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Take an apartment walk with Stephanie and Katie

Stephanie and Katie videos

Stephanie Konow and Katie Bommarito are former rental services agents who grew frustrated with that business and set out to connect Chicago tenants directly with landlords by founding Chicago Rentals Direct. Eighteen months ago they led me on a tour of the six rental high-rises in the New East Side neighborhood – the area bounded ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 22, 2013

Tales from an apartment hunt – phantom closets and howling wolves

New East Side apartments

If you have tales you’d like to share from your apartment hunt, add them in a comment or email yojoe at yochicago dot com. Here’s the fifth report from my veteran renter correspondent. Stay tuned for more. And note that we don’t vouch for the accuracy of any of these tales, nor do we try ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 13, 2012
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Rental deal of the day in Noble Square

New East Side video

Katie Bommarito, one of the founders of Chicago Rentals Direct, sent along the following note: I have a rental listing that I think would make a great deal of the day. It is a top-floor, very sunny 2 br / 1 ba at 1327 W Erie in Noble Square / River West, asking $1,400/month. It ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 4, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A New East Side apartment walk with Katie and Stephanie

Katie and Stephanie

Stephanie Konow and Katie Bommarito are former rental services agents who grew frustrated with that business and set out to connect Chicago tenants directly with landlords by founding Chicago Rentals Direct. Tapping into their knowledge, I asked them to lead me on a tour of the six rental high-rises in the New East Side neighborhood ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 18, 2011
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Rental deal of the day: Affordable one-bedrooms in a walkable Gold Coast location

With the Magnificent Mile, Rush and Division, Oak Street Beach, and Lincoln Park no more than 0.7 miles away, it’s no surprise that today’s rental deal of the day from Chicago Rentals Direct, the 1100 North LaSalle Apartments, get a lot of love from WalkScore.com. The address not only earns a “walker’s paradise” score of ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on May 11, 2011
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Rental deal of the day: An Astoria Tower 2 BR with one month paid and a $100 bonus

Astoria Tower, Chicago

Today’s rental deal of the day from Chicago Rentals Direct is a brand new, never-occupied two-bedroom / two-bath apartment at Astoria Tower, 8 E 9th St in the South Loop, priced at $2,479 a month. Stephanie and Katie from CRD recently visited the unit and brought back the video tour you see above. Unit 2206, ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on May 4, 2011
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Rental deal of the day: A Near West Side 2 BR with gated parking, priced at $1,100

Today’s deal from Chicago Rentals Direct is a 900 square-foot, two-bedroom / 1.5-bath apartment at 2335 W Lake St on the Near West Side, priced at $1,100 a month. Unit 2R has a granite kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a dishwasher, and a microwave; hardwood floors; central heat and air; in-unit laundry; extra storage; and ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on May 2, 2011
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Rental deal of the day: A 1 BR two blocks from Southport, available for $950

Today’s rental deal of the day from Chicago Rentals Direct is a 750 square-foot one-bedroom / one-bath with a study and a large rear deck, located just two blocks east of the Southport corridor and priced at $950 a month. The garden apartment at 3306 N Racine Ave in Lake View features hardwood floors, a ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 27, 2011
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Deal of the day: $1,250 for a corner 2 BR with great lake views in Lakeview East

Today’s deal from Chicago Rentals Direct is a two-bedroom / one-bath corner unit at 3639 N Pine Grove Ave, just a block east of the northern tip of Belmont Harbor, at a monthly price of $1,250. The remodeled unit 11F offers great views of the lake, A/C units, radiant / baseboard heat, a deck, a ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 25, 2011
DealsChicagoNorthwest Side

Rental deal of the day: An updated Albany Park 2BR for $1,025 a month

Today’s deal from Chicago Rentals Direct is an updated two-bedroom / one-bath apartment in Albany Park, priced at $1,025 a month. The apartment, located at 3813 W Ainslie St, has 925 square feet, central heat and air, white appliances (including a dishwasher), in-unit laundry, ceiling fans, and hardwood floors. Its building features secured entry. Cats ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 19, 2011
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Rental deal of the day: A Bucktown 2/1 with granite, central air, and easy Metra access

Today’s deal of the day from Chicago Rentals Direct happens to be one of the rentals Joe Zekas and I passed our recent drive through Bucktown: a two-bedroom / one-bath garden apartment in a smoke-free building at 1922 N Wood St, priced at $1,400 a month. The home features a newly updated kitchen with granite ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 15, 2011
DealsChicagoFar North

Rental deal of the day: An updated 2/1 in West Rogers Park, priced at $1,050

Today’s rental deal of the day from Chicago Rentals Direct is one of their newest listings: an updated two-bedroom / one-bath at 6104 N Rockwell St in West Rogers Park (just around the corner from Green Briar Park), priced at $1,050 a month. The 840 square-foot home, located on the third floor of a professionally ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 7, 2011