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Innovative architecture in Logan Square at Flexhouse2

Flexhouse2

Ranquist Development and Sedgwick Investments have teamed with award-winning ISA Architects to develop Flexhouse2. Flexhouse2 rowhomes are modest, efficient, urban, and cool — appealing to sustainable lifestyle choices. Rather than rigidly defined rooms and hallways, the Flexhouse flows, is more open and allows easy adaptation to a variety of uses and lifestyles. The Flexhouse offers ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 8, 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
ChicagoNorth Side

A 2-bedroom home that Mies might approve

340 Diversey

The just-listed 2-bedroom, 2-bath home at Commonwealth Plaza, 340 W Diversey, is billed as a “Mies masterpiece.” Shall we shorten that to Miesterpiece? The home has undergone a renovation that respects Mies van der Rohe’s spare and timeless architecture. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer north views of the park and lake. A built-in office is a major ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 3, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

Tour new luxury apartments at the Shoreland in Hyde Park

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The Shoreland is a Hyde Park landmark, once one of its grandest hotels and now its newest luxury apartments. The Studio Gang-inspired renovation of the Shoreland resulted in a series of intimate gathering spacious in the lavish lobby, mezzanine-level amenities that include resident lounges, a game / party room and a fitness room with space ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 1, 2014
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Jeanne Gang, on building communities through architecture

Jeanne Gang

There have been recent rumors that architect Jeanne Gang may be involved in a new tower at Lakeshore East, where Aqua has made quite a splash. Last May Gang spoke at TEDx Midwest on the topic of how architecture contributes to building community. Her compelling presentation has flashes of humor, a focus on an expanded ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 24, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

A brief take on Hyde Park’s Shoreland apartments

Shoreland lobby, Chicago

I visited Hyde Park‘s newly-renovated Shoreland apartments last Saturday for a sponsored video shoot. Here are my first impressions of what I saw, and what I heard. The contrast between the Shoreland’s ornate Spanish Renaissance Revival exterior and its Art Moderne lobby couldn’t be more striking. A variety of furniture groupings and colorful rugs reduce ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 17, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

An updated look at CA3 and CA on Adams in the West Loop

CA3

We’ve recently written quite a bit about new apartment developments in the West Loop, but new infill condo projects have also been in the works and selling quickly. We shot this photo of Belgravia Group’s CA3 last week. It was sold out pre-construction, and the following update on the development comes from FitzGerald Associates, the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 17, 2014
North ShoreEvanston

A grand Victorian charmer in Evanston’s Ridge Historic District

1700 Asbury Evanston

) 1700 Asbury in Evanston will make you forget every assumption you once had about Victorian-style homes. Unusually large windows flood the rooms in this home with light and emphasize the open flow of the grand spaces. Classic architectural details include 11-foot ceilings, crown, picture and chair rail moldings, elaborate woodwork, an impressive staircase, three ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 12, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

10 West Elm apartments, 10 W Elm St, Gold Coast

10 West Elm Chicago

10 West Elm is a 20-story, 134-unit vintage apartment tower in the Gold Coast. The building also has 16,500 square feet of office and retail space. B. Leo Steif & Company & Company was the architect for the Art Deco building, which was completed in 1929. The multi-colored 10 West Elm is visually arresting, with ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 26, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

805 North LaSalle, 805 N LaSalle St, Near North Side

805 N LaSalle rendering

805 North LaSalle is a 35-story, 295-unit apartment tower under construction on Chicago’s Near North Side. The development will include ground-level retail space along Chicago Ave. The project’s developer is Smithfield Development. Berkelhamer Architects is the design architect and Antunovich Associates is the architect of record. Demolition of an existing building on part of the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 25, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park Plaza apartments, 600 W Diversey Pkwy, Lakeview

Lincoln Park Plaza

Lincoln Park Plaza is a 17-story, 249-unit contemporary high-rise at 600 W Diversey Pkwy on the Lakeview side of the border of Lincoln Park and Lakeview. The building has ground-level retail space. Lincoln Park Plaza was completed in 1982 and was originally known as Rienzi Plaza, named after Civil War general Phil Sheridan’s famous horse. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 25, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

