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Video Tours of 2950 North Sheridan

YoChicago has created two video tours of 2950 North Sheridan apartments. The video tours feature a three bedroom plus den, 2.5 bath unit and a two bedroom, two bath unit.

Three Bedroom plus Den / 2.5 Bath Unit

Two Bedroom / Two Bath Unit

Learn more about 2950 North Sheridan and check availability at View YoChicago’s profile of 2950 North Sheridan.

Posted March 20, 2017 · Categories: Building Updates, Lakeview

Chicago Tribune interviews Wirtz Senior Vice President Don Vitek regarding 2950 N Sheridan

Wirtz Senior Vice President Don Vitek was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune last week regarding our newest property, 2950 North Sheridan.

When asked why this is a good time to build a new high-end building, Vitek said, “If you know the value of Lakeview, its proximity to the city but its more community feel and its open spaces, parks, proximity to the lakefront, the great schools, we really felt like there was a demand for some newer property that has more of the amenities and more of the luxury finishes and the floor-to-ceiling glass that people are getting downtown.”

Click here to read the full article »

Posted March 8, 2017 · Categories: Building Updates, In The Neighborhood, Lakeview, Wirtz News

Tips to Help Protect Your Dog from Canine Influenza

Updated 03/07/2017 with dog flu information for 2017.

Canine influenza, also known as dog flu, has been an issue for Chicago dog owners since 2015. Although reports of dog flu cases have not spiked this year like they did in 2015, it has recently caused The Anti-Cruelty Society to halt adoptions of dogs. Fortunately, they have recently been able to allow dog adoptions again. According to a recent CBS article, more than 100 dogs have been infected by the dog flu so far in 2017.

The origin of canine influenza is unclear, but most believe that the virus came from Asia, mutated, and is now infecting dogs and cats.

Spring is just around the corner, and dogs and their owners will want to to be outside enjoying beautiful Chicago weather. Dog flu is similar to human flu, it can be spread through direct contact and symptoms may take several weeks to develop.

There are several precautions that you can take to better protect your pet:

  • Instead of going to a dog park, take a long walk on the lakefront or on local trails throughout Chicago.
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after engaging with other pets.
  • Instruct your dog-walkers to walk your dog separately and to wash their hands before entering your apartment.
  • Try to avoid taking your dog to the dog beach, pet-hotels, day camps, pet stores or the groomer.

If you notice any change in your dog’s behavior, please contact your vet immediately.

Wirtz Residential is pleased to provide dog-friendly apartments in Chicago’s northside communities, including Lakeview, East Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, Ravenswood and Evanston. Our newest Lakeview apartment community, 2950 N Sheridan, is also dog-friendly.

Posted March 7, 2017 · Categories: Apartment Living Tips, In The Neighborhood, Lakeview

Now Leasing: 2950 N Sheridan

We are pleased to announce that our newest apartment property, 2950 N Sheridan, is now leasing.

2950 N Sheridan is a new 20-story luxury rental high rise in the heart of Lakeview East. With only 82 residences, it combines an intimate living experience with amenities typically only available in much larger buildings. The residences at 2950 N Sheridan boast high ceilings with floor to ceiling windows, providing terrific interior volumes filled with natural light. Unit interiors are spacious with luxury features throughout.

The award-winning architectural firm Booth Hansen designed 2950 N Sheridan to provide spectacular views of Lake Michigan, Lincoln Park and the City. The curved curtain wall design compliments the brick enclosed garage, creating modern luxury residences that fit well within the historic Lakeview neighborhood. The LEED certified design includes many energy efficient and sustainable features, as would be expected of a modern luxury high rise.

2950 N Sheridan features convertible, one bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom and penthouse apartments.

Click here to learn more about 2950 N Sheridan or request leasing information. You can also visit the 2950 N Sheridan web site at

Posted February 13, 2017 · Categories: Lakeview, Wirtz News

Valentine’s Day in Lakeview

Heart-shaped macaroons at Vanille Patisserie.

Updated 02/01/2017 with Valentine’s Day ideas for 2017.

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. February 14 falls on a Wednesday this year, so you can spend the whole day with your special someone. Fortunately for those living in Lakeview, you won’t have to leave the neighborhood to have a fun, romantic Valentine’s Day. Below are some suggestions for enjoying Valentine’s Day in the Lakeview neighborhood.

Coda Di Volpe – 3335 N Southport, Chicago

Coda Di Volpe is featuring a four course prixe fixe menu for Valentine’s Day. The menu includes wood-grilled oysters, herb-crusted halibut, chocolate olive oil cake and other options.

Visit the Coda Di Volpe web site or call them at 773-687-8568 to book a reservation for Valentine’s Day.

Bar Pastoral – 2947 N Broadway, Chicago

Bar Pastoral will have a special Valentine’s Day menu. The menu includes braised pork belly, ribeye steak, and flourless chocolate cake, among other options. Vegetarian options are available as well.

