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Get involved with the Soroptimist International organization and add your talent, time and energy to help improve the lives of women and girls in your local community and around the world. If you care about social justice and the lives of women and girls, then join forces with the YWCA whose mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. Learn how to stand out from the crowd and your competition by leveraging grassroots innovation. Check out our digital downloads for motivating training programs to help advance your presentation skills and networking success. Club 529 is an exciting new program that teaches kids to build their own business and to invest their profits into a 529 college savings plan. Kids age 8-19 can join the club for a nominal membership fee.A  They will get acess to our web-content giving them the information they need to develop their own business. North Harbor Tower has spacious, newly-updated studio to 3-bedroom apartments with plank flooring in living areas. The building’s full suite of amenities includes an indoor pool, a fitness center, an inviting outdoor terrace, and resident lounges. Join YoChicago in this sponsored video for a walk through a convertible apartment with two bay windows. Columbus Plaza, a 48-story pet-friendly apartment tower, has a steps-to-everything location a block east of Michigan Ave, across from the Chicago River. The building has direct access to the Pedway for all-weather connections to the Metra Electric trains to Hyde Park, scores of underground restaurant and shops, Macy’s, and Loop office towers. Columbus Plaza has unusually spacious and livable convertible studio, 1- and 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments.
Join YoChicago in the videos for a narrated walk through convertible, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom, 2-bath model apartments, and a tour of the amenities and location at Columbus Plaza. The sleek new North Water tower in Streeterville offers residents spectacular views, posh amenities, stylish apartments and a high level of service. The 15th floor fitness center has a good variety of cardio and strength training equipment, dramatic views of the lake, and a separate area that can double as a yoga studio.
There’s a large resident lounge on the 15th floor with a media area, a large bar and a comfortable seating area looking out onto the pool deck. The 15th floor also hosts a coffee bar, computer workstations, a printer and a small conference room. Residents who want to enjoy day-long sun and spectacular views of the lake and Navy Pier fireworks, can gravitate to the sundeck and resident lounge on the 50th floor. The 50th floor resident lounge has distinct functional areas: a quiet zone for relaxing or small gatherings, a fully-equipped kitchen with a large island, and a comfortably-furnished media center.
The Chestnut Place apartment tower is on the cusp of River North and the Gold Coast, in a location that’s rich in alfresco dining and drinking venues. Head just a bit further north and you’re at the fabulous cluster of dining and drinking establishments surrounding Mariano Park.
Convertible apartments start at $1,629 a month, 1-bedrooms at $1,639 a month, and 2-bedroom, 1 ? baths at $2,370.
Join us in the video for a walk through one-bedroom apartments at four Planned Property high-rises in the Gold Coast and Old Town. Walk-ins are welcome, no appointment necessary, but if you book an appointment online you can save up to $600 on your first month’s rent. Planned Property owns and manages more than 3,500 apartments in prime River North, Gold Coast, Old Town, Lincoln Park and Lakeview locations.
Tapestry Naperville is just off Route 59, near 95th St for convenient access to major employment corridors and local attractions.
Currently available 1-bedrooms start at $1,348, 2-bedroom, 2-baths at $1,560 and 3-bedroom, 2-baths at $2,185.
Tapestry Naperville’s on-site leasing office is open seven days a week, and floor plans and near real-time rent and availability info are online.
Join YoChicago in the videos for a walk through new 2-bedroom, 2-bath and 3-bedroom, 2-bath models at Tapestry Naperville. Berteau Manor, 1604 W Berteau, is on a tree-lined street in a quiet, residential part of Lakeview. The well-maintained vintage walkup offers studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments with large windows, hardwood floors, good closet space and outdoor space. From north to south, the South Loop spans two miles, from Congress Pkwy (500 S) to the Stevenson Expressway.


Astoria Tower, 8 E 9th St, has great proximity to the Loop, Grant Park, the CTA Red Line, college and university campuses and the Museum Campus. Floor plans and near real-time rent and availability info for Astoria Tower’s studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments can be accessed online. Astoria Tower’s location, boutique atmosphere, and condo-quality finishes place the apartments in high demand. Tapestry Glenview, a new luxury apartment community, has convenient access to major employment corridors and O’Hare airport.
Mariano’s Fresh Market, Starbucks, LA Fitness, CVS, Chipotle and more are a short walk from Tapestry.
The Gardner School and a pond bordered by a jogging trail are Tapestry’s immediate neighbors to the south. Tapestry Glenview has a full suite of amenities that includes an outdoor pool, a fitness center with a separate yoga studio, resident lounges, a nicely-equipped business center and a conference room. Floor plans for Tapestry’s studio to 2-bedorom, 2-bath apartments, and near real-time rent and availability info are available online. The South Loop’s newest apartment tower, 1001 South State, has begun leasing for August 1 occupancy in a near-Loop location that offers dramatic views. Kitchens have quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, dual-tone cabinetry, pendant lighting and mosaic tile backsplashes. The rooftop lounge and terrace are ideal for entertaining and feature a kitchen, a catering pantry, a private dining area and a living bio-wall with fresh herbs.