451 Wrightwood apartments, 451 W Wrightwood Ave, Lincoln Park

451 Wrightwood

451 Wrightwood is a 14-story, 172-unit vintage high-rise at 451 W Wrightwood Ave in Lincoln Park. The building was completed in 1928 as the Park Royale apartments. It was known for years as Wrightwood Court, from the interior courtyard shared with its sister building at 443 Wrightwood. Both buildings were designed by architect Raymond Gregori ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 19, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

443 Wrightwood apartments, 443 W Wrightwood Ave, Lincoln Park

443 Wrightwood, Chicago

443 Wrightwood is a 13-story, 176-unit vintage high-rise at 443 W Wrightwood Ave in Lincoln Park. The building was completed in 1928 as the Park Central apartments. It was known for years as Wrightwood Court, from the interior courtyard shared with its sister building at 451 Wrightwood. Both buildings were designed by architect Raymond Gregori ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 17, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Astor House apartments, 1340 N Astor St, Gold Coast

1340 N Astor

Astor House is a 30-story, 218-unit contemporary apartment tower at 1340 N Astor St in the Gold Coast. The building was completed in 1969 and designed by the much-maligned Hirschfield & Reinheimer. Another Chicago building in Rogers Park is also named Astor House. Astor House is the second-newest rental building north of Division St in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 12, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

2828 North Pine Grove apartments, 2828 N Pine Grove Ave, Lakeview

2828 N Pine Grove

2828 North Pine Grove is a 6-story, 106-unit vintage courtyard building in Lakeview. The building has a domed entrance rotunda, and an ornate façade with a riotous profusion of Baroque terra cotta ornamentation. It was built in 1922 as the Pine Grove Apartment Hotel, and designed by Loewenberg & Loewenberg, a predecessor of the current ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 10, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

65 East Scott apartments, 65 E Scott St, Gold Coast

65 East Scott

65 East Scott is a 17-story, 230-unit contemporary apartment tower in the Gold Coast. Arpen Group was the architect for the building, which was completed in 1971. 65 East Scott is the second-newest rental building north of Division St in the Gold Coast. It’s one of only a handful of apartment buildings in an area ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 23, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

18 East Elm apartments, 18 E Elm St, Gold Coast

18 East Elm Chicago

18 East Elm is a 10-story, 150-unit vintage courtyard apartment building in the Gold Coast. William P. Doerr was the architect for the building. It was built in 1926 and is distinguished by the neoclassical arched entryway at the north end of the courtyard. The building was originally an apartment hotel, and its lobby reflects ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 23, 2014
Downtown / Loop

North Harbor Tower apartments, 175 N Harbor Dr, New East Side

Kardas, North Harbor Tower

North Harbor Tower is a 55-story, 600-unit apartment tower in Chicago’s New East Side neighborhood. The building, which opened for occupancy in 1988, is quickly recognizable by its triangular bay windows. Metropolitan Structures was the developer and general contractor. Fujikawa Johnson and Associates was the architecture firm. The apartments North Harbor Tower has 24 different ...

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

The Shoreham apartments, 400 E South Water St, New East Side

The Shoreham

The Shoreham is a 46-story, 548-unit apartment tower in the 28-acre Lakeshore East development on Chicago’s New East Side. The Shoreham, which opened for occupancy in 2005, was the first apartment building completed in the Lakeshore East development. The building has garage parking and ground-floor retail space. Magellan Development was the developer and Walsh Construction ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 9, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Columbus Plaza apartments, 233 E Wacker Dr, New East Side

Columbus Plaza

Columbus Plaza is a 48-story, 533-unit apartment tower in Chicago’s New East Side neighborhood. Occupancy at the property began in 1980. The Habitat Company was the developer, McHugh Construction was the general contractor and Fujikawa Conterto Lohan & Associates was the architecture firm for the project. The apartments Columbus Plaza offers studio, convertible, 1- and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 8, 2014