Even if you don’t choose Bar Pastoral for your Valentine’s Day dinner, you may want to stop in to pick up some of their artisan cheese, bread or wine.

Bar Pastoral’s Valentine’s Menu is $39, or $35 for the vegetarian options. Visit their web site or call 773-472-4781 to book a reservation.

Bottle and Bottega – 2900 N Lincoln, Chicago

Bottle and Bottega is a BYOB painting studio that is offering a couples class on Valentine’s Day. Their painting party includes a Valentine’s Day photo booth, chocolate, and raffles for items from The Gwen Hotel, Taboo Tabou, Cafe Chien, and the Athenaeum Theatre.

Bottle and Bottega’s Valentine’s Day party is Tuesday, February 14, from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Tickets are $40 and include aprons, paint supplies, instruction and a 16×20″ take-home canvas. Click here to register.

Vanille Patiserrie – 2108 N Clark, Chicago

Sweets are one of the most popular gifts for Valentine’s Day. Vanille Patiserrie, a french pastry shop in Lakeview, has some of the best sweets in the neighborhood. For Valentine’s Day they offer a variety of special pastries, macaroons and cakes.

Vanille Patiserre is open on Valentine’s Day. Visit their web site at

Posted February 1, 2017 · Categories: In The Neighborhood, Lakeview

New Restaurants in Lakeview for 2017

Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood is already home to many great restaurants. If you’ve made a new year’s resolution to try something new in 2017, you’re in luck. There are some great new restaurants that have either opened recently or will be opening soon in the Lakeview neighborhood. Below are some of them.

Jennivee’s Bakery

Jennivee’s Facebook page says that they will be opening very soon. The signage is already up at their 3301 N Sheffield Avenue location. The late-night bakery plans on serving cake until 2 am. While it may not be the best thing for your new year’s diet, their cakes look delicious.

Gundis Kurdish Kitchen

The recently opened Gundis Kurdish Kitchen prides itself on being Chicago’s first restaurant dedicated to Kurdish food. If you’re a fan of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern cuisine, you might want to give Gundis a try. The new restaurant is located at 2909-2911 N Clark Street. Read an interview with the owners on Eater or visit their web site at to view their menu and learn more.


If you’re looking for a new, quick lunch spot, Kudo has you covered. Recently opened at 3933 N Broadway, Kudo offers kebabs, burgers and similar quick meal options.

1353 W Cornelia Avenue

The owners of the popular Crosby’s Kitchen are planning a new restaurant at 1353 W Cornelia Ave. Eater recently reported that the owners have secured a liquor license for the new restaurant, but other details like the name and cuisine have yet to be announced.

Posted January 10, 2017 · Categories: In The Neighborhood, Lakeview

Lakeview Places to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

This Sunday is the first day of 2017. For many, the new year is a time to make resolutions. No matter what your resolutions are this year, you can probably find a great place in Lakeview to help you keep it. Below are places that can be helpful for some of the most common New Year’s resolutions.

Exercise More/Get In Shape

For those looking to stick to a regular exercise routine, there are many gyms and athletic clubs in Lakeview to choose from. We highlighted the features of the Lakeview Athletic Club in a previous blog post. The Lakeview YMCA is also a great option, offering swim lessons, basketball leagues, exercise classes and more.

Many of Wirtz’ Lakeview apartment communities are located near the Lakefront trail as well, giving you easy access to a great bike and walking path.

Eat Well

From Whole Foods to Treasure Island to the neighborhood’s new Mariano’s, Lakeview has some great options for healthy grocery shopping. During the warmer months, you can visit a nearby farmer’s market as well. We featured some of them in a recent blog post.

There are also an abundance of exceptional restaurants in and around Lakeview, including Beezee Fresh Food, Cassava and Left Coast.

Read More

Lakeview is home to some of Chicago’s favorite bookstores. The neighborhood is such a hot spot for bookstores that Amazon recently announced that it will be opening up a bookstore at 3443 N Southport. Some local favorites include Unabridged Books, The Gallery Bookstore, and Bookman’s Corner.

Also, don’t forget the Lincoln Belmont Public Library. Located at 1659 W Melrose Street, the library has a large selection of new titles and classics. It also holds book clubs and educational classes. If you need to get a free library club, this web page provides information on getting one in person or online.

Posted December 27, 2016 · Categories: Apartment Living Tips, In The Neighborhood, Lakeview

Last Minute Chicago Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays are quickly approaching! If you’ve accidentally left someone off your holiday shopping list or haven’t had the time to finish shopping, fear not. Living in Chicago gives us some great options for last-minute gifts. We have so many great local businesses that you can quickly pick up a locally-made gift in time for the holidays. Below are some ideas.

Garrett Popcorn

Garrett Popcorn is always a good choice when you’re not sure what to buy for someone. If you need a gift for a new resident of Chicago or need to take it with you on a trip, a tin of Garrett’s famous “Garrett Mix” is a good option. The caramel/cheese blend is a Chicago favorite. It’s always enjoyable to watch someone’s reaction when they try it the first time!

