YoChicago http://yochicago.com Real estate news, video, guides, blog | homes, apartments, neighborhoods | Chicago & suburbs Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:08:05 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.1.2 When rental service agents show up unannounced http://yochicago.com/when-rental-service-agents-show-up-unannounced/38522/ http://yochicago.com/when-rental-service-agents-show-up-unannounced/38522/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:08:05 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=38522

As the rental season kicks into high gear Chicago tenants can expect to have rental service agents barging into their apartments without prior notice. A recent comment:

I just woke up to an agent walking in unannounced. I venture to say they don’t do this in Texas, lol.

In an earlier post we outlined your rights as a tenant and some of the risks you run when rental service agents, some of whom have criminal records, show your apartment.

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New River North / Gold Coast apartments prep for summer occupancy http://yochicago.com/new-river-north-gold-coast-apartments-prep-for-summer-occupancy/38520/ http://yochicago.com/new-river-north-gold-coast-apartments-prep-for-summer-occupancy/38520/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:06:47 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38520

First occupancies at the new State & Chestnut apartment tower are slated for July 1,

Apartment finishes and common-area amenities can be previewed at the leasing center at 873 N Rush St, just around the corner from State & Chestnut.

If you’re unfamiliar with the exciting, steps-to-everything neighborhood, a two-blocks walk in any direction from the leasing center is a great introduction to the convenient and vibrancy of the location.

State & Chestnut is a pet-friendly, smoke-free, full-amenity, luxury community with a range of studio to 2-bedroom apartments.

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Streeterville convertibles that live like one-bedrooms http://yochicago.com/streeterville-convertibles-that-live-like-one-bedrooms/38517/ http://yochicago.com/streeterville-convertibles-that-live-like-one-bedrooms/38517/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:05:22 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38517

At more than 700 square feet, convertible apartments at Atwater are larger than many one-bedrooms.

The layout has a sleeping alcove that’s nearly as private as an enclosed bedroom. A nook near the entry provides space for a table or bookshelf. The convertible plan has a large bathroom and in-unit washer / dryer. Available units rent from $1,764 to $2,334.

The new Streeterville Whole Foods opened recently, a block from Atwater.

Atwater studios are priced from $1,629 to $1,997, 1-bedrooms from $2,008 to $2,943, 1-bedroom plus dens from $2,701 to $2,972, 2-bedroom / 2-baths from $3,135 to $3,805, and 3-bedroom / 2-baths from $5,330 to $7,115.

Atwater is a full-amenity, high-service, smoke-free, pet-friendly community in a steps-to-everything Streeterville location. Atwater’s website gives you the ability to check near real-time rents for available studio to 3-bedroom apartments.

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The panoramic views from North Water’s corner 2-bedrooms http://yochicago.com/the-panoramic-views-from-north-waters-corner-2-bedrooms/38504/ http://yochicago.com/the-panoramic-views-from-north-waters-corner-2-bedrooms/38504/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:07:09 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=38504

The corner apartments at the new 52-story North Water tower in Streeterville are 2-bedroom, 2-baths with balconies.

The apartments have floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase the views, but you’ll need to step out on the balconies to fully appreciate how terrific they are. The interior and north view shots, above, are from a northeast corner on the 42nd floor.

I visited all four corners on the 42nd floor. Each of the corners, as you’d expect, offers a very different view.

The clouds hadn’t fully broken while I was at North Water, so I didn’t shoot the southwest view or the full sweep of the panoramic view from the northwest corner.

I’m looking forward to visiting at different times of the day and night. The views are all so good that new residents will have a tough time choosing among them.

North Water has studio to 3-bedroom apartments available for immediate and near-term occupancy. Floor plans and rent and availability information can be accessed online. Furnished models are available for viewing.

North Water is a full-amenity, high-service, pet-friendly, luxury community with a Loews hotel on the first 14 floors. Hotel guests do not have access to North Water’s residents-only 15th and 50th floor amenities.

Note: North Water is a YoChicago advertiser.

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Gold Coast / River North apartments near three charming parks http://yochicago.com/gold-coast-river-north-apartments-near-three-charming-parks/38506/ http://yochicago.com/gold-coast-river-north-apartments-near-three-charming-parks/38506/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:05:59 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38506

Chestnut Place, 850 N State St, is on the border of the Gold Coast and River North neighborhoods in a steps-to-everything location.

Park space is scarce in River North, but three of the north side’s most charming small parks are a short stroll from Chestnut Place.

Washington Square Park, pictured above. Is a short block west. It’s a great scene for relaxing in the shade and enjoying the fountain.

Connors Park, a block east of Chestnut Place, is a tree-shaded pocket-park with Argo Tea at its center.



The triangular Mariano Park, a few short blocks north of Chestnut Place, is flanked by sidewalk cafés, and one of the best dining, drinking and people-watching scenes you’ll find anywhere.


For more active pursuits, Chestnut Place is within easy walking distance of Oak Street Beach and Lake Shore Park.

The common areas and many of the apartments at Chestnut Place are undergoing renovation. All of the 1- and 2-bedroom apartments are corner units with good south views due to the building’s unusual saw-tooth configuration.

New residents can opt for a renovated apartment or a “classic” apartment at a lower price-point. Floor plans and near real-time availability info can be accessed online.

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Today’s deal: Two months’ free rent on new West Loop studios and one-bedrooms http://yochicago.com/todays-deal-two-months-free-rent-on-new-west-loop-studios-and-one-bedrooms/38510/ http://yochicago.com/todays-deal-two-months-free-rent-on-new-west-loop-studios-and-one-bedrooms/38510/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:04:35 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38510

The West Loop‘s vibrant restaurant, street fair and nightlife scene is its marquee attraction, but convenient access to public transit and the city’s expressway grid is the main reason many residents opt for the neighborhood.

Circa 922, a new high-rise at 922 W Washington, has enviable proximity to CTA trains and buses and is just blocks from the Kennedy and Eisenhower Expressways.

The new Pink and Green Line stop at Morgan St, a 5-minute walk from Circa 922, affords access to the Loop, the Medical District, IIT, and many points south and west.

