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A new year means a healthy new you, right? One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight, but like so many pledges that people make to themselves when the calendar turns to January, those weight-loss goals often are abandoned in favor of the couch potato lifestyle. It’s hard to commit to going to the gym – while it may help you keep your goals, it also costs you time and money. So if you’re really serious about losing weight this year, why not use the tools already at your disposal? Your apartment can help you achieve the healthy new you that you’re after this year – and most of these tips won’t cost you a dime.

New York City: Silver Towers These amazing luxury high-rise apartments afford enviable views of the Hudson River from the entire city block they occupy on 42nd Street. The complex has its own peaceful courtyard, spa-like amenities, a 75-foot indoor pool,…

  You and your roommate might not have much in common, but you both need to eat. And unless you work radically different schedules, you’re probably eating at about the same times. So if you happen to be hungry in the same place at the same time, why not coordinate and plan meals together? [find-an-apartment] Here are some tips to make meal planning with your roommate a success.

Picture this: You’ve fallen hopelessly in love … with the perfect new apartment. It’s just your style, it’s close to your school or workplace, your current lease is ending anyway, and best of all, it’s in your price range. In short, you like it, so you want to put a ring on it (and by “put a ring on it,” we mean “sign a lease.”) Oh, but it’s not that simple! What about … dun dun duuunnn … your roommate? If you share your home with someone else, you’re going to have to take him or her into consideration if you want to move. And the big decision you have to make is: Do you move alone, or do you take your roomie with you?

It’s a tough one, but here are a few questions you need to ask yourself to help you make that choice.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, you’ll surely hear more contempt for the day - how it’s overly commercialized and actually has nothing to do with love. Scorned hearts will go on and on about how it's really all about raking in more money for major corporations. Some even refer to it as the ultimate "Hallmark Holiday." Perhaps they’re just bitter because they won't be receiving a giant teddy bear and a generic card filled with outsourced emotions. [find-an-apartment] Nope. Sappy love songs, heart-shaped chocolates and overpriced grocery store roses will not sweep them off their feet this year. But when cupid's got a hold on you, there’s no better time to show your affection than on Valentine’s Day. Getting quality time in with your better half is a must. But how do you approach the most romantic day of the year when your super single roommate thinks that cupid is stupid?

  1. You come home to find your roommate has left a pile of dirty dishes in the sink. What do you do? A. Clean the dishes yourself – and secretly enjoy it. B. Research all the different types of mold that can arise from old food stuck to ceramic plates, arrange them into a detailed Power Point presentation, and make your roommate sit quietly as you lecture him/her about basic cleanliness. C. Toss your own dirty dishes on top of the pile and walk away. D. Immediately go find your roommate to yell at him/her – not because of the mess, but because no one offered you any food. E. Immediately go find your roommate, give him/her a hug, and calmly offer to help clean the dishes while saying repeatedly that you still love him/her. F. Spend an hour wondering how soap is made.

  It’ll start out innocently enough. Two cash strapped young adults - male and female - decide to co-sign a lease together in an effort to save money on rent and utilities. Then something begins to happen. You see each other every day and after a while, the mutual attraction can no longer be denied. You started out as roommates, but it has quickly become much more. In the beginning, it’s nice to have someone to come home to after a long day. No expensive cab or train rides can keep you from seeing one another. Playing house is fun for a while - cooking for each other, binging on Netflix while cuddled on the sofa. It really is the best time ever. [find-an-apartment] But problems start to arise when you’re forced to be in the presence of your roommate/significant other 24/7. There’s no escape. Arguments about laundry and dirty dishes become commonplace - issues that typically only arise in long-term relationships. The union accelerates at an unnatural speed, which means that the chances of it ending well are slim to none. So, given all of this, is dating your roommate worth it - even if it means saving big bucks every month?

Trust us: Once you find a roommate that you’re compatible with, you’ve struck gold, and you definitely don’t want to give that up. So when it’s time to find a new apartment, why not involve your roomie in the process? Deciding on a new place when you only have your own wants and needs to consider is hard enough, so multiply that by two (or more!) when you move with someone else. Compromises will have to be made, but here’s how to approach your upcoming move in a way that’ll make both you and your roommate happy.

Famous scenes in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "The Blues Brothers" were filmed at Wrigley Field.

Bueller? Bueller? Did you know that the famous flick “Ferris Bueller's Day Off” was based in Chicago? The popular ‘80s movie “Sixteen Candles” was also filmed in the Windy City, as well as “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Blues Brothers,” “The Untouchables” and “When Harry Met Sally.” The tall skyscrapers, the unique restaurants and the famous landmarks are just a few of the reasons why many producers and filmmakers choose Chicago as a backdrop for their hit movies. Here are a few of the movies filmed in Chi-town and where you can explore to see where your favorite actors once delivered their lines.