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North lakefront MLS-listed rentals on the rise

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The number of MLS-listed homes and condos available for rent in six north lakefront ZIP Codes from Lincoln Park to Rogers Park is 16% higher than it was six weeks ago, and 35% higher than at the same time two years ago. The 668 units currently available for rent represent only a 3% increase since ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 16, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

What’s for rent in the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Lakeview

2756 N Pine Grove

Planned Property owns and manages more than 3,000 apartments in twenty-eight Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Lakeview buildings in prime locations. The buildings range from walk-ups to contemporary mid-rises to vintage and modern high-rises. Read on for rent and availability information at each of the buildings. Our featured building this week is 2756 N Pine ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 11, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Does Chicagoland Property Group’s Collin Walker deliberately lie on Craigslist?

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After having looked at many of Collin Walker’s repetitive ads at Craigslist, my considered opinion is that his ads often contain deliberate lies. We posted on what we deemed a Walker lie yesterday, and here’s another … Walker had seven ads active on Craigslist yesterday for “beautiful new” and “beautifully updated” Lincoln Park and Old ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 8, 2014
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Apartment deal – book your appointment online and save $300

Planned offer

A number of Chicago’s apartment buildings and management companies offer incentives to renters who book their appointments directly rather than through a rental service. Planned Property currently has one of the most generous rewards for online appointment-booking: up to a $300 discount on the first month’s rent. Planned Property, one of YoChicago’s sponsors, owns and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 4, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

A 2-bedroom home that Mies might approve

340 Diversey

The just-listed 2-bedroom, 2-bath home at Commonwealth Plaza, 340 W Diversey, is billed as a “Mies masterpiece.” Shall we shorten that to Miesterpiece? The home has undergone a renovation that respects Mies van der Rohe’s spare and timeless architecture. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer north views of the park and lake. A built-in office is a major ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 3, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Flats No. 2500 – how overpriced is it?

2500 N Clybourn

Let’s compare two very different two-bedroom apartment options in Lincoln Park: one at Flats No. 2500, 2500 N Clybourn, and the other at Eugenie Terrace, 1730 N Clark St. Flats No. 2500 (review) is near the far northwest edge of Lincoln Park on a bleak stretch of Clybourn Ave, nearly two miles from Lincoln Park, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 2, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Video tours of twenty Lincoln Park apartment buildings

Lincoln Park

You can waste half an hour at an apartment rental service waiting to repeat the information you’ve already given over the phone to a rookie agent who will put you in a car and show you rundown, hard-to-rent apartments that may or may not be in Lincoln Park. Or you can spend half an hour ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 18, 2014
North Side

Shooting in Lincoln Park, guns and arrows

Lincoln Park Archery Club

The Lincoln Park Traps closed more than 20 years ago, ending nearly eight decades of skeet shooting on a site near Diversey Harbor. The Reader’s Ben Joravsky detailed some of the early skirmishes over a club that counted Oscar Mayer and P.K. Wrigley among its early members. You can still shoot arrows in Lincoln Park ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 10, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

A new 6-bedroom Lincoln Park home in a prime location

1131 Lill

The distinctive luxury homes built by Noah Properties have been selling as quickly as they’re completed. Noah’s latest offering is a 6-bedroom, 4 ½ bath single-family on tranquil, tree-lined Lill Street, steps from Jonquil Park and Supera Playlot. The home, at 1131 W Lill St, has all of Noah Properties’ signature features: great light from ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 7, 2014

Chicago’s best free rental service

Aerial view downtown

If you’re searching for an apartment in Chicago’s downtown, Lincoln Park and Lakeview neighborhoods, YoChicago is your best free rental service. We’re an objective, visually rich website with comprehensive apartment reviews, all-inclusive at-a-glance lists, neighborhood maps and guides, narrated video tours and a great deal more. If you like what you see here and know ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 26, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park Plaza apartments, 600 W Diversey Pkwy, Lakeview