The #20 CTA bus, a short block south on Madison St, provides frequent service to destinations in the Loop.

Circa 922 is a full-amenity, pet-friendly, smoke-free community with everything you’ve been looking for: high ceilings, great views, upscale finishes, private balconies and in-unit washer / dryers.

Circa 922 is currently offering two months’ free rent on studio and one-bedroom apartments, and a month free on two-bedrooms.

Visit Circa 922′s website for near real-time info about rents and available studio to 3-bedroom apartments and lofts.

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Three-bedroom luxury apartments at 1225 Old Town http://yochicago.com/three-bedroom-luxury-apartments-at-1225-old-town/38514/ http://yochicago.com/three-bedroom-luxury-apartments-at-1225-old-town/38514/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:02:52 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38514

1225 Old Town currently has several 3-bedroom apartments available for immediate and near-term occupancy, starting at $4,466 a month.

The homes have plank flooring in living areas and carpeted bedrooms. A spacious living / dining room has floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides, and opens to a private balcony.

The kitchen boasts track and pendant lighting, an unusual amount of cabinet and counter space, white quartz counter tops, tile backsplashes, an under-mount sink, and a stainless-steel appliance package with a side-by-side refrigerator / freezer, a gas range, a dishwasher and a built-in microwave.


The home has two full baths. The master suite has a walk-in closet and a stall shower in the master bath.

The home has a full-size side-by-side washer / dryer.

1225 Old Town’s amenities suite includes a rooftop pool and sundeck with gas grills, a resident lounge, a business café, a demonstration kitchen, a fully-equipped fitness room, a media room and a rooftop dog run.

Plum Market and Intelligentsia coffee are in the building, Starbucks is across the street, and the CTA Red Line is just over a block away.

1225 Old Town is pet-friendly and smoke-free, and has on-site management, maintenance and leasing staff, and 24/7 door staff.

Near real-time rent and availability information for 1225 Old Town can be accessed on the building’s website.

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Tier 07 apartments leased up at JeffJack in the West Loop http://yochicago.com/tier-07-apartments-leased-up-at-jeffjack-in-the-west-loop/38493/ http://yochicago.com/tier-07-apartments-leased-up-at-jeffjack-in-the-west-loop/38493/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:08:55 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38493

Every apartment community has some layouts with a special appeal, and they tend to rent very quickly.

The new JeffJack apartments in the West Loop opened its leasing office a month ago and within a few weeks the 07 tier of convertibles had all been leased. The 07 tier overlooks the green roof above the parking garage

The apartments were attractively priced and had a large balcony, a very unusual feature with a convertible unit. The 07 tier layout has a nearly-enclosed sleeping alcove, good closet space, a stall shower and in-unit washer / dryer.

All of the JeffJack units have a loft aesthetic with exposed concrete columns and ceilings, large windows and open layouts.

According to JeffJack staff, a surprising number of the new residents are people who work nearby and want an in-town apartment in addition to their suburban home.

JeffJack is a full-amenity, pet-friendly, smoke-free new community in a convenient West Loop location. Studio to 2-bedroom apartments are available for immediate and near-term occupancy. The 05 tier of studio apartments has also been renting rapidly.

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Stylish, affordable new condos with great West Loop access http://yochicago.com/stylish-affordable-new-condos-with-great-west-loop-access/38497/ http://yochicago.com/stylish-affordable-new-condos-with-great-west-loop-access/38497/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:06:48 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38497

Office expansion in the West Loop, headlined by Google’s impending move to 1K Fulton, has been garnering a lot of attention recently.

If you work in the West Loop and want a stylish, affordable, new-construction condo you have a South Loop option with quick and convenient public transit access to the West Loop.


The new condos at 1345 Wabash in the South Loop are just over a block south of the CTA Green Line stop at Roosevelt Rd. The Green Line will whisk you from Roosevelt Rd to the Clinton St stop in the West Loop in 11 minutes, and to the Morgan St stop in 14 minutes.

There’s a great restaurant and bar scene in the 1300 block of Wabash, steps from 1345 Wabash, and Trader Joe’s and Jewel-Osco are just over a block north.

One-bedroom condos at 1345 Wabash start at $228,900 and two-bedrooms at $290,900. The sales and design center is open at 1620 S Michigan Ave, and first move-ins are slated for this spring.

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Evanston’s E2 Apartments welcomes its first residents http://yochicago.com/evanstons-e2-apartments-welcomes-its-first-residents/38499/ http://yochicago.com/evanstons-e2-apartments-welcomes-its-first-residents/38499/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:05:19 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38499

The first residents moved into E2, the new apartment tower in downtown Evanston, over the past weekend.

Developers Randy and Steve Fifield refer to E2 as “uber-luxury,” a tag that’s backed up by the most extensive amenities suite in any North Shore apartment community and by E2′s high level of apartment finishes and resident services. E2, for example, is one of only two Evanston apartment buildings with 24/7 door staff.


E2 residents will need to wait for warmer weather to enjoy the pool, grills and lounge areas on the landscaped deck, but the nearly regulation size indoor basketball / volleyball court, the fitness center, the demonstration kitchen, the business center, the media room and the sprawling resident lounge are open now for their enjoyment.

E2 apartments range from studios to 3-bedroom townhomes. The on-site leasing office is open daily at 1890 Maple Ave.

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A wow-factor one-bedroom at Halsted Flats in Lakeview East http://yochicago.com/a-wow-factor-one-bedroom-at-halsted-flats-in-lakeview-east/38501/ http://yochicago.com/a-wow-factor-one-bedroom-at-halsted-flats-in-lakeview-east/38501/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:02:13 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38501

Step into the bedroom in this northwest corner apartment at Halsted Flats and you’ll experience the “wow factor.”

The bedroom has floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides, flooding the space with light. You need to be there to feel the full impact of the windows. This one-bedroom floor plan also has a large balcony, and there’s only one apartment of this type currently available for rent.

Halsted Flats also has a selection of 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments available.

Halsted Flats is a full-amenity, pet-friendly, high-service new apartment tower in a steps-to-everything Lakeview East location.

