Valentine’s Day In Chicago

Valentine’s Day can be as frustrating for some as it is romantic. For a lot of locals who own Chicago condos, it can be a stressful city during this holiday of love. If you’re finding yourself overwhelmed with ideas (or perhaps, no ideas at all) this eclectic list of events can inspire you to create that perfect night for you and your sweetheart.

Romantic Or Relaxed? Take Your Pick.

Everyone is different – and that’s what makes this city perfect.  Some people love getting dolled up for a night of champagne and fancy food, while others may prefer a pair of jeans and some world-renowned Chicago comedy. This weekend is about love, not stress, so we want to make it easy for couples to indulge in the evening that fits their lifestyle.

Here is a diverse list of Valentine’s Day events in Chicago:

Geja’s Café: Located at 340 W. Armitage in Lincoln Park, Chicago’s most romantic restaurant offers its guests a unique experience with fondue dining, an extensive wine list and live classical and flamenco guitar. This Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Geja’s offers a beautifully planned Valentine’s Dinner Package for $95 per person.  The evening’s tantalizing menu includes a creamy Gruyere cheese fondue, a glass of sparkling Rose, Geja’s salad with tangy Dijon vinaigrette, entrée fondue of beef tenderloin, lobster tail and jumbo shrimp, and a luscious flaming chocolate fondue and coffee for dessert. Reservations required. 773-281-9101.

Mystic Blue Dinner Cruise: Experience a romantic and innovative evening at sea with this Valentine’s weekend dinner cruise at Navy Pier.  The Mystic Blue offers a wonderful ambience and an epic view of the famous skyline paired with food, dancing, DJ entertainment and great company. The event takes place on Saturday, February 12th from 6:30-10:00 p.m. and prices start at $79.90 per person. Enjoy an exclusive evening together or invite friends along for a group event, including a table for your party size, a rose for each couple and a complimentary champagne toast. Call 877-299-7783 to make reservations.

Cactus Bar and Grill Beer Tasting: If wine and fine dining isn’t your romantic evening of choice, perhaps this beer lovers’ event will leave you and your sweetheart swooning and satiated. Located in the Loop on 404 S. Wells, The Cactus Bar and Grill will be hosting this event on Monday, February 14th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  The $30 evening includes a selection of fruits and chocolate, as well as a lively discussion with the brew master and a sampling of five spectacular beers to excite your senses during the cold weather. Register online or by calling 312-922-8025.

Stage 773 – Cupid Has A Heart On: There’s nothing better than a little bit of laughter to ignite the sparks in your relationship.  On Monday, February 14th the Cupid Players, named “Best Sketch Comedy Group” by the Chicago Reader, will combine clever writing and catchy music to deliver a witty take on relationships, love and life. Located at Stage 773 on W. Belmont, this special Valentine’s Day performance is a must-see and even includes a Cupid gift bag for its audience. They claim it’s “the perfect way to celebrate your love, or scoff at someone else’s.”  The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets cost $25.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call 773-327-5252.

Show Some Love For Local Businesses

If you’re feeling extra romantic this Valentine’s Day and decide to splurge on some traditional items like flowers and chocolates, try contacting these establishments and showing a little bit of love for these great, local Chicago businesses.

Ashland Addison Florists: Established in 1932 at the corner of Ashland and Addison, this local florist remains family-owned and operated.  The company started with S. Roy Sheffield, who was paid with flowers instead of cash by local growers for carting flowers to market.  He would then create magnificent bouquets and sell them for 10-25 cents at the corner of Ashland and Addison. As they continue to grow and expand, the family has recently welcomed the fourth generation Sheffield to join the business.

Belgian Chocolatier Piron: Two brothers work together to combine the flavor, richness and culture of fine Belgian chocolate. Located in Chicago’s North Shore, Piron is arguably one of the best, most charming European-style shops in the area.  Having been in service for more than 20 years, the family takes pride in their inspired chocolates and sharing the tastes of Belgium. Piron offers exquisite individual chocolates, barks and toffees or specialty gift items, perfect for this Valentine’s season.

TONIGHT! Swissôtel Chicago hosts an Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

Cupid Who?

Swissôtel Chicago hosts an Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

Whether you prefer to be single, are new to the concept of a “table for one” or just don’t buy into the candy-coated holiday, Valentine’s Day does not have to be a miserable occasion. Enjoy an evening of fun and festivities with other Cupid naysayers on Thursday, February 10th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at Swissôtel Chicago’s Lobby Lounge.

