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DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Downtown Chicago apartment deals and finds, 7/31/15

Circa 922

Jeff Jack, a new West Loop apartment tower at 601 W Jackson, has leased all of its studio, convertible, 1-bedroom and penthouse apartments, and is offering a month’s free rent on select 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments. Only a few apartments remain at JeffJack. Echelon, a luxury tower across the street from Jewel in the Fulton River ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 31, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 7/30/15

Chestnut Place

Move in to any currently vacant apartment at Kingsbury Plaza within two weeks of the date you apply, and the $400 admin fee will be credited to your first month’s rent. Floor plans and near real-time rent and availability info can be accessed online. Chestnut Place, is offering a half-month’s free rent on four renovated ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 30, 2015
ChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park and Lakeview apartment deals and finds, 7/29/15

3130 LSD

3130 North Lake Shore has a small selection of two-bedrooms available for immediate and early August occupancy. The renovated apartments have hardwood floors and for $2,150 to $2,195 a month. 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 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 29, 2015

In Lincoln Park and Lakeview, a rental service is worse than useless

Lincoln Park aerial

One of the many things that Chicago rental services don’t want you to know is that there are many properties that they can’t or won’t show you. The “can’t show” roster includes the many popular properties that don’t pay brokers a commission and won’t allow them to show renters around. The “won’t show” list comprises ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 21, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Downtown Chicago apartment deals and finds, 7/17/15

Gateway West Loop

The new Gateway West Loop has opened its on-site leasing center at 11 S Green St and has a furnished model available for viewing. Gateway West Loop has a “Priced Right” approach to rents that “allows our clients to know they will receive consistent pricing and a renewal next year that is true to their ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 17, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 7/16/15

420 East Ohio

Move into any McClurg Court apartment by August 1 and enjoy a month’s free rent. Floor plans and near real-time rent and availability info for McClurg Court’s studio to 2-bedroom apartments can be accessed online. New City, the new luxury tower at 1457 N Halsted St, is prepping for its first occupants and offering a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 16, 2015
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park and Lakeview apartment deals and finds, 7/15/15

Halsted Flats

Planned Property is waiving move-in fees at 634 West Cornelia and 536 W Addison. Dogs live free in Planned Property’s vintage high-rise at 2756 N Pine Grove – no deposit and no dog rent for new residents. Book an appointment online for any of Planned Property’s dozens of River North, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park or ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 15, 2015

Mike Britton moves apartment pool from Uptown to South Loop

Craigslist ad

Want a renovated apartment in the South Loop with a pool and a sun deck? A Craigslist ad from Chicagoland Property Group’s Mike Britton has just what you’re looking for. There’s only one teeny, tiny problem: the building pictured and described in the ad doesn’t have a pool. That’s only a problem if you’re a ...

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

Is Brian Murphy Kale Realty’s worst rental scofflaw?

Kale Realty/ Craigslist

Several days ago we questioned whether Kale Realty is a rental service scofflaw, and suggested an affirmative answer. This morning we sampled a few of the 134 apartment ads that Kale’s Brian Murphy has active at Craigslist. What we found was ugly: ads posted without the legally required written authorization from the property, unauthorized use ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 6, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Gold Coast 3-bedrooms from $3,250

Gold Coast aerial

It’s hard to find a more convenient location than 1111 North Dearborn. The full-amenity high-rise is on a beautiful street steps from scores of bars and restaurants, grocery shopping, CTA bus and Red Line transportation. The Division Street Farmers Market and Oak Street Beach are a short walk away. 1111 North Dearborn has several 3-bedroom, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 4, 2015

Is Kale Realty a rental service scofflaw?

Kale sign

Illinois law bars licensed real estate agents from advertising property without written permission and bans the “use of URL, domain name, metatag, keyword or other device or method intended to deceptively direct, drive or divert internet traffic or mislead consumers.” Kale Realty has been on our rental service do-not-call list for years, and I’ve previously ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 3, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

How to find your best West Loop apartment

Luxury Living screen cap

If you’ve been searching for a new apartment in Chicago’s West Loop / Fulton River District, the odds are that you’ve been exposed to one or both of the above ads. The ads invite you to click through for help in finding your “perfect” West Loop apartment. Clicking on the ads takes you to a ...

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

Downtown Chicago apartment deals and finds, 6/26/15

JeffJack

Echelon, a luxury tower across the street from Jewel in the Fulton River District, is offering a rent credit when you apply within 24 hours of your first visit. The credit: $750 on all apartments, and $1,000 on Unit 505 (a 1-bedroom). Near real-time rent and availability info is online. Jeff Jack, a new West ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 26, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 6/25/15

State and Chestnut

Four furnished models are available at the new State & Chestnut tower, which recently welcomed its first occupants. Some tiers are fully leased, but early birds can still lock up some of the building’s best and best-priced apartments. Rent and availability info is online. The $450 admin fee will be waived on select floor plans ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 25, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Moving to River North? YoChicago trounces rental service brokers

Luxury Living screen cap

If you’ve been searching for a new apartment in River North, you’ve probably been exposed to ads from Chicago’s rental services. The ad pictured above, for example, invites you to “Contact Us to Find Your Perfect Apartment.” You may or may not see your “perfect apartment” when you work with a rental service broker. Not ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 21, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Moving to Streeterville? YoChicago or a rental service broker?

Streeterville

If you’ve been online looking for an apartment in downtown Chicago, the odds are that you’re seeing ads similar to the screen cap shown here. The ads are placed by one of Chicago’s rental services and invite you to “Contact us to Find Your Perfect Apartment.” Click on the ad and you’re taken to a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 17, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Bring dad on your apartment hunt and save $300

Gold Coast aerial

Here’s another way that spending time with dad on Father’s Day weekend pays off. Planned Property is offering a Father’s Day special this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bring your dad 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 first ...

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Posted by sponsored post on June 17, 2015

American Realty’s Dan Dantuma has another heroin bust

Dan Dantuma mugshot

It’s been just over a year since we called attention to Dan Dantuma of American Realty and his more than 20-year history of arrests on charges ranging from burglary to possession of heroin. A tipster alerted us to an additional arrest, this January, for possession of more than 15 grams of heroin. Dantuma still holds ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 15, 2015

State levies $100,000 fine on Exchange Apartment Finders

Clipart

The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation has levied a $100,000 civil penalty (pdf) against The Exchange Apartment Finders (EAF) and ordered it to cease and desist the unlicensed practice of real estate. Four individuals affiliated with EAF were also fined $5,000 each and ordered to cease and desist unlicensed practice: Delight Cherry, RJ ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 14, 2015

Ditch the rental broker if you want a great apartment deal

Aerial view of Loop

Chicago’s rental service brokers would like you to believe that they can help you find a great deal on your next apartment. Don’t believe it. Working with a rental service guarantees that you’ll miss out on many of Chicago’s best apartments and apartment deals For starters, there are many attractive properties that don’t pay commissions ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 13, 2015