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What do rental service agents really earn at Live Here Chicago?

Live Here ad

We’ve previously written about fraudulent reviews of Live Here Chicago, one of the rental services on our do-not-call list. We’ve also called attention to a former agent at the firm trashing the firm on Yelp. Another former agent has been writing at Google Plus and on the firm’s Facebook page ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 23, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

Video – A rare Frank Lloyd Wright rowhouse in The Gap

Roloson Houses

The Roloson Houses in the 3200 block of South Calumet are a Chicago Landmark, in part because they’re the only rowhouses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The exterior of 3215 S Calumet Ave is nearly pristine Wright, and the interior has been completely made over in a still that respects ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 23, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Video – A luxurious Old Town single-family on a tree-lined street

1442 N Wieland

The luxurious home at 1442 N Wieland has many features that make it an unusual find in Old Town. The home has an attached 3-car garage with a heated driveway / snow-melt system, elevator access to all of its levels, outdoor living spaces on all levels, and uncommonly large bedrooms, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 23, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

An updated look at Wolf Point

Wolf Point 9/19

Construction on the 48-story, 510-unit apartment tower at Wolf Point began early this year. If it appears that the project is progressing slowly, the reason is the enormous amount of infrastructure work that needed to be complete before the tower could begin to rise. The first level of the apartment ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 22, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Sleek new Noble Square condos from Noah Properties

1404 W Chicago Ave

Two sleek contemporary condos from hot-selling Noah Properties are available at 1404 W Chicago Ave. The south-facing 2-bedroom, 2-bath units have good natural light, two balconies, garage parking. Noah Properties‘ distinctively-styled homes and all-inclusive approach to finishes have been popular with new home buyers. Unit 2 is priced at $429,900. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 22, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Video – A River West townhome in a quiet, convenient location

849 N May Tina

Just over a block from the vibrant intersection of Chicago Ave and Milwaukee Ave is a quiet oasis of townhomes flanking a large, open courtyard. That short distance takes you from a distinctively urban scene to a vision of suburban tranquility. The 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath townhome at 849 N ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 22, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A surge in MLS-listed downtown rentals

Aerial downtown

The number of homes and condos listed for rent in the 14 downtown ZIP Codes that we tracked rose 14% from 6 weeks ago, and 13% over the same time a year ago. The overall increases mask significant differences among the Zip Codes. While most remained relatively flat or declined, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 19, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New one-bedrooms with balconies in a foodie’s paradise

K2 pool

K2 a new luxury apartment tower in the Fulton River District, is a foodie’s paradise. K2′s gateway location affords its residents convenient access to the restaurant clusters in the West Loop, River North and River West, and the Fulton River District itself. Many of the local restaurants have delivery and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 19, 2014
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Today’s apartment deal – large, dog-friendly Streeterville one-bedrooms

Streeter Place view

The “I” tier one-bedrooms at Streeter Place boast expansive views over a nearby park toward the lake. The park is a popular gathering spot for dog owners. The “I” tier one-bedrooms span 846 square feet, nearly one-third more space than you’ll find in many area one-bedrooms. The apartments have floor-to-ceiling ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 19, 2014
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Deal of the week – 3 months free rent on new Lakeview apartments

Halsted Flats

Halsted Flats, the new luxury apartment tower in Lakeview, is nearing full occupancy after opening this past spring. Winter is also approaching. That translates into fewer renters in the market, and great deals for those fortunate few. Halsted Flats is offering three months’ free rent for a 15- to 18-month ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 18, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Unusual condo amenities – a private running track

Domain

Newer downtown apartment buildings have vied to deliver elaborate amenities packages. Lavish landscaped pool decks with gas grills and fire pits, fitness centers, resident lounges, demonstration kitchens, business centers, theaters and more are common. We’ve identified three condo buildings that can boast an unusual amenity: a private running track. Domain, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 18, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Circa 922, new apartments steps from the best of the West Loop

Aerial view of West Loop

Chicago’s West Loop ranges a mile-and-a-half from east to west, from the Chicago River to Ashland Ave (1600 W), and nearly a mile from Lake St (200 N) on the north to the Eisenhower Expressway on the south. In a neighborhood this large, some locations are far more convenient than ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 18, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Affordable South Loop condos with designer finishes

1345 S Wabash

CMK has developed a following among buyers who want to live in an architecturally distinctive building. At 1345 Wabash, CMK is setting a new standard for interior finishes, and attracting a style-conscious buyer who also wants a strong location and value pricing. 1345′s finishes will include brands typically found in ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 18, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

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
ChicagoNorth Side

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
ChicagoNorth Side

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
ChicagoNorth Side

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