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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

New River North apartment tower tops out

220 W Illinois

The shot at the left was taken mid-afternoon yesterday and the one on the right late in the evening. The different light conditions make the building appear strikingly different in color. The 26-story, 188 unit apartment tower under construction at 212-228 W Illinois in River North has reached its full height and is on target ...

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

Division Street apartments secure financing

625 W Division

A month ago we visited a site at 625 W Division St that had just been cleared in preparation for construction of a 19-story, 240-unit apartment tower. At the time, we questioned whether the project has the weakest location of any of the Near North Side developments on our at-a-glance list of new downtown apartment ...

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

A step forward for Atrium Village

Aerial view of Atrium Village site

It’s been nearly two years since we noted a Sun-Times report that the Chicago Plan Commission had approved a proposal for the redevelopment of the 7-acre Atrium Village site at Division and Wells. The site could eventually encompass a 2-acre terraced park, four high-rises, townhomes, retail space and 1,500 apartments. Chicago Real Estate Daily reported ...

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

The “silly thing” on the roof of Chestnut Place

Chestnut Place

The odd structure on the roof of Chestnut Place was, for a period of time, even more odd. From the Art Institute’s oral history of architect Ben Weese: Richard Haas, our second connection with him was to do the lobby of 850 N State, the Chestnut Place apartments. We asked him to paint the penthouse, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 26, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A view from Walton on the Park

View from 2 W Delaware

Walton on the Park, 2 W Delaware, is a boutique high-rise that was built as a luxury condominium. The market downturn resulted in 153 of the building’s 189 units being rented for the past three years. Walton on the Park has had a fairly low profile, perhaps due to its maintaining a high rate of ...

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

Looking down on 845 North State

845 North State

The 367-unit apartment tower under construction at 845 North State has been slow to come out of the ground, but that’s true of the lower floors of many high-rises. The Near North Side building is about to rise above its parking podium and it should begin climbing more quickly toward its full 35-story height. When ...

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

Streeterville apartments moving forward

545 N McClurg Ct

Last week we noted the scale of activity in the 400 block of East Grand Ave in Streeterville. We stopped by yesterday for a closer look at the northeast corner of Grand and McClurg Ct, where Golub & Co has proposed building a 44-story, 490 unit apartment tower with office space and ground-level retail. Site ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 17, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A spacious, skylit townhome in a landscaped Gold Coast oasis

1000 N State #3

Unit 3 at 1000 N State spans more than 4,000 square feet of open, sunny living area at one of the city’s most attractive locations: the intersection of State St and Oak St. The 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home opens from a landscaped courtyard with steps-to access to a pool that’s shared with residents of ...

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Posted by sponsored post on June 17, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A Gold Coast 3-bedroom with sweeping views and an open layout

1030 State 46H view

Unit 46H at 1030 N State is a southeast corner 3-bedroom that serves up dramatic views of the city skyline from every room. The home’s large windows, generously-sized rooms and efficient plan create an airy, open feeling. Newberry Plaza boasts a full suite of amenities, including a pool and fitness room, and an enviable location ...

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Posted by sponsored post on June 16, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Will Basecamp River North have Chicago’s best rowhouse views?

Basecamp view

Foundation work is underway at Basecamp River North, a 47-unit rowhouse development at 450 W Oak that was announced last December. The first two phases of the Near North Side development are sold out. Phase III units are priced from $562,900 for 3-bedroom, 3-baths and $749,900 for 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath homes. The first photo ...

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

Demolition complete at Division Street apartment site

625 W Division

A year ago Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily reported that Portland-based Gerding Edlen Development planned to break ground by last November on a 19-story, 240-unit apartment tower at 625 W Division St. The existing buildings on the south end of the site have been demolished and site clearance is nearly complete. Building permits have yet ...

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

A spectacular view from Chestnut Tower’s sundeck

Chestnut Tower view

Chestnut Tower, 121 W Chestnut, has a rooftop sundeck that serves up dramatic views of the skyline. The sundeck is one of the features that accounts for the building’s popularity in a highly competitive rental market, and it’s scheduled for a makeover this summer. Chestnut Tower currently has only one unit available for immediate occupancy, ...

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

Looking down on two new Near North high-rises

805 N LaSalle

I visited the rooftop sundeck at Chestnut Tower last Friday, and it proved to be a good vantage point for looking down on two new apartment high-rises that are in early stages of construction on the Near North Side and slated for occupancy next year. When it’s completed the 35-story Eight O Five, above, will ...

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

Website touts a new rental concept in Chicago living

Eight O Five screen cap

When you reach a certain age, it becomes very difficult to differentiate engaging from lame, so I’ll leave that task to you as you scroll down the new website for 805 N LaSalle. Eight O Five, you’ll learn, is a “new rental concept in Chicago living” at the intersection of: love and meme classic and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 2, 2014
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Today’s deal – dog-friendly 1-bedrooms at the edge of the Gold Coast

1000 N LaSalle

If you’ve been searching for an affordable, dog-friendly one-bedroom with parking and an updated kitchen and bath, your search will be over when you visit 1000 N LaSalle. 1000 N LaSalle has a tree-shrouded, fenced-in, grassy dog park that will delight you and your pet, a variety of one-bedroom apartments you’ll be happy to call ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 30, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A close-up look at New City’s construction progress

New City

New City is a huge, mixed-use, transit-oriented development at Halsted and Clybourn on the Near North Side. New City will have about 400,000 square feet of office, retail, entertainment and dining space, an 1,100-car parking garage and a 19-story, 199-unit apartment tower. New City will be anchored by an 80,000 square foot Mariano’s which, probably ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 27, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Apartment spotlight – Gold Coast high-rises with pools

1120 N LaSalle

Planned Property owns and manages more than 3,000 apartments in twenty-eight Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Lakeview buildings in prime locations. The buildings range from walk-ups to contemporary mid-rises to vintage and modern high-rises. Read on for rent and availability information at each of the buildings. Our featured buildings this week are three Gold Coast ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 23, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A Near North new construction update

858 N Franklin

An affiliate of Fifield Companies received Plan Commission approval yesterday to move forward on a 31-story, 310-unit apartment tower at Chestnut and Orleans. The development will include 174 parking spaces and ground-level retail space. Construction is estimated to begin early next year. The first two phases of Basecamp River North are sold out, but construction ...

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

Chicago Avenue YMCA slated for redevelopment

Lawson House YMCA

Real estate developers have been sniffing around the Lawson House YMCA, 30 W Chicago Ave, for quite some time, scheming schemes to convert it to residential use. Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily reported several days ago that the Y will be redeveloped as 450 units of affordable housing in a renovation that “could cost up ...

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

A vintage Streeterville condo that lives like a single-family home

222 E Chestnut 6B

Unit 6B at 222 E Chestnut is a 2,400 square foot, 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath architecturally-interesting condo that has the feel of a single-family home. The public living and private bedroom spaces are entered from a gallery hall with Moorish vaulted ceilings and herringbone parquet floors. Spacious living and dining rooms open from either end ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 15, 2014