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Today’s deal – a corner 2-bedroom at the South Loop’s Astoria Tower http://yochicago.com/todays-deal-%e2%80%93-a-corner-2-bedroom-at-the-south-loops-astoria-tower/38483/ http://yochicago.com/todays-deal-%e2%80%93-a-corner-2-bedroom-at-the-south-loops-astoria-tower/38483/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:06:42 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38483

Astoria Tower owes its popularity to a steps-to-everything South Loop location, a full suite of amenities, a high level resident service, and apartments with great layouts and condo-quality finishes.

There are currently only two units available for rent at Astoria Tower. One is a 2-bedroom, 2-bath corner with the popular split-bedroom and a large balcony. The 29th floor home has hardwood floors, granite counters, stainless steel appliances including a gas range and in-unit washer / dryer. Floor-to-ceiling windows serve up Lake Michigan views. The home is available for immediate occupancy at $3,274 a month, with a $1,000 discount on the second month’s rent.

Floor plans and near real-time rent and availability info can be accessed online.

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Dog-friendly 2-bedrooms steps from the Gold Coast and Old Town http://yochicago.com/dog-friendly-2-bedrooms-steps-from-the-gold-coast-and-old-town/38486/ http://yochicago.com/dog-friendly-2-bedrooms-steps-from-the-gold-coast-and-old-town/38486/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:04:37 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38486

We could compare the search for a dog-friendly high-rise in the Gold Coast to barking up the wrong tree, but that would be a horrible pun, so we won’t.

The contemporary high-rise apartment building at 1000 N LaSalle is dog-friendly and adjacent to a tranquil private dog park. The tree-shrouded, grassy area is a favorite among dog-owning residents and residents who just want a cool place to sit outside on a hot summer day.

Planned Property currently has several 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments available at 1000 North LaSalle, priced from $2,350 to $2,450 a month. The apartments have renovated kitchens and baths, great closet space, and a master suite with a walk-through closet and a floor-to-ceiling bay window.

Planned Property owns and manages more than 3,000 apartments in dozens of buildings in prime River North, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Lakeview East locations.

Start your apartment search with Planned Property. Book your appointment online and save $300 on your first month’s rent.

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Award-winning Palatine townhomes available for summer occupancy http://yochicago.com/award-winning-palatine-townhomes-available-for-summer-occupancy/38479/ http://yochicago.com/award-winning-palatine-townhomes-available-for-summer-occupancy/38479/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:02:55 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38479

Lexington Hills in Palatine has two townhomes available for occupancy this summer. A 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath home is priced at $364,257 and a 3-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home at $434,500.

The Lexington Hills townhomes recently won four Key awards from the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago.

The homes have high ceilings, an open layout, a spacious great room, an open-plan kitchen with ample cabinet and counter space, a full finished basement, an attached 2-car garage and a patio that looks out on the gently rolling terrain adjacent to the 1,800-acre Deer Grove Forest Preserve.

Lexington Homes has been building homes that surprise and delight for more than 40 years and won four Key awards from the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago for Lexington Hills.

Join YoChicago in the video for a tour of one of the furnished models at Lexington Hills.

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Rental services can’t and won’t show you some of Chicago’s best apartments http://yochicago.com/rental-services-cant-and-wont-show-you-some-of-the-best-apartments/38466/ http://yochicago.com/rental-services-cant-and-wont-show-you-some-of-the-best-apartments/38466/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:08:43 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=38466

Many of Chicago’s rental services won’t show MLS-listed condo rentals even though they’re often priced below apartments in managed buildings. The simple reason is that the rental service would need to split the commission, which is usually a month’s rent, with the listing broker. If you’re willing to spend $3,000 a month renting an apartment, the typical rental service doesn’t want to settle for a $1,500 commission.

If you’re only interested in renting in apartment buildings, you need to know that there are many buildings that don’t cooperate with rental services. If you’re working with a rental service, you’re going to miss out on some great apartments in great buildings.

You also need to be aware that some apartment buildings occasionally offer above-market commissions to rental services, paying 125% or 150% of a month’s rent. Chicago rental services can be very creative at steering you to apartments that offer them the biggest payday regardless of whether the apartment is best for you.

If you’re interested in living in a high-rise apartment in a lakefront neighborhood from the South Loop north to Lakeview, you’ll find all of the buildings on YoChicago’s at-a-glance lists. Our lists link to near real-time rent and availability information at the building websites, providing far more accurate and timely information than you’ll find in rental service ads.

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What brokers like about Evanston’s new E2 Apartments http://yochicago.com/what-brokers-like-about-evanstons-new-e2-apartments/38469/ http://yochicago.com/what-brokers-like-about-evanstons-new-e2-apartments/38469/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:06:43 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38469

Real estate brokers toured the new E2 Apartments in Evanston a few days ago, and they were enthusiastic about what they saw.

Most of the brokers focused their praise on E2′s extensive amenities, while others were impressed by the architecture and the apartment layouts.

The positive reviews from real estate professionals are an indication that developers Randy and Steve Fifield have extended their track record of delivering new communities that are wonderful places to live, work and play.

E2 is Evanston’s newest and largest apartment community. E2′s two towers are smoke-free, pet-friendly, high-service and located in downtown Evanston near the Northwestern University campus. E2 has a variety of luxury studio to 3-bedroom apartments and townhomes available for immediate and near-term occupancy.

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A bright and spacious East Village duplex http://yochicago.com/a-bright-and-spacious-east-village-duplex/38471/ http://yochicago.com/a-bright-and-spacious-east-village-duplex/38471/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:04:53 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38471

The 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath duplex at 931 N Wolcott is bright and spacious, with high ceilings, newer appliances, and an open-plan kitchen with great cabinet and counter space and an island.

The home has private outdoor space and garage parking, and has just been listed for sale at $539,000.

The location is a short walk from the great restaurant, bar and shopping strips along Division St and Chicago Ave.

David Nadler of Related Realty is your tour guide in the video.

