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How to Incorporate Summer Into Your Decor

The Montrose Living RoomThe warmer months of summer are finally upon us, which means now is a great time to freshen up your apartment in Chicago! With a few apartment-friendly decorating tips, you can make your living space a beautiful reflection of the best season of the year.

Brighten the Place Up

Summer is all about sun and warmth, so take a look at the color palette in your space. Does it seem a little dark? If so, then it may be time to switch things up a little. Swap out those dark, dreary curtains, rugs, and table runners with brighter and more cheery colors. Pastels are a great option, but if you’re feeling bold, consider going with some fun turquoise or yellow shades.

Bring the Outdoors In

There are so many beautiful flowers and plants that bloom during the warmer months of summer, so why not incorporate some of these into your decor? Even if you don’t necessarily have the time (or green thumb) to commit to keeping an indoor plant or flowers alive, you can always find artificial versions of your favorite summer blooms. Consider, for instance, picking up an artificial bamboo plant to adorn your space.

Another option for bringing the outdoors in this summer is decorating with a beach theme! Seashells, sand dollars, and rustic/beachy furniture are all great additions to your space.

Lighten Up a Little

During the cooler months of winter, you probably took out the heavy blankets to stay warm, but you won’t need them for awhile yet. Put them into storage and replace them with some lighter throws. If you have heavy curtains on your windows, consider swapping them out with some sheer curtains that will allow plenty of sunlight in while still giving you the privacy you want. Take some time to declutter and lighten up your living space so that it feels airy and clean all summer long.

Decorating for summer can be almost as fun as getting out and enjoying the beautiful weather while it lasts. The Montrose Apartments has all the amenities you need, including a resort-style swimming pool and sundeck, to make the most of your summer! Contact us today to find out more about our available floor plans.

Garden With Plants

Chicago’s Best Indoor Gardens

Garden With PlantsChicago is a remarkable city, especially for outdoor activities. The city boasts nearly 600 outdoor venues including parks, gardens, and lakes. Those venues are one of the reasons that apartments in Chicago are in demand.

So, what happens when Chicago’s famous winter kicks up snow, sleet, hail, and drops the temperature into the minus digits? During the coldest months of the year, the people of Chicago head indoors for all of their outdoor adventures. As such, Chicago offers a vast array of indoor opportunities including some amazing indoor gardens. Here, we visit two of those gardens to highlight some of the best indoor gardens in Chicago.

The Crystal Gardens

The Crystal Gardens is open year-round and is one of the many attractions at Navy Pier. This is an excellent spot to meander along brick-lined walkways that wind through plants, fountains, and trees. It is also an excellent spot for conversations, picnics, and for people watching. With planning, the Crystal Gardens makes a perfect place for business gatherings, parties, and even weddings. The gardens sit on a full acre of land. As a venue, the place holds upwards of 1,500 people per event. Glass walls protect from the brutal Chicago winter and provide an outstanding view of Navy Pier throughout the year.

Garfield Park Conservatory

Hidden in the name is one of Chicago’s most interactive gardens — Garfield Park Conservatory. This is an excellent place for anyone who wants to learn about gardening, plant care, or specialty plants such as bonsai. With more than a century of care, these west side gardens are a showstopper throughout the year. Best of all, there is no fee to get in, so it is perfect for everyone.

Places such as indoor gardens make our Chicago apartments a great place to live. In fact, it is due to the vast outdoor venues and indoor gardens that Chicago continues to be a sought out place to live. The Montrose offers a variety of studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans. In addition, our community also offers brand new modern flats. To learn more about our available floor plans, just give us a call at (866) 659-3593 or stop by our office.

Variety of Paintbrushes

6 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Variety of PaintbrushesMother’s Day is a chance to show your mom how much she means to you. It’s a wonderful occasion, unless you happen to be stumped for a gift. If you’ve been pacing the floors in your Chicago apartment, wondering what to get the most important woman in your life, help has arrived! Here are six can’t-miss ideas to wow her this May 14:

A Home-Cooked Meal

This is an affordable option that also gives her the benefit of special time spent with you. Offer to come over, groceries in hand, and prepare her favorite meal right in the comfort of her own kitchen. Just make sure not to stick her with the dishes!

A BYOB Painting Class

Available at nearby Sip & Paint Chicago, pair a session at this fun no-experience-needed painting class with a bottle of her favorite red or white wine for a one-of-a-kind experience.

