27 November 2018
Preserving Chicago's Stories
The stories that come from its people are preserving the image of Chicago, and one organization is looking to preserve those stories.
21 November 2018
Embracing Chicago Winter
Holiday pop-ups, a NYE fireworks spectacular and a music festival at the Art Institute of Chicago are just some of the reasons to plan a staycation in Chi-town during the winter season.
19 November 2018
Thanksgiving in Chicago
As November comes to a close, Chicago residents are preparing their schedules and stomachs for Thanksgiving. Balancing family, travel and food can easily cause chaos; here’s how 1000M residents can enjoy the holiday stress-free.
6 November 2018
Make a Scene: Theatre in Chicago
On any given night, residents of 1000M can enjoy an intimate performance at one of several storefront theaters across the city or witness the fantastic productions offered just steps away from 1000M.
18 October 2018
Falling for Chicago
Of all the seasons, autumn is arguably most cherished by Midwest natives. Read our recommendations on how to get the most out of fall in Chicago!
16 October 2018
Chicago: Best Big City in the U.S.
Chicago was named the Best Big City in the United States for the second year in a row by readers of Condé Nast Traveler. Find out what makes Chicago Exceptional.
11 October 2018
A History of Michigan Avenue
Located on Chicago’s iconic Michigan Avenue, 1000M celebrates the history, vibrancy and excitement found in one of the greatest city streets in the world. Read about the vibrant past of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
9 October 2018
A Night at The Cinema
Tomorrow kicks off the 54th Annual Chicago International Film Festival, taking place at AMC River East 21 in Streeterville. Here’s a brief history of the festival and some of its landmark moments.
2 October 2018
The First Races: Chicago's Marathon
As we look forward to the 2018 edition of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, we’ll examine the history of the marathon and its impact on Chicago.
27 September 2018
Each September, EXPO CHICAGO opens the fall art season at historic Navy Pier. Mark you calendars for the seventh edition, September 27–30, 2018, featuring leading international art galleries and numerous onsite programs.
25 September 2018
Notes From Chicago's Underground
With winter on the horizon, you may be preparing to battle the elements in a puffy jacket and steel toe boots...Or, if you are looking for a delightful Plan B, there just happens to be an alternative.
20 September 2018
STAY ACTIVE IN SEPTEMBER
At 1000M, we believe that being well is an ideal way to SEEK BEAUTY. Read our list of top picks for the rest of September on the blog!
18 September 2018
On the Right Path: Chicago's Best Tours
What makes tourism in Chicago exceptional? The rich variety of ways to authentically experience the city. Not all attractions are reserved for tourists either; some Chicago locals might even learn a thing or two.
11 September 2018
Give Chicago A Museum, They'll Fill It
As Seekers of Beauty, 1000M residents are always in the know about the Chicago cultural scene. But, here are a few spots, relatively new and yet to come, that might just slip your radar — all within walking distance!
6 September 2018
Life on Lake Michigan
At 1000M, the views of Lake Michigan are unparalleled, and everything Chicago’s lakefront has to offer is only steps away.
4 September 2018
The Time of The Opera Season
Chicago’s Lyric Opera 2018/2019 season is nearly upon us, kicking off with a free outdoor performance at Millennium Park. In the spirit of renewing classics, here is a brief history of opera in Chicago.
23 August 2018
WHERE CITY AND NATURE MEET: A HISTORY OF GRANT PARK
Located right on the edge of Chicago’s iconic Grant Park, 1000M offers sweeping views of the expansive green space. Read all about the history of “Chicago’s front yard” on the blog.
21 August 2018
Exploring Art at 1000M
With its proximity to museums, institutions, and public art installations, 1000M is the perfect anchor point for exploring Chicago’s ever-expanding art ecosystem — especially as the fall season gets underway.
14 August 2018
The 1000M Nightlife
For those evenings when residents are eager to explore what the neighborhood has to offer, there’s no need to wander far to find a host of fabulous night-life options.
2 August 2018
SUMMER THURSDAYS AT 1000M
Through June and July, the 1000M Sales Gallery hosted Summer Thursdays, inviting visitors to events that reflect the values of 1000M; wholistic living, luxurious details, and curated programming for our community.
