YoChicago http://yochicago.com Real estate news, video, guides, blog | homes, apartments, neighborhoods | Chicago & suburbs Fri, 29 May 2015 05:10:33 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.1.2 Downtown Chicago apartment deals and finds, 5/29/15 http://yochicago.com/downtown-chicago-apartment-deals-and-finds-52915/39458/ http://yochicago.com/downtown-chicago-apartment-deals-and-finds-52915/39458/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 05:10:33 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=39458

OneEleven, the new riverfront apartment tower at 111 W Wacker, has several studio apartments slated to become available for July and August occupancy, starting at just under $2,000 a month. Administrative fees will be waived for renters who apply the day of their first visit.

Floor plans and near real-time availability info can be accessed online. Leasing office staff can be contacted at 773-527-7347. Walk-ins are welcome, no appointment necessary, but it’s a good idea to check rent and availability online or by phone before visiting.

The new Gateway West Loop will be ready for occupancy late in July.

Gateway West Loop apartments have a high-level of finishes, in-unit washer / dryers and private outdoor space. Preliminary prices, subject to change, start at $1,595 for studios, $2,076 for convertibles, $2,061 for 1-bedrooms, $2,399 for 1-bedroom plus den apartments and $2,914 for 2-bedroom, 2-baths.

Echelon, a luxury tower across the street from Jewel in the Fulton River District, is waiving its $450 admin fee for renters who apply within 24 hours of their first visit. Near real-time rent and availability info is online.

Astoria Tower, 8 E 9th St in the South Loop is applying its move-in and application fees to the first month’s rent for 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments available for immediate occupancy and renting from $3,067. Two-bedrooms will also be available for late June and mid-July occupancy starting at $2,661. A single studio will be available in mid-August for $1,844.

The LEX, 2138 S Indiana, has a 1-bedroom with a den and private terrace available for immediate occupancy for $2,081.

K2 Apartments, 365 N Halsted in the Fulton River District is waiving its $400 admin fee for renters who apply within 24 hours of their first visit.

Jeff Jack, a new West Loop apartment tower at 601 W Jackson has quickly leased 80% of its apartments but is still offering a month’s free rent on 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, and a $350 monthly parking rate for two cars. JeffJack will hold apartments for August 1 occupancy.

The West Loop‘s Circa 922 has classic lofts available that have access to the new high-rise’s full suite of amenities.

Near real-time info about rents and available units can be accessed online.

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.

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A rare Logan Square 5-bedroom home steps from the 606 http://yochicago.com/a-rare-logan-square-5-bedroom-home-steps-from-the-606/39461/ http://yochicago.com/a-rare-logan-square-5-bedroom-home-steps-from-the-606/39461/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 05:08:09 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39461

The 5-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home at 1838 N Fairfield in Logan Square spans more than 4,000 square feet of space on three levels.

The relatively home has very traditional detailing and the classic touches of time-tested layouts. A foyer opens to a formal living room that steps up to a large formal dining area. There’s a butler’s pantry and a powder room, a kitchen with high-end appliances, a breakfast bar and a separate breakfast area. The kitchen is open to a spacious family room which opens, in turn, to a deck, a back yard and a roof deck above a 2-car garage.

You can learn more of the details in the video.

The home was recently listed for sale at $839,999 with Brian Guzman of @properties.

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Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 5/28/15 http://yochicago.com/old-town-river-north-streeterville-and-gold-coast-apartment-deals-and-finds-52815/39438/ http://yochicago.com/old-town-river-north-streeterville-and-gold-coast-apartment-deals-and-finds-52815/39438/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 05:12:22 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=39438

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 5/28/15

Kingsbury Plaza in River North has a studio available for immediate occupancy and several more for the end of June, mid-July and mid-August. Rents range from $1,815 to $1,872 for 12-month leases.

River North’s west77 is offering reduced $7 application fees and $77 admin fees when you lease a currently vacant apartment. Studios start at $1,675, one-bedrooms at $1,860 and 2-bedrooms at $2,905.

west77 has an unusual 2-bedroom duplex apartment available, with two separate entrances, a bedroom on each floor, a lofted area and an in-unit washer / dryer. Roommates have found the layout to be ideal.

New City, the new luxury tower at 1457 N Halsted St, recently opened an on-site leasing trailer and is poised to begin signing leases for mid-July and later occupancy. New City currently has a pre-opening offer of a month’s free rent.

New City is a full-amenity, full-service, pet-friendly community with 199 studio, convertible, 1- and 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments. Floor plans are available online.

Cityfront Place, the only riverfront apartment tower in Streeterville, has a spacious, high-floor “08″ studio with great closet space available immediately for $1,847 a month. Floor plans and near real-time rent and availability info can be accessed online.

Hubbard Place, a newer River North high-rise with fabulous amenities, is offering a “spot special” of a half-month’s free rent on select one-bedroom apartments. Near real-time rent and availability info is online.


Mondial River West, which was built as a condo and converted to rental, has a large 1-bedroom with a balcony available for mid-June occupancy at $2,225. When you visit, be sure to check out the fabulous skyline views from the rooftop sundeck.

Chestnut Place, 850 N State, has “E” plan corner 1-bedrooms with two angled bays in the living / dining area available for mid-July occupancy. One of the units is on the top floor of the building. Rents range from $1,750 to $1,845 a month.

EnV Chicago, steps from great River North restaurants and clubs, has an 810 square foot one-bedroom available for mid-June occupancy for $2,305 a month. Floor plans and near real-time rent and availability info can be accessed online.

Chestnut Tower is offering a $!,500 bonus on all May and June move-ins for 2-bedroom apartments.

Available corner two-bedrooms have two full baths, abundant storage space, and a “great living and dining area with picture-perfect sunsets and city views.” The fully-renovated homes have chocolate wood flooring, updated baths and new kitchens with quartz countertops and stainless appliances. All apartments have an in-unit washer / dryer.

Book an appointment online for any of Planned Property’s dozens of River North, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park or Lakeview buildings and receive a credit toward your first month’s rent: $100 for a studio, $200 for a 1-bedroom and $300 for a 2- or 3-bedroom.

Atwater, a newer Streeterville building has corner 1-bedrooms with northwest views, balconies, walk-in closets and a nook that makes for a great home office. The apartments span more than 1,000 square feet and rent for $2,575 to $2,988 for occupancy now and into August.

The leasing center for State & Chestnut is open at 873 N Rush. Early birds can lock up some of the building’s best and best-priced apartments.

A one-bedroom is available for mid-June occupancy at $1,985. The $450 admin fee will be waived for this floor plan if you’re a Reside Living resident, a Northwestern or Loyola faculty member or student, or one of a few additional preferred groups. Be sure to ask when you visit the leasing center.

The model apartments and on-site leasing office are open daily at North Water, the newest of the new apartment towers in Streeterville. North Water is a full-amenity view building with sweeping vistas in every direction.

