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Tips for a Fun & Safe Chicago Beach Day

With many of Wirtz’ Chicago apartment properties near the lakefront, the beach is a popular destination for residents. It’s a great way to relax and enjoy yourself on a hot, summer day. You can also get some of the best views of the city from the lakefront. If you’re planning on spending the day at the beach, here are some tips for a fun and safe day.

Check the beach status before you go

The Chicago Park District’s beach web site is updated regularly with information on beach safety. It provides two ratings for each beach. One is the swim status, which lets you know if it’s safe to swim or not. The other is a water quality number, which lets you know how much bacteria is in the water. If you’re planning on swimming during your beach day, checking the site will let you know if it’s a good idea or not. The site also provides information about amenities, rules and transportation.

The Chicago Park District’s beach web site is at

Bring Plenty of Water

Relaxing on the beach can dehydrate you pretty quickly. On a busy beach day you may not want to pack up all of your things and head to the store for some water.

Know What Not To Bring

Alcohol and smoking are prohibited on Chicago beaches. Some beaches have restaurants on them where you can purchase alcoholic beverages, including Castaways on North Avenue Beach. If you have a flotation device, make sure it’s Coast Guard-approved.

Are Lifeguards Present?

Lifeguards are on duty daily during the summer. Before you go in the water, check to make sure a lifeguard is on duty.

Relax and Have Fun!

There’s a reason Chicago’s beaches are so popular in the summer. They’re fantastic places to stay cool, enjoy the outdoors and soak up the sun. Keeping a few things in mind will allow you to make the most of these excellent resources we have in our city.

For some more beach tips, check out our “Chicago Beaches: Did You Know?” post!

Posted June 14, 2017 · Categories: Apartment Living Tips, In The Neighborhood, Lakeview

Upcoming Lakeview and Lincoln Park Summer Festivals

With Memorial Day passed, the summer has unofficially started. Chicago is always great fun in the summer. This year looks to be no different. For those living in the Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods, there are some great festivals coming up nearby. Below are some highlights.

Lincoln Park Greek Festival – June 2-4

Enjoy Greek food, culture and live music at the Lincoln Park Greek Festival, which takes place Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4, on Sheffield between Diversey & Schubert. The festival is free, with food and drink available for purchase. There will also be local vendors selling goods and a kids area.

Click here to learn more about the Lincoln Park Greek Festival

Ribfest – June 9-11

If you’re a fan of ribs, Ribfest is the place to be. Aside from the impressive amount of ribs available, Ribfest also features live music from a variety of local and touring bands. The “kids square” features live entertainment, games, inflatables and other activities for kids.

Ribfest was voted the best food festival in Chicago last year by Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago” reader’s poll. It has also been featured on the Food Network and USA Today. Take Irving Park west of Lakeview a few blocks road to get to Ribfest, which is located along Lincoln Avenue from Irving Park Road to Berteau Ave.

Ribfest requests a $5 donation at the door. More information can be found at

Craft Brews at the Zoo – June 16-17

Lincoln Park Zoo hosts their third annual Craft Brews at the Zoo on June 16 and 17. Enjoy over 75 brews from 35 local and regional breweries. Beer tasting stations are set up throughout the zoo’s gardens.

Craft Brews at the Zoo is a 21 and over event. It takes place from 6-10:30 pm each day. Tickets are expected to sell out and can be purchased in advance here.

Pride Fest – June 17-18. Parade – June 28

The 48th annual Chicago Pride Fest takes place June 17-18 on Halsted Avenue in Lakeview. The Pride Parade takes place Sunday, June 25. It starts on Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Uptown and ends near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park.

The Pride Fest features live music, exhibitions, food and drink. Pride Fest is free to attend, though a donation is requested at the gate. The event is pet-friendly and all-ages are welcome.

Learn more about Pride Fest and the Pride Parade at

Southport Art Festival – July 15-16

Over 75 Chicago artists will be featured at this year’s Southport Art Festival. The festival takes place on Southport Avenue between Waveland and Grace. Along with artist exhibitions, there will also be food and beverages available. Live music can be heard throughout the festival as well.

The Southport Art Festival is free of charge. Click here for more information.

Posted May 30, 2017 · Categories: In The Neighborhood, Lakeview

Guide to Memorial Day Weekend 2017: Chicago Style

Memorial Day Chicago
This post was updated on May 17, 2017, with information for Memorial Day 2017.

Memorial Day is coming up on May 29, 2017. Below are some suggestions for activities to commemorate the holiday over Memorial Day weekend.

Be a part of something. Start your day commemorating our veterans by attending Chicago’s Wreath Laying Ceremony, followed by the annual Memorial Day Parade—one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation!. The Wreath Laying Ceremony begins at 11am at Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington Streets). The parade will commence at noon and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street until completion.

Enjoy yourself. What would Memorial Day be without the smell of barbeque wafting in the air? Enjoy a quaint picnic or barbeque at one of the following prime picnic spot’s: Mary Bartelme Park, Commercial Park, or Palmisano Park. Or, let someone cook for you while you enjoy the company of a friend or loved one on Chicago’s Memorial Day Weekend Booze Cruise—eat, drink, and dance the night away!

Be in awe. Visit Navy Pier on Saturday at dusk to kick off summer with the first fireworks show of the year! The fireworks start at 10:15 pm. Visit the Navy Pier web site for the full schedule for this year.

