When you start feeling like you need to get away this summer and aren’t sure where to go, you may find an unexpected resource when it comes to your vacation planning. Staying at Presidential Towers doesn’t just provide you with excellent floor plans and amazing amenities, it may just be the key to budgeting that dream getaway you were hoping for this year.
Time Out for Fun
Presidential Towers is managed by Waterton, and the group manages more than just apartment communities. Waterton manages hotels that you can visit if you’re looking to get out of town. Keep in mind that special pricing is only valid now until August 31, 2017. To take advantage of these special summer rates, simply call the designated phone number associated with the hotel of your choice and request the Waterton corporate rate.
From California to Massachusetts, relax and unwind in one of these amazing hotels.
Westin San Francisco Airport, Aloft San Francisco, Hyatt Place San Jose: Northern California has everything from the Winchester Mystery House to the Aquarium of the Bay to the House of Prime Rib. Those at Presidential Towers can stay at Westin San Francisco Airport and Aloft San Francisco Airport in Millbrae (near San Francisco) starting from $159 on the weekdays and $99 on the weekends. In San Jose, you can stay at Hyatt Place San Jose for 20% off the best available rate.
Courtyard Boston Marlborough, Sheraton Framingham, Sheraton Needham, and DoubleTree Westborough: Massachusetts has a lot of history just waiting to be discovered. At Courtyard Boston Marlborough, rates start from $139 on the weekdays and $99 on the weekends. Stay in Framingham at Sheraton Framingham for rates starting from $159 on weekdays and $99 on weekends. At Sheraton Needham and DoubleTree Westborough, it’s just $99 as the starting rate.
DoubleTree Skokie: For a little twist on a staycation this year, choose DoubleTree Skokie for a $99 starting rate.
Westin Columbus, Aloft Beachwood, Comfort Inn Piqua: Visit Ohio to meet some people who want to meet you! In Columbus, you can stay for as low as $159 on the weekdays and $99 on the weekends at Westin Columbus. Stay in Beachwood at Aloft Beachwood for $89 (starting rate), and in Piqua at Comfort Inn Piqua for $49 (starting rate).
DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport: See a Pirates game when you stay in Moon Township at DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport for just $89 (starting rate).
Sheraton Madison: Sample some cheese and see what all the fuss is about in Madison for $99 (starting rate) at Sheraton Madison.
Our Chicago apartments are great for sampling different cultures, but there’s more out there. To be a part of the Waterton experience, call Presidential Towers for a tour this summer!
McDonald’s new corporate headquarters is coming to Chicago, taking over the space where Oprah’s Harpo Studios once called home. This is a huge development for Chicago’s West Loop, as McDonald’s is building a 12-story block-wide building that will provide 1,100 new jobs in the area. While McDonald’s won’t own the building, it will occupy most of the commercial space within after vacating at their current site in southwest suburban Oak Brook.
Vitality Returning to the West Loop in Chicago
This new move for McDonald’s Headquarters is expected to bring in a number of suppliers and other businesses into the West Loop area, helping to revitalize a part of Chicago that has been slow to regenerate after Harpo Studios moved out. The original Harpo Studios building has been knocked down in preparation for this 250 million dollar project, one of the bigger construction projects in the West Loop for some time.
With the influx of 1,100 new jobs plus the added construction jobs over the next year or so, residents in Chicago will have considerable opportunities in the next few years. While McDonald’s plans to move out of their current headquarters in 2018 and move into the new building, no date is set for the official move.
With this new influx of job opportunities, residents of Chicago are in a better position to find jobs that will sustain their current quality of life.
Whether you work in retail, or you have a Master’s Degree in business, there are new chances throughout the city of Chicago to find a job that offers potential. With McDonald’s Headquarters moving in, this is only going to benefit the city and those that work here. When you want to live in a city that is working hard to grow and prosper, it’s time to consider a move to Chicago.
We offer apartments in Chicago at Presidential Towers ranging from studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans to meet all of your living needs. Our floor plans feature chef caliber kitchens, generous closet space and decorator light. To learn more about which floor plans are available today, give us a call at (866) 273-0973.
Tech companies seemingly move at the speed of light, with new products, programs, and software flooding the market at every possible turn. It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin. When a tech company moves offices it may not be quite as exciting as a new product release, but perhaps it should be. Residents at our Chicago apartments should really get around to seeing Google’s ‘new’ office in the West Loop if they haven’t yet.
