Apartment of the Week: Lincoln Park

$2,650 for this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom flat in Lincoln Park is available now!! This gut rehab has hardwood floors throughout. The new kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher & microwave. Along with the sleek finishes of the bathrooms are the stunning marble counters. Some added bonuses are that it’s pet friendly, has in unit laundry, exposed brick, central air and a back deck area.  This unit screams location, location, location! The Diversey (Brown/Purple Line) train station is in walking distance or a short bus ride. The area is crawling with hot spots and delicious eats! Nearby you’ll find Gino’s East of Chicago, Atlas Brewing Company, Sarpino’s Pizzeria, Paddy Long’s Beer & Bacon Pub and so much more! Book your appointment today, before it’s too late!

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  • ID: 51102
  • Available: Now
  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Bedrooms: 2 Bedroom
  • Condition: Gut Rehab
  • Bathrooms: 2.0
  • Floors: Hardwood
  • Pets: Dogs/Cats OK
  • Heat: GFA
  • A/C: Central air
  • Laundry: In unit
  • Parking: Street
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Cable Ready
  • Blinds
  • Internet Ready
  • Deck

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10 Essential Apps Every Chicagoan Should Have

by Christine Hadley

10 Essential Apps Every Chicagoan Should Have

 

Do you remember the days when we had to use our landline phones to communicate? Neither do I. Technology continually makes everyday tasks easier, especially in the city. There’s an app for every want/need you could possibly think of.  If you don’t have a smartphone by now, you’re definitely missing out. If you moved to Chicago for school or work and you’re still adjusting to city life, this list of 10 essential apps can make a world of difference in your everyday life.

Ventra: As a student or a new resident of Chicago, you probably own a Ventra card. But have you downloaded the Ventra app? How many times have you waited in line at the kiosk to add value or a pass to your card? This is a convenient way to manage your Ventra account. With this app you can add transit value and passes, as well as buy Metra tickets. A bonus feature of the app is that it includes a transit tracker, giving you the arrival time of your choice of public transportation. There are numerous apps out there for the transit tracker portion.

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https://www.ventrachicago.com/app/

Google Maps: Most phones come with this, thankfully. Never has it been so easy to navigate from point A to point B. Dealing with Mapquest printed directions is a thing of the past. Google Maps is definitely a lifesaver as a newcomer to the city. After you type in your destination, it gives you the best route via driving, walking and transit. This app can be especially helpful when your destination requires you to take multiple forms of transportation.

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https://www.google.com/maps/about/

Park Chicago: Have you ever had to inconveniently leave an event or dinner to add more money to your meter? Never again! With the ParkChicago app, you can extend your time remotely. The app prompts you to create an account, enter your license plate and then you can pay to park anywhere where a ParkChicago sign is posted. Forget standing in the cold to pay at the box….. brrrr.

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http://parkchicago.com/

Divvy: When the Chicago weather has hit its peak, there’s nothing better than a bike ride. If you brought your bike to the city, it’s an easy way to commute to & from school and work, and don’t forget, it’s a great form of exercise! If you don’t have a bike, you can rent one from a Divvy station. If you’ve been living in the city for awhile, you probably already know about Divvy. But have you downloaded the Cycle Finder app? Sometimes the challenge can be finding the next station to check your bike into. The app shows the stations on a map and informs you on the number of bikes and docks that are available.

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https://www.divvybikes.com/app

My Chi Parks: This city is full of so many events, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of them all. The My Chi Parks app helps you keep track of the numerous, year round arts and cultural events in the parks. Through the app you can search nearby events and then save and/or share them. The app will then send you a reminder and notify you in case of any changes. Never again will you miss Dirty Dancing playing in the park.

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http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/my-chi-parks-app/

Uber/Lyft: You’ll thank yourself in the future for downloading these apps! Sometimes it can be a challenge to hail a cab and public transportation might not be conveniently located to your apartment. With a tap of a button you can have a car waiting for you, right outside your front door. You just type your destination into your phone and payment is taken care of through the app. Convenience at your fingertips, it’s amazing! We all have that one friend that conveniently doesn’t have any cash or says they’ll get you next time and they’re called freeloaders. Both apps have a split fare/split payment option, your freeloader friends will just need an account.

