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AMLI River North, 71 W Hubbard St, River North

AMLI River North Chicago

AMLI River North, 71 W Hubbard St in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, is a 50-story, 409-unit apartment tower with 262 parking spaces and 4,500 square feet of ground level retail space. Construction began in October 2011, and the building recently opened for occupancy. AMLI Residential Partners is the developer, Walsh Construction the general contractor, and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 5, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Coast at Lakeshore East, 345 E Wacker Dr, New East Side

The Coast at Lakeshore East Chicago

The 49-story, 515-unit Coast, 345 E Wacker Dr, is the eighth residential high-rise at the Lakeshore East development in the New East Side neighborhood. It includes 18,000 square feet of retail space, 18,000 square feet of amenities and parking located below Wacker Dr. Pedestrian access is from Wacker Dr. Coast opened for occupancy in March ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 29, 2013
News & trendsMarket conditions

Are new home sales really down 43% in Chicago?

Aerial view, Gold Coast

From yesterday’s Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily: Local new-home sales are surging in the suburbs but dropping off in the city, a tale of two markets as the homebuilding business rebounds from a six-year slump. The nascent homebuilding recovery has been more sprawling than skyscraping in Chicago, with suburban new-home sales jumping nearly 22 percent ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 31, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Chicago new home sales down 90% from 5 years ago

View from 1020 S Wabash roofdeck

Five years ago we posted the following report: Sales of new homes downtown fell 46 percent during the first quarter, according to a story in Crain’s Chicago Business, which quoted a new report by Appraisal Research Counselors. Buyers signed contracts for 1,207 new homes downtown during the first quarter, a 46 percent drop from the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 17, 2012
ChicagoSouth Side

A brief look back at hopes for Bronzeville

Lake Park Crescent signage

Five years ago YoChicago looked in on Bronzeville for an extended peek at what was hoped to be a massive transformation of the South Side neighborhood. The demolition of some of the CHA’s most troubled housing developments and the development of five large-scale new projects – Jazz on the Boulevard, Lake Park Crescent, Oakwood Shores, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 2, 2012

Tour a luxury model home in Plainfield

Plainfield custom home video

You’ll often get a more informed perspective on how a home lives when you see it through the eyes of the builder. The 4,300 square foot home at 26104 Stewart Ridge in Plainfield was built by Christyn as a showplace model for the Northern Illinois Homebuilders’ Cavalcade of Homes. A great deal of thought and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 10, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Only 7 units left at Phase II of CA23 in West Loop

CA23 Chicago video

When Belgravia Group took over CA23 in the West Loop, it lowered prices and quickly sold out the condominium units in the 24-unit Phase I. Somewhat to Belgravia’s surprise, there was quite a bit of buyer interest in Phase II, an additional 24-unit building. “One of the things that Belgravia is really good at is ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 23, 2012
DealsChicagoNorth Side

A block from Roscoe Village, killer-priced new 3 and 4-bedrooms

2431 W Belmont Chicago video

Noah Properties may well be the hottest-selling developer on Chicago’s North Side. Its detailed-to-the-max single-family homes and condos have been selling almost as quickly as they’re completed. At 2431 W Belmont Ave, a block from the popular Roscoe Village neighborhood, Noah is building 3 6-flat condos with 3- and 4-bedroom, 2-bath units that include garage ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 18, 2012
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Edgebrook Glen, a disconnect between marketing and reality

Edgebrook Glen video

If you’re familiar with the conventions for naming real estate developments you’ll immediately know that Edgebrook Glen is not in Chicago’s Edgebrook neighborhood and has no glen on site. That knowledge is insufficient to prepare you for the radical disconnect between the way the development of 64 single-family homes was marketed and the reality of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 7, 2012
News & trendsMarket conditions

