January 2019

Found 4 blog entries for January 2019.

One of the best things about Chicago is how we celebrate...basically everything! But the lunar new year - or Chinese New Year - is particularly special, and not just in Chinatown. That said, the parade there is pretty amazing, and we love seeing it - and all the colorful pictures - every year. And it's especially amazing to be living in a city that has multiple Spring Festival parades!

Chicago has one of the largest Chinatowns in North America, but the celebration extends throughout the city with events at Navy Pier, the Chicago Symphony Center, the Art Institute, and more. The Lunar New Year or Spring Festival is one of the most popular Chinese holidays, and it's meant to honor one's ancestors and kick off the new year, and much of it is centered

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An increasingly popular feature of high rise real estate in major cities around the world is the combination of luxury condos and high hotels - and we think that it might be a match made in heaven. Not only do residents get to enjoy their own condo and customized space, they get all the perks of a top hotel, such as...

Fitness facilities. Fantastic hotels usually have equally fantastic gyms, so you'll be able to stay in shape in style.

Spas. There's nothing wrong with treating yourself, and if you live in a high rise that's also home to a premier hotel property, you most likely can enjoy being pampered at an amazing spa without leaving the building. Now that's luxurious!  

Pools. A beautiful pool(s) and/or hot tubs are usually part of the

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Chicago is known as one of the world's greatest food cities, and our real estate team definitely appreciates every aspect of the city's culinary scene. Here are some unique elements of dining in Chicago that new residents should definitely know about.

1. Pan pizza - this is similar to the much heralded deep dish but with a caramelized crust and baked cheese on top. A little less rich but no less flavorful, this is what real Chicago natives tend to prefer. And it's a little lighter if you're counting calories or just don't want to be in a food coma.

2. The "Mother in Law" - a hot dog/tamale/chili combination that's unique to the south side of Chicago. If you like that, try the Gym Shoe, which uses gyro meat (a nod to the area's Greek immigrants)

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It's time to go beyond the stereotypes - that Chicago is full of Bears and Cubs who have the distinctive accent, we all hate ketchup (at least on our hot dogs) and we subsist on Italian beefs and deep dish pizza. Chicago has many wonderful idiosyncrasies that newcomers simply aren't aware of until they live there for a while.

So our Chicago real estate team has put together a list of the many unique aspects of Chicago that newcomers should definitely - it's the inside scoop from the city's leading experts on things Windy City lifestyle and real estate. Several of these will be especially helpful to new residents of our downtown Chicago condos!

Here are eight things newly minted Chicagoans should definitely know...

1. It is much cleaner than

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