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How to get an edge on renting the best apartments

Astoria Tower

If you’re working with a rental service, the odds are high that you’re not going to able to rent some of Chicago’s most desirable apartments. Some of the companies that own and manage sought-after apartments either don’t cooperate with rental services or only allow them access to their hard-to-rent units. If you want to rent ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 1, 2014

How fast your agent gets paid may bias which apartments you see

Aerial Grant Park

A recent comment at YoChicago: I am hearing thru the grapevine that some agents are actually quietly boycotting some buildings and management companies. The management companies that have been boycotted have been super late on paying out commissions and have clearly made demands about advertising and marketing that clearly makes agents feel that it’s a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 24, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Video – Tour twenty Lincoln Park apartment buildings

Lincoln Park

You can sit for 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 to rundown, hard-to-rent apartments that may or may not be in Lincoln Park. Or you can spend half ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 2, 2014

Chicago’s best free apartment finder

Aerial

If you’re searching for an apartment in Chicago’s downtown, Lincoln Park and Lakeview neighborhoods, YoChicago is the best way to yelp you find one. 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 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 8, 2014

A time-saving way to search Craigslist apartment ads

Kardas photo

A few months ago we identified the top 10 apartment ad spammers at Craigslist. As you might expect, they’re all Chicago rental services a/k/a apartment locators a/k/a apartment finders. Chicago’s sleazy rental services set out to confuse and frustrate you into using their so-called “services” by running many 1,000s of repetitive ads at Craigslist, in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 5, 2014

Bypass 1,000s of Craigslist apartment spam ads with a single click

Kardas aerial

Chicago’s rental services promise to make your apartment search swift and painless. To encourage you to use their services they attempt to make your Craigslist search time-consuming and painful. We’ve singled out the 10 worst Craigslist apartment ad spammers and find it difficult to understand why anyone would work with a company that’s so flagrantly ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 1, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

An up-to-date list of available River North apartments

River North apartments

You can see all of the managed apartment building options in River North on YoChicago’s availability list, below. You can learn more about the buildings and their location in our detailed reviews, and see our take on the best River North buildings on 18 different criteria. We’ve listed all of the River North apartment complexes ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 19, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Streeterville apartments moving forward

545 N McClurg Ct

Last week we noted the scale of activity in the 400 block of East Grand Ave in Streeterville. We stopped by yesterday for a closer look at the northeast corner of Grand and McClurg Ct, where Golub & Co has proposed building a 44-story, 490 unit apartment tower with office space and ground-level retail. Site ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 17, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Demolition complete at Division Street apartment site

625 W Division

A year ago Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily reported that Portland-based Gerding Edlen Development planned to break ground by last November on a 19-story, 240-unit apartment tower at 625 W Division St. The existing buildings on the south end of the site have been demolished and site clearance is nearly complete. Building permits have yet ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 10, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Tour twenty Lincoln Park apartment buildings in half an hour

Lincoln Park aerial view

You can fritter away 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 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 9, 2014

Rental service quote of the day – kill granny

Belmont Harbor

Yesterday I added a new name to our do-not-call list of Chicago rental services a/k/a apartment locators a/k/a apartment finders. All of the firms have earned a spot on the list by running illegal ads and / or engaging in other clear violations of the Illinois Real Estate License Act. I asked an acquaintance about ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 9, 2014

Lies Chicago rental services tell – nothing in your price range

Aerial view Chicago Loop

There are lots of things Chicago’s rental services don’t want you to know about the way they operate, and we’ve previously posted on twenty-five of them. It’s common for renters to be told that there’s nothing available in their preferred location for what they’re willing to pay. That may well be true, but it’s often ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 6, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

River North – A list of available apartments and current rents

Whole Foods samplers

If you’re looking to rent an apartment in River North, you can see all of your managed apartment building options on YoChicago’s availability list, below. You can learn more about the buildings and their location in our detailed reviews, and see our take on the best River North buildings on 18 different criteria. We’ve listed ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 2, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

This week’s new West Loop apartment proposal

Aerial view of Halsted / Lake

It’s not quite a weekly occurrence, but you can be excused for feeling that each week brings the announcement of a new West Loop apartment development. Two weeks ago we wrote about a proposal to build 131 apartments on a site currently occupied by Carmichael’s Steak House. Last week the Chicago Architecture Blog revealed plans ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 28, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A video tour of spacious Streeterville apartments

420 E Ohio

420 East Ohio is a 40-story, 263-unit full-amenity apartment tower in Streeterville. The location is a few minutes’ walk from parks, beaches, hospitals, and a wide array of dining, nightlife and shopping options. The apartments are larger than what you’ll find in newer buildings in the neighborhood and range in size from studios to 3-bedroom, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 27, 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

Avoid falling victim to Chicago rental services – check cashing edition

Kardas Photography

One of the recurring horror stories you’ll read in reviews of Chicago’s shark-like rental services is the difficulty renters have in getting refunds when their checks have been cashed or credit / debit cards charged and an apartment they’ve applied for has already been rented or their application has been rejected. When you apply for ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 13, 2014

Lies Chicago rental services tell – apartment listings

2850 North Sheridan view

Almost every Chicago rental service a/k/a apartment locator a/k/a apartment finder claims to have the largest database of listings in the city. They can’t all be telling the truth, and it’s likely that nary a one of them has any factual basis for making the claim. If you evaluate the rental services’ listings by a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 3, 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

Sit back and tour dozens of Lakeview East apartment buildings

Joeff Davis photo

You can spend less than an hour seeing some of Lakeview East’s best apartment buildings in YoChicago video tours. Or you can waste 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 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 31, 2014