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The bathroom might be the most overlooked room in your house, design-wise. We all need them, but most of us tend to stick to the basics and keep things simple. Plus, the design decisions you make in the bathroom tend to be more permanent (it's a lot harder to change up tile than it is repaint a wall, for instance). However, having a beautifully done bathroom can brighten your day - it can even become your own at-home spa experience of sorts.

Which is why we always suggest that you work with an experienced professional when designing the bathrooms in your new home! They can distill your ideas into something that truly fits your personality but also has resale value if you decide to move (or just change it up) in the future. Plus they can help you

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The living room is most likely where you spend most of your waking time when you're at home, so why not make it perfect?

There are two key factors to consider when you're creating the living room of your dreams - style and comfort.

Style is pretty obvious. You want something that fits in with your overall aesthetic as well as the architecture of your home; things should be somewhat harmonious without sacrificing your favorite pieces and colors. What's more, you probably have a few favorite items that you want to show off, such as artwork you've collected or statement pieces of furniture that you love.

Comfort is also key. For instance, a great couch or easy chair with a good view of your TV/entertainment center (as well as views of the city

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Your home is your sanctuary - and your bedroom might be the most important aspect of that! Designing your ideal bedroom that reflects your taste, personality, and individual style that's also relaxing as well as functional is easier said than done, which is why we often recommend that our clients work with our experienced design professionals in order to make their dream bedrooms come to life. After all, it's important to have a comfortable and calming bedroom to retire to every night and start your day in every morning; in fact, your master bedroom should probably be the first room in your new home that you decorate!

What's more, your bedroom is often the most personal area of your home. Guests don't tend to hang out in the bedroom in most cases,

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There's no denying the fact that the kitchen is the center and the true heart of the home. And while the properties we list all have (or will have, in the case of new construction), beautiful kitchens with amazing finishes and high end appliances, there's something to be said for making your kitchen your very own and customizing it to suit your exact needs and desires.

Start With Your Dreams

Do you fantasize about having expansive counter space or a huge kitchen island? How about state of the art appliances so you can create meals that are true works of art? Do you want an eat-in kitchen or do you prefer a more enclosed space? And it's also important to understand the rules and regulations of the building you live in, and any guidelines from

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We're big fans of anything that's eco-friendly and helps make the world a better place - and that's definitely something that we focus on at Magellan Realty and in Lakeshore East in general. In fact, that's one of the reasons why it's our favorite Chicago neighborhood!

And that's what makes us so excited that the latest new construction - the stunning Vista tower - will not only be the third tallest building in Chicago, it'll be the first to include a unique amenity. Vista residents will have access to Tesla's car share program!

The vehicles will be located in the high rise's private garage and users can schedule usage via a mobile app.

In our own words? “Vista Tower’s location provides residents with direct access to the city’s premier

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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:

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 who documents the city's amazing architecture, delicious food, and more via his personal Instagram account.

Nathan Michael - Perhaps the best possible Instagram to check out if you are at all into the Chicago food scene.

Lettuce Entertain You -

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One of the many reasons why we love Lakeshore East is how pet-friendly it is. From the dog runs in the buildings themselves to the park areas and easy access to Lake Michigan and the Lakeshore drive paths, it's a little piece of heaven for dogs and their human companions alike.

Living in downtown Chicago during the summer can be one of the most amazing times of the year for dog owners. After all, the weather is just about perfect, the parks and trails are open, and almost every restaurant with a patio welcomes your canine friend with open arms.

Speaking of parks and trails, the Lakeshore Drive path is quite dog-friendly, and so are many of Chicago's beaches. And there are plenty of dog parks as well, making this city perhaps the ideal place to

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As soon as the summer starts, everyone in the city wants to get out there and explore new neighborhoods, parks, restaurants, and more. And with more than 200 amazing neighborhoods in the city, there's a lot to explore! And here's how to do it...

  • Pick a festival and go from there! The Red Eye always has a comprehensive list that will help you plan your summer weekends, and once you're in a given neighborhood you can walk around and explore more.
  • Pick a cuisine and go from there - in the mood for Mexican? Explore Pilsen? Vietnamese? Head north to Argyle Street. German? Lincoln Square is calling your name. And of course there's Chinatown and Little Italy. Follow your tastebuds and discover a new area.
  • Pick a park and explore the rest of the
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Is there anything better than being out on the water on a beautiful Chicago summer day? We don't think so, which is why we've rounded up some of the best options for boat rentals and tours that will let you experience the city from a Lake Michigan or Chicago River view.

Chicago Architecture Foundation Boat Tour - These tours are perpetually popular with tourists and locals alike, and for good reason! You can learn about our city's most amazing buildings and architectural features from a knowledgeable guide all while you're enjoying the summer breeze from atop a river boat. There are lots of other architecture tours, but this one is perhaps the most consistently highly rated.

Jet Ski Chicago - Okay, these aren't exactly boats, but there's nothing

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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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