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12
Feb 18

Unique Valentine’s Day Ideas

People Cooking TogetherIt’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.

Volunteer

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!

12
Feb 18

Chinese New Year: Year of the Dog

Chinese New YearDid 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!

5
Feb 18

Chicago Restaurant Week

Plate of FoodIf 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.

22
Jan 18

Ideas on Rearranging Your Apartment

Presidential Towers LayoutSimply 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.

8
Jan 18

Places to Travel in the New Year

Seville, SpainIf “travel more” tops the list of your New Year’s resolutions, then where are you going to go? The hardest part of planning a vacation is trying to pick the location. Residents living in our Chicago apartments have the luxury of being centrally located, which means they can easily go north, south, east or west looking for relaxation and fun. Consider some of these top places to travel this year.

Head West to Tucson

Saguaro National Park awaits you in the beautiful city of Tucson, AZ. Known for its Sonoran Desert landscapes and unique wildlife, the Saguaro National Park is home to volcanic rocks, the Tucson Mountains and amazing 800-year-old rock art. While at the park, make sure to visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Head East to Detroit

A somewhat surprising vacation spot, but Detroit, Michigan is undergoing some exciting and creative changes. Years of neglect have left the city with abandoned buildings that are now being transformed into hot spots worth seeing like art galleries and innovative hotels. Bike ride by the river before heading over to Greektown to enjoy Detroit’s rich music culture. This is, after all, the city that gave birth to Motown.

Book a Flight to Seville

Seville, Spain tops the list as one of the most artistic cities in the world and it’s going through a renaissance. It is also home to the most active metropolitan areas in Spain. Spend your day at the Museum of Fine Arts of Seville and enjoy the works by Baroque masters. At night, bar hop to sample the tapas.

Don’t Fear the Staycation

If this isn’t the year for that budget-busting vacation, then how about a staycation instead. Spend your time exploring the wonderful city of Chicago all year long. Take a day at the Navy Pier or walk the Magnificent Mile to see the Chicago Water Tower, for example. Buy a ticket for a show at Music of the Baroque or see the stars at the Adler Planetarium.

Plan your travel now to get the best rates throughout the year and schedule a tour of our community to see the luxury of living in the “Windy City” at Presidential Towers.

1
Jan 18

Resolutions/Goals for 2018

Cooking UtensilsAgain, it’s the beginning of a new year, and there’s no better time to get your new resolutions down on paper than now. The secret to achieving your goals is to pick specific, measurable and realistically achievable goals. Below, we offer suggestions for resolutions in 2018:

Declutter Your Apartment

Do you feel like you’ve relaxed excessively and have done less to keep your apartment organized? Clearing the clutter in your home should be one of your resolutions for 2018. A chaotic or cluttered home has an impact on your mood and productivity.

With mountains of stuff laying everywhere in the living room or bedroom, it can get highly overwhelming and may lead to lots of stress. In such a situation, you’ll fail to cash that check or miss an important meeting/appointment if they’re buried deep in the clutter.

Clear Your Debts

It’s impossible to move forward if you have debts left, right and center. Financial freedom will come only when you have a proper plan and restrain yourself from taking unhealthy debts.

The first step to getting out of debt is to stop accumulating more. Otherwise, it becomes a never-ending cycle. After that, come up with a debt reduction plan and be sure to sort the emergency debts first.

Start Saving

This is only possible if you’re not weighed down by debts. When you have your debts under control, you can do that one thing you’ve been longing for. It doesn’t matter what your resolution for 2018 is, with some extra cash aside you can furnish your apartment better or leave for a vacation.

Learn to Cook

Cooking is an integral skill everyone should have. If you live in an apartment, you can prepare your meals the way you like and eat healthily. Besides, you’ll have eliminated the need to buy take-out and save even more.

Become More Responsible

A crucial part of becoming an adult is the ability to think critically before making a decision. Your resolution for this year should be to quit whining and playing victim all the time. Instead, start taking responsibility for your actions. Always make sure that you stand for your family, provide for them and be there more than ever before.

If looking for an apartment in Chicago is your resolution this year, check out Presidential Towers. Call our office today at (866) 273-0973 to learn more about our available floor plans.

18
Dec 17

Popular Kids Gift Ideas

HatchimalsIt’s the season of giving, which also means it’s the season of shopping. You probably have quite a few children on your holiday gift-giving list. Whether they’re your own, cousins, or a friend’s kids, you want to get them toys.

If you’re new to our Chicago apartments and have to get your shopping done last-minute, don’t panic. Here are five toys for kids.

1. Hatchimals

This beloved toy isn’t going anywhere. On wishlists for years, Hatchimals are mechanical, fluffy animals that hatch from their eggs in real time. Kids then get to take care of their very own fuzzy little robot pet.

2. Tickle Me Elmo

No, this isn’t a typo, and no, you haven’t time-traveled to 1996. More than a decade after its initial release, Tickle Me Elmo is back to enchant a whole new generation of kids who watch Sesame Street. Elmo has essentially unchanged from his ‘90s counterpart, making him a good toy for years to come.

