So many factors lead into what makes the Windy City such a great hometown. Whether you’d like to start up your own innovative businesses, submerge yourself in timeless pieces of art and culture or maybe just devour some deep dish pizza or a hot dog loaded with relish on a poppy seed bun, there is always something for everyone.

However, the winter months in Chicago can be rough and it’s always nice to have your own private getaway. Lately, many Chicagoans have found their slice of paradise in Sarasota, Florida. Of course, Sarasota has top rated beaches, a perfect tropical climate and is a world-class destination for just about anyone but Chicago residents have found much more in the Gulf Coast town. Here are a few reasons why Chicagoans have found their home-away-from-home in Sarasota.

1. Growing Cultural Mecca
No matter what cultural and arts activities you enjoy, Sarasota has something for you year-round. Of course, the October thru May season in Sarasota offers the richest array of activities that include elegant Galas and Charity events, unforgettable Opera performances, a host of theatre options, musical entertainment, art walks and gallery showcases, a ten-day film festival, sand sculpting competition, and much, much more. Check out the Thursday Ticket in the Sarasota Herald Tribune as well as the multitude of social calendars available on line.

2. Sarasota Beachfront vs. Lake Michigan
Award-winning beaches have drawn residents and visitors to Sarasota, Florida for decades. With over 40 miles of pristine coastline, Sarasota beaches are stretched out over six barrier islands along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Each coastal getaway offers a unique characteristic of Florida beauty. Common to all – the powdery white sand and warm, crystal clear waters simply can’t be beat on a sunny day.

3. High-Rise Real Estate That Would Make Michigan Ave. Proud
BLVD Sarasota, a brand-new luxury high-rise tower located in Downtown Sarasota’s Rosemary District, beside the famed Boulevard of the Arts, is a masterpiece of design, blending contemporary style with today’s modern necessities to meet the demand for a chic urban lifestyle in one of Florida’s most desirable coastal communities.

Sarasota’s newest and most impressive downtown address is home to just 49 expansive modern condominiums and an unprecedented level of resort-style amenities. The extraordinary design, amazing amenities and an enviable location combine to create a true walkable lifestyle in the heart of the vibrant Rosemary District. Situated in the renowned arts and culture district of Sarasota, Florida, the 18-story tower showcases panoramic waterfront and city views from truly expansive private terraces.

4. Flourishing Business Hub
Forbes ranks Sarasota 11th in “Best Cities for Jobs”. Sarasota County consists of more than 20,000 businesses, of which 75 percent are considered small to medium size companies with fewer than 25 employees. The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, The Economic Development Corporation, as well as the The HuB counsel entrepreneurs in developing new ideas and creating new businesses in our area. Since its inception in 2009, the HuB has supported over two-hundred entrepreneurs, launched twenty businesses and twelve major campaigns to support creative change on the Suncoast.

5. Foodie Haven
When it comes to great food, Sarasota delivers. Sarasota is home to more than fourteen hundred restaurants from elegant gourmet eateries to fantastic food trucks. No matter what you crave, you can find it or find the fixings to prepare it. We have multiple fresh food markets, boutique/specialty grocery stores, weekly farmer’s markets, traditional butcher shops, and fresh seafood vendors (of course).

Sarasota checks most of the boxes that Chicago residents love the most. If you’re ready to learn more, BLVD Sarasota is perfect place to start. To join our VIP Interest list, receive our digital brochure or to schedule an appointment, please register here today.