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A first look inside The Lofts at River East in Streeterville

Lofts at River East

If you pass by The Lofts at River East, 445 E Illinois in Streeterville, you’ll have only a few clues to the scale of construction that’s underway inside. The conversion of the building into 285 loft apartments is far along, and occupancy is targeted for late this year. At the time of my visit on ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 15, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The West Loop’s new Circa 922 has bodacious balconies

Circa 922

Bodacious is just the right word to describe the balconies at Circa 922, a new luxury apartment community at 922 W Washington in the West Loop. Southeast corner 2-bedrom, 2-bath apartments have balconies that are impressively sized and serve up dramatic views of the Loop skyline. All of Circa 922′s apartments, even studios, have balconies ...

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

The Lofts at River East, 445 E Illinois St, Streeterville

Lofts at River East

The Lofts at River East is one of Chicago’s most distinctive structures, and a reminder of the lakefront’s industrial past. The building is what remains of the Pugh Terminal Warehouse (PDF), which was built between 1905 and 1920 and consisted of 18 modules that stretched about a third of a mile along the Ogden Slip ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 7, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Circa 922 apartments nearing occupancy in West Loop

View from 123 n SAngamon

Circa 922, an 11-story, 104-unit apartment building that’s nearing completion at 922 W Washington in the West Loop, has just gone live with a new website. The building has begun accepting applications for occupancy later this year for studio to 3-bedroom apartments. The picture above, shot from 123 N Sangamon, is a close proxy for ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 5, 2014
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

From the vault – Sweet Home Chicago, Fall 1988

Sweet Home Chicago

YoChicago started in business in 1987 as a weekly real estate newspaper called the Real Estate Profile and, later, Apartments & Homes. Among other activities we ran five home shows, most recently at Navy Pier in 1989, where we drew a crowd of nearly 20,000 over a 3-day period. Join us for a nostalgic look ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 25, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New lofts underway in Streeterville

River East

Building permits have been issued and work has begun on the conversion of the former River East Art Center building at 445 E Illinois into 285 loft apartments. Preliminary signage has been posted on the site. A website is expected to go live in about a week, and pre-leasing activity will begin shortly. The development ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 20, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

From the vault – a Roosevelt Collection high-rise

Roosevelt Collection

It was nearly eight years ago when Centrum Properties began leasing retail space for the as yet unbuilt Roosevelt Collection site in the South Loop. An early rendering, above, showed the retail, the proposed loft condos and a high-rise to their north. The high-rise was included in a scale model of the development when we ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 14, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New convenience store, CTA station near The LEX apartments

The LEX

The McCormick Market opened just over a month ago on the block west of The LEX, a luxury, full-amenity apartment and loft complex in the South Loop. The early reviews at Yelp have been positive, with mixed opinions on the store’s not selling alcohol. The deli counter is well stocked and prices have been reported ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 2, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Walk to the Lucas from The LEX

Aerial, The LEX

The Tribune and other Chicago media have been buzzing with the news that George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, has selected Chicago as the home of his new museum. If the Chicago Plan Commission signs off on it, the museum will be built on the parking lots between McCormick Place and Soldier Field. If ...

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Posted by sponsored post on June 26, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Some profit, some lose at 565 Quincy

565 Quincy

When 565 Quincy slashed prices early in 2010 it was one of the last projects to join the price cutting that was prevalent in the condo market at the time. Last September we noted that three units purchased after the price cuts were on the market and looking to sell at a profit. Two of ...

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

The latest apartment proposal for Huron and Kingsbury

Huron / Kingsbury

The southwest corner of Kingsbury and Huron has been the subject of many YoChicago posts as Park Kingsbury Lofts, has made several trips through the foreclosure process, and has previously been considered for conversion to loft apartments. According to a recent post at SkyscraperPage, JDL Development is currently envisioning the site, together with a vacant ...

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

A sunny pool deck tops the list of The LEX’s amenities

The LEX

The LEX, a 35-story loft and apartment complex in the South Loop, has a full complement of amenities opening onto a large landscaped deck. The deck has a pool, hot tub, grills, lounge seating, a fire pit and panoramic views of the skyline and lake. If you’ve lived in a high-rise where the sun hardly ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 30, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

A soaring duplex at Lakeview’s Lincoln Theater Lofts

3160 Lincoln

The 2-bedroom, 2-bath loft at 3160 N Lincoln spans 1,700 square feet. The entry explodes into a dramatic space with soaring 18-foot ceilings. It’s a space that’s ideal for entertaining, with a dream kitchen boasting ample cabinets, stainless-steel appliances and expansive counter space open to a large living / dining area and a walk-out balcony. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 25, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Old Colony Building apartments, 407 S Dearborn St, Loop

Old Colony Building

The Old Colony Building, 407 S Dearborn St, is a 17-story Chicago landmark designed by Holabird & Roche. When it was completed in 1894 it was the tallest building in the city. The Historic American Building Survey described the Old Colony Building as “Stately, perfectly proportioned, pure in outline and exquisite in tint … Built ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 24, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Bowling alley apartments score $32.5M in West Loop

13Thirteen Randolph

The bowling-alley configuration of apartments at the recently renovated 13Thirteen didn’t deter an institutional investor from ponying up $32.5 million for the 74-unit West Loop building. Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily reported the sale yesterday. Will renters continue to spare the dollars for this location, or will they go on strike and split for the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 13, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Fisher Building apartments, 343 S Dearborn St, Loop

Fisher Building

The Fisher Building is a 20-story, 184-unit vintage apartment tower in Chicago’s Loop. The D.H. Burnham & Company-designed building, a Chicago landmark, was built in 1896 and added to in 1906. The 20-story addition followed the style of the original 18-story building except for the classic bay windows. The elaborate terra cotta ornamentation on the ...

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

Circa 922 apartments, 922 W Washington St, West Loop

Circa 922, rendering

Circa 922 is an 11-story, 104 unit apartment building in the West Loop under construction in the West Loop. The building is an expansion of 123 North Sangamon, the existing loft building immediately to the north. When completed late in 2014 or early 2015, the development will have a total of 149 units and 130 ...

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

13Thirteen apartments, 1313 W Randolph St, West Loop

1313 W Randolph

13Thirteen is a 3-story, 70-unit loft building at 1313 W Randolph St in the West Loop. The 130,000 square foot Art Deco building was built in 1927 and housed the Wholesale Florist Exchange. It was converted to residential lofts in 2012. The first floor of the building is retail space, part of which was recently ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 31, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Lake Street Lofts, 910 W Lake St, West Loop

Lake Street Lofts

Lake Street Lofts is a 6-story, 89-unit loft apartment building in the West Loop. Built in 1886, the heavy-timber building was home to the Zimmerman Brush Company store and factory before its 2000 renovation and conversion. FitzGerald Associates, the architecture firm responsible for the conversion, has its offices on the ground floor of the building, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 26, 2013