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The Shoreham apartments, 400 E South Water St, New East Side

The Shoreham

The Shoreham is a 46-story, 548-unit apartment tower in the 28-acre Lakeshore East development on Chicago’s New East Side. The Shoreham, which opened for occupancy in 2005, was the first apartment building completed in the Lakeshore East development. The building has garage parking and ground-floor retail space. Magellan Development was the developer and Walsh Construction ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 9, 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

The Tides apartments, 360 E South Water St, New East Side

Aqua and The Tides

The Tides is a 51-story, 608-unit apartment tower in the 28-acre Lakeshore East development on Chicago’s New East Side. Occupancy began in 2008. The building has an on-site parking facility with space for 357 cars. Magellan Development was the developer and Walsh Construction the general contractor. Loewenberg + Associates was the architecture firm. The apartments ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 7, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Aqua apartments, 225 N Columbus Dr, New East Side

Aqua, Chicago

Aqua is an 82-story mixed-use tower in the 28-acre Lakeshore East development on Chicago’s New East Side. The building has a 334-room Radisson Blu hotel on floors 4 through 18, 474 rental apartments on the 19th through 52nd floors, and 262 condominiums on floors 53 through 81. Aqua also has 9 townhomes, retail and office ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 3, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Aqua resale tries for 46% price increase after a year

Aqua view, Kardas Photography

Unit 6901 at Aqua, 225 N Columbus Dr, was purchased for $905,000 in May of last year. The purchase price of the 1,756 square foot, 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath unit included a tandem parking space. The unit’s back on the market with an asking price of $1,250,000 plus $67K for the parking. That pencils out ...

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

Coast at Lakeshore East, 345 E Wacker Dr, New East Side

The Coast at Lakeshore East Chicago

The 49-story, 515-unit Coast, 345 E Wacker Dr, is the eighth residential high-rise at the Lakeshore East development in the New East Side neighborhood. It includes 18,000 square feet of retail space, 18,000 square feet of amenities and parking located below Wacker Dr. Pedestrian access is from Wacker Dr. Coast opened for occupancy in March ...

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

What’s up with these Yelp reviews of The Tides?

Yelp screen cap

The reviews of The Tides apartment complex pictured above, posted four months apart, are almost word-for-word identical. Did the first reviewer’s experience so perfectly mirror the second’s that he simply copied her work, changing only the unit location and deleting a sentence, or are both merely fraudulent? If the latter, can a major developer actually ...

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

Did Coast cheap out on its apartment finishes?

Coast Chicago

I haven’t visited the new Coast rental tower yet, but I’ve been hearing negative feedback about the apartment finishes from people in the industry. “Terrible,” was the one-word summary from the manager of a nearby apartment high-rise. A real estate broker active in the rental market had this to say: “They cut every cost they ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 26, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Contextual views of the new Coast and Optima Center apartment towers

River panorama

Architects are generally sensitive to the context in which their buildings will be situated. Building renderings and photos, however, rarely show the context, or offer only a limited glimpse of the surroundings. This panoramic view of the north side of the Chicago River, seen from upper Wacker Drive, illustrates Optima Center‘s distinctive presence on this ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 22, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Take an apartment walk with Stephanie and Katie

Stephanie and Katie videos

Stephanie Konow and Katie Bommarito are former rental services agents who grew frustrated with that business and set out to connect Chicago tenants directly with landlords by founding Chicago Rentals Direct. Eighteen months ago they led me on a tour of the six rental high-rises in the New East Side neighborhood – the area bounded ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 22, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The Coast – eye-catching architecture and eye-rolling ad copy

The Coast, Chicago

The Coast, a 49-story mixed-use glass tower at 345 E Wacker Dr in the Lakeshore East area of the New East Side, is slated to contain 515 apartment units, 18,000 square feet of amenities and 18,000 square feet of retail space. The Coast’s design by bKL “in the tradition of Chicago modernism” has spawned a ...

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

Hubbard Place apartments rising rapidly, targeting October occupancy

Hubbard Place, Chicago

The 495-unit, 43-story Hubbard Place is rising rapidly at 360 W Hubbard in River North, and is about three-quarters of the way toward its full height. Judging from the last photos I took at the site the building is adding a floor about every three working days. Hubbard Place’s website is currently estimating occupancy in ...

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

Aqua’s underutilized high-floor balconies

Balconies at Aqua Chicago

In the torrent of words that’s been written about Aqua’s balconies, I haven’t seen any mention of the fact that they’re almost completely unused. The balconies pictured above on the highest floors of Aqua face north and have spectacular views along the river and over the north side of the city. Michael Kardas shot the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 20, 2012

YoChicago’s best new homes of 2007, an update

X/O Condominiums

Five years ago yesterday we posted the picks of our then editorial staff for Chicago’s best new homes 2007. Our staff had a near-perfect record of spotting projects that either wouldn’t be built or would prove problematic for buyers if they were. In the eight categories in which we picked winners, only one project proved ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 1, 2012

Tales from an apartment hunt – bathtub fungus and utility bills

Whole Foods

If you have tales you’d like to share from your apartment hunt, add them in a comment or email yojoe at yochicago dot com. Here’s the sixth report from my veteran renter correspondent. Note that we don’t vouch for the accuracy of any of these tales, nor do we try to verify them. We will ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 14, 2012
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

$1,950 rent conundrum – an Aqua convertible or a 2-bedroom, 2-bath across the street

Park at Lakeshore East, Chicago

Here’s a good test of what you prioritize and value in your next apartment. Consider a convertible studio and a 2-bedroom, 2-bath in two different buildings in the same location at the identical rent. Some will opt for far more space and an extra bath, some for the sexy architecture and the scene at a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 2, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Three-bedroom rental shootout – Aqua vs 340 on the Park

View northeast from Aqua

If you’re in the market for a high-end rental on Chicago’s New East Side you have options in two very different buildings in the complex: Aqua and 340 on the Park. Aqua is a mixed-use building with a hotel on its lower floors, rental apartments in the middle and condos on the higher floors. Unit ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 16, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

An update on Lakeshore East from The Chicago Architecture Blog

Lakeshore East

The Chicago Architecture Blog recently stopped by the newly-opened

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 13, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The Coast will cost Aqua, Tides, Shoreham, Aon and 340 some views

The Coast, Chicago

The Coast will definitely not be clear. The new 499-unit 45-story rental tower that’s coming out of the ground at 345 E Wacker Dr as part of the Lakeshore East development will, as you can see from some of these photos, negatively impact the views from a number of existing high-rises in the area. North-facing ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 3, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Up on the roof at Aqua – views that speak for themselves

Aqua views video

Join Todd Wendell, who was the project manager for the design team at Aqua, on the roof above the penthouse level, over 800 feet above Chicago, chatting about some of the challenges of building Aqua. It was a sunny clear day and the views were “beyond fantastic.” We focus more on the views in the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 19, 2011