Chicago's Newest Roof Top Bars of 2016

Chicago is known for a lot and even more amazing things during our summer months.  However, one thing always stands in our minds when we think of both Chicago and summer.  You guessed it, Rooftop bars!  That’s right Chicago is known for its amazing and diverse selection of rooftop bars spanning the city.  From our countless tall skyscrapers and views, to our wonderful scenery, it’s no doubt that we love our rooftops.  What’s even more exciting is every spring we get to find out the newest rooftops to hit Chicago and this year is no different.  So we put together our top 5 most anticipated rooftop bars of 2016!

Aire
 

100 W. Monroe St. 312-236-1234
Located at the 24th floor of the Hyatt Centric, this place offers a 360 degree views of the city’s best buildings.  Loaded with fire pits, greenery and cozy couches.  This place is the perfect spot to hit after a day at the office.  Opening May 10th you can expect this to be a hit!

25 Degrees Wicker Park
 

2015 W. Division St. 312-763-9600
Right off Division Street this place has burgers and spiked milkshakes!  They have a brand new sidewalk patio room for 48.  So make sure to check this out this summer! Oh did we mention its dog friendly.

Barcocina
 

2901 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-687-9949
This 4,000 square foot private patio has seats a plenty and communal tables.  There’s an outdoor bar and patio for those amazing summer days.  You can also bring your furry friend here as well!

Jerry's Lincoln Square
 

4739 N. Lincoln Ave. 872-208-6264
Trees fill the side along Giddings Plaza which provid shade to a 60 seat patio.  The third iteration is a whiskey bar with plenty of craft beers to choose from.  This too is also dog friendly!

Joy District
 

112 W. Hubbard St.312-955-0339
The people behind Hubbard Inn have created through the former Epic rooftop space an unveiled River North Concept.  Its 3,000 square feet of breathtaking rooftop space with plenty of frozen drinks to boot.  Expect to see this open in May!

PPM's Top 5 Chicago Booze Cruises

One of the best parts about Chicago is its water front. From Oak Street Beach, to the party up at Castaways, and even the calming breeze at Montrose Harbor, the beach is where it's at. It can be found from many front door steps in Chicago. In fact many PPM buildings are located within walking distance from one of these amazing Chicago beachfronts. So, we not only have some fantastic beaches, we also have many other waterfront activities, including wave runners, kayaking, and a walk down Navy Pier.

But what makes having Lake Michigan so close to your apartment so great?  Well, how about the amazing boats and cruises you can hop on and enjoy during a sunny afternoon or a chill night out? Whatever your reason is, Chicago cruises are a must-try stop for any tourist or Chicagoan. When it comes to nightlife, however, you will be hard pressed to find a shortage of booze cruises. Here at PPM we break down the 5 best cruises to enjoy the night, each with great drinks and great views.

Rent a floating Tiki Bar

Head on over to Monroe Harbor and grab the best private floating tiki bar the city has to offer. http://www.islandpartyboat.com/

Try a cocktail cruise

Hit up Navy Pier and grab a ticket to the premier Spirit of Chicago and enjoy the skyline with a fancy cocktail.  This cruise is only steps from the PPM buildings in the Gold Coast: 1111 N. Dearborn, 1133 N. Dearborn, 1000 N. LaSalle, and 1120 N. LaSalle http://www.spiritcruises.com/chicago/cruises/specialty/cocktail

All-you-can-drink Architecture Cruise

That’s right. The Chicago Architecture Tour also has a cocktail cruise. A great way to enjoy a drink and look at some of the most amazing buildings while slipping by on the Chicago River. http://www.chicagoline.com/cocktail-cruise.php

Beer and BBQ cruise

What goes best with some baby back rips? How about some Goose Island beer while you float down the Chicago River? You can pick up this awesome package at the Wendella Beer and BBQ cruise. https://www.wendellaboats.com/Chicago-Cruises/Beer-And-BBQ-Cruise

Seadog Beer Cruise

That’s right. Your beloved Seadogs at Navy Pier also offer craft beers while traversing not only the lake, but also the river. http://www.seadogcruises.com/chicago/cruises/specialty/beer-flight-river-cruise

As you can see, Chicago is not short on anything when it comes to enjoying the water and grabbing a drink to boot. We highly recommend trying one of these great cruises this summer!

Every PPM Building is Located in a District with a Great Neighborhood School!

No matter which Planned Property Management building you choose to live in, rest assured, your child will be able to get a quality education in your neighborhood's local elementary school. Yes, if you read the news, Chicago Public Schools have their share of issues, but it does not mean that there are not good schools available should you wish to send your child to the school nearby.  Unfortunately, the neighborhood you choose to live in does matter, but our buildings are all situated in those neighborhoods with desirable schools.

In the city of Chicago you will read "for rent" and "for sale" advertisements regarding houses and apartments that list the neighborhood school the property it's associated with.  A part of a property’s value is determined by this factor.  As a parent who grew up in suburbs of Chicago, I know that your child going to school with others from the neighborhood makes life a lot easier. Having friends close by to where you live and go to school is a good thing and not always the case when attending school in Chicago.  Another post will detail all the alternative options for elementary education CPS offers in addition to our neighborhood schools.

The following is a listing of PPM buildings and the associated schools.  To discover more about a particular school go to greatschools.org, schooldigger.com, the CPS website, or other sites that may show up in a Google search.  It is important to keep in mind that, within any population of students, some do better than others and that ratings are based upon averages.  I want to know what the top students are doing and where they end up going to high school (another subject for another post).  Most schools are very receptive to giving you and your a child a tour of their school.

536 W. Addison

GREELEY

632-42 W. Addison

GREELEY

441 W. Barry

NETTELHORST

515 W. Barry

NETTELHORST

500 W. Belmont

NETTELHORST

515 W. Briar

NETTELHORST

634-42 W. Cornelia

NETTELHORST

596 W. Hawthorne

NETTELHORST

3130 N. Lake Shore Dr

NETTELHORST

450 W. Melrose

NETTELHORST

537 W. Melrose

NETTELHORST

544 W. Melrose

NETTELHORST

1049 W. Oakdale

AGASSIZ

350 W. Oakdale

NETTELHORST

441 W. Oakdale

NETTELHORST

3510 N. Pine Grove

NETTELHORST

455 W. Wellington

NETTELHORST

2727 N. Clark

ALCOTT ES

430 W. Diversey

NETTELHORST

434-46 W. Diversey

NETTELHORST

2630 N. Hampden

ALCOTT ES

1940 N. Lincoln

LINCOLN

2756 N. Pine Grove

ALCOTT ES

55 W. Chestnut

OGDEN ES

750 N. Rush

OGDEN ES

1111 N. Dearborn

OGDEN ES

1133 N. Dearborn

OGDEN ES

1000 N. LaSalle

OGDEN ES

1120 N. LaSalle

OGDEN ES

20 E. Scott

OGDEN ES

An amazing choice is also available to PPM residents of high-quality private schools.  To name a few: Latin, The Lycée Français de Chicago, Francis Parker, the University of Chicago Lab School, North Park Elementary School, the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Chicago City Day School, St. Andrew School, St. Bens, and many others.  Masses of information are just a couple of clicks away.