Be Festive. Visit the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. Or take a trip to the Randolph Street Market Festival for a global goods bazaar Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Be Fit. Join one of the hundreds of Chicagoans that tackled the challenge of biking the drive on Sunday, May 28!

Veg out. After a long weekend of activities, take some time to relax in the sun at one of Chicago’s many beaches. From the South Shore to Rogers Park, beaches are open for business Memorial Day weekend!

Show your appreciation. Take a moment to thank and honor the men and women who have served our country with pride and courage. Write a letter to a soldier overseas, volunteer, or make a small donation to support our troops and veterans.

Photo: Ian Sane via Flickr.

Posted May 17, 2017 · Categories: Apartment Living Tips, In The Neighborhood

Mother’s Day in Lakeview

This post was updated on Tuesday, May 2, to include information about Mother’s Day 2017.

Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, May 14. If you’re looking to have a fun day with your mom, Lakeview/Wrigleyville is a great place to be. Below are five suggestions for an enjoyable Mother’s Day in the Lakeview/Wrigleyville neighborhoood.

Brunch at Ann Sather Restaurant

AnnSatherThis longtime Lakeview Swedish-American diner has earned it’s great reputation. Choose from various types of eggs benedict, omelettes and other breakfast staples. If you’re unsure about a large brunch to start your day, opt for their famous cinnamon rolls.

Ann Sather Restaurant is located at 909 W Belmont Avenue, Chicago. View their menu and more information at or call them at 773-348-2378.

Go to a yoga class

Whether or not mom does yoga regularly, attending a yoga class can be a great way to spend some quality time together. There are many great yoga studios in the Lakeview neighborhood. Moksha Yoga Center, at 3334 N Clark, has a few different classes being offered on Mother’s Day. Check out their schedule here.

Mamma Mia! at the Music Box Theatre

mammamiaThe Music Box Theatre is showing Mamma Mia! on Mother’s Day at 2 pm. Celebrate the day with your mother, Meryl Streep and ABBA! The interactive screening kicks off with a live pre-show 1970’s fashion contest. Prizes will be given away to the best 70s outfit. You can then play along with our audience participation guide while you watch the Broadway smash on the big screen.

Music Box Theatre is located at 3733 N Southport, Chicago. Click here to learn more about the Mamma Mia! showing and purchase tickets.


You can make the day out of simply strolling the Lakeview/Wrigleyville neighborhood shopping. Lakeview is home to lots of fantastic shops selling everything from clothes to gifts to antiques. We posted some great gift shops on the blog for the holidays here. When you’re ready for an afternoon snack, stop by Scooters Frozen Custard, a neighborhood favorite.

Dinner at Mia Francesca’s

Image courtesty of Mia Francesca's on Instagram.

Image courtesty of Mia Francesca’s on Instagram.

After a fun day, a rich Italian meal and glass of wine at Mia Francesca’s is an excellent way to unwind. The popular restaurant now has 23 locations throughout the country, but they started on North Clark Street in Chicago. Their extensive menu includes a variety of meat and vegetarian options, with excellent wines to compliment them.

Visit to view Mia Francesca’s menu and make a reservation. You can also call them at 773-334-8368.

Posted May 2, 2017 · Categories: In The Neighborhood, Lakeview

2950 North Sheridan Featured in Curbed Chicago and Bisnow

2950 North Sheridan, Wirtz Residential’s new luxury high rise apartment property in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, has recently been featured in Curbed Chicago and Bisnow.

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Learn more about 2950 North Sheridan and check availability at

Posted April 18, 2017 · Categories: Lakeview, Wirtz News

Upcoming Spring Events in and Around Chicago’s Lakeview Neighborhood

Updated 03/27/2017 to include information about spring events for 2017

Spring has officially started! Residents of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood have some fantastic upcoming events in and around the neighborhood to enjoy this spring. Below are some highlights.

Chicago Cubs Home Opener

The Chicago Cubs’ first game of 2017 at Wrigley Field is on Monday, April 10, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Last year was unforgettable for the Cubs and their fans. Can the Cubs win the World Series again this year? We can only hope and cheer them on!

19th Chicago Kids and Kites Festival

Lincoln Park hosts the 19th Chicago Kids and Kites Festival on Saturday, May 7. Children can build, decorate and fly their own kites, or watch professional kite flyers wow the crowd. The Windjammers International Kite Team will be performing their synchronized kite flying maneuvers this year. There will also be a Big Kite Candy Drop, a piñata-like kite filled with candies that drop from the sky. Other activities include face painting and balloon artists.

The Chicago Kids and Kites Festival is from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday, May 6. It will be held on Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park (Lake Shore Drive, between Montrose Ave. & Wilson Ave.). Admission is free. Click here to learn more..

Lincoln Park Wine Festival

The 3rd Annual Lincoln Park Wine Festival is a fun event for all wine fans. The event features brand ambassadors and sommeliers discussing wine. It features over 90 different wines available for tasting. You will also be able to enjoy live music, food and wine pairings, artist vendors and food/products from wine-related vendors.

The Lincoln Park Wine Festival takes place on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 at Jonquil Park, 1001 W Wrightwood Avenue. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival

Music fans will have a great time at the 33rd Annual Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival. This year’s festival includes music from some of Chicago’s favorite cover bands. The festival also includes a variety of food and drink options and local artisans.

The Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival takes place from noon-10 pm daily on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. Click here to learn more.

Photo: Peter Merholz via Flickr. (license)

Posted March 27, 2017 · Categories: In The Neighborhood, Lakeview

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