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This Weekend in Chicago

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park, open until March 10, 2010 (weather permitting)

Just opened yesterday, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is now in its ninth season and draws more than 100,000 skaters annually. It is free to skate and open to the public. Skate rental is available for $10. The ice rink is located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets. Click here for additional information!

Banana Shpeel by Cirque du Soleil @ the Chicago Theater. Running today until January 3, 2010

Cirque du Soleil presents a new twist on vaudeville with Banana Shpeel, playing this winter at the Chicago Theatre. Neither circus, musical nor variety show, Banana Shpeel blends comedy with tap, hip-hop, eccentric dance and slapstick, with a hilarious narrative featuring wacky adventures.

Admission runs anywhere from $23-$98. Click here for details and showtimes.

Josué Pellot, New Work @ Chicago Cultural Center. Running until January 3rd, 2010

Josué Pellot is an emerging Chicago artist whose work deploys several mediums and styles to examine his Puerto Rican roots that were transplanted to the quintessential American experience and mediated by its pop culture and consumerism.

He works with photography, painting, screen-printing, video and sculpture. His exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center on Michigan Ave. will be running until early 2010, and Pellot will be in attendance on December 3rd at 12:15 pm to talk about his gallery.

Admission is free. Click here for more information!

Chicago has a huge variety of things to do and places to see, no matter the season. If you’ve wanted to live in the heart of the city, minutes from the all the Windy City has to offer, Eastgate Village has wonderful townhomes and condominiums at Chicago’s near South Side. Click here for further information or to request an appointment for a showing!

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This Weekend in Chicago

There’s always something to do in the Windy City, and this weekend is no exception. This week we’ve headlined a classic silent film brought to life with music, great live shows in the area, and a fun art project for the whole family. Let’s get to it!

1920-the-golem-dvd-w400The Golem film screening with music by Fulcrum Point, Friday @ 7 pm at the Chicago Cultural Center

The Golem is the classic 1920 silent horror film (click here for reviews) from motion picture pioneer Paul Wegener. The film depicts an ancient Jewish morality story about power, politics, magic and survival.

Fulcrum Point is a 5-member (string quartet and clarinet) group that will provide the film’s original score to go along with the film. The Golem will be shown at the Chicago Cultural Center and admission is free! Click here for complete details.

Family Days: Art without Borders, Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art

The new season of Family Days continues as families explore the work of contemporary artist Liam Gillick, whose work is now on view in the museum. Families can experiment with their own designs, stories, and ways of making art by learning how Gillick draws from his world to create art.

Admission to this event is also free of charge, and it’s a great way to provide some intellectual and creative stimulation for your kids on the weekend. Click here for full details on the event.

Sunday Salon Series: Baroque Band, Sunday @ 3 pm at the Chicago Cultural Center

This Chicago Cultural Center event features Chicago’s period instrument orchestra performing a program of early music from Latin America. The event is presented in conjunction with the Latino Music Festival. Like the others, the concert is free to attend! Click here for the full details.

Eastgate Village is New West Realty’s beautiful near-South Side community of townhomes and condominiums. The spacious homes give you the perfect nest to help you relax and recharge after taking in everything Chicago has to offer. Click here for more information on Eastgate Village or to schedule an appointment!

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Music in the City this Weekend

If you’ve got an itch for some live music on Halloween weekend, here are some live events in and around Chicago that are right up your alley.

Friday, October 30th:

Rob Thomas @ The Venue (Hammond, IN)

Type O Negative @ Metro

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds w/ Frankie Beverly and Maze @ Arie Crown Theater

Saturday, October 31st:

Bob Dylan @ Aragon Ballroom

Forever the Sickest Kids @ House of Blues

Casting Crowns @ Life Changes Church (Hoffman Estates)

Click here for more info or to schedule an appointment with New West Realty!

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Video from The Ledge at the Willis Tower

The below video shows the view from 1,000 feet above Chicago’s streets. All that separates visitors from the forces of gravity is an inch and a half of glass. But it’s a strong inch and a half: each ledge supports up to 10,000 pounds, or roughly 43 Jay Cutlers.