31 July 2018
Taking The Show Off The Road: The History of Lollapalooza
Today, Lollapalooza is a cultural behemoth offering attendees four days of music from over 100 bands that seeps into Chicago’s neighborhoods with after-shows at various venues. But the festival has had a turbulent history.
24 July 2018
What Neighborhood is 1000M In?
What neighborhood does 1000M belong to? Not an easy question to answer; this dilemma has been the topic of contention among locals for years. It then begs the question, how are Chicago’s communities and neighborhoods demarcated?
11 July 2018
1000M’s First Buyers Big Fans Of Jahn
Chet and Katy Tetta were first in line when 1000M began sales last year. The devoted South Loopers talk about the neighborhood they love and the excitement of living in a Helmut Jahn building.
10 July 2018
John Singer Sargent at the Art Institute
Just a short walk from 1000M on Michigan Avenue, the Art Institute of Chicago presents a new exhibit of works by prolific portraitist John Singer Sargent.
3 July 2018
Celebrating Independence Day in True Chicago Fashion
There are more than just firework displays in store for those in Chicago this holiday.
21 June 2018
CHILL OUT: THE BENEFITS OF MEDITATION
Struggling with stress? Read all about the benefits of meditation and the 1000M Spa, with a spotlight on Chill Chicago, a local meditation, yoga and massage studio.
19 June 2018
How to Get the Most Out of Summer in Chicago Parks
For 1000M residents, amazing summer activities are just a short walk away. Here’s our top list for upcoming events in the 1000M neighborhood.
7 June 2018
OUT OF SIGHT CHICAGO
This summer, conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner brings an imaginative new installation piece to Maggie Daley Park titled OUT OF SIGHT Chicago.
31 May 2018
Inquiry 01: Art and Politics is a Human Affair
On the evening of May 23rd, a crowd gathered at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership located just up the street from 1000M, for the opening of Inquiry 01: a group exhibition by the first cohort of the Chicago Jewish Artists Fellowship.
22 May 2018
THE IMAGE OF BEAUTY: 1909 BURNHAM PLAN OF CHICAGO
Given the impact and visibility of Burnham’s work, a group of prominent Chicago businessmen who recognized the need for the city to modernize in order to compete with the development of metropolitan areas around the world commissioned Burnham to design a new city plan for Chicago. In 1909 he published the Plan of Chicago co-authored by Edward H. Bennett.
17 May 2018
The James Beard Awards: Celebrating Chicago's Thriving Food Scene
Chicago not only had the pleasure of hosting the 2018 James Beard Awards, but also boasts some of the world’s greatest restaurants, all surrounding the 1000M neighborhood.
8 May 2018
SEEING AND BEING: SCOTT STACK’S INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR
Just a short walk north up Michigan Avenue from 1000M is the Chicago Cultural Center, one of the city’s architectural and cultural jewels. We stopped by recently to see Interior and Exterior, an exhibition of paintings by Chicago-based artist Scott Stack, and had the privilege of walking the show with the artist himself.
3 May 2018
Grant Park Music Festival: A Beloved Chicago Tradition
Since 1935, the Grant Park Music Festival has been an integral piece of Chicago’s culture, celebrating a wide array of musicians and composers from around the world. In a city filled with artistic expression, the Festival stands alone as a quintessential summer tradition within 1000M’s vibrant neighborhood.
17 April 2018
A Peek Across the World: Dragon Lights
Dragon Lights is an international traveling exhibit that has been seen by millions of guests around the globe. On view until May 6th, the installation is located at the South Parking Lot of Soldier Field — just a short distance from 1000M. The Chicago exhibition features thousands of light sculptures that required dozens of Chinese artisans to travel to the site to custom build the sculptures by hand. The exhibit also features live performances involving traditional yo-yo’s, contortionists and many more variety acts, as well as traditional handicraft demonstrations like miniature sun-baked clay figurines and intricately-painted glass jewelry.
