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How to Keep Your Indoor Cat Active

Indoor CatIndoor cats need to be kept active or they can gain weight and become unhealthy. Cat owners often struggle to find ways to keep their indoor cats moving. At The Montrose, we hope our resident cats are kept in good health. These tips can help you keep your cat moving around your home, burning calories and building muscle strength.

Make a Play Schedule

If you live with a roommate, make a cat play schedule that assigns everyone a day or days to play with the cat. This cuts back on confusion and ensures that the cat gets play time every day. This method is especially useful in a home with busy people who are always coming and going. Writing your cat into the calendar can help prevent members of your household from forgetting play time.

Buy Electronic Toys

Electronic cat toys are designed to move around on the floor, making noise and interacting with your pet without help from humans. Simply turn the device on and set the electronic toy on the ground. Electronic toys are best to use while you’re in your apartment home. Leaving the toy running while you’re not at home could result in the device getting stuck.

Set Up a Food Hunt

Cats are naturally inclined to hunt for their own food. Set out your cat’s food in various places around your apartment and then give your cat time to find each stash. If you want to get in on the action, help your cat find the food. Don’t forget where the food is hidden because it’s important to pick up any messes that your cat leaves behind.

Use a Remote Controlled Cat Toy

Do you feel too tired at the end of the work day to play with your cat? If so, then a remote controlled cat toy is a great way for you to interact with your cat without getting up off the couch.

Enjoy Your Time With Your Cat

At The Montrose, our pet-friendly community welcomes residents and their four-legged friends. To find out more about our Chicago apartments, contact us today at (866) 659-3593.

Autumn Decor

4 Apartment Decor Ideas for Fall

Autumn DecorAutumn is an exciting time! At The Montrose Apartments, our residents enjoy celebrating Chicago’s many seasons. For residents who enjoy decorating for fall, these four tips can help you make your apartment more festive at this chilly, beautiful time of year.

Ornamental Corn Wall Decorations

Ornamental corn comes in a variety of colors including reds, browns, purples and blues. These colorful symbols of the fall season look great when hung on the wall like a picture. At this time of year, ornamental corn can be purchased at most art and craft stores.

To hang ornamental corn on your wall, use wire to hold two or three corn husks together, then hang the corn husks on a nail on the wall. Tie a loose orange or brown ribbon around the corn to hide the wire and give it a decorative touch. If you’re inclined, hang a rustic wood frame around the corn husks to give your arrangement an artful touch.

Autumnal Tablecloths and Napkins

Autumn is a time of harvest and feasts. To make these events more decorative and beautiful, purchase a few autumn-colored tablecloths and napkins for your dining room table. Set aside one of these tablecloths and sets of napkins for your Thanksgiving dinner, but use the other tablecloths for everyday use.

Cornucopia Centerpiece

Cornucopias are one of the most widely recognized symbols of the harvest season. For this reason, cornucopias make fabulous tabletop centerpieces. To make your own cornucopia, purchase a horn-shaped basket and lay it on its side. Fill the horn with colorful, artificial vegetables. Position them so they appear to be spilling from the horn.

Autumn Scented Candles

Place scented candles around your apartment. Typical autumn scents include cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin pie, apple pie and cinnamon. These decorations look beautiful and they also make your apartment smell great. Of course, if you do burn candles in your apartment, be safe! Never leave candles burning unattended.

Come See Us at The Montrose

Autumn will be here very soon, so it’s time to get ready. At The Montrose, we welcome new residents to join us at our apartments in Chicago. To find out more about life at The Montrose or to see our available floor plans, contact us today at (866) 659-3593.

Restaurant Patio

Top 5 Outdoor Dining Spots in Chicago

Restaurant PatioA Windy City summer means two things: exploring and fun. Thanks to the public transit system, checking out new places is easy for residents of our Chicago apartments, either alone or with friends.

Check Out These Great Outdoor Dining Venues

Hot days and nights are perfect for al fresco dining. It’s a great way to reconnect with friends or meet new ones. Here are five of the city’s best outdoor dining spots:

Homestead on the Roof

(1924 W. Chicago Avenue, (773) 332-2354)

This is the place for fresh-from-the-farm cuisine. The rooftop patio seats 85. Choose summer dishes such as hummus, risotto, seafood paella and gazpacho. Many herbs and vegetables used in the dishes served are grown in the organic rooftop garden. The beverage menu is also impressive.

Noyane

(101 E. Erie Street, (312) 667-6796)

Enjoy Japanese cuisine in the open-air atop the Conrad Chicago Hotel, just steps from the Magnificent Mile. Try sushi on the rooftop and take in the city’s sights. Top-of-the-line fare such as A5 wagyu beef prepared on hot stones and paired with sake is popular.

