Fall Decorating – Bring the Outside In

Fall is my favorite time of year and decorating is always about bringing the outside in. So when I decided to Fall-up the lobby mantle here at the Uptown Regency, I chose to keep the colors and feel of the décor exactly that… organic and simple.

The most important tip for decorating a mantle is to keep it balanced.  Nothing to heavy or tall on one side if you aren’t balancing the other side.

Here I just started layering… first some green leaves and tree limbs… then the pumpkins, squash, lemons and other natural elements.  I positioned the lanterns and then decided I needed something tall on either side.  I chose the two tall vases with the sunflowers to tie in all the colors and textures.  And the finished project is perfect for fall right thru Thanksgiving.  Maybe you prefer Halloween décor instead… just remember if you do a mantle for that you will have to change it again once November 1 hits… and then again after Thanksgiving.  This mantle will get you through the end of November without much upkeep. Enjoy this wonderful time of year!

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  • Amy France-Vena is not only a Horizon Realty Group property manager, she is also a resident! Amy is a certified stager and before joining Horizon, she had her own staging company. Her skills have certainly come in handy at the property she manages, The Uptown Regency. Looking for a new home with a built-in manager/decorator? Find Amy there!

Dogs Home Alone – accidents, barking and chewing of your stuff

Apartment dwelling has its challenges with or without our furry roommates…dogs Barking complaints from neighbors, coming home to chewed up non-dog items, accidents on the floor?  The good news is that you are not alone and there are people who can help! We sought advice from experts and trainers at Urban Pooch Training & Fitness located in Ravenswood.

Barking dog:

  • If your neighbors are complaining about your dog barking and have contacted your property manager, the first thing to do is to inform them that you are aware of the problem and working on a solution. The quickest path is a peaceful happy dog is training. Urban Pooch offers free 15 minute consults to get you on the right track.
  • Determine why your dog is barking. This will help your trainer too. This great post, Barking When Left Alone, on petfinder details types of barkers and offers some tips to quiet the barking (barking set-ups)

Dog accidents in the house:

  • Take some extra time in the morning with your dog and take them on a longer walk.
  • There is a product called PoochieBells – which you hang on your front or back door and you can train your dog to ring the bell when they need to go to the bathroom. It’s quite amazing how your dog can communicate with you. This of course requires a bit of training in order to accomplish this.
  • Crate training helps tremendously – as dogs usually will not pee in their crate. It’s important that the crate is not too far from the door where you take your dog out to the bathroom.
  • Speak with a trainer, every dog is different and the trainer needs to talk with the parent to understand what’s going on.
  • In some dogs, it could be a bladder infection that causes excessive urination.

Chewing non-dog items:

  • It could be that your dog is suffering from anxiety, boredom, not getting enough exercise or he needs a base training on how to not chew on things. We feel it’s essential to do basic training with your pooch. Not only does it help him/her, but it provides great value for Mom and/or Dad. –Urban Pooch
  • Petfinder.com echoes Urban Pooch’s suggestion to crate train. They suggest confining the dog with acceptable chew toys like a Kong toy that you can stuff with a treat and your pooch is occupied with working for the treat. Read more here.

 

Talking with a trainer can offer some insights into your dog’s behavior. Call Urban Pooch to set up your free 15 minute consultation by visiting www.urbanpoochtraining.com, emailing info@urbanpoochtraining.com or calling 773.961.8880.

Urban Pooch offers Daycare, Cageless Boarding, Grooming, Training – group classes, private one-on-one, one and two-week Pooch Camps, Agility, Therapy Dog training, and have an amazingly Fun Retail Store filled with thoughtful, fun and healthy food, treats and products.

They have two facilities – Urban Pooch Canine Life Center – 4501 N Ravenswood Avenue (Sunnyside) and Urban Pooch Training and Fitness Center – 5400 N Damen Avenue (Andersonville/Bownmanville).

Pet Policy Reminder

While we love being able to offer pet-friendly housing, there are some restrictions and rules. All dogs must be registered and go through an approval process. Continued disturbance of other residents could result in the termination of your lease agreement and eviction with the Sheriff’s department. We want to promote a peaceful environment for all of our residents, pet owners and non-pet owners alike.

Review the policy below. Contact your property manager if you have any questions or concerns.

Pet Policy

Horizon Realty Group welcomes most adult dog breeds that meet the criteria herein described. For exact acceptable weight limits, please contact your property manager.

