Celebrate Memorial Day in Deer Park

“Have you ever stopped to ponder the amount of blood spilled, the volume of tears shed, the degree of pain and anguish endured, the number of noble men and women lost in battle so that we as individuals might have a say in governing our country? Honor the lives sacrificed for your freedoms.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

This Memorial Day, indulge your closest friends and family to a small gathering at your apartments in Deer Park. It’s truly a wonderful way to catch up with those you haven’t seen in a while as you also honor the freedoms so many soldiers have died to preserve.

Throwing a Memorial Day at your apartments doesn’t have to be difficult. There are plenty of helpful pointers online if this is your first time hosting a Memorial Day gathering. For tips on how to throw a great Memorial Day party in your apartment, click here. You will not be disappointed!

As Joesph Campbell says, “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
How will you celebrate those who have fought to preserve the freedoms we have in this country this year? With Memorial Day approaching this May 28th, it’s time to start planning!

Where to Celebrate Earth Day This Year

Where to Celebrate Earth Day This Year

Where to Celebrate Earth Day This Year

Where to Celebrate Earth Day This Year

With so many fantastic parks around the Deer Park Crossing Apartments, selecting one can be a tough decision! Well, allow us to help! This Earth Day, why not visit the Deer Grove Forest Preserve for a day filled with natural beauty and fun?

If you enjoy breaking a sweat on your days off, the Deer Grove Forest Preserve has everything you need! If you are looking forward to viewing the natural beauty of the park, nothing beats the hiking and biking trails. And with over 300 miles of trails, you will be returning week after week. However, if you would rather play some games on Earth Day, the preserve has areas and rentals for boating and disc golf, in addition to open fields. Finally, the park also features guided walks and a nature center, so taking it easy is always a possibility.

There is no better way to spend Earth Day than out in a local park, and Deer Grove Forest Preserve is practically next door! The park is located at 1599 Pepper Tree Dr, Palatine, IL 60067, just a ten-minute drive from the Deer Park Crossing Apartments in Deer Park, IL.

Where to Have An Incredible Saint Patrick’s Day

Apartments in Deer Park

Where to Have An Incredible Saint Patrick’s Day

Apartments in Deer Park

So many of the Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations are unhealthy or adult-oriented. But finding something different or creative can be time-consuming. Well, allow us to help out! This year, why not try something healthy and run, jog, or walk the Deer Park Saint Paddy’s 5k and 10k?

If you are used to the typical 5k and 10k, be prepared for something completely different this Saint Patrick’s Day! While, like many run and walks, each participant receives a nice hoodie, you will undoubtedly have more fun at this run! Costumes and makeup are encouraged, so be sure to dress up in your most Irish get-up. Furthermore, if you need a little motivation to get moving (don’t we all), there will be Irish bands along the route to keep you moving. The best part of all? You can run for a fantastic charity: Wings. Additionally, there will be a food drive and raffle, so be sure to stay late!

This year, why not try something different with the family for Saint Patrick’s Day? There is still time to sign up for the the Deer Park Saint Paddy’s 5k and 10k! The event will take place at 20530 N Deer Park Blvd. Deer Park, IL 60010, located just a short walk from the Deer Park Crossing Apartments in Deer Park, IL.

Surprise Yours With a Fantastic Date Night

Date Night in Deer Park

Surprise Yours With a Fantastic Date Night

Date Night in Deer Park

Are you looking for great ideas for Valentine’s Day or an upcoming date night? Well, allow us to help! This month, why not discover a new romantic spot for you and yours, located just a short drive from the Deer Park Crossing Apartments in Deer Park, IL.

If you are looking for a fine-dining establishment for your special day, look no further than the Stoney River Steakhouse! Stoney River has a fantastic romantic environment and an upscale menu with something for everyone. When you visit, be sure to try the prime rib and save room for desert, Stoney River boasts a massive chocolate cake perfect for any sweet tooth.

On the other hand, if you are looking for something a little more lowkey, why not discover Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano? A great Italian restaurant with perfect mood lighting, Biaggi’s’ is the perfect place to finish off a great day, or start a late-night date. With something on the menu for everyone, including vegetarians and those who are gluten-free, Biaggi’s is a great date night destination.

