Posted by admin | September 29, 2011 | No Comments » |
Girl and the Goat
Saveur – “America’s best new restaurant”
Girl and the Goat has occupied a spot on Randolph Street in the West Loop for just over a year. Executive Chef Stephanie Izard gained national fame with her first place finish during the fourth season of Top Chef. Running with the momentum generated by her win, she opened small-plates restaurant Girl and the Goat, where many ingredients are sourced from local farms. The restaurant is open daily for dinner and features fresh-baked bread, seafood dishes such as sautéed Hawaiian sunfish, meat entrees such as wood oven roasted pig face, and vegetarian options such as squash blossom rangoons. As you’d expect, there is also a selection of goat dishes available, like goat carpaccio and goat legs. If you don’t have reservations, expect a long wait. Arriving when the doors open (4:30) is your best bet for snagging a table quickly.
Chicago Magazine – “Best New Restaurant 2011”
Located on the Gold Coast, Bistronomic is a French restaurant led by Chef Martial Noguier. You’ll find a nice selection of small plates for sharing as well as full-size entrees. Brunch, lunch, and dinner are served daily. For dinner, try Bistronomic’s renowned charcuterie or flights of cheese to start. Entree highlights include the tartine of the day, oxtail ravioli, and pan roasted duck magret. Reservations accepted.
Food & Wine – one of the “Best New Barbecue Restaurants”
Chef Charlie McKenna opened Lillie’s Q in July of last year. Since then, this restaurant has become a top destination for barbecue in Chicago. Chef McKenna has won acclaim on the competitive BBQ circuit, and his Bucktown eatery offers a solid selection of classics such as the tri-tip sandwich, baby back ribs, and shrimp & grits. Reservations are not accepted, but if your large party provides a couple of days’ notice, Lillie’s Q will prepare a whole hog for your dinner.
CBS Chicago – “Best of Chicago”
Chicago Cut is making a big splash in the high-end steakhouse scene. Its North LaSalle Street location is prime downtown Chicago real estate, and has become an instant hit for power lunches. Chicago Prime also distinguishes itself by offering breakfast, which is uncommon for a steakhouse. Diners love the open indoor atmosphere and the two levels of outdoor seating. Also drawing praise is the service, quality of food, and iPad-based wine menu. For dinner, most eyes will wander to the selection of dry-aged, USDA Prime steaks, which includes a bone-in filet, Delmonico, and Chateaubriand.
prasino opened its third area location last month in Wicker Park. With a name derived from the Greek word for “green”, prasino emphasizes locally-sourced ingredients, organic produce, and eco-friendly architecture. This establishment is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Features include a selection of kombuchas, sodas, juices, and smoothies, as well as items such as lobster stuffed avocado and grilled fish tacos. Reservations are accepted.
Posted by admin | September 29, 2011 | No Comments » |
Chicago’s fall foliage typically is at its most vibrant in mid-October. Just outside your Chicago luxury condo, public parks provide a calming and colorful respite against the backdrop of the city. Chicagoans are also within striking distance of some spectacular autumn landscapes that lie outside the city. Here are your best bets for enjoying the transition from summer to fall:
North Branch Trail
The North Branch Trail is a Class I bicycle trail that begins at Devon and Caldwell Avenues in northwestern Cook County. The trail traces the north branch of the Chicago River for 20 miles, through wildlife-filled forests, golf courses, and open fields, remaining mostly isolated from suburbia’s traffic and noise. Fall colors are everywhere thanks to the variety and abundance of vegetation. Most of the trail is paved, and the unpaved portions are well-kept.
Chicago Botanic Garden
The North Branch Trail terminates at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Lake County, another great place to take in the autumn atmosphere. The garden is open year-round and fall is a wonderful time to take in the nearly 400 acres of natural landscapes. There are 24 display gardens to explore, many of which will be awash in fall color during October. From September 30th to October 2nd, the garden will host its annual Fall Bulb Festival. At the festival, local vendors offer a variety of seasonal food and drink. There are plenty of fall family activities, such as live music and a straw bale maze. There will be 242 types of bulbs for sale this year.