Studios and convertibles have rented quickly at many of the new downtown apartment buildings. North Water has a good selection available, with studios renting from $1,859 and convertibles from $2,119. Floor plans and near real-time availability info can be accessed online.

1225 Old Town is fully-leased except for a 1-bedroom for immediate occupancy at $3,043 and a studio for $1,956. If you’re interested in this popular building, contact the leasing office at 855-705-1363 for info about upcoming vacancies.

The new Lofts at River East, Streeterville’s only rental loft building, has been leasing up at a sizzling pace. All of the 3-bedrooms, 2-bedroom plus dens, and nearly all of the studios are rented.

Scott Residences, a new boutique building in Old Town, is 100% leased after moving in its first occupants just last October.

The first availabilities at the building may occur in late July, depending on lease renewals. If you’re interested, you can sign up for an availability alert by calling 312-643-5211.

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, price reductions 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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Innovative new townhomes at Palatine’s Lexington Oaks http://yochicago.com/innovative-new-townhomes-at-palatines-lexington-oaks/39447/ http://yochicago.com/innovative-new-townhomes-at-palatines-lexington-oaks/39447/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 05:08:53 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39447

When you’re buying a newly-built home your first and most important consideration should be the builder’s track record.

At Lexington Oaks in Palatine you can benefit from Lexington Homes‘ more than 40 years of experience in creating delightfully livable townhome environments.

Lexington Oaks will have only fifteen homes, some of which have first-floor master suites. Other unusual-for-townhome features that add to your enjoyment include expansive open spaces, lofts, dens, porches and full basements.

The 3-bedroom homes have two-and-a-half baths, 2-car garages, and span more than 1,800 square feet of living area in addition to the basement. The homes are pre-completion priced from $336,990.

Lexington Oaks has great proximity to restaurants, shopping, a Metra station, forest preserves and parks.

The sales and design center is open daily at 480 W Northwest Hwy in Palatine.

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Summer deals at Lakeview’s newest rental high-rise http://yochicago.com/summer-deals-at-lakeviews-newest-rental-high-rise/39449/ http://yochicago.com/summer-deals-at-lakeviews-newest-rental-high-rise/39449/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 05:07:00 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39449

When Halsted Flats opened last year it rented quickly. Renters flocked to the first new full-amenity apartment tower built in Lakeview in decades.

A year later, leases are beginning to turn over and several one-bedrooms are available for immediate occupancy, renting from $2,161.

For a limited time, Halsted Flats will credit its $400 admin fee to the first month’s rent if you apply the day of your first visit. Halsted Flats is reducing its one-time pet fee from $500 to $250 this summer.

Halsted Flats residents enjoy a sprawling landscaped pool deck with a whirlpool, multiple seating areas and gas grills. A resident lounge and demonstration kitchen are adjacent to the pool deck. The building has a fully-equipped fitness center and a rooftop dog run with skyline views.

Halsted Flats has on-site garage parking. Management, maintenance and leasing staff are on-site, and the building has 24/7 door staff.

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New West Loop apartments in a steps-to-everything location http://yochicago.com/new-west-loop-apartments-in-a-steps-to-everything-location/39452/ http://yochicago.com/new-west-loop-apartments-in-a-steps-to-everything-location/39452/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 05:05:17 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39452

When you move to the new Gateway West Loop, 11 S Green St, you’ll have Mariano’s next door and Whole Foods around the corner. Scores of bars, restaurants, night clubs and shops will surround you. Bus service at and around the corner connects to CTA transit hubs, the Loop, the United Center, the UIC Campus, the Clybourn Corridor shops and the River West, Lincoln Park and Lakeview neighborhoods.

Gateway is a full-amenity building with a rooftop pool and sundeck with a fire-pit, a grilling area and skyline and sunset views.

The rooftop resident lounge has a fireplace and multiple seating areas for small gatherings.

Gateway has a complimentary coffee center with Starbucks coffee.

The fitness studio features Precor cardio and strength-training equipment.

Gateway has on-site covered parking and bike storage.

Gateway West Loop apartments have a high-level of finishes, in-unit washer / dryers and private outdoor space. Preliminary prices, subject to change, start at $1,595 for studios, $2,076 for convertibles, $2,061 for 1-bedrooms, $2,399 for 1-bedroom plus den apartments and $2,914 for 2-bedroom, 2-baths.

Gateway is pet-friendly, subject to limits, and smoke-free. The building will have on-site leasing and management staff, 24/7 front desk and concierge service, and valet dry cleaning service by Pressbox.

First occupancies are slated for mid- to late-July, 2015. Call 877-661-7592 for further information.

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Live large in a new Loop studio at OneEleven http://yochicago.com/live-large-in-a-new-loop-studio-at-oneeleven/39454/ http://yochicago.com/live-large-in-a-new-loop-studio-at-oneeleven/39454/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 20:12:26 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39454

OneEleven, the new riverfront apartment tower at 111 W Wacker, has several studio apartments slated to become available for July and August occupancy, starting at just under $2,000 a month. Administrative fees will be waived for renters who apply the day of their first visit.

The lavish amenities at OneEleven, and the open vistas from spacious terraces and sundecks, dramatically expand the living space for OneEleven residents.

OneEleven is also expanding its residents’ social and fitness horizons with a new series of activities. Next month will mark the community’s first “Yappy Hour” with a pet photographer and pet food truck in attendance, and KbFitness will be conducting classes in OneEleven’s fitness center.

OneEleven is smoke-free and pet-friendly. The community has on-site management, maintenance and leasing staff and 24/7 door staff.

Floor plans and near real-time availability info can be accessed online. Leasing office staff can be contacted at 773-527-7347. Walk-ins are welcome, no appointment necessary, but it’s a good idea to check rent and availability online or by phone before visiting.

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Lincoln Park and Lakeview apartment deals and finds, 5/27/15 http://yochicago.com/lincoln-park-and-lakeview-apartment-deals-and-finds-52715/39418/ http://yochicago.com/lincoln-park-and-lakeview-apartment-deals-and-finds-52715/39418/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 05:12:40 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=39418

Eugenie Terrace is Lincoln Park’s only full-amenity luxury rental high-rise.

Eugenie Terrace is offering a “look and lease” special that reduces its $400 lease administration fee to $200 for renters who apply within 24 hours of their initial visit.

Eugenie Terrace has limited availability between now and August 1 for studios renting from $1,608, 1-bedrooms renting from $2,218, 2-bedroom, 2-baths that start at $3,215 and 2-bedroom, 2 ½ bath townhomes renting from $4,674.


2555 North Clark, one of Lincoln Park’s most convenient locations, has an end-unit one-bedroom available for $2,234.

Planned Property is offering two months of free parking for all new leases at 515 W Barry.

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

BJB Properties has completely renovated studios starting at $855 a month at 3838 North Broadway. Furnished models are available for viewing.

BJB Properties has dozens of additional renovated properties in prime lakefront neighborhoods.

