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South Loop is the area bounded by the Stevenson Expy (2450 S) on the south, Congress Pkwy (500 S) on the north, from Lake Michigan west to the Chicago River. ZIP codes: 60605, 60616, 60607.

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The window of opportunity at 1345 Wabash condos

1345 S Wabash

The construction elevator will be coming down soon and all of the windows will be in place at 1345 Wabash, the first new condo high-rise built in downtown Chicago in years. The closing-in of the building signals a closing window of opportunity for home buyers to lock in the most desirable units at currently attractive ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 29, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New South Loop condos target spring occupancy

1345 Wabash

Chicago’s real estate recovery will reach a milestone this spring when residents begin moving into 1345 Wabash, the first new condo high-rise in years. Some of the buyers at 1345 Wabash have architecture and style as their highest priority. Some have been attracted by the South Loop location’s vitality and convenience. Some have been swayed ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 22, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The burgeoning burger scene near Park Michigan apartments

Five Guys

There are already half a dozen places to grab a hamburger within about a block of the South Loop‘s Park Michigan apartments. The options include, in alphabetical order, Artists Café. Eleven City Diner, Five Guys, The Scout, Urban Counter and Wabash Tap. Chicago Magazine is reporting that the popular Burger Bar will open on Thursday, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 20, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

South Loop riverfront poised for major development

Kardas aerial

Crain’s Chicago Business is reporting that CMK Companies is acquiring a vacant 6.5-acre parcel south of Harrison St and north of River City along the river. According to Crain’s, the site where parts of Divergent were filmed is being acquired by another developer. The above shot was taken from 235 Van Buren, a 714-unit condo ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 19, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Own a stylish new South Loop condo for less than rent

1345 Wabash

If you want to live in a high-style, architecturally distinctive home in a prime South Loop location, you’ll want to visit the new condos nearing completion at 1345 Wabash. 1345 Wabash is setting a new standard in the South Loop with finishes that are familiar to readers of upscale design magazines: Florense cabinetry, Duravit floating ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 15, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

South Loop apartments for rent – an up-to-date list

South Loop apartments

If you want to rent in the South Loop, you can see all of your managed apartment building options on YoChicago’s South Loop availability list. There are just over a dozen large apartment complexes in the South Loop, and we’ve listed them in this Google spreadsheet, and checked what’s available for rent, and what the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 14, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

The LEX, luxury apartments in the new South Loop

The LEX

The southern part of the South Loop is poised for major change with the development of a new arena and hotel near McCormick Place, plans for the Lucas Museum, the opening of the new CTA Green Line stop at Cermak and the coming alive of the Motor Row Entertainment District. Businesses are opening in anticipation ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 13, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

South Loop development is rapidly heating up

South Loop sites

Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily is reporting that a group led by CMK Companies has agreed to acquire a 5.1-acre site, pictured above, just north of Roosevelt Rd in the South Loop. The site is immediately south of a 1.8-acre site recently acquired by a CMK venture. The sites will benefit from the new Wells-Wentworth ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 7, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Relax at the pool at the South Loop’s Astoria Tower

Astoria Tower

If a spa experience following a workout is your ideal way to start or end a winter day, you’ll want to check out the luxury apartments at Astoria Tower. The amenities package includes an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and steam room, and a spa / massage salon. The fitness room is adjacent to the pool. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 7, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New South Loop condos ease Chicago’s harsh winters

1345 S Wabash

It’s not too early to begin thinking about next winter. Chicago’s winters are a lot easier to enjoy when restaurants, bars, grocery shopping and public transportation are almost at your doorstep. Residents of the new South Loop condos at 1345 Wabash can visit Gioco, Zapatista, Asian Outpost, Flo & Santos and The Scout without leaving ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 6, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Meet Aleisha, a 1345 Wabash buyer

Aleisha, 1345 Wabash

Aleisha is a freelance writer who currently rents in the South Loop. When looking for her new home, her priorities were equal parts a convenient location and a live / work space where she would love to spend her time. At 1345 Wabash, she found both and much more. Here’s what Aleisha had to say ...

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Posted by sponsored post on December 18, 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

Brokers get first look at new South Loop condos

1345 Wabash

1345 Wabash, a new condo tower in the South Loop, was the site of a broker’s open house yesterday. Real estate brokers donned hard hats, safety vests and glasses and trekked up to view framed-in units on the fourth floor. High ceilings and open-plan living areas make the units feel spacious and floor-to-ceiling windows expand ...

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Posted by sponsored post on December 12, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

More apartments headed for the South Loop

Clark & Harrison

The 398-unit AMLI Lofts opened recently in the South Loop and a 469-unit apartment tower at 1000 S Clark St is targeting occupancy for late next year. Hundreds of additional units have been proposed for sites at 1001 S State and 1333 S Wabash. Student housing is a major part of the residential market in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 9, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

South Loop apartments gain a world-class neighbor

Grant Park skate park

The new “world class” Grant Park skate park opened last Saturday, and it was an instant hit. If you were anywhere in the vicinity you saw a stream of mostly teens and tweens headed for the park on their boards, bikes and blades. Once you arrived at the park you had to marvel at how ...

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

South Loop penthouse apartments available

The LEX

There’s a special feeling that comes with living in a penthouse apartment and having no one living above you. That special feeling is enhanced by the perks that often come with penthouse living. The desire to live in a special way results in penthouse apartments turning over infrequently and renting quickly when they do. A ...

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Posted by sponsored post on December 4, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The South Loop has Chicago’s best new condos

1345 S Wabash

When you set out to buy the best new condo in Chicago you’ll factor in cost of ownership, location, architecture, unit finishes, and the developer’s track record. When you’ve looked at all of your options, you’re likely to conclude that only one new development rates an “A+” in all of those categories: 1345 Wabash in ...

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Posted by sponsored post on December 3, 2014

How to get an edge on renting the best apartments

Astoria Tower

If you’re working with a rental service, the odds are high that you’re not going to able to rent some of Chicago’s most desirable apartments. Some of the companies that own and manage sought-after apartments either don’t cooperate with rental services or only allow them access to their hard-to-rent units. If you want to rent ...

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

The views from 1345 Wabash in the South Loop

View from 1345 Wabash

I recently rode the construction elevator to the 15th floor of 1345 Wabash and climbed two flights of stairs to the roof to be greeted by the panoramic view you see above. You’d have to swivel your head from to side to side to take in the full panorama. The shots above are a more ...

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

South Loop condo building reverts from rentals

1555 Wabash at arrow

Condo sales may be heating up in the South Loop. Condo sales at the new 1345 Wabash, Adler Place and Harbor View are apparently robust enough to encourage what we’d taken to calling the “washout on Wabash” to switch from rentals to sales. The 176-unit project at 1555 S Wabash went into a Chapter 11 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 19, 2014