For viewing the Chicago area’s fall colors, there may be no better place than Morton Arboretum in Lisle. This outdoor museum has 16 miles of hiking trails winding through 1,700 acres of gardens and nature preserves. This is truly a place where you can surround yourself in autumn’s display for hours. The arboretum’s two-month-long AutumnFest has already started. AutumnFest features theater hikes, bird walks, gourd art demonstrations, and a glass pumpkin patch. In October, there will also be taffy apples, kettle corn, and wine to enjoy.
Kettle Moraine State Forest
Located in southeastern Wisconsin, Kettle Moraine State Forest is named after its most prominent feature: a large moraine (accumulation of glacial debris) that is dotted with kettles (shallow bodies of water) of varying sizes and shapes. The forest is divided into five units and stretches out over 100 miles. There are many opportunities to enjoy the fresh fall air at Kettle Moraine—hiking, boating, fishing, and biking are just some ideas. You might also enjoy embarking upon all or part of the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive, which traverses all five units over its 115-mile course. From downtown Chicago, Kettle Moraine State Forest is about a two-hour drive.
Posted by admin | September 28, 2011 | No Comments » |
Magellan Development Group Announces Grand Opening of the Village Market at Lakeshore East
The highly-anticipated Village Market retail center bordering the Lakeshore East neighborhood on the New Eastside is opening on Tuesday, Oct. 4 with the debut of the bi-level Mariano’s Fresh Market. The second anchor tenant, III Forks Steakhouse, has scheduled its grand opening for Wednesday, Oct. 5.
Situated at 333 Benton Place near the southwest corner of the 28-acre award-winning community, the four-story, 105,000-square-foot Village Market is also accessible from Randolph Street east of Blue Cross-Blue Shield headquarters at Columbus Drive. Magellan Development Group and Hanwha Engineering & Construction are joint-venture development partners on the project. The Village Market was designed for Silver LEED certification by Loewenberg Architects and built by McHugh Construction.
“We consider Village Market, which includes a variety of shops, restaurants and services, an enormous convenience not only for people living and working at Lakeshore East but also for our residential and commercial neighbors,” said David Carlins, president of Lakeshore East developer Magellan Development Group. “We view this as a significant step forward to achieving our vision of Lakeshore East as a diversified village in the heart of the city.”
The 55,000-square-foot bi-level Mariano’s supermarket, opening at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, is making its debut in downtown Chicago. It was developed by Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc. and named for its chairman, Robert Mariano.
Roundy’s is a leading grocer in the Midwest with nearly $4 billion in sales and 20,000 employees. Founded in Milwaukee in 1872, it operates more than 150 retail grocery stores in Wisconsin and Minnesota as well as an expanding chain of Mariano’s Fresh Markets.
Opening on Wednesday, Oct.5 is Chicago’s first upscale III Forks Prime Steakhouse restaurant, part of a successful operation currently in Austin and Dallas in Texas and Jacksonville and Palm Beach in Florida. III Forks Prime Steakhouse will occupy 13,000 square feet and will provide a venue for private parties and special events as well as dining. It features a variety of seafood and beef dishes ranging from thick signature cuts of USDA Prime Beef to ocean-fresh fish, buttery lobster and a variety of other dishes. III Forks also has an outdoor terrace that overlooks the award-winning six-acre Park at Lakeshore East.
A variety of Village Market tenants preparing for a 2012 opening include Maison A Brasserie, Eggy’s, and Cuticle Nail Salon.
Other retail tenants at Lakeshore East include a 12,000-square-foot CVS/pharmacy that anchors a 37,000-thousand square-foot retail component on the ground level of the unique mixed-use 87-story Aqua tower, a Caffe Rom located at The Shoreham apartment tower and a Fifth Third Bank is also situated in The Shoreham.