Irving Courts by Reside is pre-leasing one-bedrooms that are currently being renovated. The apartments have decorative fireplaces, large walk-in closets and new appliances, and rent for $1,375 to $1,395 on 10- to 12-month leases.


Reside 707 has a single studio available June 3 for $1,125 a month. The building has a fitness room, an indoor pool, bike storage and on-site parking.


The pet-friendly Park Lincoln by Reside has been undergoing a makeover and has a newly-renovated one-bedroom available for first-occupancy at $1,809 a month.

Park Lincoln apartments have features you don’t often see in Lincoln Park, including in-unit washer / dryer, granite counters, dishwasher, a balcony and a retro brick wall.

Reside Living has dozens more properties in prime lakefront locations.

Halsted Flats rented up rapidly a year ago as the first new full-amenity apartment tower built in Lakeview in decades.

Leases are beginning to turn over and several one-bedrooms are available for immediate occupancy, renting from $2,161.

Halsted Flats will credit its $400 administration fee to the first month’s rent if you apply the day of your first visit. Halsted Flats is also cutting its one-time pet fee from $500 to $250 this summer.

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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City living at its best at 1225 Old Town apartments http://yochicago.com/city-living-at-its-best-at-1225-old-town-apartments/39423/ http://yochicago.com/city-living-at-its-best-at-1225-old-town-apartments/39423/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 05:10:52 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39423

Residents at 1225 Old Town have the upscale Plum Market, Intelligentsia Coffee and Soul Cycle in the building and Starbucks across the street. The CTA Red Line is around the corner and the fabulous pedestrian-friendly strip of bars, restaurants, theaters and shops along Wells Street is outside the front door. Oak Street Beach, Division Street nightlife, the restaurants clustered around the Mariano Park triangle and a whole lot more are all a short walk away.

1225 Old Town residents enjoy the atmosphere of a boutique building and the amenities of a much larger building: a rooftop pool deck with gas grills, a fitness room, a media room, a resident lounge, a business center lounge and a demonstration kitchen.

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

You can access floor plans and near real-time rent and availability info online.

A one-bedroom apartment at 1225 Old Town is available for occupancy at $3,043, and a studio is available for $1,956.

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Rent deals at the West Loop’s hottest new apartments http://yochicago.com/rent-deals-at-the-west-loops-hottest-new-apartments/39420/ http://yochicago.com/rent-deals-at-the-west-loops-hottest-new-apartments/39420/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 05:09:33 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39420

Jeff Jack, 601 W Jackson, passed the 80% leased mark just a few months after opening.

JeffJack’s convenient West Loop location has been a major draw. New residents have also been attracted to the building’s extensive amenities and the character-laden loft aesthetic of the apartments.

JeffJack is currently offering a month’s free rent on 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, and a $350 monthly parking rate for two cars. For a limited time, applications are being accepted for August 1 leases.

JeffJack is pet-friendly and smoke-free, and has 24/7 door staff and on-site leasing, management and maintenance staff. The leasing office is open daily on-site, and walk-ins are welcome, no appointment necessary. You can access near real-time rent and availability info prior to your visit.
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The new rooftop amenities at River North’s west77 apartments http://yochicago.com/the-new-rooftop-amenities-at-river-norths-west77-apartments/39425/ http://yochicago.com/the-new-rooftop-amenities-at-river-norths-west77-apartments/39425/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 05:08:19 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39425

In last week’s post we showcased the imaginative makeover and expansion of the lobby lounge at west77, 77 W Huron in River North.

Today’s tour takes you up to the roof for a look at amenities on a scale you don’t expect to see in a boutique building.

Before you head for the roof you’ll want to know that west77 has studios starting at $1,675, one-bedrooms renting from $1,860 and 2-bedrooms that start at $2,905. Lease a currently vacant apartment and you’ll qualify for a $7 application fee and a reduced $77 administration fee.

The rooftop amenities include an indoor swimming pool, a fitness room, a large party room / lounge, and a laundry room. The pool opens seasonally to an adjacent terrace.

The large rooftop terrace has a fire pit and multiple seating areas.


The grilling station has gas grills, bar-style seating and tables on either side.

west77 rises above its southern and western neighbors, ensuring good sunlight on the terrace.


The 24-hour fitness center has cardio and strength-training equipment and views of the skyline to the south.


There’s a large west-facing resident lounge / party room with a catering kitchen.

The rooftop level also has a game room / media room adjacent to the laundry.


The brightly-lit laundry has card-activated equipment and a separate lounge area.

west77 is pet-friendly, has garage parking on-site, 24/7 door staff, and on-site management, maintenance and leasing staff.

Floor plans and near real-time availability info for west77′s studio to 3-bedroom apartments can be accessed online.

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New E2 apartments are steps from the Evanston Farmers Market http://yochicago.com/new-e2-apartments-are-steps-from-the-evanston-farmers-market/39427/ http://yochicago.com/new-e2-apartments-are-steps-from-the-evanston-farmers-market/39427/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 05:05:13 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39427

If you visit the Evanston Farmers Market this Saturday morning you can’t help noticing the sleek new apartment towers just half a block away.


E2′s amenities and apartments set a new standard for Evanston. Amenities include a block-long outdoor deck with a pool, whirlpool, multiple seating and grilling areas, a fire pit and trellised seating area.

Inside there are sprawling party rooms and lounges, a media room, a business center, a fitness room with strength training and cardio equipment, and a nearly full-length basketball court that can serve as a volleyball court and a yoga / Pilates studio.

E2 is a full-amenity, high-service, smoke-free, pet-friendly new community with studio to 3-bedroom apartments and townhomes. The on-site leasing office is open daily at 1890 Maple Ave.

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A fully-renovated 1-bedroom at Sandburg Village’s Alcott House http://yochicago.com/a-fully-renovated-1-bedroom-at-sandburg-villages-alcott-house/39431/ http://yochicago.com/a-fully-renovated-1-bedroom-at-sandburg-villages-alcott-house/39431/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 05:04:40 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39431

Unit 808 at 1460 N Sandburg Terr is all new, open, sunny and ready for you to move in.

The newly-renovated kitchen has granite counters, ample cabinet and counter space, and a stainless steel appliance package with a dishwasher, built-in microwave and wine cooler. The kitchen opens to a spacious living / dining area. The unit has both north and east exposures with lake views.

The unit has unusually good storage space, with two closets as you enter, a hall linen closet and a wall of closets in the bedroom.

The unit will be listed for sale at $199,900.

The Gold Coast location is close to the pedestrian-friendly strip of bars, restaurants, one-of-a-kind shops and destination entertainment venues along Old Town’s Wells Street.

Sandburg Village boasts quiet garden walkways, tennis courts, large pools, a fitness room and more.

Eric Rojas of Kale Realty is your tour guide in the video.

