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One of the biggest complaints I hear from people about working out is the expense of belonging to a gym. Well, here at PPM we’ve decided to do something about it. The health and wellness of our residents is one of our top priorities so (in addition to providing free gym facilities in many of [...]

Why Your Dog’s Paws and Winter Do Not Mix


We live in a city and it inevitable that our dogs are going to be exposed to some harsh conditions this winter. Not only is the ice, snow and cold detrimental to our dogs paws (and well-being in general) but the ice used to salt roads and sidewalks is also very harmful. There is a [...]

Cats and Christmas Trees Don’t Mix

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There is something about Christmas trees that makes cats go crazy. They climb them, chew them, bat at them – they basically do anything and everything to try and knock your tree down or break all of your ornaments. This is just a proven fact. Not only is your cat climbing or messing with your [...]

Wow Bao in Lakeview

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Wow Bao is now open in Lakeview @ 2806 N. Clark St., 773-433-5333, making it Lettuce Entertain You’s fifth location.  The new location introduced two new menu items, the  glazed pork belly buns and Sriracha chicken bao, that are now at additional Wow Bao sites. The restaurant also serves potstickers, noodle and rice dishes, salads [...]

New Books to Read This Winter

Even if you don’t consider yourself a “big reader” it’s hard to deny the perfection of curling up with a book in the wintertime. We’ve rounded up some of the best new releases in 2014 to give you the perfect book list to get you through Chicago’s winter this year. Cutting Teeth Author: Julia Fierro [...]

UGLIEST Christmas Sweater in Chicago Contest


PPM is looking for the UGLIEST Christmas Sweater in Chicago and we need your HELP!  Go through your closets or stop by your local thrift store and be on the look out!  Once you find it send a picture of you wearing the masterpiece to  We will display all entries on our Pinterst Page [...]

Winter Life Hacks


Chicago has already decided to turn into Chiberia for the winter, whether you were ready for it or not. Winter in this city isn’t just a season; it’s a way of life. Only the strong survive. Well, we figured there is no such thing as too many tips for surviving this city in winter, so [...]

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

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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 [...]

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