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ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Tour new luxury lofts in a great South Loop location

Aviation Lofts

Aviation Lofts, 1340 S Michigan, is a landmark in the South Loop. The building’s distinctive architecture and history have earned it a slot on the National Register of Historic Places. Just over a month after opening, more than half of the lofts have been leased. Aviation Lofts has recently undergone a complete makeover into 49 ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 3, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A spacious light-filled landmark on Astor Street

1345 N Astor

The Edwin J Gardiner house, 1345 N Astor St, was built in 1887 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 14-room, 5-bedroom, 5 ½ bath Gold Coast home has east, west and south exposures, large windows and multiple skylights that flood the home with natural light. The home has been beautifully ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 26, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

A wonderful Bucktown home that’s large yet cozy

1614 Leavitt

When you arrive at 1614 N Leavitt in Bucktown you’ll feel like you’re at a home built in the late 1800s. In fact, the home is less than 10 years old but is a wonderful recreation of an architecturally distinctive period piece. Every element in the home is of artisan quality and a high level ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 22, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

The circus-themed grand opening at Hyde Park’s Shoreland Apartments

Shoreland grand opening

The Shoreland, once one of Chicago’s grandest hotels, has been reincarnated as a luxury apartment building. The Shoreland’s soaring Art Deco lobby recently hosted a circus-themed grand opening party celebrating the Hyde Park landmark’s transformation. The Studio Gang-inspired renovation of the Shoreland resulted in a series of intimate gathering spaces in the lavish lobby, mezzanine-level ...

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Posted by sponsored post on June 3, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

Hyde Park’s Del Prado apartments, where location meets luxury

Del Prado

The former Del Prado hotel, an ornately-decorated landmark at the gateway between Hyde Park and the lakefront, has been renovated into luxury apartments. The Del Prado is across from Harold Washington Park, has bus service at its front door and a Metra stop a block away, and is a short walk from the now-thriving 53rd ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 8, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

2828 North Pine Grove apartments, 2828 N Pine Grove Ave, Lakeview

2828 N Pine Grove

2828 North Pine Grove is a 6-story, 106-unit vintage courtyard building in Lakeview. The building has a domed entrance rotunda, and an ornate façade with a riotous profusion of Baroque terra cotta ornamentation. It was built in 1922 as the Pine Grove Apartment Hotel, and designed by Loewenberg & Loewenberg, a predecessor of the current ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 10, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Belden-Stratford apartments, 2300 N Lincoln Park West, Lincoln Park

Belden-Stratford

The Belden-Stratford is a 15-story, 297-unit vintage apartment building at 2300 N Lincoln Park West in Lincoln Park. The Belden-Stratford occupies a high-profile site directly fronting a relatively quiet stretch of the 1,200-acre Lincoln Park. The building was completed in 1923 as the 485-room Belden Hotel and is listed (pdf) on the National Register of ...

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

The Seneca apartments, 200 E Chestnut St, Streeterville

Seneca

The Seneca, a 16-story building at 200 E Chestnut St in Streeterville was built in the 1920s as a hotel. It was designed by the Burnham Brothers firm, named for Daniel Jr and Hubert Burnham, who were sons of the legendary Daniel Burnham. Waterton Residential acquired The Seneca in June of 2012 and began renovating ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 20, 2013
North ShoreHighland Park

Tour a Highland Park landmark, the Ben Rose house and pavilion

Ben Rose house

The Ben Rose house and pavilion has been said to be the most important modernist home in Chicagoland. It was designed by A. James Speyer, a student of Mies van der Rohe, for Ben Rose, an internationally-known textile designer, and built in 1953. In 1974 David Haid, another of Mies’ students, designed an addition to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 13, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

A $2.6M price hike on the Dewes Mansion

Dewes Mansion, Chicago

The list price on the Francis J. Dewes Mansion, one of Chicago’s most lavishly detailed landmark homes, was recently raised from $9.9 million to $12.5 million. Chalk it up to an improving market – or whatever. The home, at 503 W Wrightwood Ave, has been on the market for several years, and is listed with ...