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A renovated 2-bedroom, 2-bath at River North’s Grand Plaza http://yochicago.com/a-renovated-2-bedroom-2-bath-at-river-norths-grand-plaza/39429/ http://yochicago.com/a-renovated-2-bedroom-2-bath-at-river-norths-grand-plaza/39429/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 05:02:15 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39429

Unit 2907 at 545 N Dearborn in the Grand Plaza condo spans approximately 1,100 square feet of freshly-renovated space.

The home has the popular split-bedroom layout. Both bedrooms are spacious enough to accommodate large furniture, and have good closet space.

The kitchen has designer hardware, ample cabinet and counter space, a breakfast bar island, an under-mount sink, granite counters and stainless steel appliances, including a gas range.

Grand Plaza has extensive amenities opening from a large central atrium plaza. There’s a spacious south- and west-facing pool deck with gas grills and seating areas, a running track, putting greens, a large fitness center with a basketball court / yoga studio, a library lounge, a cyber café, a business center, whirlpools, and a game / party room.

Grand Plaza has an ideal, steps-to everything location with a Jewel-Osco in the building and a Red Line stop just outside.

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

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A month’s free rent on never-occupied Loop one-bedrooms http://yochicago.com/a-months-free-rent-on-never-occupied-loop-one-bedrooms/39415/ http://yochicago.com/a-months-free-rent-on-never-occupied-loop-one-bedrooms/39415/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 16:03:21 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39415

73 East Lake, a new boutique apartment tower steps from Millennium Park, has a small selection of one-bedrooms available that have never been occupied.

Apartments on the 13th and 14th floors are priced at $2,299 and other one-bedrooms range from $2,449 to $3,085.

The first month’s rent is free for a limited time on select units.

73 East Lake is a pet-friendly, smoke-free community with an extensive amenities suite. The building has 24/7 door staff and on-site leasing and management staff. Walk-ins are welcome, no appointment necessary, but it’s a good idea to call beforehand to confirm rent and availability for convertible to 2-bedroom apartments.

Note: The pictures are from a convertible unit, but are representative of finishes in the one-bedrooms, which also have a built-in office nook.

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New South Loop condos are move-in ready http://yochicago.com/new-south-loop-condos-are-move-in-ready/39412/ http://yochicago.com/new-south-loop-condos-are-move-in-ready/39412/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 15:26:13 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39412

1345 Wabash, the first new condo high-rise to be built in Chicago in the past half-dozen years, has moved in its first residents and has move-in ready units available for purchase. Prices start at $229,900 for one-bedrooms and $289,900 for two-bedrooms.

Unit 510, pictured here, is a 2-bedroom, 2-bath with an expansive living / dining area with two walls of windows and direct access to a private balcony.


The unit has a large, flexible bonus space as you enter.

The second bath in Unit 510 has an oversized walk-in shower.

The 1345 Wabash condos have been completed in a variety of designer finishes.

1345 Wabash has an outstanding, steps-to-everything South Loop location.

The 1345 Wabash sales center is open on-site and furnished models are available for viewing.

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Rental services give renters bad advice http://yochicago.com/rental-services-give-renters-bad-advice/39402/ http://yochicago.com/rental-services-give-renters-bad-advice/39402/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 05:12:25 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=39402

Chicago’s rental services a/k/a apartment locators a/k/a apartment finders are a source of almost endless misinformation and bad advice.

The worst advice you’ll often get from rental services is on the topic of when to begin your apartment search. Their general rule of thumb: 30 days in advance of your move, sometimes 45 days, almost never longer.

The professional landlords and management companies that rent the majority of apartments in the sought-after lakefront neighborhoods that YoChicago covers typically know what they’ll have available 60 days in advance and often even further in advance. Click on the Check availability links on our at-a-glance apartment lists and you’ll see quite a few August availabilities.

The best apartments rent quickly. Wait until July 1, and most of what you now see available for August will have already been rented. It’s common for landlords to work with rental services only on apartments that are currently vacant or becoming vacant within 30 days. You limit your options when you start your search 30 days in advance.

Rental services want you to wait because they can exercise greater control over you, and you’re more likely to settle for a less desirable apartment after fewer showings. Some landlords have begun paying rental services a lower commission for leases that begin more than 30 days from the date of application.

Start your apartment search at least 60 days in advance, longer if you want to lock up one of the best units in a brand new building. You have absolutely nothing to gain by waiting. Always bear in mind that there are many 1,000s of great apartments that rental services won’t show you because they don’t pay commissions to rental services. You’ll find many more options on our at-a-glance apartment lists than you’ll be exposed to when you work with a rental service.

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Basecamp Old Irving Park single-family homes draw a crowd http://yochicago.com/basecamp-old-irving-park-single-family-homes-draw-a-crowd/39406/ http://yochicago.com/basecamp-old-irving-park-single-family-homes-draw-a-crowd/39406/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 05:10:23 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=39406

Ranquist Development‘s plans for Basecamp Old Irving Park, 48 new freestanding single-family homes, are generating pre-construction buzz. A broker’s open house last week drew a crowd to a model home for the development at 455 W Hobbie in River North.

Valet parking was provided and friendly greeters had information packets available.


Food and refreshments were a welcome plus at the end of a busy day.

The big draw, of course, was the unusual opportunity to own a new home in an established neighborhood for under $500K.

Buyers at Basecamp Old Irving Park can select from two plans: one with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and the other with 5 bedrooms, 3 baths. All homes will have detached 2- or 3-car garages and private yards. Pre-completion prices are slated to begin at $479,900.


The homes’ interiors will have a clean, contemporary aesthetic and flexible floor plans similar to the ones at Ranquist’s Basecamp River North, which sold out well before completion.


The model, at 455 W Hobbie in the Basecamp River North development, is open Monday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 5 and Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 6, or by appointment.

Note: Basecamp Old Irving Park is a YoChicago advertiser.

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Astoria Tower has great South Loop 2-bedrooms http://yochicago.com/astoria-tower-has-great-south-loop-2-bedrooms/39404/ http://yochicago.com/astoria-tower-has-great-south-loop-2-bedrooms/39404/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 05:08:21 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39404

Apartment 1504 at Astoria Tower, 8 E 9th St, may have the most attractive floor plan you’ll ever find in a luxury South Loop rental tower.

Astoria Tower was built as a condominium and boasts layouts designed to satisfy long-term residents.

Unit 1504 has an expansive living / dining area with an open-plan kitchen, hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto a 30-foot wide balcony with skyline views.

The spacious bedrooms are widely separated for privacy and to maximize their utility for different activities.

Both baths feature walk-in showers and the master also has a separate tub.

Unit 1504 is available for immediate occupancy at $3,170 a month. Apply within 24 hours of your initial visit and move-in and application fees will be credited toward your first month’s rent.

Floor plans and near real-time availability info for Astoria Tower’s studio to 2-bedroom apartments can be accessed online.

Astoria Tower is a full-amenity, pet-friendly building with on-site parking. The building has 24/7 door staff, and on-site management, leasing and maintenance staff.

