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20
Nov 17

Cozy Up With These Fall Drinks

Punch Drink With ApplesFall is finally here! These 5 fall drink recipes are perfect for parties and fun nights spent with friends and loved ones.

Hot Cranberry Apple Cider

There’s nothing more tasty and relaxing than a delicious hot drink on a cold fall night.

  • 1 liter apple juice
  • 1 liter cranberry juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Add cinnamon sticks and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves. Leave the slow cooker on low and serve when it begins to steam.

Candy Corn Punch

This tasty and attractive beverage is fun for parties with children!

  • 1/3 part orange soda
  • 1/3 part yellow Gatorade
  • l1/3 part Zero Calorie Lemonade Vitamin Water

Place ice in a clear glass. Pour orange soda over the ice, filling the cup 1/3 of the way. Next, pour yellow Gatorade slowly over the orange soda, taking care not to let the two drinks mix. Stop pouring when the cup is 2/3 filled. Finally, pour Zero Calorie Lemonade Vitamin Water over the top, again taking care not to let the drinks mix. This creates a layered effect that looks like a candy corn.

Golden Apple Punch

Golden apple punch is stunning when served in a large punch bowl.

  • 1 part lemonade
  • 1 part apple juice
  • 1 part white grape juice
  • 2 parts ginger ale

Mix the ingredients. Cut up one or two apples and place the slices in the juice. Serve chilled.

Thanksgiving Punch

Thanksgiving punch isn’t just for Thanksgiving! Serve this delicious drink at any time during the fall season.

  • 12 oz caramel sauce
  • 2 gallons of apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

Mix the ingredients and chill in the refrigerator. Serve with 2 cinnamon sticks and 1 sliced up apple in the juice.

Apple Pie Punch

Apple pie punch is just the right amount of sweet, so it’s perfect for serving with desserts.

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 3 cups ginger ale
  • 1 cup pear nectar

Cut up an apple and place slices in the punch. Serve chilled.

Enjoy Your Fall at Presidential Towers

At Presidential Towers, our residents are celebrating the season as we prepare for Thanksgiving and the holidays. To join our community of apartments in Chicago, contact us today to schedule a tour.

13
Nov 17

Yummy Thanksgiving Dessert to Make

Cooking With PumpkinDuring Thanksgiving, we look forward to gathering with friends and family and focus on the things we ought to be grateful for. Unfortunately, this can turn out to be a stressful moment owing to the significant time you have to invest in the kitchen. Dessert comprises that portion of the meal that guests truly anticipate. Therefore, when planning your next Thanksgiving dinner party at our apartments in Chicago, consider the following dessert recipe—it is something to be grateful for!

Pumpkin Pie Bites

When it comes to Thanksgiving, desserts such as pumpkin pie bites make all the difference. They are a perfect way to get your fix. Nevertheless, you can pack them up as Thanksgiving take-home gifts.

Recipe

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Two pre-made, refrigerated pie crusts or homemade all-butter pie crust
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs divided, plus one egg for egg wash
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Whipped cream

Steps

  1. Heat oven to 350℉.
  2. Grease and flour a muffin pan. Set aside.
  3. Roll the dough or pie crust on a floured surface using a floured rolling pin.
  4. Using a round cookie or biscuit cutter (approximately 3 inches diameter) cut rounds out.
  5. Cautiously press each round into the muffin pan. Use your fingers to round the ends into a pie crust.
  6. Brush egg wash from one egg to the top edges of each pie.
  7. Using your preferred mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating each until fully mixed.
  8. Put pumpkin puree and beat to combine. Stir in vanilla and pumpkin pie spice.
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden around the edges.
  10. Remove from oven and leave them to cool, or chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  11. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle cinnamon. Keep refrigerated.

With this special recipe, your Thanksgiving in Chicago will not only be delicious but memorable. Owing to the kitchen renovations at Presidential Towers, cooking just got more fun. Call us today for more information on our apartments in Chicago and to see which of our floor plans are currently available.

