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3 “Must-dos” This Christmas Season in Chicago

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 | Posted in: Apartment Living

1. The Nutcracker Ballet


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What’s Christmas without the magic of The Nutcracker Ballet? Every since I was a little girl, my parents would dress my sister and I up and we would go to the theatre for a ballet performance of The Nutcracker.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see Robert Joffery’s version of The Nutcracker for the last time! This performance has been a Christmas tradition for many different Chicago families. According to The Chicago Reader, “this year is the last time that Joffrey’s choreography will grace the Chicago stage. The company, now in its 60th season, has decided to retire the work, and next year Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon will give the beloved but dusty ballet a creative overhaul.”

The traditional performance will run from December 4th until December 27th, 2015. Tickets range from $35 all the way up to $136. Words used to describe this performance include: breathtaking, joyful, wondrous, and classic. The music accompanying the performance will be presented live by The Chicago Philharmonic. The ballet will run for two hours with an intermission in between.

One visitor to the Windy City reviewed the performance, “This was our 1st time viewing of the Joffrey Nutcracker and we may make it an annual event. We’ve seen it many times at small regional theaters and I didn’t realize how great a performance could be with a world class ballet company. Simply incredible!”

For tickets, visit Ticketmaster. The Nutcracker will be held at the Auditorium Theatre, located at 50 East Congress Parkway. The Box Office number is 312-386-8905.

2. The Polar Express


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Did you fall in love with the movie The Polar Express? If so, or if you have children, you should mark this special event on your calendar! The Polar Express Train Ride in Downtown Chicago is something that you can’t miss! From December 19th through January 3rd, Amtrak and Rail Events Productions will be offering this memorable experience.

Leaving from the historic Union Station downtown Chicago, The Polar Express will take you on a trip through downtown Chicago. The ride lasts about an hour and is roundtrip. The train will be decorated to recreate the movie experience. Even those aboard are invited to come wearing their pajamas! Included in the experience is a souvenir mug with hot chocolate, a treat, and a silver sleigh bell to take home.


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The Polar Express website says, “THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is a re-creation of the classic children’s story on board a real train. Passengers are served hot chocolate and a treat by dancing chefs, enjoy a reading of the book by Chris Van Allsburg, and guests receive the first gift of Christmas (a silver sleigh bell) after Santa boards the train to greet families. Chefs lead passengers in caroling on the return trip to Union Station. Each passenger also receives a souvenir tumbler with their hot chocolate to take home.”

Even though the train ride takes about an hour, the entire event will take about two hours. Tickets are $55 for adults and $43 for children ages two to eleven. You’re encouraged to bring your own copy of The Polar Express book or you can purchase one when you purchase your tickets.


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Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 312-471-2501. I’ve heard the tickets sell out quickly, so get yours right away and begin making fun holiday memories!

3. ZooLights



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What’s better than beautiful Christmas lights? Christmas lights decorating the Lincoln Park Zoo of course! This free family event is a tradition for many and for good reason. From November 27th until January 3rd, you and yours will be able to walk around the zoo and enjoy the beautiful lights.

So, what kind of things can you expect from ZooLights? A lot! There’s enough for more than just one evening of fun. To begin, the entire park will be lit up and you’ll get to see some of your favorite animals. There will be 3-D displays and musical light shows. Free holiday crafts, animal encounters, and live ice carving will also be taking place.

For adults, you can enjoy holiday gift shopping while sipping warm spiced wine and frosty lager. Some activities will cost money. Those fun things include pictures with Santa, dinner and snacks, ice skating, rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel, and rides on the Lionel Train Adventure.

Free 3D glasses will also be given to those who come first! You can pick them up at Wild Things! gift shop and Cafe Brauer. Three specific Family Nights will be on December 14, 21, and 28th. On these special nights you can enjoy unlimited free train rides, unlimited free carousel rides, unlimited free holiday wagon rides, and kids can eat free at Park Place Cafe.

ZooLights will be open only on weekends until December 13th. For the entire schedule, make sure to visit the zoo’s website. For more information, click here!