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A large, sunny townhome steps from a pool and parks http://yochicago.com/a-large-sunny-townhome-steps-from-a-pool-and-parks/38474/ http://yochicago.com/a-large-sunny-townhome-steps-from-a-pool-and-parks/38474/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:02:26 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38474

The townhome at 2723 W Byron in the River Park North community has unusually large and sunny rooms and multiple outdoor spaces.

The home, which is in pristine condition, has 3 to 4 bedrooms, a top-floor family room, a kitchen with an island, a 2-car garage and 2 additional parking spaces.

Immediately south of the home is the pool at California Park, home to the McFetridge Sports Center. Horner Park is immediately north of the community and Revere Park is just across the river.

The home is newly-listed and priced at $525,000.

Nicholas Apostal of Coldwell Banker’s Apostal Group is your tour guide in the video.

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Luxury Living Chicago’s new twist on deceptive rental service ads http://yochicago.com/luxury-living-chicagos-new-twist-on-deceptive-rental-service-ads/38464/ http://yochicago.com/luxury-living-chicagos-new-twist-on-deceptive-rental-service-ads/38464/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:23:11 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=38464

The Illinois Real Estate License Act prohibits “blind advertisements,” i.e. ads that do not contain the name of the broker licensee that placed the ad.

The Act also provides that “Advertising shall be considered misleading or untruthful if, when taken as a whole, there is a distinct and reasonable possibility that it will be misunderstood or will deceive the ordinary purchaser, seller, lessee, lessor, or owner.”

The above ads inviting you to schedule a showing at the new Jones Chicago apartments create a clear expectation that you’ll be connected to the building’s website. They connect you instead to the website of Luxury Living Chicago, one of the rental services on YoChicago’s do-not-call list.

If you’ve been searching for a new apartment, you’re likely to see these ads and similar ads for other buildings on a number of the sites you visit. They’re something new, and they’re insidious in that they divert traffic from building websites and undermine the effectiveness of building advertising by confusing renters about who they’ll reach when they click on an ad.

The State of Illinois has been totally ineffective at policing rental service ads. I’m hopeful that the apartment buildings will step up on behalf of renters and put a stop to this type of misleading advertising. If they don’t, you can expect to see a lot more of it.

Update 3/3/15: These specific deceptive Luxury Living ads for buildings appear to have stopped.

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Apartment deals and finds in downtown Chicago, 2/27/15 http://yochicago.com/apartment-deals-and-finds-in-downtown-chicago-22715/38454/ http://yochicago.com/apartment-deals-and-finds-in-downtown-chicago-22715/38454/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:08:03 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=38454

The West Loop‘s Circa 922,, 922 W Washington, is offering two months free rent on new studio and 1-bedroom apartments and a month on new 2-bedrooms.

Renters must take occupancy by April 24, 2015 to qualify for the free rent offer.

The leasing office and four furnished models are now open at Jeff Jack, a new West Loop apartment tower at 601 W Jackson.

Agree to rent within 24 hours of your initial visit to Echelon in the Fulton River District and you’ll receive a $450 credit toward your first month’s rent.

Large 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments at Astoria Tower, 8 E 9th St in the South Loop, start at just $2,608 a month.

K2, 365 N Halsted in the Fulton River District, has a number of 1-bedrooms available, but only one with a balcony and southeast skyline view.

The LEX, 2138 S Indiana in the South Loop, is offering the second month’s rent free for new residents who apply within 24 hours of their first tour and move in to selected apartments on a 14-month lease.

Park Michigan, 1212 S Michigan in the South Loop, has 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments available as low as $2,166 a month.

All offers, of course, are subject to expiration dates.

Pass the word to anyone you know who’s looking for an apartment: YoChicago is the go-to source for information about available deals, discounts and infrequently-available apartments.

Note: This feature includes only YoChicago advertisers.

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A high-floor Streeterville 3-bedroom a block from Whole Foods http://yochicago.com/a-high-floor-streeterville-3-bedroom-a-block-from-whole-foods/38457/ http://yochicago.com/a-high-floor-streeterville-3-bedroom-a-block-from-whole-foods/38457/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:06:16 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38457

Atwater, a luxury apartment tower in Streeterville, currently has a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home on the 39th floor available for early March occupancy.

The home sprawls over 1,802 square feet and boasts dramatic views from floor-to-ceiling windows. The open plan kitchen / dining / living area has plank flooring, space for multiple furniture groupings, and an adjacent private balcony.

The extra-large master suite has two closets, including a large walk-in. An oversized master bath has a double-bowl vanity and a separate tub and stall shower.

The home has an in-unit washer/dryer and is on a pet-friendly floor. It rents for $5,280 a month.

The new Streeterville Whole Foods opened recently, a block from Atwater.

Atwater studios are priced from $1,848 to $2,000, convertibles from $1,807 to $2,224, 1-bedrooms from $1,900 to $2,913, 1-bedroom plus dens from $2,785 to $3,515, 2-bedroom / 2-baths from $3,179 to $3,953, and 3-bedroom / 2-baths from $5,280.

Atwater is a full-amenity, high-service, smoke-free, pet-friendly community in a steps-to-everything Streeterville location. Atwater’s website gives you the ability to check near real-time rents for available studio to 3-bedroom apartments.

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Hear the Cubs fans cheer from your Lakeview balcony http://yochicago.com/hear-the-cubs-fans-cheer-from-your-lakeview-balcony/38460/ http://yochicago.com/hear-the-cubs-fans-cheer-from-your-lakeview-balcony/38460/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:04:01 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38460

If Cubs fans have anything to cheer about this season, you’ll be able to hear them from the balcony of a south– and west-facing 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment at Lakeview’s new Halsted Flats. Step inside and close the sliding-glass doors and all will be calm and quiet.

A 9th floor 2-bedroom is currently available at Halsted Flats. The apartment has the popular split-bedroom layout, hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the skyline and the pool deck, an in-unit washer / dryer and a great deal more.

Halsted Flats is a pet-friendly, smoke-free, full-amenity luxury apartment community at 3740 N Halsted St. Management, maintenance and leasing staff are on-site, and the building has 24/7 door staff.