6
Nov 17

Get Ready for the Mag Mile Lights Festival

Woman Outside Looking at LightsOn November 17 and November 18, residents of our apartments in Chicago can enjoy the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. The exciting activities begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and continue until 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, events begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue until 7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 17

Friday evening’s events take place on Lights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court, where attendees can enjoy many different family-friendly activities, including a visit with Santa Claus, live music and more. Food is available from several of the area’s top restaurants, including The Eli’s Cheesecake Company, Garrett Popcorn, Connie’s Pizza and more.

Saturday, November 18

On Saturday, attendees can enjoy holiday-themed activities from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Some of these activities include meetings with Santa Claus, food from many of the same restaurants that served guests on Friday evening and much more. In addition, special offers and holiday experiences will be available all day from participating attractions, restaurants and retailers all around The Magnificent Mile District.

At 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dusable Bridge will begin closing to pedestrians in preparation for the parade. At 4:00 p.m., North Michigan Avenue will close to traffic between Wacker Drive and Oak Street. At 5:30 p.m., the grand Tree-Lighting Parade begins. The parade will be marshaled by Disney World’s own Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and guests will be able to see some other Disney World characters as well. In addition, the parade will include appearances by Benny the Bull, Hubert the Lion and other beloved Chicago mascots.

The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Tree-Lighting Parade begins at Oak Street and proceeds down North Michigan Avenue, featuring helium-filled balloons, musical performers, marching bands and floats. As the parade moves, more than one million lights will illuminate along the route.

Although the festival and the parade will be accessible to all locals, residents of Presidential Towers are within walking distance of all the festivities. If you live in Presidential Towers, clear your schedule for November 17 and 18 and get ready for an exciting weekend! If you aren’t already living in Presidential Towers, call us or stop by our office today to learn more about our floor plans.

16
Oct 17

Pumpkin Patches in Chicagoland Area

Pumpkin PatchHalloween is creeping up and many people are anxious to carve their own pumpkin to decorate their Chicago apartments. Chicago, Illinois is teeming with fall activities, including a plethora of pumpkin patches in the city and surrounding suburbs. It’s a veritable pumpkin-palooza where you not only get to pick your own pumpkin but also enjoy a day of fun-filled activities. From hayrides to haunted houses and corn mazes to carnival rides, there’s something for the kid in all of us!

Pumpkin Patches in Chicago

The Lincoln Park Zoo Fall Fest (2001 North Clark Street) lets you harvest some fun right in the heart of the city. This is a family-friendly pumpkin patch with added attractions throughout the zoo like a corn maze, fun slide, hay mountain, inflatable obstacle course and more. Pumpkins will be on sale until October 29. Admission is free, but you must purchase tickets for the rides.

Sonny Acres Farms (29 West 310 North Avenue, West Chicago) offers numerous Halloween displays and attractions scattered around the farm. Visitors can also enjoy a Spook Shed for the little ones, Haunted Barn for the older kids, costume shop, carnival rides and a Haunted Wagon Ride every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the bravest souls. No admission required for the farm/pumpkin patch, but there is a fee for rides.

Nearby Pumpkin Patches

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm (17250 Weber Road, Lockport, IL) offers over 30 unlimited attractions with one low entrance fee and an incredible 15-acre corn maze. Plus, a haunted barn, train ride, petting zoo, corn crib, giant slides, obstacle course and numerous play areas (some premium attractions require an additional fee). You can also pick a pumpkin right off the vine.

The pumpkin patch at Johansen Farms (710 W. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook, IL) features 25,000 pumpkins of all shapes and sizes! With your admission price, you also get unlimited access to numerous rides and activities like hay and train rides, corn maze, two-story slides, giant inflatable obstacle course, inflatable bouncy castle, miniature golf, petting zoo and more.

Once you’ve found your perfect pumpkin, bring it home to Presidential Towers. Our Chicago, Illinois apartments offer stunning city views and spacious floor plans with generous closet space. Come tour your new home by calling (866) 273-0973 today.

