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A Winter Guide to Chicago for Millennials

The Chicago winter can be a magical place to spend the holidays so don’t be a bore and spend it indoors. If you’re not sure what to do this holiday season we’ve got some ideas for you.

 

1.The Skating Ribbon @ Maggie Daley Park

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Ice skating with your beau could be the most classic holiday event there is. Skating hand in hand around the ribbon with the city skyline in the background is the perfect holiday date idea. You can try recreating the uber sentimental scenes from Elf, Serendipity, or any of the other holiday RomComs. Don’t have a special someone, don’t worry, go with a group of friends and have fun making fun of the cheesy couples skating hand in hand. You could even trip them if you’re feeling a little extra cynical that day. The ribbon is open until March and admission is free, you only have to rent the skates.

2.Visit the Christkindlmarket

The market which is a millennial since it was started in 1995 is inspired by a 16th-century holiday market tradition from Germany. The market has vendors that make handmade toys and trinkets that make perfect gifts for friends and family. The market also sells food and more importantly german beer and Glühwein, a german spiced wine that comes in a souvenir boot mug. The wine, I mean market, could make any grinch’s heart grow three sizes. The market is open every day until December 24th.

3. Throw an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

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Our generation loves a good theme party and what’s the perfect theme for the holidays: Ugly Christmas Sweater! It’s a super simple theme, go to any store or thrift shop and you’ll be sure to find an obnoxiously hideous Christmas sweater. After you just perfect the sweater all you need to do is invite some friends over and buy some booze, maybe eggnog, but who likes that. The party will be a complete success because it has the three key elements to a perfect party, a theme, good company, and booze!

4. See the Zoo Lights

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The Lincoln Park Zoo lights is a quintessential part of the Chicago holiday season. Talk about making spirits bright, the zoo puts up more than two million lights that will transport you into a magnificent winter wonderland. The lights will definitely give you the warm and fuzzies inside and so will the fact that it’s completely free.

5. See The Nutcracker

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If you’re one of those artsy types or you want to be one of those artsy types The Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker should be on your holiday to-do list. What’s even better about this year’s version is that Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeler has reinvented the classic story and reset it during the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. Now, what could be better for a Chicago Ballet lover than a loved ballet set in Chicago? Performances start the 10th of December through December 30th.

6. Winter Pub Crawls and Libation Tastin’ Festival

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For the 21 and over crowd Chicago hosts a number of holiday pub crawls and a wine, spirits, and beer festival. The holidays are a stressful time, all of that holiday shopping and spending time with family can really take a toll on your psyche. Why not lift your spirits with some spirits or another kind of alcoholic beverage. The crawls include: 12 Bars of Xmas TBOX Pub Crawl, Chicago Running of the Santa’s Pub Crawl, and Chicago Christmas Crawl through Old Town. Not a pub crawl person try going to the Libation Tasin’ Wine, Spirit and Beer Festival.

7. Go to Winter Wonderfest @ Navy Pier

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I know what you’re thinking, why the hell would I want to go to Navy Pier? The truth is you don’t but your family or visiting friends probably will. Winter Wonderfest is a perfect place to take them because not only is it at probably the most overrated Chicago Tourist attraction but it’s also very festive. The Wonderfest has ice skating, music, and other entertainment perfect for everyone in your family. Even better, it’s indoors so you won’t have to whether the frigid weather.

8. Bring in the New Year @ Chi-Town Rising

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Don’t have the money to travel to NYC to see the ball drop, probably not you’re a millennial, next best thing, Chi-Town Rising. It’s Chicago’s very own version of Time Square New Year’s celebration and ball drop, except, it’s a rising star instead of a dropping ball. The event has live music, celebrities, fireworks, and of course a rising star.

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Let’s Go Brunch Date! + 5 Best Chicago $$ Brunch Places

We all know that the Millennial generation has some pretty weird tastes when it comes to food. Sure, they would happily wait an hour in line to taste that new Vietnamese barbecue place but they’re not above face-planting cornershop nachos and plastic cheese, either.

Here comes the time that brunch officially becomes the new obsession for millennials.