Take Your Little One To The American Girl Store This Holiday Season

Saturday, November 7th, 2015 | Posted in: Apartment Living


If you haven’t yet made a stop into The American Girl Store and you have daughters, you’re missing out! This massive store has enough fun to last you an entire day. When you add on all of the holiday surprises this season offers, the fun will never end. Considered a paradise for girls and doll lovers, The American Girl Store is a part of The American Girl brand. The store sells dolls, accessories, and lots more. There is also a doll hair salon and a cafe to eat at.

Shopping at The American Girl Place

Girls will be amazed at the assortment of American Girl dolls available at the store. There are eight specific stores within the complex to shop at. BeForever is a shop dedicated to the timeless character dolls. These dolls are the ones you may have grown up with. Samantha, Addy, and others will be available for purchase. You can also learn about their different lives and the eras in which they lived here. Girl of the Year is another store dedicated to the dolls. This doll, is picked every year and represented the current culture. Another store, Truly Me, allows girls of all ages to pick a doll that looks like them. At this store, you can choose a doll with the same type of hair, skin color, and eye color. There are also accessories available to customize your doll.


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Other stores like Dress Like Your Doll, sell items that are geared toward the doll and the doll owner. Pick out an outfit that matches your dolls. Or, stop into Creativi-Tees. This store allows guests to create customized t-shirts for themselves and their dolls. Lastly, don’t forget to pick something up from the Bookstore, the Souvenir Shop, or Avenue AG. Avenue AG is only available in the Chicago and New York stores. This area has mini stores which girls and their dolls can explore.

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Did your American Girl doll lose her arm? Did your daughter accidently cut all of her doll’s hair off? If so, you can admit your American Girl Doll into the Doll Hospital at The American Girl Store. The hospital specializes in fixing American Girl dolls. The wait time is usually around two to three weeks and anything can be fixed. There are also fitting rooms for girls to try on outfits for their dolls. This is a fun way to try out the different doll clothes American Girl offers.

Lastly, you may want to take your doll to the American Girl Hair Salon. The salon offers lots of different services for your doll. Ear piercing is done here as well as getting your doll hearing aids. There are all different packages you can purchase for your doll. Some come with scrubbing to remove dirt or marks and others include items to take home to do the dolls nails. On average, the services are between $10 to $25. One mother said, “what a wonderful time…my daughter Ava’s face lit up when her doll got her hair done. What a spectacular idea! We both had a great time.” You can’t make appointments before the day-of, but once you’re there, you can block out a time.

Z.’s been working really hard to finish her new Kit movie and it’s almost ready! Watch the premiere tomorrow on our YouTube Channel! #AGZCrew

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There’s a fun little cafe at The American Girl Store! You, your children, and their dolls can enjoy an American Girl themed meal! The bistro serves brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. Each meal is prix fixe. There are specific times when seating can happen and you should have reservations. Brunch is $19 per person, lunch is $22 per person, afternoon tea is $19 per person, and dinner is $23 per person. Click here for a sample menu.


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“Went here with my cousin and her 9 year old daughter. We had a groupon which is a great way to start off any paid experience. The groupon included hair for one doll and we got to pick the do out of a book. The little one loved it. The food was okay, as you can expect from a fancy kids place. It was simple but tasted good. The staff was excellent in dealing with the needs of the girls and their dolls. They also had adult drinks for those of us who needed something to help ease into the spirit of things!”

See Maryellen's 1950s story in a whole new light—and with a new star! Watch a short film made by our partners at Tongal featuring the winner of our casting call, Harlie! Available now on our YouTube Channel. #BeForever

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Christmas Events

Are those jingle bells we hear? That means it's almost time to celebrate the season with family and friends! See what's new to make girls smile. Click the link in our bio to shop now! #Joy2EveryGirl

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If American Girl Place didn’t already have tons to see and do, when you add Christmas, you’ll be up to your neck in events! On November 6th the holiday window displays were unveiled. Another really neat event is “Together, We make the Holidays” Private Shopping Night. For girls eight or older, the event allows them to shop without lots of crowds. There will be light refreshments and assistance from a personal shopper. Each girl will receive a goody bag and a copy of American Girl Magazine. The best part? This event is completely free! All you have to do is call and make reservations at 877-247-5223.

American Girl at The Nutcracker is another holiday-themed event. For $55 per person you and your child can enjoy a Christmas tradition. You’ll receive tickets to The Nutcracker, transportation, and teatime at the American Girl Cafe. You can call and reserve your spot at 877-247-5223. This event will take place at 4:00pm on December 18th. For more holiday event information visit the American Girl Store website.

