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From DNAinfo Reporters
Resurrection University is located in Chicago’s historic Wicker Park neighborhood. The university is a part of Presence Health, the largest Catholic health care system in Illinois, and is located inside Presence Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital. It is fitted with an advanced simulation learning center, and has a modern campus, which draws applicants from all over the globe. As an upper-division health sciences university, ResU offers degrees in nursing, imaging technology, and HIIM (health informatics and information management). Students of ResU are educated to become healthcare leaders with the applied technical skills of their practice and the qualities that exude the Catholic traditions of faith, hope and healing. They are especially proud to have a higher than average number of male nursing students, and were recently named a ‘Best Nursing School for Men’ by the American Association for Men in Nursing in 2016. It speaks to the diversity of their student body, and is reflected in the Wicker Park community that they call home.
RCN has been bringing the greatest entertainment, the fastest internet speeds, and top-tier customer service to Chicago for years. Voted Top ISP provider in the nation by PC Mag, RCN is proud to call Chicago home, serving the city from Hyde Park to Rogers Park, and beyond. In addition to topping PC Mag in overall satisfaction, with Epic-Fast Internet speeds up to one Gig, they offer 100% digital programming, world-class fiber optic quality, and exceptional customer service. With no contracts, free Video On Demand, and their support for the local community, it’s easy to see why more and more Chicagoans are making the switch to RCN.
Licensed realtor Alley Ballard of @properties ranks amongst the top one percent of brokers in Chicago, and the top three percent nationwide. Whether buying or selling, Ballard is known by her clients for her enthusiasm and diligence — always aiming for their complete satisfaction. Working with clients from Evanston to the South Loop, she and her team specialize in single-family homes, condos and investment properties. When selling properties, The Alley Ballard Team has an impressive track record of an average of only 44.7 days on the market, and a list-to-sale price coming in at 99.3 percent of asking price. For buyers, Ballard has an advantage of being privy to certain properties before they hit the market. Additionally, she and her team work tirelessly to find homes that their clients will not only love, but will stand as solid investments in the years to come. As a result, 99 percent of Ballard’s business comes from referrals, speaking volumes of her and her team’s expertise in real estate.
Located at the intersection of Diversey, Clark, and Broadway, in the heart of Chicago’s vibrant North Side, The Hotel Versey offeres guests a genuine neighborhood experience that invites them to live in the city like a true local. AN urban boutique hotel unlike any other, Hotel Versey combines an inspired level of comfort with an engaging street savvy ambiance that invites each guest to make the city their own. With its idea location and thoughtful array of amenities, Hotel Versey welcomes you to a part of Chicago that will come to feel like home.
Children’s Learning Place Early Learning Academies offer innovative quality full and part-time programs for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. Their goal is to champion a lifelong interest in learning and creativity. Curriculum based educational activities and enrichment programs nurture physical, intellectual, social and emotional growth through music, language, science, math, reading, field trips, exercise and fun. Children’s Learning Place is dedicated to working with parents and families throughout their child’s development. They prepare your child for the transition from home to their early learning academies and on to primary school. It is their belief that all children deserve quality education and good nutrition in an environment where they feel safe and happy, inspiring each child to reach their full potential and embrace diversity. Children’s Learning Place Chicago’s 1st choice for early childhood education since 1998 invites you to schedule a tour at one of their 5 neighborhood early learning academies!
The Spanish Square is a neighborhood tapas bar, deli, wine shop, market, and restaurant bringing a true European experience to the Midwest. Immersing Chicagoans in the flavors, culture, and romance of Spain in a warm and inviting environment, to enter The Spanish Square is to be transported to Plaza del Cabildo — a socializing and shopping space in the city of Seville. They offer authentic Spanish dishes, as well as a rare selection of cured meats, cheeses, and wines imported directly from Spain. Located in Lakeview, on the border of Lincoln Park, they regularly host free events, such as wine tastings and live Flamenco. The Spanish Square captures the energy and passion of Spain like no other, making it perfect for enjoying a casual meal with friends, or celebrating with a larger party.
Located on Chicago’s vibrant Northside, Lakeview East is home to many attractions including Wrigley Field, Belmont Theater District, Boystown and Belmont Harbor. Lakeview east offers a thriving dining district, exciting nightlife and several boutique hotels and B&Bs. Residents and visitors can visit their website to see a full list of their member businesses, attractions and special events. It’s also the place to go if you want to view happy hour specials, check out the Lakeview brunch guide, or purchase gift cards that are redeemable at over 150 locations throughout the neighborhood.
Designated as a perennial Top Producer by the Chicago Association of Realtors, seasoned broker Greg Desmond delivers leading results in real estate by using his signature client-centric approach. For over 17 years, Desmond has continuously received superior ratings and reviews from his many satisfied clients. He’s been named “Best in the Business” twice by the QSC, a distinction given to only 250 agents among the 50,000+ eligible nationwide. Greg’s also been recognized as a Five Star Professional four years in a row. In 2016, his listings sold in an average of 24 days on the market for 99 percent of the listing price. More importantly, he prides himself on getting the best results, while making transactions a personal and enjoyable experience for his clients. Knowledgeable in property sales ranging from the South Loop to Edgewater, his business concentrates in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Andersonville, Bucktown, River North, the Gold Coast, and surrounding areas. Clients know to reach out to Greg Desmond before making a move, so he can successfully guide them through the process of finding a happy place.