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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

Lies Chicago rental services tell – negotiating the best deal

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Chicago’s rental services often claim that they can negotiate a better deal on an apartment’s rent or fees than renters can on their own. Hearing that, you should be scratching your head and wondering why a property owner would pay a month’s rent or more in commission to a rental service and give a better ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 5, 2014
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Great Lakeview apartment deals at 515 West Barry

515 W Barry Chicago

The theme of this rental season will be deals, according to Planned Property’s Dan McDonough. Planned has deals available on studio and one-bedroom apartments at 515 West Barry, a contemporary elevator building where apartments feature hardwood floors, updated kitchens and baths and more. Covered and uncovered parking is available at the building. Planned Property owns ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 26, 2014
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Deal of the day – Park Michigan offers one month free

Park Michigan Chicago

Park Michigan has a South Loop location that YoChicago ranked among the best in five different categories: views; grocery shopping convenience; public transit access; proximity to parks and beaches and most nearby dining and nightlife. YoChicago also ranked Park Michigan number one in the South Loop in the category that’s top-of-mind for many renters: affordability. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 21, 2014

Rental deal of the day – book an appointment online and save $500

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Planned Property, one of YoChicago’s sponsors, owns and manages more than 3,000 apartments in dozens of buildings in prime Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Lakeview locations. Planned is currently offering a “February special” $500 discount off the first month’s rent for booking an appointment online. A number of other management companies offer discounts for booking ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 20, 2014
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Apartment deal of the day – a month free in the Fulton River District

Echelon at K Station

Echelon at K Station is a full-amenity luxury high-rise at 353 N Desplaines in the Fulton River District. Echelon is currently offering a limited-time winter deal: renters who commit to renting within 24 hours of the time they tour the building can choose a month’s free rent or 12 months of free parking. Renters who ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 19, 2014
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Deal of the day – free rent on Gold Coast two-bedrooms

1133 North Dearborn

1133 North Dearborn is a full-amenity high-rise in a hyper-convenient Gold Coast location. The building has an outdoor pool, a large sundeck, a fitness center, business center and 24-hour door staff. It’s a short walk from grocery shopping, Division and Rush Street bars and nightlife, Michigan Avenue shops, Oak Street Beach and the CTA Red ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 4, 2014
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Rental deals of the day – South Loop and Fulton River District

Echelon screen cap

The chill in Chicago’s winter air signals you to be on the alert for deals on apartments. Major apartment complexes are vying to attract a greater share of the limited number of renters willing to brave the cold and search for an apartment. Park Michigan, 1212 S Michigan in the South Loop, is offering a ...

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

Rental deal of the day – a 2-bedroom Gold Coast duplex

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A two-story apartment – a duplex – offers great separation between living and sleeping areas. That’s a real benefit for roommates or couples who work different schedules. A 2-bedroom, 2-bath end-unit duplex is currently available for rent at 1133 North Dearborn, a full-amenity Gold Coast building with a pool, fitness room and 24/7 door staff. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 24, 2014
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Gold Coast apartment deal of the week

Clark & Division

The deal of the week is a half-month’s free rent on a Gold Coast 3-bedroom, 2-bath apartment at 1111 North Dearborn. One catch: you’ll have to mention Facebook to take advantage of the discount on Unit 2507, which rents for $3,400 a month. The corner unit has new hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows with great ...

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Posted by sponsored post on December 31, 2013

Ditch the apartment finder and save $500

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Chicago’s ever-deceptive apartment rental services would like you to believe that their “service” is free to renters. It’s only “free” in the same way that the stove and refrigerator in your apartment are free – built into the cost of rent and paid for over the life of your lease. There are lots of things ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 26, 2013
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Winter deals on Fulton River District apartments

Echelon, K2

The website for K2 Apartments, 365 N Halsted St in the Fulton River District, invites visitors to “call today” and “dare to compare our winter specials.” A block away at 353 N Desplaines St, Echelon is advertising 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments from $2,349. K2 and Echelon are both full-amenity luxury buildings. Both buildings are YoChicago advertisers ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 19, 2013
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Free rent and discounted parking at Chestnut Tower

Chestnut Tower

For a while discounting in the form of “free rent” offers had been limited to the new apartment towers scrambling to fill apartments as the winter approached. Whether it’s due to seasonal factors or competition from those new buildings, the “free rent” offers began surfacing recently at some of the older apartment complexes. The latest ...

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

Parc Huron offering two months’ free rent

Parc Huron

When Chicago Real Estate Daily reported the sale of the Parc Huron apartments last March the development was said to be 98% occupied at some of the highest rents in the city. Occupancy levels and rents at Parc Huron are apparently under pressure from the new apartment towers that have opened in River North, Streeterville ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 4, 2013
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park apartment deal of the week

2756 Pine Grove

The “deal of the week” is a $300 discount on a large, updated 1-bedroom apartment at 2756 N Pine Grove in Lincoln Park. The catch: you need to mention Facebook to receive the discount. The building has a business center off the lobby, a rooftop sundeck and bicycle storage. The building is pet-friendly. Yolk, one ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 30, 2013
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Get a free month’s rent in the Gold Coast

1133 Dearborn

The full-amenity Gold Coast high-rise at 1133 North Dearborn is offering a month’s free rent on two-bedroom, 2 bath apartments. The spacious apartments have balconies, bay windows, excellent closet space, and updated kitchens and baths. Rents start at $2,465 a month. A 14-month lease is required. At 1120 North LaSalle you can score a month’s ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 7, 2013
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Alta slashes rents in Fulton River District

Alta at K Station

Yesterday morning Alta at K Station sent an email to brokers announcing steep discounts on the cost of renting at the two-tower, 848-unit project in the Fulton River District. The discounts, which apply to five units, ranged from 17% to 23% on monthly rents. Alta’s website reported 29 units available for rent this month, 27 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 9, 2013
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Rental deal of the day, a Lakeview East one-bedroom

632 Addison

Many of Chicago’s vintage courtyards have great bones — and sagging skin. They’re sorely in need of a modern update. The beautiful vintage court at 632-42 W Addison in Lakeview East has had a skin transplant to bring it up to par with the amenities that tenants expect — hardwood floors, newer kitchens and baths, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 26, 2013
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Rental deal of the day in Lakeview East

500 W Belmont

The mid-century modern buildings of the 60s and 70s have one great advantage over newer buildings: large apartments with excellent closet space. These buildings typically offer fewer common-area amenities than the new high-rises but compensate with far superior locations and lower rents. Newcomers to Chicago especially savor the vibe in Lakeview East, a neighborhood that ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 3, 2013
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Two free months at EnV – a sign of a softening market?

EnV Chicago

Renters at EnV in River North might be envious of the views (and closet space) enjoyed by residents of nearby buildings. Will residents of those buildings envy new EnV renters their discounted rent? EnV recently circulated a “hot sheet” to brokers offering two months’ free rent on 12-month leases on selected one-bedroom apartments. This is ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 22, 2013