Another parent who had a fabulous time said,

Great place to make memories and have a special day with a little kiddo!

Great service and theme.

Visited for 4pm tea time.

They offer cocktails to de-stress to parents:)

Hair tie napkin ring as favor along with a few other neat surprises.

They offer loaner dolls if you haven’t made the serious investment yet too!

Cute magenta, white and black decor.”

Associations DK Living is a Member of

Thursday, October 8th, 2015 | Posted in: DK Living News

DK Living is pleased to be a member of the following real estate and apartment management associations.


IREM logoAbout IREM: Serving real estate professionals who manage all property types, IREM Chicago has been an integral force in the greater Chicagoland area since 1953. We are dedicated to delivering leading-edge networking and educational offerings for every stage of your career, evolving with you to provide lifelong professional development opportunities.

The Mission for IREM Chicago is to promote professionalism within the industry through education and by adherence to the highest ethical standards through accountability.

Visit the IREM web site at

Chicagoland Apartment Association

Chicagoland Apartment AssociationAbout Chicagoland Apartment Association: Incorporated more than twenty five years ago, Chicagoland Apartment Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit 501 (C) (6) Illinois corporation. The professional trade association represents owners and operators of rental housing in the metropolitan Chicago-area market. CAA represents more than 6,000 apartment professionals who own and/or manage over 160,000 apartments in more than 790 communities and buildings in the Chicago area, encompassing Cook, Lake, Du Page, Will, McHenry, Kane, Kendall, and Grundy counties.

Member companies range from owners of two-flats to large publically traded national real estate investment trusts.

Visit the Chicagoland Apartment Association web site at

Apartment Building Owners and Managers Association

Apartment Building Owners and Managers AssociationAbout Apartment Building Owners and Managers Association: Founded in 1937, ABOMA has effectively represented and served the high-rise residential property industry in the Chicago area. ABOMA is a not-for-profit Association whose officers and directors serve on a voluntary basis.

ABOMA Represents Over 600 High-Rise and Walk-Up Residential Buildings Located in the Chicago Area, containing over 400,000 units with over 600,000 owners and residences. Approximately 60% are Condominium or Co-operative in Nature and 40% are Rental Buildings.

Visit the Apartment Building Owners and Management Association web site at

Get Great Views of the City From Up High

Monday, September 28th, 2015 | Posted in: Apartment Living

Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower


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How would you like to stand above the city on the 103rd floor and look down as if you were floating on air? You can if you visit the ledges at Willis Tower. This attraction lets you walk out onto a few see-through ledges that hang out over the observation deck. You’ll be able to look down and see the city below you.

Home to nearly 700 marriage proposals, Skydeck Chicago is one of the most romantic spots in Chicago! SHARE your romantic photos at Skydeck with hashtag #LoveOnTheLedge to win a private VIP dinner. Official contest rules can be found at Thanks @kaybholt for sharing this moment with us! #SkydeckChicago #chicago #ValentinesDay

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While at Skydeck Chicago, you’ll be able to do a lot more than just walk out on the famous ledges. You can take your picture with the massive 103 sculpture and play Chicago trivia games. Once you’re at the exhibit on the 103rd floor, there are interactive touch screens and exhibits to see. While you’re up 1,353 feet in the air, catch a glimpse of four different states.

You will also get to watch the movie “Reaching For the Sky.” This film is nine minutes and tells “the story of Chicago’s rise to the architectural world.”

The ledges jets out over the city four feet. Many people don’t know that the ledges are retractable. There are a total of three glass bottom skyboxes.

Look who stopped by Willis Tower yesterday to light out holiday tree and visit #SkydeckChicago… Charles Tillman of the #ChicagoBears! Thanks for visiting! #Chicago #Bears

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Basic admission to Skydeck Chicago is $19.50 for adults and $12.50 for children ages three to eleven. The attraction is located at the Willis Tower, which you can find at 233 South Wacker Drive. Skydeck is open 360 days a year!

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel


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Navy Pier is one of the most visited sites in all of Chicago. This beautiful pier is iconic to the city and has lots to do and see. While you can get a good view of the city skyline by walking to the end of the pier, you can get the very best view by riding the Navy Pier ferris wheel.