Tanta

(118 W. Grand Avenue, (312) 222-9700)

Chicagoans consider it the leading Peruvian eatery. You’ll want to try the anticuchos and cebiches as well as signature creations such as pollo a la brasa. Tour Peru via its cuisine while relaxing on the rooftop.

The Duck Inn

(2701 S. Eleanor Street, (312) 724-8811)

What better place for burgers and hot dogs than a backyard patio? Duck and beef sausage combine with scrumptious toppings in the duck fat dog. Burgers feature dijonnaise and Brun-uusto cheese on rye.

The Promontory

(5311 S. Lake Park Ave W, (312) 801-2100)

This Hyde Park spot offers a restaurant, bar and outdoor patio. Dine on goodies such as Kalbi short ribs and Gulf prawns. Sip delectable cocktails outdoors or slip inside to enjoy the music.

When it comes to outdoor outings, summer beckons. Residents of our apartments in Chicago also love to explore close to home. The historic Uptown neighborhood has been revitalized and offers plenty of shops, restaurants and other venues to visit. Plus, our community is nearby public transportation for convenient access to all the neighborhood has to offer. Take a moment to call today and find out which of our floor plans best fits your lifestyle.

Board Game

Family Fun Month Celebration Ideas

Board GameAugust is Family Fun Month! If you have loved ones visiting, you may be looking for ways to celebrate and have fun with them during their stay. Here are a few Family Fun Month celebration ideas.

Go On a Picnic

One of the ways that you can celebrate Family Fun Month is by going on a picnic with the family. Kids and adults alike love the idea of eating outdoors on a picnic blanket. And it can be an easy and inexpensive way to come together and spend an afternoon. Develop the menu and prepare food together. In addition, bring along a ball or other outdoor game to help increase the fun.

Have Game Night at Home

Another fun way to celebrate Family Fun Month is to have game night at home. Each person can pick their favorite board game and you all can play as a family. This a great way to interact and converse as a whole. If you are looking to turn game night into an all day affair, consider spending the day baking or making snacks for the evening as a family, resulting in a full day of fun.

Explore Your City

The last way you can celebrate Family Fun Month is by exploring the city with your family. Many cities, especially Chicago, have tourist attractions, museums or historical locations that locals often overlook or have never been to. Now is a great time to find a local area attraction that interests you all and spend the day exploring it. Top the day off with an enjoyable dinner out or with ice cream at a local ice cream parlor that you may not frequent enough.

Due to the hustle and bustle of city life, many people do not spend as much time with their family as they would like. Having the right living arrangement can change that. Being closer to work can help you decrease your commute, allowing you to spend more time together. Additionally, having access to excellent amenities at our community, like a resort-style swimming pool, makes it easy to spend quality time as a family. If you are looking for apartments in Chicago, turn to The Montrose. Call us today to see which floor plans are available or to schedule a tour to view our community.

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Four Ways to Get a Good Night’s Rest

Woman SleepingDo you find it difficult to make it through your day without feeling sleepy? You are not alone. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three American adults are not getting the 7 hours of recommended sleep each night. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society warns that people who do get enough sleep are more likely to suffer from several chronic conditions.

If you worry you are not sleeping enough, try these four tips to get a better night’s rest.

Sleep Better and Feel Better With These Four Tips

  • Your bedroom is not a movie theater. Try to remove all electronic devices like TVs and tablets from your bedroom. At least turn off your phone if you don’t use your device as an alarm so no one will disturb you at night. Try to give yourself 30 to 60 minutes of screen-free time before you go to sleep.
  • Stick to a sleep schedule. Help maintain your body’s sleep and wake cycle by going to bed and getting up at the same time — yes, even on the weekends. When you change your sleep pattern, it can take days before your body adjusts.
  • Learn to relax your body. Things like exercise, caffeine and stress can play havoc with your sleep. Don’t exercise 3 to 4 hours before you plan to sleep and avoid consuming caffeine within 8 hours of bedtime. Meditation or listening to music is a great way to lower your stress levels.
  • Transform your bedroom into your sanctuary. Create a clean and relaxing environment. Keep incense and scented candles out of your bedroom if you are sensitive to smells. Block out annoying noises by using a white noise generator and make sure the room isn’t too bright.

Wake up to life at one of the best apartments in Chicago. The Montrose, an uptown oasis, offers a variety of floor plan options to suit your needs. Relax in the Hazel Lounge, hit the brand new fitness center or swim a few laps in our resort-style swimming pool. Call our office at (866) 659-3593 to learn more about how you can take advantage of the good life at The Montrose.

Chicago Skyline

6 Simple Joys of Chi-Town

Chicago SkylineChicago is an amazing place to live, but like anywhere, it is easy to get so caught up in day-to-day life that you forget to take advantage of where you live. We have compiled a list of six great and simple joys of Chicago, so you can take a little time for yourself and experience the best of what the city has to offer.

