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10 Gifts Under $20 for a Budget-Friendly Christmas


Figuring out who to include on your Christmas gift shopping list can be stressful. You don’t want to exclude anyone but you also don’t want to blow through a ton of money on gifts. Here is a list of 20 gifts under $20 that are sure to put a smile on someone’s face while also [...]

How to De-Stress for the Holidays

Young woman wearing Santa's hat is screaming.

We are getting close to one of the happiest times of the year – at least, that’s what it’s supposed to be, right? We put so much pressure on the holidays: buy the perfect gifts, make the perfect meal, find the right outfit. Between family drama, being able to afford buying everyone gifts and traveling [...]

Cheap Eats: Lincoln Park – Clybourn Avenue


OK we admit there has been a  recent influx of “fast casual” burger joints cropping up all over the city, BUT If you enjoy griddle burgers (i.e. Steak and Shake, Meatheads, etc), this place is for you.  The patties are thin and get a nice crisp along the edges. We opted for the traditional SmashBurgers [...]

How to Host Friendsgiving


If you live in a PPM apartment chances are you have a great place to host your friends for a pre-thanksgiving meal… some like to call it, Friendsgiving. We’ve put together a list of things that will make planning your Friendsgiving a success. Set a Date   This is tricky. You don’t want Friendsgiving on [...]

Cheap Eats: River North


Now that PPM has our first building in River North, @ 55 W. Chestnut, we thought we should explore the neighborhood! First on our list – find an affordable, casual, fresh place for lunch – we found the perfect place – Brett’s Kitchen @ the corner of Superior and Orleans. We love the casual cafe style [...]

Cold Weather Essentials for Living in Chicago


Whether we want to accept it or not, the days are getting shorter and the temperature is getting colder. Also, is it me or does Chicago get windier in the winter? So cruel. If you want to survive a winter in the windy city there are a few things that you should not do without. [...]

OZ Park


Chicago is filled with some of the most amazing and unique parks in the world. From the slick style of Millennium Park to the unique Osaka Garden in Hyde Park, it’s hard not to love these amazing places. Yet there is one park that is not only unique but has an amazing backstory. This is [...]

The Rocky Horror Picture Show


If you are a Rocky Horror virgin then you need to change that this October. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 music comedy horror. Which should intrigue you enough by itself, but if not, I’ll go on. The film was largely ignored when it was initially released but gained momentum as a midnight [...]

Stay Committed to Going Green


We’ve given you a lot of information about ways that PPM is going green as well as tips to make your life more sustainable. But sometimes, we get lazy. We have great ideas that will help the planet but sometimes we take the easy way out and revert back to our old ways. We wanted [...]

Haunted Houses in Chicago


Haunted Houses in Chicago A friend of mine asked me the other day if I wanted to go to a haunted house. I had two reactions: (1) Absolutely not. Haunted houses are basically my worst nightmare. (2) Does Chicago even have any haunted houses? The answer is yes, it has many very very good haunted [...]

Bacino’s – Lakeview


Lakeview is filled with so many hidden and not so hidden gems. From the parks to the restaurants, it would take ages to list all the reasons why living in Lakeview is so great. Yet when it comes to the areas amazing restaurants there is never a shortage of places to eat.  Which brings us [...]

Panini Republic Restaurant Review


We’ve been waiting anxiously for The Panini Republic @ 500 W. Diversey (kitty corner from 2 PPM Buildings – 2756 N. Pine Grove & 434 W. Diversey) to open – as we are always  looking for a fresh lunch alternative!  Today we discovered it was worth the wait!  We walked into  a super friendly, clean, [...]

Aggression between Cats


Hello Planned Property Management residents! Did you know that ALL PPM buildings are cat-friendly? Whether you’re a current cat owner hoping to adopt another cat or pet-free and looking to adopt a pair of sibling kittens or whatnot, aggression between cats is one of the chief concerns of cat owners. The ASPCA defines feline aggression [...]

Why Skipping Breakfast is a Bad Choice


I understand more than anyone how good pushing snooze for the fourth time in one morning feels. Those extra minutes of shuteye? Priceless. What are you giving up when you’re running behind and you can only fit in so much before you have to be out the door to catch a bus or train? If [...]

Farm-to-Table: Lakeview Edition


One easy way to take steps to become more environmentally conscious is to eat at restaurants that buy sustainable ingredients. Basically, this means that the restaurant will buy organic and (hopefully) locally. We want to provide you with some of the best farm to table restaurants in the neighborhoods where YOU live. This is the [...]

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