Lakeshore East currently includes nine buildings, including eight completed and occupied residential buildings. The roster includes the 29-story Lancaster, the community’s first condominium building with 209 residences; The Shoreham, a 46-story apartment tower with 548 residences and The Regatta, a 44-story condominium building with 325 units; The Chandler; a 35-story condominium building with 304 residences; 340 on the Park, a 62-story condominium building with 344 residences; the 51-story The Tides, the community’s second rental property with 608 residences, the 87-story Aqua, winner of both a prestigious 2011 Prix d’Excellence design award and 2009 Emporis International Skyscraper of the Year award and the first high-rise in the city designed uniquely to combine condominiums, rental apartments, townhomes, hotel and retail spaces, and The Benton Place Parkhomes, an enclave of 25 gracious townhomes. Coast at Lakeshore East, the community’s fourth rental tower, is now under construction with planned opening of February 2013.
For additional information on the Village Market Center, please contact Brian Gordon at 312-642-8869 or visit www.MagellanDevelopment.com. For information on Mariano’s Fresh Market and III Forks Prime Steakhouse visit their websites at www.marianosfreshmarket.com and www.3forks.com
Posted by admin | September 16, 2011 | No Comments » |
Magellan Rewards is pleased to announce a few new Magellan Rewards partner offering great deals for resident of Lakeshore East!
CEO Deliveries, Inc. is Chicago’s Premiere Restaurant Delivery Service, offering a wide variety of cuisines from over 100 of the City’s Finest Restaurants (including 18 Lettuce Entertain You concepts.) Order from our Local Customer Service staff (no automated “phone-trees”) or online at www.ceodeliveries.com. Our friendly, professional and uniformed delivery staff expertly checks your order at the restaurant and transports your food in insulated bags to insure proper temperature. This is the closest you can get to a restaurant experience without putting on your shoes!
Whether you are ordering dinner for two, or fully staffed catering for 100, CEO Deliveries provides you with exceptional service and attention to detail. Event planning and last minute orders are our specialty. Enjoy so much more than pizza or Chinese delivered to your door in about an hour! Magellan Rewards offer is, FREE MONDAY Delivery by using code MAG900!
Also check out:
Bull & Bear as well as Public House offering:
-1/2 off Apps from 3-6pm Monday-Friday
-$5 Drafts on Game Days
-10% Off Your Bill
Posted by admin | September 9, 2011 | No Comments » |
Magellan Rewards 5th Annual Festival in The Park will take place on Saturday, October 15th from 11am – 2pm! All Lakeshore East residents and neighbors are welcome to join the expo style festival and meet/mingle with over 50 Magellan Rewards partners! This years festival also celebrates the grand opening of the Village Market. Come on down and meet with Mariano’s, III Forks, Radisson Blu and other Village Market retailers! Rain or Shine!
Posted by admin | September 8, 2011 | No Comments » |
RADISSON BLU AQUA INFORMATION
The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is the contemporary debut of Radisson Blu in North America. A true representation of the brand, it is designed to become a destination in itself. Radisson Blu is the upper-upscale division of our global hotel brand, focusing on design, style and attention to detail in every respect.
Situated near the confluence of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River in the Lakeshore East Development Award Winning Aqua Tower, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel is surrounded by Chicago’s biggest tourist attractions, including Millennium Park, Navy Pier and the fabulous shopping of Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile. Connected to the Chicago Pedway system and surrounded by incredible views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago Skyline.
Occupying floors four through eighteen, the Radisson Blu Aqua offers a variety of room types. 334 guestrooms including 203 king rooms, 131 Queen/Queen rooms, 15 king suites, the “Millennium Park” and “Lakeshore” Suites as well as the “Aqua” 2-bedroom Presidential Suite. Choose from “Naturally Cool” or “Mansion House” room styles, some of them with balcony! In addition, the hotel will offer two floors exclusively for the “Business Class” traveler, a new product and service developed around the concept of ‘travel empathy’. Business Class guests enjoy the full use of the 17th floor hospitality lounge, with complimentary breakfast and evening cocktails. Included perks of an upgraded room and amenities, complimentary daily newspaper, turn-down service, express check-in and check-out services.
