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A Fall Weekend in Streeterville

Streeterville Neighborhood

 As fall breaks, Chicago's Streeterville  neighborhood bustles with residents and visitors exploring great views of Lake Michigan and the richness of our lake-adjacent neighborhood. Our three topics for fall include Streeterville parks, food and activities, and finally, a few notes on several contemporary and vintage home possibilities. 

 The Chicago Lakefront Trail is 18.5 miles long, with Streeterville in its pathway. In fall, the trail will continue to host a stream of cyclists, joggers, walkers and dog walkers. Adding to the wealth of parks and green space within Streeterville’s boundaries is the newly opened Bennett Park. The two acres are publicly accessible green space next to the luxury condo building One

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Lake Shore Drive Co-op - The Perfect Gold Coast In-Town Apartment

1448 North Lake Shore Drive is a co-op apartment building in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast on the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Burton Place, one block east of Astor Street. Featuring a mixture of mansions, architecturally significant greystones, and luxury lakefront condos and co-ops, the Gold Coast has been a destination for prominent Chicago families since the 1880s. In that Golden Age, developer millionaire developer Potter Palmer commissioned the most prominent architects of the day to design the Gold Coast’s finest residences. In 1978, the district was added to the National Register of Historic Places and the Gold Coast has repeatedly been included among the richest

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10.....Kid-Friendly Things to Do on Your Chicago Family Vacation

  

It may come as a surprise, but families with kids of all ages can find plenty of things to do in Chicago whether you’re looking for fun, relaxation,  learning, culture or something completely new. The key is to choose a downtown hotel with age-appropriate amenities for your little ones. Most of Chicago’s family attractions are close and easy to get to—it’s up to you what kind of memories you want to make in the premier city on the “Third Coast.”

Choose the Right Hotel for Your Family

The selection of hotels that make kid-friendly accommodations without sacrificing luxury is what really takes the stress out of planning and traveling; many of them have kids’ menus at their

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Chicago Luxury Condos

Luxury home buyers aren’t rookies in the real estate market. They’ve bought property before, and they have developed a taste for quality. In 2016, the housing stock in the U.S. included 7.4 million second homes. The buyers of these homes know what they like, and they aren’t looking to downgrade or compromise.

As the housing market continues to grow and evolve, we see new trends begin to pop up every year. As we inch later into 2019, buyers’ top must-haves for the remainder of this year and for the next are becoming clear. Listed below are the current top wish list items for high-end home buyers.

1. A Smart Floor Plan

Even the homes with the highest square footages shouldn’t use any of their space frivolously. Smart home buyers want to utilize

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Rent a paddle boat, dine on the Riverwalk: Day and night, there's always something fun to do in River North

Things to do in River North

 Things to do in River North

Bordering on the Magnificent Mile to the south and Streeterville to the east, River North is surrounded by miles of upscale urban things to do. It’s the all-around entertainment epicenter of downtown Chicago, boasting the highest concentration of restaurants and art galleries in the city as well as a busy night life scene. And with celebrity chefs and mixologists come celebrity sightings: famous people from all disciplines have been spotted wining and dining in River North’s world-class restaurants and night clubs. 

Between the Design District surrounding the Merchandise Mart, the picturesque Cathedral

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The Gilded Age still reigns supreme in Chicago's Gold Coast

Chicago Gold Coast

 Chicago’s Gold Coast has been a destination for prominent Chicago families since the 1880s. The location is ideal, bordering Lake Michigan from Oak Street Beach, north to the entrance of Lincoln Park. The bucolic streets are home to greystones, luxury condos and co-op buildings built by the most significant architects of the early twentieth century, and continue to be highly valued today.                           

 Homes on Astor Street

Dine

A stroll down Oak Street takes you past a selection of high-end restaurants. Fig & Olive offers Southern French fare to be enjoyed on their Rosé Terrace, in the elegant White Room or in the intimate Wine Room. Across the street,  Le

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Chicago Cathedral District CondosThese luxury condos in River North's Cathedral District are Chicago's hottest buys. Read more for a brief overview of this prime location.

Chicago's Cathedral District is a walkable location that will appeal to pied-a-terre buyers and full time residents who want urban amenities at their door.

The Cathedral District is a niche pocket neighborhood  with one, two, and three bedroom luxury condos for sale. The popular River North: location is south of Delaware Place to Ontario Street, east to Michigan Avenue, and west to LaSalle Street. Drawing its name from three iconic churches in the area, Holy Name Cathedral, Fourth Presbyterian Church, and St. James Cathedral, this prime community of less than two square miles, is home to many of Chicago’s

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Chicago Luxury Condos

Luxury Condos Above Five-Star Hotels

The choices are many, including the world renowned Water Tower in Streeterville above the Ritz Carlton Hotel and the Park Tower, home to the Park Hyatt Hotel on Michigan Avenue. A few blocks north in the Gold Coast you’ll find the Four Seasons Condos are only an elevator ride away from the five-star Four Seasons Hotel. All of these first-class condo buildings offer an array of luxurious hotel amenities, including concierge services, 24-hour in-room dining, and a state-of-the art fitness center and spa. Each hotel has its own brand of luxury, but all are committed to providing a comfortable and pampered lifestyle for you to enjoy every day.

Water Tower Place

Water Tower Place Condos offer the

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South Loop Luxury Condo

Within blocks of Symphony Hall and the Art Institute and a twenty-minute walk to the Lyric Opera 

Richelieu Flats is a luxury boutique building in a prime location on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, better known as Chicago’s Cultural Mile, with Orchestra Hall and the Art Institute practically next door. Built in 1885 as the renowned Richelieu Hotel, the handsome terra cotta building was reimagined in 2013 by Pappageorge Haymes as five full floor luxury condominiums. Like all the apartments, residence 400 has a private elevator landing that opens into an expansive 2,650 square-foot space merging a living room, a dining room, and a high end kitchen, bathed in natural light from tall UV coated windows spanning 50-feet on Grant Park. There are two

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209 E. Lake Shore DriveWhile many Chicagoans start a new home search browsing luxury condos on the market, a co-op apartment  is another available option that many buyers should consider if they want spacious layouts and formal rooms.. Unlike a traditional real estate sale, however, co-op buyers are actually purchasing shares of stock in a legal entity that owns the building rather than actual property, and part of the purchase agreement includes a proprietary lease that entitles you to occupy a certain unit. 

In Chicago, co-ops are relatively common, especially in neighborhoods like the Gold Coast and especially along East Lake Shore Drive in Streeterville. Among the prestigious  co-op apartments you’ll find on this historic block is 209 E. Lake Shore Drive,.

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