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Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 2/26/15 http://yochicago.com/old-town-river-north-streeterville-and-gold-coast-apartment-deals-and-finds-22615/38440/ http://yochicago.com/old-town-river-north-streeterville-and-gold-coast-apartment-deals-and-finds-22615/38440/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:08:28 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=38440

The on-site leasing office and model apartments are now open at North Water, a 52-story apartment tower at 340 E North Water in Streeterville. North Water is a full-amenity view building with sweeping vistas in every direction. Apartments are available for March 1 and later occupancy.

Chestnut Place, 850 N State, is offering a month’s free rent on newly-renovated vacant apartments.

Scott Residences, 211 W Scott in Old Town, is at 96% occupancy. Three one-bedrooms are still available.

The Lofts at River East, Streeterville’s only rental loft building, has been leasing rapidly for April 1 occupancy. All of the south-facing two-bedrooms with balconies overlooking the Ogden Slip have been rented for April, but a few are available for mid-May.

One-bedrooms are still available for April occupancy.

Hubbard Place has three 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments “at a new net monthly rent of $3,221 to $3,367.

Atwater, 355 E Ohio, will apply the $450 admin fee to the first month’s rent for a client who applies within 48 hours of their initial visit.

Unit 3506 at Atwater, a 1-bedroom, has been newly renovated with white quartz countertops, plank flooring throughout the apartment, and new finish details. It’s available for immediate occupancy.

The leasing center for State & Chestnut opened recently at 873 N Rush. First occupancies are July 1, and early birds can lock up some of the building’s best apartments. The split-bedroom layout 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments with balconies are a good bet to rent quickly.

Planned Property is offering a half-month’s free rent on all 3-bedroom, 2-bath corner apartments at 1111 North Dearborn.

Planned Property is also offering a half-month’s free rent and waiving dog rent on 2-bedroom, 2-baths at 1000 North LaSalle. 1000 has a private dog park.

Chestnut Tower, 121 W Chestnut, is offering a month’s free rent and a $100 monthly parking rate for new residents of select apartments with leases beginning by 3/15/15. The following fully-renovated apartments with designer finishes are eligible for the offer:

  • #3406, a 3-bedroom, 3- bath, 1,920 square foot unit with north, east and west views for $5,225.
  • #2003, a 2-bedroom, 2-bath, 1,100 square foot southwest corner unit for $3,170.
  • #1904, a west-facing 1-bedroom for $2,200.
  • #2304, a 770 square foot top floor west-facing 1-bedroom for $2,300. The unit has a built-in beverage center.

  • 1225 Old Town is showcasing a new furnished model of the 3-bedroom, 2-bath apartments currently available.

    All offers, of course, are subject to expiration dates.

    Pass the word to anyone you know who’s looking for an apartment: YoChicago is the source for information about available deals, discounts and infrequently-available apartments.

    Check in tomorrow for deals and finds in downtown neighborhoods – the Loop, New East Side, West Loop, South Loop, River West and Fulton River District.

    Note: This feature includes only YoChicago advertisers.

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    Walk to West Loop street festivals from Circa 922 http://yochicago.com/walk-to-west-loop-street-festivals-from-circa-922/38443/ http://yochicago.com/walk-to-west-loop-street-festivals-from-circa-922/38443/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:06:08 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38443

    Chicago comes alive in the summer with street fairs and festivals, and they’re best enjoyed when you live nearby.

    Circa 922, the new apartment high-rise in the West Loop, is a short walk from a number of major events and has easy access by public transportation to many more.


    West Loop events near Circa 922 include a weekly farmers’ market, the Taste of Randolph Street, the West Loop Craft Beer Fest and the Randolph Street Market Festival.

    Circa 922 is a full-amenity, pet-friendly, smoke-free community with everything you’ve been looking for: high ceilings, views, upscale finishes, private balconies and in-unit washer / dryers.

    Visit Circa 922′s website for near real-time info about rents and available studio to 3-bedroom apartments and lofts.

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    A sunny southwest corner at a Mies masterpiece http://yochicago.com/a-sunny-southwest-corner-at-a-mies-masterpiece/38447/ http://yochicago.com/a-sunny-southwest-corner-at-a-mies-masterpiece/38447/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:04:23 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=38447

    Earlier this week Chicago Magazine reported that sales at Mies van der Rohe’s 860-880 Lake Shore Drive “took off late in 2014 and have not abated …”

    Unit 17L at 860 N Lake Shore Drive is a sunny southwest corner with city views from floor-to-ceiling windows.

    The 2-bedroom, 2-bath home boasts a brace of high-end brands among its finishes and a true-to-Mies aesthetic.

    It’s listed for sale at $520,000 with Vik Wadhwa of Modern Chicago Homes, a firm that focuses on properties that have architectural interest.

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    Lincoln Park and Lakeview apartment deals and finds, 2/25/15 http://yochicago.com/lincoln-park-and-lakeview-apartment-deals-and-finds-22515/38426/ http://yochicago.com/lincoln-park-and-lakeview-apartment-deals-and-finds-22515/38426/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:08:02 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=38426

    Reside on Barry is a pet-friendly high-rise at 533 W Barry, steps from the lively Broadway strip of bars, restaurants and shops.

    A renovated 2-bedroom is available for $2,075 on the 16th floor with south-facing skyline views. The apartment has wood-look floors, a stylish kitchen with ample cabinet and counter space, a renovated bath and good closet space.

    Reside on Barry‘s amenities include a fitness room, a resident lounge, a business center, a patio with gas grills and on-site parking.

    Planned Property is offering zero move-in, application and pet-rent fees on apartments at 3130 N Lake Shore Drive. Studio rents start at $1,170, one-bedrooms at $1,600, and two-bedrooms at $2,185. The location is close to shops, restaurants, bars and the park.

    3130 has a fitness room, a business center, garage parking and great views of Belmont Harbor. A convenience store and dry cleaners are on-site.

    Book an appointment online for any of Planned Property’s River North, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park or Lakeview buildings and receive a $300 credit toward your first month’s rent.

    Eugenie Terrace is Lincoln Park’s only full-amenity luxury rental high-rise, and its location fronting the park affords spectacular views in every direction.