A Picnic on Mother’s Day

Put a unique spin on this classic Mother’s Day outing by making it a true outing: pack a picnic lunch and plan to spend the day nibbling on fancy cheese and catching up on her life. Hint: Challenger Park makes a great destination for the afternoon!

A Leatherworking Class

If your mom loves unique experiences over traditional gifts, she’ll love this Leather Work 101 Class from the Chicago School of Shoemaking and Leather Arts that will teach her how to make simple leather bags, accessories and more.

A Stroll Through the Zoo

If the weather permits, a sunny stroll through the Lincoln Park Zoo is a wonderful way to celebrate not only your own wonderful mom, but the four-footed, finned and feathered mothers from throughout the animal kingdom.

A Surprise Housecleaning

Your mom worked hard to help you become the person you are today—wouldn’t it be nice to surprise her with a freshly mopped, vacuumed and dusted home? Bonus points if you slip a new scented candle onto her coffee table as a finishing touch.

Want to spend every day a little closer to your beloved mom? Contact our office to ask us about our newest available Chicago floor plans!

Seasoned Chicken

Celebrate the Season With These Classic Spring Recipes

Seasoned ChickenSpring seems to bring out the creative side in most people, and the desire to try fresh, new things usually extends to the kitchen. If you’re looking for meal ideas that celebrate the spirit of the season, the following are three recipes designed to offer inspiration to residents of apartments in Chicago.

Roast Chicken With Spring Vegetables

Spring chickens should be in the stores now, and roast chicken makes a great meal no matter what the occasion. To save time on busy weekday nights, buy chicken quarters instead of an entire roasting chicken. Rub with olive, kosher salt, and cracked black pepper. You’ll only need to roast the quarters for about 40 minutes instead of for an hour and a half or so that you’d need for a regular roasting chicken. Serve with spring vegetables such as fingerling potatoes and baby carrots.

Smoked Ham 

Smoked ham is another quintessential springtime meal that is relatively easy to prepare in your kitchen. Simply purchase a fully-cooked ham from your local grocer. To make a lovely Sunday dinner or lazy weekday meal, brush on a glaze made from Dijon mustard dressing, a few sprinkles of garlic powder and oregano, a light pinch of smoked paprika, two or three tablespoons of olive oil, and about one-third of a cup of brown sugar. Roast for 15 minutes per pound (most will take around two and one-half hours) and serve with a spring salad and roasted asparagus.

Roast Lamb With Spring Herbs

This recipe is best for weekends when you’ve got plenty of time—the fuss that goes into preparing the lamb is well worth it. Use a sharp knife to make small slits all over the lamb roast, and then place a sliver of garlic and a sprig of rosemary in each one. Drizzle with olive oil, scatter crushed, dried rosemary, oregano, and thyme across the surface of the lamb, splash with red wine, and roast for about two and a half hours. For best results, let it rest for at least half an hour to ensure that all juices settle.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about our apartments in the beautiful city of Chicago.

Dinner Table Setting

How to Throw a Spring-Themed Party

Dinner Table SettingThe long, cold winter is over, and it’s time to bask in the warm rays of the sun. With warmer weather and the whole world in bloom, it’s the perfect time to throw a party at your apartment. It’s easy to throw a great spring-themed party. All you need is a few special spring-themed treats and decorations to make it perfect.

Spring Party Tips

Spring party planning becomes easy with the following tips:

Tip #1: Choose Light Spring Foods

Choose light spring foods for your spring-themed party instead of the hearty foods of winter. Light, sweet foods are perfect. It’s the perfect time for mini croissants, stuffed mushrooms, crostinis, or canapes. Veggies, dips, and fruits are perfect too. Nothing says spring like chocolate covered strawberries for dessert.

Tip #2: Skip the Full Bar

You don’t need a full bar for your spring party. Non-alcohol cocktails and tasty punches are perfect. Set up a fun drink station with pitchers of punches and cocktails, adding fun garnishes like strawberries, orange slices, lime wedges, mint leaves, or other favorites. Go with simple glasses, and don’t forget straws and a good ice bucket.

Tip #3: Add Spring-Themed Décor

Of course, your party won’t be complete without some spring-themed décor, which is easy to add. Fresh flowers are perfect for decorating tables. Add a spring flower wreath to your door, fold napkins into roses, or place paper butterflies around the party area for a spring feel.

Tip #4: Send Guests Home With a Spring Treat

At the end of your spring party, it’s fun to send your guests home with a sweet spring treat that lets them savor the memories of the fun. Delicious French macaroons boxed up in festive boxes make a great favor to send home. Chocolate dipped fruit also makes a wonderful treat that guests will enjoy after the party is over.

