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Laundry Room Etiquette


If you live in a PPM building you have the amenity of in-building laundry. Which is glorious. Imagine lugging your hamper down to a Laundromat or dry cleaner. No thank you.So, with this great privilege of in-building laundry, comes great responsibility. I am sure that each of us has been either offended by someone’s laundry [...]

Shake Shack


We discovered a secret if you want lunch @ Shake Shack in River North and DON”T want to wait in line – get there right when they open @ 11:00 am – we were the first customers of the day – PERFECT START!  We were so excited to finally try what everybody in Chicago has [...]

Important Questions to Ask your Vet


I am sure we are all guilty of taking our pets to the veterinarian for either their yearly vaccinations or some kind of issue and we go along with whatever the vet says and don’t ask many questions. Well, much like human doctors, vets have many different styles and opinions about how to handle pet [...]

Snarf’s Sandwiches


Snarf’s Sandwiches 2201 N. Lincoln Ave 773.935.2222   We here @ PPM are ALWAYS on the lookout for affordable lunches in our neighborhoods – so we were super excited when the Colorado based sandwich chain, Snarf’s open right here in Lincoln Park!  We loved the welcoming atmosphere – open, large, super colorful and loud [...]

Coping with Pet Loss


The awful reality of owning a pet is that they will someday leave us. To some people the death of a dog or a cat shouldn’t be that significant. But those of us with pets who are a part of our family know that the death of an animal family member can hurt in the [...]

Winter Apartment Care

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You might think that the only things you can do to combat the unbearable Chicago winters is to bundle up while you’re outside roughing it for your morning commute. But, we have some news: you can help beat the winter inside your apartment as well.  Change out your bedding If you use the same bedding [...]

Gino’s East


Gino’s East 2801 N. Lincoln Ave 773.327.3737  Nothing feeds the soul (and the stomach) better on a freezing cold Chicago day than deep dish Chicago Pizza AND nobody does it better than Gino’s East.  So on a recent frigid Chicago afternoon we headed over to Gino’s East @ 2801 N. Lincoln (on the border [...]

Pets and Cold Weather

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Its no surprise to anyone (and if it is, you’re in for a rude awakening) that Chicago winters are windy, frigid and painful. We feel freezing cold under layers and layers of clothes, and coats – but what about your dog? Does a dog’s fur help them stay warm? Are dogs ok outside for long [...]

Wrigley BBQ


Wrigley BBQ 3555 N. Broadway 773.472.1227 Mon-Thur: 11:30am – 10:00pm Fri-Sat: 11:30am – 11:00pm Sun: 11:30am – 9:30pm Are you looking for delicious affordable BBQ in a casual atmosphere in Lakeview? We found it right around the corner from our two buildings on Addison – Wrigley BBQ @ Broadway & Addison! Wrigley BBQ offers [...]

Chicago Museum Winter Discount Days


Chicago is quite an amazing city with so much to do and see, and our Museums are no exception. Even when winter strikes there are loads of fascinating attractions that cater to the indoors. From our 67 million year old T-Rex, live dolphin shows, and an extensive display of rare art, it’s no wonder why [...]

Chicago Restaurant Week


One of the greatest things about living in the city of Chicago is the amazing food scene that has developed over the years. The city of Chicago’s tourism organization (Choose Chicago) recognizes that we have some pretty awesome restaurants and they choose two weeks each winter to showcase them. Considering the frigid temps – this [...]

Space Management in Small Apartments


One of the keys to living comfortably in a small apartment is being smart about the space you have. Following are some space-saving ideas for furnishing and decorating your cozy apartment. With a little creativity and a personal touch, it’s not so hard to make your apartment feel like home.  Clean and Clear The first [...]

7 Frugal Apartment Living Tips

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Living in a big city like Chicago can be expensive, and many people choose to live in apartments for cost-efficiency and convenience. After you’ve found the right Chicago apartment, there are additional steps you can take to live frugally and have money left over to build for your future and enjoy everything the Windy City [...]

Things You Should Never Put Down a Garbage Disposal


Garbage disposals are a great convenience, but they are not designed to handle every kitchen scrap.  The blades and motors in garbage disposals are intended to grind up small quantities of food into particles so they can be flushed through the drain. Clogged or damaged garbage disposals are among the top reasons for maintenance calls [...]

Chicago Activities for Kids


Chicago is packed with activities for kids, and residents of the city’s Gold Coast, Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods in particular are surrounded by a veritable smorgasbord of family friendly destinations and events. Following are just a few kid-friendly highlights that have proven popular with Planned Property Management residents and employees, as well as links [...]

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