9
Oct 17

Halloween-Themed Snacks and Drinks for Your Next Party

Ghost Treat for Halloween‘Tis the season to be spooky! With the change in the weather, now’s the perfect time to look for apartments in Chicago. Once you find your place, you might think about throwing a homecoming bash just in time for Halloween.

You want to impress your friends and family, not just with your beautiful new apartment, but also with the food and drinks. Try preparing these ghastly treats for your Halloween bash!

1. Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffle Mummies

These sweet, bite-sized treats will be a party favorite for sure. With cream cheese, cinnamon, and pumpkin puree, blanket these truffles in plenty of melted white chocolate to make them look like mummies. Ghosts are another option. Don’t forget red food coloring for the eyes!

2. Candy Corn Jell-O Shots

With patience and precision, you can make awe-inspiring Jell-O shots colored like candy corn. You’ll need yellow food coloring, cake vodka, sweetened condensed milk, unflavored Jell-O, and orange Jell-O.

3. Strawberry Ghosts

Utterly adorable, these strawberry ghosts are too easy to make. Melt some white chocolate. Dip whole strawberries into the white chocolate, leaving extra blobs at the bottom for the ghost tails. Let the strawberries chill in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens. Use mini chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth.

4. Ghost Pizzas

If you want a savory appetizer, these ghoulish ghost pizzas will do the trick. Use mini bagels. Cut these in half. Spread premade or homemade tomato sauce. Cut ghost-like shapes of cheese and apply over each pizza bagel. Use tiny pieces of olives for the eyes.

5. Mummy Brie

Here’s another easy savory recipe. Buy a whole wheel of brie. Bake strips of puff pastry and apply these around the brie to make the mummy head’s bandaging. Cut olives and tomatoes or other vegetables for the eyes. Serve with crackers, chips, or celery sticks.

Do you want to find your next apartment before Halloween? Presidential Towers is just what you’re looking for. Residents have access to community amenities like a sundeck, autopay option, on-site maintenance, a full-time concierge, on-site restaurants, valet and dry cleaning, a picnic and barbeque space, personal storage, a direct-access garage, and a 24-hour laundry room. Call us today to schedule a tour.

2
Oct 17

Get Ready for the Chicago Marathon!

Runners in a MarathonMarathons aren’t for the faint of heart, but they do give people a way to reach for the stars. Whether you love to run or prefer a different kind of exercise, there are plenty of reasons to get excited about the Chicago Marathon. This spectacular event brings everyone together for a cause that we should all be able to get behind — achieving personal goals and promoting physical fitness. Learn more about this exciting event that takes place on October 8.

Race Day Schedule

The opportunity to register for this year’s marathon has already come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be a part of the day. The run starts in Grant Park, and the festivities start as early as 5:30 a.m. Participants aged 16 and older are grouped by running speeds, with the fastest runners in front and the slower ones in the back. However, those in wheelchairs and handcycles will start first. Each wave of runners is spaced out with a full half-hour or more to give the speedier contestants a head start.

Additional Information

For those not running, there will be a party hosted by Bank of America in Grant Park until 4 p.m. This is a great time to participate in activities and enjoy the fall weather as you wait for for the runners to come back. There’s also a 5k taking place hosted by Bank of America the day before the marathon on October 7. The 5k gives you a chance to get a running tour of the Chicago area and includes a commemorative medal and scarf. If you like to run but don’t quite feel up for 26.2 miles, then do something a little lighter to get in the spirit before you watch everyone else tackle their more ambitious goals.

Watching a marathon can not only invigorate you, it can inspire and motivate you to train to do one yourself next year. Pushing yourself is the key to happiness, and no one knows this better than our apartment community. Stop by our office or give us a call to learn more about our Chicago apartments. We look forward to connecting with you!