If you’ve been considering a move to Chicago, Eastgate Village has beautiful condominium and townhomes just for you! Mere steps from Soldier Field and minutes from The Ledge and all the other things that make Chicago great, it’s the perfect place to set up shop in your very own home. Click here for more information and to schedule an appointment!

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This Weekend at Eastgate Village

Here are some great events going on near the South Loop!

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Jamie Foxx will be performing at the Arie Crown Theatre at McCormick Place on August 1st and 2nd. Chicago’s Arie Crown is one of Foxx’s 50-city stops during his “Blame It Tour 2009.” Foxx will perform at 8pm on August 1st, and 7:30pm on August 2nd. To purchase tickets, click here.

Pet-Friendly Barbecue

Enjoy an a la carte barbecue on the patio at 2233 S. King Drive. Your dog will also enjoy this event full of biscuits and jerky. This barbecue is held on Sundays from 3-6pm. For more information click here.

Don’t Stop Believing

Mark BuehrleThroughout the weekend U.S. Cellular Field will play host to a battle against the Bronx Bombers. The Sox took the first game last night, but the Yankees are in town for three more games: July 31st (7:11pm), August 1st (3:05pm), and August 2nd (1:05pm). On Friday the game will wrap up with a fireworks display set to 50s and 60s music. The record-breaking southpaw, Mark Buehrle, is scheduled to pitch Sunday. For a complete schedule, click here. To buy tickets, click here.

Reggie’s Rock Club

This live music venue features rock artists all weekend. For more information about Reggie’s, click here.

Friday, July 31st 8pm: The Brokedowns
Saturday, August 1st 10pm: Doomtree
Sunday, August 2nd 5pm: Stephen Jerzak

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A View From The Ledge

theledgeIf the thought of standing more than 1,000 feet above the world with nothing but three layers of half-inch thick glass separating you from gravity makes you a little loopy, then The Ledge may not be for you. It’s on the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower, and it’s made for thrillseekers, both tourist and Chicagoan.

The designers of The Ledge at the Sears Tower Skydeck say the new attraction is also made for non-thrillseekers who are looking for a great story to tell friends about or even for people who want to overcome a fear. It’s pretty apparent from the above photograph that if you have a fear of heights, your legs might be shaking as you step onto The Ledge. But according to the Sun-Times, that fear is negated by fantastic engineering. From the Sun-Times:

The best engineering minds at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, the tower’s original architects, designed the Ledge…each one is designed to hold 5 tons, about the weight of three Toyota Camrys, while the city code required only a 2-ton limit.

In a nutshell, each retractable Skydeck bay is equipped to hold fifty 200-pound people. It costs around $15 to visit The Ledge, but it seems the experience is well worth it. To read the full Sun-Times article, click here.

Eastgate Village has beautiful condominiums and townhomes available in the heart of Chicago, making it easy for you to see what you want to see, be it the Museum Campus, Michigan Avenue, or The Ledge. Click here to request more information or to schedule a showing with New West Realty!

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Embrace Your Inner Tourist in a Uniquely Green Way

Summer in Chicago is why natives of the Windy City are able to tolerate brutal six month winters. In hibernation during the intense cold, Chicagoans emerge for the spring and summer eager to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Of course, there are others who have far superior climate moderation. These folks are known as tourists.

They seem to appear out of thin air as soon as the sun’s rays start to do their thing. Cameras in hand, they hit the city of Chicago determined to capture the skyline from a bus tour, a boat tour, or simply by hoofing it. But there is another emerging way to see the city that you’ve probably noticed from time to time: The Segway Tour.


Residents of Chicago constantly suppress their inner tourist. Walking by the Sears Tower, they’re tempted to marvel at the scope of what is still the greatest building in the United States. But their desire for acceptance overwhelms their childlike wonder, and they go about the rest of their day having missed out on the city’s magnificent architecture.

People of Chicago, the time is right for you to embrace your inner tourist, hop on a Segway, and absorb the beautiful Chicago skyline. Why a Segway Tour? It’s faster than walking, which means you see more of the city in a day. It’s quieter and more environmentally friendly than a bus or boat tour. Finally, it’s a fun way to get around! Zero degree turn radius, astounding maneuverability, and an intuitive design that makes its balance-driven motion a snap even for beginners.

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