Specialty cocktails and aptly named Anti-Valentine appetizers will be available to guests at a special menu price. Guests will also have a chance to win overnight suite accommodations at Swissôtel Chicago with access to the fitness center, pool and breakfast for two in Geneva restaurant when they share their worst date/breakup story from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

The specialty menu includes:


Blindsided: named after the break-up of Sandra Bullock and Jesse James
Shot glass full of Tequila Rose, ½ a shot glass of rum, 1 shot glass full of chocolate liqueur and 1 shot glass full of cream

The Cougar Cocktail: named after the break-up of Courtney Cox and David Arquette
1/2 oz Gin, 1/2 oz Cointreau, 1/2 tsp Grenadine, 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice and Crushed ice

Beauty & the Baller: named after Eva Longoria and Tony Parker’s break-up
2 pieces fresh pineapple, 1/2 oz Cointreau, 1/2 oz vodka, 1 oz pineapple juice, 3 oz Champagne and maraschino cherry for garnish

Achy Breaky Heart: named after Billy Ray Cyrus’s divorce from his wife Tish
1 1/2 oz Amarula Cream, 1/2 oz Citrus vodka, 2 1/2 oz Lychee juice and 3/4 oz ruby red Grapefruit juice

The Scarlet Letter: named after the split between Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson
1 part elderflower liqueur, 2 parts vodka, citrus vodka, or Hendricks Gin, 3/4 part fresh lemon juice, 1/4 shot simple syrup, 1 part muddled strawberry. Top with Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine


Single & Saucy – Garlic poached shrimp, Chimi churri Sauce
Three’s Company – Braised Short ribs, Pickled Red onions
Turkey Burger, melted brie

North Carolina pork slider

Hey, Hot Cakes – Crab cake, braised red cabbage, chipotle aioli
The Cheese Stands Alone – Warm gorgonzola terrine, port wine roasted figs
Date Repellent – Stewed beans, chorizo sausage and herbs, crustini
Happily Ever After- Chocolate passion fruit mousse, Chocolate hazelnut truffle, salty Chocolate truffle

Convenience of Staying Inside

It’s that time of year again. Sub-zero temperatures, bundled up down jackets and ripping winds from Lake Michigan make us hunker down and scramble for cover. New to Chicago? If you or your friends have just taken advantage of the opportunity to rent apartments in Chicago, we welcome you to your first real winter. Don’t worry about it too much. At Lakeshore East, there’s a plethora of activities and amenities to help you get through the long season.

  • Want to dine out without stepping outside? No problem. Living at Lakeshore East gives you convenient access to the Pedway, so you can visit some of Chicago’s best restaurants, shops and skyscrapers without facing the brutal elements.
  • Pretend winter doesn’t exist. You can forget all about winter by keeping up with your daily schedule.  Continue your fitness routine with our onsite gym, and afterwards you can relax with friends and forget about the cold by enjoying our spas and indoor hot tubs.
  • Invite your friends over. If it’s too cold to meet your friends out, simply have them come over!  You could spend all day and night taking advantage of our expansive lounges and utilizing the gaming and billiards tables.
  • Do you require anything else? Our onsite professional staff is here for you.  Call us with any questions or needs you may have in order to make your living experience unique and luxurious. We are happy to help wherever we possibly can.

Thanks to our dedication to you we set the foundation for great community spirit. It is quite common that new residents quickly develop great friendships, allowing them to integrate into our lively community a lot faster than traditionally. With a 24/7 reception desk, you will always be able to talk to one of our staff to help you with your query.

Being Social at Lakeshore East

One of the best things about Lakeshore East is how easy it is to meet people. All residents at Lakeshore East automatically get access to the prestigious Magellan Rewards Program, the perfect way to get social. Events with the rewards program isn’t your typical networking happy hour. There are all sorts of activities to meet people who live in Lakeshore East’s Chicago condos. Here are just a few highlights:

  • The book club: Read, share, and discuss the latest bestsellers with fellow members.
  • Fitness events: Get fit as a group with a range of activities – it’s more fun that way.
  • Parties held in specific buildings within the community: Enjoy themed parties with your fellow residents, these are great fun and guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
  • Park movies and festivals: Join the crowd as the park takes on a new appearance for movies in the park and the Magellan Rewards festival, held each summer. 
  • Off-site Events: Magellan Rewards partners with Chicago’s hottest restaurants and venues to bring you the best of the city for less.   Socialize with the people in your building or from within the community. Chances are high that you’ll make new friends with ease.
  • Running races: If you’re a bit of a fitness nut you’ll love the community race held in the Park at Lakeshore East each Spring benefitting Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute.  For more information, go to the race website at
  • Lakeshore East Young Professional Group: Get connected with other young professionals who are looking to work hard and play hard.