    Eugenie Terrace currently has a “look and lease” deal that waives its $400 lease administration fee for new residents who apply within 24 hours of their first visit.

    Halsted Flats opened a year ago as the first new full-amenity rental tower built in Lakeview in decades.

    Studio and one-bedroom apartments that were snapped up quickly when the building opened are becoming available for occupancy as leases expire.

    All offers, of course, are subject to expiration dates.

    Pass the word to anyone you know who’s looking for an apartment: YoChicago is the source for info about available deals, discounts and infrequently-available apartments.

    Check in tomorrow for deals and finds in River North, Old Town, the Gold Coast and Streeterville.

    Note: This feature includes only YoChicago advertisers.

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    K2 Apartments has an ideal location for dual-direction commuters http://yochicago.com/k2-apartments-has-an-ideal-location-for-dual-direction-commuters/38432/ http://yochicago.com/k2-apartments-has-an-ideal-location-for-dual-direction-commuters/38432/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:06:19 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38432

    Over-the-top amenities and a walk-to-everything location have been the main draws for many of the residents at K2, the new luxury apartment community in the Fulton River District. Couples and roommates who work in widely separated locations revel in K2′s status as a transit-oriented development.

    Residents who commute by car will appreciate K2′s quick access to the expressway grid, and those who rely on public transportation will appreciate how many options are within a short walk.

    The nearby CTA Blue Line stop connects to downtown, to O’Hare airport and to Wicker Park and Bucktown dining and nightlife. Pink and Green Line stops at Clinton and Morgan take residents to the Loop, the Medical District, the IIT campus and Oak Park. The nearby Metra station has trains to the northern suburbs.

    Buses stop at K2′s front door. There’s a protected bike line just beyond its side door, and Divvy bikes at the Jewel next door.

    Seasonal water taxis at the nearby Metra station offer a quick and joyful ride to Michigan Avenue shopping, Chinatown dining, and the cluster of big-box retailing in the Clybourn Corridor. Metra trains take residents to Lake Forest and other North Shore suburbs.

    K2′s location is also pedestrian-friendly. Join us for a look in the video.

    K2 is a pet-friendly, full-amenity new apartment tower with a range of studio to 3-bedroom apartments.

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    Start thinking about the joys of an Old Town summer http://yochicago.com/start-thinking-about-the-joy-of-an-old-town-summer/38434/ http://yochicago.com/start-thinking-about-the-joy-of-an-old-town-summer/38434/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:04:50 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38434

    On days like this it seems like winter will never end. It will, and when it does residents at the 1225 Old Town apartment tower will enjoy an enviable location that showcases neighborhood life at its best.


    1225′s Wells Street location is on one of the most interesting and pedestrian-friendly strips in all of Chicago. Wells Street boasts a wide variety of restaurants, bars, outdoor cafes, street fairs, destination entertainment venues and one-of-a-kind shops.


    Oak Street Beach and Lincoln Park are both within easy walking distance and neighborhood parks are nearby.

    1225 Old Town’s amenities suite includes a rooftop pool and sundeck with gas grills, a resident lounge, a business café, a demonstration kitchen, a fully-equipped fitness room, a media room and a rooftop dog run. The building is pet-friendly, smoke-free, and has on-site management, maintenance and leasing staff, and 24/7 door staff.

    Near real-time rent and availability information for 1225 Old Town can be accessed on the building’s website.

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    Designer finishes at new South Loop condos http://yochicago.com/designer-finishes-at-new-south-loop-condos/38437/ http://yochicago.com/designer-finishes-at-new-south-loop-condos/38437/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:02:43 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38437

    The new rental towers sprouting up in downtown Chicago boast of having “condo quality finishes.”

    The new condos at 1345 Wabash can rightfully lay claim to finishes that raise the definition of “condo quality” to a new level, at monthly ownership costs well below the rent at a new apartment tower.

    The finish brands at 1345 Wabash i are familiar to readers of upscale design magazines: Florense cabinetry, Duravit floating vanities, Grohe fixtures, TOTO toilets and TransCeramica architectural tile.

    1345 Wabash is nearing completion, but buyers can still enjoy the ability to individualize their home and make it truly commensurate with their personal style.

    1345 Wabash has a steps-to-everything South Loop location. One-bedroom condos at 1345 Wabash start at $228,900 and two-bedrooms at $290,900. The sales and design center is open at 1620 S Michigan Ave.

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    Two-bedrooms with balconies available at Echelon http://yochicago.com/two-bedrooms-with-balconies-available-at-echelon/38420/ http://yochicago.com/two-bedrooms-with-balconies-available-at-echelon/38420/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:06:09 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38420

    The two-bedroom, 2-bath apartments with balconies rent quickly at Echelon at K Station in the Fulton River District.

    Unit 2407 is available for immediate occupancy for $2,792 a month and unit 2107 will be available March 24 for $2,698.

    The apartments have in-unit washer / dryers, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops.

    Echelon is a pet-friendly, full amenity, boutique apartment tower with panoramic views, a full-service grocery across the street, a park next door, convenient access to public transportation and expressways, and tons of nearby restaurants and bars.

    Floor plans and near real-time rent and availability info can be accessed online.

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    Deal of the day – Large Lakeview East one-bedrooms http://yochicago.com/deal-of-the-day-%e2%80%93-large-lakeview-east-one-bedrooms/38422/ http://yochicago.com/deal-of-the-day-%e2%80%93-large-lakeview-east-one-bedrooms/38422/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:04:53 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38422

    500 West Belmont in Lakeview East has a distinctive façade of glazed white brick with blue brick verticals.

    White brick had a brief heyday in the years leading up to World War I, but was little used by the time 500 West Belmont was built in the late 1960s.

    The blue brick color is unusual in Chicago, where white brick was typically accented by olive green brick.


    Several one bedrooms are currently available for rent, and they boast spacious living / dining areas, renovated kitchens and baths, great closet space and unusually large bedrooms.

    The deal: book an appointment online and receive a $300 discount on your first month’s rent.

    Planned Property owns and manages more than 3,000 apartments in prime River North, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Lakeview East locations.