Millennials spend more money on food than they do on events or clothing. They need to be certain they are paying for the most tasty, picture-perfect brunches. It’s no secret — take a quick glance at your Instagram feed and you will likely see an array of mouth-watering plates of food trending with the #brunch hashtag.

Now Chicago is finally seeing consistent signs of spring! Let’s welcome spring with brunch dates and another brunch post on instagram.

Fresh Design Studio understands you brunch lovers! Here are the top 5 Chicago brunch $$ places that you should definitely try!

 

Lula Cafe

The O.G. neighborhood brunchery with a menu of unclassifiable and unexpected food.
2537 N. Kedzie Ave.; 773-489-9554

 

Try Lula cafe as your first brunch date restaurant. This innovation and dedication to ingredients makes brunch here a vegetarian’s dream.

Though there’s seating aplenty, there is a 100 percent chance that if you swing by on a weekend morning, the scene will be rocking.

Take the unlikely combo of fried eggplant chunks, sweet corn kernels, basil, tangy peaches, a sliced hard-boiled egg, flakes of ricotta salata, and pine nut vinaigrette, and you have the bulgur bowl—an exemplary display of Lula’s magic. This innovation and dedication to ingredients makes brunch here a vegetarian’s dream. Chili paste and lemongrass are involved in Bloody Mary. A glassful of strong Metric Joe=a special blend made for Lula is totally delightful.

 

Dove’s Luncheonette

The dinner of your dreams at Wicker Park.
1545 N. Damen Ave.; 773-645-4060

 

If the regular, all-day menu’s offerings of foods such as chicken-fried chicken and stuffed chile relleno sound like breakfast to you, then have them slap a fried egg on it and call it your meal.

Though weekends can be bonkers at One-Off Hospitality’s (Publican, Big Star, etc) year-old diner, the scene during our weekday morning meal is lowkey as it gets. Filtered sunlight and easy-listening throwback tunes fill the room. If there’s a better spot to ease into a Wednesday, we’re not sure where it is.

If the regular, all-day menu’s offerings of foods such as chicken-fried chicken and stuffed chile relleno sound like breakfast to you, then have them slap a fried egg on it and call it your meal. Adorably ugly brown mugs deliver a mighty strong house blend coffee, compliments of Dark Matter. Bloody Mary kills it all.

 

Tweet

Mostly organic morning fare-both classic and not-for the gluten-averse, the toddler toter, and the commoner.
5020 N. Sheridan Rd.; 773-728-5576

 

One of Sheridan Road’s lovely art-deco buildings houses this high-energy room where the tables are as tightly packed as the artwork on the walls.

One of Sheridan Road’s lovely art-deco buildings houses this high-energy room where the tables are as tightly packed as the artwork on the walls. The place is a total Saturday morning rocker.

The menu is lengthy, with entire sections devoted to benedicts and burritos, and more than a dozen gluten-free dishes. When pumpkin pancakes are on offer, we’re all in. Tweet’s version is dense and cinnamon-y throughout and finished with butter, whipped cream, a smattering of berries, and cinnamon-sugar.

The cocktail list is all about the Bloody, offered a half-dozen ways ranging from classic to wasabi-spiked.

 

Bottlefork


Style-conscious gluttony with plenty of substance in river North.
441 N. Clark St.; 312-955-1900

 

We love their breakfast sope, with smoky chorizo black beans resting in a masa boat, topped with guacamole and cotija and a fried egg, managing to curb both a craving for something comforting and something refined. Bottlefork has always killed it when it comes to cocktails. Metropolis coffee is a nice touch of mornings in the city.

Dark walls, dark wood, limited windows: Bottlefork’s dining room always feels like it’s stuck in perpetual night time, which makes sense given that it’s a part of the Rockit Ranch family, the purveyors of clubby evening hangouts.

We love their breakfast sope, with smoky chorizo black beans resting in a masa boat, topped with guacamole and cotija and a fried egg, managing to curb both a craving for something comforting and something refined. Bottlefork has always killed it when it comes to cocktails. Metropolis coffee is a nice touch of mornings in the city.