10 April 2018
FREEWHEELING DIVERSITY: THE 23rd ANNUAL ASIAN AMERICAN SHOWCASE
Chicago has been stuck with a stubborn chill that has extended the long winter for our city’s residents. That didn’t prevent throngs of theatergoers from keeping warm on a Friday evening with conversation and excitement as they gathered for a showing of Pretty Woman at the Oriental Theatre. But just around the corner, up State Street, a smaller crowd gathered at the Gene Siskel Film Center for the opening of On/Off Grid, an exhibition of Asian American art, part of the larger 23rd Annual Asian American Showcase. The first film of the series, Fish Bones wouldn’t start for another hour but film buffs, academics and curious culturists came early to peruse the displays.
5 April 2018
Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute
The Art Institute of Chicago has always had an interest in modern architecture and design, collecting drawings, furniture, graphic and industrial designs throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Last fall, they opened a new installation devoted to the museum’s extensive collection, sharing the collection’s breadth while also creating a space that examines how architecture and design is a multilayered, ever-changing experience. As the curators explain, architects and designers have thought of their work as a speculative, experimental endeavor, to propose bold visions for the future.
27 March 2018
Simone Leigh at the Visiting Artists Program
A beacon of the arts and education on the Cultural Mile, The Art Institute of Chicago hosts artists from around the world through their Visiting Artists Program. The program began when the museum was founded in 1868 and was later formalized after a donation in 1951. During its 150 year tenure, the program has continued its free public forum structure, welcoming residents, students and aspiring artists from the 1000M neighborhood and greater Chicagoland area to the Rubloff Theater at the Art Institute.
20 March 2018
Chicago Architectural Biennial and Beyond
In a city that is home to numerous design firsts, it’s hardly surprising that some of the greatest minds in the field would gather here to discuss architecture and its historical significance. And with Chicago’s rich architecture history comes a number of significant buildings across the area. 1000M itself aims to add to that list, ushering in a new design era for Chicago. We delve more deeply into the architectural history of the city and ways that you can see the best of what your backyard has to offer.
15 March 2018
ELEVEN CITY DINER: IT TAKES A NEIGHBORHOOD
Just behind 1000M on wind-swept Wabash Avenue sits Eleven City Diner, a stout brick-and-glass building serving deli classics and breakfast all day. Newcomers will enjoy the Jewish classics and yet be surprised at how each plate is elevated. The same goes for the restaurant’s interiors, the retro elements blending with modern accents as to give the establishment an authentic twist on contemporary life. At a time when diners are disappearing from the city, Eleven City Diner has become a cornerstone of the South Loop neighborhood since it opened its doors ten year ago, establishing itself as a landmark Chicago institution.
8 March 2018
An Underground City: The Story of Chicago’s Pedway
Developed over a number of years for diverse reasons, without any unifying entity, each segment of the Pedway has its own flavor and style. In general, Pedway segments reflect the architectural style of the building above, creating a potpourri of design characteristics indicative of Chicago’s always-evolving architectural history. Today, people flock to the Pedway for shelter from winter’s snow and cold, as a respite from the heat as they commute from railway stations to work, or to avoid vehicular traffic as they traverse the distances between government buildings.
In an effort to make the Pedway more accessible, the City of Chicago has placed signature blue and yellow compasses at each “official” Pedway entrance. Once underground however, there is hardly any wayfinding for pedestrians to find an exit, so we’ve created a helpful map for you.
20 February 2018
AGORA: CONNECTING BEAUTY, CULTURE AND INDIVIDUALITY
Take a short stroll down to Michigan Avenue & Roosevelt Road and you will come upon an army of larger-than-life headless bronze statues. Although these giant sets of legs look to be caught in motion, they actually form Agora, a permanent installation by Polish artist, Magdalena Abakanowicz. Agora is one of 31 sculptural installations that populate Grant Park,[i] enriching our understanding of how the culture of Chicago is inextricably linked to a cosmopolitan sense of the world. Located directly across Michigan Avenue from 1000M, Agora is just one of the amazing sights in Grant Park, enhancing this wonderful stretch of the park to stroll among giants of nature, culture, art and history.