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Paying the price for having been an unlicensed real estate broker http://yochicago.com/paying-the-price-for-having-been-an-unlicensed-real-estate-broker/39408/ http://yochicago.com/paying-the-price-for-having-been-an-unlicensed-real-estate-broker/39408/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 05:00:56 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=39408

Yesterday evening I received an email from an individual who I’d identified in a post as holding himself out as a real estate broker without being licensed as one. Four months after the post was published he posted a comment stating that what I’d published was factually inaccurate. It wasn’t.

When you Google the individual’s name, the YoChicago post surfaces as the first result, and that’s apparently what prompted the following email, from which I’ve redacted identifying info.

Mr Joe Zekes- [sic]

I hope this email finds you well. I am reaching out with hopes that you can assist me. Back in [date redacted] you had written an article about me [link redacted] that is really having an impact on my current ventures. I am hoping you will be willing to remove this article as the reasonable person I have found within reading your other articles with “YoChicago”.

Currently, I am working on ventures in Real Estate development and very passionate about what I am doing. I am working with some of the top real estate coaches in North America and very proud of the work that we are doing. We are creating great opportunities for buyers and education for people who are interested in Real Estate investing. While I understand your point within the article and have come to agree with you on your views of the rental industry as well as the rental agents that support it, I am hoping that you will understand that I am trying to bring value to the Chicago market and this article is really affecting my position.

I understand that I am asking for a favor with this email. I hope to hear from you soon.

Kind Regards-
[Name redacted]

I emailed the individual, noting that the current activities he describes apparently require a real estate license and the IDFPR database identifies his license as having been Inoperative for over a year.

The email contains a number of what my experience tells me are “scammer flags.” Note, for example, the references to unspecified “top real estate coaches in North America,” “creating great opportunities for buyers,” and “trying to bring value to the Chicago market …”

The whole point of outing unlicensed real estate people is to hope they pay a price for their behavior. Reasonable people Google prospective business contacts and avoid anyone with a history of violating the law.

The original post is accomplishing what it set out to do, and stands as written.

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The awesome view from Wolf Point West http://yochicago.com/the-awesome-view-from-wolf-point-west/39387/ http://yochicago.com/the-awesome-view-from-wolf-point-west/39387/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 17:15:59 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=39387

McHugh Construction was pouring concrete on the 43rd floor at the time of my visit to Wolf Point West late yesterday morning. The building will top out next month at 48 stories and begin occupancy later this year.

I rode the construction elevator to the 36th floor and wandered around, enjoying the views. Chicago has many buildings with great views. Wolf Point West ranks among the very best.


When pre-leasing activity begins later this summer, it’s likely that the southeast corner two-bedroom apartments, which have views along the main and south branches of the Chicago River and to the northeast, will rent quickly.

It was a clear day yesterday, but the mid-day sun doesn’t showcase the views at their best. I’m looking forward to an early=evening visit when the building is topped out.

As always at YoChicago, you can click the images to view much larger versions.

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New West Loop apartments with unbeatable expressway access http://yochicago.com/new-west-loop-apartments-with-unbeatable-expressway-access/39376/ http://yochicago.com/new-west-loop-apartments-with-unbeatable-expressway-access/39376/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 05:08:23 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39376

If your work takes you around Chicagoland by car and you want to live downtown, you just can’t beat the location of the new Gateway West Loop apartments nearing completion at 11 S Green St.

The north and southbound I-90/94 on and off ramps at Madison St are a block away, and Madison is a two-way street. An east-facing apartment or a visit to the rooftop pool deck at Gateway, where the above image was shot, gives you an instant traffic report.

Getting to and from your parking space from your garage entrance can be an agonizing process in high-rises with many- level ramps. The low-rise parking garage at Gateway is a real time-saver.

If the person you live with relies on public transit, east-west and north-south bus routes are steps from Gateway.

For many residents Gateway West Loop will be a walk-to-everything location. Mariano’s is next door and Whole Foods is around the corner. There are abundant dining and nightlife venues nearby in the West Loop.

Gateway West Loop is a full-amenity, pet-friendly, smoke-free boutique building.

Gateway West Loop rents start at $1,595 for studios, $2,076 for convertibles, $2,061 for 1-bedrooms, $2,399 for one-bedrooms with a den, and $2,914 for 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments. First occupancies are slated for mid- to late-July.

Call 877-661-7592 for further information.

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Rent a new Streeterville penthouse with fabulous lake views http://yochicago.com/rent-a-new-streeterville-penthouse-with-fabulous-lake-views/39385/ http://yochicago.com/rent-a-new-streeterville-penthouse-with-fabulous-lake-views/39385/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 05:02:30 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39385

Two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows exert a magnetic pull the second you step into the large living / dining area in penthouse 4901 at North Water in Streeterville. You’re drawn toward the windows.

The views of the lake over Navy Pier are fabulous. The home is an ideal spot from which to view the Navy Pier fireworks or a dramatic lightning storm over the lake.

Unit 4901 spans more than 1,700 square feet and encompasses three bedrooms, two of them master suites, and 3 full baths. The home rents for $7,999 a month.

North Water has a variety of studio to 3-bedroom, 3-bath apartments available for immediate and near-term occupancy.

North Water is a full-amenity, high-service, pet-friendly and smoke-free community. North Water’s experienced leasing staff can answer your questions or accommodate your pre-arranged or walk-in visit seven days a week.

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A safe-bet start for your luxury Chicago apartment search http://yochicago.com/a-safe-bet-start-for-your-luxury-chicago-apartment-search/39380/ http://yochicago.com/a-safe-bet-start-for-your-luxury-chicago-apartment-search/39380/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 14:52:20 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=39380

If you’re relocating to a luxury apartment in Chicago and unsure of where you want to live, leasing professionals at properties managed by major companies can prove a surprising source of helpful advice.


The Greystar leasing professionals at K2 in the Fulton River District, LUXE and JeffJack in the West Loop, 1225 Old Town in Old Town, Atwater in Streeterville and Halsted Flats in Lakeview will treat you as a client from the moment of your first contact.


The service-oriented leasing staff at each of these properties has up-to-date familiarity with all of them. When you call, email or visit, they’ll offer suggestions about available alternatives if they don’t have an apartment that fits your needs, or if their location doesn’t match your requirements

I’ve visited all of these well-located properties multiple times and would confidently recommend renting “sight unseen” at any of them.

Note: A number of Greystar-managed properties are YoChicago advertisers.

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New City apartments are near old city attractions http://yochicago.com/new-city-apartments-are-near-old-city-attractions/39351/ http://yochicago.com/new-city-apartments-are-near-old-city-attractions/39351/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 05:12:48 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39351

Residents at the new New City apartments will have great new dining, shopping and entertainment options on-site in the New City mega-development.

New City’s attractions will include an 82,000 square foot Mariano’s, ArcLight Cinemas, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kings Bowl America, Z Gallerie, Yard House, Adobe Gila’s,Earl’s Kitchen and Good Stuff Eatery.