18
Sep 17

Weekend Getaways From Chicago

Starved Rock State ParkChicago is a great city with tons to do, but sometimes even the most die-hard Chicagoan wants to do something new. The next time you get the urge to spend a weekend out-of-town why not try one of these four great getaways less than two hours from the “Windy City”?

Four Great Weekend Getaways Not Far From Chicago

Six Flags Great America

Take the entire family or a group of friends away for a few thrills at Six Flags Great America which is only about one hour away in Gurnee. This classic amusement park has something for everyone, from kid-friendly rides to heart-pounding roller coasters. Make a weekend of it and spend another day at Hurricane Harbor, the Six Flag’s amazing water park.

Starved Rock State Park

Drive a little less than a hundred miles from Chicago to Illinois’s Starved Rock State Park to experience some of the most beautiful natural wonders the state has to offer. You can hike your way through 15 canyons and marvel at the stunning views of the Illinois River. Do you want to do more than just watch the river flow? Visitors who are looking for a little more excitement can opt to take a river rafting tour or rent a kayak for a few hours.

North Utica

People who love fine wine and a relaxing atmosphere will love to spend a quiet weekend at North Utica along the side of the Illinois-Michigan canal. Quaint accommodations, numerous wineries and plenty of unique shops make North Utica the perfect remedy for the fast pace of the city. If the weather refuses to cooperate, don’t forget to visit Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort to take advantage of the resort’s outstanding 24,000-foot indoor water park.

Milwaukee

Chicago residents who want to stretch their legs but don’t want to give up the convenience of a city can spend a few nights in Milwaukee. The city hosts frequent festivals and is home to several outstanding microbreweries. Motorcycle enthusiasts won’t want to miss a museum dedicated to the American bike, Harley-Davidson, while golfers will want to schedule a round or two on one of Milwaukee’s various golf courses.

Are you checking out Chicago apartments? Look no further than Presidential Towers. Our upscale community offers studios, 1- and 2-bedroom layouts. Contact our office at (866) 273-0973 to find out which of our floor plans are currently available.

5
Sep 17

More Festivals to Check Out for the End of the Summer

Two TacosIf you are on the prowl for something to do in the Windy City before summer truly comes to an end, we have some events for you! Gather your friends and send summer off with a bang at these fun festivities!

Windy City Wine Festival

If you enjoy wine, this is the festival for you. It takes place on September 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and September 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This is your chance to taste more than 300 wines from around the globe. The event also features beer, plenty of food, music and much more. Aside from all the wine you can drink, the wine festival also features industry experts who will educate attendees about the many new wine varieties available for tasting. There will also be cooking demonstrations and wine seminars. Some of Chicago’s best eateries and caterers will have their premier dishes on-site. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. The festival will take place whether it is raining, windy, overcast or perfectly sunny.

Taco Fest

Head on out to Southport between Addison and Roscoe on September 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to meet up with fellow Chicago apartment residents for some delicious tacos. Proceeds from the event benefit Friends of Lakeview. Aside from tacos, the event will feature seasonal beers. Taco shells will feature everything from chorizo to steak, duck, goat, seafood and mushrooms. More than a dozen local restaurants will compete for the title of Chicago’s “Best Taco.” Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest also features live music, Mexican wrestlers and kid-friendly activities.

Beer Mansion

Enjoy a cold one at Beer Mansion. It takes place on September 22 and 23 at Morgan’s on Fulton. The event features plenty of beer (IPAs, Porters, Browns, Ambers, etc.), live music, games, art, novelties, dancing and so much more. Don’t worry about food to help you sober up. This Beer Mansion event features tasty Bombay Wraps, Budlong Hot Chicken and culinary surprises by Chef Andrew Gerson. The doors open at 6 p.m. Nab your ticket by September 18 and you’ll get the “regular bird” price of $50. Wait until the second day of the event and tickets will be $65.

Live Life on Your Terms at Presidential Towers

Are you looking for an apartment in Chicago? If so, look no further than Presidential Towers. One of our floor plans is sure to meet your nuanced needs and desires. Contact us today at (866) 273-0973 to learn more about our Chicago apartments.