Programs like these are added to the docket all the time, so if you’re looking to expand your social horizons, look into the Magellan Rewards Card, which gives you access to events like these. For more information, contact Community Relations Director Vanessa Casciano at

February Events in Chicago

If you’re looking for February events in Chicago, then you have access to a vast range of activities to keep you busy (and warm!). Each year, both visitors and residents who rent apartments in Chicago can satisfy their cultural and social needs with activities that will keep you busy day and night. Who says you have to spend February holed up in your apartment while missing all the fun? Even though we can’t blame you for wanting to hibernate, the city around you will be thriving.

Here are some of the classic events that let you grab a breath of fresh air, while keeping you plugged into the local society:

Chicago Auto Show (February 11 – 20)
Where: McCormick Place, 2301 South Martin Luther King Drive
Cost: $7-$11, free for children 6 and younger
The Scoop: If you’re into hoods, wheels, horsepower and chrome then the annual Chicago Auto Show will keep you busy for a few days. Having taken place for over a century, this show is the largest of its kind in the United States. Be sure to stop by your local new-car dealerships and BP gas stations, because they may be offering discounted coupons. Advanced tickets can be purchased online, or you can purchase tickets at the box office on the day of your visit.

Disney on Ice Presents Pixar’s Toy Story 3 (February 2-6, February 9-12)
Where: United Center
Cost: $17-$77
The Scoop: It’s too cold to play outside. The kids have cabin fever; they are driving you to the brink of insanity. Luckily, Disney on Ice is coming to the United Center.The whole family can be entertained with the morning, afternoon and evening performances. For more information and ticket purchases you can visit the United Center website or call the box office at 312-455-5650 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

Valentine’s Day Couples Cooking Class (February 12)
Where: 2300 N. Lincoln Park West
Cost: $210 per couple
The Scoop:  Searching for something fun and original to impress your sweetheart this year? Search no further. Parties That Cook is hosting a special Valentine’s Day Couples Cooking Class on Saturday, February 12th. Taking place from 6:30-9 p.m. Tthe romantic evening is set in Charlie Bagg’s dreamy kitchen. Listen to music while sipping complimentary prosecco and cooking recipes from the evening’s tantalizing menu. For more information and ticket purchases, visit the Parties That Cook website or call 415-441-3595.

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia Presents Swan Lake (February 4-5)
Where: Auditorium Theatre
Cost: $30-$80
The Scoop: Full of music and enchantment, The State Ballet Theatre of Russia is presenting their unparalleled interpretation of Swan Lake. Offering multiple performances, the ballet takes place at the Auditorium Theatre. Tickets may be purchased online, at the box office on 50 E. Congress Parkway or by calling 800-982-2787.

If all else fails, you can always find a warm coffee shop on every corner. With delicious winter treats like hot apple cider, you can ‘cozy up’ and simply absorb the buzz around you. If you’re lucky enough to be one of the residents who happen to rent an apartment in Chicago, you have no excuses to not keep yourself entertained during February.


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Lakeshore East resident Jeff Baryenbruch of Baryenbruch Hospitality Consulting submitted this photo to Crain’s Chicago Business Snowstorm 2011 photo contest and was selected by the editorial team as the winner. This is a truly amazing photo taken of the area adjacent to The Chandler at Lakeshore East. Crain's Photo Contest Winner

Fall in Love with Your Chicago Condo

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Chicago luxury condos offer more than just accommodations. They offer perks and amenities that make you feel as though you’re living a fabulous lifestyle without the premium price tag. They’re also in the perfect location to enjoy the best romantic spots the city has to offer.

Why You’ll Love Your Chicago Condo

The spectacular Chicago luxury condos at Lakeshore East offer more than just luxuriously appointed condos, apartments, and Parkhomes. They were designed for residents and to enjoy the very finest Chicago has to offer.

