30 June 2020

4th of July in Chicago

4th of July in Chicago is undeniably looking different this year. To help with inspiration, here’s just a few ideas on how to spend 4th of July in Chicago.

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25 June 2020

Venues, Museums and More Opening in Phase 4

Starting tomorrow, Chicago is officially entering Phase 4 of Governor Pritzer’s reopening plan — so here's our favorite venues and museums now opening.

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23 June 2020

Planning Your Navy Pier Staycation

As we re-enter the world and appreciate parts of the city we’ve been missing, Navy Pier is the perfect place for planning your own staycation.

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11 June 2020

Chicago's First Drive-In Movie Theater Opens

The perfect, nostalgic summer social distancing activity? Spending a night at Chicago's newly opened, first ever drive-in movie theater.

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9 June 2020

Chicago Restaurants Open for Outdoor Dining

Ushering in Chicago's Phase 3 reopening plan, here are the early bird restaurants in Chicago officially open for outdoor dining.

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28 May 2020

Best Summer Takeout from Chicago Restaurants

Get geared up for the summer season with the best takeout available from our favorite Chicago restaurants. Learn more here.

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15 May 2020

How to Help Houseplants Thrive with Sprout Home

To kickstart your new hobby, we spoke with expert Stephen Hill at Sprout Home to break down how you can help houseplants prosper and thrive.

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12 May 2020

Farm Fresh Produce Delivery with Chicago CSAs

With an increased penchant for cooking during COVID-19, farm fresh produce delivery in the form of local Chicago CSAs is the perfect solution.

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5 May 2020

Become an At-Home Mixologist with To-Go Cocktail Kits

You can still bring the craft booze and vibe of Chicago bars to your very own kitchen by becoming an at-home mixologist with to-go cocktail kits.

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30 April 2020

Bring Back the Sunday Drive

At a time when we’re all aching for stimulation and sights to see, the Sunday drive is the perfect (and nostalgic solution).

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23 April 2020

Take Local Chicago Brews To-Go

Not sure if beer is an essential supply? These breweries know it is - discover local Chicago spots that are offering tasty brews for delivery or pickup.

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13 April 2020

Sawyer's Birthday Story

This weekend, we helped a very special neighbor with a big celebration during quarantine. Read Sawyer's birthday story on our blog now.

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2 April 2020

Restaurants Offering Carryout during COVID-19

There’s still ample opportunity to support your local dining scene, with this list of our favorite spots offering takeout during COVID-19.

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26 March 2020

The Cultural Mile Goes Digital

Local institutions have rallied to open their doors online, taking the cultural mile digital and sharing art with all sheltered-in-place right now.

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12 March 2020

Exploring the Chicago Mosaic School

As we Seek Beauty at 1000M, we often unearth nontraditional arts. Our most recent discovery? A hidden Chicago gem: the Chicago Mosaic School.

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5 March 2020

Music Venues in Chicago

We’re diving deep into the music venues in Chicago to discover what makes our local scene so standout, and the best places to experience it.

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3 March 2020

The Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden

The Orchid Show is the latest special exhibit at the Chicago Botanic Garden, a suburban oasis home to sweeping acres of aromatic gardens.

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25 February 2020

Afternoon Tea in Chicago

Brunch may be the most popular way to spend a Sunday afternoon with friends, but a new trend is hitting the hippest spots in the city: afternoon tea.

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20 February 2020

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China

Co-presented in Chicago by Wrightwood 659 and the Smart Museum of Art, The Allure of Matter showcases material art from contemporary Chinese artists.

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18 February 2020

Greek Restaurants in Chicago

A buzzy location to explore culture, nightlife and dining, Greektown is home to some of the best Greek restaurants in Chicago. Here’s our top picks.

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13 February 2020

The Poetry Foundation Library

There’s no better place to read something beautiful than the Poetry Foundation Library, the Midwest’s only library dedicated to poetry.

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11 February 2020

Chicago Theater Week 2020

Just around the corner is Chicago Theater Week, a ten-day event promoting discounted tickets to more than 100 performances at theaters across the city.

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6 February 2020

South Loop Wine Bars

Our new favorite luxury drinking experience? The wine bar — a trend flourishing in the wining and dining scene of the South Loop, where 1000M is located.

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23 January 2020

Eternal Light at the Driehaus Museum

Currently at the Driehaus Museum, Eternal Light focuses on the iconic stained-glass work of this renowned Louis Comfort Tiffany.

