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The window of opportunity at 1345 Wabash condos

1345 S Wabash

The construction elevator will be coming down soon and all of the windows will be in place at 1345 Wabash, the first new condo high-rise built in downtown Chicago in years. The closing-in of the building signals a closing window of opportunity for home buyers to lock in the most desirable units at currently attractive ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 29, 2015
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The dense dining and drinking scene near K2 apartments

K2

Head a few blocks in any direction from K2, the new luxury apartment tower at 365 N Halsted St, and you’re surrounded by some of Chicago’s best dining, drinking and grocery options. The Randolph Street, West Loop and Greektown dining corridors are just to the south, along with a new crowd-pleasing Mariano’s and a soon-to-open ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 29, 2015
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Enjoy the spectacular views from Echelon Apartments

Echelon view

Echelon‘s hyper-convenient location in the Fulton River District makes it unlikely that residents of the luxury apartment tower will ever experience cabin fever. On the rare winter day when the weather makes it painful even to walk across the street to the Jewel-Osco, Echelon residents can sit back and enjoy the spectacular views from their ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 28, 2015
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Tour a furnished 3-bedroom model at 1225 Old Town

1225 Old Town

Three-bedroom, 2-bath apartments are scarce in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, but a furnished model is currently available for viewing at 1225 Old Town, a new boutique high-rise on Wells Street. Rooftop pools and upscale in-building grocery stores are even scarcer – there’s actually only one of each, and they’re both at 1225 Old Town. Plum ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 28, 2015
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Jeff Jack model apartments open in the West Loop

Jeff Jack

The leasing office and four furnished models opened yesterday at Jeff Jack, a new West Loop apartment tower that’s been drawing a lot of interest at YoChicago. I stopped in for a brief look. The high ceilings and windows in the lobby, and the muted tones of the furnishings, pay homage to the varied styles ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 27, 2015
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A look inside the West Loop’s new Circa 922

Circa 922

I stopped by yesterday for a brief look inside Circa 922, a new 104-unit, 11-story luxury boutique apartment building at 922 W Washington in the West Loop. The whimsical sculpture in the elevator lobby is a subtle reminder of the West Loop’s industrial and warehousing past. Most of Circa 922′s amenities are on the first ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 27, 2015
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Are these Chicago’s tallest fire escapes?

Lawson YMCA

The 24-story Lawson YMCA on Chicago Ave is 262 feet high at the roof line, according to the Emporis database. The three exterior fire escapes on the north side of the building are the tallest I can recall seeing in Chicago. Are there any taller ones in Chicago, or were there at one time?

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 26, 2015
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Sunny Streeterville 2-bedrooms with great day and night views

Atwater view

Atwater, a luxury tower at 355 E Ohio St in Streeterville currently has sunny southeast corner 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments available for mid-February and mid-March occupancy at $3,102 to $3,262 a month. The apartments span 1,222 square feet and serve up spectacular day and night vistas from floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies. The open plan kitchen ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 23, 2015
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First residents move in at West Loop’s Circa 922

Circa 922

Circa 922, a new apartment tower at 922 W Washington in the West Loop, marked a few milestones late last week. The first-floor amenities opened for use, the leasing office moved on-site and and the first residents moved in to their new homes. Circa 922 is a full-amenity, pet-friendly, smoke-free community with everything you’ve been ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 23, 2015
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Kingsbury Plaza’s fabulous two-bedroom apartments

Kingsbury Plaza

Kingsbury Plaza‘s riverfront location in River North affords residents great views in every direction, but one of the most sought-after views is of the skyline to the east. The fabulous two-bedroom apartments at Kingsbury Plaza have two ways to enjoy the skyline view: a curving wall of floor-to-ceiling windows and a private sheltered balcony. Kingsbury ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 23, 2015
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A first look at the new Chestnut Place apartments

Chestnut Place

The 30-story Chestnut Place apartment tower at 850 N State in the Gold Coast / River North neighborhood changed ownership recently. The apartments, amenities and ground-level retail space are undergoing a complete makeover, and I stopped in earlier today for a look at one of the new apartments. The 1-bedroom I visited had wood-look floors ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 22, 2015
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An updated look at the 545 North McClurg apartment site

545 N McClurg Ct

When I last looked down on construction at 545 N McClurg Ct in Streeterville, two months ago, work was continuing on the building’s foundation. The tower crane has since been erected, and the building’s service core is just beginning to rise above ground. Dozens of workers from various trades were on-site yesterday building concrete forms, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 22, 2015
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The enduring appeal of living in Old Town

Old Town

Old Town was the neighborhood of choice in the 60s and 70s when the north side of Chicago began its decades-long and continuing revitalization. Throughout the years it remained the neighborhood of choice for Chicagoans who wanted to live in a lively, low-density, pedestrian-friendly, architecturally diverse environment close to one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, bars, parks, Oak ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 22, 2015
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New South Loop condos target spring occupancy

1345 Wabash

Chicago’s real estate recovery will reach a milestone this spring when residents begin moving into 1345 Wabash, the first new condo high-rise in years. Some of the buyers at 1345 Wabash have architecture and style as their highest priority. Some have been attracted by the South Loop location’s vitality and convenience. Some have been swayed ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 22, 2015
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A Monday visit to the Wolf Point apartment site

Wolf Point

The 20th floor of Wolf Point was under construction when I visited on Monday, putting the building near the halfway point toward its full 48-story height. The 510-unit luxury apartment tower is targeting first occupancies for late this year and, at last report, planned to begin pre-leasing in the spring. When the weather improves, I’ll ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 21, 2015
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A rarely available furnished Gold Coast apartment

1133 Dearborn

It’s not often that you’ll find a furnished apartment in a true Gold Coast location. Unit 1402 at 1133 North Dearborn, for example, is available for the first time in two years. The one-bedroom apartment is furnished with everything you need to move in, and boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, a private balcony and great views. The ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 21, 2015
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Early move-ins at Jones Chicago renting sight-unseen

Jones Chicago

The first residents have moved into Jones Chicago, a 25-story, 188-unit apartment tower at 220 W Illinois St in River North. A number of the new residents reportedly relocated from out-of-state and rented their apartments sight-unseen. Almost exactly a year ago we reported on a growing trend of out-of-towners renting at the new K2 apartment ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 20, 2015
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Foundation work underway on new South Loop apartments

1001 S State

Site clearance had just begun at the time of our last visit to 1001 S State in the South Loop. There were three drilling rigs on site yesterday, along with lots of steel tubing and rebar, and lots of activity despite the holiday. A joint venture of Golub & Co and CIM Group is the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 20, 2015
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Free rent on River North penthouses

Chestnut Tower

Chestnut Tower currently has immediate occupancy available on a top-floor 870 square foot 1-bedroom apartment that’s been recently renovated. The unit has unobstructed views to the north and west and rents for $2,525. A 34th floor 3-bedroom, 3-bath is also currently available for $5,225, and includes a free parking space in the on-site garage. The ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 20, 2015
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The burgeoning burger scene near Park Michigan apartments

Five Guys

There are already half a dozen places to grab a hamburger within about a block of the South Loop‘s Park Michigan apartments. The options include, in alphabetical order, Artists Café. Eleven City Diner, Five Guys, The Scout, Urban Counter and Wabash Tap. Chicago Magazine is reporting that the popular Burger Bar will open on Thursday, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 20, 2015