November new home sales up sharply in Midwest

Symphony Meadows Volo IL

The US Census Bureau reports that November new home sales (pdf) were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 315,000, a 1.6% increase from the October rate, and a 9.8% increase from the November of 2010 pace. As is often the case, the national numbers mask sharp variations among regions. Sales actually declined sharply in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 23, 2011
ChicagoNorth Side

A contemporary single-family on a wide lot in the Bell School District

2522 W Patterson Chicago

The 2500 block of Patterson is a quiet cul-de-sac that’s been built out with newer million-dollar homes in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood. It presents a beautifully landscaped streetscape that’s teeming with young children in the early evening. The location is in the highly sought-after Bell School District, which accounts for the unusually large number of ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 20, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A comfortable new East Village 5-bedroom

1838 W Erie Chicago video

Noah Properties has recently completed three new contemporary homes in the 1800 block of West Erie in Chicago’s East Village. The first two sold rapidly and this one, at 1838 W Erie St, has just come on the market. The three homes have similar exteriors but very different interiors. This one has a very homey, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 17, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

An impressive luxury home in Noble Square

514 N Noble video

As you enter the newly-built, recently-listed, 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home at 514 N Ada St you’re facing a dramatic soaring staircase framed in glass, set at an angle and capped with an unusual chandelier. The staircase serves as a fitting introduction to this unusual home and its high-style finishes. The spacious home is flooded ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 16, 2011
ChicagoNorth Side

A classic corner-lot single-family in Lincoln Park

1249 W Lill video

The 1200 block of Lill in Lincoln Park / DePaul is a quiet, secluded location that’s just a few blocks from the Fullerton El stop. At the end of the block is Supera Park, a hub for neighborhood gatherings that’s generally packed with children. There’s a Starbucks across the street from the park and popular ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 14, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A more traditional new East Village single-family

1842 W Erie Chicago video

Each of the homes I’ve seen from Noah Properties has had a few signature touches: lavish kitchens and baths, high-style lighting fixtures, hardwood floors throughout the main living areas, high-ceilinged highly functional lower levels, and a front-bedroom on the second level with huge street-facing windows. Despite the similarities, each of the homes has been a ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 9, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Oakwood 200 Squared is a foodies’ paradise

Chicago Cut Steakhouse

Despite the high-end finishes and quality appliances that reside in their granite and stainless steel kitchens, residents at Oakwood 200 Squared, 210 N Wells St, may never use their amazing kitchens. They are, after all, within a few blocks of hundreds of dining options that range from fast food to fresh fish, or succulent sushi ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 8, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A new West Town 3-bedroom, 2-bath in the mid-$200s

2804 W Chicago Ave video

Condo prices slowly fall as you head further west along Chicago Avenue in Chicago’s West Town community area. By the time you reach the corner of California and Chicago you can command a high-style, 1,500 square foot, 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with all the bells and whistles for $259,900. Less than a mile to the east ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 7, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

545 N McClurg Ct, Streeterville

410 E Grand Ave rendering Chicago

Golub and Company has submitted a Planned Development proposal for a mixed-use project on a site fronting McClurg Ct between Grand Ave and Ohio St. There is currently no timetable for groundbreaking. The project’s address was formerly listed as 410 E Grand Ave and is currently 545 N McClurg Ct. Golub and Company is the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 6, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New East Village condos at hard to fathom prices

622 N Ashland Ave Chicago

Today’s new listing alert included two units in a building nearing completion at 622 N Ashland Ave on the eastern edge of Chicago’s East Village neighborhood. Unit 4 is a 2,200 square foot 3-bedroom, 3-bath priced at $629,000, which includes rights to the entire roof. Unit 2, also a 2,200 square foot 3/3 has rights ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 28, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Phase II of CA23 poised to break ground in West Loop

CA23 West Loop video

The east view (above) from the fourth floor of the existing building at CA23, 23 N Aberdeen in the West Loop, is a good proxy for the view that buyers will enjoy from the upper floors of Phase II when it is complete. Earlier this year a Belgravia Group affiliate took control of 11 unsold ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 26, 2011