6 Simple Joys of Living in Chicago

1. Taking a Walk on Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is a wonder to behold, and doing so is totally free. You can walk along the blue lake and stare across the water to experience a surprising sense of peace. Or, if you are in a hurry, you can just check it out from the window as you cruise on Lake Shore Drive.

2. Checking Out the City From a Rooftop Bar

There are several places where you can look out over the skyline of the city. While the cost of a drink is a small commitment, it is well worth it to stare out over the beautiful skyline – especially after dark. And you miss the tourists that keep the Skydeck Chicago packed.

3. Going to Lincoln Park Zoo

The grounds of Lincoln Park Zoo are truly special, and free to visit as well. You can check out the animals, try out one of the adults-only events once each month, or both.

4. Eating a Chicago Dog

There are a lot of different hot dog styles out there, but as a resident of Chicago, you know the best is still the Chicago-style. The poppy seed bun, bright green relish, tomatoes, the snap of the hot dog – there really is nothing else like it. And it’s cheap.

5. Trying a Tamale

If you are someone who likes to enjoy the Chicago nightlife, you should be on the lookout for the Tamale Guy before you make your way home. Carrying a classic red cooler full of hot, spicy, delicious tamales, he is worth visiting.

6. Standing Outside Wrigley During a Game

The roar of the crowd is spectacular. Of course, you can always go in and check out a game. But just hearing the crowd is a special experience.

Getting the Most Out of Chicago

Let us help you get the most out of Chicago. Please contact us to learn more about our available Chicago apartments!

The Montrose Pool

Pool Games to Play With Friends This Summer

The Montrose PoolDuring the heat of July, there’s no better relief than jumping into the pool. The pool is an even better sanctuary when your friends and family members join you for various games. The following are the best options for pool-based fun:

The 4 Best Games to Play in the Pool

Marco Polo

A classic pool game, Marco Polo begins with one person being designated as ‘it.’ With eyes shut, that person attempts to find the other players. He or she can locate them via sound — whenever the “it” person calls “Marco,” everybody else must respond, “Polo.”

Freeze Tag

The pool-based version of freeze tag is sometimes referred to as popsicle tag. When the “it” player tags somebody, that person must stand completely still with arms stretched towards the sky — a little like a popsicle. Players cannot be tagged while underwater, so the “it” person needs to keep an eye out for those who come up for air.

Dolphin Races

Simple but fun, dolphin races involve swimming as far as possible underwater without coming up for air. Whoever swims the furthest without taking a breath wins! A versatile game, it can be played alone or with friends. While alone, it’s best done as a personal challenge, with the swimmer trying to outdo him or herself each time.

White Whale

Another enjoyable version of tag in the pool, white whale begins with one player floating on his or her back. The other players surround the ‘white whale’ waiting for it to strike. At any moment, the white whale can call, “Hungry whale!” and begin chasing the others. The person tagged first becomes the new white whale. If the whale struggles to catch anybody, he or she can resume floating in the middle of the pool.

The next time you invite friends over to your Chicago apartment, plan for a fun day in and by the pool. Whether you play games or simply sunbathe, you’re bound to have a blast. Your apartment will quickly become an entertaining hub!

Our resort-style swimming pool is one of the most popular amenities at The Montrose, especially during the summer months. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about our other amenities and available floor plans.

The Montrose Kitchen

The Secrets to an Organized Kitchen

The Montrose KitchenNo matter how many hours you spend cleaning the kitchen, it always seems like it becomes cluttered and messy a few days later. If you are tired of working around an unorganized kitchen all the time, we want to help. We have gathered some tips that residents of our apartments in Chicago can take advantage of to create an organized kitchen.

Store Towels, Aprons and Oven Mitts

Hand towels, dish rags, oven mitts and aprons are all essential kitchen items, but they can quickly pile up and become clutter. If your oven has a handle, hang hand towels on it. Or, simply store towels, aprons and oven mitts in a designated kitchen drawer. Your items will be within reach, yet out of the way.

Get a Spice Rack

It is amazing just how quickly small jars of spice can start to accumulate around your kitchen. Before you know it, you have dozens of jars cluttering up your kitchen. That is where a spice rack will come in handy.

A spice rack will allow you to take empty space in your kitchen and transform it into useful storage space. A countertop spice rack works perfectly.

Use the “Bring an Item In Only When You Take an Item Out” Rule

It is tempting to want to purchase every kitchen gadget that comes out, but that will really start to clutter up your kitchen. Live by the rule that you can only bring a kitchen gadget in if you get rid of an existing gadget. This will help you avoid having a kitchen filled with gadgets.