Guests can enjoy access to 80,000 square feet of amenities on two full-floors including Chicago’s largest outdoor recreation deck and six-acre park. With 3 pools, a running track, expansive fitness center, spa, media, business, game room and hospitality rooms, this 24-hour atmosphere complements today’s interactive lifestyle.
MEETING & EVENT SPACE
The event space totals 28, 592 sq. ft. and is uniquely designed with natural light options and flexible seating accommodations for all types of meetings and events. With over 14 meeting room options ranging from 687 – 8,466 sq. ft. that can be combined and a Boardroom of 701 sq. ft, the hotel can accommodate a variety of meetings and events.
Posted by admin | September 7, 2011 | No Comments » |
Fall is the time to step out of your Chicago luxury condo and make your way onto the campus of your favorite Chicago university for a game. Autumn in Chicago has a lot to offer a college sports fan, and we have the rundown of the main events:
Football is the most popular fall sport to watch, and Chicago’s universities have a lot to offer. The Wildcats of Northwestern kick things off the first weekend of September with an away game against Boston College. The following weekend, you can catch the Wildcats at home in Evanston as they take on the Panthers of Eastern Illinois. The Maroons of the University of Chicago start the season at home on September 3rd against Beloit. Last year, Wildcats finished the season 7-6 and the Maroons went 8-2.
The UIC Flames won their season opener and are coming home to host the Chicagoland Challenge during the first weekend of September, where they will face DePaul. The Blue Demons just won their first match of the season after an initial loss. Also attending the Chicagoland Challenge will be Northwestern and Loyola, who will meet in the first round. The Wildcats won their first match of the season with a three-game sweep of Cal State Northridge. The Ramblers dropped their first match of the year against Ball State in Muncie on the 26th. The winners of the first matches will face one another in the Chicagoland Challenge championship match on September 3rd. The University of Chicago women’s team was ranked 25th in a preseason coaches poll. After a stretch of away matches to start the season, the Maroons open their home schedule against Carthage on September 21st.
Men’s and women’s soccer is underway in Chicago. There will be plenty of opportunities to watch the Chicago area’s men’s soccer teams play out local rivalries. DePaul’s Blue Demons begin September with a game at home against the UIC flames. Later in the season (9/14), the Blue Demons will make the short trip to Loyola to square off against the Ramblers. On September 28th, DePaul will welcome the Northwestern Wildcats to Wish Field. Loyola travels to Northwestern in October. The Wildcats, Ramblers, and Blue Demons women’s soccer teams have also started their seasons.
Women’s and men’s cross country seasons are gearing up around Chicago. University of Chicago, Northwestern, Loyola, DePaul, and UIC all have women’s teams, and all but Northwestern has a men’s squad.
College tennis is also ramping up for the fall. Northwestern is hosting a women’s invitational at the end of September and a men’s invitational toward the end of October. UIC’s women’s team will host their own event after attending the Wildcats’ invitational. DePaul hasn’t yet published its 2011 tennis schedule online.
Posted by admin | September 7, 2011 | No Comments » |
Lakeshore East Residents are Invited to Attend:
9/11 @ Aqua party room
12:30 – Check in
1:00-4:30 – Talks
4:30 – Mixer
THEME: “And in a Moment it All Changed”
SPEAKERS to include JONATHAN REICHENTAL CIO O’Reilly Media VU PHAM expert on first impressions DAVE SARGENT environmental attorney MICHAEL NORTON principle for LeanDog NEAL SALES-GRIFFIN founder of Code Academy SHANE CARLIN Vice Chancellor at University of Illinois BRAD FLORA founder of NowSpots, Inc
Posted by admin | September 2, 2011 | No Comments » |
The Lakeshore East Courtesy Shuttle will be OFF DUTY on Monday, September 5th for the Labor Day holiday. The shuttle will resume on Tuesday, September 6th.