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Near North Side (Area 8) is one of the 77 communities into which the city is officially divided.

It spans the area bounded by the Chicago River north to North Ave (1600 N), and Lake Michigan west to the Chicago River. The Near North Side includes numerous sub-neighborhoods, each of which probably better describes the area in question: Gold Coast, Old Town, River North, Sandburg Village, Streeterville, etc.

ZIP codes: 60610, 60611, 60654.

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Today’s apartment deal – Free rent at Chestnut Tower

Chestnut Tower

Chestnut Tower, a relatively new building in River North, has been undergoing a makeover. The new sundeck has a variety of seating areas, prairie landscaping, gas grills, and flat-screen TVs. It’s also a showcase for the panoramic views that residents enjoy from their apartments. Newly-renovated studios start at $1,755, 1-bedrooms at $1,975, 2-bedroom, 2-baths at ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 20, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

State & Chestnut tower topped out, pre-leasing in January

State & Chestnut view

The skies were dark with clouds when I rode the construction elevator to the 30th floor of State & Chestnut last Friday. The 35-story, 367 unit tower is topped out, but I opted not to climb five construction ladders to the top floor. The building will have good views to the south and west when ...

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

A year of success for River North’s Hubbard Place apartments

Hubbard Place

Here’s something unusual – a news release that contains information about a new apartment community’s financial performance and the market conditions under which it was achieved: The Habitat Company, a leading property manager and developer, is proud to announce the one-year anniversary of Hubbard Place, and the tremendous success of the apartment community in the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 12, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Back to the future for River North boundaries

Aerial view of River North

About twenty years ago we began reporting the boundaries of Chicago’s River North neighborhood as follows: The River North neighborhood is bounded by the Chicago River on the south, Oak St (1000 N) on the north, from Michigan Ave (100 E) west to the Chicago River. River North is part of the Near North Side ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 4, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A virtual walk through the new State & Chestnut amenities

State & Chestnut

I’ve seen many 3-D visualizations of buildings under construction, but none that are remotely as well done as this virtual walk through the amenities at the new State & Chestnut apartments. The website for the new apartment tower at 845 N State St went live last week, and it’s showcasing an extensive suite of amenities ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 3, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

An aerial view of new Near North Side developments

Near North Side aerial

An aerial view of the area bounded by Clark St and the Chicago River, from Chicago Ave (800 N) north to Division St (1200 N) reveals a location with a large amount of vacant land and tremendous potential for development. Developer Steven Fifield has called the area, which is bordered by thriving River West, River ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 17, 2014
Downtown / Loop

Avant apartments, 347 W Chestnut St, River North

Avant rendering

Avant is a 29-story, 330-unit apartment tower that is slated to begin construction in the first quarter of 2015 at 347 W Chestnut St on Chicago’s Near North Side. First occupancies are targeted for the latter half of 2016. Chicago-based Fifield Companies is the developer and Pappageorge Haymes is the architecture firm. Fifield also plans ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 14, 2014
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Today’s apartment deal: large 3-bedrooms at Walton on the Park

Walton on the Park

Unit 1902 at Walton on the Park, 2 W Delaware, is currently available for immediate occupancy at $6,500 a month, a reduction from the $7,015 listed online. The 3-bedroom home has 3 full baths and spans 2,165 square feet. Walton on the Park was built as a condominium and the apartments have the level of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 13, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A 3-bedroom deal and a new sundeck at Chestnut Tower

Chestnut Tower

A newly-renovated 3-bedroom, 3-bath apartment that spans 1,920 square feet is currently available on the 34th floor of href=”http://www.chestnuttowerchicago.com/availability.asp?fid=60510″>Chestnut Tower, a luxury apartment tower on the Near North Side. The rent for Unit 3406 is $5,215. A renter who moves in by October 29, 2014 will receive a month’s free rent. Chestnut Tower recently completed ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 10, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Construction update – State & Chestnut apartments

State & Chestnut

State & Chestnut, the 35-story, 367-unit apartment tower under construction at 845 N State St on the Near North Side, is more than two-thirds of the way to its full neight. Two days ago I had a decent view of the upper reaches of the building from the sundeck at Chestnut Tower, a few blocks ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 8, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A close-up look at Eight O Five construction

805 LaSalle

Eight O Five, the new apartment tower at 805 N LaSalle, had risen to the 22nd floor by the time of my visit yesterday. The 295-unit building will top out at 35 stories. The south-facing sundeck at Chestnut Tower provided a look down on the construction activity. I had an almost eye-level view of the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 7, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Chicago’s aptly-named Frontier Ave

Cabrini Joeff

When real estate developers are given the opportunity to influence a street name they often engage in flights of fancy or indulge themselves with the name of a son or a daughter. Chicago has a rare instance of a reality-based street name: Frontier Ave. Frontier Ave didn’t exist in 2001 when MCL Companies acquired a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 6, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

625 W Division apartments, Near North Side

625 W Division

625 W Division is a 16-story, 240-unit apartment tower that is under construction on the Near North Side. Occupancy is slated for mid-2015. Portland, OR-based Gerding Edlen is the developer and Lend Lease is the general contractor. The apartments Information about the unit mix and apartment finishes is not yet publicly available. Views. The location ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 29, 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, four of which are en-suite. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 23, 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
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Today’s apartment deal: Spacious Streeterville studios with lake views, free rent

Streeter Place

The east-facing J-plan studios at Streeter Place, a luxury apartment tower in Streeterville, offer a lot of unexpected features. For starters, there’s space. At 655 square feet, the J-plan studio is larger than many 1-bedroom apartments. And then there’s storage: a large walk-in, a linen closet and a foyer that can accommodate an armoire. The ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 11, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Jones Chicago apartments, 220 W Illinois St, River North

220 W Illinois

Jones Chicago is a 25-story, 188-unit apartment tower nearing completion at 220 W Illinois St in the River North. The building will have ground-level retail space and garage parking for 155 cars. Reports have touted fall 2014 occupancy, but that seems unlikely. The developers are Gerding Edlen and Fred Latsko of Structured Management, Hartshorne Plunkard ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 11, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New City Apartments, 1501 N Halsted St, Near North Side

New City, 9/2/14

New City is a 19-story, 199-unit apartment tower that is under construction on the Near North Side. The building is part of New City, a major development on an 8 ½-acre site bounded roughly by Halsted St and Clybourn Ave. New City will include 400,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and office space, and an ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 9, 2014

Chicago’s best free apartment finder

Aerial

If you’re searching for an apartment in Chicago’s downtown, Lincoln Park and Lakeview neighborhoods, YoChicago is the best way to yelp you find one. We’re an objective, visually rich website with comprehensive apartment reviews, all-inclusive at-a-glance lists, neighborhood maps and guides, narrated video tours and a great deal more. If you like what you see ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 8, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Scott Residences in Old Town prepping for October occupancy

Scott Residences

The Scott Residences in Old Town has begun offering hardhat tours of the new apartments at 211 W Scott St. I joined in briefly on one of the tours in the early evening yesterday. Interior finishes at some of the apartments are nearing completion, and first occupancies are slated for early October. The one-bedroom in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 3, 2014