4 December 2018
The Art of Hygge
Even amidst the Midwest winter gloom, hygge helps us celebrate and embrace the season. Read more about the history and benefits of hygge on the blog
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.
15 November 2018
Hairy Who? At The Art Institute
From 1966 to 1969, the Hairy Who produced imaginative and experimental work that garnered local and national attention. Read more about the Art Institute’s latest exhibition on the blog.
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.
30 October 2018
Chicago: Comedy's Breeding Ground
Whether it’s sketch, stand-up or improv, Chicago has all the resources for those looking to hone their comedy craft. It begs the question: how did Chicago become THE destination for comedy?
23 October 2018
Essence of India at 1000M
Just this weekend, guests were invited to the 1000M Sales Gallery for an exclusive preview of some of the luxury finishes and floor plans by Kara Mann, hosted by event planner Jigna Gandhi and Chicago real estate agent Cheena Chandra. Take a closer look at our Essence of India event.
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.
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!
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.
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.
26 July 2018
JOHN KEATS AND SEEKING BEAUTY
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know." Read more about the life of John Keats on our blog. Link in bio.
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?
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.
26 June 2018
The Himalayan Salt Room: Alternative Medicine with Integrity
The Wellness Center inside 1000M provides therapeutic experiences from across the world and exclusive to 1000M — including the only Himalayan Salt room within the Chicago city limits.
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.
13 June 2018
YO-YO MA AND THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Just a short distance away from 1000M, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has brought artistic expression and cultural milestones to the city since its opening in 1891, including Yo-Yo Ma and his prolific performances.
12 June 2018
Art-In-Buildings at 1000M: Ben Murray
Dear Cultural Connoisseurs, today we’re back with the second installment of Art-In-Buildings at 1000M. If you missed our first post, we’re covering the world-class collection of contemporary art currently on display at the award-winning 1000M Sales Gallery. For this second installment, we will be discussing Ben Murray and his piece, Hall (2015), part of his series of paintings In Life Review, which was exhibited at Monique Meloche Gallery in 2017. Hall is currently installed in Conference Room #2 of the 1000M Sales Gallery.
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.
15 May 2018
Perfect Wine, Forever Views and Radical Thinking
If you’re an oenophile, you take your wine seriously. That doesn’t just mean choosing the right bottle and perfect pairing; it simply must include the way the wine is stored, handled and served. Here at 1000M, we relish every last detail of connoisseurship.
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.
19 April 2018
Art-In-Buildings at 1000M
For those who have visited the award-winning 1000M Sales Gallery, one feature stands out that is often overlooked among among the accolades for the building’s incredible interior design and lavish assortment of amenities: the collection of contemporary art. The 15 works currently on display span artists of multiple generations, nationalities and ways of working, but each and every one of them is committed to pushing the dialogue of what art means today. Though the majority of works are paintings, they explore image-making in relation to photography, digital imagery, collage, sculpture and video.
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.
12 April 2018
Breaking the Mold: 34th CHICAGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL
The 34th Chicago Latino Film Festival is happening now from April 5th to the 19th at the AMC River East 21 Theatres. The festival is produced every April by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, a pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino culture by presenting a wide variety of art forms. Like the Asian American Showcase, which we covered earlier this week, this Festival enriches Chicago’s cultural scene by promoting positive images of Latinos, breaking stereotypes and bringing people together to experience Latino cultures. Since its launch in 1985 with an audience of 500, the Festival now attracts more than 35,000, taking its place as the largest and most comprehensive Latino film festival in the country.
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.
29 March 2018
WAIT WAIT… DON’T TELL ME! THE ART OF INFORMATIVE COMEDY
With the rise of highly advanced technological devices and celebrity politicians, the weekly news is often as confusing as it is concerning. What better way to navigate the world of news than with a panelist of comedians ready to turn a headline on, well, its head? Every Thursday night at the Chase Bank Auditorium, news and comedy lovers may do just that as they enjoy the witty games designed by Peter Sagal and Bill Curtis for Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, the NPR news quiz!
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.
13 March 2018
THE WOLVES: A HOWL TO REMEMBER
Bathed in the sterile white light unique to indoor soccer pitches, The Wolves opens with two simultaneous conversations darting between the players. Frenetic and frank, these dueling conversations quickly introduce us to the characters in a way difficult to capture on stage. As opposed to neatly framed encounters easily understood by the audience, the playwright Sarah DeLappe daringly throws her audience into the bustle of activity that defines high school girls’ soccer teams without even so much as a nod to who we are listening to. These early conversations deftly provide broad character strokes but DeLappe’s genius really starts to shine as the rest of her play unfolds like an open study.
5 March 2018
HENRY TAYLOR: THE ART OF EMPATHY
Speaking to a standing room-only crowd at the Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago (SCA), the critically renowned Henry Taylor jocularly reminisced about the various subjects of his paintings. True to his words, the painting evokes a warm sense of the familiar in the way only Taylor can achieve; slight abstractions of shapes so common and close draped in warm darker tones which seemingly depict the universal in the specific.
1 March 2018
KARA MANN'S FAVORITE THINGS
As the designer of the 1000M residences and amenity spaces, Kara Mann hosted a presentation and mimosas at the 1000M Sales Gallery in February. Filling the room with awe and wonder, Mann discussed her design inspiration for the 74-story tower and notable interiors trends for 2018. To everybody’s delight, she offered gift bags stocked with a few of her favorite things, which we share with you here!
23 February 2018
GOODMAN THEATRE: A CENTURY OF SUCCESS
In July of 1922, the Art Institute of Chicago received a donation of a quarter million dollars from William and Erna Goodman[i]. This generous gift from the Goodman’s was meant to memorialize their late son, Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, an ardent playwright who had passed away during the influenza epidemic of 1918. While Kenneth Sawyer Goodman had produced many successful plays in his lifetime, his dream had always been of a playhouse that would deftly combine expert theatrical training with world renown performances. Intent on carrying out his dream, the Goodman’s asked the Art Institute to ensure Kenneth’s artistic vision continued past his untimely death. Nearly 100 years following Kenneth Sawyer Goodman’s death, his dream lives on at the theatre that took his name, now under the artistic direction of Chicago’s own Robert Falls.
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.
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.
16 January 2018
1000M | Joining A Tradition of Elevation
1000M will takes its place in Chicago’s enduring legacy of architectural excellence and height, a tradition that harkens back to the late 1800’s, when the Windy City was reborn from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871 as the birthplace of the skyscraper — the symbol of modern urban skylines.
11 January 2018
Who is Helmut Jahn?
You’ve likely encountered his work before while traversing the city of Chicago, but who is Helmut Jahn? A creative powerhouse and dedicated craftsman, he’s one of the leading minds in today’s architectural elite. Helmut Jahn’s architecture spans Chicago; he’s created notable buildings all over the city, in addition to his work across the rest of the country and abroad. Now he brings his passion for beauty to 1000M, to craft one of the most noteworthy new skyscrapers on the cultural mile.
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.
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.
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.
6 November 2017
Dîner en Blanc | Seeking Beauty In The Unexpected
Dîner en Blanc is an experience like little else. Combining mystery, prestige and absolute elegance, the event is an exceptional opportunity for residents of 1000M to connect with beauty. Dîner en Blanc, which translates to Dinner In White, began in France with François Pasquier in 1988. Pasquier was inspired by the simple but powerful motivation to share an elegant meal with close friends. One day, he spotted a couple in all white enjoying a bottle of champagne at a picnic table.
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.
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.