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    Lexington Place 2 offers homes on oversized lots in Bridgeport http://yochicago.com/lexington-place-2-offers-homes-on-oversized-lots-in-bridgeport/38417/ http://yochicago.com/lexington-place-2-offers-homes-on-oversized-lots-in-bridgeport/38417/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:02:39 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38417

    The single-family homes at Lexington Place 2 in Bridgeport are on extra-wide, extra-deep lots but are pre-completion priced from just $509,900.

    Lexington Place 2 is the latest phase of Lexington Homes’ successful single-family / townhome development adjacent to popular Donovan Park.

    The homes have classic exteriors with rambling front porches, back yards, a full finished basement and 2- or 3-car garages.

    The interiors are a modern classic boasting high ceilings, family-sized kitchens with granite counter tops, and great rooms. The 3- to 6-bedroom homes have 2 ½ to 3 ½ bath.

    A sales office is open daily in the Lexington Square rowhomes at 3618 S Sangamon.

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    500 Lake Shore Drive bans Craigslist rental service ads http://yochicago.com/500-lake-shore-drive-bans-craigslist-rental-service-ads/38411/ http://yochicago.com/500-lake-shore-drive-bans-craigslist-rental-service-ads/38411/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:08:53 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=38411

    500 Lake Shore Drive sent the following email to rental services / apartment locators / apartment finders last Saturday morning:

    Subject: Craigslist Postings at 500 Lake Shore Drive

    Good Afternoon,

    As you all know, we have recently switched over to the LRO pricing model. With this pricing model, pricing fluctuates daily based on several factors including supply and demand, view, floor height, seasonality, etc.

    Since switching to LRO, we have had an increased number of inquiries from prospects that reference ads with incorrect pricing and terms on Craigslist. After monitoring Craigslist on a weekly basis, we have noticed that a very large percentage of ads posted display incorrect pricing, terms, concessions, photos, etc.

    Due to these issues, we will have to ask all brokers to remove their ads for 500 Lake Shore Drive from Craigslist and to no longer post on the site for our building. With LRO, It is simply too difficult to update ads with correct pricing on a daily basis and remove them as we rent units so quickly.

    You are still welcome to post information on your own company websites, but Craigslist postings will no longer be allowed.

    We value our relationship with each of you and look forward to working with you as we enter the busy spring leasing season!

    Best,

    The standard brokerage agreement for 500 Lake Shore Drive already banned rental service brokers from advertising on Craigslist:

    Broker may only advertise the Property on its own website. Broker and its licensees shall not advertise the Property on Craigslist or on any other ILS or in any Multiple Listing Service or offer any compensation to any other broker or licensee. Broker and its licensees shall only use photography available at www.related.com to advertise the Property on Broker’s website.

    Some rental services may have previously been granted a waiver of this requirement by 500 LSD.

    As of late yesterday there appeared to be more than 100 rental service ads for 500 LSD still active on Craigslist.

    My first reaction to the email was to wonder what prompted 500 LSD to complain about a pattern that it has to have known has existed since before the building opened: “a very large percentage of ads posted display incorrect pricing, terms, concessions, photos, etc.”

    My second reaction was to wonder whether 500 LSD will effectively enforce a policy that rental services have previously ignored and are likely to continue ignoring. Effective enforcement would involve terminating business relationships and filing complaints with state licensing authorities. In the absence of effective enforcement the rental services will show 500 LSD’s policy the same respect the dog in the above photo is showing the plantings in the park just west of 500 LSD.

    In recent years Chicago landlords have allowed the rental services to engage in a massive amount of abusive, bait-and-switch and fraudulent advertising and other shabby and illegal tactics.

    A crackdown is long overdue. I’m hopeful that 500 LSD is serious about and succeeds at banning unauthorized ads at Craigslist and the other websites that have been completely trashed by the rental services. I’m also hopeful that other properties will begin enforcing their policy against advertising on Craigslist and other sites.

    Update: As of Monday morning the rental services are running new ads for 500 LSD and updating older ones on Craigslist. Price, availability and terms in the ads vary from what’s available on the building’s website. If you want accurate info and don’t want to be baited and switched, deal directly with the building.

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    Why YoChicago is your best Streeterville apartment source http://yochicago.com/why-yochicago-is-your-best-streeterville-apartment-source/38380/ http://yochicago.com/why-yochicago-is-your-best-streeterville-apartment-source/38380/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:07:25 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=38380

    There are only 16 apartment complexes in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood and you’ll find all of them on YoChicago’s at-a-glance list. The list gives you a snapshot of the types of apartments in each building, the building’s pet policy, and whether it has in-unit washer / dryers, a pool and on-site parking.

    YoChicago’s at-a-glance list links to near real-time rent and availability info at the building websites and video tours, where available. Our list also links to our richly visual, objective apartment reviews which link in turn to each building’s website. We also offer our take on the best buildings in Streeterville on each of 18 different criteria.

    Using YoChicago’s lists you should be able, in a very short time, to determine which buildings you want to visit. You’re likely to find that they’re all within a few minutes’ walk of each other and have on-site leasing staff and convenient office hours.

    If you’re relocating to Chicago from out of town you can be relatively comfortable in renting “sight unseen” at any of the buildings on our Streeterville list. They’re all well-maintained, and professionally managed by reputable companies. There’s no guarantee that you’ll have a positive experience, but the odds are heavily in your favor. You might also consider a short-term furnished rental in one of the buildings where that option is available. Links to short-term rental options, where available, are included in our building reviews.

    If you’re considering using a rental service / apartment finder / apartment locator to look at Streeterville apartments there are some important things you need to know. One of the most important is that not all of the buildings in Streeterville cooperate with rental services, and some of them may be paying above or below-market commissions to the rental services at the time you’re looking. The bottom line: you won’t be shown everything, and you’re likely to be given a biased take on what you are shown.

    The rental service commission is typically a month’s rent, paid by the building. If you decide to use a rental service, we strongly recommend that you narrow your options to a few buildings and negotiate a rebate of part of the brokerage commission. The notion that the service is free is economic nonsense, and you’re free to determine whether it’s worth a full month-s rent or more.

