Thinking about summertime in the city? One of the best ways to make the most of it is to get away for some of it. But summertime travel can sometimes be on the pricey side. However, by planning for summer trips well in advance, you’ll be able to score some great deals for exciting travel destinations this summer.
Tips on Making the Most of Advance Planning for Summer Travel
Set a fare alert: Spend some time making a list of where you’d most like to travel this summer. Hot destinations right now include Reykjavik, London, Beijing, Lima, Toronto, Mexico City, Tokyo and many more. Or, just choose a few you’ve been dreaming of. Then, set an alert on that route to let you know when the price drops. If one of your dream spots hits a low you can’t say no to, then you’ll know where you’ll be going, and at a great price!
Be flexible: Airfares are funny things, and sometimes a difference of just a day or two can mean a couple hundred dollars of difference in the price of your airline ticket. If you can be flexible about what days you leave and return, then choose a search feature that shows the fares for several days near when you’re planning to travel, and choose the dates with the best rates.
Think warm thoughts: Some of the best deals can be had “off-season” when those warm destinations people flock to in the colder months have hotel rooms sitting empty. Those tend to offer some incredible deals. The Caribbean is definitely worth checking out in the summer months. If you really can’t handle the heat, look into traveling to Toronto, which offers some of the least expensive international flights from the U.S., while also having delightful summertime weather.
Buy early: Most people buy airline tickets less than two months before their trip, but the best deals tend to be two to four months in advance. Take advantage and save.
One of the best things about travel is how much it reminds us to appreciate home sweet home. And it’s all that much easier to appreciate that home when you live in our Chicago apartments that have been voted Top Resident Satisfaction in 2017! To learn more about the many great amenities that we offer our residents, check out our website and schedule a tour.
Chicago prides itself on its miles of beautiful water, but keeping the water clean is a challenge. Pollutants, such as plastic products, litter the landscape and can harm marine life. April 22 is Earth Day when many people commit to doing their part to clean up the environment. This year is dedicated to ending plastic pollution by 2020 (Earth Day’s 50th anniversary). Whether you’re working individually or on behalf of an organization, here’s what you can do.
Step 1: Learn All You Can
Download the Plastic Pollution Primer to educate yourself about the problem. This manual describes the dangers of plastic pollution and how to minimize your use of the harmful material.
Step 2: Take Action
Use the calculator in the toolkit to figure out how much plastic you use. Develop a plan for reducing your carbon footprint and periodically evaluate your progress. Follow the movement on social media and sign up for newsletters. Don’t forget to post to your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts about what you are doing to end plastic pollution. Share photos and videos to tell your story. Use hashtags #EarthDay2018, #EndPlasticPollution, #lessplastic and #plasticless. Kick off your commitment on Earth Day and keep it up throughout the year.
Step 3: Engage
Learn about how to organize events centered on ending plastic pollution. Register what you’re doing to gain a spot “on the map” and find out about other Earth Day activities in your locale. Tell others about the campaign, and continue to use social media to get your message across.
What Educators and College Students Can Do
Engage primary and high school students with the Climate Education Week Toolkit. This web-based resource spans multiple disciplines and contains a variety of lesson plans and activities dedicated to ending plastic pollution. Lessons begin on April 16 and culminate on Earth Day.
To target those in higher education, the Earth Day Network has launched MobilizeU. The movement connects college students and administrators from around the world who are committed to supporting a sustainable future for everyone through environmental action.
The central location of our Chicago apartments affords residents ample opportunities to make a difference. Contact us to learn more about our amenities and floor plans.
National Sibling Day is fast approaching. In Chicago, there is always plenty to see and do, and this occasion is no exception. Here are some fun, family-friendly activities you can enjoy with your siblings.
Little Beans Cafe
At its Chicago and Evanston locations, Little Beans Cafe is offering an all-day special to encourage brothers and sisters to take advantage of its family café and indoor play areas for children ages 0-12.
Sound of Music
Check out the much-loved musical The Sound of Music at the Cadillac Palace Theatre from April 10-15. This new production features all the award-winning scores that have captivated audiences for more than fifty years. Visit Broadway In Chicago to learn more or purchase tickets.
The Morton Arboretum offers activities for explorers of all ages. Enjoy hands-on exhibits or take a self-guided backpacking tour of the Children’s Garden.
Museum of Science and Industry
The possibilities for exploration are virtually limitless at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. Learn about the history of the bicycle, the Doomsday Clock, climate change, and more.
If you and your siblings are athletically-inclined, lace up your running shoes and kick off National Sibling Day with Spring Circuit Training at Navy Pier. Hour-long, outdoor, high-intensity conditioning sessions are held every Tuesday throughout the spring. Even better, it’s free to participate.
