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Rental services can’t and won’t show you some of Chicago’s best apartments

Aerial Chicago

Many of Chicago’s rental services won’t show MLS-listed condo rentals even though they’re often priced below apartments in managed buildings. The simple reason is that the rental service would need to split the commission, which is usually a month’s rent, with the listing broker. If you’re willing to spend $3,000 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 2, 2015
North ShoreEvanston

What brokers like about Evanston’s new E2 Apartments

E2

Real estate brokers toured the new E2 Apartments in Evanston a few days ago, and they were enthusiastic about what they saw. Most of the brokers focused their praise on E2′s extensive amenities, while others were impressed by the architecture and the apartment layouts. The positive reviews from real estate ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 2, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A bright and spacious East Village duplex

931 N Wolcott

The 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath duplex at 931 N Wolcott is bright and spacious, with high ceilings, newer appliances, and an open-plan kitchen with great cabinet and counter space and an island. The home has private outdoor space and garage parking, and has just been listed for sale at $539,000. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 2, 2015
ChicagoNorthwest Side

A large, sunny townhome steps from a pool and parks

2723 W Byron

The townhome at 2723 W Byron in the River Park North community has unusually large and sunny rooms and multiple outdoor spaces. The home, which is in pristine condition, has 3 to 4 bedrooms, a top-floor family room, a kitchen with an island, a 2-car garage and 2 additional parking ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 2, 2015

Luxury Living Chicago’s new twist on deceptive rental service ads

Curbed screen cap

The Illinois Real Estate License Act prohibits “blind advertisements,” i.e. ads that do not contain the name of the broker licensee that placed the ad. The Act also provides that “Advertising shall be considered misleading or untruthful if, when taken as a whole, there is a distinct and reasonable possibility ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 1, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Apartment deals and finds in downtown Chicago, 2/27/15

The LEX

The West Loop‘s Circa 922,, 922 W Washington, is offering two months free rent on new studio and 1-bedroom apartments and a month on new 2-bedrooms. Renters must take occupancy by April 24, 2015 to qualify for the free rent offer. The leasing office and four furnished models are now ...

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

A high-floor Streeterville 3-bedroom a block from Whole Foods

Atwater

Atwater, a luxury apartment tower in Streeterville, currently has a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home on the 39th floor available for early March occupancy. The home sprawls over 1,802 square feet and boasts dramatic views from floor-to-ceiling windows. The open plan kitchen / dining / living area has plank flooring, space for ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 27, 2015
ChicagoNorth Side

Hear the Cubs fans cheer from your Lakeview balcony

Wrigley Field

If Cubs fans have anything to cheer about this season, you’ll be able to hear them from the balcony of a south– and west-facing 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment at Lakeview’s new Halsted Flats. Step inside and close the sliding-glass doors and all will be calm and quiet. A 9th floor 2-bedroom ...

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

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 2/26/15

North Water view

The on-site leasing office and model apartments are now open at North Water, a 52-story apartment tower at 340 E North Water in Streeterville. North Water is a full-amenity view building with sweeping vistas in every direction. Apartments are available for March 1 and later occupancy. Chestnut Place, 850 N ...

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

Walk to West Loop street festivals from Circa 922

Taste of Randolph St

Chicago comes alive in the summer with street fairs and festivals, and they’re best enjoyed when you live nearby. Circa 922, the new apartment high-rise in the West Loop, is a short walk from a number of major events and has easy access by public transportation to many more. West ...

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

A sunny southwest corner at a Mies masterpiece

860 LSD 17L

Earlier this week Chicago Magazine reported that sales at Mies van der Rohe’s 860-880 Lake Shore Drive “took off late in 2014 and have not abated …” Unit 17L at 860 N Lake Shore Drive is a sunny southwest corner with city views from floor-to-ceiling windows. The 2-bedroom, 2-bath home ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 26, 2015
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park and Lakeview apartment deals and finds, 2/25/15

Reside on Barry

Reside on Barry is a pet-friendly high-rise at 533 W Barry, steps from the lively Broadway strip of bars, restaurants and shops. A renovated 2-bedroom is available for $2,075 on the 16th floor with south-facing skyline views. The apartment has wood-look floors, a stylish kitchen with ample cabinet and counter ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 25, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

K2 Apartments has an ideal location for dual-direction commuters

K2

Over-the-top amenities and a walk-to-everything location have been the main draws for many of the residents at K2, the new luxury apartment community in the Fulton River District. Couples and roommates who work in widely separated locations revel in K2′s status as a transit-oriented development. Residents who commute by car ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 25, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Start thinking about the joys of an Old Town summer

1225 Old Town

On days like this it seems like winter will never end. It will, and when it does residents at the 1225 Old Town apartment tower will enjoy an enviable location that showcases neighborhood life at its best. 1225′s Wells Street location is on one of the most interesting and pedestrian-friendly ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 25, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Designer finishes at new South Loop condos

1345 Wabash

The new rental towers sprouting up in downtown Chicago boast of having “condo quality finishes.” The new condos at 1345 Wabash can rightfully lay claim to finishes that raise the definition of “condo quality” to a new level, at monthly ownership costs well below the rent at a new apartment ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 25, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Two-bedrooms with balconies available at Echelon

Echelon at K Station

The two-bedroom, 2-bath apartments with balconies rent quickly at Echelon at K Station in the Fulton River District. Unit 2407 is available for immediate occupancy for $2,792 a month and unit 2107 will be available March 24 for $2,698. The apartments have in-unit washer / dryers, stainless steel appliances and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 24, 2015
ChicagoNorth Side

Deal of the day – Large Lakeview East one-bedrooms

500 Belmont

500 West Belmont in Lakeview East has a distinctive façade of glazed white brick with blue brick verticals. White brick had a brief heyday in the years leading up to World War I, but was little used by the time 500 West Belmont was built in the late 1960s. The ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 24, 2015
ChicagoSouth Side

Lexington Place 2 offers homes on oversized lots in Bridgeport

Lexington Place 2

The single-family homes at Lexington Place 2 in Bridgeport are on extra-wide, extra-deep lots but are pre-completion priced from just $509,900. Lexington Place 2 is the latest phase of Lexington Homes’ successful single-family / townhome development adjacent to popular Donovan Park. The homes have classic exteriors with rambling front porches, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 24, 2015

500 Lake Shore Drive bans Craigslist rental service ads

Park west of 500 LSD

500 Lake Shore Drive sent the following email to rental services / apartment locators / apartment finders last Saturday morning: Subject: Craigslist Postings at 500 Lake Shore Drive Good Afternoon, As you all know, we have recently switched over to the LRO pricing model. With this pricing model, pricing fluctuates ...

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

Why YoChicago is your best Streeterville apartment source

Streeterville

There are only 16 apartment complexes in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood and you’ll find all of them on YoChicago’s at-a-glance list. The list gives you a snapshot of the types of apartments in each building, the building’s pet policy, and whether it has in-unit washer / dryers, a pool and on-site ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 23, 2015