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Experience the new State & Chestnut apartments

State & Chestnut

State & Chestnut, the sleek new apartment tower at 845 N State St, won’t begin moving in its first residents until July 1. Prospective residents won’t have to wait, however, to experience the building. A leasing center recently opened at 873 N Rush, and a visit there is an experience in itself. The leasing center ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 30, 2015
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Free rent on renovated apartments at Chestnut Place

Chestnut Place

Chestnut Place, an apartment tower at 850 N State in the Gold Coast / River North neighborhood is undergoing a complete makeover and offering a month’s free rent on newly-renovated apartments. The renovated apartments have wood-look floors in the living areas and a sleek, open-plan kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances and good cabinet ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 30, 2015
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Near North Chicago apartment deals and finds

Atwater night view

Atwater, 355 E Ohio, will apply the $450 admin fee to the first month’s rent for a client who rents a currently vacant apartment within 48 hours of their initial visit. Resident parking at Atwater is $225 a month – a bargain for Streeterville. Unit 3506 at Atwater, a 1-bedroom, has been newly renovated with ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 29, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Are these Chicago’s tallest fire escapes?

Lawson YMCA

The 24-story Lawson YMCA on Chicago Ave is 262 feet high at the roof line, according to the Emporis database. The three exterior fire escapes on the north side of the building are the tallest I can recall seeing in Chicago. Are there any taller ones in Chicago, or were there at one time?

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 26, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A first look at the new Chestnut Place apartments

Chestnut Place

The 30-story Chestnut Place apartment tower at 850 N State in the Gold Coast / River North neighborhood changed ownership recently. The apartments, amenities and ground-level retail space are undergoing a complete makeover, and I stopped in earlier today for a look at one of the new apartments. The 1-bedroom I visited had wood-look floors ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 22, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A rarely available furnished Gold Coast apartment

1133 Dearborn

It’s not often that you’ll find a furnished apartment in a true Gold Coast location. Unit 1402 at 1133 North Dearborn, for example, is available for the first time in two years. The one-bedroom apartment is furnished with everything you need to move in, and boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, a private balcony and great views. The ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 21, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Early move-ins at Jones Chicago renting sight-unseen

Jones Chicago

The first residents have moved into Jones Chicago, a 25-story, 188-unit apartment tower at 220 W Illinois St in River North. A number of the new residents reportedly relocated from out-of-state and rented their apartments sight-unseen. Almost exactly a year ago we reported on a growing trend of out-of-towners renting at the new K2 apartment ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 20, 2015
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Free rent on River North penthouses

Chestnut Tower

Chestnut Tower currently has immediate occupancy available on a top-floor 870 square foot 1-bedroom apartment that’s been recently renovated. The unit has unobstructed views to the north and west and rents for $2,525. A 34th floor 3-bedroom, 3-bath is also currently available for $5,225, and includes a free parking space in the on-site garage. The ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 20, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

River North two-bedrooms for the price of one

Chestnut Place

Chestnut Place is a 280-unit, 30-story apartment tower in the River North neighborhood on Chicago’s Near North Side. The building recently changed ownership and is undergoing a makeover. One of the things that won’t change is Chestnut Place’s affordability relative to its River North and Gold Coast competitors. Two-bedroom, bath-and-a-half apartments at Chestnut Place currently ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 12, 2015
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Floor plans, pricing available for Lofts at River East

445 E Illinois

Floor plans and pricing are now available for The Lofts at River East in Streeterville. The 285-unit loft conversion is targeting early 2015 occupancy for what it’s touting as “some of the largest apartments in the city.” The floor plans, now online, back up that boast. Studio apartments at The Lofts at River East start ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 22, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Santa Paws visits high-rise apartments

Santa Paws

Planned Property owns and manages 30 apartment buildings in prime River North, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Lakeview East locations. All of the buildings are cat-friendly and five are dog-friendly. Last week Santa Paws visited two of the dog-friendly buildings, 1000 N LaSalle and 3130 N Lake Shore Dr. Santa brought along his pawtographer and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 16, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A random look at new downtown apartment construction

1000 S Clark St

Last week I visited a number of the new apartment projects under construction in downtown Chicago to check on their progress. Site prep has just begun at 1001 S State. Construction is making rapid progress at 1000 S Clark, pictured above, which is targeting occupancy late in 2015. The Wolf Point apartment tower is advancing ...

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

Will Bush Temple apartments be micro or crazy huge?

424 W Diversey

If you scan articles on the once-trendy topic of micro apartments, you’ll encounter the notion that 275 to 300 square foot spaces are “crazy huge.” One article scoffed at 350 square foot Boston units as “practically a palace.” In Seattle, where micro units ranged as low as 90 square feet, a recently-adopted ordinance requires a ...

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

State & Chestnut apartments, 845 N State St, River North

845 N State St

State & Chestnut is a new 35-story, 367-unit apartment tower under construction at 845 N State St in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. When complete, the building will include ground-floor retail space and 185 garage parking spaces. Construction began in the summer of 2013 and the building was topped out in mid-November. Pre-leasing will begin in ...

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

An on-site look at Wolf Point construction and views

Wolf Point, view east

Concrete was being poured for the 9th floor of Wolf Point, a 48-story, 510-unit apartment tower, at the time of my visit, and the green roof over the public garage was already well underway. It was mid-morning and the sun was just beginning to break through the clouds. I rode the construction elevator to the ...

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

A Lofts at River East update

Lofts at River East

The Lofts at River East recently sent us photo-realistic renderings of the building’s lobby and apartment finishes. The renderings illustrate a sophisticated lobby and apartments with elements of the classic loft aesthetic: large windows, high ceilings, wood floors and ceilings, and exposed heavy timber columns and beams. The 285-unit Streeterville loft conversion is targeting early ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 24, 2014
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Today’s apartment deal – Free rent at Chestnut Tower

Chestnut Tower

Chestnut Tower, a relatively new building in River North, has been undergoing a makeover. The new sundeck has a variety of seating areas, prairie landscaping, gas grills, and flat-screen TVs. It’s also a showcase for the panoramic views that residents enjoy from their apartments. Newly-renovated studios start at $1,755, 1-bedrooms at $1,975, 2-bedroom, 2-baths at ...

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

State & Chestnut tower topped out, pre-leasing in January

State & Chestnut view

The skies were dark with clouds when I rode the construction elevator to the 30th floor of State & Chestnut last Friday. The 35-story, 367 unit tower is topped out, but I opted not to climb five construction ladders to the top floor. The building will have good views to the south and west when ...

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

A year of success for River North’s Hubbard Place apartments

Hubbard Place

Here’s something unusual – a news release that contains information about a new apartment community’s financial performance and the market conditions under which it was achieved: The Habitat Company, a leading property manager and developer, is proud to announce the one-year anniversary of Hubbard Place, and the tremendous success of the apartment community in the ...

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

Back to the future for River North boundaries

Aerial view of River North

About twenty years ago we began reporting the boundaries of Chicago’s River North neighborhood as follows: The River North neighborhood is bounded by the Chicago River on the south, Oak St (1000 N) on the north, from Michigan Ave (100 E) west to the Chicago River. River North is part of the Near North Side ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 4, 2014