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Available MLS-listed downtown rentals at 6-month low

Aerial view Chicago Loop

Just over 1,000 homes and condos were listed as available for rent yesterday in the 14 downtown ZIP Codes that we track. The 1,008 listings were the lowest number we’ve seen in more than 6 months. Available units in South Loop ZIP Code 60605 dropped from 130 early last October to 87 yesterday, a one-third ...

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

Spacious three-bedrooms for rent at Chestnut Tower

Chestnut Tower

Two high-floor 3-bedroom, 3-bath homes will be available in June at Chestnut Tower, 121 W Chestnut St. The unusually spacious homes span 1,920 square feet and have hardwood floors, in-unit washer / dryers and renovated kitchens and baths. Kitchens open to a large living / dining area with two walls of windows. Rent for the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 17, 2014
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Lennar acquires West Loop site for new apartments

Taxman Gateway proposal

It was exactly four years ago today that we first wrote about about Taxman Corporation’s Gateway development plan.   The project, at the southeast corner of Madison and Green, has been scaled back several times since the original rendering, above. Chicago Real Estate Daily reported yesterday that a Lennar Corp affiliate has acquired the site. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 15, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Does OneEleven have downtown Chicago’s worst two-bedroom floor plan?

OneEleven, Chicago

Related Midwest’s newest apartment tower, OneEleven at 111 W Wacker Dr, has a great location that will serve up glorious views along the Chicago River from north-facing units. The building began its life as Waterview Tower. It was originally slated to rise 90 stories and include 233 condominiums and a Shangri-La Hotel on the 12th ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 14, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A birthday and a bridge at K2 luxury apartments

Steve and Randy Fifield

On Thursday evening, April 10, a crowd of people who built K2 and who live in it gathered to celebrate the anniversary of the luxury apartment building’s opening. The event was also the occasion for the ribbon-cutting for the new bridge that connects K2′s luxury apartments directly to the adjacent Jewel-Osco supermarket and pharmacy, Radio ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 14, 2014
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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

K2 luxury apartments hosts an Ask the Vet event

K2 pooch

YoChicago singled out K2 Apartments, 365 N Halsted, as the pet-friendliest apartments in the West Loop / Fulton River District. K2 has the city’s largest dog run immediately adjacent to the building, has pet treats and handouts in the leasing office and lobby, and sponsors a variety of events throughout the year to bring pet ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 9, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Does Chicagoland Property Group’s Collin Walker deliberately lie on Craigslist?

1225 screen cap

After having looked at many of Collin Walker’s repetitive ads at Craigslist, my considered opinion is that his ads often contain deliberate lies. We posted on what we deemed a Walker lie yesterday, and here’s another … Walker had seven ads active on Craigslist yesterday for “beautiful new” and “beautifully updated” Lincoln Park and Old ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 8, 2014
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Basecamp River North is selling quickly pre-construction

Basecamp River North rendering

Thirty-two of the 47 rowhomes at Basecamp River North are under contract before construction has begun. The remaining 3-bedroom, 3-bath homes boast high-style architecture, two-car attached garages and roof decks with dramatic views of the River North and downtown skyline. The homes are pre-construction priced from the mid-$500s, with occupancy anticipated in the late summer ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 8, 2014
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River North apartment shootout – Chicagoland Property Group vs YoChicago

View of River North

We like to think that YoChicago is Chicago’s best free rental service. We’re an objective, visually rich website with comprehensive apartment reviews, all-inclusive at-a-glance lists, neighborhood maps and guides, narrated video tours, original aerial photography and a great deal more. One of our goals is to help renters understand what to expect from Chicago’s rental ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 7, 2014
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A late Saturday look at near-Loop construction sites

Mod

I was at K2 Apartments late Saturday afternoon for a video shoot and wandered around the area for a look at some of the construction sites. Can you spot the soon-to-open Catalyst apartment tower in the above shot from K2? Looking east toward The Madison, 1212 W Madison, with Mod just west of it and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 7, 2014
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A new River North apartment tower proposal

720 N LaSalle

Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily is reporting is reporting that a venture of Magellan Development and Mac Management is requesting a zoning change for the site at 720 N LaSalle currently occupied by a Howard Johnson motel. The proposed development is a 298-unit apartment tower designed by bKL Architecture. Crain’s also reported that a previously-announced ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 3, 2014
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River North – A list of available apartments and current rents

Whole Foods samplers

If you’re looking to rent an apartment in River North, you can see all of your managed apartment building options on YoChicago’s availability list, below. You can learn more about the buildings and their location in our detailed reviews, and see our take on the best River North buildings on 18 different criteria. We’ve listed ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 2, 2014
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First two phases of Basecamp River North sell out

Basecamp River North rendering

Just over a month ago we reported that the 47-unit Basecamp River North was 40% sold prior to breaking ground. As of yesterday all of the 32 townhomes in Phase I and II of the development were under contract. All of the two- and three-story homes will have sleek contemporary interiors, private outdoor space, 2-car ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 1, 2014
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The South Loop’s most affordable luxury apartments

Chicago skyline

The luxury apartments at Park Michigan, 1212 S Michigan, were ranked among the South Loop’s best by YoChicago in six separate categories. The only category that matters to renters is affordability, and Park Michigan was the clear winner in that category. Park Michigan has a stellar location across from Grant Park, conveniently close to public ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 31, 2014
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Chicago apartments sell at record per-unit price

Walton on the Park

Chicago Real Estate Daily reported last Friday that Crescent Heights has acquired 161 apartments that had been rented in the 201-unit Walton on the Park condominium building, 2 W Delaware. The reported sales price of “about $160 million” included commercial space, parking and a parcel north of the building currently zoned for 261 units. That ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 31, 2014
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This week’s new West Loop apartment proposal

Aerial view of Halsted / Lake

It’s not quite a weekly occurrence, but you can be excused for feeling that each week brings the announcement of a new West Loop apartment development. Two weeks ago we wrote about a proposal to build 131 apartments on a site currently occupied by Carmichael’s Steak House. Last week the Chicago Architecture Blog revealed plans ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 28, 2014
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Astoria Tower, your best South Loop apartment choice

Astoria Tower

YoChicago recently ranked Astoria Tower, 8 E 9th St, among the South Loop’s best apartments in six distinct categories: Public transit access, Proximity to parks, Apartment finishes and features, Private outdoor space, and One-bedroom and Two-bedroom floor plans. If an indoor pool is on your must-have list, Astoria Tower wins by default: it’s the only ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 28, 2014
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A video tour of spacious Streeterville apartments

420 E Ohio

420 East Ohio is a 40-story, 263-unit full-amenity apartment tower in Streeterville. The location is a few minutes’ walk from parks, beaches, hospitals, and a wide array of dining, nightlife and shopping options. The apartments are larger than what you’ll find in newer buildings in the neighborhood and range in size from studios to 3-bedroom, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 27, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Apartments within walking distance of Twitter

Echelon image

Crain’s Chicago Business recently reported that Twitter, which has been growing its Chicago operations, plans to move its offices to River Center, 111 N Canal in the West Loop. Twitter employees who want to rent in a walk-to-work location will have a number of options near their new offices. If they’re looking for a full-amenity ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 24, 2014