 

Son of a Butcher Tavern

Mellow neighborhood brunch that skews decidedly meaty.
2934 W. Diversey Ave.; 773-270-4520

 

The very cool two-room space—which features old-world paintings, a taxidermied deer, and a mural of a small-town butcher shop on the wall—filled in nicely with laidback couples and not-as-laidback families.

The very cool two-room space—which features old-world paintings, a taxidermied deer, and a

mural of a small-town butcher shop on the wall—filled in nicely with laidback couples and not-as-laidback families.

You’ve gotta go meaty here, and Piggie by the pound may just be the best brunch deal in the city. It’s a full pound of ultra-tender pulled pork that was smoked in-house, plus freshly made corn tortillas to create DIY tacos. The full cocktail menu is on offer, along with the requisite Bloody Mary and mimosa.

 

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Online Performance Ratings on Chicago Real Estate

Real estate is always a hot topic in Chicago since we have so many skyscrapers here! A lot of high-rises under construction are also waiting for joining this big skyscraper family. Although the construction is still on the way, online marketing has already started off.  Let’s have a look at the online performance of several high-rises to be.

Vista Tower

real estate Vista Tower

Height: 1,186 feet

Type: luxury hotel/condo tower

Estimated completion: 2020

Website

There are navigation buttons that guide visitors to apartment details they want to find, making information search easy and outcomes accurate. This would enhance the user experience. The short films, simulated 360 views, and online map of local amenities engage visitors on the website. This would increase the time visitors spend on the website and the possibility they sign up to be a lead. Downloadable free Vista Tower magazines offer an additional way to communicate with the audience.

Section Mint Score:

– Social

Facebook: 580+ followers, 580+ Likes, and a 5-star rating from 4 reviews. Performance is not bad, but the Facebook icon on the website is broken, which would result in traffic loss. 

Twitteronly 1 tweet so far, and the Twitter icon is not on the website, but already gained 40+ followers. The Twitter account has potential to drive traffic.

Instagram: 400+ followers. Exquisite pictures show the luxury of Vista Tower. 

Section Mint Score: 

Average Mint Score: mint

 

One Grant Park

real estate One Grant Park

Height: 892 feet

Type: rental tower

Estimated completion: 2019

Website

This high-rise does not have its own website. Only a single page on its developer’s website is available. The developer’s website could not drive much traffic to One Grant Park page since too many other pages are competing for the traffic.

Section Mint Score: 

– Social

Facebook: the account has been set up but no content yet.

Twitter: no account yet.

Instagram: most pictures are about construction sites, which could hardly interest the audience.

Section Mint Score: 

Average Mint Score: mint

 

One Bennett Park

real estate One Bennett Park

Height: 843 feet

Type: rental/condo tower

Estimated completion: 2019

Website

The website is concise and clear but has no media to interact with visitors. Visitors would get the information needed quickly but could hardly find the content engaging. The website theme color is elegant but it lacks liveliness. Visitors may get bored and exit the site quickly.

Section Mint Score: 

– Social

Facebook: 350+ followers, 340+ Likes, and a 5-star rating from 3 reviews. Posts update one time every other week or two times a week.

Twitter: 9 followers, one tweet every other week or many tweets per week.  Post update frequency needs to be smoother to keep a long-term social media activeness.

Instagram: 90+ followers, one post per week or every other week. Images are quite important for real estate advertising, so we need more posts every week.

Section Mint Score: 

Average Mint Score: 

 

Essex on the Park

real estate Essex on the Park

Height: 600+ feet

Type: rental tower

Estimated completion: 2019

Website

The website is a single page with just a lead generation form. Although it’s straightforward, visitors would not have enough interest to become a lead without further information or introduction of the high-rise on the website.

Section Mint Score: 

– Social

No social media account yet.

