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Well, it's almost summertime. But that's close enough for us and it's time to start planning your most amazing Chicago summer yet! Here are some of our favorite activities...

1. There Is Live Music Everywhere. From major festivals like Riot Fest, Pitchfork, and Lollapalooza to smaller neighborhood or regional shows to the free concerts in Millennium Park, you can see and hear everything from internationally renowned acts to local up and coming groups.

2. So Many Delicious Eats And Treats. All sorts of Chicago favorites simply taste better when the sun is shining and we're at one of the many food festivals that happen in and around the city every summer.

3. You Can Work Out - Outside. Keeping in shape is important year round, of course, but it is

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Once you've found the perfect piece of Chicago real estate, it's time to personalize it and make your home. And while Ikea is convenient and sites like Wayfair or Joss & Main will deliver you basically anything you need, there's no reason to stick with the mainstream when Chicago is home to so many amazing interior design resources.

The Merchandise Mart - The Merchandise Mart and the surrounding River North area is home to dozens of showrooms and galleries that feature high end options and interior design studios that will help you craft the perfect living space. For instance, Haute Living is the place to go for bespoke kitchens and bathrooms, while neighboring Luminaire has high end lighting and more.

Andersonville's Design Boutiques - This

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Much has been written about the design, height, and general architecture of the upcoming Vista tower in Chicago's downtown Lakeshore East neighborhood, and there's no doubt that our hometown hero Jeanne Gang and her team have outdone themselves by designing a truly magnificent building, and it's exciting to watch it go up! And of course while the residences themselves are spectacular - no expense has been spared or detail overlooked - and the exterior is soon to be an integral part of Chicago's iconic skyline, one cannot live on architecture alone.

That's what sets Vista apart from the leading luxury properties in Chicago - its amazing array of amenities. Here are some of our favorites:

Indoor And Outdoor Pools.  The aquatic options at the

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When it's still snowing in April (in fact, it's currently the fourth coldest April in 1872), it might seem like summer will never arrive in Chicago...so we're come up with some ideas for you!

Explore A New Museum.  You've probably been to the big ones like the Art Institute and the Field Museum, but the city is home to a lot of smaller gems like the Children's Museum and the Mexican-American Art Museum. Here are some more recommendations from the experts at Time Out Chicago.

Try A New Restaurant - In A Different Neighborhood. If you're feeling stir crazy, why not check out a new place to eat in an area of the city you don't normally go? Bonus points if it's a different cuisine than usual. If you live downtown, getting out into the neighborhoods

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One of the many things we love about living in Chicago is how we combine all-American Midwestern charm with a global mentality and cosmopolitan lifestyle. And of course, the amazing real estate opportunities certainly don't hurt either! Here are some of the reasons that Chicago is one of the jewels in the United States' multi-cultural crown.

Two Major Airports (And Many Other Options)

Of course, Chicago is served by O'Hare (one of the world's busiest!) and Midway airports, which connect the city with the rest of the world. Plus there are a number of regional airports within a short drive, along with Union Station if you'd prefer to reach the rest of the U.S. by train.

International Affairs

Chicago is the diplomatic hub of the Midwest, with

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Imagine having all the space of a single family home in the suburbs, but the city at your front door? The Park at Lakeshore East and the Maggie Daley Park would be your front and backyards, and you'll be only steps from all the entertainment, dining, and culture that downtown Chicago has to offer.

The opportunity to buy and live in a sunlit corner townhome in Lakeshore East is a once in a lifetime chance. With three bedrooms, four and a half baths, a private two car garage, two balconies, and three levels of gracious living space (plus a rooftop deck with 360 degree views), this is one of the true gems on the Chicago real estate market right now.

The address is 401 East Benton Place #401, and we'd be happy to give you a tour.

Just look

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There's nothing like summertime in Chicago, and we don't necessarily wait for it to be officially summer to start enjoying the season! Chicago residents know that as soon as the snow melts and the sun comes out, we're all out and about and enjoying the warm(er) weather. So accordingly, here are eight things we're excited about this spring!

1. Opening Day! Whether you are a Cubs or White Sox fan (or just a baseball fan in general), there's nothing like the excitement of opening day at Wrigley or Sox Park. Baseball is back, and with it the many unique traditions. And hey, maybe the Cubs will win another one (who ever thought we'd be typing that?) or the White Sox will get another title for the South Side.

2. Getting Our Exercise Outdoors: When

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Getting an amazing education is one of the most important endeavors that anyone can embark upon, and we're proud to say that Chicago is one of the best places in the world to study. Whether you are interested in a Bachelor's, a masters, a PhD, medical school, law school, or studying the fine arts, Chicago could be the place for you - or your kid! The city is one of the best places for international students as well - cosmopolitan but also offering the best of American life, and it is basically located in the center of the country, making it the ideal base for exploring the rest of the United States.

Here's a full list of the colleges and universities in Chicago and we've chosen some highlights below.

University of Chicago - One of the best

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Patrick's Day is this Saturday, and that's a holiday that Chicago certainly does well (in fact, we might be the best in the United States). It's all about the parades, the celebrations of the Irish heritage, and of course, dying the Chicago River green. However, the holiday is also about the supposed luck of the Irish - but you definitely don't have to be Irish yourself to appreciate how lucky you are to live in Chicago. Here are are some of the reasons that we feel lucky that we live and work in Chicago...

The Architecture. Chicago is known for its complex and beautiful architecture that runs the gamut from classic Art Deco and Prairie School styles to more modern Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies Van Der Rohe buildings to Lucien LaGrange's

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We love Chicago - the architecture, the parks, the many amazing restaurants, the art and culture scene, and of course, the real estate. But the one thing we love the most? The many opportunities the city offers to give back. From volunteering to tutor school children, working in a soup kitchen, or simply taking an afternoon to help socialize the kittens and puppies at one of our animal shelters, Chicagoans have plenty of chances to spend time contributing to the community.

Want to help out? Volunteer Match lists over one thousand opportunities in Chicago, so there's bound to be something you're interested in. Or get little more local with ChicagoCares (you don't have the time but still want to help out, there's a donate option on the ChicagoCares

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