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

The whimsical Sky Club at Randolph Tower City Apartments

Randolph Tower

Randolph Tower, 188 W Randolph, represents the conversion of the landmark 45-story Steuben Club, built in 1929, into 313 residential apartments with retail space at ground level. From the lobby onward the décor is different – a colorful, fun array of whimsical shapes and textures. Step off the elevator on the 27th floor Sky Club ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 14, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

The view from the Belden-Stratford’s sundeck

Lincoln Park

We recently wrote about the wave of existing buildings playing catch-up to the amenities and in-unit creature comforts offered by Chicago’s new downtown high-rises and rental condos. The landmark Belden-Stratford apartments, built as a hotel in 1922, is one of the buildings undergoing a renovation under new ownership. I visited the Belden-Stratford yesterday to shoot ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 19, 2012

Quote of the day – stupefied 1880s NIMBYs

Glessner House, Kardas Photography

Henry Hobson Richardson‘s Glessner House, now a museum and local and national landmark, was not well-received by its neighbors at the time it was built, according to a wonderful quote from the Chicago Evening Journal. On July 10, 1886, the paper reported: Richardson, the famous Boston architect, had before his death orders for several houses ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 6, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

At least I shall have beautiful parks to walk through

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

What’s now known as the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park has been called “the quintessential oasis.” It’s one of the few examples of landscape architecture listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lily pool is named after Alfred Caldwell, the landscape architect who designed it and oversaw parts of its construction. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 11, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

Landmark Lincoln Park mansions not budging on price

Wrigley Mansion video

When I visited the Theurer-Wrigley House last August it hadn’t yet been listed in the MLS. The landmark home at 2466 N Lakeview, which is more commonly known as the Wrigley Mansion, was listed for sale in October at $9,500,000, the current asking price. I visited the landmark Francis J. Dewes Mansion in November of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 18, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Tour a full-floor home in the Patterson McCormick Mansion

Patterson McCormick mansion

The historic Patterson McCormick Mansion, built in 1893, was designed by Stanford White and expanded in 1927 by David Adler. Warm Roman brick and terra cotta trim contribute to the distinctive aura of this grand palazzo-style home, which was built as a wedding gift for the daughter of the Chicago Tribune’s Joseph Medill. The mansion, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 6, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

A rehabbed single-family on Alta Vista Terrace for $850K

Alta Vista Terrace video

A developer has acquired the home at 3818 N Alta Vista Terrace – the “street of forty doors” – and drawn up plans to expand and renovate it. The resulting home will include an open floor plan, a roof deck, 4 bedrooms, 1 full and 2 half baths The $850,000 list price is approximate, and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 20, 2011
ChicagoNorth Side

Affordable artist live / work lofts in Logan Square

Hairpin Lofts video

The landmark Morris Sachs building at 2800 N Milwaukee Ave in Logan Square has been transformed into Hairpin Lofts, a community resource where Logan Square artists can gather, perform, display their creations, work – and live affordably. The first floor is retail space. The entire second floor hosts a meeting, display and performance space overseen ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 8, 2011
ChicagoNorth Side

A mystery room in Chicago’s Wrigley Mansion

Wrigley Mansion video

This brief clip was inadvertently left out of my longer video tour of Chicago’s landmark Wrigley Mansion, one of the great homes in the city. One room in the home was, for a while, a bit of a mystery to the current owners. They used it as a family breakfast room, and discovered that it ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 9, 2011
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Old Irving Park’s Race House now also listed for rent

3945 N Tripp Chicago

The Race House, a Chicago landmark at 3945 N Tripp in Old Irving Park has been on and off the market for just over 4 years. The 4-level home has 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half baths, and 4 fireplaces. It had been abandoned at one point and is now described as having been ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 13, 2011