodies who just love trying out

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Chicago's Most Expensive Loft For SaleIt’s not uncommon that we write about lofts for sale in downtown Chicago, as this specific property-type is among the hottest on the entire real estate market. One of the great aspects about residential lofts in Chicago is that buyers have the option to be searching anywhere from the West and South Loop to Lakeview and Lincoln Park and plenty of historic and desirable options will be sitting on the market just waiting for the next buyer to act. Dozens of great deals and affordable prices are out there once you begin your quest to find the ultimate loft space, but what about those lofts in downtown Chicago that are ultra-high-end and boasts unique, one-of-a-kind features and finishes? For us working in the real estate industry, Chicago’s luxury lofts are

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Chicago Gourmet 2013Chicago’s premier fine dining festival, Chicago Gourmet, is right around the corner and happening this weekend at Millennium Park.  Over 150 different restaurants and chefs will be on hand to offer gourmet tastings, food prep demos, and various wine discussions to help celebrate something nearly every American truly enjoys: food and wine.

Chicago Gourmet is about more than just delicious food and exotic wines, however. A host of spirit makers and first-rate breweries from all over the world will also be showcasing their skills and marketing their products to the thousands who will attend this highly-anticipated culinary event.

A few of the events taking place this year at Chicago Gourmet include Hamburger Hop, the annual competition that rewards the

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130 S. Canal #9G Chicago IL It’s no secret Chicago’s downtown rental market is hot. And if you’re looking for a trendy new downtown rental in Chicago, renters can either act fast or lose out on a unit they thought might be available throughout the duration of their search. If you’re familiar with Chicago’s fast-paced rental market, or have had the unpleasant experience of missing out on a great unit, you don’t need us to figure out that the difference between securing that perfect place and missing out entirely can often mean not hesitating and pulling the plug immediately.

Just hitting the market recently is one of those downtown Chicago rentals that’s sure to impress renters and move extremely quickly. Lofts are typically one of the hottest property types in Chicago and when

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Divvy Bikes ChicagoIt’s hard to miss all those bright blue Divvy bike stations popping up around Chicago, and according to the company website, the fleet is now up to 4,000 bikes spread out across 400 stations all over the city. There’s no doubt Chicago’s new bike sharing system is an affordable and convenient form of transportation for many local residents, but not all share the same enthusiastic outlook about the Windy City’s trendy new bike rental program. Back in August we heard about two condo owners suing the city of Chicago and their Alderman over the placement of a Divvy Bike Station in front of their building, citing it will bring an invasion of people, trash, and noise to their doorstep. And of course we all know how John Kass, local Chicago Tribune columnist,

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Where Chicago's Top Athletes LiveThe fall season is nearly here, which unfortunately, also means the dark, cold days of winter will soon be following. But one positive aspect about the cold seasons in downtown Chicago are the beloved professional sports teams that seem to make those long Chicago winters seem just a little bit brighter. Of course the Blackhawks are coming off a successful Stanley Cup run and the seasons ahead for the Bulls and Bears look as encouraging as ever. But when it comes time to hang up the cleats, sneakers, or skates in the case of the Blackhawks, just where do some of Chicago’s most popular athletes call home?

As you might imagine, some have plush new pads up on Chicago’s north shore, while others spend their down time right here in the heart of downtown

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Lakeview Taco FestDespite Chicago hosting dozens of creative, fun-filled street fests every summer and fall, local residents around town always seem to want more when it comes to imaginative outdoor entertainment. Well, to the delight of many, it seems the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce has listened to those cries and is set to launch the inaugural Sam Adams’ Lakeview Taco Fest on September 21-22.

This one-of-a-kind festival will take place on Southport Avenue between Addison and Southport and run from noon to 10 p.m. each night. Along with some delicious taco creations from a variety of local restaurants and bars, the Sam Adams’ Lakeview Taco Fest will also feature live music from six local Chicago funk, pop, and classic rock bands.

To date, the vendor line-up for the

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West Loop Park Over the Expressway

Chicago’s hottest restaurant scene? Check. All the best loft buildings? Check. Google? Check. If you think the West Loop has reached its peak and there’s nothing left that could make this part of downtown Chicago even more desirable and trendy, you obviously haven’t heard the latest development plan which involves building a 3-block suspended park over the busy, heavily traveled Kennedy expressway.

The unique park space being discussed could be a joint effort between two local development firms, SMDP Studio and Fifield Companies, which is proposed to be an 8-12 acre space between Washington Boulevard and Adams Street in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.

The idea behind the park is to attract even more development to the area, specifically on

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Burke's Bacon Bar ChicagoWith a name like Burke’s Bacon Bar, it’s hard not to be just a little intrigued about David Burke’s latest Chicago installment, which features small, hand-held meat-inspired sandwiches—dubbed “handwiches”—and a great variety of lunchtime sides, soups, salads, and deserts of all kinds. Burke’s Bacon Bar just opened last month and is conveniently situated right next to David Burke’s Primehouse in the James Hotel. So if you’re doing a little shopping on Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile or Rush Street and are in need of a quick and affordable sandwich joint for lunch, Burke’s Bacon Bar may just be your new “go-to” spot. However, given its location in the heart of Streeterville and the close proximity to all kinds of entertainment and nightlife, Burke’s Bacon

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