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Park Michigan Apartments adds dining options

Park Michigan

The South Loop merits more attention than it gets as a destination dining venue, but there’s a growing awareness of its many attractions. Park Michigan Apartments, 1212 S Michigan Ave, has an almost ideal location for those who value walk-to access to scores of dining and drinking establishments. There’s a stunning selection of cuisines and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 30, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A South Loop Loft in a hyper-convenient location

1307 Wabash 304

The Film Exchange Lofts at 1307 S Wabash in the South Loop has Zapatista restaurant in the building, The Scout and Asian Outpost on either side of it, and Gioco and Flo and Santo across the street. And that’s only a few of the more than 50 bars and restaurants within a short walk of ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 30, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Is a South Loop rental bubble in the cards?

River City

When the condo market hit the skids in the latter part of the last decade the South Loop was one of the neighborhoods with the greatest imbalance between supply and demand. It took years to work off the excess inventory, some of which is still on the market in developments that were taken over by ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 29, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Tour a model apartment at Hubbard Place in River North

Hubbard Place apartment

Hubbard Place, 360 W Hubbard in River North, is a new, luxury, full-amenity high-rise directly across from the East Bank Club and a short walk from the Merchandise Mart. Hubbard Place apartments are spacious and have well-designed, efficient floor plans that take maximum advantage of the space. Floor-to-ceiling windows open onto expansive views and expand ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 29, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A townhome with views across from the East Bank Club

438 N Canal

Kinzie Park is a gated community on the west bank of the Chicago River opposite the East Bank Club. Kinzie Park’s amenities include a private riverwalk, a gym, a pool, security and package and receiving service. The 2-bedroom, 2 ½ bath Kinzie Park townhome at 438 N Canal has recently been listed for sale at ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 28, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

West Loop affordable apartments topped out, closing in

727 W Lake

The 10-story, 61-unit apartment building at 727 W Lake St in the West Loop is topped out and in the process of being closed in. According to the developer, Interfaith Housing Development Corporation, all of the apartments will be rented to residents who earn at or below 50% of the area median income (AMI) and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 25, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

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
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Deal of the day – newly-renovated 3-bedrooms at Chestnut Tower

Chestnut Tower

Newly-renovated high-floor 3-bedroom, 3-bath homes are available at Chestnut Tower, 121 W Chestnut St. Unit 3106 is available immediately and rents for $4,995 per month. Unit 3406 will be ready for move-in on August 6 at a monthly rental of $5,150. “We’re not likely to have additional 3-bedrooms available until next spring,” reports property manager ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 24, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Food options proliferate near new 1345 Wabash condos

Trader Joe's South Loop

Residents at the new condos currently under construction at 1345 Wabash in the South Loop will find a dizzying array of food shopping and dining options nearby – just part of the location’s allure as one of the most convenient and vibrant in Chicago. Jewel-Osco and Trader Joe’s are a block north at Roosevelt Rd. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 24, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Tour the over-the-top amenities at Hubbard Place in River North

Hubbard Place

Hubbard Place, a new 43-story, 450-unit apartment tower in River North, offers a lavish array of social spaces where its residents can meet each other or enjoy a quiet moment. A spacious, richly-landscaped deck hosts a pool with cabanas, BBQ grills, and a variety of “living room” areas for more intimate social gatherings. The deck ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 23, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Smaller buildings renting rapidly in West Loop

20-22 N Aberdeen

A number of smaller new West Loop apartment buildings built by Michigan Avenue Real Estate Group have leased up rapidly, at rents comparable to those charged at full-amenity towers in the neighborhood. All of the 54 new apartments at 20 – 22 N Aberdeen, which became available for occupancy beginning July 1, have been rented. ...

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

Two new West Loop apartment buildings near completion

Circa 922

The Madison, a 216-unit apartment midrise at 1212 W Madison, is almost entirely closed in. The building’s website has floor plans and rents available, and appears to be offering immediate occupancy, although the building doesn’t appear to ready for occupancy. Circa 922, 922 W Washington, is topped out at 11 stories. The building’s website is ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 22, 2014
Downtown / LoopTips & adviceRenting

Should renters claim the broker bonus at 73 East Lake?

73 East Lake Chicago

Not all Chicago landlords cooperate with rental service brokers, but the ones that do typically pay a commission equal to a month’s rent. Several of the newer buildings have rented up successfully while paying rental services a flat fee per unit that’s well under a month’s rent. The new Loop apartment tower at 73 East ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 21, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The scary swift service at K2 luxury apartments

Juan and Rafael at K2

K2 is a new luxury apartment tower in the Fulton River District. K2 has a stellar location, a full suite of amenities that includes a pool deck with skyline views, a fitness center, a basketball court / yoga studio, resident lounge and party rooms, a business center, a theater and the city’s largest dog run. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 21, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

See Chris Kennedy’s remarks at the Wolf Point groundbreaking

Chris Kennedy

Construction has been underway for months on a 509-unit, 48-story apartment tower at Wolf Point, the iconic site where the Chicago River forks to the north and south. It’s typical for an official groundbreaking ceremony to occur well after the actual groundbreaking that marks the start of construction. On Friday, July 18, 100s of people ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 18, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Trib surfaces first rendering of Stern tower

Stern rendering

The Chicago Tribune reported late yesterday that a 67-story, 500 unit apartment and condo tower has been proposed for a site at 451 E Grand Ave in Streeterville. The site is immediately west of the new 500 Lake Shore Drive. The tower, designed by architect Robert A.M. Stern, would include 400 apartment units and 100 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 18, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

View the Taste of River North from K2 Apartments

Ward Park

K2 Apartments has a gateway location in the Fulton River District that affords its residents quick access to the bars, restaurants, nightlife and other attractions in the adjacent West Loop, River West and River North neighborhoods. One of the advantages of K2′s location is that summer becomes a months-long festival of nearby neighborhood events. On ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 18, 2014
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Rent an apartment and donate to the Lakeview Pantry

Lakeview Pantry

You need a new apartment, and many Chicago residents need help with food, especially in the summer months when children are out of school. When you become a new resident at one of Planned Property‘s apartments this July and August, Planned will donate a portion of your rent to the Lakeview Pantry to help meet ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 18, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Night views from Streeter Place, and Navy Pier fireworks

View from Streeter Place

I arrived on the 55th floor roof of Streeter Place, 355 E Ohio, just after sunset yesterday evening. The timing allowed me to sample the views before the Navy Pier fireworks began at 9:30. The roof configuration didn’t offer a direct view south. Night shots show off my limitations as a photographer – and my ...

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

1345 Wabash condos have a focus on design

1345 S Wabash

A focus on design is nothing new for the CMK Companies. CMK has a history of creating architecturally distinctive high-rises that are, according to NewCity Design, “a relief from the so-so-ness of neighboring condo buildings.” At 1345 Wabash in the South Loop CMK has once again teamed up with Brininstool + Lynch, an architecture firm ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 16, 2014