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The space-expanding views from Streeter Place

Streeter Place view

Streeter Place, 355 E Ohio in Streeterville, has a variety of studio to 3-bedroom apartments that are more spacious than many in the neighborhood. Square footage is just one measure of space, and not the most important. Streeter Place’s floor plans make efficient use of their space and expand it dramatically with floor-to-ceiling windows that ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 25, 2014

Free Chicago rental services and great apartment deals

Belmont Harbor aerial

Chicago’s piratical rental services would like renters to believe that their services are free. There are renters gullible enough to believe that, just as there are renters who are naïve enough to believe the claim that rental services will negotiate the best deal for them. Chicago’s rental services aren’t that naïve. They’re fully aware that ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 24, 2014
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Updated Lakeview East studios and 1-bedrooms steps from everything

500 West Belmont

500 West Belmont is a contemporary elevator building with large apartments. The apartments have updated kitchens and baths, a choice of laminate or wood-look flooring, great closet space and available parking. The Lakeview East location is close to the lake, the Broadway restaurant and bar strip and convenient to public transportation. Book an appointment online ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 11, 2014

Profiling homes that sell at a deep discount or at a premium

RealtyTrac graphic

RealtyTrac released an analysis today profiling which single family homes sell at the deepest discounts and which sell at the highest premiums based on four variables: foreclosure status, equity, occupancy and year built. According to RealtyTrac, the Chicago metro area had 4,365 properties matching the 5 profiles that resulted in the deepest discounts. The property ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 10, 2014
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Deal of the week: rent specials at Streeter Place

View from Streeter Place

Streeter Place, 355 E Ohio in Streeterville, just announced special pricing on select units. The current best prices for 13-month leases at the luxury tower are: Studio, $1,797 Convertible, $2,195 One-bedroom, $2,121 Two-bedroom, 2-bath, $2,648 Apartment features vary, but invariably include generous room sizes, good closet space, floor-to-ceiling windows, in-unit washer / dryers, and kitchens ...

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Posted by sponsored post on June 28, 2014
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

The perks of high-rise living

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The perks of living in one of Chicago’s high-rise rental towers extend well beyond lavish amenities, attentive on-site management, maintenance staff and 24/7 door staff, the creature comforts in the apartments themselves and a convenient location. There are welcome baskets for new residents, and a variety of goodies that might include complimentary umbrellas in the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 19, 2014
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Today’s deal – dog-friendly 1-bedrooms at the edge of the Gold Coast

1000 N LaSalle

If you’ve been searching for an affordable, dog-friendly one-bedroom with parking and an updated kitchen and bath, your search will be over when you visit 1000 N LaSalle. 1000 N LaSalle has a tree-shrouded, fenced-in, grassy dog park that will delight you and your pet, a variety of one-bedroom apartments you’ll be happy to call ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 30, 2014
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Today’s apartment deal – an unusual reverse courtyard in Lakeview

444 W Diversey

The 1920s were the boom years for courtyard buildings in Chicago, and they’ve been popular ever since. Most have a U-shape, but L-shaped courtyards are also common. Almost all courtyard buildings have their open space fronting the street. A reverse courtyard, with open space in the back, is far less common. The corner building at ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 16, 2014
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Rental deal of the day – Gold Coast corner 3-bedrooms

1111 N Dearborn

Three-bedroom apartments are in short supply in the Gold Coast, but Planned Property currently has several available at 1111 North Dearborn. The 3-bedroom, 2-bath homes are attractively priced from $3,100 to $3,400. The homes have space-expanding bay windows that flood them with light. Active roommates are attracted to the location for its proximity to the ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 12, 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

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
ChicagoNorth Side

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

PPM screen cap

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
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

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
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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

180 Jefferson screen cap

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