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21 January 2020

Chicago Restaurant Week 2020

This year, the iconic Chicago Restaurant Week takes place from January 24 to February 9, allowing diners to expand their culinary and cultural horizons.

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16 January 2020

Making a Model of Chicago

We’re proud to share that 1000M recently took its spot in CAC’s City of Chicago model, with a miniature model of the building placed into the interactive installation. 

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9 January 2020

Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again

With the Art Institute only a short way away from 1000M, there’s still ample opportunity to indulge in Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again.

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7 January 2020

Tommy Gun's Garage

Tucked away in the South Loop, Tommy Gun’s Garage is an interactive speakeasy that dives deep into its gangster roots… through musical comedy.

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31 December 2019

New Years Eve in Chicago

This New Years Eve, the city is host to an array of dinners, events, parties and more. Here are just a few of our favorite happenings.

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23 December 2019

The Joffrey's Nutcracker: A Story For Everyone

We talked with Ashley Wheater, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director, about the The Joffrey Ballet’s interpretation of the classic tale, The Nutcracker.

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19 December 2019

Living in the Loop

1000M is located in the heart of Chicago’s burgeoning South Loop neighborhood, a neighborhood that is the prime place to live, work and play.

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17 December 2019

Art Classes in Chicago

This New Year, making it a resolution to sign up for an art class is a great way to exercise your mind and creativity, and have fun doing it. 

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10 December 2019

Moody Tongue Brewery in the South Loop

Moody Tongue is a local and international brewery and eatery that, just this year, made the move from Pilsen to our very own backyard in the South Loop.

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5 December 2019

Christkindlmarket Returns

Christkindlmarket has finally returned to Chicago. The German outdoor holiday market officially marks the start of the season.

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27 November 2019

Time Out Market Chicago

Time Out Market Chicago is the latest food hall in the game, redefining the phenomenon by bringing good eats and good culture in the same space.

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26 November 2019

The Arts Club of Chicago

Now over a century old, The Arts Club of Chicago is both a private club and a public exhibition space, perfect for a visit in the winter season.

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19 November 2019

Independent Bookstores in Chicago

In Chicago, independent bookstores bring warmth - and good reads - to each and every neighborhood in the grid. Here are our favorites.

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14 November 2019


Looking for the perfect thing to do on a snow day? Then look no further, because we’re sharing our favorite chilly weather activities across Chicago.

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12 November 2019

Our Neighbor Cinema: The Gene Siskel Film Center

Just around the corner from 1000M is The Gene Siskel Film Center, a cinematheque that truly lives up to the title. Learn more here.

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7 November 2019

Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Garden

To usher in the winter holidays, the Chicago Botanic Garden is hosting Lightscape, an enchanting and exclusive U.S. experience. Learn more here.

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17 October 2019

Open House Chicago

Chicago's annual Open House Chicago festival is opening the doors of more than 350 impressive buildings across the city. Read more here.

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15 October 2019

Chicago Magic Lounge

The Chicago Magic Lounge on Chicago’s north side is a speakeasy-style club and lounge that’s bringing magic back to the city.

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8 October 2019

An Inside Look at the Joffrey Ballet 2019-2020 Season

We sat down with Ashley Wheater, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director, at the Joffrey Ballet to talk about their upcoming season and beyond.

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1 October 2019

Weaving beyond the Bauhaus at the Art Institute

Weaving beyond the Bauhaus is a fascinating look into the textile work that began at the influential German design school, and continued for long after.

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26 September 2019

Chicago Gourmet by Bon Appétit

Bon Appétit is presenting Chicago Gourmet, a festival delivering a culinary tour de force that's taking place right across from 1000M. 

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17 September 2019

Return to Nature at Northerly Island

1000M is only a short distance from Chicago’s most vital and impressive ecopark, Northerly Island, located on Museum Campus.

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12 September 2019

The Green Mill

Chicago's premier jazz club, The Green Mill, is a timeless, history-filled jazz club, and the perfect place to get swanky in the city. 

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10 September 2019

Stony Island Arts Bank

On Chicago’s South Side, the Stony Island Arts Bank found a new life as a vibrant community-focused hub for the arts. Learn more here.

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5 September 2019

Fall Arts Preview: Chicago Architectural Biennial

The Fall Arts Preview, a sneak peek at the latest and greatest events coming to Chicago this season, is a lineup you won’t want to miss. Read more here.

