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North lakefront MLS-listed rentals on the rise

Aerial view

The number of MLS-listed homes and condos available for rent in six north lakefront ZIP Codes from Lincoln Park to Rogers Park is 16% higher than it was six weeks ago, and 35% higher than at the same time two years ago. The 668 units currently available for rent represent only a 3% increase since ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 16, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Lennar acquires West Loop site for new apartments

Taxman Gateway proposal

It was exactly four years ago today that we first wrote about about Taxman Corporation’s Gateway development plan.   The project, at the southeast corner of Madison and Green, has been scaled back several times since the original rendering, above. Chicago Real Estate Daily reported yesterday that a Lennar Corp affiliate has acquired the site. ...

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

Does OneEleven have downtown Chicago’s worst two-bedroom floor plan?

OneEleven, Chicago

Related Midwest’s newest apartment tower, OneEleven at 111 W Wacker Dr, has a great location that will serve up glorious views along the Chicago River from north-facing units. The building began its life as Waterview Tower. It was originally slated to rise 90 stories and include 233 condominiums and a Shangri-La Hotel on the 12th ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 14, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

A tour of Halsted Flats’ new model apartments

Halsted Flats model kitchen

Halsted Flats, 3740 N Halsted, is the first new full-amenity apartment high-rise to be built in Lakeview in the last 30 years. Halsted Flats opened recently and has been renting rapidly, with the studios being one of the most popular layouts. Join YoChicago for a look at the just-opened studio, one- and two-bedroom, two-bath model ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 14, 2014

How to tell a Chicago rental service you’re an easy mark

CAF

There are lots of ways to signal Chicago rental services a/k/a apartment locators a/k/a apartment finders that you’re an easy mark. The best way to communicate that you’re an easily-played sucker is to walk into a rental service office, accept whatever agent you’re assigned to, describe your requirements and visit apartments the same day expecting ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 14, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A birthday and a bridge at K2 luxury apartments

Steve and Randy Fifield

On Thursday evening, April 10, a crowd of people who built K2 and who live in it gathered to celebrate the anniversary of the luxury apartment building’s opening. The event was also the occasion for the ribbon-cutting for the new bridge that connects K2′s luxury apartments directly to the adjacent Jewel-Osco supermarket and pharmacy, Radio ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 14, 2014

Ask American Realty’s Dan Dantuma about his drug arrests

Dan Dantuma

American Realty’s Dan Dantuma had 135 repetitive ads on Craigslist as of mid-morning yesterday. More than 80% of them were for a single apartment, a junior 1-bedroom at Gold Coast Galleria, 111 W Maple. Reading the same ad over and over and over again prompted me to learn more about Dan, and an online search ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 11, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

What’s for rent in the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Lakeview

2756 N Pine Grove

Planned Property owns and manages more than 3,000 apartments in twenty-eight Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Lakeview buildings in prime locations. The buildings range from walk-ups to contemporary mid-rises to vintage and modern high-rises. Read on for rent and availability information at each of the buildings. Our featured building this week is 2756 N Pine ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 11, 2014

Know your rights when your apartment is being shown

Kardas Photography

Some Chicago landlords would like tenants to believe that a clause in the lease they signed waives or limits their right to 2 days’ advance notice before their apartment is shown to prospective renters. Any such provision in a lease is in violation of the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (CRLTO) and is unenforceable. Landlords ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 11, 2014
ChicagoWest / Southwest

Larry’s Worst Nightmare at Bold L&H Lofts

2620 aerial view

A several years-old post on Bold L&H Lofts, 2620 W Washington, has elicited some detailed comments from residents at the East Garfield Park building. Late yesterday evening a commenter going by the screen name of Larry’s Worst Nightmare, posted the following: DO NOT RENT IN THIS BUILDING!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT RENT IN THIS BUILDING…………….. We were ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 10, 2014
ChicagoFar North

A report from another discontented resident at Flats No. 5411

5411 Winthrop

Less than two weeks ago we were shown around Flats Chicago’s 5411 N Winthrop by a dissatisfied resident. Yesterday another disgruntled resident at Flats Chicago’s 5411 N Winthrop reached out by email to share the following experiences, which I’ve rephrased slightly without changing the substance: Torrential downpours in my bathroom (no exaggeration – multiple points ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 10, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Pay a “free” rental service $1,200 to rent in Roscoe Village

3444 N Hoyne

When I ran a search for Roscoe Village apartments at Craigslist yesterday I got 823 results. I scanned many ads that clearly weren’t in Roscoe Village and found only a few that were. I’d driven around much of Roscoe Village earlier in the day and was surprised to see only one FOR RENT sign, on ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 9, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Design Planned Property’s new t-shirt and win $500

T-shirt flyer

Have you ever wanted to see one of your designs on a t-shirt? Here’s your chance! Summer is coming and we need a cool new t-shirt! The winning design will be made into a t-shirt and the first place winner will receive $500 (rent credit, check or Amex Gift Cards). Second and third place winners ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 8, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

River North apartment shootout – Chicagoland Property Group vs YoChicago

View of River North

We like to think that YoChicago is Chicago’s best free rental service. We’re an objective, visually rich website with comprehensive apartment reviews, all-inclusive at-a-glance lists, neighborhood maps and guides, narrated video tours, original aerial photography and a great deal more. One of our goals is to help renters understand what to expect from Chicago’s rental ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 7, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Wrigley Field and skyline views from Halsted Flats 2-bedrooms

Halsted Flats

Halsted Flats, the first new full-amenity apartment tower in Lakeview in nearly 30 years, has been renting up rapidly. Higher floors will be available for occupancy shortly, and south-facing 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments have spectacular panoramic views from Wrigley Field to the downtown skyline. Join us for a brief look at the scene that’s seen from ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 7, 2014

Craigslist spammer of the day: Andy Trejo and iQrentals

Facebook Trejo

We haven’t written about Andy Trejo before, but he’s been on our radar for well over a year, and his company names have been on our Chicago rental service do-not-call list. The LinkedIn screen cap on the left, above, dates to January of last year. The one on the right is current. The LinkedIn profiles ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 7, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A late Saturday look at near-Loop construction sites

Mod

I was at K2 Apartments late Saturday afternoon for a video shoot and wandered around the area for a look at some of the construction sites. Can you spot the soon-to-open Catalyst apartment tower in the above shot from K2? Looking east toward The Madison, 1212 W Madison, with Mod just west of it and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 7, 2014
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Apartment deal – book your appointment online and save $300

Planned offer

A number of Chicago’s apartment buildings and management companies offer incentives to renters who book their appointments directly rather than through a rental service. Planned Property currently has one of the most generous rewards for online appointment-booking: up to a $300 discount on the first month’s rent. Planned Property, one of YoChicago’s sponsors, owns and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 4, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

River North – A list of available apartments and current rents

Whole Foods samplers

If you’re looking to rent an apartment in River North, you can see all of your managed apartment building options on YoChicago’s availability list, below. You can learn more about the buildings and their location in our detailed reviews, and see our take on the best River North buildings on 18 different criteria. We’ve listed ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 2, 2014
ChicagoFar North

An update on Ravenswood Terrace apartments

Ravenswood Terrace

The new Sears Auto Center and LA Fitness on Lawrence Ave are already open. The new Mariano’s was running a well-attended job fair at the time of my visit on Monday and is slated to open next Tuesday. Work was continuing on the new Metra station on Lawrence Ave. The final piece of the Ravenswood ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 2, 2014