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Winter Bucket List 2018 - 2019 – Chicago Neighborhoods

 

What better way to celebrate the holidays with a winter bucket list? Check out this amazing list of all the wintery activities located throughout all the best Chicago neighborhoods including Streeterville, River North, Old Town, Loop, South Loop, Lincoln Park, West Loop, and Lakeview.

Streeterville: 

  •       Navy Pier Winter Wonderland

(Dec 1, 2018 – Jan 6, 2019) 

  •       Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

(November 17, 2018)

  •       Polar Bear Plunge of Oak St Beach

(Jan 26, 2019)

River North: 

  •       Riverwalk

(All Winter) 

  •       City Winery Igloos

            (TBA)

  •       Chicago Santa Bar Crawl

(Dec 15, 2018) 

Old Town:

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Streeterville Chicago’s Best Restaurants: Top 10

 

1. Les Nomades

This exceptional French haute cuisine is complemented by an extensive wine list. Located at 222 E Ontario St, Les Nomades is one of the best French restaurants in Chicago. The ambiance features an exquisite townhouse setting with luxurious Parisian décor and floral arrangements. Be sure to order the Warm Lobster and Shrimp Salad, Sautéed Alaskan Halibut, Sautéed Loup de Mer, or Roasted Duck.

2. Cafecito

Cafecito, located at 215 E Chestnut St, specializes in Cuban food and coffee. What combination could be better? They offer pressed Cuban sandwiches, salads, platters, and more. Find yourself sitting for hours in this cozy, modern space. They also have an outdoor seating area.

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Vista Tower by Magellan Development and Wanda Group

Vista Tower, previously known as 375 E. Wacker, is Magellan Development and Wanda Group’s tallest project in Chicago. It is currently being built in the New East Side neighborhood of Chicago, just south of the Chicago River and north of Millennium Park. It will be the third largest skyscraper in Chicago just after the Willis Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower. It will surpass the nearby Aon Center.  It will stand at 1,191 feet, which is 363 meters tall.

Designed by the same architect of the famous Aqua building, Jeanne Gang, Vista Tower will be one of the two tallest buildings designed by a woman. The original estimated cost of the project was a whopping $900 million. Designed by

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River North: Best Parts About the Neighborhood

Art:

River North has the largest collection of art galleries in the U.S. after Manhattan. There is also a design district with blocks of luxury interior finishes that is located just north of the Merchandise Mart. The Merchandise Mart is an enormous commercial building that takes up two city blocks. It recently launched "Art on the Mart" where a high-resolution art projection show takes places directly on the building. 

Dining:

Home of many restaurants, bars, and clubs, River North offers some of the best dining experiences in Chicago. Hubbard Street is a popular area for going out. Eataly, an Italian grocery store, dining experience, and wine store, covers 63,000 square feet of retail space,

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Old Town: The Best Parts About the Neighborhood

History:

Known as Old Town Triangle with connected streets of North, Clark, and Ogden, this friendly neighborhood used to be called North Town, because it is just north of the bustling downtown. The Old Town Triangle Association was a group formed by residents in 1948 that wanted to improve the conditions of buildings that had physical deterioration. The streets are mostly diagonal due to the neighborhood being around before the Chicago grid system. The theater scene is rich in Old town, as Jim Belushi, Tina Fey, and Bill Murray all attended The Second City Theater.

Nightlife:

Many young professionals go out in Old Town on Wells Street where some of the best restaurants and bars are located.

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Streeterville: The Best Parts About The Neighborhood

Lake Michigan:

Streeterville rests on Lake Michigan, offering many lake views, as well as Chicago River views. Ohio Street Beach is the main beach here, right near the Navy Pier.

Navy Pier:

A 3,330-foot long pier on the shoreline of Lake Michigan offering dining, shopping, theater, and boat tours. This tourist attraction is the most-visited attraction in the Midwest. Enjoy summer fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday night!

Shopping:

Streeterville is part of the Magnificent Mile neighborhood, where famous shops lie upon a mile of Michigan Avenue. This includes 3 enormous malls, as well as multi-level stores. Hop in a horse and carriage if your feet get tired.

Hotels:

If you

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Downtown Chicago Neighborhoods – Which one is the best? Descriptions and Locations!

 

Chicago Loop:

The heart of downtown Chicago where all the hustle and bustle takes place is known as the Chicago Loop. Home of the financial district and some of the tallest towers in the city, the Loop has the most connected train stations and office buildings. Aside from office buildings, it has many residential towers. It is located just south-east of the Chicago river and east of the popular Millennium park.

Streeterville:

Streeterville has many tourist spots being located to the right off the Magnificent Mile with all the shops and restaurants on Michigan Avenue. It is west of Lake Michigan and north of the Chicago River, making it easy to obtain water

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Top 10 Tallest Buildings in Chicago

 

Chicago, the birthplace of the skyscraper, is the third-largest city in the U.S. It is home to a crazy amount of high-rises. It is known for its gorgeous and tall architecture. It holds many different records regarding the buildings it has. This article explores the top 10 tallest buildings including their height, history, and location.

1. The Willis Tower

The Willis Tower is 1,450 feet high with 110 floors. Built in 1974, it was the tallest building in the world until 1998, but remains the 2nd tallest building in the U.S. after the World Trade Center in N.Y.C.  It is located in Chicago’s downtown Loop neighborhood.

2. Trump International Hotel & Tower

Just behind the Willis Tower is the Trump

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Top 10 Chicago Neighborhoods to Live in 2019

 

10. Lincoln Square

Founded by German immigrants in the 1840s, Lincoln Square is a small 2.5 square mile neighborhood that offers German restaurants, bars, trendy cafes, bakeries, and fantastic local shops. It’s a nestled neighborhood between Ravenswood and Andersonville, however, there is over 1,000 small businesses in this cute neighborhood. The Apple Fest is a popular annual fall activity where various vendors participate selling autumn themed crafts and treats. The real estate market in this neighborhood is hard to come by, as it features charming private homes and low-rise apartment buildings.

9. Lakeview

Lakeview, also spelled Lake View, rests in between the south of Irving Park Road,

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