The pre-leasing office for 1001 South State is open on 9th St, just east of State St, from 9 to 6 on weekdays and 10 to 5 on weekends. The new homes at Bridgeport’s Lexington Square 4 and Lexington Place 3 can satisfy your craving for a value-priced home in a friendly neighborhood with a sense of place.
The developer, Lexington Homes, is one of Chicagoland’s longest-tenured and most innovative builders. Eight Lexington Place 3 homes will be built on wide lots that are more than 20-feet deeper than the standard city lot size. Lexington Square 4, offers 3- to 4-bedroom rowhomes with 2 ? or 3 ? baths and 2-car garages. The 55-story North Harbor Tower has a convenient location that offers spectacular views of the lake, Grant Park, the river and the skyline. Join YoChicago in this sponsored video for a walk through a spacious one-bedroom apartment.
Marquee at Block 37 is a new Loop apartment tower that’s pre-leasing now for June occupancy. Pre-opening rents start at $1,915 for studios, $2,432 for 1-bedrooms, $3,812 for 2-bedroom, 2-baths and $7,637 for 3-bedroom, 3-bath apartments. Marquee’s show-stopping amenities include a terrace overlooking State Street, a rooftop terrace, a penthouse-level fitness center, a steam room and sauna, an outdoor pool and sundeck with cabanas, an event room with a catering kitchen, a game room, a cinema lounge, coffee bars, fire pits, grilling stations, a business center and conference room, and a guest suite. The leasing office for Marquee at Block 37 is located on the third floor (next to Latinicity) at Block 37, 108 North State Street.
The pool deck at the new Marquee at Block 37 is a great vantage point to survey the scene at the Daley Plaza farmers’ market, which opened for the season on Thursday, May 12.
Block 37 is bordered on the east by Macy’s, on the west by Daley Plaza, on the north by the downtown theater district, and on the south by the landmark Reliance Building, Walgreens, Mediterranean Grill and Lavazza Espression.
Residents of the curved, architecturally distinctive tower will enjoy spectacular views from their apartments and from a top-floor resident lounge. Pre-leasing rents at The Parker start at $1,750 for studios, $1,995 for 1-bedrooms, $2,825 for 2-bedroom, 1-bath apartments, $3,095 for 2-bedroom, 2-baths, and $4,695 for 3-bedroom, 2-baths. The pet-friendly building has a dog walk, indoor bike parking, resident storage, covered parking with electric vehicle chargers, and online-concierge service. Rockwell Manor, 2600 W Montrose, is a short walk from the CTA Brown Line stop at Rockwell.
The new Moment, 545 N McClurg Ct in Streeterville, is the neighborhood’s only apartment tower with a rooftop pool. The rooftop pool and sundeck afford all residents access to some of Streeterville’s best views. The rooftop deck is an ideal vantage point to watch the summer fireworks at Navy Pier on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Moment’s studios start at $1,862 a month, convertibles at $2,279, 1-bedrooms at $2,411 and 2-bedroom, 2-baths at $3,778. Buena Shores, 833 W Buena, is a completely renovated 22-story contemporary high-rise on a quiet, tree-lined block in the largely residential Buena Park neighborhood.
The building has a fitness center, bike storage, a well-equipped laundry room and surface and covered parking on-site.
The apartments are bright and spacious, and have updated kitchens and baths and hardwood floors throughout. Group Fox owns and manages dozens of renovated apartment buildings in prime locations, ranging from vintage walk-ups to newly-renovated lofts to high-rises. Wicker Park Lofts, a 40-unit apartment building at 1515 – 1517 W Haddon will welcome its first residents on August 1, but is already over 70% pre-leased. Wicker Park Lofts takes advantage of the property’s uniquely-shaped site and offers studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom “soft loft” apartments. In keeping with its transit orientation, the development has reduced parking and a large bike room. Wicker Park Lofts has 1-bedrooms starting at $1,825, 2-bedroom, 2-baths from $3,400 and 3-bedroom, 2-baths from $3,500. Kitchens have duotone cabinetry, quartz counters, breakfast bar islands with an under-mount sink, and a stainless steel appliance package that includes a 5-burner gas range.
Rents start at $1,895 a month for studios, $2,193 for convertibles, $2,337 for 1-bedrooms and $3,985 for 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments. MILA’s high-profile location at the corner of Michigan Ave and Lake St is just south of the Chicago River and a block from Millennium Park.
The renovation retained and restored elements of the original construction, including elaborate terra cotta and brick work, mosaic tile flooring and a striking elevator cage. Library Lofts is a short walk from the Metra Rock Island Line, the CTA Blue Line, and a 5-minute walk from the Red Line stop at Harrison.