New City residents have a short walk off-site to the almost overwhelming number of shopping, dining, drinking and entertainment venues along the Clybourn Corridor.


Casual venues steps from New City include Sully’s House and Burger Bar Chicago. Dive bar aficionados can head around the corner to Weeds and join the ongoing debate over whether it’s a true dive bar.

Steppenwolf and Royal George theatres are a short walk north of New City.

The CTA Red Line stop at North Avenue is a block from the building. The #8 Halsted bus stops outside the building and is a direct connection to Lincoln Park, Lakeview, River West, Fulton River District and West Loop restaurant and nightlife clusters and to the UIC campus. The #72 North Avenue bus travels east to Old Town, Lincoln Park and the beach and west to Bucktown, Wicker Park and the Blue Line to O’Hare.

New City is a full-amenity, full-service, pet-friendly community with 199 studio, convertible, 1- and 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments available for occupancy beginning in mid-July. Floor plans are available online.

The leasing trailer at New City is just south of the building on Halsted St. Call 312-578-8444 to inquire about office hours or to schedule an appointment.

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Rent a rarely available studio at 1225 Old Town http://yochicago.com/rent-a-rarely-available-studio-at-1225-old-town/39366/ http://yochicago.com/rent-a-rarely-available-studio-at-1225-old-town/39366/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 05:08:59 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39366

The popular 1225 Old Town has floor plans and near real-time rent and availability info at its website for studio to 3-bedroom apartments. Tap into that information and you’ll see that the building has only a few apartments available.

An alcove studio is ready for occupancy for $1,966 a month. That’s a relatively affordable price for a full-amenity luxury community where the lone available 1-bedroom rents for $3,064.

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.

Plum Market, Intelligentsia Coffee and SoulCycle occupy 1225′s ground-level retail space.

Apartments at 1225 Old Town typically rent quickly. Contact the leasing office if you’d like to be alerted when new apartments become available.

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The West Loop’s Circa 922 adds a dog run http://yochicago.com/the-west-loops-circa-922-adds-a-dog-run/39371/ http://yochicago.com/the-west-loops-circa-922-adds-a-dog-run/39371/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 05:06:54 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39371

On sunny days residents at Circa 922, a new, full-amenity, smoke-free community, can tune up their tan on the pool deck or the rooftop sundeck.

Circa 922 has everything you’ve been looking for: loft and modern apartments, high ceilings, great views, upscale finishes, private balconies, in-unit washer / dryers and a great West Loop location.

Circa 922 just added what your pet has been longing for: an on-site dog run.

Visit Circa 922′s website to see floor plans for available studio to 3-bedroom apartments and lofts.

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Live rent-free at K2 in the Fulton River District http://yochicago.com/live-rent-free-at-k2-in-the-fulton-river-district/39369/ http://yochicago.com/live-rent-free-at-k2-in-the-fulton-river-district/39369/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 05:04:56 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39369

Move into K2, the new luxury apartment community in the Fulton River District, before the end of the month and you’ll live rent free until then.

K2′s keystone location is surrounded by some of Chicago’s best dining and grocery options.

The Randolph Street, West Loop and Greektown dining corridors are just to the south, along with a new crowd-pleasing Mariano’s and Whole Foods. Just east of K2 is the city’s best Jewel and the thriving River North bar and restaurant scene. River West is a few blocks north.

K2 is a pet-friendly, full-amenity, high-service new apartment tower with a range of studio to 3-bedroom apartments. K2 has on-site management, maintenance and leasing staff, and 24/7 door staff.

You can access studio to 3-bedroom floor plans and near real-time info about available apartments and rents at K2′s website

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Watch the Pride Parade from your Halsted Flats balcony http://yochicago.com/watch-the-pride-parade-from-your-halsted-flats-balcony/39373/ http://yochicago.com/watch-the-pride-parade-from-your-halsted-flats-balcony/39373/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 05:02:49 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39373

Lakeview’s only full-amenity rental high-rise, the new Halsted Flats, has two 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments available for mid-June occupancy, renting for $2,974 and $3,602.

Both apartments have the split-bedroom layout popular with roommates and both have balconies with a great view of Chicago’s 46th annual Pride Parade. All apartments have wood-look floors in living areas, high ceilings, open-plan kitchens, floor-to-ceiling windows, in-unit washer / dryers and upscale finishes.

Halsted Flats residents enjoy a sprawling landscaped pool deck with a whirlpool, multiple seating areas and gas grills. A resident lounge and demonstration kitchen are adjacent to the pool deck. The building has a fully-equipped fitness center and a rooftop dog run with skyline views.

Halsted Flats has on-site garage parking. Management, maintenance and leasing staff are on-site, and the building has 24/7 door staff.

Floor plans and near real-time rent and availability info for Halsted Flats’ studio to 3-bedroom apartments can be accessed online.

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Celebrate Memorial Day with a new Loop luxury apartment http://yochicago.com/celebrate-memorial-day-with-a-new-loop-luxury-apartment/39357/ http://yochicago.com/celebrate-memorial-day-with-a-new-loop-luxury-apartment/39357/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 20:58:50 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39357

The leasing office at OneEleven, a new luxury apartment tower fronting the Chicago River, will be open this weekend: from 10 to 5 on Saturday, noon to 5 on Sunday, and from 10 to 4 pm on Monday, Memorial Day.

OneEleven has special Memorial Day pricing and is waiving its application fees on select high-floor units this week for 15-month leases.

Units 5003 and 5011 are 1-bedrooms renting for $3,066 and $3,165, respectively. Unit 5504: is a 2-bedroom, 2-bath renting for $5,360. Unit 5503, a 3-bedroom, 3-bath is priced at $6,312

When you visit OneEleven, set aside some time for a tour of the lavish and extensive amenities.

Step outside on the riverfront terrace for a dramatic view of the skyline.

Your stroll along Chicago’s expanding Riverwalk will take you past the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Enjoy a view of your new home from one of the riverfront restaurants across the street.

OneEleven is smoke-free, pet-friendly and provides a high level of resident services. The community has on-site management, maintenance and leasing staff, and 24/7 door staff.

Floor plans and near real-time availability info for OneEleven’s studio to 3-bedroom apartments can be accessed online. Leasing office staff can be contacted at 773-527-7347. Walk-ins are welcome, no appointment necessary, but it’s a good idea to confirm availability prior to your visit.

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How to miss out on great Lakeview apartments http://yochicago.com/how-to-miss-out-on-great-lakeview-apartments/39355/ http://yochicago.com/how-to-miss-out-on-great-lakeview-apartments/39355/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 17:38:40 +0000 Joe Zekas http://yochicago.com/?p=39355

If you want to be absolutely certain that you don’t get to see many of the best apartments in Lakeview, contact an apartment rental service a/k/a locator a/k/a finder.

Many desirable Lakeview properties don’t pay rental services a commission. Rental services won’t take you to those properties, and may even lie to you about the reason they won’t take you there.