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https://www.uber.com/ride

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https://www.lyft.com/app

Open Table: Attention procrastinators, Valentine’s Day is less than a week away!  If you don’t like sleeping on the couch, listen up! The Open Table app makes a last minute, romantic dinner possible. With the app you can discover, reserve and manage restaurant reservations. Some features include restaurant reviews, photos and menus. Food is great way to anyone’s heart! Keep this app handy for any future special occasions. You’ll never run out of options in this city!

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http://www.opentable.com/m/mobile-apps/

Festival Finder: Lollapalooza, Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago Pride Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Old Town Art Fair, Pitchfork Festival………… and the list goes on. It would be great if there was information on all of these festivals, in one place. Dreams do come true, Chicago Festival Finder gives you festival dates, descriptions, times, costs & directions. You can turn on notifications and the app will send you a notification when any of the festivals in your favorites list are starting.

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http://www.chitownfestivals.com/

Parknav: A vehicle isn’t really a necessity in the city, but some of us are holding on to the luxury/freedom it provides. One of the biggest annoyances about having a vehicle in the city is trying to find parking. The Parknav app maps out your chances of finding metered, free & permit parking. The highest chance of finding parking will be highlighted in green and the lowest chance of finding parking will be red. Hit the roads without stress…… well, traffic is out of our control. But in the words of Effie Trinket………… may the odds be ever in your favor.

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https://parknav.com/

New to the city? With these apps you’ll seem like a natural. Technology has just made your transition to the city ten times easier. There’s a big city out there, just waiting to be explored. Now let the downloading begin!

 

 

Things to do Without Leaving the Comfort of Your Home

by Christine Hadley

Things to do Without Leaving the Comfort of Your Home

 

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The weather has been quite a roller coaster lately. We’ve gone through negative wind chills, spring temperatures and now a lovely day of rain.  When I think back to those times of negative wind chill, I picture myself as Jack Nicholson in The Shining. This time of the year you may suffer from a case of the winter blues and/or starting to get a little stir crazy. It’s hard to believe but there is a light at the end of this tunnel. Keep reminding yourself of this because we all know how great Chicago summers can be! As much as we might hate it, sometimes it’s just best to sit tight during times of dangerous wind chill or in today’s case, when it’s raining cats & dogs. Phil the groundhog predicted an early spring today and I think it has come in full force today. So Bundle up Chicago, we’ll get through this together!

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Here are a few things you can do during times of bad weather, without leaving the comfort of your home:

Exercise: You don’t need fancy gym equipment to get a good workout. Technology is an amazing thing. If you want to go the inexpensive route, just buy a few free weights and search for workout videos on YouTube. I know sometimes there isn’t an excess of space living in a Chicago apartment, just do the best you can with what you got.

Takeout: If you’re lacking in groceries during this type of weather, you might be better off ordering takeout. Some of us might still be going strong with those New Year’s diets (not me). In this case, check out the different options on GrubHub (download the mobile app). You have a variety of options to order amazing/quality food from all over the city. Worried about costs? Well… in the words of Tom Haverford…. “Treat yo self!”

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Instacart: If you’d still rather get groceries and you don’t have the luxury of a vehicle, try out Instacart (download the mobile app) and get groceries delivered to your door. For those who take public transportation/walk to get groceries, refer to Jack Nicholson above, this might happen to you. In Today’s case, you might reflect something more along the lines of a wet mop. Instacart is this amazing thing where you can order fresh groceries, from your favorite stores, from any device. First time user? You can get free delivery on your first order!

Movie: You might want to consider rescheduling that movie date, unless the theater is conveniently located. But don’t worry, there are other options. There are plenty of new movies that you can order On Demand or rent on Amazon, for less than the cost of that movie ticket. Just because Leo braves the weather in The Revenant doesn’t mean you have to brave it to see the movie. It’s really not a good look.

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Vacation: Suffering from those winter blues? The doctor prescribes lots of sunshine. Do some online research for your next tropical getaway. Booking a trip, even if it’s not very extravagant, gives you something to look forward to and can make the world of a difference on your whole demeanor. It’s necessary to keep your sanity……… your employer prefers that you’re somewhat sane.

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Keep warm/dry and carry on!