April 2016

Found 8 blog entries for April 2016.

More than two-dozen new condos are coming to River West. Chicago-area developer The Domain Group just secured a construction permit to put in a seven-story building at 640-650 N Morgan. Including 25 units, the building will be going up in the 12,300-square-foot triangular space located between the Kennedy Expressway and Morgan.

While little information is listed about the design of the building, Chicago’s Vari Architects is signed on as the architectural firm. A published rendering of the building does show a garage and bike parking on the ground level along with five different floor plans of three-bedroom, two-bath units on floors two through six. The rendering also leaves room for a large rooftop deck, taking up at least half of building’s upper level.

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Things to Do in Chicago in May

Summer is right around the corner and already things are heating up in Chicago. There’s plenty to do and see in the city this May, from cold brews to highflying adventures.

Kids & Kites Festival- May 7 - Lincoln Park- Cricket Hill

First up, head to Lincoln Park May 7 for the 14th annual Kids and Kites Festival. The event gives those all ages the chance to be a kid again, where you can fly your own kite or even watch kite-flying professionals in action. If you don’t have one yourself you can pick up a free paper kite or buy one from a vendor on site.

Craft Beer Week- May 19-29

Grab a cold one during the 7th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week, kicking off May 19. The actual ten-day event includes hundreds of vendors, located all across Chicago.

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A smaller scale version of the Maggie Daley Restaurant is now slated to go before a city commission.  The newly downsized restaurant measures in at 8,000 square feet, considerably less than the original size of 15,750 square feet that was released in 2015.

Still awaiting approval by the city, the glass-walled restaurant is slated to open in 2017, featuring a larger outdoor seating area of 240 seats.  Previously the outdoor seating was limited to just 50.  Originally, too, the interior consisted of 300 seats but now includes 120.  

With Chicago’s Four Corners Tavern Group privately financing construction of the restaurant, the initial ten-year agreement also allows the group to operate the business.  As well, Four Corners will have to pay $75,000 in rent

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Vista Tower Chicago

Condominium units within Vista Tower Residences are now up on MLS.  With one-bedroom units topping $1 million and four-bedroom units topping $9 million, the tower offers up luxurious homes within one of downtown’s most visible new buildings.

Located on the New Eastside, the tower stand 96 stories tall, including 406 condominium homes, 205 hotel rooms and 346 parking spaces.  As well, the luxury building includes an array of amenities to tempt new buyers.

A 5,400 square foot ballroom, as well as a full-service spa, a bar and two full-service restaurants compliment the common space of the tower.  Other luxury hotel amenities include the 47th lifestyle floor of Club Vista, complete with a swimming pool, fitness center and resident lounge.  As well, the

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The City of Chicago is aggressively moving towards a more energy efficient future.  The city plans to change out 85% of all of its current public outdoor lights and replace them with LED lights.  While the Emanuel administration previously detailed the more than 348,000 lights included in the plan, a mayoral trust is now officially requesting proposals.

Called the Smart Lighting Project, the plan is aimed at making the city’s street lights more reliable and making the city’s energy usage more efficient.  While many city lights were installed during the 1970s, some of the electrical wiring and poles have been in place since the 1950s.

LEDs use less electricity, plus the bulbs are said to last longer than the current high-pressure sodium lights.  The city

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No matter whether you’re a huge sports fan or a kid at heart, you’ll find plenty to do and see at any of Chicago’s top springtime events. For a closer look at what's going on over the next several weeks, here's a look at some of the best events to hit during the spring warm-up!

NFL Draft (April 28-30)

It may not feel much like football season but fans will be out in force for the 2016 NFL Draft Chicago.  This three-day festival, aimed at football fans, takes over Grant Park, Congress Plaza and Auditorium Theatre. The festival is free, complete with youth clinics, autograph sessions, games and activities.

Chicago Kids and Kites Festival (May 7)

Expect some high-flying fun at the Chicago Kids and Kites Festival May 7. Free to attend, this is the

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Luxurious features and amenities are available at every turn within some of Chicago’s most expensive condos on the market.

401 N Wabash Avenue #32A | View Trump Tower Condos For Sale

Trump Tower provides a two-bedroom unit for $3.35 million, located at 401 N Wabash Avenue on the city’s Near North Side.  On the market starting in early March 2016, the unit features spectacular river and lake views.

118 E Erie Street #26C | View Ritz Carlton Residences For Sale

Also on the Near North Side, the Ritz Carlton Chicago admirably includes a unit of two bedrooms and 2.5 baths for $1.85 million.  This particular unit has been on the market since February 2016.

505 N Lake Shore Drive #1615 | View 505 N. Lake Shore Condos For Sale

Located at 505

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Dozens of new luxury apartments are headed to Old Town.  Sedgwick Properties recently officially announced a building going in at the site of the old Tiffany Decorating building on Wells.  Located at 1325 N Wells, the former building has already been demolished to make way for a new seven-story building.

The residential structure will eventually include 60 units, including one-, two-, and three-bedroom designs.  The apartments will range from 600 to 1,400 square feet in size, including private balconies and a shared rooftop terrace.  This additional outdoor space will include an outdoor kitchen, fire pit and wading pool for residents to enjoy.

A newly revised plan calls for 30 parking spaces on the ground floor of the building, as well as 1,800 square feet

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