 

  1. A maximum of 1 dog is allowed per apartment.
  2. At selected buildings, the dog must be carried out of the premises or placed in a dog stroller and it must exit through the rear of the building in walk-up style courtyard buildings.
  3. No puppies are allowed unless prior written approval is obtained from the Lessor. This provision may apply to only select breeds and may be revoked at any time without notice or demand. Dog must be 1 year or older and must be potty trained.
  4. Dog must be neutered or spayed and must have all vaccinations and submit proof thereof.
  5. Prospective renter/resident agrees to pay the required fees & additional rent:
  6. Non-refundable dog fee of $350 per dog

b. Additional pet rent is determined by weight. Please ask your property manager for rent amount.

Patio Restaurant picks on the Northside

Once it starts to get warm in Chicago, we try to spend as much time outside as possible. That means patio time in Chicago dining al fresco. It is going to be in the 60’s this weekend, which feels like the 90’s to us after our brutal cold winters. We wanted to share some great places in our north side neighborhoods where you can dine outside. This is just a small sampling. Share ones you love in the comments.

Ravenswood

Gather – 4539 N. Lincoln Ave – Website
Gather has an adorable covered patio in back. They are participating in Chef Week April 17th through April 22nd. During this week they are offering a prix-fixe menu! Time Out Magazine describes one of their desserts served in a cast-iron skillet as “a soft, buttery mess of dough and caramel.” Yum.

The Fireside – 5739 N. Ravenswood – Website
Tucked away along the trains tracks in Ravenswood you’ll find The Fireside. They have a year-round patio in back and a small seasonal one right in front. Their beer list is outstanding!

Rogers Park

La Cazuela – 6922 N. Clark – Website
La Cazuela boasts breakfast wraps and Mexican food. When I scoured the internet for reviews, many people rave about their garden seating…and the seafood.

Heartland Cafe – 7000 N. Glenwood – Website
With adorable sidewalk patio seating, Heartland Cafe has been serving “good wholesome food for the mind and body in Rogers Park” for over 35 years. Time Out Chicago also lists it as one of Chicago’s Essential Restaurants. They offer vegetarian and vegan food! You might see me here this weekend. :)

Uptown

Tweet – 5020 N. Sheridan – Website
Patio? Check. Bloody Marys and Mimosas? Check. Brunch menu? Check. Tweet is located steps away from our Uptown Regency property and offers veggie and gluten free options. Come back at night and visit their bar, Big Chicks right next door for drinks and dancing!

Loyola Off-Campus Housing & Student Living

In February we spent a couple hours talking with students at Loyola about our off-campus housing options with Horizon properties near the Rogers Park campus. Right as you enter Rogers Park on Sheridan, you will find Sheridan Lake at 6401 N. Sheridan. The two-tower property is steps away from the Loyola campus. Just south of Sheridan Lake is Kenmore Place, a complete gut-rehab mid-century building. The property offers free hi-speed internet, state-of-the art fitness center and has available parking.

  • What makes a Horizon property a good choice for students (and parents)?
  • Sheridan Lake’s attentive property manager, Jordan Simmons is on-site
  • Sheridan Lake and Kenmore Place offer FREE Hi-speed internet
  • Walking distance to campus, but parking available on-site
  • Both properties are pet-friendly! Call to ask about the pet policies.
  • 24-hour emergency maintenance line
  • On-site fitness
  • No security depositsWe are also giving away an i-Pad mini! Head over to our Facebook,Instagram or Twitter page and add, like or tag us for a chance to win! We are announcing the winner Monday, March 7th.
    #chicagoHorizon

 

Get On Board with Horizon!

Sign an 12-month lease with Horizon and receive a five-day luxury cruise!* This luxury cruise for two includes an interior stateroom (based on double occupancy), all gourmet meals and snacks, 24 hour complimentary room service, a wide range of nightly entertainment (Las Vegas style shows), all onboard activities, a state-of-the-art fitness center, plus fabulous international cities to visit and shop.  Upgrades such as an ocean view room, balcony room, an extended cruise, bringing kids or traveling with another couple are available at special group rates through AIM Cruises.

* Restrictions and fees apply. This offer is valid only for NEW RESIDENTS who sign an 12-month lease at any Horizon Property. Not valid with any other promotion. Applicant must mention this promotion before submitting application. Valid only if leased through Horizon property manager or Horizon leasing agent. No cash value. Cruise Certificate- recipient is responsible for port charges, taxes, customs and fulfillment fees and getting to and from port of choice. See cruise certificate for full details. Ask property manager or Horizon leasing agent for promotion details.

Hi winter. Bye cold.

Ugh. Winter is finally here. Here are a few apartment warming tips. I did not include booze…but that helps too.