A spring-themed party is tons of fun, and it’s easy to throw a great soirée that everyone will love. If any of your partygoers are looking for apartments in Chicago, have them give us a call today to find out which floor plans we currently have available.

Outdoor Picnic on Grass

Where to Have a Picnic in Chicago

Outdoor Picnic on GrassThe Montrose Apartments in Chicago is a charming place to have a picnic. Residents who want to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine on their own or with friends can take advantage of an amenity level sundeck with grills and picnic space, a resort style swimming pool to swim in when the picnic is over and a dog park to walk the dog either before or after the picnic. At the same time, residents who enjoy a variety may want to consider checking out some of the great picnic spots outlined below.

Calumet Park

Calumet Park is a lovely picnic spot. There are designated picnic areas with grills but you can also set up your blanket anywhere on the grass or even on the nearby beach. The charming, relaxing view of nature makes this a great spot for young and old alike. Restrooms and food concession stands are located on the grounds for added convenience.

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo is a great family-friendly picnic area. Admission is free, there are plenty of picnic areas to choose from and views range from animal filled to lush and green. There are also plenty of activities available for those who want to plan a picnic as part of a day-long outing instead of a stand-alone event.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park is an ideal picnic spot for couples and singles. Free music makes this a relaxing getaway spot for afternoon and dinner picnics while the abundant concession stands provide just about any drink or accompaniment you could want or need. Be aware, however, that there are some restrictions you need to adhere to when planning a picnic at the park.

If you are new in town and are looking for not just great picnic spots but also a great home, consider giving us a call at your convenience. The Montrose offers various floor plans in different sizes and price points, fantastic community and apartment amenities and a pet-friendly policy that any animal lover is sure to appreciate. Furthermore, our convenient location makes it easy to get around town for work, entertainment or relaxation either via public or private transportation. Stop by our office to learn more about our community!

Concert

3 Can’t Miss Concerts at Wrigley Field!

ConcertSummer means fun time in the Windy City.  Residents of Chicago apartments might be surprised to learn that they can return to Wrigley Field for more than spectacular plays in the outfield.

A Brief History on Wrigley Field

If you think about the Chicago Cubs, you think about Wrigley Field.  In fact, the Cubs weren’t the first occupants.

The club claimed this North Side ballpark as home in 1916.  Its original occupants were the Federal League’s Chicago Whales.

Wrigley Field was also home to soccer.  From 1977 to 1982 and in 1984, the Chicago Sting played there.

Whenever the Cubs are out of town, it’s the site of some fabulous summer concerts.  The easiest way to get to Wrigley Field is to take advantage of public transportation.  The closest El stop is at Addison.  You can also hop on a #22 or a #152 bus.

Don’t Skip These Wrigley Field Concerts

Fans of James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt will have a chance to hear both of them on stage on at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 17.  This is the second consecutive summer concert for adult/contemporary singer-songwriter James Taylor, who’s touring behind his album Before This World.  Blues singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt will also have her band in tow.

Some fans might suggest that Chicago claims the legendary Billy Joel as one of its own, since this is his fourth summer performing at Wrigley Field.  Although it’s been years since he released an album, the Piano Man is popular wherever he performs.  Don’t miss his concert at 8 p.m. on August 11.

Everyone who enjoys Lady Gaga’s performances knows ahead of time to expect the unexpected. Do look forward to lots of choreography in a theatrical setting plus plenty of pop hits.  Her Chicago performance is a headlining set following the release of her album Joanne, her fourth to reach #1 in this country.  Save Friday, August 25, as your date to see and hear her at 7 p.m.

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor concerts.  Our apartments in Chicago are in the perfect neighborhood for finding entertainment and lots of great food.  Getting to Wrigley Field requires only a short trip on the Red Line.  Call today to learn which floor plans best meet your lifestyle.

Cocktails

Check Out Chicago’s New Hot Tub Bar Near Your Chicago Apartments

CocktailsThe era of playful theme bars is here and the settings only get better day by day. The hottest theme bar to hit the area near your apartments in Chicago is a hot tub bar called the Bunny Slope. This bar gives you a chance to soak in luxurious hot tubs alongside your friends, family and neighbors. You decide when to throw your party and the venue provides the rest.

Themed Decor

The hot tub bar lives up to expectations by utilizing kitschy elements in the lounge area to kick off the ski lodge theme. You will notice rows of skis and poles along the walls as you soak and play in the hot tub areas. The wood paneling and fireplaces throughout will also help set the tone for your night of fun activities.

