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Own a new South Loop condo for far less than rent

1345 S Wabash

CMK Companies‘ 1345 Wabash, the first new-construction condominium in the South Loop in years, offers buyers a compelling value proposition: a high-style, architecturally-distinctive home in a prime location for substantially less than the cost of renting. A new 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo at 1345 Wabash can be purchased for $305,900. Buyers ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 29, 2014
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Countdown to Whole Foods at Streeter Place

Whole Foods

Residents at Streeter Place, a full-amenity luxury apartment tower, will soon have Whole Foods at the end of their block. Whole Foods plans to open the first of the seven former Dominick’s stores it acquired at 255 E Grand Ave in Streeterville. The store’s opening is slated for next January. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 29, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Corner two-bedrooms with skyline views available at K2

View from K2

Three two-bedroom, two-bath apartments are currently available in the 01 tier at K2, the new full-amenity luxury apartment tower in the Fulton River District. The units rent from $3,580 to $3,590 a month. The 1,225 square-foot apartments boast an open plan with a living / dining area looking out onto ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 29, 2014
Downtown / Loop

Looking down on River City

River City

The faint of heart home buyer might think that the only way to look at River City is down. We did that, but in a more literal way, when snapping the above photo from a neighboring South Loop high-rise. When we checked in on River City condo prices back in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 29, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

167 West Erie apartments, 167 W Erie St, River North

167 West Erie

167 West Erie, 167 W Erie St, will be a 39-story, 450-unit apartment tower in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The project will include ground-level retail space fronting Wells St. The development received Plan Commission approval in August of 2014. Construction is anticipated to begin early in 2015, with completion slated ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 28, 2014
DealsChicagoNorth Side

New Lakeview three-bedroom has two master suites, three full baths

Halsted Flats

There’s only one 3-bedroom apartment remaining for rent at Halsted Flats, the first new full-amenity high-rise built in Lakeview in nearly 30 years, and it’s special in a number of ways. For starters, all of the bedrooms are large, and two of them are master suites with walk-in closets and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 28, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Echelon at K Station has the apartments and location you want

Echelon at K Station

If you’re looking for a luxury high-rise apartment with great amenities, panoramic views, a full-service grocery across the street, a park next door, convenient access to public transportation and expressways, and tons of nearby restaurants, you’ll find everything you’re looking for at Echelon at K Station. Located at 353 N ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 28, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

Washington Park’s African Festival of the Arts

African Festival of the Arts

The 25th annual African Festival of the Arts kicks off tomorrow, August 29, and runs through Monday, September 1, in Washington Park, 51st and Cottage Grove. Hundreds of vendors participate in this popular event. In addition to the art, crafts and clothes, there’s music on several stages throughout the day, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 28, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Quiet foundations and breast cancer awareness at 1000 South Clark

1000 S Clark St

Residents at AMLI 900 in the South Loop listened to nearly two months of steel striking steel as pilings were hammered into place last April and May to support the new AMLI Lofts immediately to the north. Residents who stayed on may have been dreading the start of construction for ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 27, 2014
News & trendsMarket conditions

North Shore – Barrington area home price growth is moderating

Barrington kitchen

The following arrived via a news release from the North Shore – Barrington Association of Realtors: Home prices on the North Shore continued to rise last month, but at a lower rate, reflecting the national picture. The medium home sale price in the North Shore – Barrington market increased 0.6 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 27, 2014
North suburbsPark Ridge

Lexington Homes kicks off pre-sales at Park Ridge Place

Park Ridge Place

Lexington Homes has announced the start of pre-construction sales at Park Ridge Place, a gated community of 16 townhomes in north suburban Park Ridge. Construction will begin in September, with first deliveries slated for spring of 2015. Located on Dee Road, a quarter mile south of Touhy Ave, Park Ridge ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 27, 2014

What do you consider a penthouse?

1500 LSD

It’s common for real estate agents to refer to the top floor of any residential building as a penthouse. It may be even more common for real estate buyers and renters to sneer at referring to the top floor of a 2- or 3-story building as a penthouse. Fifteen years ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 27, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Streeterville rental shootout – The Fairbanks vs Optima Center

Optima Center

Optima Center is a new rental tower at 200 E Illinois in Streeterville. The Fairbanks, just to the east at 240 E Illinois, is a six-year old condo building. There are currently MLS-listed 2-bedroom, 2-bath units available in both buildings. Unit 2901 at Optima Center spans 1,217 square feet and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 26, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A spacious light-filled landmark on Astor Street

1345 N Astor

The Edwin J Gardiner house, 1345 N Astor St, was built in 1887 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 14-room, 5-bedroom, 5 ½ bath Gold Coast home has east, west and south exposures, large windows and multiple skylights that flood the home with natural light. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 26, 2014

Will luxury high-rise dwellers be shivering in September?

100 E Huron

Chicagoans experienced cooler than normal temperatures in July, and the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a cold winter. Anyone who’s lived in Chicago for any length of time is keenly aware of how volatile temperatures can be. New residents of “luxury” high-rises, however, are often unaware that may not be able ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 26, 2014

Rental service lies – the largest database of apartments

Aerial view downtown

If you scan help wanted ads for Chicago rental services at Craigslist, or visit their websites, you’ll find a number of them claiming to have the largest database of apartments. For all but one, it’s an untruth. Almost all of the rental service do have access to the largest database ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 26, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The distinct sub-neighborhoods of River North

River North

River North is bounded by Michigan Ave, Chicago Ave and the Chicago River. It’s a sub-neighborhood of the Near North Side community area. Unlike most neighborhoods its size, River North has no sub-neighborhoods of its own. One possible exception, recognized by some, is the Cathedral District – the area bounded ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 25, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

From the vault – Sweet Home Chicago, Fall 1988

Sweet Home Chicago

YoChicago started in business in 1987 as a weekly real estate newspaper called the Real Estate Profile and, later, Apartments & Homes. Among other activities we ran five home shows, most recently at Navy Pier in 1989, where we drew a crowd of nearly 20,000 over a 3-day period. Join ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 25, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Condominium review, 2650 Lakeview, Lincoln Park

Sudler Property Management

2650 Lakeview is a 44-story, 398-unit full-amenity contemporary high-rise at 2650 N Lakeview in Lincoln Park. It’s easily recognizable by its strong vertical risers and bay windows. The building was built in 1972 as a rental building, and was converted to condominiums in 1979. The architect for the building was ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 25, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Lakeview East apartments double down on dog-friendliness

515 W Briar

Dog-friendly apartments aren’t easy to find in the popular Lakeview East neighborhood. Planned Property owns and manages a range of dog-friendly Lakeview East buildings, from courtyards to high-rises, and is continually looking for ways to make the buildings more welcoming to pet owners. A private, gated dog run was recently ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 25, 2014