Best Viewing Locations for 4th of July Weekend Fireworks

Next Monday is the Fourth of July! A day where most sit back, relax and enjoy the holiday with friends and family. No matter what your Fourth of July plans include, don’t forget to carve out some time for fireworks. Here are some of the best spots to see fireworks this holiday weekend:

Navy Pier

If you want to keep it simple, just go where the fireworks are being held, right? Navy Pier offers prime real estate to witness what is hands down the best fireworks performance in Chicago. As one of the most popular locations for Independence Day, it will be crowded. While the show starts at 9 p.m. consider arriving at your earliest convenience to secure a spot. A more concrete and less crowded alternative is to book a Navy Pier dinner cruise to enjoy front row seats to the show from Lake Michigan.

360 Chicago

What could be better than viewing fireworks 1,000 feet up in the sky? The 360 Chicago observatory in the John Hancock Building allows you to enjoy a panoramic view of the city presenting firework shows blasting off from several locations. Surely this Birdseye view will be an experience you’ll never forget. For more information on logistics, check out their website here.

Rooftop Bars in Streeterville, find a place

For a more adult-friendly option, watching the fireworks with a cocktail in your hand is the perfect way to wrap up the Independence Day weekend. Throughout Streeterville, choose from plenty of rooftop bars that will give you an elevated angle on the light show. Call your bar of choice in advance to secure a spot and don’t forget to ask about 4th of July specials.

The Lakefront

Being a lakefront city has plenty of advantages. One of them being it is a prime location to watch the 4th of July festivities. Grab you beach towel and sand bucket and head on down to one of the many beaches for lakefront firework show viewing.

Here at Related Realty, we want to wish everyone an excellent 4th of July. We hope these tips help to make your weekend memorable.

Your Guide to Chicago Summer Fun

As nice as some of the amenities are in the properties that Related Realty sells, summer is here! It’s time to get outside and experiencing the great outdoors.

As you Chicagoan’s know our great city are constantly chocked full of exciting events. With the dizzying array of things to keep track of across Chicago, it can be hard to navigate through the times, dates, and locations. This guide below is your tool to conquer all the summer fun to be had.

Related Realty Launch Leasing Efforts for Sienna Flats.

A new boutique rental apartment building has arrived in Streeterville. Located at 423 E. Ohio, in the heart of Streeterville, Sienna Flats is now pre-leasing for anticipated August move-ins.

Sienna Flats offers a fresh new take on city living and offers a limited number of boutique rental apartments. Here, 50 private flats combine higher ceilings with spacious floor plans to create an environment that balances an upmarket but free-flowing vibe.

Sienna Flats exhibits first class amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness center and pet grooming station; to escape some of the city’s chaos, the rooftop holds a breathtaking view of the city while having grilling stations and lounge furniture to unwind after a long day.

Residence Details

One bedroom residences start at $2,480, and two-bedroom residences, start at $3,445.These residences feature Oak plank flooring throughout, European-style frameless kitchen cabinets, in-apartment washer and dryer, floor to ceiling porcelain tile, and walk-in closets.

For more information on the finishes, amenities and floorplans please contact Related Realty agents Will Goldberg and Leticia Andrade at [email protected] or call 312.644.4230.

You may also apply directly for the residences of your choice here.

Related Midwest Signs Deal for 62-acre Site

There are big changes coming to the Chicago landscape courtesy of Related Midwest! We are thrilled to announce a signed deal for the 62-acre site of former railroad land southwest of Clark Street and Roosevelt Road. We look forward to beginning work on Chicagos next great neighborhood that will link the South Loop and Chinatown.

Read more about our joint venture and role as lead developer of the 62-acre site at Clark & Roosevelt in this Chicago Tribune article.Related Midwest buys 62 acre plot

Bachelor’s Degree Pads

Chicago is home to several world-class universities, but the appeal of college life in the Windy City extends far beyond the classroom. It’s about the diversity, the culture, the tradition, the energy, and, of course, the food. Today we focus on the best neighborhoods surrounding three of Chicago’s most renowned centers of higher education: Northwestern University, Loyola University, and the University of Chicago.

Northwestern University-Chicago Campus

Streeterville As the story goes, Streeterville got its name when George Wellington Streeter ran aground on a sandbar on Lake Michigan in 1886 and subsequently ended up living on his boat, happily marooned with his wife. A bit of research proves the story to be apocryphal, but the neighborhood still bears his name. Over a century later, Streeterville is a thriving region known for its diverse culinary offerings and vibrant art scene. The area is home to the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, an assortment of waterfront parks, Navy Pier, and the stunning City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower. It’s a safe and lively area ideal for college students looking to experience Chicago while staying right next to campus.

Loyola University Chicago

Lincoln Park Situated 20 minutes south of Loyola, Lincoln Park is one of the most desirable and chic neighborhoods in Chicago. The shopping is wonderful, there are great restaurants in all price-ranges, the bar scene is lively, and the outdoor spaces are second to none. There’s the Lincoln Park Zoo, North Avenue Beach, and Lincoln Park itself, which wows residents with its 1,200 acres of lakefront bliss. Famed improv theater and Saturday Night Live training ground Second City is nearby too, along with the DePaul Art Museum, the Art Institute Museum, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. It’s a short commute to Loyola, but worth it to live in a neighborhood where so much is going on, day and night.

Edgewater Another option, if you prefer to be closer to the Loyola campus, is Edgewater. The region shares its northern border with Loyola, making the commute very easy. Edgewater is a melting pot of cultures—a refined mix of the new and the traditional—and the balance really works. There are great restaurants, delicatessens, and coffee shops, as well as numerous vintage shops selling one-of-a-kind antiques in the Bryn Mawr Historic District. Lane Beach Park and Foster Beach, two of the city’s best beaches, can also be found in this dynamic neighborhood right by the campus—just don’t forget to go to class.