Chicago Public Library
The Chicago Public Library offers a variety of activities and events throughout the day for people of all ages. With poetry workshops, crocheting classes, book clubs and play time for the little ones, there is something for everyone.
If you and your siblings are sports enthusiasts, you might like to know that the Chicago White Sox are playing the Tampa Bay Rays at Guaranteed Rate Field on the afternoon of April 10. If you have young teens and tweens who like basketball, they might want to get involved in Chicago Bulls Shooting Camp, which runs from April 10-May 1 in Lisle.
Our apartments in Chicago, IL, are located near the city’s West Loop, within easy walking distance to shopping, dining, and entertainment venues where residents can meet up with family and friends. Contact our office to learn more.
Winters in the Midwest can be brutal. Fortunately, spring is right around the corner. Spring cleaning is no doubt on the minds of many residents of our Chicago apartments as they get their homes ready for March Madness get-togethers and St. Patrick’s Day parties. Consider these tips to get your home sparkling clean:
Clean Your Cleaners
Revamp your vacuum. Replace the bag, empty the dust cup and wash or replace the filter. (Then, go ahead and give your floors a once-over).
Deodorize the dishwasher. After cleaning up food particles from around the filter, remove it. Rinse it thoroughly with hot water. Run a cycle with dishwasher cleaner once a month to keep odors at bay.
Remove Gunk and Grime
Detox dirty drains. Combine 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup table salt. Pour it down the drain and follow up with one cup hot water.
Clean the spaces between tiles. Make a solution of one-gallon water and 3/4 cup chlorine bleach. Wearing eye protection and rubber gloves, apply a stiff brush to one small section at a time to remove debris from grout.
Deep-clean the oven. Use a spray bottle of ammonia to attack burnt-on food. Follow up with a sprinkling of baking soda and white vinegar. Let it bubble. Then, banish the gunk with a scrub brush.
Makeover your microwave. Place in a 4-cup microwave-safe dish one cup water and several tablespoons vinegar or a chopped lemon, lime, or orange. Microwave on high until the mixture boils or the inside of the appliance becomes steamy. After it cools down, wipe away any food residue.
Freshen Up Linens and Upholstery
Remove dust from drapes. Place them in the dryer for 15 minutes on the “air only” setting. Hang them up right away afterward so they don’t wrinkle.
Spruce up your bed. Launder sheets, blankets and pillows and use your vacuum’s upholstery and crevice tools on the sides of the mattress. Wipe out stains with light suds or upholstery cleaner. Apply disinfectant once it’s dry.
Our apartments in Chicago feature on-site restaurants, lounge areas and a sundeck where residents can relax after all that spring cleaning. Call our office to learn more about our floor plans and amenities.
Since when did running shoes become associated with shamrocks? Since the Shamrock Shuffle, that’s when! And it’s coming back to Chicago this year. Following are more details about this fun and festive event happening on March 25.
What’s the Shamrock Shuffle?
The Shamrock Shuffle is a unique way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The event encompasses a lot of values we all cherish, like fitness, charity, and community. That’s something worthy of a shamrock-bearing leprechaun hiding his gold at the end of the rainbow.
Participants can run in the 8K course or walk in the two-mile course, whichever works best. The 8K course must be completed within 1 hour and 15 minutes and the two-mile walk should be completed within an hour, so keep that in mind if you’re considering signing up.
Who can Participate?
Everyone. It’s true, you don’t need to be a marathon runner, that’s what’s great about the inclusion of a two-mile walk. But there are some restrictions. Participants can’t bring their dogs. Participants also can’t use baby strollers. In addition, participants can’t complete the course using skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles, or any other wheeled device. Though the latter sounds fun, it can pose a risk to other participants.
What’s the Reward?
You will be happy to know there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. You will be well-rewarded for your efforts. First, the reward is to your body – congratulate yourself on getting out and exercising. The bigger reward is to society through charity-giving and community-building – what’s better than that? But of course, there is one more reward: party!
By participating in the Shamrock Shuffle, you are invited to the Post-Race Party. The race concludes at Grant Park, and that’s where the party begins. Live music, food, and beverages will be waiting for you. Spend the day with loved ones and friends while you dance, eat and chat. All are welcome to this part of the event.
Will There be Street Closures?
On the day of the event, there will be street closures in the early morning until afternoon, while participants race or walk their respective courses. As the event gets closer, the street closures will be announced on Shamrock Shuffle’s website. These streets of the course include:
Columbus Dr. from Roosevelt Rd. to Grand Ave.
Grand Ave. from Columbus Dr. to State St.
State St. from Grand Ave. to Jackson Blvd.
Jackson Blvd. from State St. to La Salle St.
La Salle St. from Jackson Blvd. to Randolph St.
Randolph St. from La Salle St. to Franklin St.
Franklin St. from Randolph St. to Harrison St.
