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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!

14
Aug 17

National Coffee Month: Chicago’s Best Spots

Man Pouring CoffeeYou rise from bed to the scent of freshly ground coffee, brewing deep and dark, announcing the arrival of a sacred moment. As you pour the steaming liquid into your mug, you whisper a soft word of gratitude.

When the coffee reaches your lips, the warmth of the moment overwhelms you. The comforting sensation travels from your lips down to your stomach. You know the feeling.

August is National Coffee Month, and now is the time to give your taste buds a treat by checking out some of Chicago’s top coffee stops.

Intelligentsia Coffee

Recognized as one of the best providers of African and South American beverages, Intelligentsia boasts seven stops throughout Chicago. This is definitely an experience you won’t regret.

The Coffee Studio

Known as one of the top coffee shops in Chicago, The Coffee Studio offers you a cozy environment, serves Intelligentsia coffee and is a favorite among those valuing organic fare. The Coffee Studio’s organic sour cream donut is one of the most popular around.

La Colombe Coffee Roasters

La Colombe houses the traditional Steampunk machines and provides more than enough room to relax. It’s the biggest coffee bar in Chicago and there are four spots throughout the city. Although it doesn’t have WiFi, La Colombe never lacks for customers.

Oromo Cafe

This cafe gets creative in combining flavors from India, Turkey and Africa into some of the most sought-after and unique beverages around. If you’re into healthy living, Oromo delivers with its option for superfoods-infused coffee drinks.

Asado Coffee Company

This one-of-a-kind company uses a unique method of coffee preparation by using Japanese drippers. The Asado Coffee Company also utilizes a machine they call The Mirage, for optimal extraction for espresso.

Some more excellent coffee experiences can be had in Chicago, Illinois by visiting Caffé Umbria, Revival Cafe Bar and Sawada Coffee.

Chicago is the Place to Be

If you’re a coffee junkie like the rest of us, you may want to check out our Chicago apartments. As a resident of Presidential Towers, you’ll be just a car or bike ride away from some of the top coffee spots in Chicago. Contact us today!

7
Aug 17

How to Tidy Your Place Before Guests Arrive

Presidential Towers Living RoomLiving a busy life can have your life in disarray. There are so many things to see and do while also embracing the excitement of life, work and play in style. Presidential Towers makes living in Chicago apartments fun. With spacious floor plans and high-end amenities, you’ll have visitors all the time. When inviting friends or loved ones over to enjoy the barbeque and picnic area or on-site dining options, there’s a good chance your apartment will be the meeting place. Making sure your home is tidy and put-together is key. Here are a few tips:

Living Room

You want to make sure your living room is free of any stray items like clothes, papers or trash. Get a clothes basket and make a clean sweep. You can put this in your huge closet where no one will see it. Grab the vacuum or a broom and go over the floor. If you have tile or hardwood, now’s the time to get the mop or Swiffer and make things happen.

Kitchen

Make sure all the dishes are out of the sink and into the dishwasher to start a quick cycle. Throw out anything in the refrigerator that smells bad, and wipe down the shelves with cleaner. The countertops and stove should be free of food and debris. Go over the floor with the broom and mop if you need to. Last, but not least, take out the trash.

Bathroom

Make sure the toilet, sink and tub are clean. Wash the rugs and mop the floor. Put out clean towels if that’s a part of your décor, and spray a deodorizer. Don’t neglect little areas like the mirror, and empty the wastebasket.

Bedroom

If you’re expecting guests to peek into your bedroom, remove everything you don’t want to be seen and place it in the closet. Organize the things on your dresser or put them in a basket. Now would be a good time to change the linen.

You’re done! Now you can relax and wait for guests to arrive. At Presidential Towers, it’s luxury living at its finest. For more information on our floor plans and countless amenities, give us a call!

17
Jul 17

Chicago’s Best Must-Try Burgers

Burger on PlateChicago may be the land of pizza and hot dogs, but the burgers there are also delectable. Thankfully, your Chicago apartment is located near several excellent burger joints, where you can order the following:

6 Burgers Worth Trying in Chicago

  • The Neurosis at Kuma’s Corner. If your idea of a wonderful burger includes onions and horseradish mayo, you’ll instantly fall in love with the Neurosis. The burger also includes sautéd mushrooms, sharp cheddar, and Swiss cheese.
  • Classic Burger at Parts and Labor. Sometimes, all you need is a simple burger with no frills. You’ll find that at Parts and Labor, and for an appealingly low price. Best of all, the pickles are dispersed in a way that ensures you get just a little bit with every bite.
  • Mott Burger at Mott Street. The eponymous Mott Burger resulted from Eater Chicago’s challenge for the restaurant to place a burger on its menu. The challenge paid off, and the result was a delectable specimen with hoisin aioli, pickled jalapenos, sweet potato shoestrings, and American cheese.
  • Big Stuff Bacon Meltdown at Good Stuff Eatery. If you love bacon, this burger’s for you. It features a double patty, an abundance of bacon, double cheese, tomato, and of course, the highly-acclaimed Good Stuff sauce.
  • Slagel Farms Beef Burger at Owen & Engine. With premium ingredients and exceptional presentation, it’s easy to see why the Slagel Farms Beef Burger regularly makes best-of burger lists in Chicago. The burger is simple: onions and brisket meat, atop a potato bun. It’s also the juiciest and most flavorful burger you’ll find in the Windy City.
  • Southwest Burger at Victory’s Banner. Burger options are thankfully abundant for vegetarians and vegans in Chicago, and often, they’re just as delicious as meat-based burgers. This is certainly true of the Southwest Burger at Victory’s Banner, which features plenty of greens, a tamari-mayo spread, and melted cheddar. If you’re vegan, request the burger without the spread or cheese; it’ll still taste yummy.

Whether your idea of the perfect burger features bacon, greens, mushrooms, or sweet potato shoestrings, you’ll have no problem finding a burger that fits your tastes in Chicago.

Presidential Towers is conveniently located near several of Chicago’s top burger spots. Contact us today to learn more about our location and amenities.

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