Join us in the videos for a tour of two one-bedroom model apartments and the spacious rooftop club room and sundeck. Amenities include a sprawling landscaped deck with a pool, whirlpool, lounging areas and gas grills. Halsted Flats residents will have a great view of Chicago’s 47th annual Pride Parade, which passes the building on Sunday, June 26. 3130 North Lake Shore Drive is a pet-friendly contemporary high-rise in a convenient location across from Belmont Harbor. Join YoChicago in the video for a walk through a spacious, updated 1-bedroom apartment at 3130 N Lake Shore Drive. Planned Property owns and manages more than 3,500 apartments in prime near-lakefront locations in River North, the Gold Coast, Old Town, Lincoln Park and Lakeview. Motivational Speaker and thought-leader Kathy McAfee can help you motivate the troops so that they can contribute greater value to themselves, their organizations and the world.
Success or failure may be determined simply by timing and onea€™s ability to execute with excellence. The Marketing Motivator is our free e-newsletter which highlights innovative companies, people, products and ideas. Here are some pre-selected quotes on leadership that you can use in your next meeting or presentation. Call Kathy McAfee at (860) 408-0033 to discuss how sending cards can help you stand out in the marketplace and stay more visible and valuable to your clients,A  prospects, hiring managers, networking contacts, family and friends.A  If they are important to you, you should be sending them cards and showing your appreciation. Watch the video below which re-enacts Kathy McAfee's "Green Shoes Story" presentation at the YWCA In the Company of Women luncheon on March 26, 2009 in Hartford, Connecticut. Read about the six imperatives of grassroots innovation in this article Is Your Business Weird Enough? You no longer are required to spend lots of money on TV advertising appealing to the masses to create opportunity for yourself. They will graduate with hands-on experience in business and a confidence in their own abilities to be successful. North Water’s experienced leasing staff can answer your questions or accommodate your pre-arranged or walk-in visit seven days a week. All of the apartments are corner units with good south views due to the building’s unusual saw-tooth configuration. Apply for an apartment within 24 hours of your first visit and the administrative fee will be waived.
Just look for a new luxury community in a convenient location built by a developer with a trusted national brand. Community amenities include landscaped grounds with a gazebo, a grilling area and a lounging area with a fire pit overlooking one of the ponds, a zero-depth pool, a large resident lounge and a spacious, bright fitness center. As a bonus – or a must-have, depending on your requirements – Astoria Tower is a short walk from dozens of bars and restaurants, and from Trader Joe’s and Jewel-Osco.
Act quickly to secure an immediately available unit, or plan well ahead for a unit that’s slated to become vacant.
One-bedrooms rent from $2,060, 2-bedroom, 2-baths from $3,070 and 3-bedroom, 2-baths from $5,495. The park-like north deck has a birch grove, walking trails, gas grills and additional seating areas.
Trader Joe’s, Jewel-Osco and the Roosevelt CTA transit hub are two short blocks south. The 3- to 6-bedroom, 2 ? to 3 ? bath homes boast high ceilings, high-end finishes, family-sized kitchens and great rooms scaled for entertaining. Within its borders Block 37 encompasses a 275,000 square foot multi-level indoor mall that includes shops, restaurants, theaters and direct access to CTA trains and the underground Pedway. Rick Bayless’ new seafood restaurant and adjacent taqueria and brewery opened recently at 900 W Randolph St.
The vintage courtyard building is just across the river from the 55-acre Horner Park and just west of Welles Park.
Join YoChicago in this sponsored video for a walk through a spacious 3-bedroom, 2-bath with a huge master suite. The most striking exterior feature is the asymmetrical bay windows that draw residents through the living space toward spectacular views of the lake and the city. A temporary leasing center is open at 343 E Grand Ave, from 9 am to 6 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9 to 7 Tuesday and Thursday, and from 10 until 5 on weekends. The transit-oriented development is just 570 feet from the Division Blue Line stop and a short walk from popular bars, restaurants and shops. Common amenities include a package delivery and dry cleaning drop-off and pick-up room, and a recycling room on the first floor, along with a loading berth for move-ins and move-outs. The Holabird & Roche-designed building, which dates to the early 1900s, has just undergone a complete make-over into luxury loft apartments. It’s Lakeview’s newest and only full-amenity rental high-rise, and sets a new standard in the neighborhood for luxury in apartment finishes, amenities and location. There’s a nicely-equipped fitness room, a large demonstration kitchen and a relaxing resident lounge. Call 312-380-0867 for info on Lincoln Park and Lakeview apartments, or 773-231-7208 for the Gold Coast, River North and Old Town. The Marketing Motivators at Kmc Brand Innovation, LLCA have a few thoughts to share on the subject of innovation and its role in our business success. So rather than focusing so intensely on driving up your share price or crushing the competition, why not focus some of your time, talent and energy on Helping Others be more successful. With the help of the Internet, we now have an accelerated word-of-mouth marketing vehicle within our grasp.
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