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Hero Coffee Bar Coming to 2950 N Sheridan

Hero Coffee LogoWe’re thrilled to announce that Hero Coffee Bar will be opening in the first floor of 2950 N Sheridan in early 2018! This will be their fourth location, with others in the Loop, Roscoe Village, and Bucktown.

Learn more about Hero Coffee Bar at herocoffeebarchicago.com.

Posted November 28, 2017 · Categories: Building Updates, In The Neighborhood, Lakeview, Wirtz News

333 N Michicagn Ave Featured on Chicago Tonight

333 N Michigan Avenue is featured in a recent episode of WTTW’s Chicago Tonight show. The segment discusses the three busts on the corners of the building near the 30th floor. The segment also discusses 333’s history and recent renovations.

You can watch the segment at http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/10/25/ask-geoffrey-what-are-those-faces-michigan-avenue.

Posted October 27, 2017 · Categories: Wirtz News

333 N Michigan Avenue Takes Part in Open House Chicago

333 N Michigan Avenue will take part in Open House Chicago this weekend, October 14-15. The Chicago Architecture Foundation hosts the seventh-annual event. The free event takes the public behind the scenes at more than 200 of the greatest spaces and places in the city and near suburbs.

Open House Chicago is part of a worldwide movement of free open house events that began in London in 1992. It started as a small nonprofit organization to promote public awareness and appreciation of London’s building design and architecture. Today more than 30 cities on five continents hold similar weekend festivals. Open House Chicago is the largest event of its kind in North America.

333 N Michigan Ave was also awarded a 2017 Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. The award honors outstanding projects that involve notable improvements to individual Chicago Landmarks or to buildings within Chicago Landmark Districts.

A recently completed $50 million dollar renovation has added modern amenities, LEED certification, and newly built suites to the Landmark 333 N Michigan building, a beautiful, Art Deco structure designed by Holabird and Root, and built in 1929.

Learn more about 333 N Michigan Ave at 333michigan.com.

Posted October 11, 2017 · Categories: Wirtz News

September Festivals in Lakeview and Chicago’s Northside

This post was updated on September 6, 2017, with information about 2017 festivals in Lakeview and Chicago’s northside.

The summer is starting to wind down. Although many of the popular neighborhood festivals have already happened, there are still some great festivals to enjoy in September. Below are four festivals happening in September in Lakeview and other Chicago northside neighborhoods.

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts – September 9-10

Lakeview East Festival of the ArtsLocated along Broadway between Belmont and Hawthorn, the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts is a great time for people of all ages. This year will be the festival’s 13th anniversary. It features live music, an arts showcase with over 150 participants, family activities and a garden oasis.

Learn more about the festival at lakevieweastfestivalofthearts.com

Lakeview Taco Fest – September 16-17

Lakeview Taco FestThis year marks the fifth anniversary of the Lakeview Taco Fest. If you’re a fan of tacos, you won’t want to miss this festival. Enjoy tacos from a variety of Chicago restaurants, many of which have won “best of” awards. You will also be able to watch Mexican wrestling and live music throughout the two-day festival.

The Lakeview Taco Fest is located on Southport between Addison and Rosco. Learn more at LakeviewTacoFest.com

Edgewater Arts Festival – September 23-24

Edgewater Fall Art FestThe Edgewater Arts Festival features over 100 exhibiting artists, live music, food, drinks and more. The family-friendly event also includes a children’s activity corner, young artist showcase, and children’s music talent show. Bring your pet along too!

The festival is located at 1030-1140 W. Granville Ave. Learn more at www.edgewaterartists.com/edgewater-arts-festival.html.

Oktoberfest Chicago – September 29-October 1

Oktoberfest ChicagoCelebrate the coming of fall and Bavarian culture at Oktoberfest Chicago, which is celebrating its 17th anniversary this year. Located in Lakeview at Southport and Lincoln, the festival will have plenty of brats, pretzels and beer. It also features live music from pop and Bavarian artists. On Saturday and Sunday afternoon the “kinderfest” will have games and activities for children and families.

Learn more about Oktoberfest Chicago at oktoberfestchicago.org/.

Posted September 6, 2017 · Categories: In The Neighborhood, Lakeview

The Chicago Air & Water Show – 5 Things to Know

Air and Water Show 2017

Logo by The City of Chicago

This post was updated on August 15, 2017, with information on the 2017 Chicago Air & Water Show.

The Chicago Air & Water Show is this Saturday and Sunday August 19 & 20. The popular event is celebrating its 59th year and is always entertaining. Below are five things to be aware of if you’re planning on taking in the show.

Admission & Hours

Admission is free. The Air & Water Show runs from 10 am – 3 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Where to Watch

You can get a pretty good view of the show anywhere from Fullerton Beach down to Oak Street Beach. North Avenue Beach is the best place to watch the show.

Watch the Takeoffs

If you want to watch the planes takeoff and land, you can do so at the Gary Jet Center, 5401 Airport Road, Gary.

What You Can & Can’t Bring

Chairs, coolers and picnic baskets are permitted. Bringing along ear plugs, binoculars, sunscreen and water is encouraged.

