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Does Chicagoland Property Group’s Collin Walker deliberately lie on Craigslist?

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After having looked at many of Collin Walker’s repetitive ads at Craigslist, my considered opinion is that his ads often contain deliberate lies. We posted on what we deemed a Walker lie yesterday, and here’s another … Walker had seven ads active on Craigslist yesterday for “beautiful new” and “beautifully updated” Lincoln Park and Old ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 8, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Basecamp River North is selling quickly pre-construction

Basecamp River North rendering

Thirty-two of the 47 rowhomes at Basecamp River North are under contract before construction has begun. The remaining 3-bedroom, 3-bath homes boast high-style architecture, two-car attached garages and roof decks with dramatic views of the River North and downtown skyline. The homes are pre-construction priced from the mid-$500s, with occupancy anticipated in the late summer ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 8, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

First two phases of Basecamp River North sell out

Basecamp River North rendering

Just over a month ago we reported that the 47-unit Basecamp River North was 40% sold prior to breaking ground. As of yesterday all of the 32 townhomes in Phase I and II of the development were under contract. All of the two- and three-story homes will have sleek contemporary interiors, private outdoor space, 2-car ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 1, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Chicago apartments sell at record per-unit price

Walton on the Park

Chicago Real Estate Daily reported last Friday that Crescent Heights has acquired 161 apartments that had been rented in the 201-unit Walton on the Park condominium building, 2 W Delaware. The reported sales price of “about $160 million” included commercial space, parking and a parcel north of the building currently zoned for 261 units. That ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 31, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

An updated look at the New City mega-development

New City ironworkers

Construction was proceeding across much of the sprawling New City site when I visited yesterday. This major development will extend the Clybourn Corridor south of Lincoln Park and include 360,000 square feet of retail space, medical offices, 199 apartments and 1,100 parking spaces. If you’ve ever tried to walk an I-beam you’re likely to marvel ...

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

Brokers brave the cold for Basecamp River North event

Basecamp River North rendering

A bitter cold evening couldn’t keep a crowd of brokers from turning out to learn about Basecamp River North, the first new rowhomes built on Chicago’s near north side in nearly a decade. All of the two- and three-story homes will have sleek contemporary interiors, private outdoor space, 2-car garages and roof decks. Three-bedrooms start ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 6, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Watching the progress of River Point and New City

OxBlue screencap

We get around on a reasonably frequent basis to all of the new downtown apartment sites and post pictures of their progress. OxBlue construction cameras at the River Point and New City developments will give you a day and night view of those projects that’s updated every 10 to 15 minutes. The company’s slick websites ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 4, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Basecamp River North 40% sold pre-groundbreaking

Basecamp River North rendering

Basecamp River North will be the first new rowhomes built on Chicago’s near north side in nearly a decade. All of the two- and three-story homes will have sleek contemporary interiors, private outdoor space, 2-car garages and roof decks. Three-bedrooms start in the mid-$500s and 4-bedrooms from the high $600s. About 40% of the 47 ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 27, 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
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

10 West Elm apartments, 10 W Elm St, Gold Coast

10 West Elm Chicago

10 West Elm is a 20-story, 134-unit vintage apartment tower in the Gold Coast. The building also has 16,500 square feet of office and retail space. B. Leo Steif & Company & Company was the architect for the Art Deco building, which was completed in 1929. The multi-colored 10 West Elm is visually arresting, with ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 26, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

805 North LaSalle, 805 N LaSalle St, Near North Side

805 N LaSalle rendering

805 North LaSalle is a 35-story, 295-unit apartment tower under construction on Chicago’s Near North Side. The development will include ground-level retail space along Chicago Ave. The project’s developer is Smithfield Development. Berkelhamer Architects is the design architect and Antunovich Associates is the architect of record. Demolition of an existing building on part of the ...

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

40 East Oak apartments, 40 E Oak St, Gold Coast

40 E Oak

40 East Oak is a 20-story, 205-unit vintage high-rise at the southern edge of the Gold Coast. The building was designed in the Beaux Arts style by Maurice L. Bein, a Russian-born architect, and completed in 1929. Bein designed scores of Chicago buildings while still in his 20s before turning to general contracting at the ...

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

Dearborn North apartments, 1117 N Dearborn St, Gold Coast

1117 N Dearborn

Dearborn North is an 8-story, 134-unit vintage mid-rise in the Gold Coast. The building was completed in the early 1920s. It was designed by Maurice Bein, a Russian-born architect who was in his 20s at the time. Bein designed scores of Chicago buildings before turning to general contracting at the age of 33. The neoclassical ...

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

Astor House apartments, 1340 N Astor St, Gold Coast

1340 N Astor

Astor House is a 30-story, 218-unit contemporary apartment tower at 1340 N Astor St in the Gold Coast. The building was completed in 1969 and designed by the much-maligned Hirschfield & Reinheimer. Another Chicago building in Rogers Park is also named Astor House. Astor House is the second-newest rental building north of Division St in ...

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

Cabrini-Green area poised for substantial change

Chestnut and Orleans

The Cabrini-Green area has been the subject of intensified interest on the part of developers recently, including Ranquist Development’s planned 47-rowhome Basecamp River North project, and Fifield Companies‘ proposed 31-story, 333-unit apartment tower at Chestnut and Orleans (site pictured above). The Chicago Housing Authority recently released its draft plan (pdf) for the redevelopment of the ...

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

1100 North Dearborn apartments, Gold Coast

1100 N Dearborn Chicago

1100 North Dearborn is a 20-story, 247-unit Gold Coast high-rise. The building was completed in 1930. McNally & Quinn was the architecture firm that designed 1100 North Deareborn. The brick building has some limestone trim, but it’s sparsely ornamented compared to nearby buildings built in the same era. Bands of thin limestone columns rise from ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 27, 2014
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Rental deal of the day – a 2-bedroom Gold Coast duplex

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A two-story apartment – a duplex – offers great separation between living and sleeping areas. That’s a real benefit for roommates or couples who work different schedules. A 2-bedroom, 2-bath end-unit duplex is currently available for rent at 1133 North Dearborn, a full-amenity Gold Coast building with a pool, fitness room and 24/7 door staff. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 24, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

65 East Scott apartments, 65 E Scott St, Gold Coast

65 East Scott

65 East Scott is a 17-story, 230-unit contemporary apartment tower in the Gold Coast. Arpen Group was the architect for the building, which was completed in 1971. 65 East Scott is the second-newest rental building north of Division St in the Gold Coast. It’s one of only a handful of apartment buildings in an area ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 23, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

18 East Elm apartments, 18 E Elm St, Gold Coast

18 East Elm Chicago

18 East Elm is a 10-story, 150-unit vintage courtyard apartment building in the Gold Coast. William P. Doerr was the architect for the building. It was built in 1926 and is distinguished by the neoclassical arched entryway at the north end of the courtyard. The building was originally an apartment hotel, and its lobby reflects ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 23, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Elm Street Plaza apartments, 1130 N Dearborn St, Gold Coast

1130 North Dearborn

Elm Street Plaza is a 33-story, 396-unit, full-amenity apartment tower in the Gold Coast. The building was completed in 1976. The masonry-clad structure has 240 parking spaces. It was originally financed in part by the Illinois Housing Development Authority and includes a number of subsidized units. Habitat Company was the developer, Gordon & Levin the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 21, 2014