What are you waiting for? Take your special someone out soon to one of the great eateries in Deer Park! Stoney River Steakhouse can be located at 20504 N Rand Road, Deer Park, while Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano can be found just down the road at 20560 N Rand Road. Both are within a five-minute drive of the Deer Park Crossing Apartments in Deer Park, IL.

Resolutions to Help Keep You Organized in 2018

resolutions

Staying organized can be pretty challenging, but it’s one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions that people make. That’s why we’ve put together a few easy solutions to help you stay organized for the year ahead.

 

Labels, Labels, Labels

Labels are great because they can help you save time and get organized! From printables to chalk stickers, labeling can be a great way to help keep everything in its place. If you have little ones, you can even make photo or picture labels. Hey, it’s never too early to start learning important organization skills, right?

 

Create a Weekly Cleaning System

We know how easy it can be for the dishes to pile up and the laundry basket to start overflowing. Make it one of your resolutions to stay on top of cleaning by creating an organized system. For instance, designate one day of the week to a different cleaning duty. This way, you won’t spend hours upon hours on your days off cleaning your apartment.

 

Clear the Clutter

Clutter adds up over time. Get rid of things you no longer use and clothes you no longer wear. Purchase some woven baskets or bins to store items like shoes, DVDs, and seasonal decorations.

Where to See Some Amazing Holiday Performances

It’s time to grab your tickets for some of the best holiday performances! From beloved classics to hilarious comedy shows, the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre is ready to bring you some holiday cheer. Here are a few shows to put on the calendar.

 

A Christmas Carol

through December 27, 2017

Ebenezer Scrooge himself is back! Besides, what would the holiday season be without A Christmas Carol? Three magical ghosts manage to bring about a change of heart for this cranky fella’ and it’s enough to make us feel all warm inside. This classic tale is a great way to spend an evening with your family. Tickets are only $30 for adults and $15 for students. Find more information here.

 

The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue

through December 31, 2017

If you’ve never had the chance to see one of The Second City’s shows, then you’ve been missing out. Prepare to laugh like you’ve never laughed before. This year, they’re performing their Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue, which includes original songs, comedy sketches and a whole lot more. If the holidays leave you feeling a bit frazzled, then this is one of the best ways to lighten things up. Tickets are $30 per persona and you can purchase stage tables for only $35. Their New Year’s Eve tickets are a bit pricier, but if you don’t have plans to celebrate the new year, it’s a great option! Find more information here.

A Healthy Green Bean Casserole Recipe for Thanksgiving

Green bean casserole is the perfect side dish for any Thanksgiving meal. Here’s a recipe that’s sure to become a family favorite.
 

Ingredients

  • 2½ pounds green beans, trimmed and cut into 1- to 2-inch pieces (about 8 cups)
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white or black pepper
  • 2½ cups low-fat milk
  • 1½ cups fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs or ½ cup shredded or crumbled cheese

 

Directions

  1. First, position racks on the upper and lower third of your oven. Then, preheat to 425°F.
  2. Next, toss green beans in a large bowl with 1 tablespoon oil until well coated. Divide between 2 baking sheets and spread in an even layer. Roast the green beans, stirring once and rotating the pans top to bottom about halfway through, until tender and beginning to brown (20 to 25 minutes).
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until very soft and golden brown (5 to 8 minutes). Add flour, salt and pepper and cook, stirring for about 1 minute more. Then, add milk and continue to stir, scraping up any browned bits. Stir while this cooks until the sauce bubbles and thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon (about 4 minutes). Remove from the heat. 
  4. When the green beans are done, remove from the oven. Preheat the broiler.
  5. Transfer half the green beans to a 2-quart, broiler-safe baking dish. Spread half the sauce over the green beans. Add the remaining green beans and top with the remaining sauce.
  6. Combine breadcrumbs and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a small bowl (skip this step if you are topping with cheese).
  7. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture (or cheese) over the gratin. Place under the broiler and broil, watching closely, until the gratin is bubbling and beginning to brown on top (1 to 5 minutes). Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.