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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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ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Floor plans, pricing available for Lofts at River East

445 E Illinois

Floor plans and pricing are now available for The Lofts at River East in Streeterville. The 285-unit loft conversion is targeting early 2015 occupancy for what it’s touting as “some of the largest apartments in the city.” The floor plans, now online, back up that boast. Studio apartments at The Lofts at River East start ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 22, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Santa Paws visits high-rise apartments

Santa Paws

Planned Property owns and manages 30 apartment buildings in prime River North, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Lakeview East locations. All of the buildings are cat-friendly and five are dog-friendly. Last week Santa Paws visited two of the dog-friendly buildings, 1000 N LaSalle and 3130 N Lake Shore Dr. Santa brought along his pawtographer and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 16, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A random look at new downtown apartment construction

1000 S Clark St

Last week I visited a number of the new apartment projects under construction in downtown Chicago to check on their progress. Site prep has just begun at 1001 S State. Construction is making rapid progress at 1000 S Clark, pictured above, which is targeting occupancy late in 2015. The Wolf Point apartment tower is advancing ...

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

Will Bush Temple apartments be micro or crazy huge?

424 W Diversey

If you scan articles on the once-trendy topic of micro apartments, you’ll encounter the notion that 275 to 300 square foot spaces are “crazy huge.” One article scoffed at 350 square foot Boston units as “practically a palace.” In Seattle, where micro units ranged as low as 90 square feet, a recently-adopted ordinance requires a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 2, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

State & Chestnut apartments, 845 N State St, River North

845 N State St

State & Chestnut is a new 35-story, 367-unit apartment tower under construction at 845 N State St in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. When complete, the building will include ground-floor retail space and 185 garage parking spaces. Construction began in the summer of 2013 and the building was topped out in mid-November. Pre-leasing will begin in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 1, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

An on-site look at Wolf Point construction and views

Wolf Point, view east

Concrete was being poured for the 9th floor of Wolf Point, a 48-story, 510-unit apartment tower, at the time of my visit, and the green roof over the public garage was already well underway. It was mid-morning and the sun was just beginning to break through the clouds. I rode the construction elevator to the ...

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

A Lofts at River East update

Lofts at River East

The Lofts at River East recently sent us photo-realistic renderings of the building’s lobby and apartment finishes. The renderings illustrate a sophisticated lobby and apartments with elements of the classic loft aesthetic: large windows, high ceilings, wood floors and ceilings, and exposed heavy timber columns and beams. The 285-unit Streeterville loft conversion is targeting early ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 24, 2014
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

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
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

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