Now, just last night the old ferris wheel was open for the very last time. It will be replaced with a newer and taller ferris wheel in 2016. This is all part of the ongoing efforts to update the pier for their centennial anniversary.

Even though you won’t be able to ride on the wheel set up in 1995, you’ll be able to ride the newest one which will have climate controlled gondolas.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the wheel was open all night on Saturday, September 26th. A total of 30,000 riders lined up over the weekend to ride the ferris wheel and about 7,200 riders rode it Saturday night. Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among the group of last riders.

Due to the popularity of the #Ferrwell, we strongly recommend you be in line with your purchased ticket by 6:30 p.m. to ride. #navypier #chicago

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Be on the lookout for the ferris wheel and get ready to get another great view of the city once again!

The Signature Lounge


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There is a lounge on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Tower! The Signature Lounge is one of the best places to grab a cocktail on Michigan Avenue. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer a magnificent view as you nibble on small bites and catch up over a glass of wine.

It's Derby Day! Join us for a Wise Mint Julep available all weekend long. Makers Mark | mint | sage | Orgeat syrup. #signatureroom #kentuckyderby #mintjulep

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If you’re willing to wait, you can grab a table right beside the windows. One of my favorite parts about this view is that you can see the cross steel braces that support the skyscraper up close. Food and drinks are pricey, but if you go before the sun sets you can see the city during the day and night. Along with tables, there is a bar running alongside the window so you can sit and see straight out.

Drinks are about $15-20. I’ve personally had the Godiva martini and it’s delicious. I’m not sure if it’s worth $15, but the view makes it easier to cough up the cash.

We never get tired of looking out our windows – especially on a perfect fall evening! #Chicago #signatureroom #thisischicago

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There are a few different $10 desserts to choose from. Banana Tiramisu is made of banana, Kahlua, creme anglaise, and espresso. Another favorite is the White & Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake. This yummy dish has chocolate coffee creme anglaise, sour cherry sauce, and chocolate tuile.

The Signature Lounge is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00am until 12:30am. On Friday and Saturday nights it’s open until 1:30am. You can’t get reservations, but you can wait once you get there for a good view. If you want to do dinner instead, check out the more expensive Signature Room, located on the 95th floor.  

Insider Tip: the very best view is from the women’s restroom. The ride up the elevator is also pretty exciting.


8 Celebrities That Call Chicago Home

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 | Posted in: Apartment Living

1. Barack Obama


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Our very own President calls Chicago home. Before he became POTU, Barack and Michelle lived in Hyde Park, a community located on the South Side of Chicago. While there, Michelle worked at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Barack taught at the University of Chicago Law School. Both of the couple’s daughters, Malia Ann and Sasha (Natasha) were born while the family lived in Chicago.


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The President still has a home in Hyde Park, even though he’s been living in the White House. The address is 5046 South Greenwood Avenue.

2. Tina Fey


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For awhile in the 90’s funny woman Tina Fey called Chi-City home. Although Fey was born in Philadelphia, she moved to Chicago to advance her career. She worked in improv with legendary troupe Second City before being signed onto Saturday Night Live in New York City.

She still adores Chicago. Some of her favorite places include Golden Apple Diner and the Athenian Room.

3. Harrison Ford

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Another famous actor and producer that calls Chicago home is Harrison Ford. Harrison was actually born in Chicago at the Swedish Covenant Hospital in 1942. He lived in the city until moving to Los Angeles to become an actor.

The man famous for playing Han Solo in Star Wars explained to Michigan Avenue Mag,

“I love Chicago. I love the energy of the place, the architecture, the people, the rigor of the place. Bitter cold in the winter, fierce winds, hot summers.”

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4. Walt Disney


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The magical creator of Mickey Mouse was born in Chicago! Walt Disney was born on December 5th 1901. The family moved to the city in 1890 and later had Elias Jr. (Walt Disney).


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Since 2013, a group had been dedicated to restoring the home which Flora and Elias Disney, Walt’s parents, built. According to the website Walt Disney Birthplace Restoration, the renovated home will be “a living source of joy and inspiration and will promote the importance of family to nurture creativity, collaboration, and innovation in children.”

The birthplace of Walt is located at the corner of Tripp Avenue and Palmer Street, right outside of Downtown.