3. View-Master Virtual Reality Viewers

You recall owning a View-Master, right? Well, now they’ve stepped into the VR sphere. If you can’t quite afford a full VR headset, this throwback toy makes for a handy alternative. Just don’t be surprised if you feel a little nostalgic.

4. Star Wars Porg Plush

If you don’t know what a Porg is, you must see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Part bird, part penguin, and all adorable, kids will enjoy this sweet plush. Oh yeah, and the Porg also talks, making authentic chirping sounds from the movie!

5. Nintendo Switch

The top-selling new console for 2017 is the Nintendo Switch. From The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to Super Mario Odyssey, every kid is going to want to come over and try this fun new Nintendo console.

There’s nothing like Chicago in the wintertime—and, for that matter—in the springtime, summertime, and autumn as well. At Presidential Towers, you have a choice of various floor plans packed with gorgeous amenities. We offer amenities such as wood-inspired flooring, window treatments, your own washer and dryer, new appliances, marble vanities, HDTV and digital cable, large closets, breakfast bars, granite countertops, and oak or espresso cabinetry.

Do you want in? Contact our office today to look at our floor plans or set up a walk-through.

11
Dec 17

Where to See Holiday Lights

Christmas Tree LightsChicago may be known as the “Windy City,” but it really should take a page from Paris and be called the “City of Light”! Holiday light displays are popping up everywhere. You can always hop in the car and drive around the neighborhoods, seeing what people have out. However, for a truly magical light show experience, turn the car west and take a look at The Morton Arboretum’s Illumination display. Here’s what you need to know:

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

All About Illumination

Illumination is an award-winning walking tour of about a mile of trails winding through The Morton Arboretum’s forest. It features lights, music, seating areas, fire pits, and warming tents for those chilly Chicago winter nights. The Morton has created the Illumination light display to highlight the natural beauty of their world-famous tree collections and lift spirits during this holiday season. If you’d like to plan out a visit, you can download a PDF map of The Morton Arboretum here.

This year’s display has a twist! The Morton Arboretum has enhanced Illumination with an interactive component called the Illu-medallion. This fun, optional feature is a purchasable medallion that uses technology to interact with the light installations as you walk by.

Illumination also includes special events. Moreover, what’s Christmas without their Supper with St. Nick? Details are available on their website.

When and Where

The Morton Arboretum is located at 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532. You can find driving directions here.

Illumination runs from now until January 1. The light display is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Mondays except for January 1. Illumination is an evening event, running from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., with half-hour admission windows on each ticket. However, once you are in, you can explore in the forest as long as you want.

Light Up Your Home at Presidential Towers

You know where to go to enjoy a light display in the crisp winter air. What about creating your own holiday light show in your apartment in Chicago? We have a wide range of floor plans just waiting for your decorating touch. Contact us today to see which of our floor plans are available.

4
Dec 17

Holiday Activities in Chicago

Tree Decorated With Lights

Our Chicago apartments are the place to make your home as there are so many activities, for all ages, focused on year-round entertainment. With the holidays in full-swing, the city is alive with brilliant colors and a variety of activities. Consider the following festive activities to enjoy the holiday spirit of Chicago.

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Let the colors of the season bedazzle your senses at ZooLights scheduled for December 8-23, December 26-31, and January 1-7. The free holiday celebration features illuminated displays throughout the grounds as well as holiday festivities. Just a few of the sights and activities include 3D displays, Candy Cane Lane with over 100 displays, music and light shows at the Winter Wonderlawn, ice-sculpture carving demonstrations, and photo opportunities with Santa through December 23. There are also rides including the Ferris wheel, carousel, Light Maze, train, Polar Journey, and an Undersea Adventure. Warm spiced wine, holiday snacks, and frosty lager will keep the palate pleased and there are shopping opportunities for last minute gifts items.

Winter WonderFest

Make your way to the Navy Pier for this Winter WonderFest that is sure to spark the holiday spirit. Enjoy the excitement of 170,000-square-feet of indoor fun featuring ice skating, carousel, bumper cars, Arctic Express Train Ride, Cliff Hanger glider, inflatable slides, and the 42-foot decorated tree. The fest runs through January 7, 2018.

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

Scheduled to run through January 1, 2018, enjoy the spectacular colors of purple, magenta, blue, and green as they dance and sparkle throughout the Arboretum’s trees spread out over 50 acres. This is a one-of-kind experience as visitors traverse the one-mile pathway and experience Treemagination, Fantasy Forest, Ornament Hill, Symphony Woods, and the Crystal Promenade.

The Nutcracker at Auditorium Theatre

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than watching a live performance of The Nutcracker by the Joffrey Ballet? Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon to the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky, be immersed in the magic of this holiday masterpiece. The performance runs through December 30, 2017.

Give yourself a present this year with a move to our friendly community. For information about availability or any questions you may have about our apartments in Chicago, please give us a call or stop by our office.

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.

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