Spring Awakening 2016

Spring Awakening once again heads to Chicago for Summer 2016!  All of your favorites will be spinning and playing your favorite house music for this three day event.  Though originally planned to take place at Jackson Park, the festival will now be moved to Medill Park.  If you’re like us and love house music this music festival is a no-brainer to start your summer off right. 

Even if you’re new to the electric scene in Chicago, this fest is a great place to break the ice for those looking to checkout many different kinds of sounds and artists all in one place.  We love music in Chicago and we love summer, and Spring Awakening adds both to the table.  So make sure to take a look below for the line-up and all the information you need for this summer’s electronic music fest.


Addams/Medill Park, Chicago


Friday, June 10, 2016 – Doors at 1:00 PM
Saturday, June 11, 2016 – Doors at 1:00 PM
Sunday, June 12, 2016 – Doors at 1:00 PM

The Line-Up


Buy your tickets here: http://www.springawakeningfestival.com/buy-tickets

We can’t wait to checkout Spring Awakening 2016 and we hope to see some friendly PPM faces!  If the electronic scene isn’t for you, fear not because we have another great fest for you to hit, Lincoln Park Wine Fest.

Step Out Your Door and Into a Dog Park, Exclusively with PPM!

Planned Property Management loves dogs and even cats!  All of our buildings are located in Chicago’s best neighborhoods and all are cat friendly.  There is no additional charge for your furry feline friends.  PPM has 5 dog-friendly buildings too.  Three now have their own dog parks!

·         2756 N Pinegrove

·         3130 N Lake Shore Drive

·         632 W Addison • includes dog park

·         1000 N LaSalle • includes dog park

·         515 W Briar • includes dog park

These three dog parks are not just a fenced-in area with gravel.  Each park is designed for the dogs to have room to commune with nature in a grassy area, and so the can do their business while their human friends relax, socialize, and save the time out their busy lives that it takes to travel to a dog-friendly area.  The grass is also of the dog-friendly variety.  An occasional cat has shown up in these areas as well.  Each of PPM’s three in-house dog parks provides FREE BAGS. 

A few simple rules can make your dog park experience more enjoyable and stress free.

·         Keep an eye on your dog:  PPM is all about fun and socializing and we meet some of the best people while with our dogs.  It is still important to keep an eye on your dog and the dogs around you and your dog in order to ensure peace and tranquility. 

·         Treats or No Treats?  There is a debate about if treats are acceptable in a dog-friendly area.  We know that they are important for training and as a reward for good behavior, but we also know that dogs have an amazing sense of smell and that they all know you have treats.  This can lead to getting jumped on and some aggressive behavior when one dog gets a treat and another does not.  Ultimately, you know best, but be prepared for dogs being dogs and manage the situation.  Ask before you give someone else’s dog a treat.

·         Be Proactive:  We spend a lot of time with our dogs and have learned to know their behaviors.  Not all dogs get along.  Some dogs do not like bigger or smaller dogs, un-neutered dogs can pose problems, and sometimes two dogs just have issues.  Since we know this and that it takes two to tango, be aware of the triggers and try to go out of your way avoid them.

·         Toys:  As you know, all dogs have different personalities.  It's seldom as evident when it comes to toys.  A squeaky toy can send a dog into frenzy.  Other dogs could just care less.  My dog will only play with a tennis ball.  He doesn't care which one, while other dogs will only play with one particular ball.  If you bring a fancy, expensive, or just sentimental toy along, it may become another dog’s passion.  Be prepared and if you do not want to lose it, do not bring it.  A dog park is a shared space and most dogs give up the idea of being territorial. When in a shared space, that does not always apply to whose toy is whose.  Monitor the pack when bringing out a toy to avoid any unpleasant interactions. And if you think there may be an issue, just put it away.

·         Clean Up After Your Dog:  Planned Property Management provides free poop bags at its three dog parks.  Cleaning up after your pooch makes everyone’s experience better.

·         Keep Your Dog's Vaccinations Current:  There is the great debate these days about kids and vaccinations.  It also applies to pets.  Dogs are required to have certain vaccinations each year and it is best for the dog population that they are current.  It is suggested that you wait until your puppy is 4 months old before you bring them to a public dog area.  Chicago requires a dog license and all that license requires is a rabies vaccination.  Check with your vet for other shots to protect your pet.

Have Fun!  Can I follow all these rules and still have fun?  Of course!  If you go to the park on a daily basis, all this becomes habit.  You will know all the dogs and all the dog's people friends.  It is all fun and easy.

