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The reason it was called Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate

Chicagoans call Anish Kapoor’s Millennium Park sculpture The Bean, but its formal name is Cloud Gate. Viewed from the plaza level it’s easy to understand how the sculpture came by its nickname. Viewed from above in the right kind of weather conditions, it’s a gateway to and from the clouds. The above shot was taken ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 16, 2014
Downtown / LoopTips & adviceRenting

Should renters claim the broker bonus at 73 East Lake?

73 East Lake Chicago

Not all Chicago landlords cooperate with rental service brokers, but the ones that do typically pay a commission equal to a month’s rent. Several of the newer buildings have rented up successfully while paying rental services a flat fee per unit that’s well under a month’s rent. The new Loop apartment tower at 73 East ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 21, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New models and a building makeover at Millennium Park Plaza

Millennium Park Plaza

If you’ve ventured south of the river along Michigan Avenue recently you’ve noticed that Millennium Park Plaza, at the corner of Randolph and Michigan, has been undergoing an extensive makeover of the commercial space fronting Michigan. Protein Bar, David’s Tea, Lids and a second floor bar and restaurant will be opening soon. The residential areas ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 9, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The sweeping views from The LEX apartments

View from The LEX

I visited The LEX, 2138 S Indiana, last Friday for a first look at the building’s spacious deck. The landscaped deck has an outdoor pool, a whirlpool, a large dog run, grassy areas and a shaded area with BBQ grills. Check back in about a week for a video tour of the pool and the ...

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

What’s missing from this picture?

View from Vetro

We have well over 300,000 images on our servers. While I was searching for an image of Vetro, 611 S Wells, I came across the above photo, which was shot from a high floor at the building seven years ago. If you were looking at the same view today you’d notice a very striking addition ...

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

A bird’s eye view of the 200 North Michigan demolition

200 North Michigan

The six-story building at 200 North Michigan Ave in the Loop is being demolished to make way for The John Buck Company‘s new 42-story, 402-unit apartment tower. Join me in the video for a look at the unusual demolition process from the 38th-floor roof of neighboring Millennium Park Plaza. My thanks to Millennium Park Plaza ...

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

Demolition nearing completion at 200 North Michigan

200 North Michigan

If the image above matches your memory of 200 N Michigan Ave, your memory needs updating. As of yesterday afternoon most of the building had been reduced to rubble and carted away. A John Buck Co venture has secured an $87 million construction loan and will build a 42-story, 402 unit apartment tower with ground ...

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

Does OneEleven have downtown Chicago’s worst two-bedroom floor plan?

OneEleven, Chicago

Related Midwest’s newest apartment tower, OneEleven at 111 W Wacker Dr, has a great location that will serve up glorious views along the Chicago River from north-facing units. The building began its life as Waterview Tower. It was originally slated to rise 90 stories and include 233 condominiums and a Shangri-La Hotel on the 12th ...

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

Another apartment tower proposed for the Loop

171 Van Buren

MB Real Estate is proposing to build a 40-story high-rise apartment tower at 171 W Van Buren in the Loop. The building, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, would include between 225 and 275 apartments. The tower would be less than a block away from the recently sold-out 714-unit condo building at 235 W Van Buren. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 21, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

73 East Lake on track for late-April occupancy

73 East Lake Chicago

The new 42-story, 332-unit apartment tower at 73 East Lake in the Loop has announced the opening of its leasing office. Rental applications are being taken for occupancy dates beginning late in April, which would make 73 East Lake the first to deliver of the new apartment buildings slated to open this year. The full-amenity ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 19, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Family-friendly apartments on the New East Side

North Harbor Tower, Kardas

North Harbor Tower is a 55-story, 600-unit apartment tower in Chicago’s New East Side neighborhood. The building has a number of features that make it unusually attractive to families with children. Schools are important to families, and the building is within the attendance boundaries of Ogden Elementary School, one of the most highly-rated public schools ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 18, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Chicago’s best Loop / New East Side apartments, a recap

Lakeshore East park

Chicago’s Loop includes the area known as the New East Side, which in turn includes the Lakeshore East development. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in the Loop and New East Side on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. ...

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

Chicago’s best Loop / New East Side apartments – three-bedroom floor plan

North Harbor Tower

Chicago’s Loop includes the area known as the New East Side, which in turn includes the Lakeshore East development. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in the Loop and New East Side on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. ...

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

CMK sells out 235 Van Buren, parking still available

235 Van Buren Chicago

235 Van Buren has sold the last of its 714 residential units. A few parking spaces remain available for sale, priced from $28,900 to $32,900 for single-car spaces and $46,900 to $49,900 for 2-car tandem parking. Monthly assessments range from $51 to $102 and property taxes are estimated at $50 to $100. The Ralph Johnson-designed ...

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

Chicago’s best Loop / New East Side apartments – two-bedroom floor plan

Aerial view Columbus Plaza

Chicago’s Loop includes the area known as the New East Side, which in turn includes the Lakeshore East development. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in the Loop and New East Side on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. ...

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

Chicago’s best Loop / New East Side apartments – one-bedroom floor plan

North Harbor Tower

Chicago’s Loop includes the area known as the New East Side, which in turn includes the Lakeshore East development. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in the Loop and New East Side on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 12, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Chicago’s best Loop / New East Side apartments – studio / convertible floor plan

Aerial view of Lakeshore East

Chicago’s Loop includes the area known as the New East Side, which in turn includes the Lakeshore East development. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in the Loop and New East Side on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 11, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Apartments headed for Block 37

Block 37

Crain’s Chicago Business Chicago Business reported yesterday: The owner of the mall across State Street from Macy’s department store, Los Angeles-based CIM Group, is in advanced preparations for the next phase of the development, an apartment tower with more than 500 units, according to people familiar with CIM’s plans. Three new apartment projects with more ...

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

Chicago’s best Loop / New East Side apartments – private outdoor space

Aqua balconies

Chicago’s Loop includes the area known as the New East Side, which in turn includes the Lakeshore East development. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in the Loop and New East Side on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. ...

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

Chicago’s best Loop / New East Side apartments – apartment finishes and features

111 W Wacker

Chicago’s Loop includes the area known as the New East Side, which in turn includes the Lakeshore East development. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in the Loop and New East Side on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 7, 2014