Harrison St. from Franklin St. to Michigan Ave.
S. Michigan Ave. (northbound lanes) from Harrison St. to Roosevelt Rd. Roosevelt Rd. (westbound lanes) from Michigan Ave. to Columbus Dr.
Do the Shamrock Shuffle
You don’t have to have Irish DNA to enjoy the event, you just have to enjoy the Irish spirit of giving while having a good time. Come join neighbors at our Chicago apartments and build a community through good times on Sunday, March 25. Maybe you’ll spot a leprechaun somewhere along the way to wish you and yours good luck! Give us a call if you’d like to learn more about our available apartments.
Employee Appreciation Day may not be an official holiday, but there are plenty of hardworking people who look forward to this date, in hopes of being recognized for all of their efforts. This year, Employee Appreciation Day falls on March 2, which means you don’t have any time to waste if you’re going to get your staff some small gifts. Luckily, there are tons of places all around our Chicago apartments where you can pick up knickknacks that will come together to create awesome employee appreciation packages.
Let’s be honest—even in today’s health-conscious society, donuts still reign supreme in office environments. This year, swing by the bakery or grocery store on your way to work and pick up some glazed piles of goodness. Don’t forget the drinks! Orange juice and coffee are the perfect accompaniments to this morning display of gratitude.
Download a fun, free printable to put next to your box of sugary delights so you can get an extra smile out of your staff.
2. Popcorn and a Movie
You don’t have to be with your staff to show them a good time; sometimes, an after-hours treat away from work is exactly what your team needs to recharge. You can get microwavable popcorn buckets at most grocery stores. Stuff them with tickets to the cinema or a free movie rental from Redbox, and add a note of gratitude to top it off.
3. A Candy Board Full of Positive Comments
Your staff is pretty sweet; this is the time to show them how much you appreciate their awesome powers. Define what makes each person on your team special, highlighting the attributes they bring to the group. Now, get creative, and comprise a sentence or two that can be connected to different types of sweet treats. Your people will appreciate the effort, and candy is always a winning element.
4. Lip Balm That Incites Smiles
Lips can get pretty chapped in the “Windy City” during winter. You can use this element to your advantage with a playful gift that prevents unwanted dryness while simultaneously facilitating smiles!
After a hard day’s work, you deserve a welcoming environment to come home to. Presidential Towers has just what the doctor ordered! Check out our amenities, and feel free to stop by to see what we’re all about!
It’s the season of love, and everyone is dreaming about Valentine’s Day. Most people are used to doing the same thing every year, but this year, we bring you unique ideas that can make your day perfect. It’s time to think beyond the traditional chocolate boxes and upscale dining. If you’re looking for something special and unique, then we are here for you. Here are some unique Valentine’s Day ideas that will help you express your love and affection in a new way for your partner.
Although most people tend to think that Valentine’s Day is a one-on-one day, there is no rule against making the day a memorable group activity. You can make the most of your time by volunteering at a local charity organization and helping needy people in our society. By doing so, you’re spreading love to those who need it most. Walk to a nearby homeless shelter or food bank and spend you’re your time there volunteering.
Commission a Special Drawing Instead of a Card
When thinking about something special and exciting that will make your Valentine’s Day great, a commissioned drawing fits that description. Everyone is already used to the generic cards that are bought from any card shop and sealed then addressed to your partner. A commissioned drawing of your partner and you as a couple will automatically put a smile on their face. You can even make the drawing more interesting by adding some flair to it such as you both acting as Disney characters.
Travel to a Nearby City That You’ve Never Been To
You can avoid shelling out a lot of money for a night in your area and instead enjoy something different in a nearby town that you’ve never been to. Spend your Valentine’s Day in a different environment, and everything will be fun and exciting. Services such as Airbnb can help you find an inexpensive and unique-looking location to stay in a neighboring city where you can even go on a scenic hike and get more value for your money.
Cook Dinner Together
With Valentine’s Day, you can always try something new and unique together. If you’ve never tested your combined cooking skills, then this is the perfect time to do so and see the results. Few things always bring you closer as a couple and cooking together is one of them. You can even come up with a unique recipe and enjoy your night away.
Already feeling excited about Valentine’s Day and you can’t wait for the day? Come and start enjoying unique amenities in our Chicago apartments as you prepare for your Valentine’s Day. Call us for more information!
Did you know that 2018 is the Year of the Dog, according to the Chinese Zodiac? Does that mean you’re going to have a “ruff” 2018? Or are you going to have a great year that will leave you wagging your tail? The following are some interesting facts about the Year of the Dog, which begins on February 16, 2018, and ends on February 4, 2019.
A Busy Year
2018 will be a happy year, filled with many parties, according to Chinese horoscope. But it will also be a busy period that might leave you feeling exhausted at times. The Year of the Dog will also be a prosperous time for most signs of the Chinese zodiac.
