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April Fools’ Day is Chicago Rental Services Day

New East Side aerial

Yesterday’s brief encounter with a career criminal working as a Chicago leasing agent left me in a somber mood. Kenneth W. Arron a/k/a Kenny Yochelson a/k/a Kenny Stine called himself Kenny Jacobson when he was hired as a leasing agent by The Homestead Group, one of the rental services on ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 1, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

BigLaw attorney abodes – OneEleven apartments

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The life of a BigLaw attorney consists of lengthy workdays, working weekends and frequent travel. I lived the BigLaw life for five years. If I were starting out in it today, I’d likely choose to live in a full-amenity high-rise a short walk from work and from a vibrant restaurant, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 1, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Walk-ins are welcome at River North’s Parc Huron apartments

Parc Huron

Parc Huron apartments in River North is a new YoChicago advertiser and I stopped in yesterday for a brief tour of the 21-story building. Parc Huron’s lobby has floor-to-ceiling windows and mirrors that showcase and reflect the varied architecture that helps make River North such an interesting place to live ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 1, 2015

Is a career criminal working as a Chicago leasing agent?

Kenneth Arron

A tipster alerted me this morning that an individual with a lengthy criminal record is applying, using an alias, to work as a leasing agent at some of Chicago’s rental services. My rental service tipster became suspicious and determined that the individual who’d applied for a leasing agent position was ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 31, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

State & Chestnut architecture stars in stripes

State & Chestnut

Pulitzer prize-winning architect Blair Kamin recently noted a trend in new buildings that he called “sliced minimalism:” It involves cutting straight slots and meandering ribbons into mirror-smooth surfaces of reflective glass, as if the architect were a surgeon wielding a scalpel. . Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), the architecture firm responsible ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 31, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

K2 Apartments begins the countdown to summer fun

West Loop

K2‘s gateway location in the Fulton River Districts affords residents quick access to the best of the West Loop, River North and River West neighborhoods. As a bonus, Bucktown and Wicker Park are a few stops away on the CTA Blue Line. K2 residents are beginning the countdown to summer ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 31, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A visit to Club 73 at 73 East Lake apartments

73 East Lake

In an earlier post, we toured the 9th floor amenities at the new 73 East Lake apartment tower in the Loop. The grand scale of the amenities continues in Club 73 on the building’s 42nd floor. There’s a grand, high-ceilinged lounge with wide walls of windows, multiple seating areas with ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 31, 2015
ChicagoNorthwest Side

A nicely-renovated Logan Square 2-bedroom

2040 N Spaulding

The 2-bedroom condo at 2040 N Spaulding in Logan Square has been beautifully renovated. The home has hardwood floors throughout, bright and sunny rooms, and a kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen is open to a separate dining room. This high-floor first-floor home spans about 1,000 ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 31, 2015

No appointment necessary at most high-rise apartments

Aqua view

Chicago rental services would like you to believe that they have an inside track on scheduling showings at Chicago’s apartment towers. They don’t. The rental services would also like you to believe that they can negotiate a better deal than you’ll get on your own. They can’t. In fact, in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 30, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The South Loop’s most conveniently-located apartments

Astoria Tower

Chicago’s South Loop stretches from Congress Pkwy (500 S) on the north to the Stevenson Expressway on the south – a distance of two miles. Astoria Tower, 8 E 9th St, has the most convenient overall proximity to the Loop, Grant Park, the CTA Red Line, college and university campuses ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 30, 2015
North ShoreEvanston

New apartments in a great Chicago neighborhood – downtown Evanston

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If you’re looking for a new luxury apartment in a vibrant urban neighborhood with an easy commute to downtown Chicago, check out E2 Apartments in downtown Evanston. Evanston is Chicago’s closest-to-downtown North Shore suburb, but it’s not your stereotypical suburb. Downtown Evanston boasts scores of restaurants and bars, theaters, and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 30, 2015

Tour a quick-delivery home at Lexington Hills in Palatine

Lexington Hills

Lexington Hills in Palatine has a single townhome available for occupancy this summer. The 3-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home is priced at $434,500. The Lexington Hills townhomes recently won four Key awards from the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago. Three-bedroom, 2 ½ bath homes are base-priced from $349,990. The ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 30, 2015

Road rage and rental agent roulette

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According to an ABC 7 report, Martin Vigil has been charged with misdemeanor assault, leaving the scene of an accident, and criminal damage to property following the incident in the above video. Vigil is a leasing agent / manager with Chicago Real Estate LLC, one of the rental services on ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 27, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Downtown Chicago apartment deals and finds, 3/27/15

The LEX

The leasing office and four furnished models are now open at Jeff Jack, a new West Loop apartment tower at 601 W Jackson. JeffJack is offering a month’s free rent on 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. The new OneEleven apartment tower has spectacular north views over the river, and a 3-bedroom ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 27, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New South Loop condos nearing first occupancy

1345 S Wabash

1345 Wabash, the first new condo high-rise built in Chicago in years, is about a month away from welcoming its first occupants to a prime South Loop location. The 2-bedroom, 2-bath plus den unit pictured in this post is mirrored on opposite sides of the building on floors 4 and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 27, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Rent an Old Town three-bedroom with a rooftop pool

1225

1225 Old Town is showcasing a new furnished model of its 3-bedroom, 2-bath apartments. Available 3-bedrooms start at $4,442 a month. The apartments have everything on your wish list: wood-look floors in living areas, stylish kitchens and baths, private outdoor space and in-unit washer / dryers. The upscale Plum Market ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 27, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Upgraded homes in Streeterville

Atwater

Atwater, 355 E Ohio in Streeterville, refers to its newly-renovated apartments as “Upgraded Homes.” When you move to Atwater you’re upgrading to more luxurious finishes, more space, a higher level of service, and a superior location. Upgraded Home studios start at $1,800, convertibles at $2,209, 1-bedrooms at $2,500 and 2-bedroom, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 27, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 3/26/15

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Planned Property is offering a month’s free rent on all 2-bedroom apartments at 1000 North LaSalle, a building with a private dog park. Chestnut Tower is offering a month’s free on vacant two-bedrooms for leases beginning by April 12. All apartments currently on the market are brand new designer renovations ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 26, 2015
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Look, lease and save at Lakeview’s Halsted Flats

Halsted Flats

Two northwest corner one-bedrooms are currently available at the new Halsted Flats luxury high-rise in Lakeview. The units rent at $2,234 and $2,444. The bedroom has dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides, flooding the space with light. You need to be there to feel the full impact of the windows. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 26, 2015
ChicagoNorth Side

The easy way to rent a great Lakeview apartment

Reside on Barry

Reside Living has renovated studio to 3-bedroom apartments in more than a dozen buildings, ranging from vintage walk-ups to contemporary mid- and high-rises in prime Lakeview locations. Reside on Barry is a 17-story high-rise at one of those great locations, steps from Broadway, with a CVS pharmacy and 7-Eleven at ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 26, 2015