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The South Loop’s best apartments – Most convenient grocery shopping

South Loop Trader Joe's

The first post in our series on the best South Loop apartments spotlighted the buildings with the best views. We recognize that some of you are indifferent to proximity to grocery stores because you do most of your shopping online via Peapod, or rely on Whole Foods’ personal shopper / delivery service – or eat ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 10, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

River North’s best apartment towers – most convenient grocery shopping

Whole Foods on Huron

The first post in our series on the best apartment towers in River North spotlighted the buildings with the best views. We’re aware that some of you are indifferent to proximity to grocery stores because you do most of your shopping online via Peapod, or rely on Whole Foods’ personal shopper / delivery service – ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 25, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Gold Coast high-rise gets green Ward instead of green light

2nd Ward map, Chicago

Chicago’s new 2nd Ward has boundaries, outlined in bright green above, that only Chicago Aldermen could love. And only an alderman can love the near-boundless power that’s granted him by custom over new developments in his ward. Everyone else just needs to learn to live with the uncertainty and increased costs that accompany the existence ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 21, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

JDL adds more apartments to Old Town development surge

Aerial view of Old Town

After years of inactivity the southern part of Old Town has become a hotbed of new construction. JDL Development and Harlem Irving Cos are proposing a 5-story building with 71 apartments and ground-floor retail on a site directly across the street from the recently opened, rapidly renting 250-unit 1225 Old Town apartments. Construction recently began ...

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

A West Loop grocery glut?

West Loop grocers

With the recent opening of a Mariano’s at 40 S Halsted St, residents of the near West Loop have ready walking access to four major grocers. The choices include a Dominick’s at 1 N Halsted St, a WalMart Neighborhood Market at Presidential Towers and what’s probably the city’s nicest Jewel, at 370 N Desplaines St. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 7, 2012
Downtown / Loop

Affixing the first Target to the West Loop Target

New West Loop Target

Early yesterday afternoon workers were guiding the first Target sign into place on the north façade of the store on Jackson Blvd. The store appears to be on track for its scheduled October opening, just over a year after breaking ground. It will have parking on the first level, a pharmacy, a health clinic, a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 7, 2012

Was the Alderman misquoted on the proposed Gold Coast apartment tower?

Clark & Division

Crain’s Chicago Business (subscription required) Is reporting that Jewel is taking bids from high-rise developers for its site at Clark and Division in the Gold Coast, and that three major developers are competing for what may ultimately be a 40-story apartment tower. Crain’s suggests that another NIMBY battle is on the verge of breaking out, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 5, 2011