5. (and 6.) Joan and John Cusack


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Joan and John Cusack are both famous actors and siblings that currently live in Chicago. They were raised in Evanston, Illinois and have later lived in the Gold Coast as well as on Greenview Avenue on the North Side.


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John is known for his work in the movies Say Anything, Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, and many others. Joan, his sister, is also famous.

She was a cast member of Saturday Night Live and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the films Working Girl and In & Out.

7. Jennifer Hudson


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Raised on the South Side of Chicago, American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson has made her mark on the entertainment industry. From humble beginnings, she’s gone on to make movies and two albums.

Jennifer was born in Chicago on September 12th 1981. After growing up in the area, she left for college but later signed on with a Chicago-based record company in 2002. In 2004, the singer took on American Idol and became a household name.

She’s since won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Golden Globe for her movie, Dreamgirls.

8. Mr. T

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While walking around the city, you may just run into 80’s star Mr. T! Laurence Tureaud, nicknamed Mr. T, is a popular actor and T.V. personality. Helping to develop the fun phrase “I pity the fool,” Mr. T is now a household name.

What some are surprised to hear is that Mr. T was born in Chicago and will be helping remodel homes there soon! His own television show, I Pity The Tool, will follow the actor as he helps Chicagoans remodel their homes.

Mr. T was born in 1952 and lived with his eleven brothers and sisters in the Robert Taylor Homes. He gained fame after working as a bouncer and later as a celebrity bodyguard.

Order Up Some Unique & Legendary Chicago Pizza with These Businesses

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 | Posted in: Apartment Living

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

Lou Malnati's

Lou Malnati’s

Self proclaiming to be “the absolute best,” Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria has been a Chicago staple since 1971, when the Malnati’s opened their first shop in Lincolnwood. It’s said that people lined the streets on the opening day to get a taste of the deep dish pizza.

Forward to now and Lou Malnati’s is still family owned and run. The pizza is legendary and has received lots of fame, including being featured on the Food Network.

Uniquely, a Lou Malnati’s pizza is created backwards. It all begins with a flaky, buttery deep dish crust. From there, mozarella slices are placed directly on top of the dough. Additional ingredients, like mushrooms or pepperonis are placed on top of the cheese and then the pizza is finished off with tomato sauce, spices, and more cheese. The sauce is known throughout the area and has chunks of pear and plum tomatoes cooked in it.

A neat fact about Lou Malnati’s pizza: the company has continued to use the same Wisconsin small dairy for cheese for over forty years.

Overall, there are 42 Lou Malnati’s, 14 dine-in restaurants and 26 carryout locations, all around and downtown Chicago.

Spacca Napoli


Spacca Napoli

Take a break from some of the deep dish pizzas and order a few Neapolitan styled ones from Spacca Napoli. Owner Jonathan Goldsmith is no stranger to Italy. In 2004, after a suggestion from a fellow traveler to open a pizzeria in Chicago, Jonathan began to entertain the idea. Later, after learning more about pizza, he became certified as a pizza maker, or Pizzaiuolo.

The pizza created at Spacca Napoli is dedicated to the traditional Neapolitan style. Opened in 2006, the restaurant has been claimed to showcase the heart of Italy and Italian cooking.

The pizze, or pizza, is made with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. San Marzano tomatoes are a popular ingredient, which are known to grow on volcanic plants to the south of Mount Vesuvius, a mountain near Naples, Italy.

Spacca Napoli’s menu lists about seventeen different pizzas. Each is made with either cow’s milk mozzarella or water buffalo milk mozzarella. The eatery is located in Lincoln Square.

Gino’s East


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Everyone who visits Chicago always stops in at Gino’s East. It doesn’t matter how long the pizza takes to bake (about 45 minutes) or how long the line is outside, people will get their Gino’s pizza! Known as “Chicago’s legendary deep dish pizza,” Gino’s is known all around the world for their massive slices.

Gino’s came to be after two taxi drivers and a friend decided to open a pizzeria. They were frustrated with rush hour traffic and opened the shop off Michigan Avenue. Immediately the deep dish pizza was a big hit with Chicagoans. Today, the pizza is identical as to when the restaurant first opened and you can see people’s names written all over the walls. Celebrities and people from all over the world make the trip to Chicago just for Gino’s!