If you do not live in a PPM dog-friendly building with a dog park, do not fret.  Chicago has a lot of areas just for you and your dog.  Check them out here: www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/facilities/dog-friendly-areas/

Planned Property Management has 5 core values, and hanging out at our dog parks satisfies at least 4 out of the 5.

·         Fun: No explanation needed.

·         Social: We can meet our best friends, our future spouse, and get to know our neighbors at the dog park. 

·         Green:  Biodegradable dog bags.

·         Loves Pets:  That is why we have these parks.

·         Charitable:  Continually working on this one.  Give us your ideas.

Ten Reasons People May Hate Your Dog

Dogs are one of the most amazing and fulfilling pets one can have. They're loyal, fun, and always happy to see you. They are there for you when things get tough and happy with you when things are great. Yet, most of all, they will always love you no matter what. These are just a few reasons why having a dog is so rewarding! But, let’s be honest, not everyone is as happy and loving as us dog lovers are. There are just some people in this world that don’t have the love for great companions as we do for our furry friends.

Nevertheless, not all is lost for these non-dog people. Some non-dog-lovers might be swayed if they can see just how wonderful dogs can be! So, how do we change their minds? First we can look to see if we are being responsible dog owners and respecting others. Having good manners and teaching good manners to our pups is key. However, if we choose to not be respectful, then we are only hurting the point of why dogs are great. The truth is, there are dog owners that can even drive the biggest dog enthusiast crazy. So, here is a list of ten things we should avoid to help better our case and maybe sway those non-dog people.

Here are Ten things People may hate about dog owners

·         You don’t pick up after your dog!

·         Your dog barks excessively

·         You don’t have control of your dog

·         You let your dog roam off leash in unsafe environments

·         Your dog invades the personal space of others

·         Your dog destroys other people’s property

·         You bring your dog to inappropriate places

·         Your dog is a brat at the dog park

·         You don’t take responsibility for your dog’s mistakes

·         You won’t stop talking about your dog

It’s easy to see how some of these can be extremely annoying or even irresponsible. This proves even more true living in the city along with the interaction of having more people around. Yet, if you fall into one of these categories, fear not. Each one has a simple fix! We all know how we can get sucked up into loving our pets to the point of not acknowledging some minor shortcomings, and that’s alright. Though we do ask you to take a moment and reflect on how you and your best friend behave together both inside and outside of your home.

Coffee and Tea in Lakeview

Planned Property Management has over 20 buildings in or just outside of Lakeview.  I was thinking, "that’s a lot of coffee!"  Starbucks, and the emerging Bay Area transplant, Peet’s, are all over the place.  Newcomer, Bow Truss, the established Intelligensia, 7-11, Duncan Donuts, and various other coffee shops and delis provide a lot of choices when one wants to sit and sip a cup or take one away.  The oldest independent coffee roaster and shop in Lakeview, and most-likely the city, is the Coffee and Tea Exchange, located on the corner of N. Broadway and Aldine. 

The Coffee and Tea Exchange opened in 1975 when the area was still referred to as New Town.  (A little history reminds us that when Old Town became the center of so-called ‘hippy’ life in the late 1960s, it became a bit overcrowded and pricey.  Businesses started moving to and opening up in the areas where Clark and Broadway intersect and it was called New Town).  Steve, the founder, had a storefront near the corner of Broadway and Oakdale where he roasted coffee in the rear of the store and used the front to sell to the public.  In addition to the freshest roasted coffees in town, they had a great selection of teas and herbs.  You could smell the roasting coffee in whichever direction the wind was blowing that day.  In the 1970s, coffee came in a can and Steve’s vision of giving the customer an education and a choice of many different styles and flavors would prove to be visionary.  Customers could smell the coffee, see it for themselves, and then ask questions about it.  He taught customers that coffees from different countries had different flavor profiles, which allowed them to develop preferences for different locales.  He also taught them that different roasting levels also contributed to the various flavor profiles as well.  Customers were able to decide for themselves which origin and roast they preferred.

Steve’s business grew with the addition of commercial and mail order accounts and the store moved to its current location at 3311 N. Broadway and roasting moved west to a warehouse location.  Choose from over 50 varieties of coffee, including fair and direct trade, blends, espresso, plus decaf.  The beans are displayed in large wooden barrels so that customers are able to see and smell the beans for themselves.  Top selling coffees are the French or French/Italian Roast, Dave’s Blend, Brazilian, and the staff’s favorite, Indian Malabar Monsoon.