University of Chicago

Hyde Park Hyde Park, the home of the university itself, is obviously a prime location for students, but it also has plenty to offer culturally. There’s the world-renowned Museum of Science and Industry, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Hyde Park Art Center, the Court Theatre for plays, and the Harper for movies, as well as a growing cadre of other cultural institutions. Moreover, there are plenty of great restaurants and coffee shops, many of which are flanked by stunning architecture from the Victorian age, creating an ideal atmosphere for both studying and relaxing.

South Loop If a commute down the lake doesn’t bother you, South Loop is another great option for University of Chicago students. The nightlife, culinary, and retail options are some of the best in the city, and the museums and beaches take “extracurricular” to another level entirely. The area is bordered by the famous Grant Park, home to the Museum Campus, which includes the Field Museum of Natural History and other attractions. South Loop has grown into one of Chicago’s most desirable neighborhoods, and for good reason—it delivers on all fronts.

If you’re in the market for something special in one of these neighborhoods—or anywhere else in Chicago for that matter—don’t go it alone. The professionals at Related Realty Brokerage Firm are Windy City experts. Visit and use their highly intuitive search function to find out which area suits you best.

Luxury Living at 1834 Nelson Street

Attention all luxury seekers! Click the link below to view Patrick Ryan of Related Realtys luxury listing at 1834 Nelson Street featured in Chicago Tribunes Dream Homes section.

Recently built Chicago home that includes six bedrooms, three full baths and two half-baths. Laundry room on the second level, along with a large master suite that boasts of double walk-in closets and a spa-inspired master bath with heated floors and skylights. Two additional bedrooms, a family room with adjacent wet bar and a wine cellar are located on the home’s lower level. Other highlights include a rooftop deck on the home’s 2-car garage, patio with wood-burning stove, as well as a fenced backyard with wood-burning fireplace. Schedule your private showing today with Patrick Ryan Related Realty at 773-383-7689.

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Chicago’s Top Five Comedy Venues

Fiercely loyal sports fans, deep dish pizza, windy weather, and the glistening Lake Michigan in the summer are all to be expected if you’re looking to move to Chicago and into one of the properties offered by Chicago real estate brokerage firm Related Realty. What you might not know about your future hometown is that Chicago is also the funniest city in America. The city has edged out New York and Los Angeles, with nothing short of a renaissance in comedy culture that encompasses a crop of new venues, rising talents performing every night of the week, and new hometown heroes such as breakout television star Hannibal Buress.

Chicago is a city with a rich history of comedy stretching back to the vaudeville era of the late 19th century, when massive theaters like the Folly, the Palace, the Haymarket, and the Majestic opened, and Chicagoans got their laughs from traveling revues and local funnymen. It wasn’t until the mid-20th century that Chicago cemented its place in the American comedy canon as the birthplace and hub of modern improvisational comedy and the training ground for countless 20th-century comics like Joan Rivers, John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, Chris Farley, Amy Poehler, and Amy Sedaris.

Today it’s not hard to find intimate local venues throughout the city to catch up-and-coming talent and established heavyweights. Here’s a guide for navigating some of the city’s funniest spots:

Zanies | 1548 North Wells Street For nearly 40 years, Zanies has been a mainstay on the Chicago comedy circuit, nurturing the careers of such comedy superstars as Roseanne Barr, Jay Leno, and Jerry Seinfeld. This stand-up showcase features weekly shows from local and national acts and also offers classes providing basic instruction on stand-up comedy, including the history of the medium, how jokes work, and how to create an act that stands out from the rest.

Second City | 1616 North Wells Street This legendary Chicago venue and school single-handedly birthed the genre of improvisational comedy in the US, and since its founding in the late 1950s, has groomed scores of successful entertainers, writers, and directors in its home city, including the lion’s share of Saturday Night Live cast members—Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, to name just a few—Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and most of the cast of 30 Rock. You can catch the next in line of America’s comedy legends any night of the week on Second City’s revered Mainstage Theater, as well as performances in the venue’s smaller theaters—UP, Donny’s Skybox, or the de Maat Studio—to see stand-up, student work, or experimental sketch comedy.

Jokes and Notes | 4641 South King Drive Chicago’s black comics put this woman-owned South Side venue on the map after it opened in the early 2000s, and local talent continues to set the stage ablaze during open mics on Wylin’ Out Wednesdays and monthly Thursday showcases hosted by a rotating cast of hilarious hosts. Each weekend, national acts (past guests include Mo’nique and Bill Bellamy) bring high-caliber comedy to the 150-seat club and swank lounge area.

Laugh Factory | 3175 North Broadway Street The Chicago outpost of this Los Angeles comedy institution opened its 400-seat theater in 2012, bringing an additional permanent venue for stand-up comedy to this improv-obsessed town. With a calendar packed with nightly stand-up showcases, open mics, themed festivals, and midnight programs, the Laugh Factory has proved itself an indispensable destination for stand-up lovers.

iO Theater | 1501 North Kingsbury Street Another mecca for improv comedy is the iO Theater (its initials originally stood for ImprovOlympic Theater). Founded by Charna Halpern and Del Close, two heavyweights in Chicago’s 1980s improv scene, iO bills itself as the premiere place to see long-form improvisational comedy in the city. The Wrigleyville venue offers four theaters, a bar, a training facility for classes, and an events space. Veteran improv ensembles and student teams perform nightly in a range of approaches to the popular comedy form.