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Elm Street Plaza apartments, 1130 N Dearborn St, Gold Coast

1130 North Dearborn

Elm Street Plaza is a 33-story, 396-unit, full-amenity apartment tower in the Gold Coast. The building was completed in 1976. The masonry-clad structure has 240 parking spaces. It was originally financed in part by the Illinois Housing Development Authority and includes a number of subsidized units. Habitat Company was the developer, Gordon & Levin the ...

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

Columbus Plaza apartments, 233 E Wacker Dr, New East Side

Columbus Plaza

Columbus Plaza is a 48-story, 533-unit apartment tower in Chicago’s New East Side neighborhood. Occupancy at the property began in 1980. The Habitat Company was the developer, McHugh Construction was the general contractor and Fujikawa Conterto Lohan & Associates was the architecture firm for the project. The apartments Columbus Plaza offers studio, convertible, 1- and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 8, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Asbury Plaza apartments, 750 N Dearborn St, River North

Asbury Plaza

Asbury Plaza, 750 N Dearborn St, is a 33-story, 384-unit apartment tower in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Asbury Plaza was completed in 1981. It was only the second rental high-rise ever built in River North, a neighborhood that was then far from achieving its current popularity. The first rental building, River Plaza, is now a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 14, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Kingsbury Plaza apartments, 520 N Kingsbury St, River North

Kingsbury Plaza

Kingsbury Plaza is a 43-story, 420-unit apartment tower at 520 N Kingsbury St in River North. The property, which was completed in 2007, is adjacent to the East Bank Club. It’s one of the first and last buildings to strike commuters’ attention as they enter or exit Chicago via the Kennedy Expressway. The Habitat Company ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 8, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

420 East Ohio apartments, 420 E Ohio St, Streeterville

420 East Ohio

420 East Ohio is a 40-story, 263-unit full-amenity apartment tower at 420 E Ohio St in Streeterville. It was completed in 1990 and was one of the first rental buildings to offer in-unit washer / dryers. Dirk Lohan of Lohan Associates, now known as Lohan Anderson, was the architect for the building. Lohan was Mies ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 2, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Axis apartments, 441 E Erie St, Streeterville

Onterie Center

Axis, formerly known as Onterie Center, is a 60-story, 615-unit full-amenity apartment tower at 441 E Erie St in Streeterville. The building’s name is derived from the streets it fronts: Ontario and Erie. Axis was completed in 1986. It’s visually distinguished by its diagonal cross-bracing, which was translated from the steel of the Hancock Center ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 2, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Lake Shore Plaza apartments, 445 E Ohio St, Streeterville

445 E Ohio

Lake Shore Plaza is a 38-story, 567-unit full-amenity apartment tower at 445 E Ohio St in Streeterville. It was completed in 1986. George Schipporeit, better known as the co-designer of Lake Point Tower, was the architect. Early in his career he worked in the office of Mies van der Rohe. The Miesian influence is evident ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 1, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Cityfront Place apartments, 400 N McClurg Ct, Streeterville

Cityfront Place

Cityfront Place, 400 N McClurg Court, is a 39-story, 480-unit apartment tower that was completed in 1991. It’s located on the north side of the Chicago River in Streeterville. The development originally included two 12-story mid-rise buildings that have since converted to condos. The Habitat Company was the developer of Cityfront Place, Gelick Foran & ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 30, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Video – Kingsbury Plaza amenities surpass expectations

Kingsbury Plaza

The private amenities level at Kingsbury Plaza has a number of surprises, the biggest of which is an expansive and lush lawn bordered by seasonal plantings, dotted by tree-shaded areas, hosting grills and a latticed trellis. It’s an amazing environment in River North, a neighborhood where green space is precious and scarce. The lawn is ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 25, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The latest Habitat plaza, and a bath with a skyline view

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Quite a few of The Habitat Company‘s apartment buildings included “plaza” in their name: Newberry Plaza, Asbury Plaza, River Plaza, Elm Street Plaza, Columbus Plaza, Huron Plaza, West Point Plaza, Kenmore Plaza and Kingsbury Plaza. Habitat’s newest offering, Hubbard Place, departs from that naming scheme but includes a plaza that’s seems destined to become a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 18, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The greenest green roof in Chicago