Lincoln Park Plaza

Lincoln Park Plaza is a 17-story, 249-unit contemporary high-rise at 600 W Diversey Pkwy on the Lakeview side of the border of Lincoln Park and Lakeview. The building has ground-level retail space. Lincoln Park Plaza was completed in 1982 and was originally known as Rienzi Plaza, named after Civil War general Phil Sheridan’s famous horse. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 25, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

2738 North Pine Grove apartments, 2738 N Pine Grove Ave, Lincoln Park

2738 Pine Grove

2738 North Pine Grove is a 14-story, 160-unit vintage high-rise at 2738 N Pine Grove just south of the border of Lakeview and Lincoln Park. The Renaissance Revival building was built in 1928 as the Lincoln Park Arms Hotel. It was designed by the architecture firm of Thielbar and Fugard, several of whose Chicago buildings ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 24, 2014

Rental deal of the day – book an appointment online and save $500

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Planned Property, one of YoChicago’s sponsors, owns and manages more than 3,000 apartments in dozens of buildings in prime Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Lakeview locations. Planned is currently offering a “February special” $500 discount off the first month’s rent for booking an appointment online. A number of other management companies offer discounts for booking ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 20, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

451 Wrightwood apartments, 451 W Wrightwood Ave, Lincoln Park

451 Wrightwood

451 Wrightwood is a 14-story, 172-unit vintage high-rise at 451 W Wrightwood Ave in Lincoln Park. The building was completed in 1928 as the Park Royale apartments. It was known for years as Wrightwood Court, from the interior courtyard shared with its sister building at 443 Wrightwood. Both buildings were designed by architect Raymond Gregori ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 19, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Reside at 2727 apartments, 2727 N Pine Grove Ave, Lincoln Park

2727 Pine Grove

Reside at 2727 is a 5-story, 48-unit contemporary mid-rise at 2727 N Pine Grove Ave just south of the border of Lakeview and Lincoln Park. The 4+1 building was completed in 1968. It was acquired in 2011 by Lower Pell LLC, an affiliate of Newcastle Limited for $5.9M and has since been extensively updated. The ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 19, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

FLATS No. 2500, 2500 N Clybourn Ave, Lincoln Park

FLATS No. 2500

FLATS No. 2500 is a 4-story, 27-unit apartment building undergoing construction at 2500 N Clybourn Ave, near the northwestern edge of the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The project began as a condominium in 2005. It went into foreclosure in September of 2010 and was acquired by the current owners, an affiliate of FLATS Chicago, in July ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 18, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Webster Square Apartments, 558 W Webster Ave, Lincoln Park

Webster Square rendering

Webster Square Apartments is a 6-story, 76-unit apartment building nearing completion at 558 W Webster Ave in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. It’s the first sizable new rental building to be built in Lincoln Park in several decades. The apartments are part of a larger development on the site of the former Lincoln Park Hospital, which ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 17, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

443 Wrightwood apartments, 443 W Wrightwood Ave, Lincoln Park

443 Wrightwood, Chicago

443 Wrightwood is a 13-story, 176-unit vintage high-rise at 443 W Wrightwood Ave in Lincoln Park. The building was completed in 1928 as the Park Central apartments. It was known for years as Wrightwood Court, from the interior courtyard shared with its sister building at 451 Wrightwood. Both buildings were designed by architect Raymond Gregori ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 17, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Reside on Surf apartments, 425 W Surf St, Lakeview

Reside on Surf

Reside on Surf is a 9-story, 144-unit vintage high-rise at 425 W Surf St in Lakeview, a block north of the Lincoln Park neighborhood and a block west of the park itself. The neoclassical building was designed by Grossman & Proskauer and completed in 1922 as the Sheridan-Surf Apartment Hotel. It has a two-story terra ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 11, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

2756 North Pine Grove apartments, 2756 N Pine Grove Ave, Lincoln Park

2756 N Pine Grove

2756 North Pine Grove is an 11-story, 176-unit vintage high-rise at the corner of Diversey and Pine Grove on the border of Lakeview and Lincoln Park. The Beaux Arts building was completed in 1925. Ground-level commercial uses include a dry cleaners and the soon-to-open Yolk restaurant. The building’s unusual composition has a 3-story limestone base ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 11, 2014