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29 August 2019

Best Chicago Breweries

Chicago and its neighborhoods have a lot of flavor and variety to offer to the local beer scene - read more about our favorite breweries here.

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27 August 2019

Free Museums in Chicago

Here are just a few of the free museums in Chicago, where doors are always open to experience the rich arts and culture that the city has to offer.

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15 August 2019

Old School Developers Thinking Like Millennials

Luxe Expose recently shared real estate marketing teams using social and digital media in new, innovative ways, with a feature on 1000M. Read more here.

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8 August 2019

Cooking Classes in Chicago

The best to indulge in a meal is to cook it yourself, so we’re bringing you the best cooking classes that Chicago has to offer. Read more here!

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31 July 2019

An Expert's Guide to the Chicago Riverwalk

We’re bringing you our expert’s guide to the Chicago Riverwalk, the pedestrian-and-boat-friendly hub at the center of the city. Read more here.

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30 July 2019

Best Farmers Markets in Chicago

We’re sharing the best farmers markets in Chicago to satisfy all your fresh food cravings⁠—because in the city, we love a little taste of the countryside.

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25 July 2019

Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech at the MCA

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23 July 2019

Best Beaches in Chicago

Gorgeous Lake Michigan is Chicago's best amenity. We're bringing you our list of the best beaches in the city - read more here.

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16 July 2019

Nelly Agassi: Spirit of the Waves at the Graham Foundation

The Graham Foundation is a gorgeous home that showcases exhibitions. Learn more about their current exhibit, Nelly Agassi: Spirit of the Waves.

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11 July 2019

Buddy Guy's Legends

Buddy Guy’s Legends is a restaurant and live blues club opened in 1989 by the one and only Buddy Guy, located just around the corner from 1000M.

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9 July 2019

Manet and Modern Beauty at the Art Institute

Manet and Modern Beauty is currently on view at the Art Institute of Chicago, only a stone's throw away from 1000M. Read to learn more and plan your visit.

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3 July 2019

Enjoy the Fourth of July Chicago Style

From festive food to outdoor drinks, here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy the Fourth of July.

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27 June 2019

Jewelers Row: The Hidden Gem of Chicago

Right nearby 1000M is a hidden gem of Chicago: Jewelers Row, a luxury shopping strip often referred to as "the diamond district of Chicago."

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20 June 2019

Cloud Gate and Anish Kapoor

1000M is right nearby Millennium Park, home of the iconic Chicago landmark Cloud Gate—more commonly known as The Bean—created by Anish Kapoor.

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6 June 2019

Chicago's Best Summer Festivals Near 1000M

There's nothing quite like summer in the city, when Chicago summer festivals are always happening - and sometimes, just around the corner.

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23 May 2019

Yinka Shonibare CBE at the Driehaus Museum

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum is one of America's great Gilded Age mansions. Currently on exhibit there is A Tale of Today: Yinka Shonibare CBE.

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21 May 2019

Grant Park Music Festival

The Grant Park Music Festival is right across from 1000M, giving residents access to the rich and engaging festival programming.

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16 May 2019

Patio Season in Chicago

When the first rays of summer sun hit the city, everyone knows what it means: the outdoor season has begun. We're sharing the best patio season dining spots near 1000M.

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9 May 2019

An Introduction to the American Writers Museum

The American Writers Museum celebrates and explores the influence of American writers through uniquely engaging exhibits.

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9 May 2019

1000M Michigan Avenue Barricade Giveaway

We’re hosting a giveaway around our amazing new Michigan Avenue barricade artwork. Read more for details.

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2 May 2019

Yoga and the City: Effects of a Mindful Practice

The Level 11 Sun Deck at 1000M outdoor yoga and meditation space is the perfect place to stretch in the sun, and take advantage of the surprising health benefits of yoga.

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30 April 2019

Cochon555: An Unmissable Culinary Experience

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25 April 2019

Behind the Scenes: Across the Pond

1000M went behind the scenes at the Joffrey Ballet to watch a rehearsal for Across the Pond, a performance from their 2018-2019 season.

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17 April 2019

Health Benefits of a Good Night's Sleep

By improving your sleep habits utilizing these tips and 1000M's amenities, you're sure to get your best night's sleep - and some surprising health benefits.

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11 April 2019

Good Guys Wear Black: Best Bars for Sox Season

Any White Sox superfan knows that good guys wear black and needs a sports hub where fellow drinkers know the same. Here are the best game day spots for the Sox side of town.