Kingsbury Plaza

I may spend more time on more Chicago rooftops than anyone who isn’t in the roofing business. The reason is simple: I love being on rooftops, and seeing Chicago from rooftops. My roof romance recently took me to the 8th floor amenities deck atop the garage at Kingsbury Plaza, a luxury apartment tower at 520 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 11, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Pension fund takes stake in Kingsbury Plaza; improvements slated

Kingsbury Plaza

Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily reports that the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System has acquired a majority interest in Kingsbury Plaza, 520 N Kingsbury in River North. The Habitat Company, which developed the building, retained a minority stake in the building and will continue to manage it. In an indication of how competitive the downtown apartment ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 5, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

500 North Lake Shore Drive, Streeterville

500 N Lake Shore Dr Chicago

Construction of the 45-story, 500-unit apartment tower at 500 North Lake Shore Drive began in September of 2011 and occupancy began in May of 2013. Related Midwest is the developer, in partnership with the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust. Lend Lease is the general contractor, and Solomon Cordwell Buenz the architect. The apartments Studio apartments start ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 5, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Hubbard Place, 360 W Hubbard St, River North

360 W Hubbard

Hubbard Place is a 43-story, 450-unit apartment tower nearing completion at 360 W Hubbard St in River North. An adjacent 8-story garage includes 520 parking spaces, 394 for the residences and 126 for the East Bank Club. The Habitat Company is the developer, Solomon Cordwell Buenz is the architect, and McHugh Construction is the general ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 29, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

400 East Randolph hits the 50-year mark

400 East Randolph

The 400 Condominium Association, 400 East Randolph, will mark its 50th anniversary on August 11th, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 8 pm with a special event at the Atlantic Ballroom in the Radisson Blu Hotel on North Columbus Dr. The T-shaped 956-unit building opened in 1963 as the Outer Drive East Apartments, and converted to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 6, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The panoramic views from the roof of Hubbard Place

View from Hubbard Place

Late Friday afternoon I rode the construction elevator to the roof of Hubbard Place with Tom Black, who “directs the planning, design and construction of new properties” for The Habitat Company. The 43-story River North apartment tower at 360 W Hubbard is on schedule for early-October occupancy of half the building, according to Black, and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 15, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Bridging River North and the Fulton River District

Alta etc

In the photo, the east tower of Alta at K Station and architect Harry Weese‘s River Cottages are flanked by Weese’s Fulton House condominium building and the Chicago & Northwestern Railway Bridge. The bridge is a Chicago Landmark which “was reported to be the world’s longest and heaviest bridge of its type at the time ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 2, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The riverwalk at Kingsbury Plaza apartments

Kingsbury Plaza

A trip to Chicago’s soon-to-expand Riverwalk is great fun, but it’s even more fun when you can enjoy a stroll along the river adjacent to where you live. The Kingsbury Plaza luxury apartment tower abuts the East Bank Club on the Chicago River. The riverwalk that spans the length of these buildings is dotted with ...

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Posted by sponsored post on June 25, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Guerrilla marketing for 500 LSD opposite East Bank Club

500 LSD billboard

When East Bank Club members leave the building they’re confronted with a large, two-panel billboard touting the recently-opened 500 Lake Shore Drive as “Chicago’s most sophisticated apartments.” The same scene will greet prospective residents of the soon-to-open Hubbard Place, 360 W Hubbard, and Kingsbury Plaza, 520 N Kingsbury, if they approach the buildings from Kinzie ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 3, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The bluebird of happiness at Kingsbury Plaza apartments

Judy Garland, Wizard of Oz

If you look closely at the above photo (click to enlarge) you’ll see a bluebird among the tulips. Life is sweet, tender and complete When you find the bluebird of happiness. You will find perfect peace of mind When you find the bluebird of happiness. – Bluebird of Happiness Did whoever planted the bluebird understand ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 29, 2013