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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
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

River West Lofts, 925 W Huron St, River West

River West Lofts

River West Lofts is a 6-story, 160-unit loft building at 925 W Huron St in the River West neighborhood. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was originally the J.P. Smith Shoe Company factory, and was built in two phases in 1897 and 1913. The building is believed to be ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 24, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The Regal apartments, 651 S Wells St, South Loop

The Regal

The Regal is an 84-unit, 8-story loft building in the South Loop. The Regal was built, circa 1908, as a brick and timber warehouse and converted to loft apartments in 1987. Philadelphia-based Historic Landmarks for Living was the developer of the loft conversion. The apartments The Regal offers 8 different floor plans that it bills ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 29, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

AMLI 900 apartments, 900 S Clark St, South Loop

AMLI 900

AMLI 900 is 440-unit, 23-story apartment tower in the South Loop. First occupancy at AMLI 900 was in 2009. AMLI Residential was the developer of the property. Solomon Cordwell Buenz was the architecture firm and Walsh Construction was the general contractor. AMLI 900 was the first major Chicago high-rise to announce that it would be ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 19, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Lofts at Roosevelt Collection, 150 W Roosevelt Rd, South Loop

Roosevelt Collection

Roosevelt Collection is a mixed-use development in the South Loop. The development includes 342 apartments, nearly 400,000 square feet of retail space, and a sprawling multi-level parking garage designed to accommodate 1,500 cars. The project’s master plan included a 43-story apartment tower and a 1-acre park, both of which are unbuilt. The apartments, which were ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 18, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A new player at the Oriental Theater

Aerial view of 32 E Randolph

Back in February we passed along a Sun-Times report on plans to convert the 22-story tower portion of the landmark Oriental Theatre to 230 loft apartments. The summer target date for starting the project has come and gone and Crain’s is reporting that a new developer is acquiring the site and plans to convert it ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 24, 2013