 

1. Fake it.
Some of our apartments have fireplaces, but if you live in a building without a fireplace, you can still have the cozy glow. YouTube has a bunch of fireplace videos with crackling sounds and all. Cozy up on the couch under a warm blanket and a good book.

2. Stop the drafts
Drafty doors and windows rob you of warmth and money on your energy bills. Etsy has some affordable customizable options. Check them out here. Or just roll up a towel or blanket to put by the door. (Etsy.com)

3. Blackout curtains
Blackout curtains help keep the heat inside in the winter and the heat from coming in during the summer. They come in a array of colors, are affordable and they let keep the light out so you can sleep in on the weekends. Check out target.com for some affordable options.

4. Reverse your ceiling fans
Use the switch on your ceiling fan to switch the direction so the blades go counter clockwise. Heat rises and this will draw it back down where you can use it the most.

5. Aluminum foil behind your radiators
You can use your kitchen aluminum foil or get heavier foil from a hardware store. Placing a layer along the wall behind your radiator bounces the heat back and keeps it from being absorbed into the wall.

Jay Michael 1981-2016

Jay Michael, the co-founder and managing partner of Cedar St. Cos., one of the busiest developers in Chicago, passed away Friday, January 8 after a year-long fight with stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In addition to his career in real estate development, Michael was also one of the cast members of the Bravo show 100 Days of Summer. A self-described “lifestyle architect,” Michael was keen on good design and played a major role in launching the FLATS Chicago line of apartment buildings, as well as Chicago’s Heritage Bicycles. And while Michael earned praise from design enthusiasts, affordable housing advocates often cried foul at Cedar Street’s formula of purchasing derelict buildings and rehabbing them as hip and somewhat pricey micro apartments. However, over the last few years, Michael and Alex Samoylovich, a lifelong friend and partner at Cedar Street, quickly became one of the busiest and most successful duos in Chicago real estate.

And as much as Michael was a true developer, he was also represented what could be considered the anti-developer. Michael cared for design,preservation and function, and his focus on these aspects of development served as the foundation for Cedar Street’s success. Major projects include the renovation and overhaul of the historic Bush Temple of Music in the Gold Coast, the redevelopment of the Combined Insurance office complex in Uptown, and the redevelopment of the former Salvation Army Freedom Center campus located in the Near West Side.

A true believer in good design and micro-living, Michael practiced what he preached. In June 2014, Michael invited Curbed to tour his own personal residence at his No. 5411 Flats building in Edgewater. In addition to Michael, other FLATS dwellers invited us to explore their micro apartments to get a look at what it’s really like to live in a 300-square-foot space.

Michael, who had written extensively about his battle with cancer, worked through his illness to ensure that projects were moving along. Michael’s funeral service will take place tomorrow afternoon.

-Curbed Chicago

 

Click here to make a donation in honor of Jay Michael to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Horizon Instagram Giveaway

Let’s see your style! A few residents let us photograph their apartments to feature on our new website. We were wowed by all of the personal style. Let’s see yours! We will choose a winner at random to receive a $25 gift card from Amazon. 
Here are the rules:
1. Follow Horizon on Instagram or like us on Facebook.
2. Post a picture of your favorite room in your apartment.
3. Tag or hashtag #HorizonChicago

Lease Now, Cruise Later!

It’s getting cold in Chicago, but we have an offer to have you dreaming of tropical breezes! For a short time when you sign an 18 month lease at Kenmore Place, Elmhurst Terrace, Oakdale Terrace or Barry Court, you will receive a Luxury Cruise Certificate*.

This luxury cruise for two includes an interior stateroom (based on double occupancy), all gourmet meals and snacks, 24 hour complimentary room service, a wide range of nightly entertainment (Las Vegas style shows), all onboard activities, a state-of-the-art fitness center, plus fabulous international cities to visit and shop.  Upgrades such as an ocean view room, balcony room, an extended cruise, bringing kids or traveling with another couple are available at special group rates through AIM Cruises.

Call today to tour one of the mentioned properties!

773.529.7200

 

* Restrictions and fees apply. Restrictions and fees apply. This offer is valid only for NEW RESIDENTS who sign a 18-month lease at Kenmore ,Elmhurst Terrace, Oakdale Terrace or Barry Court. Not valid at any other Horizon property. Not valid with any other promotion. Applicant must mention this promotion before submitting application. Valid only if leased through Horizon property manager or Horizon leasing agent. No cash value. Cruise Certificate- recipient is responsible for port charges, taxes, customs and fulfillment fees and getting to and from port of choice. See cruise certificate for full details. Ask property manager or Horizon leasing agent for promotion details.