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9 April 2019

Local Art: Current MCA Exhibits

The Museum of Contemporary Art allows visitors to escape the city and into themselves. Two exhibits currently at the MCA are Prisoner of Love and Big Camera, Little Camera.

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4 April 2019

Fly the W: Best Bars for Cubs Season in Chicago

Cubs season is just around the corner and so are the best spots for watching the big game. Here is a list of sports hubs that will have you cheering.

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2 April 2019

How to Approach the Spring Real Estate Market

The 1000M sales team shares strategies to help potential buyers approach the spring real estate market in Chicago.

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26 March 2019

Food Halls in Chicago

Food Halls offer convenience, variety, and delicious food all in one package. Continue reading to learn about some of our favorite ones.

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21 March 2019

Inclusive Urban Design

Tactile blocks, created by Japanese inventor Seiichi Miyake, have revolutionized the way those who are visually impaired interact with urban environments around the world.

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12 March 2019

Going Green: The History Behind the Chicago River Dye

When St. Patrick’s Day comes around in the Windy City, Chicago is infamous for dyeing its river an electric shade of green. Read up on the history of this tradition and how to best take advantage of the holiday weekend.

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7 March 2019

An Introduction To The Museum Of Broadcast Communications

One of the less talked about museums in Chicago, the Museum of Broadcast Communications is devoted to educating the public on the history of radio and television.

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28 February 2019

The Plan Of Chicago

If you compare other city layouts to that of Chicago’s, the Second City seems remarkably well organized. Well, that’s because it was.

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26 February 2019

1000M: A Haven for Musicians

Diving into the music scene is one of the best ways to get involved with Chicago cultural happenings, and 1000M is the perfect hub for music enthusiasts and musicians to get connected and stay in the know.

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21 February 2019

Motor Row: The One-Time South Michigan Avenue Destination For Automobiles

Most think of Detroit as the birthplace of the automobile, but Chicago is where America fell in love with it. Keep reading to learn more about the street dedicated to the automobile industry.

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14 February 2019

The Best Hat Made | Optimo Hat Co.

You'll find the home to one of the most beautifully crafted hats money can buy just a few blocks away from 1000M.

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7 February 2019

The Art Of Grant Park

How much do you know about Chicago's many public sculptures? Today we take a look at some of the most iconic works of art located in Chicago's front yard.

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29 January 2019

Chicago Theatre Week

As part of the Year of Chicago Theater, Chicago Theatre Week kicks off on February 7, and we’re excited to see what 2019 brings to the Chicago theater scene.

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24 January 2019

A Brief History of The Art Institute of Chicago

How much do you know about the Art Institute's origins? Continue reading to learn about the humble beginnings of the world class museum.

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10 January 2019


For a more luxury product, beauty-seekers should venture to Chicago’s Oak Street District. Those that have never been to Oak Street should think of it as Chicago’s Rodeo Drive. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the district features over 30 boutiques from many of the most prestigious bespoke brands.

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3 January 2019

Explore Chi-eats During Chicago Restaurant Week

Chicago Restaurant Week is the opportunity to explore Chicago through its wonderful selection of culinary cuisine. Over 390 restaurants are participating this year and it begs the question, “where should I dine?”

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28 December 2018

Celebrate New Year's in Chicago

Looking for some spectacular ways to celebrate 2019? Chicago has some of the best soirées, parties and events to celebrate.

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20 December 2018

Chicago: Nothing but the Best

Chicago was voted the best big city for a second time by Condé Nast Traveler readers. So what makes the Windy City so popular? Here are a few of our favorite reasons.

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18 December 2018

Chicago's Best Holiday Pop-up Bars

Whether you prefer to discover a new amazing comfort food menu or sip on themed cocktails, here are some of the best holiday pop-up bars and restaurants near 1000M to check out.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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20 September 2018


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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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23 August 2018


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.

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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.

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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.

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2 August 2018


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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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21 June 2018


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.

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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.

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7 June 2018


This summer, conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner brings an imaginative new installation piece to Maggie Daley Park titled OUT OF SIGHT Chicago.

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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.

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22 May 2018


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.

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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.

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8 May 2018


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.

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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.

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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.

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10 April 2018


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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15 March 2018


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.

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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. 

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20 February 2018


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.

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13 February 2018


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”

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12 February 2018


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.

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6 February 2018


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.

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29 January 2018


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.

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24 January 2018


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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