Section Mint Score: 

Average Mint Score: mint

 

Optima Signature

real estate Optima Signature

Height: 587 feet

Type: rental/condo tower

Estimated completion: 2017

Website

All sections are listed on a single page so there is no need to switch back and forth from pages. This saves visitors’ time and prevents them from bouncing due to a long waiting time. CTAs are on the top of the webpage, increasing the lead generation conversion rate. However, the theme color is too simple to show the luxury of the building, which could be a miscommunication to the audience.

Section Mint Score: 

– Social

Facebook: 420+ followers, 410+ Likes, and a 5-star rating from 8 reviews. Posts enriching residence life boost the visitor engagement.

Twitter: 80+ followers, three to four tweets a week.

Instagram: 80+ followers so far. Amenities and city views of this high-rise are good content to attract visitors’ attention.

Section Mint Score: 

Average Mint Score: mint

 

Of course, all above are just my personal opinions. Feel free to agree or disagree with me, and I’m happy to hear what you think of them. If you want a refresh for your real estate brand, Fresh Design Studio has the customized service just for you!

 

Reference

https://www.instagram.com/vistatowerchicago/

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170104/south-loop/one-grant-park-future-tallest-skyscraper-south-of-willis-tower-underway

https://www.instagram.com/onebennettpark/

https://chicago.curbed.com/2017/1/19/14323808/chicago-essex-inn-tower-groundbreaking-construction-south-loop

https://www.instagram.com/optimasignature/

 

 

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Top 10 must-see lists for Chicago Summer 2015

Summer is just around the, and our very own Chicago, “The Windy City” has much to offer. There are tons of things you can see, do and experience here, in Chicagoland, to make your visit one of the most memorable ones.

In an attempt to ensure you get it all covered, we’ve put together a list of websites and articles that’ll definitely be your personal guide to help you get around.

  • Ten cool things to do in Chicago in June

    Pilsen Food Truck Social

    Pilsen Food Truck Social

    The second web page on our list also features some of the best things you can do in Chicago for the summer. However, it’s a lot more crisp and informative. Indeed, less is more these days.

  • The Top Five Things to Do in Chicago This Week

    The Chicago Gospel Festival comes to Millennium Park this weekend.

    The Chicago Gospel Festival comes to Millennium Park this weekend.

    If you’re looking to soak in all the artistic vibes of the city and indulge in its rich culture, you’ll find the website below mighty useful. Chicago as a city definitely has much to offer for the artist in each one of us.

  • 101 things to do in Chicago: free things to do

    See concerts and public art in Millennium Park

    See concerts and public art in Millennium Park

    The list put together by Time Out has all the wonderful things you can do in Chicago without having to burn a hole in your pockets. In fact, almost all of these things are absolutely free, and are definitely worth your time.

  • Things To Do In Chicago Daily

    Blue Star Museums: free Museum Entry for military families all summer!

    Blue Star Museums: free Museum Entry for military families all summer!

    This comprehensive website by Paper Li has news updates from all quarters- be at Arts, Sports, Science or Leisure. It’s easy to navigate and you’ll have what you’re looking for in no time.

  • 2015’s Best Places to Dine in Chicago

    Momotaro

    Momotaro

    Michigan Avenue went out of their way to put together a list of the best places to dine in Chicago. The list has something in store for everyone to indulge their taste buds in. “Bon appétit” is all we can leave you with!

  • 5 Must Visit Musems In Chicago

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    Must-Visit-Museums-In-Chicago

    If you’re keen on getting glimpses into the past that the museums of Chicago have so beautifully preserved, then the Travel Me Guide’s list of must-visit museums is definitely for you. See them all in one visit or save some for next summer.

  • THE 8 BEST INDEPENDENT COFFEE SHOPS IN CHICAGO, RANKED

    WORMHOLE COFFEE

    WORMHOLE COFFEE

    Rain or sun, a cup of coffee that’s brewed to perfection can be relished anytime of the year, irrespective of the season. And for every coffee lover out there, here’s a list of the most amazing coffee shops in Chicago.

  • 4 "Must-See"Places in the Chicago Area

     Adler Planetarium

    Adler Planetarium

    While other websites will tell you what you “can” see in Chicago, here’s a list that tells you what you “must see”. Make sure you fit them all in your schedule.