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A sunny southwest corner at a Mies masterpiece

860 LSD 17L

Earlier this week Chicago Magazine reported that sales at Mies van der Rohe’s 860-880 Lake Shore Drive “took off late in 2014 and have not abated …” Unit 17L at 860 N Lake Shore Drive is a sunny southwest corner with city views from floor-to-ceiling windows. The 2-bedroom, 2-bath home boasts a brace of high-end ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 26, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A Monday visit to the Wolf Point apartment site

Wolf Point

The 20th floor of Wolf Point was under construction when I visited on Monday, putting the building near the halfway point toward its full 48-story height. The 510-unit luxury apartment tower is targeting first occupancies for late this year and, at last report, planned to begin pre-leasing in the spring. When the weather improves, I’ll ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 21, 2015
ChicagoNorth Side

An architectural gem on an extra-wide Lincoln Park lot

610 W Belden

The exterior of the single-family home at 610 W Belden in Lincoln Park is little changed from the time when it was built on an extra-wide lot in the 1890s. Architect Ken Schroeder, inspired by a trip to Asia, created dramatic sculptural spaces in a completely-open and soaring interior. Warm woods cap 3-story spaces and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 12, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

An on-site look at Wolf Point construction and views

Wolf Point, view east

Concrete was being poured for the 9th floor of Wolf Point, a 48-story, 510-unit apartment tower, at the time of my visit, and the green roof over the public garage was already well underway. It was mid-morning and the sun was just beginning to break through the clouds. I rode the construction elevator to the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 25, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

1000 South Clark apartments, 1000 S Clark St, South Loop

1000 S Clark St

1000 South Clark is a 469-unit, 29-story apartment tower under construction in the South Loop. First occupancies at 1000 South Clark are targeted for late in 2015. JDL Development is the developer and Hartshorne Plunkard is the architecture firm. The general contractor is Lend Lease. The apartments Details of the building’s unit mix and apartment ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 29, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Streeter Place hosts its first doggie dip

Streeter Place

If you’ve ever tried to coax your longtime companion into a swimming pool for the first time you’ll understand the wisdom of an oft-repeated saying: “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” To paraphrase another venerable phrase, “you can lead a dog to water, but you can’t make him swim.” The best course of ...

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Posted by sponsored post on October 24, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Value-priced Streeterville studios close to Northwestern, Lurie hospitals

Streeterville

Streeter Place, a full-amenity luxury tower at 355 E Ohio St in Streeterville, currently has value-priced studios available for immediate, November and December occupancy. With 576 square feet of living space the Plan B studio works well as a starter home or an in-town apartment for a busy doctor or professional. The 14th through 38th ...

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Posted by sponsored post on October 22, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

Video – A rare Frank Lloyd Wright rowhouse in The Gap

Roloson Houses

The Roloson Houses in the 3200 block of South Calumet are a Chicago Landmark, in part because they’re the only rowhouses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The exterior of 3215 S Calumet Ave is nearly pristine Wright, and the interior has been completely made over in a still that respects its original layout and Wright’s ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 23, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

North Water apartments, 340 E North Water St, Streeterville

Revel Chicago

North Water is a 52-story multi-use tower at 340 E North Water St in Streeterville. The building includes a 400-room Loews Hotel, restaurants and bars, 398 rental apartments and 232 parking spaces. Construction began in November of 2012. The first residents will begin moving into the building early in March 2015 and all of the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 2, 2014
Downtown / Loop

Looking down on River City

River City

The faint of heart home buyer might think that the only way to look at River City is down. We did that, but in a more literal way, when snapping the above photo from a neighboring South Loop high-rise. When we checked in on River City condo prices back in January of 2011, some had ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 29, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

A wonderful Bucktown home that’s large yet cozy

1614 Leavitt

When you arrive at 1614 N Leavitt in Bucktown you’ll feel like you’re at a home built in the late 1800s. In fact, the home is less than 10 years old but is a wonderful recreation of an architecturally distinctive period piece. Every element in the home is of artisan quality and a high level ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 22, 2014
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Apply for the 21st Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards

Harvest Commons

Applications are now open for the 21st Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA). The CNDAs recognize innovation and best practices in neighborhood development. Established in 1995, the awards “recognize and honor the outstanding achievements in neighborhood real estate development and community building, as well as the essential role that both non-profit and for-profit developers play ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 20, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New South Loop condos making rapid progress

1345 S Wabash

If you’re at Gioco, Zapatista, Asian Outpost, Flo & Santos or The Scout, head a few feet south from that quintet of outstanding restaurants to check out the progress at 1345 Wabash. The architecturally-distinctive new condo tower is rising rapidly out of the ground on a block that’s a South Loop dining destination, and close ...

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

Trib surfaces first rendering of Stern tower

Stern rendering

The Chicago Tribune reported late yesterday that a 67-story, 500 unit apartment and condo tower has been proposed for a site at 451 E Grand Ave in Streeterville. The site is immediately west of the new 500 Lake Shore Drive. The tower, designed by architect Robert A.M. Stern, would include 400 apartment units and 100 ...

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

1345 Wabash condos have a focus on design

1345 S Wabash

A focus on design is nothing new for the CMK Companies. CMK has a history of creating architecturally distinctive high-rises that are, according to NewCity Design, “a relief from the so-so-ness of neighboring condo buildings.” At 1345 Wabash in the South Loop CMK has once again teamed up with Brininstool + Lynch, an architecture firm ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 16, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The “silly thing” on the roof of Chestnut Place

Chestnut Place

The odd structure on the roof of Chestnut Place was, for a period of time, even more odd. From the Art Institute’s oral history of architect Ben Weese: Richard Haas, our second connection with him was to do the lobby of 850 N State, the Chestnut Place apartments. We asked him to paint the penthouse, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 26, 2014

An architecturally distinctive home on a quiet Glenview cul-de-sac

2876 Fredric Ct Glenview

The 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath ranch-style home at 2876 Fredric Ct in Glenview is architecturally interesting from end to end, but you’re more likely to be impressed by its comfortable, livable, open and sunny vibe. The home was recently listed for sale at $1,185,000. The home sits on a half-acre on a quiet cul-de-sac. Mature ...

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Posted by sponsored post on June 20, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

What’s missing from this picture?

View from Vetro

We have well over 300,000 images on our servers. While I was searching for an image of Vetro, 611 S Wells, I came across the above photo, which was shot from a high floor at the building seven years ago. If you were looking at the same view today you’d notice a very striking addition ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 20, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

South Loop construction update, 1345 Wabash

1345 Wabash

Since the time of our last visit to 1345 Wabash in the South Loop work has been completed on the concrete pad that will anchor the tower crane that will hoist materials for the 15-story building. 1345 Wabash is the first new condo high-rise to be built in Chicago’s South Loop in nearly 6 years. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on June 17, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Model grand opening at nearly sold-out Flexhouse2

Flexhouse2

If you’ve been paying attention to the market for new condos in the city you’ve doubtless noted that quality infill projects from established developers have been selling out prior to their completion. Ranquist Development’s Flexhouse2, for example, has only three rowhomes still available at 2640 N Ridgeway in Logan Square. One of those units is ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 11, 2014