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Mike Britton moves apartment pool from Uptown to South Loop

Craigslist ad

Want a renovated apartment in the South Loop with a pool and a sun deck? A Craigslist ad from Chicagoland Property Group’s Mike Britton has just what you’re looking for. There’s only one teeny, tiny problem: the building pictured and described in the ad doesn’t have a pool. That’s only a problem if you’re a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 7, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

How to find your best West Loop apartment

Luxury Living screen cap

If you’ve been searching for a new apartment in Chicago’s West Loop / Fulton River District, the odds are that you’ve been exposed to one or both of the above ads. The ads invite you to click through for help in finding your “perfect” West Loop apartment. Clicking on the ads takes you to a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 29, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A list of Loop / New East Side apartments with indoor pools

73 East Lake

Seven of the 14 apartment buildings in Chicago’s Loop / New East Side neighborhood have indoor pools. We’ve listed all of them below, with the newest buildings first. The links will take you to our detailed, richly visual apartment reviews which link, in turn, to the building websites where you’ll find near real-time rent and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 27, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Moving to River North? YoChicago trounces rental service brokers

Luxury Living screen cap

If you’ve been searching for a new apartment in River North, you’ve probably been exposed to ads from Chicago’s rental services. The ad pictured above, for example, invites you to “Contact Us to Find Your Perfect Apartment.” You may or may not see your “perfect apartment” when you work with a rental service broker. Not ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 21, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Moving to Streeterville? YoChicago or a rental service broker?

Streeterville

If you’ve been online looking for an apartment in downtown Chicago, the odds are that you’re seeing ads similar to the screen cap shown here. The ads are placed by one of Chicago’s rental services and invite you to “Contact us to Find Your Perfect Apartment.” Click on the ad and you’re taken to a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 17, 2015

Rental services: we don’t need no stinking listings

Treasure Sierra Madre screen cap

The websites of some Chicago rental services invite you to “search our listings” and their Craigslist ads solicit you to inquire about “our other listings.” The classic scene from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre comes to my mind when rental services refer to their “listings.” Rental services only rarely have what real estate professionals ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 11, 2015
ChicagoNorth Side

In Lincoln Park, apartment finders are for apartment losers

Aerial view of Lincoln Park

If you’re looking for an apartment in Lincoln Park and working with an apartment finder a/k/a locator a/k/a rental service, you are absolutely certain to lose out on some of the neighborhood’s best apartments. The Lincoln Park apartment market is tight this season, and a number of major property owners and managers in the neighborhood ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 27, 2015

Chicago rental service deceptions, net rent edition

Streeterville

Advertising a lower rent than what’s actually available in a building is only one of the many ways that Chicago rental services trawl for renters. Advertising a “net rent” when a building is offering a month or more of free rent is another way to deceive unsophisticated renters into calling or emailing. The typical free ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 24, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The easy way to find a Loop / New East Side apartment

Aerial view of Loop

There are only seven apartment buildings in Chicago’s Loop proper, and another seven in the part of the Loop known as the New East Side. You’ll find all of them on YoChicago’s at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. The list gives you a quick snapshot of apartment types, amenities and pet policies at each building. The ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 16, 2015

Jon Zolecki leads in Craigslist apartment spam race

Zolecki screencap

We’ve written about Chicagoland Property Group (“CPG”) a number of times, and singled the firm out as the most prolific source of spam apartment ads at Craigslist. CPG accounts for nearly 1 in every 10 City of Chicago apartment ads at Craigslist, with 5,750 ads as of yesterday afternoon for a shockingly small number of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 12, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Why YoChicago is your best Streeterville apartment source

Streeterville

There are only 16 apartment complexes in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood and you’ll find all of them on YoChicago’s at-a-glance list. The list gives you a snapshot of the types of apartments in each building, the building’s pet policy, and whether it has in-unit washer / dryers, a pool and on-site parking. YoChicago’s at-a-glance list links ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 23, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A visit to three new South Loop apartment sites

1000 S Clark St

I stopped by three South Loop construction sites yesterday for a brief look. The sixth floor of 1000 S Clark is nearing completion and work has begun on the seventh floor of JDL Development‘s 469-unit, 29-story apartment tower. Foundation work is continuing on Golub & Co‘s 41-story, 397 unit apartment tower at 1001 S State. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 11, 2015

That apartment was rented before you applied

Kardas photo

Applying for an apartment that’s already been rented – or was never available – is just one of the very many pitfalls you’ll encounter when you work with a Chicago rental service / apartment locator / apartment finder. Many landlords allow multiple rental services to advertise and show their apartments while retaining the right to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 19, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

South Loop apartments for rent – an up-to-date list

South Loop apartments

If you want to rent in the South Loop, you can see all of your managed apartment building options on YoChicago’s South Loop availability list. There are just over a dozen large apartment complexes in the South Loop, and we’ve listed them in this Google spreadsheet, and checked what’s available for rent, and what the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 14, 2015
North ShoreEvanston

Evanston apartments – YoChicago’s list and reviews

Downtown Evanston aerial view

We’ve just published the first draft of our at-a-glance list of Evanston apartments in a Google spreadsheet. Use the scroll bar at the bottom of the spreadsheet to see additional columns. The list is a work in progress, and is far from complete. It does at this point include every major apartment complex built in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 29, 2014

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