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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, a number showed substantial increases ...

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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 take-out options, and Fooda vendors ...

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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 windows, wood-look or carpet flooring ...

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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 lease on three floor plans: ...

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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, 900 N Kingsbury, has a ...

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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 others. The new Circa 922, ...

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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 pricier homes:. Florense cabinetry, for ...

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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 $7.2 million. Sales began this ...

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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 free-standing homes, pre-construction priced from ...

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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 sustainable lifestyle choices. Rather than ...

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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 Property’s

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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 48 hours of their initial ...

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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 affluence and a destination for ...

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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. The above shot was taken ...

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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 Collection, and Whole Foods are ...

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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 time of my visit on ...

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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 at 200 N Michigan and ...

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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 in the neighborhood. Several blocks ...

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

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 completed and sold, and two ...

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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 tower across from the East ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 12, 2014