Available Amenities Near Your Apartments in Chicago

Besides the food and drinks you can buy, the hot tub bar offers unique amenities designed to make your visit pleasant and inviting. You can utilize the venue’s standing shower to clean off before and after entering the hot tub. You will be given towels to dry off with between dips and a bathrobe to wear around the venue. You do not need to bring anything from your Chicago apartments when visiting this exciting hot tub bar space.

Schedule Specifications

Since this bar has limited space, they highly recommend that you reserve a space before bringing your party to the venue. The private party room costs a base rate for every two hours you are there. You must order the drink minimum as well to avoid extra charges on your bill. If you want to secure a space, the latest you can reserve your visit is two days in advance. With the reservation requirement in place, you can ensure you and your guests can enjoy a truly private party in a public venue.

When you arrive home from your hot tub bar experience, you may just be ready for a nap. Upon waking up, contact the team at Pensacola Place Apartments by calling 866-659-3593 to learn all you can about the available floor plans.

Movie Reel

Where to Watch Movies in Chicago

Movie ReelMovie theaters have come a long way since their first conception, and part of the fun of a city is finding the best places to catch a flick. Theaters range from basic to extravagant, so it all depends on where your priorities lie.

AMC Dine-In Theaters Block 37

This place is known for its Umami burger, which should tell you something about this theater. Trendy with delicious food, this place may not leave you feeling healthier (or richer) by the end of the meal, but it may help you leave the theater with a full stomach and a song in your heart.

Music Box Theater

Known for its tribute to independent movies and not for its summer blockbuster promotions, head here to catch an art-house movie or a documentary. While this famous spot may only have two screens, it’s beautiful inside. It also features midnight screenings of cult films and Q&A sessions with the directors who debut their movie here.

Arclight Chicago

Known for its assigned seating, lack of movie trailers, and strict rules about getting to your showing on time, you can see films of all kinds here with the traditional concessions. However, you can also head to the bar when you want a glass of wine or beer instead.

Gene Siskel Film Center

Honor the film critic by seeing a film after work one night. They make their schedule to accommodate yours, and show foreign films, classics, and independent movies late into the night.

Navy Pier IMAX

When only the big (big) screen will do, this is the only true IMAX screen in the city. Measuring 60 feet high and 85 feet across, you can get the larger-than-life experience in the latest action movie of the season while having all of the attractions of Navy Pier at your fingertips for before and after the movie.

Chicago apartments are a great place to watch a movie, but sometimes it helps to get out on the town. If you’re looking for a different view from your balcony, consider Pensacola Place to give you the best in apartment living. Give us a call today to find out more about how we help our residents see and do it all!

Pensacola Place Living Area

Decor Trends to Try This Year

Pensacola Place Living AreaPersonalizing your space is one of the most exciting aspects of living in our apartments in Chicago. If you enjoy staying on the cutting edge of decor and style, here is a look at the top trends for this year and some ideas for incorporating them into your home.

1. The Color of the Year

Pantone is widely considered by designers to be the authority on color, and their color-matching system is the industry-standard for ensuring uniform color. Every year, Pantone announces their Color of the Year as a projection of where the year’s design will go.

This year’s color is “Greenery,” a fresh, bright green that symbolizes refreshment and rejuvenation. Incorporating this trendy color can be as simple as switching out the throw pillows on your sofa and adding a green plant, or as involved as refreshing all the fabrics and art in your spaces.

2. Butterflies

Over the last few years, owls dominated the decorating world and owl motifs could be found everywhere from baby showers to the powder room. Now it’s time for something a little softer as butterflies show up in modern decorating themes.

Easily incorporate these happy little buggers with wall decals, fabric prints and customized items like pottery and blankets. You can also tie them together with your new Pantone color by using a little butterfly decoration in one of your green plant pots.

3. New Textures

Much of the modern world is filled with smooth textures: smartphones, flat-screen televisions, sleek furniture designs, wood flooring; the list goes on. The trend this year will be to add more texture and interest to these plain features with fabrics and upholstery that add depth.

If you’re not ready to replace your sofa, try a shaggy pillow or throw blanket that’s full of fun. Consider replacing your plain drapery with pleated curtains or your flat area rug with one full of different patterns that mimic texture. If you are feeling crafty, you can try your hand at knitting or crocheting a blanket using a super-trendy giant yarn that makes huge stitches and plenty of added texture.

Something for Everyone

Our Chicago apartments offer floor plans that are perfect for every decorating style. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you.

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