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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
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Will the new West Loop Mariano’s raise nearby condo prices?

West Loop Mariano's

Within the past week two of Chicago’s more successful Realtors, both Prudential Rubloff agents, called my attention to the new West Loop Mariano’s. Christine Hancock, who lives in the West Loop, suggested a need for “a twelve-step program to overcome” her developing addiction to Mariano’s. Francesca Rose emailed that she found herself eating regularly at ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 20, 2012

Down payment grants available for Chicago, select suburbs

Cicero IL

CityLIFT is a program sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank that provides up to $15,000 in down payment grant funds to qualified home buyers for the purchase of a home in selected suburbs and Chicago. The current round of the program is making $8 million available to buyers in households that earn no more than 120% ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 4, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Half-million price drop on a riverfront townhome

Streeterville townhome video

When the weather’s as gorgeous as it’s been you’ll want to start your home tours up on the roof, especially if the roof directly overlooks the Chicago River in Streeterville. If there’s a better townhome roof deck than the one at 439 E North Water St, I haven’t seen it, and I doubt that one ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 21, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

600 North Fairbanks votes to cap rentals

600 North Fairbanks video

A reliable tipster just informed me that the condo association at 600 North Fairbanks has voted to restrict rentals to 27% of the units, with a 3% hardship allowance, and grandfathering rights. A while back I toured the amenities floor and roof deck at the Streeterville project with Prudential Rubloff’s Francesca Rose. Check out the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 25, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Walking Lake Shore Drive: Francesca and Joe on 600 Lake Shore

Video: Walking Lake Shore Drive, 600 North LSD

The two towers of 600 Lake Shore Drive are among Francesca Rose‘s favorite new buildings. The towers are considered by many to be some of the best work of the prolific architectural firm of Pappageorge / Haymes. In this video from their walk down Lake Shore Drive earlier this summer, Francesca and Joe Zekas talk ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on October 5, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Walking Lake Shore Drive: Joe and Francesca on 680 Lake Shore

680 Lake Shore Drive was formerly the American Furniture Mart, and had an address of 666 N Lake Shore Dr. After the building’s conversion to a mixed-used condo development, the address was changed at the behest of the Playboy Company as a condition of its moving into the building. In this video, Joe Zekas and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 2, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Walking the drive with Francesca: 850 LSD, 840 LSD, and Lake Shore Park

The only rental building Joe Zekas and Realtor Francesca Rose passed during their walk down Lake Shore Drive earlier this summer was the luxury senior-living complex seen in the video above, located in the old Lake Shore Athletic Club building at 850 N Lake Shore Dr. In the segment below, Joe and Francesca discuss the ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 18, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Walking the Drive: Mies' four black boxes

In this segment from their Lake Shore Drive walk, Joe Zekas and Francesca Rose look at the Mies van der Rohe-designed co-ops at 860-880 N Lake Shore Dr and the Esplanade Apartments condominium towers at 900-910 N Lake Shore Dr. Along with the 5,000 square-foot triple-combo unit Francesca mentions in this video, homes currently listed ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on July 13, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Around the bend at 999 North Lake Shore Drive

At the eastern end of East Lake Shore Drive, where the road curves back to the south and becomes North Lake Shore Drive once more, is 999 North Lake Shore Drive, a vintage, 12-unit co-op designed by Marshall and Fox. Completed in 1912, 999 was the first building on the landmarked block of East Lake ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on June 28, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Co-op homes with direct elevator access at 219 East Lake Shore

Today’s segment from Joe Zekas and Francesca Rose‘s Lake Shore Drive walk showcases 219 East Lake Shore, a vintage co-op designed by Fugard & Knapp. 219 is one of only eight buildings on the landmarked, architecturally cohesive block of East Lake Shore Drive, and is noteworthy for featuring elevators that open directly into its units. ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on June 16, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The Mayfair, East Lake Shore Drive's only condo building

The Mayfair, 189 E Lake Shore Dr, is the only condo building on the highly prized, architecturally cohesive stretch of East Lake Shore Drive. The other landmarked buildings are held in cooperative ownership. In this video, Joe Zekas and Francesca Rose stop in front of The Mayfair to discuss its homes, before moving on to ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on June 10, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

All about the Drake Tower on "Co-op Row"

The first place Joe Zekas and Francesca Rose profiled on their walk down Lake Shore Drive was the Drake Tower, one of the most sought-after buildings along East Lake Shore Drive’s “Co-op Row.” The tower, located at 179 E Lake Shore Dr, has full access to the services of the adjacent Drake Hotel. It’s instantly ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on June 7, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

From the Drake to the river: a walk down Lake Shore Drive

This weekend Joe Zekas and Prudential Rubloff agent Francesca Rose went on a long stroll down Lake Shore Drive, starting from the intersection of Lake Shore and Michigan Avenue and making their way all the way around to the Chicago River. The duo set the scene here with talk of Gucci, Chanel, high tea at ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on June 2, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Homes with history in the "new" Playboy building

Our Streeterville correspondent Francesca Rose checked in yesterday with a post topic in mind: the 84-year-old high-rise at 680 N Lake Shore Dr. This building has such a fascinating history, and has one of the most extraordinary roofs in Streeterville – a blue pyramid which is stunning against the lake’s backdrop. Originally, it was the ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on May 13, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Three bedrooms and great city views from a 990 Lake Shore Drive condo

Last month we took you to the top of 990 Lake Shore Drive — now go inside the tower to get a closer look at one of its homes. Joe Zekas and Prudential Rubloff agent Francesca Rose in April toured a three-bedroom / 2.5-bath home that Francesca has since listed for $849,000. The condo’s position ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 5, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Staging the master bedroom

Last November, our Streeterville expert Francesca Rose went on camera with Kim Baker and Karen Fike of Chicago Home Staging at ParkView condo to talk about the importance of properly preparing a home for touring. This segment from their discussion focuses on the furnishings and accent colors Baker and Fike used to spruce up the ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 6, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Following Francesca: Streeterville's best bites

You can learn a lot about a neighborhood by visiting its restaurants. Francesca Rose, a Streeterville expert and a real estate agent at Prudential Rubloff, talked to Joe Zekas last fall about some of her favorite places to eat in Streeterville, including the best places to fill up before a morning open house .

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Posted by sponsored post on March 9, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

On Michigan Avenue, at the Hancock

Joe Zekas found himself with some time to kill prior to his Streeterville tour with Prudential Rubloff agent Francesca Rose last September, so he trained his camera on the towers, churches, and storefronts near the John Hancock Center. Take a trip back to warmer times with this short walk around Michigan Avenue.

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Posted by sponsored post on February 4, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Bidding adieu to Kahlu

If you prize your pet, don’t let Zekas shoot your dog. Our condolences go out to Prudential Rubloff agent Francesca Rose, who recently lost her best bud and traveling companion, Kahlu. Joe Zekas met the furry Frisbee champ last fall during a tour of Streeterville — the old pup had lost his hearing but still ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on January 29, 2010