1
Sep 17

Labor Day Festivities in Chicago

Fireworks at NightYou’ve worked hard all year, and it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Labor Day is a public holiday that was put in place to honor the hard work people like you do every day. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate this weekend, which notoriously signals summer’s end, the team at our Chicago apartments has put together a few can’t-miss events. Take a look!

Great American Lobster Festival

Chicago’s waters may not be seaside, but that certainly doesn’t mean you should neglect the fortunes found in the ocean. Throughout Labor Day weekend, the Navy Pier will host the Midwest’s largest lobster and seafood festival. Say hello to summer’s last hurrah by imbibing in some of the most magnificent Atlantic Ocean mementos. This foodie festival comes complete with live music, family-friendly entertainment and plenty of interesting vendors.

African Festival of Arts

While you’re enjoying a long weekend, let the world take you away on an adventure you wouldn’t normally partake in. Travel around the globe as you invite the 28th Annual African Festival of the Arts into your heart.

From September 1 through September 4, Washington Park will be filled with fine art, books, hand-woven textiles and museum-quality artifacts. Rest assured, live music and phenomenal food will accompany this event!

Navy Pier Fireworks

Every great Labor Day goes off without a hitch, but it also goes off with tons of sparks! If you’ll be in the Chicago area for Labor Day weekend, be sure to pencil in some Navy Pier theatrics by way of the Great Lakes’ skies!

Of course, you could try to save your spot along the water, or, if you’re lucky, you’ll find a friend who has a boat that will be directly beneath the fireworks spectacular. If you’re looking for other options, check these out:

  • Dinner Cruises. Indulge in incredible dishes as you await an incredible display of light above you.
  • Preview Picnics. For an inexpensive date that’s filled with plenty of sparks, plant yourself on a picnic blanket well in advance of the festivities.

Our Presidential Towers Apartments afford you luxury living in a 24/7 world. No matter what you want to do, downtown Chicago is here to serve you. Stop by and tour our beautiful Chicago apartment community today!

21
Aug 17

6 Ways to Keep Your Indoor Cat Happy

Indoor CatAre you a cat owner, or looking to adopt a cat? If you live in our apartments in Chicago, our pet-friendly community welcomes cats and dogs and allows up to 2 pets per apartment. And if you’re wondering how to keep your indoor cat happy, here are six ideas to try that are easily accomplished in your apartment in Chicago.

1. Invest in a Laser Light

Laser lights can be purchased for less than five dollars from drug stores, pet stores and online. These small handheld lights can be used to entertain your indoor cat for hours, all while you relax in your chair!

2. Get a Fish Bowl

A fish bowl or small fish aquarium can entertain your indoor cat while you’re away at work or out with friends. Just be sure to use a cover so your cat doesn’t get too involved with the fish!

3. Have Two Cats Instead of One

Cats love to play “cat and mouse” with each other. Having a companion cat in your apartment will enable your indoor cats to groom each other, play tag and have another animal to snuggle with.

4. Grow a Catnip Plant

Catnip is an herb that is very easy to grow indoors, and cats adore it. Simply pick up a catnip plant at your local nursery and repot into a pretty planter. Place it near enough to the floor where your indoor cat can enjoy a taste every so often.

5. Give Plenty of Grooming

Indoor cats need extra attention. Buy a cat brush and, whenever possible, sit down with your cat for a grooming session. You can even do this while you’re watching television or waiting for the roast to cook. An added benefit is that regular brushing will keep shedding to a minimum.

6. Change the Litter Box Often

Since indoor cats can’t use the great outdoors, you’ll need to change the litter box often in order to keep it clean. Cats are clean creatures by nature, so this is one great way to keep your indoor cat happy!

Indoor cats can be happy with their apartment life, just as you are! To see available floor plans with plenty of room for you and your cat, please give us a call or stop by our office today!

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