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A safe-bet start for your luxury Chicago apartment search

K2

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 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 21, 2015
ChicagoNorth Side

How to miss out on great Lakeview apartments

Aerial of Lakeview

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 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 20, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Downtown Chicago apartment deals and finds, 5/15/15

Gateway apartments

The new Gateway West Loop will be ready for occupancy late in July. Rents are tentatively set to range from $1,491 to $2,161 for studios, $1,766 to $2,146 for convertibles, $2,101 to $2,815 for 1-bedrooms, $2,489 to $3,033 for 1-bedroom plus den apartments and $2,939 to $3,887 for 2-bedroom, 2-baths. Call 877-661-7592 for further information. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 15, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 5/14/15

New City view

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 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 14, 2015
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park and Lakeview apartment deals and finds, 5/13/15

Belmont by Reside

Planned Property is offering a $250 discount off the first month’s rent at all of its properties for 2015 college grads. Planned Property is offering a month’s free parking for all new leases at 515 W Barry, and a “dogs live free” deal at 2756 N Pine Grove. Dog fees, dog deposits and dog rent ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 13, 2015

Rental services: we don’t need no stinking listings

Treasure Sierra Madre screen cap

The websites of some Chicago rental services invite you to “search our listings” and their Craigslist ads solicit you to inquire about “our other listings.” The classic scene from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre comes to my mind when rental services refer to their “listings.” Rental services only rarely have what real estate professionals ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 11, 2015
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Bring mom on your apartment hunt and save $300

Aerial view of Gold Coast

Add this to the many ways that mom can be helpful when you’re searching for a new apartment. Planned Property is offering a Mother’s Day special this weekend. Bring your mom along when you tour a Planned Property apartment and apply within 48 hours of your tour and you’ll receive a $300 discount on your ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 7, 2015

Start your July 1 apartment search now

Aerial

Savvy Chicago renters know that the best apartments rent quickly and are rarely available to last-minute lookers. Major management companies have already sent out their July 1 renewal notices and know what they’ll have available to rent for that date. If you’re looking to move on July 1, the time to start your search is ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 29, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Downtown Chicago apartment deals and finds, 4/24/15

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The leasing office and four furnished models are now open at Jeff Jack, a new West Loop apartment tower at 601 W Jackson. JeffJack is offering a month’s free rent on 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. Apply within 24 hours of your first visit and receive a discounted rate of $199 on reserved monthly parking. The ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 24, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 4/23/15

Atwater model

Parc Huron in River North, is offering a month-and-a-half free rent on select one-bedroom apartments for leases beginning before April 30. All of the apartments at Parc Huron have balconies or walk-out terraces, and east-facing ones have spectacular skyline views. Chestnut Place, 850 N State, is offering a month’s free rent on newly-renovated vacant apartments. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 23, 2015

Help wanted – Apartment customer service manager

Planned on Addison

This is something new for YoChicago – a help wanted posting from Planned Property Management, one of our advertisers. We’ve been hearing a number of requests recently from advertisers who are expanding and looking to hire new staff. As a reader and advertiser service, we’ll be offering free help wanted postings to our advertisers. Here ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 22, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Lincoln Park and Lakeview apartment deals and finds, 4/22/15

Eugenie Terrace

Eugenie Terrace is Lincoln Park’s only full-amenity luxury rental high-rise. Eugenie Terrace has a very rare 2 bedroom combined with a studio as a 3 bedroom, 3 full bath apartment on the southwest corner of the 23rd floor. It’s one of only two 3-bedroom apartments in the tower, and features in-unit, full-size washer and dryer, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 22, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Downtown Chicago apartment deals and finds, 4/10/15

Astoria view

K2 Apartments, 365 N Halsted in the Fulton River District is offering a free month’s rent on select floor plans for leases beginning before April 30. The leasing office and four furnished models are now open at Jeff Jack, a new West Loop apartment tower at 601 W Jackson. JeffJack is offering a month’s free ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 10, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 4/9/15

Walton on the Park

1225 Old Town has extended hardwood flooring throughout the 3-bedroom, 2-bath Unit 1208, renting for $5,073 a month. Unit 1207, also a 3-bedroom, is available for $4,530 a month. Parc Huron in River North, is offering a month-and-a-half free rent on select one-bedroom apartments for leases beginning before April 30. All of the apartments at ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 9, 2015
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park and Lakeview apartment deals and finds, 4/8/15

350 Oakdale

Halsted Flats opened a year ago as the first new full-amenity rental tower built in Lakeview in decades. Apartments that had rented quickly are now beginning to turn over as leases expire. A true find is a one-bedroom with a large walk-out terrace on the pool level. Halsted Flats is offering a “Look and Lease” ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 8, 2015

Want a lucrative career leasing luxury apartments?

Hancock

It’s that time of year again. Chicago’s rental services are advertising heavily at Craigslist, touting six-figure incomes, unlimited earnings potential, the start of a lucrative career leasing luxury apartments, etc. etc. Why aren’t the many licensed, experienced real estate agents who currently earn next-to-nothing flocking to those well-paying positions as the rental season heats up? ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 7, 2015
ChicagoNorth Side

Great Lincoln Park apartments are off-limits to rental services

Lincoln Park aerial

Working with a rental service guarantees that you’ll miss out on some of the best located, most fairly priced and most nicely renovated apartments in Lincoln Park. A number of Lincoln Park’s largest landlords don’t cooperate with rental services, and rental services will steer renters away from their properties. Some of Lincoln Park’s large landlords ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 6, 2015

Many of Lakeview’s best apartments are off-limits to rental services

Lakeview aerial

If you’re looking for an apartment in Lakeview, working with a rental service a/k/a apartment locator a/k/a apartment finder guarantees that you’ll miss out on some of the best-located, most fairly-priced and most nicely-renovated apartments in the neighborhood. A number of Lakeview’s largest landlords don’t cooperate with rental services, and the services will steer renters ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 3, 2015

April Fools’ Day is Chicago Rental Services Day

New East Side aerial

Yesterday’s brief encounter with a career criminal working as a Chicago leasing agent left me in a somber mood. Kenneth W. Arron a/k/a Kenny Yochelson a/k/a Kenny Stine called himself Kenny Jacobson when he was hired as a leasing agent by The Homestead Group, one of the rental services on our do-not-call list. A Tribune ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 1, 2015

Is a career criminal working as a Chicago leasing agent?

Kenneth Arron

A tipster alerted me this morning that an individual with a lengthy criminal record is applying, using an alias, to work as a leasing agent at some of Chicago’s rental services. My rental service tipster became suspicious and determined that the individual who’d applied for a leasing agent position was actually Kenneth W. Arron. You ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 31, 2015