You can preview more than two dozen Lakeview properties in YoChicago videos linked from our at-a-glance list of Lakeview apartments.

We screen our advertisers and only work with companies that we’re confident will use their best efforts to make their residents happy. If you’re looking for a great apartment in Lakeview, start with a YoChicago advertiser.

YoChicago advertisers own and manage 1,000s of apartments in prime Lakeview locations in buildings that range from 3-flats to high-rises. Give them a call rather than contacting a rental service. You’ll save time, avoid hassles, and you may save some money.

  • BJB Properties, 11 properties
  • Halsted Flats, a new, full-amenity high-rise
  • Planned Property Management, 17 properties
  • Reside Living, 13 properties
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    The must-see makeover at west77 apartments in River North http://yochicago.com/the-must-see-makeover-at-west77-apartments-in-river-north/39342/ http://yochicago.com/the-must-see-makeover-at-west77-apartments-in-river-north/39342/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 05:14:12 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39342

    A stellar River North location is reason enough to put west77 on your apartment hunt short-list.

    Whole Foods is a half-block away and great restaurants, abundant night life, Michigan Avenue shops, and the Red Line stop at Chicago Ave are all within a short walk.


    A visit to the new lobby lounge at west77 will leave you wanting to see more of west77′s stylishly and imaginatively revamped amenities and updated apartments.


    The lobby has been substantially expanded and serves as a lounge, a venue for intimate social gatherings, and an event space.


    The lobby has a variety of seating areas that can accommodate a wide range of activities.


    The large bar is ideal for hosting events.

    There’s a billiards table tucked away at the far end of the lobby.

    A business center and a conference room are adjacent to the lobby.

    west77′s rooftop amenities include an indoor swimming pool with doors that open seasonally to an adjacent terrace. The terrace has planters, a fire pit, two gas grills, multiple seating areas and expansive views. A 24-hour fitness center has skyline views. There’s also a large west-facing resident lounge and party room with a catering kitchen.

    west77 is pet-friendly, has garage parking on-site and on-site management, maintenance and leasing staff, and 24/7 door staff.

    Floor plans and near real-time availability info for west77′s studio to 3-bedroom apartments can be accessed online.

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    Rents start at $1,095 at Rogers Park’s newest apartments http://yochicago.com/rents-start-at-1045-at-rogers-parks-newest-apartments/39330/ http://yochicago.com/rents-start-at-1045-at-rogers-parks-newest-apartments/39330/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 05:10:01 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39330

    One of the most vibrant and convenient parts of the sprawling Rogers Park neighborhood is near the intersection of Pratt Blvd and Sheridan Rd, just north of the Loyola University campus.


    The area has a selection of bars, restaurants, shops and theaters that commands attention from renters looking for a pedestrian-friendly environment at a more approachable price point than comparable areas further south.

    It also has a feature that other neighborhoods simply can’t match – great proximity to some of Chicago’s best beaches.

    The vintage high-rise building and apartments at 1246 West Pratt, just off Sheridan Rd, have just completed a total renovation. Everything behind the building’s classic façade is new.

    Studio apartments start at $945 a month, one-bedrooms at $1,045, and two-bedrooms at $1,495.

    The apartments have bleached plank flooring, high ceilings, crown moldings, ceiling fans, new baths and kitchens with stainless steel appliance packages and granite countertops.

    Common-area amenities at 1246 West Pratt include a rooftop fitness room, a laundry room, bicycle storage, and on-site leasing and management staff.

    BJB Properties owns and manages 1,000s of renovated apartments in prime near-lakefront locations from Streeterville to Rogers Park.

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    Own a new condo for less than rent on a great South Loop block http://yochicago.com/own-a-new-condo-for-less-than-rent-on-a-great-south-loop-block/39335/ http://yochicago.com/own-a-new-condo-for-less-than-rent-on-a-great-south-loop-block/39335/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 05:08:00 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39335

    Do the math and you’ll have reverse sticker shock at how much lower your monthly costs will be when you own a new condo in the South Loop instead of renting.

    1345 Wabash is ready for occupancy and has an on-site sales office and four furnished models open for viewing. One-bedroom condos at 1345 Wabash start at just $229,900 and two-bedrooms at $289,900.


    Occupancy is available beginning this month. For a limited time buyers can still select their finishes from the designer options on display at the on-site sales and design center.


    1345 Wabash has a steps-to-everything South Loop location.

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    Large corner one-bedrooms in the Fulton River District http://yochicago.com/large-corner-one-bedrooms-in-the-fulton-river-district/39347/ http://yochicago.com/large-corner-one-bedrooms-in-the-fulton-river-district/39347/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 05:06:10 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39347

    Echelon is a full-amenity, pet-friendly, high-service, boutique luxury apartment tower in the hot Fulton River District.

    Echelon currently has a variety of one-bedroom apartments available, renting from $1,936 a month.

    The largest plan, the 05 tier, spans 832 square feet. Rents for available 05 units range from $2,080 to $2,409 a month.

    Two walls of windows in the living area visually expand the space and serve up dramatic views. A desk alcove makes for an ideal home office setup. The open plan kitchen has granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a breakfast bar and a window.

    The 05 layout affords good separation of living and sleeping areas.

    All of the apartments at Echelon have in-unit washer / dryers.

    Jewel-Osco is across the street from Echelon, and public transportation and expressway access are nearby.

    Echelon’s pivotal location affords residents quick access to the wide array of restaurant and nightlife venues in the adjacent River North, West Loop and River West neighborhoods.

    Floor plans and near real-time availability info for Echelon’s studio to 2-bedroom apartments can be accessed online.

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    Rent on the Gold Coast’s Main Street http://yochicago.com/rent-on-the-gold-coasts-main-street/39338/ http://yochicago.com/rent-on-the-gold-coasts-main-street/39338/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 05:04:49 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39338

    State Street is one of Chicago’s iconic thoroughfares. More than 50 years ago the lyrics of a Frank Sinatra song summed up the magic of living on State Street:

    On State Street that great street I just want to say
    They do things that they don’t do on Broadway
    They have the time, the time of their life …

    State Street is the Gold Coast’s Main Street. Step outside your front door at Chestnut Place, 850 N State St, and you’re feeling the throbbing pulse of a great city. You’re steps from fabulous dining, nightlife, Michigan Avenue and Oak Street shops, charming parks, Oak Street Beach, public transportation, Loyola’s downtown campus and great hospitals.

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

    New residents who opt for a lower price-point can rent one of the “classic” apartments rather than a renovated one.

    Chestnut Place is pet-friendly, non-smoking and has on-site parking, leasing and management staff, and 24/7 door staff.

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    Last chance to own at Lexington Station in Morton Grove http://yochicago.com/last-chance-to-own-at-lexington-station-in-morton-grove/39340/ http://yochicago.com/last-chance-to-own-at-lexington-station-in-morton-grove/39340/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 05:03:06 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39340

    Lexington Homes has a 3-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 1,913 square foot townhome priced at $379,103 available for quick occupancy at its nearly sold-out Lexington Station community in Morton Grove.