Alcohol, open flame bbq grills, fireworks, pop-up tents/canopies, balloons, kites, flag poles and pets (unless their service animals) are prohibited.

David Ross Tandem Jump

Former World Champion Chicago Cubs catcher and Dancing with the Stars finalist David Ross will open the show at North Avenue Beach with a tandem jump with the U.S. Army Golden Knights. Ross will touch down in front of the Boat House at North Avenue Beach after the show opens at 10 am on Saturday. Click here to learn more.

Find out more about the 59th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show at The City of Chicago’s web site for the event.

Posted August 15, 2017 · Categories: In The Neighborhood, Lakeview

2950 North Sheridan’s New Outdoor Furniture

2950 North Sheridan has new furniture on it’s 20th and 6th floor outdoor terraces.

The sixth floor outdoor terrace includes an urban garden, outdoor kitchens and fire patio.

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2950’s 20th floor terrace has beautiful, expansive views of the city and lake.

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Click here to learn more about 2950 North Sheridan, check availability and schedule a tour.

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

Our Favorite Spots in Lakeview for Outdoor Dining

Updated 07/05/17 with new additions for 2017

Summer is finally upon us. Outdoor dining is one of many great things about summer in Chicago. You can find many excellent outdoor dining spots throughout the city, but Lakeview has some of the best. Whether you’re looking for a fantastic Italian meal or just want to enjoy a couple of drinks with friends, you’ll find great places in Lakeview.

Below are some of our favorite spots for outdoor dining in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.

Wood

Wood ChicagoWinner of the Michelin Bib Gourmand Award for the past five years, Wood is a great spot for exceptional food and drink. Chef Ashlee Aubin has spent time at Alinea, Home Bistrot and Zealous. The dinner menu includes items like wild mushrooms, pork carnitas and a double cheeseburger. Wood is a popular spot for brunch as well. Their outdoor patio makes Wood a great go-to spot for summer dining in Lakeview.

Wood is located at 3335 N Halsted. Visit their web site at woodchicago.com for their menu and hours.

Corridor Brewery & Provisions

Corridor ChicagoThe brainchild of Greg Shuff and the Dryhop Brewers team (see below), Corridor is a great spot for a summer meal or a few drinks outdoors on a nice, summer day. Corridor features a selection of beers brewed on-site. They also have extension all-day food and brunch menus.

Corridor Brewery & Provisions is located at 3446 N Southport in Lakeview. View their menu and hours at www.corridorchicago.com.

Will’s Northwoods Inn

Wills Northwoods InnA favorite Lakeview spot for Green Bay Packers fans, Will’s has a large beer garden that can be enjoyed by all. A large food and drink menu makes Will’s a great choice for a casual summer afternoon or evening. The menu includes nods to Wisconsin, including cheese curds and the “Badger Burger”.

Will’s Northwoods Inn is located at 3030 N Racine in Lakeview. View their menu and hours at willsnorthwoodsinn.com.

Sapori Trattoria

saporitrattoriaThis Italian restaurant has earned its popularity by serving excellent, authentic Italian food. Although their outdoor seating is a bit limited, it’s worth waiting a few minutes if need be. You’ll be able to enjoy the summer weather and one of the best Italian meals in Chicago at the same time. That’s hard to beat.

Sapori Trattoria is conveniently located at the corner of Diversey and Schubert. Visit their web site at saporitrattoria.net for their menu and hours.

Southport Grocery and Cafe

Southport GroceryA popular Lakeview brunch spot, Southport Grocery and Cafe’s menu offers everything from a breakfast salad to cupcake pancakes. The casual restaurant has a great front porch where you can soak in some sun while enjoying your brunch.

The “Grocery” side includes some great take-home foods and unique gifts.

Southport Grocery and Cafe is located at 3552 North Southport in Lakeview. Visit their web site at southportgrocery.com for their menu and hours.

Sheffield’s Beer and Wine Garden

Sheffields Beer GardenIf you’re looking to enjoy a drink with friends in a casual outdoor spot, Sheffield’s is a great option. Their outdoor garden is fairly large and includes a stage where musicians perform from time to time. With a great selection of beer and wine, you’re bound to enjoy a warm Lakeview day at Sheffield’s. They also do weekend brunch.

Sheffield’s is located at 3258 N Sheffield in Lakeview. Visit their web site at sheffieldschicago.com for their menu and hours.

Dryhop Brewers

DryhopBrewersA brewery and restaurant, Dryhop Brewers opened in 2013. Their food, drinks and atmosphere are all excellent. The front of the restaurant has two garage doors, which they open when it’s nice out. The result is a great open air environment, perfect for enjoying your meal and a Lakeview-brewed drink to accommodate it.

Dryhop Brewers is located at 3155 N Broadway in Lakeview. Visit their web site at dryhopchicago.com for their menu and hours.

Posted July 5, 2017 · Categories: In The Neighborhood

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 www.cpdbeaches.com.

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 www.ribfest-chicago.com.

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 chicagopride.gopride.com.

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