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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
ChicagoNorth Side

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
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Why the South Loop is a great place to call home

Museum Park

Coldwell Banker’s Nadine Ferrata has lived in the South Loop for more than 20 years and loves calling it her home. The South Loop has a wide variety of restaurants and nightlife, many grocery shopping options, excellent public transportation, good school options and some of the best public park access in the city. The South ...

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

Scenes from the unveiling party at Hubbard Place apartments

Hubbard Place party

On Thursday July 10, Hubbard Place, a new luxury apartment tower in River North, teamed up with CS Modern Luxury magazine to host a party unveiling the building’s lavish pool deck. Hundreds of people attended on a beautiful evening to meet their fellow residents and enjoy the music and refreshments, with views of Chicago’s skyline ...

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

From the vault – a Roosevelt Collection high-rise

Roosevelt Collection

It was nearly eight years ago when Centrum Properties began leasing retail space for the as yet unbuilt Roosevelt Collection site in the South Loop. An early rendering, above, showed the retail, the proposed loft condos and a high-rise to their north. The high-rise was included in a scale model of the development when we ...

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

Catalyst 50% leased with no free rent concessions

Catalyst

Yesterday evening I met a member of the leasing staff at Catalyst who told me that move-ins at the new West Loop building have begun and 50% of the units have been leased. Unlike a number of other new high-rises, Catalyst did not offer any free rent concessions. The 19-story, 223-unit building has a mix ...

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

New River North apartment tower tops out

220 W Illinois

The shot at the left was taken mid-afternoon yesterday and the one on the right late in the evening. The different light conditions make the building appear strikingly different in color. The 26-story, 188 unit apartment tower under construction at 212-228 W Illinois in River North has reached its full height and is on target ...

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

High-floor three-bedroom apartments in Streeterville

Streeter Place

Streeter Place, 355 E Ohio St in Streeterville, has two 3-bedroom, 2-bath apartments available for August and September occupancy. Rent for the 48th and 49th floor homes starts at $5,000 a month. Three-bedroom apartments in full-amenity buildings are very scarce at this rent level in Streeterville. The apartments span more than 1,800 square feet and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 10, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New models and a building makeover at Millennium Park Plaza

Millennium Park Plaza

If you’ve ventured south of the river along Michigan Avenue recently you’ve noticed that Millennium Park Plaza, at the corner of Randolph and Michigan, has been undergoing an extensive makeover of the commercial space fronting Michigan. Protein Bar, David’s Tea, Lids and a second floor bar and restaurant will be opening soon. The residential areas ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 9, 2014