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There are so many reasons to love living in Chicago, but there is perhaps nothing more glorious than living in the city in the summer. Here are our top six reasons why we love the Windy City in the warmer months.

1. Baseball isn't just about the games themselves. and we take our ballpark experience seriously. Whether you are a Cubs or White Sox fan, you can enjoy seeing one of your favorite teams in amazing ballparks. Wrigley and Comiskey Park (we refuse to call it U.S. Cellular Field) are both amazing.

2. Outdoor movies - Chicago does this incredibly well and there are plenty of places where "Movies In the Park" happen, most of which are centered around downtown but you can see classic films in many parks and places around the city as well.

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One of the best aspects of living in downtown Chicago is having world class theater, comedy clubs, museums, art galleries, music venues and concert halls, and more literally right around the corner or down the street. Not to mention the stunning architecture that makes every view and angle uniquely interesting!

Combined that with all of the amazing universities and creative communities in Chicago, and you're spoiled for choice when it comes to the arts and all the cultural experiences that are possible without leaving the Windy City limits.

Interested in new works by emerging artists? There are trendy galleries in neighborhoods like Wicker Park, Andersonville, Logan Square, Pilsen, and Hyde Park. More established national and international

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If you're interested in Chicago real estate, there's no doubt that uou've seen her work. But have you really gotten to know the woman behind some of the city's most amazing buildings? Meet Jeanne Gang, who's been interviewed by a number of publications including the Architectural Record interview that lets you see the mind behind the skyline.

From towers like Aqua and the upcoming Vista in Chicago to buildings in locations that run the gamut from Brooklyn, New York's Natural History Museum, and San Francisco to Brasilia and Dubai, she's putting her mark on the world. When you live in a Jeanne Gang building, you're living in a piece of history.

We thought what she said about Aqua was particularly interesting for Chicago real estate seekers and

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If you're living in Chicago or even a tiny bit interested in the real estate scene, architecture, or new developments, you're aware of the upcoming Vista Tower. Designed by Jeanne Gang, this skyscraper will be the third tallest building in Chicago and the tallest building in the United States from a female-led architectural firm.

Here's the breakdown of Vista Tower by the numbers:

*101 stories tall.

*1,190 feet high.

*Composed of three interconnected high rise towers.

*Home to 396 luxury condos and 192 high end hotel rooms.

*Prices for a condo in the Vista Tower start at approximately $1,000,000 USD with the penthouses reaching over $10,000,000 USD.

*Located at 363 East Wacker Drive, next to the Chicago River, near the lakefront,

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Are you active on Instagram? Of course you are (and you should follow us @MagellanRealty). We love to see the amazing images of Chicago and our beautiful architecture, delicious food, exciting festivals, and other fun activities that make living in Chicago great. Here are some of our favorite users to follow ASAP:

Tat Ventures - A Chicago photographer who shows us beautiful views of the city.

Chicago Food Authority - The best eats in Chicago and beyond.

Jennifer Lake - A stylish fashionista who shares her colorful looks with a (mostly) Chicago backdrop.

Jeremy Hinton - A Chicago architect who posts photo of (unsurprisingly) Chicago architecture, this is a great way to get a glimpse of the Windy City

Nick Ulivieri - A local photographer

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Everyone knows that Chicago is at its absolute best in the summer. The perfect weather, the gorgeous lakefront, and all of the many festivals and other special events mean that you're never at a loss for something to do; plus, even just being outside in one of the city's vibrant neighborhoods is a treat after a long chilly winter. In addition to the obvious reasons that Chicago is fantastic in the summer, however, there are plenty of secrets that only long term residents are privy too - but we're sharing them with you in this post because we hope everyone loves this season and this city as much as we do.

1. Visiting The Smaller Museums. While everyone checks out the Art Institute, Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, and the

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Luxury is a word that is so overused in real estate it has practically lost all meaning. The dictionary defines luxury as being in "rich, pleasant, or comfortable surroundings" or "something desirable, expensive, and hard to get", and while those descriptions certainly can apply to luxury real estate, we think that a truly luxurious home is so much more than that.

Location, location, location. The most stunning home in the world might not be truly luxurious (in your eyes) if it is not in a desirable location. Whether you want to be in the center of a major cosmopolitan city, near the coastline with a spectacular private beach, or up in the mountains with ski resorts nearby, the home that will be the biggest luxury for you is most likely the one

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Planning on moving to the Windy City with your pet? While find a new condo with cats or other smaller pets is relatively easy, choosing a place that has all the amenities you desire and also allows a dog or two can be much more complicated.

While newcomers to Chicago may believe that its difficult to live downtown and still have dogs (especially larger breeds), it is more than possible at Lakeshore East - it's ideal!

Not only does Lakeshore East have an amazing dog park, there are plenty of other entertainment options for pooches living in downtown Chicago. Most of the units are dog-friendly (with some breed restrictions) and the community itself is wonderful spot for dogs and their owners alike. And if you live in downtown Chicago or the New

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Celebrating Memorial Day in the Windy City might be the actual most wonderful day - or entire weekend - of the year. The summer is starting, it's getting warm out after a long winter, and there so many events to attend, restaurant patios to try out, and parks to experience that you'll wish you had more three days to enjoy it.

Here are some of our favorite Chicago events happening this weekend, as well as our favorite things to do on Memorial Day in Chicago (and summer weekends in general)!

1. The Memorial Day parade runs along State Street from Lake to Van Buren, and it's always a lovely spectacle.

2. Follow that up with a trip around the City in a Garden in the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park.

3. And kick off the summer fireworks season

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When you're looking at a property with an eyes toward a purchase, you're looking at an investment in your future - whether you want to create your ideal living space, you're trying to find a place that will increase in value, or some combination of both. And while it is easy to focus solely on the major elements like location, square footage, and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, it is also essential to pay attention to the smaller things. For instance, raised counters in the kitchen and bathrooms can be incredibly comfortable if you're tall, or having a window that lets in the morning light in the bedroom can help you wake up naturally without an alarm. Here are some our favorite value-increasing details to look for when you're in search of

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