Frances’ Deli

After grubbing at nearly every restaurant within the neighborhood of our marketing office, we decided on Lincoln Park’s original, Frances’ Deli. Since 1938, Frances’ has been known for the “best breakfast in the city” and delicious sandwiches.

The Fatty Melt

For those with a cheat day… A super juicy 1/2lb burger seared to your preference, rests between two grilled cheese sandwiches with melty cheddar. Dressed with sizzling grilled onions, savory bacon, and plumped up ripe tomato slices. It comes served with fries, potato pancakes, or potato salad.

The Triple Decker Turkey Club

Stacked a mile high… Your classic, REAL roast turkey sliced thin and piled on top of crispy bacon, fresh lettuce, and juicy tomato. With some mayo evenly spread over fresh bread that has been toasted to perfection.

At first glance, just an ordinary diner… Once you sink your teeth into the great food at Frances’ Deli, you won’t think to question its Michelin standings, five years strong 2011-2015.

Open Mon – Thursday from 8am to 8pm / Friday from 8am to 3pm / Saturday from 8am to 8pm / Sunday from 8am to 7pm. More info here!



Your Ancient Yoga Practice Is Not As Old As You Think

Michelle Goldberg in her new book, “The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life Of Indra Devi, The Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga To The West”, delves into this amazing woman who is almost solely responsible for bringing yoga from the east to the west(and back again).  Ms. Goldberg was interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air in advance of the book’s release and the story is fascinating.

Indra Devi was born in 1899 in Latvia as Eugenia Peterson. In 1914, after the start of WW I, Indra found and read the book "Fourteen Lessons In Yogi Philosophy And Oriental Cultism" after finding it in her mother’s friends library.  The author, Yogi Ramacharaka, was actually an American author under a pen name.  The book goes through his story in some detail and it too is quite a tale.  Ms. Devi went on to study it in India. She traveled around the world and introduced yoga to political leaders in Russia and Shanghai. In 1947, she came to America, where her students included Hollywood celebrities.

The yoga practiced in Chicago and the world is generally thought to be a thousands of years old practice from India.  What Ms. Goldberg discovers is that this could not be further from the truth.  She describes how they took some practices that had been part of the kind of mystical yogic tradition going back to medieval times. They combined them with physical practices that came from Indian wrestlers, what they called dands or push-ups. Then they took elements from a gymnastics system that had become popular with the British Army - so kind of British Army calisthenics and gymnastics and elements of traditional Indian gymnastics, things that had not before been seen as part of any sort of a religious or spiritual tradition. There were a number of innovators who were kind of mixing all of these things together.  Devi followed a young guru named Swami Krishnamacharya.  Krishnamacharya was the yogi-in-residence at the Mysore Palace. The maharajah of Mysore was a very progressive nationalist figure who wanted to unite the best of the East and the best of the West. He sponsored Krishnamacharya to run a yoga school in the palace.  He put together many of the poses and moves we do today in our yoga classes including jump-backs and the chaturangas.  What is interesting is that all this was created for 8 year old boys.  The best examples today are the Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga taught in many practices.

Without completely rehashing the book, Indra Devi convinces Swami Krishnamacharya to take on a female from Latvia as a student and from there she takes yoga to Russia, China, the US and South America.  Students in Hollywood included Gloria Swanson and Gretta Garbo.  Indra Devi was more than just yoga as you will discover.

“The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life Of Indra Devi”, The Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga To The West by Michelle Goldberg will be released June 9.  Find it at a local bookstore near you.

Planned Property Management buildings are located close to many independent bookstores where you can preorder this book and scores of yoga studios where you can keep up or start your practice. 

There are too many yoga studios with varying practices and instructors to discuss it in detail.  You can do yoga on the beach, many health clubs have yoga classes, independent yoga studios are abundant, and the park district offers yoga at many locations.  A great way to try out different places is to look for Karma Classes.  These are classes many studios offer at least once per week and the cost is simply whatever donation you wish to contribute.  Health clubs will offer a free trial day or week.  The park district is almost always affordable.  This site seems to give the best selection of Karma classes around Chicago, FreeYogaChicago.

To get a copy of “The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life Of Indra Devi”, when it comes out on June 9, try one of the few remaining independent book stores, the Chicago Public Library or the modern way via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  Unabridged Bookstore at 3251 N. Broadway St. in Lakeview is close to many PPM buildings. Other independent stores in the general vicinity include Roscoe Books located at 2142 W. Roscoe St., The Book Cellar at 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., City Lit Books at 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd., and Sandmeyer's Bookstore located in the South Loop at 714 S. Dearborn St.. 



Your Planned Property Management Home is Close to Museums and The Lincoln Park Zoo

All PPM buildings are walking distance or a short journey to many of Chicago’s great museums and the Lincoln Park Zoo.  In addition to the zoo there is the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Chicago History Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago, a walk, bike ride or a short ride on the CTA away from your home.  I am going to write about the Lincoln Park Zoo in this post.

The Lincoln Park Zoo is just off of Fullerton Parkway and Lake Shore Drive.  It is open every day and admission is free.  It officially was created in 1868 with the gift of a pair of swans from New York City’s Central Park.  It grew from there.  Today the zoo includes:

·         Regenstein African Journey

·         McCormick Bird House

·         Regenstein Birds of Prey Exhibit

·         Regenstein Macaque Forest

·         Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo

·         Kovler Sea Lion Pool

·         Kovler Lion House

·         Helen Brach Primate House

·         Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House

·         Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond

·         Waterfowl Lagoon

·         Regenstein Center for African Apes

·         Antelope & Zebra Area

·         Farm-in-the-Zoo

·         Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo

·         Polar Bear and Penguin Habitats

·         Wild Things Gift Shop

·         Various Food Courts and Kiosks

·         Lionel Train Adventure and the Endangered Species Carousel

While the animals are the main attraction at The Lincoln Park Zoo, there are an array of activities and events that cater to families, children, and adults.  You can host an event at the zoo or in the adjoining Café Brauer, volunteer, send your child to camp, or take a class.  Purchase a membership and be included in member-only events and get certain discounts.  You do not have to be a member of the zoo to enjoy all zoo events.  Presently, there is a sculpture show throughout the zoo.  On Wednesdays you can stretch out by joining Yoga at the zoo with classes for adults and parents and toddlers.  There is United's Run for the Zoo, the Brew to Be Wild craft beer fest, Wine and Wildlife wine tasting while learning about what the zoo veterinarians do, Adults Night Out, Camping at the Zoo family events, concerts and various other evening and family events.  The most popular event is Zoo Lights during the Christmas holiday season.  A complete list of events can be found online at

Adjacent to the zoo is the Lincoln Park Conservatory.  Designed both to showcase exotic plants and grow the thousands of plants needed for use in the parks, the Conservatory offers visitors a tropical experience within its four display houses: Palm House, Fern Room, Orchid House and Show House.  Want to feel the heat and humidity during the cold of winter?  Step inside the conservatory and get a taste of summer.  The building began in 1890 and was completed in 1895.  It is locate in the northwest corner of the zoo property and it is easy to combine a visit with your zoo adventure.

The Lincoln Park Zoo is an amazing place to spend the day, walk through on your way to the beach, include in your morning run, or attend an event.  If you have not been there in a while, plan a visit soon.