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Video – new Gold Coast condo tower breaks ground

4 East Elm, SCB

Convexity Properties held a ceremonial groundbreaking yesterday for 4 East Elm, the first new condominium high-rise to begin construction on Chicago’s North Side in five years and the first in the Gold Coast since 2007. The development offers 35 half- and full-floor condominiums ranging in price from $2.2 million to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 17, 2014
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Video – 14 new Noah Properties homes in Logan Square

2635 W Medill

A Logan Square block is about to be transformed by the construction of fourteen new single-family homes by hot-selling builder Noah Properties. The development, billed as the Artisan Collection, will have 12 homes fronting the 2600 block of tree-lined Medill St and 2 homes around the corner on Belden. The ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 17, 2014
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Video – Flexhouse2 in Logan Square nears sellout, launches new phase

Flexhouse2

Ranquist Development has teamed with award-winning ISA Architects to develop Flexhouse2 in Logan Square. All but one of the rowhouses in the first two phases have been sold and Flexhouse2 has just launched its final phase of 16 homes. Flexhouse2 rowhouses are modest, efficient, urban, and cool — appealing to ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 17, 2014
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Video – party time at Planned Property apartments

Dave & Buster's

Planned Property hosts a series of “resident appreciation events” throughout the year. They’re a great way for people to meet their neighbors while enjoying good food, drinks and a good time. Last Sunday’s event was a Bears viewing party at Dave & Buster’s, a short walk from four of Planned ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 17, 2014
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Today’s apartment deal – a bargain-priced Streeterville 2-bedroom

Streeter Place

Unit 401, a 1,226 square foot 2-bedroom, 2-bath at Streeter Place is available for October 18 rental for $2,692 a month on a12-month lease. The southwest corner unit has a similar layout to the model in the video tour, above. To sweeten the deal, renters who sign a lease within ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 16, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

How Al Friedman helped create River North

Al Friedman

The first night I ever spent in Chicago was in a fleabag hotel on Wells Street in the late-60s. The area now known as River North was then one of Chicago’s Skid Rows and my room was swarming with roaches. Business Week recently spotlighted River North’s transition into its current ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 16, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The reason it was called Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate

Chicagoans call Anish Kapoor’s Millennium Park sculpture The Bean, but its formal name is Cloud Gate. Viewed from the plaza level it’s easy to understand how the sculpture came by its nickname. Viewed from above in the right kind of weather conditions, it’s a gateway to and from the clouds. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 16, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Cloudy-day views from the sundeck at Park Michigan apartments

Roosevelt Rd CTA

My plans to shoot the views from the sundeck at Park Michigan were disrupted by the weather – cloudy and gloomy. I opted for some close-ups of what’s close by the South Loop apartment tower. Jewel-Osco and Trader Joe’s are steps from the sundeck grills. Target, the Shops at Roosevelt ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 16, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A first look inside The Lofts at River East in Streeterville

Lofts at River East

If you pass by The Lofts at River East, 445 E Illinois in Streeterville, you’ll have only a few clues to the scale of construction that’s underway inside. The conversion of the building into 285 loft apartments is far along, and occupancy is targeted for late this year. At the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 15, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Will the North Loop absorb all the new apartments?

Block 37

Five years ago there were fewer than 200 rental apartments in the Loop north of Madison St, at MDA City Apartments. Since that time nearly 1,900 apartments have become available at Randolph Tower, 215 West, Oakwood 200 Squared, 73 East Lake and OneEleven . Construction is underway on 432 units ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 15, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Two-bedrooms in East Village and Noble Square vie for buyers

1406 W Chicago

A newly-listed 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo at 855 N Paulina in East Village caught my eye because it’s listed at $415,000, a substantial premium over the $315,000 it sold for 3 years ago. The building is on a stretch of Chicago Ave, where retail development hasn’t kept pace with the changes ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 15, 2014
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New luxury homes nearing completion in Kildeer

Woodleaf at Sanctuary Club

Woodleaf at the Sanctuary Club is a tranquil community of 28 half-acre home sites in north suburban Kildeer. The Portfolio Homes division of Lexington Homes, one of the area’s most experienced builders, is offering semi-custom homes at Woodleaf in a wide variety of designs. Four of the homes have been ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 15, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Preview River North apartments in YoChicago video tours

Hubbard Place

We immodestly think that YoChicago’s video tours, some of which are sponsored, are a great way to preview apartment communities and narrow your apartment search. Join us in these videos for a look at four full-amenity luxury apartment towers in River North. Hubbard Place is a new 48-story, 450-unit apartment ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 12, 2014
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Lakeview deal of the day: Play volleyball for a rent credit

Planned Property

You’ll have to act quickly if you want a shot at winning the 3130 Lake Shore Drive volleyball tournament and winning the grand prize of a $1,000 rent credit for your team of four. The single-round elimination tournament takes place on Saturday, September 20. You don’t need to play volleyball ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 12, 2014

New models open at Lexington Hills townhomes in Palatine

Lexington Hills

Over a span of four decades Lexington Homes has built thousands of townhomes and continues to refine the form to mesh perfectly with the way that home buyers want to live. Lexington Homes recently opened three new models at Lexington Hills in Palatine. The Summit model, which is base-priced from ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 12, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

South Loop apartments with an indoor pool

Astoria Tower

Astoria Tower has a full suite of amenities, and one amenity that you won’t find at any other South Loop luxury apartments: an indoor pool and whirlpool. The pool is on a level that includes east- and west-facing sundecks with gas grills, a well-equipped fitness room and a spa room. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 12, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The West Loop’s new Circa 922 has bodacious balconies

Circa 922

Bodacious is just the right word to describe the balconies at Circa 922, a new luxury apartment community at 922 W Washington in the West Loop. Southeast corner 2-bedrom, 2-bath apartments have balconies that are impressively sized and serve up dramatic views of the Loop skyline. All of Circa 922′s ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 11, 2014
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Today’s apartment deal: Spacious Streeterville studios with lake views, free rent

Streeter Place

The east-facing J-plan studios at Streeter Place, a luxury apartment tower in Streeterville, offer a lot of unexpected features. For starters, there’s space. At 655 square feet, the J-plan studio is larger than many 1-bedroom apartments. And then there’s storage: a large walk-in, a linen closet and a foyer that ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 11, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Jones Chicago apartments, 220 W Illinois St, River North

220 W Illinois

Jones Chicago is a 25-story, 188-unit apartment tower nearing completion at 220 W Illinois St in the River North. The building will have ground-level retail space and garage parking for 155 cars. Reports have touted fall 2014 occupancy, but that seems unlikely. The developers are Gerding Edlen and Fred Latsko ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 11, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

1345 Wabash buyer snapshot: Meet Craig and Jennifer

Craig and Jennifer 1345

Jennifer and Craig currently reside in a rental residence in the South Loop. They recently purchased a new condominium at 1345 Wabash, and were kind enough to share with us some of the reasoning surrounding their purchase. What did you choose to purchase at 1345 Wabash? We love that 1345 ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 11, 2014