Serving up slices of happiness in the form of #deepdishpizza. Right, @zaundrapaige? Hope you have a happy Friday! #ginoseast

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One of the most popular options is the Meaty Legend deep dish pizza. The pizza is massive with the sauce on top of the cheese. All the meats are worked into this pizza including pepperoni, italian sausage, Canadian bacon, and regular bacon. The chunky tomato sauce and sweet cornbread-like crust will have you dreaming of it in your sleep.

Chances are, you’ll only be able to eat one slice, maybe two. The pizzas are really large and extra deep. A small has only four slices and is $24.

Gino’s has been growing rapidly and even has a frozen pizza line (available in Illinois). There are four downtown locations and six suburb locations. You can also find Gino’s in Wisconsin and in Texas.

Chicago Pizza Boss


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Have you ever been on your lunch break downtown and wished there was fresh made-to-order pizza right in front of you? Well, now it’s not a problem with Chicago Pizza Boss! Couple Antonella and Giuseppe decided to combine their talents and become their own bosses by created a food truck. The truck creates freshly made Neapolitan pizza and Italian street food.

Inside the truck, painted with Italian colors, is a wood fire pizza. Each pizza is made-to-order and can feed about two people. On the menu are pizzas, desserts, fresh cut fries, and some other options.


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The pizza is fantastic. Red pizzas are made with twenty-four hour proofed artisan dough, award winning caputo fresh mozzarella, imported grated parmesan cheese, imported crushed san marzano tomatoes, and evoo drizzle. There are about seven different red pizzas. The Margherita is popular and has organic basil on it. Another option is the 4 Seasons which has toppings of sliced olives, artichokes, crimini mushrooms, and imported prosciutto.

White pizzas from Chicago Pizza Boss have less ingredients as a base. They’re made with same ingredients as the res pizzas, but only without the tomatoes and evoo. A favorite is the Pesto White which has imported D.O.P. basil pesto. Another popular white pizza is the Five Cheese which has fresh mozzarella, asiago, parmesan, romano, & crumbled bleu cheese.

You can find out where the truck will be by following their Twitter account. There’s also a monthly schedule posted on their website.

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Yelpper Joanna says “Track these guys down! This pizza was one of the best I’ve had. They use the freshest ingredients and cook it in a wood burning brick oven. The arancini was perfect.  The only down side is that I could finish an entire pizza by myself and you have track them as this is a food truck. This is definitely worth a try. “



Top Reasons to Live in Chicago According to the Locals

Friday, July 10th, 2015 | Posted in: Apartment Living

After living in Chicago over a year, it’s easy to understand why the locals love it there. There’s always something to keep you busy and plenty of people to keep you company. After asking some locals and doing some research, I’ve decided that there are four main reasons why you should live in Chicago, according to the locals!

The Diversity


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Chicago has a total of 77 community areas! Broken up into “sides,” Chi-town has a Far North Side, Northwest Side, North Side, West Side, Central Area, South Side, Southwest Side, Far Southwest Side, and Far Southeast Side.

Ethnicities that call Chicago home include larger groups like Mexicans, Irish Americans, Thais, Japanese, Puerto Ricans, African Americans, Welch Americans, and more.


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Like other larger cities, Chicago also has a Chinatown and a Little Italy. These sub-communities are dedicated to their ethnic groups and you feel as if you’re in a different country when you visit them. You can be eating authentic Italian meatballs for lunch and then enjoying Chinese dumplings for dinner. There’s also a large Indian population, so finding delicious curry is no problem.

According to local Susan Peters, “Chicago is exhilarating! There is never a dull moment. On a given day there are so many options. Also, I love the lake and finally I love the diverse neighborhoods.”

The locals love being surrounded by culture. Diversity is something that’s celebrated in Chicago. Boystown, located in the neighborhood of Lakeview, was the first recognized gay village in the United States. This is an area that celebrated LGBT, and hosts the annual Pride Parade.

The Food


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I’m not lying when I tell you I gained fifteen pounds the first year I lived in Chicago. Now, I was also a newlywed, but I think the main reason I gained weight was the pizza.

