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Unusual condo amenities – a private running track

Domain

Newer downtown apartment buildings have vied to deliver elaborate amenities packages. Lavish landscaped pool decks with gas grills and fire pits, fitness centers, resident lounges, demonstration kitchens, business centers, theaters and more are common. We’ve identified three condo buildings that can boast an unusual amenity: a private running track. Domain, 900 N Kingsbury, has a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 18, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

1000 North LaSalle apartments, Gold Coast adjacent

1000 N LaSalle

1000 North LaSalle is a 9-story apartment building situated at the cusp of the River North, Old Town and Gold Coast neighborhoods. The building was completed in 1981. Barancik Conte & Associates was the architecture firm for the building. Burton Lipman Associates was the general contractor. The apartments 1000 North LaSalle has studio, 1- and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 22, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

1111 North Dearborn apartments, Gold Coast

1111 N Dearborn

1111 North Dearborn is a 32-story, 286-unit, full-amenity apartment tower. The building was completed in 1981, making it the second newest rental high-rise in a true Gold Coast location. Capital Associates Development was the developer, Barancik Conte the architecture firm and Burton Lipman Associates the general contractor. The broad white verticals that typify many of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 21, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

40 East Oak apartments, 40 E Oak St, Gold Coast

40 E Oak

40 East Oak is a 20-story, 205-unit vintage high-rise at the southern edge of the Gold Coast. The building was designed in the Beaux Arts style by Maurice L. Bein, a Russian-born architect, and completed in 1929. Bein designed scores of Chicago buildings while still in his 20s before turning to general contracting at the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 18, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Dearborn North apartments, 1117 N Dearborn St, Gold Coast

1117 N Dearborn

Dearborn North is an 8-story, 134-unit vintage mid-rise in the Gold Coast. The building was completed in the early 1920s. It was designed by Maurice Bein, a Russian-born architect who was in his 20s at the time. Bein designed scores of Chicago buildings before turning to general contracting at the age of 33. The neoclassical ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 13, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

1100 North Dearborn apartments, Gold Coast

1100 N Dearborn Chicago

1100 North Dearborn is a 20-story, 247-unit Gold Coast high-rise. The building was completed in 1930. McNally & Quinn was the architecture firm that designed 1100 North Deareborn. The brick building has some limestone trim, but it’s sparsely ornamented compared to nearby buildings built in the same era. Bands of thin limestone columns rise from ...

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

Elm Street Plaza apartments, 1130 N Dearborn St, Gold Coast

1130 North Dearborn

Elm Street Plaza is a 33-story, 396-unit, full-amenity apartment tower in the Gold Coast. The building was completed in 1976. The masonry-clad structure has 240 parking spaces. It was originally financed in part by the Illinois Housing Development Authority and includes a number of subsidized units. Habitat Company was the developer, Gordon & Levin the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 21, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Streeterville’s best apartments – Building amenities

500 Lake Shore Drive

Earlier posts in our series on the best Streeterville apartments focused on location. We spotlighted the buildings with the best views and most convenient access to grocery shopping, bars and restaurants, retail shops, public transportation, parks and beaches and the expressway grid, and the shortest walk to the Loop. We then switched from location to ...

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

11 West Division apartments, Gold Coast

11 West Division Chicago

11 West Division is a 12-story, 110-unit Gold Coast high-rise, built in the mid-1920s and recently renovated. The building stands out as the only high-rise on a block of 1-, 2- and 3-story buildings. The pedestrian scale of the block and the proliferation of colorful bars and night clubs tend to focus your attention at ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 13, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

1036 North Dearborn apartments, Gold Coast

1036 N Dearborn Chicago

1036 North Dearborn is a 10-story, 135-unit Gold Coast high-rise, built in the mid-1920s and recently renovated. The building’s classic architecture is easily recognizable. A brick column, framed by corner quoins, rises above the two-story limestone base to a band of decorative limestone that marks the building’s tenth story. A distinctive wrought-iron canopy frames the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 12, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

River North’s best apartments – building amenities

One Superior Place

Earlier posts in our series on the best apartment towers in River North concentrated on their location. We spotlighted the buildings with the best views, the most convenient grocery shopping, the best access to retail shops, public transit, parks and beaches , the expressway grid, the most nearby dining and nightlife, and the shortest walking ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 6, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A video visit to the Sky Club at The Bernardin apartments

Lobby, The Bernardin

The Bernardin is a luxury boutique high-rise in River North just west of the Water Tower and Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile. I recently accepted an invitation to tour the building’s updated amenities package. My tour started in the lobby, which sets the tone for the building and conveys the feeling that you’ve entered a private ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 2, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

1120 North LaSalle apartments, Gold Coast adjacent

1120 North LaSalle

1120 North LaSalle is a 20-story, 263-unit, full-amenity apartment tower situated at the cusp of the Old Town and Gold Coast neighborhoods. The building was completed in 1981. Barancik Conte & Associates was the architecture firm for the building. Its soaring vertical columns are a signature of the firm’s work, which includes 990 N Lake ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 1, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

1133 North Dearborn apartments, Gold Coast

1133 Dearborn

1133 North Dearborn is a 33-story, 275-unit, full-amenity apartment tower. The building was completed in 1988, making it the newest rental high-rise in a true Gold Coast location. The masonry-clad structure has an 8-story base housing a parking garage and two levels of retail space facing Elm St. Burnham Development Co was the developer, A. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 29, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Video – Kingsbury Plaza amenities surpass expectations

Kingsbury Plaza

The private amenities level at Kingsbury Plaza has a number of surprises, the biggest of which is an expansive and lush lawn bordered by seasonal plantings, dotted by tree-shaded areas, hosting grills and a latticed trellis. It’s an amazing environment in River North, a neighborhood where green space is precious and scarce. The lawn is ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 25, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The greenest green roof in Chicago

Kingsbury Plaza

I may spend more time on more Chicago rooftops than anyone who isn’t in the roofing business. The reason is simple: I love being on rooftops, and seeing Chicago from rooftops. My roof romance recently took me to the 8th floor amenities deck atop the garage at Kingsbury Plaza, a luxury apartment tower at 520 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 11, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A new sundeck caps the new amenities at Park Michigan Apartments

Park Michigan deck

A yearlong makeover of the amenities is nearing completion at Park Michigan, 1212 S Michigan Ave in the South Loop. A new roof deck is currently under construction. It boasts views over Grant Park, environmentally friendly materials, grills and comfortable seating. The roof deck caps a completely revamped amenities package: a sleek new lobby, a ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 22, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The all-new amenities at Park Michigan Apartments

Snap Fitness

The common areas and amenities at the Park Michigan apartments have recently undergone a complete makeover and expansion. The building is across from Grant Park at 1212 S Michigan Ave in the South Loop. The changes have brought a stylish and welcoming look to the lobby, where residents can tap the services of 24-hour concierge ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 2, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

A New York view into Wrigley Field

Aerial view of The New York

Writing about the Roosevelt Collection yesterday put me in a New York state of mind. It’s been several years since residents moved into the Roosevelt Collection with the anticipation that they’d soon be living in the midst of a thriving retail and dining scene that still hasn’t materialized. Back in 1987 tenants signed leases at ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 23, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

1225 Old Town’s extensive amenities

1225 Old

1225 Old Town, a newly-opened apartment tower at 1225 N Wells St, has an extensive amenities package. It’s stylish, functional, social — and unusual in scale for a building that hosts only 250 apartments. The amenities package is one of the reasons that the building is 80% leased despite having only opened several months ago. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on October 16, 2012