    Features include hardwood floors throughout the entire home, an oak staircase, granite kitchen counters with General Electric stainless steel appliances, 42-inch upper cabinets, 9-foot ceiling height on the main living level, walk-in laundry room and granite countertop in the master bath.

    The home has an attached 2-car garage.

    Lexington Station is walking distance to the Metra and has good proximity to the Edens Expressway.

    Lexington Crossing in Rolling Meadows has homes with nearly-identical floor plans and a grand-opening special offer.

    Note: the photos are from a similar home at Lexington Station.

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    Newly-renovated Lakeview studios from $855 a month http://yochicago.com/newly-renovated-lakeview-studios-from-855-a-month/39333/ http://yochicago.com/newly-renovated-lakeview-studios-from-855-a-month/39333/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 05:02:35 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39333

    You can stop wondering whether you can afford to live in Lakeview.

    The recent renovation of 3838 North Broadway has made it possible for renters to live in an all-new apartment in a prime Lakeview location at an affordable rent.

    The stylish new studio apartments at 3838 North Broadway rent from $855 a month.


    The sunny apartments have all new kitchens and baths, plank floors, ceiling fans, high ceilings, crown moldings, walk-in closets and large windows.

    Building amenities include a fitness room, laundry room, bike storage and resident storage lockers. A rooftop sundeck is in the works.

    The location is close to shopping, dining, bars, transportation, parks and Wrigley Field.

    BJB Properties owns and manages 1,000s of renovated apartments in prime near-lakefront locations from Streeterville to Rogers Park.

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    River North apartments steps from Ward Park http://yochicago.com/river-north-apartments-steps-from-ward-park/39316/ http://yochicago.com/river-north-apartments-steps-from-ward-park/39316/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 05:08:38 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39316

    Residents at Parc Huron, 469 W Huron, have a luxury that’s scarce in River North: a park across the street.


    Montgomery Ward Park is a lush green space that slops down to a promenade along the Chicago River. The playground is a popular gathering spot for local kids and parents.

    Ward Park has a new dog park at its north end.

    Erie Café, a short block west of Parc Huron, has a tree-shaded outdoor area overlooking Ward Park.


    Parc Huron residents have convenient easy-out bike storage in the garage, but there’s also a large DIVVY bike station across the street.

    Parc Huron is pet-friendly, has a full suite of amenities, and has on-site management and leasing staff and 24/7 door staff. Floor plans for Parc Huron’s one- to three-bedroom apartments are available online.

    The Parc Huron offices are open daily, from 9 until 6 on Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9 to 7 on Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 to 5 on Saturday and noon to 5 on Sunday. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary, but it’s a good idea to call ahead to check rents on available apartments.

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    E2 Apartments Designer Showcase draws a crowd to Evanston http://yochicago.com/e2-apartments-designer-showcase-draws-a-crowd-to-evanston/39322/ http://yochicago.com/e2-apartments-designer-showcase-draws-a-crowd-to-evanston/39322/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 05:06:04 +0000 sponsored post http://yochicago.com/?p=39322

    To celebrate the grand opening of E2, a 356-unit luxury apartment community in downtown Evanston, co-developers Fifield Companies and Carroll Properties recently hosted a Designer Showcase May 5 – 7, featuring seven local designers.

    The event featured nine decorated model apartments from designers Morgante Wilson Architects, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Bardes Interiors / Maze Home, Brook Furniture Rental, Staging North Shore, Cort Furniture and World Market. Open to the public, the event drew 700 attendees over the three-night period and highlighted models ranging from an artist studio to a chic two-bedroom retreat.

    “We created this event to give residents on the North Shore an up-close look at the possibilities luxury rental living can bring,” said Randy Fifield, Vice Chair and principal of Fifield Cos. “From the amazing views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline from these professionally-designed, premier units, to the seemingly endless amenities in the building, E2 demonstrates why the luxury rental lifestyle has become the preferred option for today’s urban dweller.”


    Fifield noted the model residences on display during the Designer Showcase represented the range of renters E2 appeals to, with each designer creating a distinctive unit with its own name and personality to demonstrate the lifestyle opportunities in the building. For example, a one-bedroom unit designed by Cort Furniture was dubbed the “Scholar Suite” in reference to grad students and faculty at nearby Northwestern University who enjoy the convenient location of E2 in relation to the college.

    In a nod to Evanston’s artistic character, Morgante Wilson Architects created “Izzy’s Art Studio,” a 504-square foot studio showing the versatility of the floor plan as a live / work space with multi-function pieces such as a contemporary murphy bed that transforms into a sofa and a long, industrial-chic wooden table to serve as both a dining area and a work surface.

    The Morgante Wilson team created a total of three models at E2, including “Fred and Elissa’s Home,” a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment with unique high-end pieces to appeal to an empty nester couple downsizing from a single-family home.”

    “The beauty of E2 is that it was easy for the designers to imagine so many different people living here and appreciating the building’s location, its amenities and its overall design,” said Fifield.

    “We wanted to have an eclectic mix of showcase models with interiors demonstrating a range of price points and the variety of our tenant-base, from students and professionals to families and downsizers. Our designers really delivered and created absolutely stunning apartments to illustrate the lifestyle at E2.”


    Guests at the Designer Showcase were also able to tour E2’s impressive fourth-floor amenity deck, which includes a full-size basketball court, state-of-the-art fitness center, lounge area, party room with demonstration kitchen, theater, business center with conference room, coffee bar and an outdoor pool and spa with cabanas, grills with sinks and dining areas.

    Created as a community event, the Designer Showcase featured Evanston fashion store Chalk Boutique displaying a sample of its apparel each night, and the work of several local Evanston artists.

    “We want E2 to be all things Evanston,” said Fifield. “This building is not only a home for local residents, but also a partner for local businesses, artists and organizations. With E2’s location and robust business capabilities, we also believe it will be home to many local business owners who can oversee their operations from their homes in the building and our business center, as well as have direct access to their client base in Chicago and the North Shore.”

    E2 consists of two buildings, a 16-story tower at 1881 Oak Ave. and a 14-story tower at 1890 Maple Ave. in downtown Evanston. The two buildings are connected by a four-story structure that includes three floors of parking and the amenity deck. The building also contains 4,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

    E2 apartments feature quartz countertops, plank floors, stainless steel appliances, in-unit laundry, oversized windows and high-end lighting and Grohe plumbing fixtures.

    Apartment tower residences range from 500 to 1,400 square feet and offer studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts. Starting prices range from $1,650 for a studio to $3,950 for a three-bedroom. The property also has 12 rental townhomes ranging from 1,750 to 1,875 square feet and featuring three bedrooms, 2½ baths and a third-floor deck. Townhomes have private entrances from Emerson Street and full access to building amenities at E2. Pricing for townhomes starts at $4,100.

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