Top culinary destinations are home in the Windy City. Not only do you have fabulous staples, like Gino’s East Pizza, you also have up-and-coming restaurants like Girl and the Goat. Everything is at your fingertips with the Chicago Transit Authority. You can throw a rock and hit at least three different types of cuisine. You can also have food delivered to your door. When we lived in Lakeview, over 300 places delivered to our apartment.

Another great innovation in Chicago has been the Food Trucks. There are websites, like Chicago Food Truck Finder dedicated to helping you locate your favorite bites. Events like the Chicago Food Truck Fest highlight Chicagoans love for food trucks.

Some of the most popular include: Bridgeport Pastry, Bombay Wraps, and Chicago Cupcake. Locals follow twitter feeds of their favorite trucks to get updates on where they plan to be that day.

Then, of course, there’s The Taste of Chicago. Known as “the Taste” to Chicagoans, this is truly one of the highlights of living in the city. For about five days all of the best of Chicago food gathers in one place. From diners to top rated chefs, you can find food prepared to your liking. According to Wikipedia, this is the world’s largest food festival. Need I say more?


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The Lake


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Have you seen Lake Michigan? If so, you understand why everyone wants to be near it (or in it). Chicago runs alongside the coast of the lake and neighborhoods like Lakeview and River North get a great view.

Simply driving along Lakeshore Drive will have you in awe of the city. With the lake and it’s beauty on one side and the city on the other, it’s enough to make you want to move there.

One of the most popular things to do in Chi-town is to hit the Lakefront Trail. This trail is eighteen miles long and it’s paved. In the summertime (and when it’s nice out) you can see people jogging, riding bikes, walking, or rollerblading along it. Neighborhoods that get good glimpses of the trail include Edgewater, Uptown, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, the South Loop, Bronzeville, and Hyde Park.

According to, the trail begins at Ardmore Street on the Northside and ends at 71st Street on the South Side.


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The lake also serves as a backdrop to the Museum Campus, which houses the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and the Field Museum.

Then, there’s Navy Pier. With great views of the lake and the city, this attraction brings in guests from all over the world. You can enjoy shopping, plays, live music, and dining all while being surrounded by the lake.

Our Favorite Chicago Summer Festivals

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 | Posted in: Apartment Living

Taste of Chicago

Summer is right around the corner! Chicago summers feature some of the best festivals in the country. From smaller neighborhood festivals to large ones like Lollapalooza and Taste of Chicago, living in Chicago provides you with great entertainment options all summer long.

Here are some of our favorite Chicago summer festivals:

Taste of Chicago – July 8-12

We love Taste of Chicago for a few reasons. One, it’s located right in Grant Park. That makes it easy our Chicago Loop apartment residents to get to. Second, it features some of the best food Chicago has to offer. Nothing beats grabbing a bite at one of the many food stands at Taste of Chicago and strolling through the festival. Taste of Chicago also features some great live music, much of which is performed by local Chicagoans!

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Chicago Air & Water Show – August 15-16

The Chicago Air & Water Show is great fun for all ages. Many of DK Living’s downtown Chicago apartments provide exceptional views of the show. Whether you’re watching from the pool and sundeck of 1130 S Michigan, watching from the Gold Coast at 1350/1360 N Lake Shore Drive or taking in the action from elsewhere, you’ll be entertained all day long by the variety of planes and boats on exhibit during the Chicago Air & Water Show.

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Lollapalooza – July 31-August 2

Lollapalooza is one of the largest yearly music festivals in the country. Lucky for us, it happens in Chicago’s Grant Park! If you want the chance to see Paul McCartney, Metallica, Alt-J and hundreds of other acts, Lollapalooza is the place to be.

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Taste of Randolph Street – July 13-15

Chicago’s neighborhoods each hold their own festivals each year. They’re a great way to explore the neighborhood, try local food options and see talented, lesser-known musicians perform. Taste of Randolph Street is one of our favorites. Located in the West Loop, where 180 N Jefferson is also located, Taste of Randolph Street brings in some great, diverse music and allows you to try food from some of the hottest West Loop restaurants.

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Chicago Jazz Festival – September 3-6

Located in Millennium Park, this free festival is a great way to spend your Labor Day weekend. The park’s Pritzker Pavilion is a fantastic place to enjoy live music, have a picnic and relax. Whether you’re a jazz enthusiast or just enjoy spending time in the park, you’ll have a great time.

