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Lincoln Park homes – minis still outnumber megas

424 St James

Chicago Real Estate Daily’s Dennis Rodkin recently published a look at 10 multi-lot “mega-mansions” currently underway in Lincoln Park. In the course of our rambles yesterday we passed two huge Lincoln Park homes that didn’t make it to Rodkin’s list. The home pictured above is nearing completion and spans more than four lots at the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 22, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Is the Gold Coast’s grandest yard at risk?

Gold Coast Lurie

The 19,000 square foot Gold Coast home at 1547 N Dearborn Pkwy has one of the most beautifully landscaped side yards on Chicago’s north side. It’s a true urban oasis that has to be a constant source of delight to its owner. You can see some of the yard in the above video and more ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 11, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Dennis Rodkin goes to heaven

400 East Randolph

Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin didn’t have to die to get to a place he deems to die for, the 6-level 19th floor penthouse at 6 N Michigan in the Loop. Read the details – except, curiously, for the address – in Rodkin’s Deal Estate column, and watch him wax rhapsodic in the above video. YoChicago’s ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 9, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Tour a totally renovated Lincoln Park co-op

Lincoln Park

It isn’t easy to make a real estate video that’s fun to watch, but Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin makes it look easy. Rodkin spices his video with the occasional whimsy, an instance of which begins at about 0:15 in the above video. Rodkin is joined in the video tour of a totally updated 1920s vintage ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 10, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

A home on a 6-Rodkin wide Lake View lot

Dennis Rodkin prone

The price of a new 6,500 square foot home at 3539 N Bosworth in Lake View? $2,899,000. The visual illustration of the lot’s width, beginning at about 0:27 in the above video? Priceless. Watch closely and you’ll see that the lot is a little over 6 Rodkins wide. Kudos to Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin for ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 2, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Nearly 90% sold four years ago, Legacy now at 63%

Legacy at Millennium Park views

Back in April of 2009 we rode the construction elevator to the 71st floor of Legacy at Millennium Park with Mesa Development‘s Jim Hanson. “Legacy is all about the views,” said Hanson, and the views, as you can see in the above shots by Michael Kardas, were stunning.   The sales pace was also stunning ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 11, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Night and day at Helmut Jahn’s 600 North Fairbanks

View from 600 North Fairbanks

Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin recently visited 600 North Fairbanks in Streeterville for a tour of a 40th floor southwest corner condo. The unit is scheduled to hit the market shortly, and will reportedly be listed at $1,575,000 with Prudential Rubloff’s Francesca Rose. Rodkin toured the unit in the evening, and the night views of the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 20, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Would you live with 90s décor at the right price?

Dennis Rodkin video

Listening to Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin walk through a 2-flat at 1119 W Schubert, you might conclude that buying it as-is and living with 1990s-vintage décor would be akin to living in North Korea. Rodkin notes the home shape’s similarity to a milk carton, and suggests that some of its contents have expired. He shudders ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 23, 2013
News & trendsArchitecture & design

Tour nine modern homes in Chicago and suburbs this Saturday

Rodkin video

The modern home tour showcases the interiors and exteriors of seven Chicago homes and one each in Inverness and Hinsdale. The homes will be open this Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the tour. A promotional code available at Modern Chicago ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 19, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

Are high-end Lincoln Park homes in high demand?

1703 N Dayton Chicago

I stopped by the Ranch Triangle neighborhood in Lincoln Park on Wednesday to photograph 1703 N Dayton in preparation for a blog post. The home is currently listed for sale at $4.5 million. We’d previously written about the site three years ago when it was in foreclosure, along with other properties by developer Seth Harris. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 1, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A fresh look at a duplex riverfront penthouse

445 E North Water video

Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin’s most recent video tour focuses on a two-story penthouse on the Chicago River. The home boasts dramatic views from its sprawling outdoor terraces. The penthouse, which is currently on the market for $3.35 million, was acquired a little over a year ago by a retired Microsoft executive for $2.85 million. We ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 30, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Dennis Rodkin sees the light in the South Loop

South Loop loft

The latest Deal Estate column video features Dennis Rodkin’s take on a South Loop loft that we visited last December. We focused on the loft’s character while Rodkin was taken with the amount of light that enters it. Dennis’ video tours have previously followed YoChicago to a David Adler home in Lake Forest, a new ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 19, 2012
North ShoreKenilworth

Is Kenilworth the 5-year home value champ?

Kenilworth video

Chicago Magazine’s April issue hits the stands this week, and one of its features is a series of charts on how home values have performed between 2006 and 2011 in Chicago’s neighborhoods and suburbs. Only one suburb, according to data supplied to Chicago Magazine by the local MLS, saw an increase in home values between ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 15, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

Mrs O’Neill’s home in DePaul is for sale

Dennis Rodkin recently visited a Victorian home on the 2000 block of Seminary, in Lincoln Park‘s DePaul neighborhood, and recounted some of its early and more recent history: Built in 1861 as the farmhouse for a truck farm that delivered its produce into Chicago, the house still has several of its original elements. The ornate ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 3, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

Two video tours of a new Lake View home

1528 Wolfram Chicago

It doesn’t happen often, but on occasion Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin does a video tour of home that I’ve already shot video at. Rodkin’s tour of a newly-built home at 1529 W Wolfram was just posted online. It’s embedded above, and you can read more about the home at his Deal Estate column. The home ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 12, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Video tours of Playboy Mansion condos

Playboy Mansion Chicago

Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin takes you inside the largest unit at the Playboy Mansion, 1340 N State Pkwy, in the above video. The 7,874 square foot 4-bedroom, 5-bath Gold Coast condo is listed for sale at $5.8M. Head over to Deal Estate for more of the details. You can tour another unit in the building ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 15, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

When Bob’s cat catapulted from Marina City

Dennis Rodkin video

In Steve McQueen’s The Hunter there’s a famous scene where a car hurtles off Marina City’s parking ramp into the Chicago River. Dennis Rodkin’s video tour, above, of three units combined into one at Marina City, includes a clip from the film. Allstate restaged the car-into-the-river scene for a 2006 commercial. When I see either ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 28, 2011
ChicagoSouth Side

Chicago Magazine and YoChicago, in the vicinity of Canal and Archer

2310 S Canal video

At the opening of his video tour of an Armour Square / Chinatown loft Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin noted that, on the very cloudy day of his visit “you can’t see all the details of the view this condo has …” The condo has, according to Rodkin, a “great location” with “the city right there ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 27, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Rodkin going solo in home tour videos

Field Mansion video

Chicago Magazine’s Dennis Rodkin is changing the format of his informative video tours. Going forward you’ll be seeing mostly or exclusively Rodkin in the videos, unaccompanied by the real estate agents and owners who’ve been a prominent part of his previous tours. Rodkin’s most recent video, with the property owner, showcases a unit at the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 16, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A video tour of a handmade home at Carl Street Studios

Carl Street Studios video

Time Magazine aptly referred to artist and artisan Edgar Miller‘s work as the “handmade home.” When Unit 15 at Old Town‘s Carl Street Studios, 155 W Burton Pl, first came on the market several months ago we wrote that the world of Edgar Miller is one that “some find overwhelmingly attractive – and makes others ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 6, 2011