History and Happenings
Google Chicago used to be on Kinzie Street for more than 10 years. Unsurprisingly though, Google needed more space as the company continued to establish its reputation in the public for being the most efficient search engine available. West Loop was really nothing more than a spot for food wholesalers and meatpackers when the move was announced many moons ago, but that changed quickly.
Key investors started watching (and buying) property since the deal was made public almost six years ago. Google’s future presence instantly made office, retail, and restaurant space become instantly more coveted, which meant that many of the current owners were only too eager to capitalize on the rising property values and move on.
At the ribbon cutting, the city saw Bruce Rauner and Rahm Emanuel meet with Google leaders to celebrate the addition to the West Loop. The first thing you should know about the West Loop headquarters is that it’s massive. With more than 200,000 square feet across 5 floors, Google has certainly made its mark in an already impressive city. That’s more than 50,000 square feet more than what they had before!
The office is home to 650 employees, which brings revenue up in the area and attracts people of all kinds to get a sense of how technology can improve everyone’s life on a city-wide scale. It’s time to witness the transformation that’s taking place right in your backyard.
Google is probably the first place you turn if you’re in search of any kind of information. For those looking for the best in apartment living, check out Presidential Towers for the amenities and floor plans you need to live the life you want. Give us a call today for more information!
As residents of apartments in Chicago get ready to start the summer with Memorial Day barbecues, the name of this holiday may seem like a curious anomaly. Today, it is typically a day of celebration, with the aforementioned barbecues being the highlight of days off of work and school. This festive atmosphere, however, was once far from the tone the day would take. Instead, it started out as a solemn day of remembrance.
The History of Memorial Day
Memorial Day was, and officially still is, dedicated to the memories of fallen soldiers. Originally, it was a springtime day during which people would decorate the soldiers’ graves with flags and hold memorial ceremonies in their honor. This practice also gave it its original name: Decoration Day.
The war that prompted this event was the Civil War, and many communities independently held ceremonies for their fallen troops. However, Waterloo, New York, was responsible for setting the original date as well as the practice of closing businesses for the event.
The date of Waterloo’s first organized event was May 5, 1866. Later, however, the date was changed to May 30 and remained so until the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed. At that time, the day was officially declared a national holiday and renamed Memorial Day. Its celebration date was also changed to the last Monday in May.
For many years after its origination, Decoration/Memorial Day remained dedicated only to those who fell while fighting in the Civil War. However, when World War I occurred, the day was expanded to include all soldiers who we lost during war. Since then, the practice of using it to honor all fallen soldiers has continued.
Do People Still Decorate Burials on Memorial Day?
Some people do still consider this to be a solemn day of remembrance and decorate the burials of fallen soldiers as part of the observance. However, most now consider it a day to party and hold barbecues. It is also a day for parades, and Chicago has one of the biggest.
Whether you want to honor all those who have sacrificed or grill hamburgers on this day, make sure you have a comfortable place to call home. Stop by our office to see our available apartment homes.
If you live in an apartment in Chicago, you already know the options are endless when it comes to food, culture, and fun. Called the “city of neighborhoods,” every day in Chicago can bring new adventures. You can start your morning with a nature walk through one of the many parks and recreational centers or at the gorgeous lake front. Spend midafternoon at an art museum or shopping along the Magnificent Mile. Your dinner might be a five-star affair while drinks could be consumed at an eclectic bar. There’s no limit to the various cuisines and group activities in Chicago.
While any day can be an experience, there are some fantastic scheduled events in the city you won’t want to miss this summer.
Events in Chicago This Summer
If you’re looking for fun scheduled events in the city this summer, you’ll have plenty to choose from. Here are just a few things to mark down on your calendar:
Every Cubs game is an event and you should definitely add one to your summer bucket list. Make sure to catch at least one game by the 2016 MLB World Series champions this season.
Navy Pier Fireworks
The pier is always a good time but the Fourth of July fireworks display is epic beyond belief. Get there early and make a whole day of it.
Taste of Chicago
You can’t miss the Taste of Chicago, happening July 5 through July 9 at Grant Park. This festival features all the best foods the city has to offer along with some of the best musical offerings on multiple stages.
Summer Concert Series
There are always concerts going on in the heart of the city during the summer months. Some great things to look forward to include Riot Fest and Lollapalooza.
Chicago Blues Festival
Blues and Jazz are the city’s signature musical events. You definitely don’t want to miss this festival, happening June 9 through June 11 at Millennium Park. Admission is free, so grab a friend and enjoy some tunes.
