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A month’s free rent on never-occupied Loop one-bedrooms

73 East Lake

73 East Lake, a new boutique apartment tower steps from Millennium Park, has a small selection of one-bedrooms available that have never been occupied. Apartments on the 13th and 14th floors are priced at $2,299 and other one-bedrooms range from $2,449 to $3,085. The first month’s rent is free for ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 26, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New South Loop condos are move-in ready

1345 Wabash Unit 510

1345 Wabash, the first new condo high-rise to be built in Chicago in the past half-dozen years, has moved in its first residents and has move-in ready units available for purchase. Prices start at $229,900 for one-bedrooms and $289,900 for two-bedrooms. Unit 510, pictured here, is a 2-bedroom, 2-bath with ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 26, 2015

Rental services give renters bad advice

South Loop aerial

Chicago’s rental services a/k/a apartment locators a/k/a apartment finders are a source of almost endless misinformation and bad advice. The worst advice you’ll often get from rental services is on the topic of when to begin your apartment search. Their general rule of thumb: 30 days in advance of your ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 26, 2015
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Basecamp Old Irving Park single-family homes draw a crowd

Basecamp Old Irving Park

Ranquist Development‘s plans for Basecamp Old Irving Park, 48 new freestanding single-family homes, are generating pre-construction buzz. A broker’s open house last week drew a crowd to a model home for the development at 455 W Hobbie in River North. Valet parking was provided and friendly greeters had information packets ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 26, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Astoria Tower has great South Loop 2-bedrooms

Astoria Tower

Apartment 1504 at Astoria Tower, 8 E 9th St, may have the most attractive floor plan you’ll ever find in a luxury South Loop rental tower. Astoria Tower was built as a condominium and boasts layouts designed to satisfy long-term residents. Unit 1504 has an expansive living / dining area ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 26, 2015

Paying the price for having been an unlicensed real estate broker

Ferris wheel

Yesterday evening I received an email from an individual who I’d identified in a post as holding himself out as a real estate broker without being licensed as one. Four months after the post was published he posted a comment stating that what I’d published was factually inaccurate. It wasn’t. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 26, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The awesome view from Wolf Point West

Wolf Point West

McHugh Construction was pouring concrete on the 43rd floor at the time of my visit to Wolf Point West late yesterday morning. The building will top out next month at 48 stories and begin occupancy later this year. I rode the construction elevator to the 36th floor and wandered around, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 23, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New West Loop apartments with unbeatable expressway access

Gateway West Loop

If your work takes you around Chicagoland by car and you want to live downtown, you just can’t beat the location of the new Gateway West Loop apartments nearing completion at 11 S Green St. The north and southbound I-90/94 on and off ramps at Madison St are a block ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 22, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Rent a new Streeterville penthouse with fabulous lake views

Unit 4901 North Water

Two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows exert a magnetic pull the second you step into the large living / dining area in penthouse 4901 at North Water in Streeterville. You’re drawn toward the windows. The views of the lake over Navy Pier are fabulous. The home is an ideal spot from ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 22, 2015

A safe-bet start for your luxury Chicago apartment search

K2

If you’re relocating to a luxury apartment in Chicago and unsure of where you want to live, leasing professionals at properties managed by major companies can prove a surprising source of helpful advice. The Greystar leasing professionals at K2 in the Fulton River District, LUXE and JeffJack in the West ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 21, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New City apartments are near old city attractions

New City

Residents at the new New City apartments will have great new dining, shopping and entertainment options on-site in the New City mega-development. New City’s attractions will include an 82,000 square foot Mariano’s, ArcLight Cinemas, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kings Bowl America, Z Gallerie, Yard House, Adobe Gila’s,Earl’s Kitchen and Good Stuff ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 21, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Rent a rarely available studio at 1225 Old Town

1225 Old Town

The popular 1225 Old Town has floor plans and near real-time rent and availability info at its website for studio to 3-bedroom apartments. Tap into that information and you’ll see that the building has only a few apartments available. An alcove studio is ready for occupancy for $1,966 a month. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 21, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The West Loop’s Circa 922 adds a dog run

Circa 922

On sunny days residents at Circa 922, a new, full-amenity, smoke-free community, can tune up their tan on the pool deck or the rooftop sundeck. Circa 922 has everything you’ve been looking for: loft and modern apartments, high ceilings, great views, upscale finishes, private balconies, in-unit washer / dryers and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 21, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Live rent-free at K2 in the Fulton River District

K2 view

Move into K2, the new luxury apartment community in the Fulton River District, before the end of the month and you’ll live rent free until then. K2′s keystone location is surrounded by some of Chicago’s best dining and grocery options. The Randolph Street, West Loop and Greektown dining corridors are ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 21, 2015
ChicagoNorth Side

Watch the Pride Parade from your Halsted Flats balcony

Pride Parade

Lakeview’s only full-amenity rental high-rise, the new Halsted Flats, has two 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments available for mid-June occupancy, renting for $2,974 and $3,602. Both apartments have the split-bedroom layout popular with roommates and both have balconies with a great view of Chicago’s 46th annual Pride Parade. All apartments have wood-look ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 21, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Celebrate Memorial Day with a new Loop luxury apartment

OneEleven

The leasing office at OneEleven, a new luxury apartment tower fronting the Chicago River, will be open this weekend: from 10 to 5 on Saturday, noon to 5 on Sunday, and from 10 to 4 pm on Monday, Memorial Day. OneEleven has special Memorial Day pricing and is waiving its ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 20, 2015
ChicagoNorth Side

How to miss out on great Lakeview apartments

Aerial of Lakeview

If you want to be absolutely certain that you don’t get to see many of the best apartments in Lakeview, contact an apartment rental service a/k/a locator a/k/a finder. Many desirable Lakeview properties don’t pay rental services a commission. Rental services won’t take you to those properties, and may even ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 20, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The must-see makeover at west77 apartments in River North

west77

A stellar River North location is reason enough to put west77 on your apartment hunt short-list. Whole Foods is a half-block away and great restaurants, abundant night life, Michigan Avenue shops, and the Red Line stop at Chicago Ave are all within a short walk. A visit to the new ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 20, 2015
ChicagoFar North

Rents start at $1,095 at Rogers Park’s newest apartments

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One of the most vibrant and convenient parts of the sprawling Rogers Park neighborhood is near the intersection of Pratt Blvd and Sheridan Rd, just north of the Loyola University campus. The area has a selection of bars, restaurants, shops and theaters that commands attention from renters looking for a ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 20, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Own a new condo for less than rent on a great South Loop block

1345 S Wabash

Do the math and you’ll have reverse sticker shock at how much lower your monthly costs will be when you own a new condo in the South Loop instead of renting. 1345 Wabash is ready for occupancy and has an on-site sales office and four furnished models open for viewing. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 20, 2015