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Printers Row, once the heart of Chicago's printing industry, is a sub-neighborhood of the South Loop characterized by its numerous loft buildings.

Its boundaries are Polk St (800 S) to Congress Pkwy (500 S), State St (0 E/W) to Clark St (100 W).

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AMLI Lofts, 850 S Clark St, South Loop

Blackie's

AMLI Lofts, 850 S Clark St in the South Loop, consists of two L-shaped 11-story buildings with a total of 398 apartments, 280 parking spaces and 9,000 square feet of ground-level retail space. Construction began in spring of 2013 and first occupancies are slated for July, 2014. AMLI Development is the developer and NORR is ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 16, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Are new South Loop apartments a sign of a rental market downturn?

619 S LaSalle

Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily recently reported that a warehouse at 619-633 S LaSalle has been acquired for conversion to 80 to 90 apartments. Although Crain’s locates the project in Printers Row, it’s a block away. Join me for a video look at the site and its neighbors while I wonder whether apartments in a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 3, 2013
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Are there deals to be had at Printers Row Lofts?

Printers Row Lofts

Printers Row Lofts is an 8-story, 138-unit loft building at 732 S Financial Pl in the South Loop. The building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was converted to loft apartments in 1996 by Tony Rezko‘s Rezmar Group and converted to condos in 2003. We wrote about the conversion in the February ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 1, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Is the Fisher Building terra cotta a pun or payback?

Fisher Building Chicago

I was at a meeting at the Fisher Building yesterday morning. Later in the day I headed for DesignSlinger to learn a bit about the history of this Chicago landmark. DesignSlinger refers to the marine images baked into the terra cotta façade as “a tongue-in-cheek reference to owner Lucius G. Fisher’s last name.” The AIA ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 15, 2013

Printers Row Farmers Market – where have all the flowers gone?

Printers Row Farmers Market

If you’ve visited more than a few of Chicago’s so-called farmers markets, you know the odds are you’ll see few, if any, farmers at most of them. You’ll find a better selection of fresh fruits and vegetables at your local 7-11 than you will at some of the city’s farmers markets. Given the density of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 2, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Loft living: Soho style in Printers Row

714 S Dearborn St, Chicago

Scott Berg’s listing for unit #5 at 714 S Dearborn St isn’t the first time I’ve seen a Printers Row home compared to a New York loft. This “Soho style” timber loft (Berg’s words) was listed a week ago at $729,000, $79,000 more than for what it sold five years ago. It’s a big space ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on March 9, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

What $1,850 will get in 60607

Paper Place Lofts, 801 S Wells St, Chicago

The median price of the 96 homes listed for rent in 60607, the ZIP code covering much of the West Loop, University Village, and a small sliver of Printers Row, is $1,850. Three units are available at this price — one in each of those three neighborhoods. West Loop: Unit #1204A at Emerald, 125 S ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 11, 2011

Block by block in Chicago neighborhoods

South Loop video

The ways in which people experience Chicago’s neighborhoods are almost as varied as the neighborhoods themselves. Block by Block looks at Chicago neighborhoods the way you might if you were young and exploring the city. In Episode 7 of the 9 that are currently available, two roommates visit Printers Row and the South Loop and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 16, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Feeling the pain at Wells Street Tower

Wells Street Tower, Chicago

River City isn’t the only building on South Wells Street where prices have tanked — it’s tough to be a seller at Wells Street Tower, too. Six of the seven condos that closed in the building this year sold for the same amount or less than they sold for in 2002 and 2003, when the ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on December 20, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A Printers Row loft with New York style

Coldwell Banker’s Andy Shiparski describes a new listing in Printers Row’s Donohue Building as a “stunning” timber / brick loft in the “New York style.” That must mean that New York lofts are spacious (the place has 2,600 square feet, two bedrooms, and 2.5 baths spread out over two floors), well-appointed (it has a gourmet ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on October 1, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The Transportation Building in Printers Row, past and present

Here at Yo HQ we have file cabinets filled with old promotional materials and press releases about hundreds of Chicago developments. Here’s some info about one, pulled at random from the archives: Despite its location inside the Printers Row District, the 22-story Transportation Building at 600 S Dearborn St didn’t house printing companies. As its ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on August 23, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Pick a place: Same rent, same size, different styles in Printers Row, Bucktown

If you needed a 2,400 square-foot home for $3,000 a month right now, you could have either of these places. How would you rather spend your buck-twenty-five per square foot? Everything about unit #505 (above) at the Folio Square Lofts, 124 W Polk St in Printers Row, screams SPACE!, from its 11-foot ceiling heights and ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on June 7, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Loft living: "You have to want it"

In addition to organizing last weekend’s South Loop Neighbors Loft Walk, South Loop Neighbors Chair Helen Kaplow opened her Donohue Building home to visitors during the event. Having owned a home just above Hackney’s, a neighborhood bar and restaurant, for eight years, she has experienced both the pros and cons of loft living. The initial ...

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Posted by erik stonikas on October 20, 2009