There are many different boat tours you can take from Navy Pier. The most highly acclaimed is the architectural tour. Whether you’re a resident or a tourist, it’s a trip you won’t want to miss.
Looking for an Apartment in Chicago?
If you’re looking for a Chicago apartment near the West Loop, you can’t beat the amenities and comfort of Presidential Towers. With floor plans available to fit your lifestyle, you’ll find all of the comforts of home. Added perks include onsite dining options, a fitness formula health club, concierge, and garage parking. Contact us today to inquire about availability.
While there are plenty of great Mother’s Day gifts available at online and brick and mortar stores, it is often a simple yet caring homemade gift that is the most memorable on this special day. Following are just some of the many DIY Mother’s Day gifts that just about anyone can make.
Buy a photo album and then add in memorable photos that you know your mother will enjoy. You can include photos dating back to your childhood or keep it recent by adding photos of the two of you together in your adult years. If you have time and want to get really creative, consider turning this project into a scrapbook that includes stickers, quotations and other decorations.
Create an Arrangement
Why settle for a store-bought arrangement when you can create a personal flower arrangement using the exact flowers your mother likes best? Buy a vase or use a bottle, jar or even a teapot from your kitchen cupboard. Arrange the flowers as you see fit and then take the gift over to mom’s house to surprise her.
At the same time, bear in mind that flowers aren’t the only things that can be arranged. Cupcake arrangements are great for any mother who has a sweet tooth. Fruit arrangements aren’t all that hard to create and any mom who follows a healthy lifestyle is sure to love one.
Create a Gift Basket
Buy a basket and fill it with the exact things you know your mom will love. A bath soap, cream and bath salt basket is great for any busy mom who needs to relax. A snack and drink basket is always a winner as just about anyone enjoys good snacks and drinks from time to time. You could also create a basket with sewing items for a mom who enjoys sewing.
In addition to giving a gift, give your mom your time this Mother’s Day. Take her out to a movie, go out to dinner or go for a walk at a scenic park. Presidential Towers Apartments in Chicago offers on-site dining options and a barbecue and picnic area where you and your mom can spend time simply enjoying each other’s company. Contact us today to learn more about our community!
Whether you’re hosting a dinner party for friends and family or simply want to add a cheery spring note to your indoor living environment, setting a spring tablescape provides an excellent way to create just the right kind of seasonal ambiance. Following is a basic blueprint designed to help residents of apartments in Chicago set a charming spring-themed table.
Think Elegant Simplicity
Spring tablescapes should be as fresh and unfussy as possible. It’s not the time for elaborate centerpieces crafted from well-cultivated hothouse beauties. Centerpieces using spring bulbs, such as daffodils and tulips, better reflect the fresh spirit of the season. A clear glass vase filled with blooming branches of apple trees provides a simple yet somewhat dramatic primary accent to the spring table, or you could opt for fragrant lilacs if you want to enjoy a nature-generated perfume during your meal.
Don’t be Afraid to Use Color
Spring themes seem to look better when the colors are in the pastel range, and unlike primary colors, pastels rarely clash with one another, so don’t be afraid to use plenty of them in your spring tablescape. Winters can be bleak in the Chicago area, and everyone’s eyes are starved for color once spring finally arrives. Instead of a plain, old winter white tablecloth, choose a fresh color and use coordinating plates, cups, saucers, and napkins. For instance, you could choose a pastel pink tablecloth and use dishes with old-fashioned floral patterns.
Mix Casual and Formal Elements
Just because your centerpiece is crafted from casual elements, such as handfuls of daisies and fresh forest greenery, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t set the table with your best silver flatware. Use silver candlesticks if you’ve got them, and by all means, break out the heirloom chinaware if you’re lucky enough to have some. There’s something particularly appealing about pairing fresh garden flowers and other rustic embellishments with top-quality dishes and silverware.
Keep in mind that good company and good food are the most important parts of throwing a successful dinner party no matter what the season. Please contact us for more information about our apartments in Chicago.
Protecting the planet may almost seem like a “fad” these days—but with Earth Day on the horizon, a lot of us are thinking about ways we can help preserve the environment. Recycling is one of the most important things apartment residents can do.
In Chicago, they take a lot of recyclables at curbside, and these can be put in the recycling bins at Presidential Towers. Leave the rest to us—make sure not to put plastic bags in recycling (they should not be mixed with other recyclables), remove the lids from aerosols and glass jars (although remember, glass jars can be reused—don’t waste them), and wash food from takeout containers. Cat litter can also be recycled.