The Best of Times and the Worst
The signs that will have the best time in 2018 will be the Rat, Tiger, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Pig and, of course, the Dog. Signs that will have a mixed year include the Ox and the Rabbit. Unfortunately, if you’re a Dragon, this will not be your year, and you should take special care when traveling.
Children Born During the Year of the Dog
If you’ll be having a baby during the Year of the Dog, you can expect your child to be cheerful, honest, sporty and loyal.
Celebrate Chinese New Year
On February 25, 2018, head down to Chicago’s Chinatown so you can catch the annual Lunar New Year parade. The parade, which will begin at 1:00 p.m., will start at 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue. It will include floats, bands and traditional lion dances. Because this is the Year of the Dog, parade organizers are accepting applications from dog owners who want to march in the procession with their pups. Only 28 dogs will be accepted.
According to these predictions for 2018, it looks like you’ll probably be throwing a few fun shindigs this year. Are you ready? Or is your current place not suitable for entertaining your friends? If so, please check out our beautiful apartments in Chicago. We offer spacious floor plans and some of our layouts also boast stunning views of the city. Our community also has a barbecue and picnic area that would be perfect for an outdoor summer gathering. Call us today to learn more!
If you’ve been dying to try amazing foods at a great deal in the city, don’t let the 14 days of Chicago Restaurant Week slide by. This is your best chance to explore different cuisines and discover new culinary hotspots.
What is Chicago Restaurant Week?
Organized every winter by Choose Chicago, Chicago Restaurant Week is an annual event that aims to highlight and celebrate the best ever culinary creations. The yearly event presents an excellent opportunity for the local foodies and visitors to enjoy a broad range of cuisines from different restaurants in Chicago.
Chicago Restaurant Week was ushered in with a preview party dubbed First Bites Bash hosted by Yee Wolen of Boka on January 25, 2018. This event celebrated the awesome culinary community in style.
Chicago Restaurant Week 2018
This year, the Chicago Restaurant Week marks the 11th anniversary. The 14-day duration will see over 370 restaurants throughout Chicago and its nearby suburbs participate in the event that began officially on January 26 and runs until February 8. An additional 115 restaurants signed up to be part of the event this year. Find a list of the participating restaurants here.
Multiple Delicious Cuisines at a Bargain
As a foodie, you have no excuse not to take part in this annual event. This is your opportunity to explore different cuisines from the various restaurants in the city and the suburbs. Enjoy the special low-priced prix fixe brunch and lunch menus starting at $22 and dinner starting at either $33 or $44 (depends on the location).
Make Your Reservations Early so You Don’t Miss Out
Although reservations are not a must, it is highly recommended that you book in advance as there can be no guarantee of accommodation as a walk-in guest.
So, how do you join this once-a-year fun? Browse a list of the all the participating restaurants. Check out what they offer on the special menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Proceed to click on the restaurant’s name to book so they can reserve your seat at a table.
If you’d like to be part of this annual event, visit Choose Chicago and make your reservations before it’s too late.
If you’re looking for apartments in Chicago to live on your own terms, choose Presidential Towers near West Loop. Call (866) 273-0973 to view our floor plans or schedule a tour.
Simply moving your dining room table, changing the angle of your couch or mounting the TV on the wall can bring a new, upbeat vibe to your apartment. If you have been putting off rearranging your apartment because you are unsure what to do, we can help. The following are some ways residents of our Chicago apartments can rearrange their furniture.
Go for a Traditional Living Room Layout
Sleek, modern furniture layouts have become extremely popular over the years. Consider breaking from the crowd and go back to a traditional living room layout.
A traditional living room layout involves taking the central part of the room, usually the TV, and making it the focal point. The largest piece of furniture, which happens to be the ottoman or sofa, will be directly across from the TV. All the other furniture, such as the chairs, coffee table, recliners and side table are placed in such a way that the TV or other focal point can be seen no matter where you sit in the room.
Create Separate Areas for Dining and Living
It can be difficult figuring out how to incorporate a dining room setting into your apartment layout if you don’t have a specific area designated for eating. Luckily, you can create separate areas with a little creative thinking.
Create separate areas for dining and living with the help of an area rug. Using a separate area rug to create a designated dining room area and living room area allows you to take a wide open space and break it down into smaller, more manageable areas.
The Wide-Open Layout – Perfect for Entertaining
The wide-open layout is perfect for people who like to host a lot of parties. This layout involves taking the TV and placing it off to the side. All furniture is then taken and gathered in an almost circular setup. This places the focus on people in the room as opposed to the TV.
These layout suggestions are great for our apartments in Chicago. Call us today to schedule an appointment to come and visit our amazing apartment community.