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Larry’s Worst Nightmare at Bold L&H Lofts

2620 aerial view

A several years-old post on Bold L&H Lofts, 2620 W Washington, has elicited some detailed comments from residents at the East Garfield Park building. Late yesterday evening a commenter going by the screen name of Larry’s Worst Nightmare, posted the following: DO NOT RENT IN THIS BUILDING!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT RENT IN THIS BUILDING…………….. We were ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 10, 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
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Could Roosevelt Collection convert to condos?

Roosevelt Collection

Daniel McCaffery, CEO of McCaffery Interests, had this to say at a recent Chicagoland Apartment Association (CAA) event, according to a recent news release: There is life in homeownership in Chicago, and some renters will become condo owners. We could convert our 342 apartments at the Roosevelt Collection in the South Loop to condos today ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 17, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

123 North Sangamon apartments, West Loop

123 N Sangamon Chicago

123 North Sangamon is a 7-story, 45-unit loft apartment building in the West Loop. Late in September 2013 a building permit was issued for the construction of an 11-story, 104 unit addition adjacent to the existing loft building. The completed development will have 149 units and 130 parking spaces. 123 Sangamon Venture Partners LLC is ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 30, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Cobbler Square Lofts, 1350 N Wells St, Old Town

Cobbler Square

In the mid-80s architect Ken Schroeder transformed 30 ramshackle buildings used as a Dr Scholl’s factory into Cobbler Square, 295 loft apartments and ground-floor retail space in a colorful, visually arresting set of seven structures enclosing landscaped courtyards. Village Green oversaw a complete renovation of the complex, including upgrading and expansion of the common areas ...

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

Will Park Kingsbury return from the deadpool as apartments?

501 W Kingsbury

In the boom years of the mid-2000s the River North site formerly occupied by Ronsley was one of the most sought-after development opportunities on the north side. The site, which includes a 5-story loft building (pictured above) at the southwest corner of Kingsbury and Huron and a parcel of vacant land at the northeast corner ...

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

A retrospective on the Motor Row Lofts auction

Motor Row Lofts

The condo market crash that began in the latter part of the last decade resulted in a number of properties going to auction in 2009 and 2010. The first sizeable auction, in March of 2009, was for 45 units at Vetro, 611 S Wells St. That auction was closely watched, since it was anticipated that ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 28, 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
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Are new South Loop apartments a sign of a rental market downturn?

619 S LaSalle

Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily recently reported that a warehouse at 619-633 S LaSalle has been acquired for conversion to 80 to 90 apartments. Although Crain’s locates the project in Printers Row, it’s a block away. Join me for a video look at the site and its neighbors while I wonder whether apartments in a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 3, 2013