Garrett Popcorn has many locations in the Chicago area where you can pick up your last minute gift. Find a location and learn more at

Locally-Roasted Coffee

If you have a coffee lover on your list, you’re in luck. Chicago has some fantastic local coffee roasters. Dark Matter Coffee sells a variety of packaged coffee, including barrel-aged coffees made with barrels from local Chicago distilleries and breweries. Ipsento Coffee sells their freshly-roasted coffee from a variety of different origins. Other local Chicago favorites like Intelligentsia and Metropolis sell packaged coffee as well.

Cubs & Blackhawks Gifts

With the Cubs winning the World Series this year, Cubs gifts are a safe bet. For those living in Wrigleyville and Lakeview, you can pick up Cubs gifts in the neighborhood. One option is Wrigleyville Sports at 959 W Addison Street, across the street from Wrigley Field.

Blackhawks gifts are popular this time of year as well. Wrigleyville Sports has a great selection of Blackhawks items, or you could head to the Blackhawks Store at 333 N Michigan Avenue.

Chicago-Made Spirits

Chicago distilleries have become popular in recent years. For the whiskey fan, Koval Distillery has some excellent options. For gin drinkers, try Letherbee Distillery. Letherbee has a limited edition holiday label for the season.

Happy Holidays from everyone at Wirtz Residential!

Posted December 20, 2016 · Categories: In The Neighborhood, Lakeview

Upcoming Lakeview Holiday Events

The holidays are in full swing in Chicago. The weather is getting colder and holiday decorations can be seen throughout the city. For those who live in Lakeview, you don’t need to go far to enjoy some great holiday festivities. Below are some upcoming holiday events happening in the Lakeview neighborhood.

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza – Saturday, December 3

Want to get some of your holiday shopping done while supporting Lakeview businesses? Check out the Holiday Shopping Extravaganza. Over 20 businesses in the neighborhood are participating. Drop in to any of them to get a free holiday treat. The holiday favorite, “A Christmas Story”, will be shown for free at the Laugh Factory at 2 pm as well.

The event takes place from 12-4 pm. Learn more and view a map of participating businesses at

Lakeview Christmas Market – December 7-9

The Lakeview Christmas Market will feature live music, carolers from local schools, craft vendors, food and drink, and a kids activity area. It will all be held under a large heated tent as well.

The event takes place at the corner of Ashland and Belmont from Friday, December 7 – Sunday, December 9. All proceeds benefit the Saint Luke Academy. Click here to learn more about the Lakeview Christmas Market..

“Miracle on Southport” – Friday, December 9

The Music Box Theatre will be holding their “Miracle on Southport” event on Friday, December 9. The holiday classic “Miracle on 34th Street” will be played. The doors open at 6 pm, with the show at 7 pm. Tickets are $20, with all proceeds benefiting Chicago Help Initiative’s supper program.

Learn more and purchase tickets at

Posted December 1, 2016 · Categories: In The Neighborhood, Lakeview

Lakeview Shops to Check Out on Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is November 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Holiday shoppers are encouraged to shop locally in their neighborhood that day. Fortunately for those living in Lakeview, there are many great options for local gift shopping. Below are just a few of the Lakeview shops that may have the perfect gift for one of your loved ones.


Persona LakeviewPersona features a collection of unique jewelry and gift items. From home goods to jewelry to Chicago-themed items like mugs, wall art and ornaments, you’ll find a great selection of gifts you may not find elsewhere.

Persona is located at 1347 West Waveland Avenue in Lakeview. Learn more at their web site,

Heritage General Store

Heritage BicyclesHeritage General Store is known to many because of the Chicago-made bikes they sell. They offer the first completely Chicago-made bike since Schwinn production left the city in the ’70s. Aside from their bikes, Heritage General Store also sells coffee, mens and womens apparel and unique bike helmets. It’s a great place to find a gift for the bicyclist on your list.

Heritage General Store is located at 2959 North Lincoln Avenue in Lakeview. They also have two Uptown locations. Visit their web site at to learn more and shop online.

Unabridged Bookstore

Unabridged BooksWho doesn’t like a good book? Unabridged is one of the most popular bookstores in Lakeview. They have a great selection of new books and old standbys. Unabridged also has an impressive inventory of signed books for sale.

Unabridged Books is offering 10% off your entire purchase on Small Business Saturday. They will also be giving away tote bags and coffee mugs to the first 50 visitors, free treats, and complimentary gift wrapping.

Unabridged Books is located at 3251 North Broadway in Lakeview. Learn more about Unabridged Books’ Small Business Saturday festivities at

Chicago Comics

Chicago ComicsIf you have any comic book fans on your holiday list, Chicago Comics is a great place to stop on Small Business Saturday. They have an extensive selection of comics, as well as action figures and board games. Chicago Comics also carries works by local Chicago artists.

Chicago Comics is located at 3244 North Clark Street in Lakeview. Learn more about them and check out their new arrivals at

Posted November 18, 2016 · Categories: In The Neighborhood, Lakeview