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DK Living participates in March of Dimes’ March for Babies

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 | Posted in: DK Living News

DK Living Staff

This past Sunday, April 26, DK Living staff participated in the March of Dimes’ March for Babies benefit walk in Chicago. The March for Babies walk helps support the nearly half a million babies born too soon each year. The money raised during the event supports programs in the Chicago community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten babies.

We are happy to have raised almost $8000 for March of Dimes this year.

We’d like to thank our vendors for helping Draper and Kramer raise donations for March for Babies this year.

To learn more about March for Babies, visit

Residents, enjoy exclusive savings with DK Perks

Monday, February 23rd, 2015 | Posted in: DK Living News

DK Perks

DK Living is pleased to announce our new DK Perks service.

With DK Perks, residents are able to enjoy discounts on dining, shopping, groceries and more. Discounts are available for Apple, Target, Fandango,, and thousands of other places.

There are three different types of offers. Local offers expire 30 days from the day you print them (you can always go back and print more). National offers do not expire unless otherwise mentioned by the merchant on their web site. Grocery coupons have expiration dates printed on the coupons.

The DK Perks service is free to all DK Living apartment residents. To sign up, simply visit, enter your apartment community’s zip code, and press “continue”. Select your property’s name and your unit from the drop down, then follow the instructions to complete your set up. The service is easily accessible anywhere via the web site or the free mobile app.

Residents, be sure to check before you go out for a night on the town, go grocery shopping, or take your next road trip!

DK Living wins national Satisfacts awards

Friday, February 20th, 2015 | Posted in: DK Living News

DK Living has been awarded the Satisfacts “Superior Portfolio Score” award for both 2013 and 2014. We’re thrilled to be recognized by Satisfacts for our superior resident satisfaction score.

Satisfacts surveys residents in over 200 apartment communities and over one million apartment homes nationally to gather information about their apartment management team. They analyze their statistics to determine which company’s management teams are focused on resident satisfaction and retention. Only a small number of apartment management companies are selected as “Superior Portfolio Score” award winners.

Thank you to the DK Living residents who participated in the Satisfacts survey. We appreciate being acknowledged for our ability to provide our apartment residents with exceptional services. We will continue to work hard to ensure that all residents are consistently pleased living in a DK Living community.

Moving Can Be Stressful. Fortunately, There Is Help!

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 | Posted in: Apartment Living

Friends MovingMoving from one residence to another can be a difficult and stressful process. If you have been in the same residence for a long time, it can be easy to underestimate the effort it takes to move to a new place.

Maybe you’re new to Chicago and moving into your first high rise apartment. If you’re coming from a smaller town, you likely had a little more space than you do now. Knowing what will be important and what you shouldn’t bring with you can be difficult if you don’t have experience living in a big city.

On the flip side, you could be moving up from a studio apartment to a one or two bedroom apartment. What furniture will you need to purchase to fill out the larger space?

Fortunately, there are Chicago moving services available to make the transition into your new residence easier. One of our favorite services is Move Authority ( Move Authority uses their experience to help you de-clutter and decide what you’ll really need in your new home.

If you have too much stuff, they can help you sell, recycle or donate your unwanted items. They can even schedule your move and oversee the packing, moving and set up at your new place.

Getting a new apartment in Chicago is an exciting experience. Using a service like Move Authority can help make your move stress-free and enjoyable.

Southfork Rental Townhomes now managed by DK Living

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 | Posted in: DK Living News

Southfork Lakeville TownhomesWe’re pleased to announce that DK Living now manages Southfork Rental Townhomes in Lakeville, MN. Conveniently located just 20 minutes south of Minneapolis, Southfork Rental Townhomes is the perfect rental community for those looking for quiet living close to Minneapolis.

Features of Southfork Rental Townhomes include an oversized outdoor pool, sundeck, picnic area, scenic views, two playgrounds and a great clubhouse. The community has 1,2, and 3 bedroom rental apartments available. The apartments feature private entrances, patios, bright contemporary kitchens, private attached garages, and spacious closets.

At Southfork Rental Townhomes, you can have easy access to Minneapolis and St. Paul while living in a natural, wooded setting. Enjoy pond and wildlife views matched with convenient amenities and modern apartment features.

To learn more about Southfork Rental Townhomes, visit their web site at