The designs for the Lakeshore East luxury condos were carefully considered to offer an air of sophistication and beauty, coupled with open space and green living that isn’t available in other downtown developments

Centered around a 6-acre park, Lakeshore East is situated right where the Chicago River joins Lake Michigan. Most of the condos in the downtown area feature their own tennis courts, gyms and indoor swimming pools. Designed with comfort and security in mind, the condos also have staff manning the lobby at all times.

However, the condos offer more than just superior amenities; they also offer the opportunity to enjoy everything downtown living offers.

Why You’ll Love Downtown Chicago

The Lakeshore East luxury condos are located in downtown Chicago, which is the ideal location to experience very best the city has to offer. Almost everything you need is within easy walking distance.

You could take a walk through Millennium Park and enjoy world-class artwork, music and architecture. Take your skates and enjoy a bit of ice skating while you’re there.

Grant Park is also within a short distance from the downtown Chicago condos as well as Lakeshore East. Throw a penny into the Buckingham Fountain or just kick back and enjoy one of the outdoor concerts.

Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is an aptly named shopping district ranging for around 8 blocks along North Michigan Avenue. You’ll find every type of store you can imagine.

Even the kids have plenty to enjoy in downtown Chicago, with the Chicago Children’s Museum offering plenty of interesting and education exhibits to explore. They can also enjoy a day with the animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo, or even learn about Aquatic life at the amazing Shedd Aqua Apartmentsrium.

The Navy Pier is also a great way to spend a day, enjoying free public shows or just riding the Ferris Wheel.

Chicago Culture and Entertainment

When you’re staying in a Chicago luxury condo, you have the very best cultural and entertainment activities and events Chicago has to offer right outside your door.

The Theater District is one of the best you’ll find anywhere in the world, allowing you to enjoy traveling Broadway shows and world premier events.

Chicago is also the home of some excellent jazz venues. Spend a night enjoying the music at Andy’s Jazz Club or Joe’s Be Bop Café. If jazz isn’t your thing, head over to Blue Chicago or House of Blues for a night singing the blues.

How Living Downtown Can Make Your Life Easier

If you had the choice to live in the ‘burbs, spending long hours commuting to work and fighting traffic, or live downtown what would you choose?

You might be surprised to learn there are more benefits to living downtown in Chicago than most people realize.


Living within the Loop in downtown Chicago offers a level of convenience often taken for granted by those who have lived there long term. Everything you need is within easy distance.

Most downtown residents can walk easily to the local grocery store or catch convenient public transport wherever they need to go. Compare this to living in the suburbs and needing to drive for 20 minutes to reach a supermarket or department store and it’s easy to see why downtown living remains so popular.

You’ll also be saving money on vehicle running expenses, as you just won’t need to take the car when you go anywhere. Everything’s already right there in easy reach.


The Chicago downtown area is packed with huge employment opportunities right on your front doorstep. Some of America’s biggest corporations have offices in this section of the city.

You’ll find branches of every major bank in America, along with multiple major global banks that have set up shop downtown. The Chicago tribune is also located here, as are all the related businesses associated to investment banking companies, media firms, advertising agencies and more. What’s more, it’s an easy commute to work if you already live downtown.


Living downtown in a Chicago condo means you’re close to all the great entertainment venues, clubs, bars, hot-spots and theaters, and right among some of the best activities, arts and cultural events the city has to offer. The symphony hall is also within easy distance.

If you enjoy an active social life, there’s plenty on offer to keep you entertained whenever you want it. Of course, if nightlife isn’t your scene, the river or the many parks in the area allow for more leisurely forms of entertainment nearby, so you can take your pick.

Fine Dining

Downtown Chicago residents are spoilt for choice between the many and varied restaurants, cafes and eateries in the area. Walk to the Park Grill Restaurant on North Michigan Avenue or make your way to the stunning Gage Restaurant & Tavern on South Michigan Avenue for a great meal and a drink with friends.

Whether you’re in the mood for Italian, Asian or BBQ, you’ll find it in easy distance, alongside some of the finest dining anywhere in town. You could be eating cuisine from different regions of the world every night of the week in style.

Chicago Condos

One of the biggest perks to living downtown in Chicago is the luxurious condos. You’re able to live luxuriously for moderate prices. These downtown Chicago condos are built with comfort and style in mind. Most of them include their own tennis courts, swimming pools and gyms.

The security features of the condo complexes are another perk, allowing residents to live in safety and style, all while enjoying an unparalleled lifestyle unlike anywhere else. Most of the condominiums in this area have staff to man the lobby at all times, so you know there’s always someone at your service.