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    A walk-in tour of new Gold Coast / River North apartments http://yochicago.com/a-walk-in-tour-of-new-gold-coast-river-north-apartments/38376/ http://yochicago.com/a-walk-in-tour-of-new-gold-coast-river-north-apartments/38376/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:42:25 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38376

    The leasing center for the new State & Chestnut apartment tower opened recently around the corner from the building at 873 N Rush.


    The ground-level leasing center has a model kitchen and bath and all the information you need to experience the sleek new apartment tower itself.

    The first residents will move in to State & Chestnut in July. Visit the leasing center at 873 N Rush and lock in your exciting new home at a pet-friendly, smoke-free, full-amenity community in a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly, steps-to-everything location.

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    A Streeterville one-bedroom with a den space http://yochicago.com/a-streeterville-one-bedroom-with-a-den-space/38370/ http://yochicago.com/a-streeterville-one-bedroom-with-a-den-space/38370/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 06:06:39 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38370

    Atwater is a full-amenity, full-service, pet-friendly community with on-site management, maintenance and leasing staff, and 24/7 door staff. The location is convenient to shopping, dining, nightlife and parks – and a block from the new Streeterville Whole Foods.

    Atwater apartments in the 08 tier are one-bedrooms that span 921 square feet and include a number of features that enhance livability.

    As you enter the apartment there’s a bonus / den space that’s large enough to accommodate a sleeper sofa and a desk. It’s adjacent to a walk-in laundry room with hanging space.

    The bedroom has a walk-in closet. An oversized bath has a vanity with drawers on both sides of the sink.

    The 08 tier faces east and has great views from floor-to-ceiling windows. Apartments in the 08 tier range from $2,413 to $2,856.

    Atwater studios are priced from $1,649 to $2,000, convertibles from $1,787 to $2,224, 1-bedrooms from $1,911 to $2,913, 1-bedroom plus dens from $2,753 to $3,305, 2-bedroom / 2-baths from $3,197 to $3,805, and 3-bedroom / 2-baths from $5,180 to $5,487.

    Atwater is currently offering a “look and lease” special. Rent a vacant apartment within 48 hours of your initial tour and the $450 admin fee will be credited to your first month’s rent.

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    A rarely-available one-bedroom at Lakeview’s Halsted Flats http://yochicago.com/a-rarely-available-one-bedroom-at-lakeviews-halsted-flats/38373/ http://yochicago.com/a-rarely-available-one-bedroom-at-lakeviews-halsted-flats/38373/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 06:04:05 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38373

    The studio and one-bedroom apartments rented rapidly when Halsted Flats opened a year ago as the first new rental high-rise built in Lakeview in decades.

    A single one-bedroom is currently available. It’s on the 14th floor, overlooking the landscaped pool deck and serving up a view of Wrigley Field.

    Halsted Flats is a pet-friendly, smoke-free, full-amenity luxury apartment community. Management, maintenance and leasing staff are on-site, and the building has 24/7 door staff.

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    Are Craigslist apartment shoppers brain dead? http://yochicago.com/are-craigslist-apartment-shoppers-brain-dead/38366/ http://yochicago.com/are-craigslist-apartment-shoppers-brain-dead/38366/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:17:54 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=38366

    There are currently 26 ads on Craigslist with the phone number 312-600-7356. All of those ads are for luxury condos with identified addresses. All of the ads I sampled contained a statement that “We are licensed Illinois Realtors…”

    That ought to be enough to make you comfortable in picking up the phone and calling, right? Wrong.

    Your first and biggest warning flag should be that there’s no name in the ad despite the Illinois Real Estate License Act prohibition against blind ads by real estate licensees.

    If you conduct a web search for the phone number you’ll find ads that associate one “Vanessa Orozco” with the number.

    If you search the IDFPR database of state-licensed real estate agents and the MRED database of local Realtors, you won’t find anyone named Vanessa Orozco.

    I called the phone number and the answering message did not identify the firm or person associated with the number, but assured me that an agent would call me back within 30 minutes. I left a voice message inquiring about one of the advertised properties. Nearly an hour has passed and there’s been no return call.

    It’s trivially easy to find every rental high-rise in Chicago’s South Loop to Lakeview lakefront neighborhoods, and just as easy to identify local brand-name major real estate brokerage firms.

    Given the number of abusively-repetitive bait-and-switch ads from Chicago rental services and from outright scammers, I think you’d have to be brain dead to search for a luxury apartment on Craigslist.

    Can anyone make a reasoned argument for using Craigslist?

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    South Loop condo construction update http://yochicago.com/south-loop-condo-construction-update/38364/ http://yochicago.com/south-loop-condo-construction-update/38364/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:00:06 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38364

    1345 Wabash, the first new condo high-rise built in Chicago in the past half-dozen years, is nearing completion and first occupancies are slated for early spring.

    1345 Wabash was designed by the award-winning firm of Brininstool + Lynch. The developer, CMK Companies, is one of Chicago’s leading real estate firms with a strong track record of building architecturally-distinctive, value-driven communities in prime locations.

    1345 Wabash boasts a steps-to-everything South Loop location. One-bedroom condos at 1345 Wabash start at $228,900 and two-bedrooms at $290,900. The sales and design center is open at 1620 S Michigan Ave.

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    Only four east-facing 2-bedrooms left at new West Loop high-rise http://yochicago.com/only-four-east-facing-2-bedrooms-left-at-new-west-loop-high-rise/38361/ http://yochicago.com/only-four-east-facing-2-bedrooms-left-at-new-west-loop-high-rise/38361/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:33:40 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=38361

    It’s only been a month since the first residents moved into Circa 922, a smoke-free, pet-friendly, full-amenity apartment community in a steps-to-everything West Loop location.

    East-facing 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments with skyline views have been one of the more popular layouts, and only four remain available for rent. Residents who move in prior to March 31st can take advantage of up to two months’ free rent.

    A furnished 1-bedroom model is currently available for viewing. Move into a 1-bedroom prior to March 31 and receive two months’ free rent.


    Near real-time info about rents and available units can be accessed online, and the on-site leasing center can provide details about currently available rent incentives.

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