13 February 2018
THE INLAND SEA: SHEDD AQUARIUM
On February 1, 1924, the members of the non-profit Shedd Aquarium Society gathered for their first official meeting. Armed with just over $2 million from John G. Shedd, then-President of Marshall Field & Company, the Shedd Aquarium Society was formed with the intention of “construct[ing], maintain[ing] and operat[ing] an aquarium or museum of aquatic life exclusively for education and scientific purposes”
12 February 2018
CHINESE NEW YEAR: YEAR OF THE DOG
Celebrate alongside the institutions of the Cultural Mile as Chicago ushers in the Chinese New Year starting on February 16th! From special orchestral showcases at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, to the much anticipated opening of the Art Institute’s exhibit, “Emperor’s and their Bronzes,” residents of 1000M need look no farther than their front yard to join in the festivities and herald the arrival of the Year of the Dog.
6 February 2018
HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY: THE STORY OF A CITY
Famous for our storied tradition of architectural excellence, Chicago’s Cultural Mile epitomizes the city’s wealth of landmark buildings. Within this rich context, the confluence of architecture and history is perhaps best embodied by the Harold Washington Public Library. Constructed in 1991 and named for the mayor who spent his term fighting for its construction, the Harold Washington Library towers above the intersection of State and Van Buren streets, itself a testament to the world’s faith in the city of Chicago.
29 January 2018
SOUL OF THE CITY: “SPIRIT OF MUSIC” MEMORIALIZES CHICAGO’S MUSICAL HISTORY
Lying in the center of Chicago’s Historic Michigan Boulevard District, 1000M borders Grant Park, offering residents easy walking access to all of the amenities afforded by the Cultural Mile. While often used as a path between the various museums and concert halls that run along the park, Grant Park is itself an artistic destination, replete with cultural and artistic curiosities that are sure to intrigue the curious and aesthetically-minded.
24 January 2018
CAFECITO: CUBAN COFFEE, CULTURE AND SANDWICHES
Tucked away on Congress Parkway, between 1000M’s front door and the Art Institute of Chicago, Cafecito is a perfect place for a quick bite. Hidden behind the brightly lit planar sculptures that adorn Congress Parkway between the Roosevelt University Auditorium Theatre and the Harold Washington Library, Cafecito is a uniquely bright and open café that offers as much Cuban culture as it does taste. In addition to bringing distinct Cuban coffee and sandwiches to the 1000M neighborhood, Cafecito boasts a full menu of salads and platters, making it friendly to vegetarians and gluten free eaters alike.
18 January 2018
Think You Know The Best of The Cultural Mile? | Discovering the Intersection of Modern and Historic
The South Loop earned the 2017 Curbed Cup, awarded annually to Chicago’s best neighborhood by popular vote. The victory is well-deserved. Teeming with cultural, educational, sports, restaurant and retail options — not to mention privileged adjacency to Grant Park and Lake Michigan — 1000M’s neighborhood has a lot to offer, including a rich history.
The South Loop is home to historic Printer’s Row, a timeless enclave between Congress Parkway and Polk Street that was the heart of the Midwest printing and publishing industry from the late 19th to the first half of the 20th century. This perfectly preserved microneighborhood, boasting the iconic industrial design that secured Chicago place on the country’s architectural map, has been meticulously preserved to convey the aura of the past without kitsch or nostalgia.
2 January 2018
Seeking Beauty on a Winter Day | Grant Park Shines Covered in Snow
Residents of 1000M will enjoy one of Chicago’s most gorgeous front yards: Grant Park. And while many people revel in the Park’s lush greenery and blooms, even a cold winter day delivers some dazzle, providing an opportunity to seek unexpected beauty in the colder months.
21 December 2017
Think You Know The Best of The Cultural Mile? | A Cocktail With A View
With its forever views and unrivaled amenities package, 1000M doesn’t hold back when it comes to options for celebrating your favorite beverage. There’s the Wine Tasting Room with private wine storage and Club 1000 with its elegant full-service bar. With this type of luxury, it’s tempting to stay in and enjoy a cocktail at home. But, when the gravitational force of the neighborhood pulls you in, the savvy choice for in-the-know Chicagoans — for brunch or a night out — is Cindy’s Rooftop Restaurant.
