4 Great Rooftop Bars to Frequent This Summer

Nice weather has a small window in Chicago so we need to be prepared to take advantage of it. So why go to an indoor bar for your weekend plans? There are gems all across the city where you can sip a cocktail, indulge in an exquisite meal and enjoy the great outdoors with friends. When planning your night out, make sure these rooftop bars are on the top of your list.

GreenRiver | 256 E Erie St.

Sitting atop an unlikely building, GreenRiver is on the 18th floor of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital office complex in Streeterville. Don’t let the location fool you, however. GreenRiver’s cocktail list boasts 32 modern libations. Each drink comes with a paragraph backstory about its old-world Irish name. On top of the history lesson, Chef Aaron Lirette has designed a menu filled with Midwestern fare sure to satisfy.

Streeterville Social | 455 N Park Dr.

Streeterville Social rests on the 3rd floor rooftop of the Loews Hotel. One of the more spacious options on the list, this rooftop oasis boasts 9000 square feet of green space populated with plenty outdoor couches and lawn games like cornhole and giant jenga offering a relaxed summer vibe. As for their drinks, many have a sweet-fruity vibe and they pair them with a small plates menu; an excellent recipe for a summer night.

Tanta Chicago | 118 W Grand Ave.

Tanta is a Peruvian influenced hot spot that lies in the heart of the River North neighborhood. Their rooftop terrace is an urban paradise and one of two bars on the property. Known for their Pisco Sour, all of their signature drinks offer a Peruvian flare for a unique combination. Don’t just come for a drink though. Chef Gaston Acurio, world renowned restaurateur, serves top notch authentic Peruvian dishes which will have you more cultured by the time you leave. If you are in River North you must start off the night with a Pisco Sour while taking in the rooftop views.

The J. Parker | 1816 N Clark St.

The J. Parker is one of the hottest spots in Lincoln Park, and with good reason. This rooftop bar offers one of the best views of Lincoln Park and the lake; that being said, the food and drinks might outdo the scenery. The cocktail list is full of destination based drinks from all over the globe and Chef Paul Virant has designed the perfect small plates menu to compliment the worldly drinks. Be sure to check it out!

Green Envy: City Trends in Outdoor Living

Just because youre in the city doesnt mean you cant enjoy the world outdoors and get your fingers green at innovative city parks and community farms. In fact, many of the current fashions in outdoor living are happening in the heart of urban dynamos like Chicago.

Rooftop Gardens

One of the Windy Citys crowning glories is City Halls Rooftop Garden, a green space of more than 20,000 plants that was completed in 2001 and envisioned by Mayor Richard M. Daley and a team of architects, engineers, and ecologists. The lofty garden is filled with herbaceous beds and wildflower meadows; although the beautiful arrangement is extremely well thought-out, it almost looks like a design done by nature. And as a special and significant bonus, it also improves the areas air quality. On the other hand, if you prefer your Chicago rooftop gardens with a touch of alcohol, we recommend the inventive cocktails, courtesy of Craig Schoettler, at the tree-fringed Drumbar.

City Parks

Grant Park must be one of the liveliest public parks in the country. The Petrillo Music Shell hosts everything from the Chicago Jazz Festival to Lollapalooza; add to that the “Bark Park” for dogs, the lively marinas, and the resplendent Buckingham Fountain—you could come here and do something different every day of the year.

Meanwhile, Jackson Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux—the two urban park geniuses behind New Yorks Central Park—is a sprawling green space of diversity and ingenuity. The newly rejuvenated Garden of the Phoenix paints an idyllic picture with its koi pond spanned by a traditional Japanese bridge, while elsewhere, among the 1,055 acres of trees and flower beds, you can go boating on one of the lakes or admire the resplendent Statue of the Republic.

And if you’re wondering what Chicago did with 2.7 miles of disused railroad lines set high above the city’s streets? In true 21st-century urban fashion, the city transformed this space into a sprawling garden. Running from Logan Square and Humboldt Park, through Bucktown and Wicker Park, theres never a dull moment along the Bloomingdale Trail, the elevated section that connects all of the parks in “The 606.” One moment youre strolling through wildflower meadows; the next youre at a lively dog park; and the next youre gazing at amazing public art displays.

Urban Farms

Chicagos City Farm is a different kind of haven in the midst of the skyscrapers: a green scene that grows tomatoes, kale, beets, herbs, garlic, and more. To taste the fruits (and vegetables) of the farmers labor, head to participating farmers markets throughout Chicago.

Another innovative place that grows organic produce in Chicago is The Edible Gardens at Lincoln Park Zoo. Schools and community organizations take tours of the gardens, learning tricks of the trade such as planting, watering, pollination, and turning compost. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding, and you can taste The Edible Gardens produce at Green City Market, while chatting with one of the farmers from the project.

Those friends of yours who live out in the country can’t be anything but envious of you and all of these green options!

Patrick Ryan Appointed as Related Realty Senior Vice President

Related Realty is proud to announce that Patrick Ryan has been appointed as our new Senior Vice President.

Patrick, a member of Chicago Agent’s 2016 Who’s Who, will be leading broker recruitment, training and retention efforts as well as overseeing the day-to-day operations of Related Realty.

Read all about his new promotion in this Chicago Agent Magazine article.

Congratulations Patrick!

The Pros and Cons of an Open Floor Plan

Open layouts seem to be trending in real estate right now. Generally on the top of buyers’ lists, an open floor plan takes the kitchen, living room and the dining room, removes the dividing walls, and creates one large airy space. To help you decide if this floor plan fits your lifestyle, below is the breakdown of the pros and cons.


Easy Entertaining 

The kitchen, living room, and the dining room are the focal points for entertaining guests. While you are putting the finishing touches on the meal, you may need to excuse yourself while your guests are enjoying themselves in the living room. An open layout allows everyone to be in a large, single room making sure you are still part of the party.

Creates a More Airy Space

600-900 square feet homes in the city are relatively common. Smaller residences can feel even smaller when they are separated into several rooms. Omitting separate rooms for a large, open space can help create a brighter and more airy feel.


Lack of Privacy

Fewer walls mean less privacy. You may enjoy escaping into the kitchen while guests relax in the living for some brief moments of peace. Privacy is something to consider when deciding whether an open floor plan is right for you.

Less Storage Space

Sometimes, additional rooms and walls in a home allow for closet space and cabinets. An open floor plan may eliminate opportunity to build out additional storage solutions in some cases so if ample storage is important to you make sure the open layout you’re considering can accommodate your needs.

Interested in learning more? Contact an expert Related Realty broker today to discuss if an open layout is the right choice for you.

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 RelatedRealtyChicago.com 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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