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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
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

More choices, lower rents in the South Loop

South Loop Target

Some good news for renters. Since the last time we checked, prices have fallen slightly almost across the board on apartments available for rent in the South Loop. The number of apartments available is also on the rise. If you’re looking to rent in the South Loop, you can see all of your managed apartment ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 25, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

A couch potato tour of Lincoln Park apartments

Lincoln Park

You can spend 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 September 6, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Video tours of 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 August 9, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

A half-hour tour of twenty Lincoln Park apartment buildings

Lincoln Park

You can spend 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 August 5, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Video tours of two dozen Lakeview East apartment buildings

Belmont Harbor

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 July 2, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Tour twenty Lincoln Park apartment buildings in half an hour

North Pond, Lincoln Park

You can spend 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 July 1, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Arkadia apartment tower underway in the West Loop

Arkadia, 765 W Adams

A contributor to the SkyscraperPage forum noted yesterday that site prep for construction appears to have begun at 765 W Adams, the site of a proposed new 33-story, 350-unit apartment tower in the Greektown part of the West Loop. FitzGerald Associates is the architect for the project, and the firm’s website has a new rendering ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 27, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Video tours of twenty-one Lakeview East apartments

Belmont Harbor

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 June 5, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Tour seventeen Lincoln Park apartment buildings via video

North Pond, Lincoln Park

You can spend 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 June 3, 2013

It’s not too early to start your August apartment search

Grant Park

We’re starting to see August availabilities on the hot sheets that the large apartment buildings send out to brokers and on the near real-time availability checks that you’ll find at many apartment building websites. Occupancy rates remain high throughout the downtown area, and we’re seeing the best units renting quickly at most buildings. Your chances ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 31, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Tour twenty-one Lakeview East apartments in less than an hour

Belmont Harbor, Joeff Davis

You can spend 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 Lakeview East. Or you can spend less than an hour ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 7, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Tour Lincoln Park apartments via YoChicago videos and fight global warming

Lincoln Park, Chicago

You can spend 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 May 6, 2013