11 December 2017
Think You Know The Best of The Cultural Mile? | Magical Moments and Budding Stars on Stage at Merle Reskin Theatre
With its Historic Michigan Boulevard District location, 1000M affords residents ample opportunities to find beauty from the past and to watch history in the making. Few places nearby illustrate that duality more than DePaul University’s Merle Reskin Theatre on Balbo Drive.
8 December 2017
Think You Know The Best of The Cultural Mile? | Transfixed by Centuries-old Mystery
1000M is more than a little bit magical. With otherworldly views and transcendental interior and exterior design, the 1000M experience has an enchantment all its own…so it’s no surprise that the neighborhood is seeped in Chicago’s rich history of magic, entertaining trickery and mysterious spectacle, as well. During the Golden era of modern magic in the late 19th and early 20th century, Chicago was alive with magical performances from the likes of celebrity magicians Alexander Herrmann and Max Malini, who astonished audiences in 1000M’s neighborhood.
4 December 2017
Luminary Artist Kerry James Marshall Shares His Vision of Beauty and Dignity On Chicago’s Cultural Mile
A new artistic wonder has come to 1000M’s neighborhood in the form of a massive mural celebrating the who’s who of women in Chicago’s art and culture world. The mural, by famed artist, MacArthur Fellow and Chicago resident Kerry James Marshall, is installed on the Chicago Cultural Center’s Garland Court facade, between Washington and Randolph on the city’s renowned Cultural Mile. Marshall’s mural represents women across the Chicago art spectrum, including founders and leaders of internationally known arts organizations, literary icons, creative innovators and longtime supporters of the arts.
1 December 2017
Think You Know the Best of the Cultural Mile? | 10 Hottest Restaurants in the Chicago Loop
If you’re a foodie, you’ll know that there’s no shortage of outstanding restaurants in the Chicago Loop. But with all those options, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Whether you want a delicious weekend brunch, a quick lunchtime bite, or a sophisticated dinner, we’ve included the best of the best below, all located within a mile or two of 1000M.
28 November 2017
Discover City History on Lake Michigan | Columbia Yacht Club
While residents of 1000M will enjoy incredible views of Lake Michigan from their luxurious homes, imagine getting even closer to the lake by taking advantage of the nearby Columbia Yacht Club.
21 November 2017
Think You Know The Best of The Cultural Mile? | Seeking Beauty on The Printed Page
1000M’s prime location places it at the center of Chicago’s robust art scene. It’s walking distance from great galleries, world renowned museums and spectacular public art on the lakefront. This weekend, the neighborhood enjoyed a creative novelty just up the street at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel with the inaugural Chicago Art Book Fair (CABF), which ran from November 16 to November 19.
9 November 2017
Think You Know The Best of The Cultural Mile? | The Inaugural Chicago Art Book Fair
The inaugural Chicago Art Book Fair (CABF) will debut on November 16 and run through November 19. While programming occurs at several partner locations throughout the city, the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, just up the street from 1000M , will act as the Fair’s host site. Unlike anything else in Chicago, the CABF’s rich programming celebrates small press arts publishing, and will showcase more than 120 international publishers, small presses, book artists, comic artists, zinemakers and printmakers — along with robust presentations, panels and discussions with the artists. Co-founded and co-directed by Aay Preston-Myint and Alexander Valentine, the Fair's programming is free and open to the public, and brings an oft-overlooked medium to the forefront of the Chicago art scene.
8 November 2017
Think you know the best of the cultural mile? | Classical music with a mission
With blues clubs to the south and the summer concert scene at Grant Park and Millennium Park to the north, 1000M sits in the center of a diverse musical world. But residents need stroll just a few blocks to the Chicago Symphony Center to see the performances of the Chicago Sinfonietta, which bills itself as most diverse orchestra in the country.
27 October 2017
Think You Know The Best of The Cultural Mile? | A Cocktail With A Story To Tell
1000M’s unparalleled amenities package has a variety of options for celebrating your favorite beverages, including a Wine Tasting Room with private wine storage, and Club 1000, which has a full-service bar. But sometimes 1000M’s neighborhood’s collection of diverse bars calls on your inner cocktail nerd. One with a particularly strong pull is Milk Room at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (CAA).