Keep Regularly Used Kitchen Tools Within Reach

Try and store kitchen tools that you use on a regular basis near the stove. This will give you quick, easy access to the tools you need while prepping food. When you have quick access to these tools, you won’t be searching around and creating a mess.

Of course, a spacious kitchen helps with organization. Our apartments in Chicago offer residents large, spacious kitchens. Call our office today to schedule an appointment to tour our brand new modern flats, studios, or one- and two-bedroom apartment homes.

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Stay at a Waterton Managed Hotel This Summer!

Woman on Laptop in Hotel RoomPlanning for a summer vacation is fun for the most part, but there is one aspect that most people don’t enjoy: budgeting. This summer, that factor has become much easier. That’s because Waterton is running a summer special. Waterton manages residential communities, such as The Montrose, as well as hotels. As a Waterton resident, you have access to discounts off of regular room rates if you stay at one of the hotels managed by the company this summer.

Why Stay at a Waterton Managed Hotel?

There are many reasons to stay at the hotels Waterton manages. Of course, saving money is on the list, but it’s only one of the many benefits you’ll get. You’ll also see excellent amenities, convenient locations and great service. Not only that, the hotels are big brands like Westin, Aloft, DoubleTree and even Hyatt Place. This ensures that you’ll find a well-polished staff and comfortable rooms.

Which States Have Waterton Managed Hotels?

California is a big summer vacation destination, and you’ll find hotels in its cities. The offerings include Millbrae (near San Francisco) and San Jose. In addition, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio and even Illinois all have hotels, as well. Illinois has one hotel in Skokie, which is just outside of Chicago.

Many of these hotels are not only great for summer vacations but are excellent choices for people on business trips as well. Ohio, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts are well-known for their business conventions and trade shows. Of course, their cities are also great destinations for sports buffs since they have major-league teams in a variety of types.

For your reference, our rates and hotels are listed below. Please keep in mind that special pricing is only good now until August 31, 2017.

Starting from $49.00: Comfort Inn Piqua in Ohio

Starting from $89.00: Aloft Beachwood in Ohio and DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport in Pennsylvania

Starting from $99.00: Sheraton Needham and DoubleTree Westborough in Massachusetts, Sheraton Madison in Wisconsin and DoubleTree Skokie in Illinois

Starting from $139 weekdays and $99 weekends: Courtyard Boston Marlborough in Massachusetts

Starting from $159 weekdays and $99 weekends: Westin San Francisco Airport and Aloft San Francisco Airport in California, Sheraton Framingham in Massachusetts, and Westin Columbus in Ohio

20% off best available rate: Hyatt Place San Jose in California

How Do I Get the Discount?

These great summer rates are only available to all Waterton residents. When booking your stay, call the special number associated with the hotel of your choice and request the Waterton corporate rate.

If you don’t yet live in a Waterton managed apartment, that is easy to change. Stop by our office today to schedule a tour of our Chicago apartments!

Farmers Market

The Best All-Year Food Markets in Chicago

Farmers MarketThankfully, you don’t have to give up your dream of fresh produce from friendly vendors just because the weather starts to take a dip in temperature. Before you know it, summer will have come and gone, so keep these suggestions in mind for the best markets in Chicago. These gems will keep your cupboards stocked and your belly full all year-round.

Pilsen Community Market

At this festive market, you can find fresh food, unique crafts, jewelry and gifts. Do your produce shopping of local and organic foods such as meats, eggs, cheeses and baked breads (make sure to stock up for the next few weeks), and pick up a necklace for yourself as a reward for eating so well.

Glenwood Sunday Market

The Glenwood Sunday Market is normally held near the train tracks of the Morse Red Line station, but in the winter, it heads to the nearby Glenwood Bar. On Sundays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. from June to October, you can visit all of your favorite vendors, rain or shine!

Green City Market

Visit Green City Market Lincoln Park, Green City Market West Loop or Green City Market at the Park to find good food at good prices. Test out the chef’s expertise, and support your local farmers, restaurants and businesses. During the colder months, head to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for the indoor season that gives market strollers the chance to get out without freezing their toes off.

Logan Square Farmers Market

Visit the Logan Square Farmers Market outdoors every Sunday from now through October, rain or shine. The Outdoor Market runs along Logan Blvd., between Milwaukee and Whipple, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you need a food market fix every week, then Logan Square will be your best choice during the winter months. Visit the winter market for fresh food for holiday feasts!

Community markets really do bring everyone together, so it’s never a bad idea to at least check out the vibe of each one to find your favorite. If you’re looking for Chicago apartments that encourage the same type of community, call The Montrose to get an experience that will help you feel more connected to your neighborhood like never before. Please contact us today to learn more about our available floor plans!

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