December 2014

There are 8 blog entries for December 2014.

New Year's Day Brunch in Chicago

Whether you’re just visiting Chicago for all the New Year’s Eve festivities or happen to live here full time, what better way to kick off your 2015 than with a delicious brunch after a long, fun, and eventful night of partying?

There are few things Chicagoans like more than a solid brunch on a Saturday or Sunday morning, or in this case Thursday, and if you’re going to be in or around the downtown area looking for a great spot to satisfy that mid-morning appetite, here are a few places that top our list for the best brunch in town:

Howells & Hood | Streeterville

Happening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the Howells & Hood New Year’s Day Hangover Brunch. $29 per person will get you unlimited access to a limited edition menu, an omelet bar, charcuterie, and

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Wanda Vista Hotel & Residences

Believe it or not, it's been nearly 6 months since we first heard about a possible new development coming to Chicago's New Eastside neighborhood, but this past week, chatter about what could very well change Chicago's skyline has started to pick back up, and what's being said is rather excitng on a number of different levels.

Back in July, details were still a little hazy about what could become the Windy City's 3rd tallest building, but as the Chicago Triune reported yesterday, plans for this massive new downtown high-rise, now being called Wanda Vista, are starting to become a bit more focused.

The developers behind the project, The Wanda Group and Chicago-based Magellan Development Group, certainly have an ambitious plan for the New Eastside site,

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The Ronsley, 678 N. Kingsbury Chicago IL

Exciting news reported from Crain’s Chicago today about sales finally getting under way next month at an impressive 41-unit condo conversion over at a River North industrial building.  

The property, located at 678 N. Kingsbury, is part of a project that will involve developing six brand new penthouse condos, wrapping the existing structure in a chic glass facade, and constructing brand new units in both the existing building and also in a brand new structure that will be located on an adjacent parking lot that's currently there now.

Got all that?

We know, it might sound confusing, but the rendering above should help answer what questions you may have.

Being called The Ronsley, this trendy new condo development will command prices that are reportedly

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Tribune Tower Redevelopment

Somewhat surprising reports surfaced last week that could reshape and redefine one of downtown Chicago's most iconic buildings, The Tribune Tower. Tribune Media, which owns and manages the famed neo-Gothic tower at 435 N. Michigan Avenue, recently unveiled plans that could possibly triple the building's square footage to include residential, retail, and even hotel space should the redevelopment project move forward.  

As noted by the Chicago Tribune, the Tribune Tower currently has around 737,000 square feet of space, but is actually zoned for 2.4 million square feet, allowing for almost 2 million more square feet of potential room to grow.  

Although many already consider the 1935 structure to be a popular attraction for tourists to visit on their

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When thinking about premier condo buildings in Chicago's New Eastside neighborhood, many would put The Chandler, located at 450 E. Waterside, somewhere near the top of the list. Standing 36 stories high and situated right at the mouth of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, water views here are about as spectacular as any building in all of downtown Chicago. But along with that, interior finishes inside most condos for sale at The Chandler are quite impressive in their own right, and none are more representative of that than unit number #1206.

Striking Brazillian cherry hardwood flooring, granite counters, a custom backsplash, and a spacious marble bath highlight what's features inside 450 E. Waterside #1206, but above all, its being able to call The

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Luxury Shopping in Chicago Gold Coast

It's that time of year again when shopping dominates much of our free time, and for many of us, the holiday season is all about spending time with friends and family, and enjoying the many holiday customs that coincide with this special time of year, which certainly includes joyous act of gift-giving!  

Because we happen to live in a city that's renowned for its premier shopping districts and destinations, finding the right gift for that special someone is rarely a problem. However, with so many different options to choose from, navigating Chicago's shopping scene can be quite overwhelming, especially during this time of year. So to help plan for all your holiday shopping this year, here's a look at which Gold Coast shopping destinations are worth a

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If you think Chicago's recent hotel and development boom might have reached its peak, don't tell that to developer Joseph Mizrachi, who is planning a pretty spectacular high-rise project in the West Loop that will stretch 41 stories high and house both a hotel and 600,000 square feet of office space. The tower, which is being designed by Goettsch Partners and will replace a parking lot at 590 W. Madison, has a pretty sleek design that somewhat coincides with other new hotel developments around Chicago, most notably the Loews Hotel over in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood.  

If approved, Crain's Chicago Business reports construction for the new hotel-office tower could be completed in less two years, which seems to be a pretty lofty goal given its

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Condos For Sale or Rent Near Chicago Clark/Lake

Chicago's rapid transit system, most commonly referred to as the "L" (short for "elevated train"), serves around 650,000 passengers on an average weekday, making it the 3rd busiest rapid transit system in the U.S., behind only the New York subway and the Washington D.C. Metro.

Currently, the Chicago "L" system encompasses 145 different stations, and runs over eight individual lines (Red, Blue, Orange, Green, Brown, Yellow, Purple, and Pink), of which none are more frequently used than the lakefront Red Line. But despite the Red Line being the city's most frequently used railway however, it's the Clark/Lake station in the Loop, which isn't a part of the CTA's Red Line, that routinely sees the most traffic, with an average of 20,765 passengers passing

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