16 October 2017
An Expert’s Guide to the Chicago Cultural Mile | 1000M
Ask a tourist to name their favorite aspect of Chicago and the answers will come fast and furious: the dizzying diversity of dining experiences, an afternoon at the Friendly Confines, the opulence and energy of the Magnificent Mile. But ask a Chicagoan - any self-proclaimed expert on our Windy City - and the answer gets complex because Chicago is simply fabulous. She is a city who has always known how to build and rebuild, weaving each modern progress around, between and above her historic foundation. Nowhere in the city is this more distinct than the Chicago Cultural Mile. And from no vantage point is this impressive stretch more replete - and accessible - than from 1000M.
12 October 2017
Think You Know the Best of the Cultural Mile? | Welcome the Newest Additions to the Wabash Arts Corridor
The public art that enlivens Chicago is far from static, continually evolving with the works of local and international names. Along with EXPO CHICAGO, which brings world-renowned artists to exhibit throughout the city, Wabash Arts Corridor thrives as it continues to support new street art installations. As a 1000M resident, this immersive public art experience is a few steps from your porte-cochère.
10 October 2017
Think You Know the Best of the Cultural Mile? | Seek Beauty for your Personal Collection
1000M’s proximity to beauty — from the Art Institute to Grant Park’s internationally acclaimed public art collection — is enviable. But 1000M residents also have ample opportunities to bring beauty home, since 1000M’s neighborhood is rich in art galleries.
7 October 2017
Discover Where Nature Meets the City | The Perfect Setting
One of Chicago’s greatest assets is its collection of public artwork, many examples of which are in walking distance of 1000M along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Grant Park. EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Modern & Contemporary Art, annually brings a group of leading national and international galleries to exhibit in the soaring halls of Navy Pier. In collaboration with the Chicago Park District, EXPO CHICAGO presents IN/SITU Outside, providing galleries the opportunity to site large scale sculptures by internationally-renowned artists throughout the city, including right outside 1000M’s front door. This year, presented by David Zwirner Gallery, Isa Genzken’s Two Orchids is on display near Buckingham Fountain.
3 October 2017
Think You Know the Best of The Cultural Mile? | Seeking Beauty in Illusion
Just up the street from 1000M, the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College provides a chance to find beauty in illusion. Founded in 1976, MOCP is the premier museum for photography in the Midwest. Taking full advantage of its privileged location on Michigan Avenue, the museum’s exhibitions rotate through a vast group of recognized and emerging artists from both the national and international arenas, while also showcasing MOCP’s own rich permanent collection. In this way, it presents projects and exhibitions that embrace a wide range of contemporary aesthetics and technologies, offering an intimate and comprehensive visual study center.
10 September 2017
Discover Where Nature Meets the City | An Avian Treasure Hunt
Bird watching is a year-around treasure hunt that can take you all the over the world. Luckily at 1000M, you don’t have to venture far from your home’s porte-cochère to begin this unique pursuit. Grant Park, Chicago’s and your personal front lawn, has some crazy good opportunities for bird watching.
7 September 2017
Discover Where Nature Meets the City | A Change in Flight Plans: From An Airport to Bird Paradise
Keeping Grant Park pristine and unobstructed began after the initial declaration of natural preservation of Chicago’s lakeshore in 1836. Northerly Island, walking distance from 1000M, once housed Meigs Field Airport, which, after operating since 1947, came to an infamous end in 2013. While the controversial legacy of its nighttime shut down continues to raise eyebrows, new wings take to the sky on Northerly Island, which has become the best bird watching opportunity in Chicago’s bustling Loop.
15 August 2017
Discover Where Natures Meets the City | Fragments of History Outside Your Doorstep
Located on Chicago’s front yard, 1000M is enmeshed in the city’s deep history. Signs of how the city has evolved and continues to grow are right outside your doorstep. Not every historical remnant is obvious, though. Ever wonder what the two stone markers are just north of East Roosevelt Road and west of the Amtrak rail? They are the last fragments of the Central Station, a passenger train station erected on the southern end of Grant Park in 1893.