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Summer Skincare


If there’s one thing we appreciate as Chicagoans, it’s the sun. After months of gloomy cold weather we try to soak up every single ray that we can. And the sun has many benefits – it can improve your mood, give you a vitamin D boost, or get you outside and active. But the sun [...]

Celebrities in Chicago


Something I don’t ever think I’ll get over is seeing celebrities. One time I saw John Legend and Chrissy Teigen in Tails in the City (a fancy pet store downtown) and almost passed out. We live in a city that you wouldn’t immediately associate with celebrities, but many famous faces call Chicago home – either [...]

Summer Cocktails


Many of our PPM buildings have rooftops or other outdoor areas. These serve as a perfect spot for inviting a few friends over and mixing a few summer cocktails. Who doesn’t enjoy a nice refreshing summer cocktail? If it’s fruity or smooth a cold summer drink always hits the spot! We’ve put together a list [...]

Separated at Birth Contest

Separated at birth Contest

Has anyone ever told you how much you look like someone- or something? Well, it’s time to show PPM your doppelgänger! Send us a photo of yourself and your lookalike to, starting on Friday, July 15th, which, will then be posted to our Pinterest so everyone can vote! Voting begins on Monday, July 30th, [...]

Great Cheap Eats – Right Here in Lakeview East!


We love this place!  It’s everything you could want in a hot dog / burger joint — the food comes out pretty quickly, you get enough for your money, and the service is personal and friendly. The atmosphere is wonderful! It’s in the basement of a building, but the inside reminds me of fast food [...]

4th of July 2014


2014 is a good year for many reasons but one very important reason is that the fourth of July falls on a Friday this year, giving most of us a much needed 3 day weekend, full of events, parties and good food. Here are just a few things you could do to celebrate the USA [...]

July in Chicago


July might be my favorite month in Chicago because there is a never-ending list of things to do this month. From festivals to farmers markets to concerts, you cannot possibly say that Chicago is boring in the summer. Here is a list of a few of our favorite events going on this month. But the [...]

Downtown Chicago Student Life


There are dozens of colleges in Chicago, but none of them has the combination that DePaul University has. A well-known, prestigious, private university with more than 100 years of history, plunked down in the middle of Lincoln Park, one of the best party neighborhoods in one of the country’s best party cities, DePaul University has [...]

Moving Series: Best Ways to Pack Glass/Fragile Items


Moving can be completely destructive to your glassware and fragile items, and many of these are irreplaceable (like my beloved Mos Eisley Cantina pilsner glass), and you’ll hurt for a long time if they get broken. Taking care in packing will help ensure that you don’t have to suffer that pain. Basic Tips Here are [...]

Keeping Pets Safe during the 4th of July


The Fourth of July often evokes memories of fun family parties, barbequing, boating, and for those of us who are a little older, booze cruises, and of course fireworks. While we might have a good time during the holiday, often times the noise and stimulation is not fun for your furry friend. Here at Planned [...]

PPM Giving Back – The Lakeview Food Pantry


Any Chicago resident can and will testify to greatness of the need to donate during our fierce Chicago winters, however, often overlooked is the great and constant need for food. This need is exasperated during these hot summer months when children are out of school, children who typically rely on their school for meals, are [...]

Not Fun for you or your cat – Vomiting


Hairballs, vomit, unidentifiable objects… A lot of stuff is expelled from Fluffy’s mouth on a regular basis. Often times our cats vomit and we regard it as “just something cats do.” However, while sometimes it might be harmless, cat owners should pay special attention to when their kitty friends vomit. Veterinarians are quick to point [...]

New Bars and Restaurants Coming to Chicago This Summer


Nothing is better than finding an awesome new restaurant in the city. We’ve put together a list of the hottest new places to try this Summer so you can be in the know before your friends. All of these are located here in Chicago throughout our awesome neighborhoods. So let’s check out whats new! Whisk [...]

Best Apartment Dog Breeds


Living in a city can be lonely. Even if you have roommates or friends nearby sometimes a pet can just make you feel at home. There is no better love than the love of a dog. PPM loves dogs. Many of our buildings are dog and cat friendly and some even have their own dog [...]

Chicago Beach Breakdown

couple on beach wide arms

One thing that sets the great city of Chicago apart from other cities around the U.S. is its beaches. The beaches are just a short walk from other great city attractions and most of them offer a great view of the Chicago skyline. Whether you’ve been in Chicago your whole life or you’re entertaining a [...]

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