The Coffee and Tea Exchange also has an amazing selection of over 100 black, white, green, fruit, herbal, and other teas and almost any herb you might need.  The store sells coffee and tea by the cup, ounce, or pound.  You can buy a cup of any of the loose teas.  My favorites are the Pu Ehr Yunnan Menghai and the Tsarina Samovar Blend, both black teas. Need to blend the perfect curry?  No need to travel to Devon Avenue as you can find it at the Coffee and Tea Exchange.

In the winter, everything in the café is to go but when springtime arrives, there is an outdoor seating area.  Did I mention the prices are a big draw?

PPM’s Latest Clothing Drive for the Epilepsy Foundation of Chicago Produces a Record Haul!

Planned Property Management focuses on 5 core values.

1. Have Fun

2. Be Social

3. Go Green

4. Be Charitable

5. We Love Pets

Our partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation of Chicago takes on two of these core values to help achieve their goals:  Be charitable and go green.  The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago leads the fight to stop seizures, find a cure, and overcome challenges created by epilepsy.  Over 2 million Americans suffer from epilepsy.

One of the Epilepsy Foundation’s main sources of funding is through a partnership with the Savers donation network, which takes in donations of gently used clothing and household items to sell in Savers network of thrift stores.  Savers has donated over $1.5 billion over the last ten years to its various partners.  Savers sends unsold donations to countries in need.  PPM organizes clothing drives throughout the year to help support this amazing organization.  According to the foundation's Janet Anderson, PPM’s last clothing drive at 1111 N Dearborn, 1133 N Dearborn, and 1120 N LaSalle took in a record amount of your used clothing!  On May 9, PPM donated bottled water and personnel to hand it out for the 2015 Epilepsy 5K centered at Montrose Harbor.

Our next clothing drives runs May 18 through June 5 in the following buildings: 3130 N Lake Shore Drive, 350 W Oakdale, and 515 W Barry.  Here is your opportunity to de-clutter and give back.  Donating your used clothing is also tax deductible (click for a receipt). Men’s, women’s, children’s, and infant clothing are appreciated and go to a great organization supporting an important cause.  Contact your building’s manager for more information.

Planned Property Management is always looking for ideas to support our core values.  Use the comment space on this blog to share your ideas.

Some of Chicago’s Most Historic Places

No matter how long you’ve lived here, there is always something new to learn about the great city of Chicago. And if you’re a newcomer, the quirks, along with the character of this city is truly endless. Chicago is a city of tradition, as well as progress, which makes the landscape of this city a mixture of old and new. We wanted to highlight some of the oldest buildings in Chicago so that the next time you’re walking around, you might notice a bit of history about our great city.

Pickwick Stable: built in 1892 and located in an alley at 22 E. Jackson Blvd, this tiny building is known to be the oldest standing structure in the Loop. The building is said to have been built on top of a stable, which was in existence in 1857. On either side of the small building is the Gibbons Building and the Steger. The small Pickwick Stable is only two stories and now houses a coffee shop called Asado. They serve high-end coffee that is roasted in the shop itself.

Henry B. Clarke House: This location can be found one mile south of the loop and it was built in 1833. Currently owned by the Norwood Park Historical Society, they purchased it in 1987 for $285,000. Prior to that, it had passed through the hands of many historic Chicago families. This is considered to be the oldest building within the Chicago city limits. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is currently operated as a museum.

The Rookery: Built after the great Chicago fire of 1871, the building was built in 1885 and was originally designed as a prestigious office building. It was absolutely revolutionary for its time, containing elevators, electric lighting, and fireproofing. At eleven stories tall, it is considered to be one of the oldest standing high-rise buildings in Chicago.

The Walnut Room: why not add in a place to grab a bite? Built in 1907, this was the very first restaurant to be opened in a department store (Macy’s). The wait to grab a bite here around Christmas can be a few hours. The recommended choices to order are the original chicken pot pie, BLT jam burger, or the chicken salad croissant.

Palmer House Hilton: This historic hotel was built as a wedding present in 1871, but it burned down just three days after it opened in the Great Chicago Fire. They immediately rebuilt the hotel into one of the fanciest hotels in the world. The hotel has hosted presidents such as Ulysses S. Grant, James Garfield, and Grover Cleveland. In the 1920s, a new Palmer House Hotel was built.