Monthly Archives: January 2009

Eastgate Village: A Community with Real History

ChicagoTribune - A view of a canal lock in Summit, Illinois, southwest of Chicago in the 1840s. (Photo Courtesy of Illinois State Historical Society)

ChicagoTribune - A view of a canal lock in Summit, Illinois, southwest of Chicago in the 1840s. (Photo Courtesy of Illinois State Historical Society)

Chicago neighborhoods have developed unique personalities that stem from their history. The history of these neighborhoods give a great insight of the establishment of Chicago and the communities in which they reside.

Eastgate Village is one of many communities located within the Near South Side neighborhood of Chicago. This neighborhood has probably seen more dramatic changes and redevelopment than any other area of Chicago.

Over the past century, the area has seen various changes. It originated as a Native American homeland and then branched out as a blue collar settlement. Later it became a statement as an elite socialite residential district and then to contributing as public housing and warehouse district. Until finally becoming a newly renovated residential area that you see today.

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Home Decorating for Looking Fine in ’09

Every year hundreds of Interior Design trends and predictions originate from just as many sources. We’ve waded through a great many of them, and edited a shortlist of trends and tips that seem to work for every style of home and every amount of square footage. Some are trends, and others are consumer behavioral shifts that seem to be more permanent.

1) Bye-bye beige.

No, that doesn’t mean you have to eliminate this trusted neutral from your home’s color palette. It does mean to take advantage of everything else on the color wheel to introduce splashes of color to create energy and interest in your rooms. Toss a trio of pillows in your favorite color onto that beige sofa. And if that color is lime green, so much the better. An area rug in an eye-popping shade is another way to bring life to the lifeless. A group of brilliant vases, a small collection of lacquered boxes or an enormous, shockingly hued framed poster are all inexpensive ways of bringing a “timeless” neutral room front and center in 2009. And if you have a spare Saturday, spend it painting a powerful accent color on a wall in your living room or master bedroom. The difference it will make is astonishing, and can be had for the cost of a can of paint.

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Ways to Thaw in the Chicago Cold

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From hot chocolate and cozy fireplaces to skiing or ice-skating, Chicago has so much to offer!

When cold weather strikes there is a trend to stay inside and avoid the outdoors at all costs. However, instead of hibernating indoors why not embrace some of Chicago’s most unique wintertime activities that help make Chicago the city it is. From hot chocolate and cozy fireplaces to skiing or ice-skating, Chicago has so much to offer!

For the outdoor enthusiast, the McCormick-Tribune Ice Skating Rink is ideal. With Grant Park as a backdrop, Millennium Park in downtown Chicago is a terrific family-friendly wintertime destination. The ice rink, open from mid-November through early March, is at the city’s cultural epicenter, close to theaters, shopping and museums. Not only is a way to truly enjoy the wintertime, it’s FREE! Learn more here.

Need to warm up after all that shopping or skating?  Swing by Medici on 57th for some hot cocoa. From a cinnamon-y Mexican version to creamy cocoa with whipped cream, this is a favorite sipping spot.

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