Electronics and Hazardous Materials
Electronics, rechargeable batteries, medications, oils, containers containing toxic things such as bleach or lighter fluid and compact fluorescent bulbs cannot be disposed of in regular recycling, especially since it is dangerous to do so (use extreme caution with broken fluorescent bulbs, as they contain mercury). These need to be taken to a recycling center or store (Staples will recycle most electronics). Household chemicals and electronics can be taken to the Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility at 1150 N. Branch Street, which will also take fluorescent bulbs. Home Depot and Lowes stores also take fluorescent bulbs. Unused or expired medications can be dropped off at any police station.
Plastic bags are hard to separate from other recycling waste. Heavier duty plastic bags can often be reused (Produce bags make great sandwich bags). Lighter ones can be taken back to the grocery store for recycling. Or avoid plastic grocery bags altogether by acquiring reusable shopping bags, which should be cleaned regularly so they don’t become a source of germs, and are much better for the environment and help keep food prices down by saving stores money on bags.
If you want to help the environment, the best thing you can do is recycle as much as possible. If you want to help yourself, then check out our gorgeous apartments in Chicago and improve your personal environment with a chef caliber kitchen and cultured marble vanities.
While the temperature may have only been in the 40’s on April 2, 2017, it was a perfect day for you to get out of your Chicago apartment and take part in the Shamrock Shuffle as the running season for this area kicked off. This year, over 20,000 people participated in the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle’s 38th year. If you were there to participate or even just watch, you may have run into some elite runners, including Kim Conley, Team USA Olympic runner, who ran for her first time in Chicago.
Winners and Times
Conley, who is from California, came in first in the women’s field, with a time of 25:43 – 59 seconds faster than the second-place winner. Her time was the eighth fastest time for this race. The women’s field also saw Meghan Peyton finish in 26:42 and Andrea Redinger finish in 26:50.
For the men’s field, the defending champion, Stephen Sambu, who is from Arizona, ran the sixth fastest time ever for this race, winning the 8k race in 22:47. Sambu has run an 8k race in 22:01 before, and is the second male athlete in the history of the event to score the hat trick—he won in 2015, 2016 and in this year’s race.
Olympic runner Diego Estrada took second and Carlos Trujillo came in third in this year’s Shamrock Shuffle. Other competitors included local runners, team competitions, the elite competition and running clubs. The racers ran through Grant Park.
Amanda McGrory won in the women’s wheelchair competition with a time of 20:06. McGrory has seven paralympic medals and 25 marathon wins. In the men’s wheelchair field, Jose Alejandre finished the race in 24:18.
Several elite runners ran, but did not compete in the elite competition due to illness, or opted out of participating this year due to injuries and illnesses. The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k Long starts in Grant Park, goes through downtown Chicago and finishes in Grant Park, and is considered the start of the running season in Chicago. If you like to be close to events, including running and other sporting events, stop by Presidential Towers in Chicago to walk through some of our floor plans.
For those living in our area, spring break is the perfect opportunity to get away from the colder winter weather. Where will you go? If you are considering a getaway but don’t want to go too far from your apartment in Chicago, IL, we have a few suggestions that can help you and the entire family have some fun. When you live at Presidential Towers, you have access to many local amenities. Nevertheless, sometimes, a short trip away can make all of the difference.
Where to Head for Spring Break
For those looking for spring break ideas close to Chicago, consider these top destinations.
#1: Head to the Beach
For those who want to experience a spring beach trip, you could go to Miami or travel to any Atlantic Coast city. On the other hand, a trip to nearby New Buffalo, Michigan, is an option as well. The beaches in late spring can be ideal for those looking for a peaceful getaway.
#2: Go to the Amusement Park
There are more than a few amusement parks near Chicago that are getting ready to open for the season in late spring. Check out Gurnee, Illinois, for example, where you will find Six Flags Great America. Key Lime Cove is another nearby location to visit. Check out some of the indoor water parks in the area as well if the amusement park season hasn’t started just yet.
#3: Explore the Outdoors
When the weather turns, it’s perfect to get the family together for outdoor fun. Oglesby, Illinois is a fantastic location. There you can embark on a 9-mile whitewater rafting adventure down the Vermillion River. You can also spend some time at Starved Rock State Park.
There’s plenty to do this spring break close to home with the entire family. Which location will you visit first? Now is the time to start planning.
Ready to Live Near It All?
When you choose to rent an apartment at Presidential Towers in Chicago, you get access to the best of the area. Give our team a call today to learn more about the available floor plans at Presidential Towers and explore all that this community has to offer our residents.