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Where Chicago’s 25- to 34-year olds cluster

Lakeview aerial

According to 2010 US Census data, 25- to 34-year olds accounted for 13.4% of the nation’s population and 17.97% of the City of Chicago’s. That translates to over 41 million in the age group across the US and over 519,000 in Chicago. The aggregate numbers mask wide variations in the percentage of 25- to 34-year ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 28, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

How Al Friedman helped create River North

Al Friedman

The first night I ever spent in Chicago was in a fleabag hotel on Wells Street in the late-60s. The area now known as River North was then one of Chicago’s Skid Rows and my room was swarming with roaches. Business Week recently spotlighted River North’s transition into its current affluence and a destination for ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 16, 2014

YoChicago’s taking a day off

Paul McCartney

YoChicago won’t be posting about Chicago real estate today, but will resume tomorrow. I returned to Chicago late Sunday after a five-day break in California, visiting my daughter Valerie. We had tickets for Paul McCartney’s concert at Candlestick Park – the last event at “The Stick” before it’s demolished. As usual I took a lot ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 18, 2014

Question of the day – who’s getting the supervouchers?

500 LSD

Crain’s Chicago Business reported yesterday that the Chicago Housing Authority is issuing “supervouchers” that enable low-income residents to rent in some of the city’s priciest apartment buildings. Supervoucher recipients are currently renting, for example, at 500 Lake Shore Drive and Aqua. There are important public policy and resource allocation questions to be considered. But, this ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 28, 2014

YoChicago nears 3,000 YouTube subscribers

K2

YoChicago has more than 2,500 videos on our primary YouTube channel, and they’ve been viewed more than 3.8 million times. We have far more narrated real estate videos online than all of the other media outlets in Chicago combined, and we’re adding to them frequently. Our most popular video, one of several on the erection ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 28, 2014

The Millennials are coming, perhaps

Hubbard Place party

One of the few things you can say for certain about the Millennial Generation is that its membership is huge in number. Beyond the sheer size of this cohort, certainties vanish. Predicting the impact that Millennials will have on the sale and rental housing markets is, in some respects, akin to playing the lottery. The ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 22, 2014

Meet Jola Jablonska, a Chicago photographer

Jola and Eric

I’ve take many photographs while shooting 1,000s of videos and I’ve often been asked by real estate agents to do the photography for the home. I always decline, and advise the real estate agent that I can illustrate what a home looks like but a talented photographer can capture something more important: what a home ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 9, 2014
News & trendsNeighborhoods

Is the crisis in the Ukraine improving Realtor spelling?

St Nicholas

Ukrainian Village is probably the most commonly misspelled neighborhood name in Chicago. Is that changing as a result of the saturation coverage of recent events in the Ukraine? A search at Redfin turns up 12 listings that reference Ukrainian Village and spell it correctly. Six listings refer to Ukranian Village. That’s a 1/3 overall error ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 24, 2014

Ask American Realty’s Dan Dantuma about his drug arrests

Dan Dantuma

American Realty’s Dan Dantuma had 135 repetitive ads on Craigslist as of mid-morning yesterday. More than 80% of them were for a single apartment, a junior 1-bedroom at Gold Coast Galleria, 111 W Maple. Reading the same ad over and over and over again prompted me to learn more about Dan, and an online search ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 11, 2014

State Street Properties’ amazing Craigslist apartment spam

State Street Properties

With just over 2,500 ads, State Street Properties isn’t Craigslist’s most prolific apartment ad spammer, but it ranks among the worst of them and shares some verbal tics with the typical Craigslist rental spammers. Landlords and management companies don’t typically resort to superlatives to describe their apartments. If you see an “amazing” or “awesome” or ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 10, 2014

Where have all the iMove agents gone, short time passing?

iMove Chicago

We’ve written repeatedly about iMove Chicago, a rental service that advertises frequently on Craigslist for new leasing agents and brokers. We had saved records of the names of 41 agents and brokers (other than Erickson Ocasio and Rusty Payton, the principals) who were employed at iMove Chicago between January 2012 and January 19, 2013: Andrew ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 9, 2014

Craigslist spammer of the day: Andy Trejo and iQrentals

Facebook Trejo

We haven’t written about Andy Trejo before, but he’s been on our radar for well over a year, and his company names have been on our Chicago rental service do-not-call list. The LinkedIn screen cap on the left, above, dates to January of last year. The one on the right is current. The LinkedIn profiles ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 7, 2014

An update on Chicagoland Property Group’s spam-family Walker

SoNo East Walker Craigslist

In the coming months we’ll be continuing our efforts to make it easier for you to identify and avoid some of Craiglist’s worst apartment ad spammers. We’ll call them out by company and individual names and build a reference list. On Monday we questioned whether the more than 4,500 ads placed by Chicagoland Property Group ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 4, 2014
News & trendsArchitecture & design

Jeanne Gang, on building communities through architecture

Jeanne Gang

There have been recent rumors that architect Jeanne Gang may be involved in a new tower at Lakeshore East, where Aqua has made quite a splash. Last May Gang spoke at TEDx Midwest on the topic of how architecture contributes to building community. Her compelling presentation has flashes of humor, a focus on an expanded ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 24, 2014

Meet the guys who wash your windows

Window washer

There are times when you see them almost nose-to-nose, but there never seems to be a way to get to know them. They’re the guys who rappel down your building to wash your windows, and you can meet them and learn a bit about their lives in this award-winning documentary video. Are they always guys? ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 14, 2014

Planned Property takes the Polar Plunge with #swimmyfallon

Jimmy Fallon at Polar Plunge

Chicago’s Polar Plunge benefitting the Special Olympics drew a record crowd this year, due in part to the participation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon. Planned Property raised funds for the benefit from its employees and apartment residents, and Planned’s Dan McDonough donned a penguin suit and plunged into the icy ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 3, 2014

Know your condo manager, Prairie Shores Management edition

Sedgwick St

While reading a string of negative reviews on Yelp for Prairie Shores Management I locked in on the name of Richard Holtzman. Back in the 80s Holtzman was associated with a firm called Preservation Chicago Inc that had a number of failed investments in Uptown and, if memory serves (it may not), was very poorly ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 4, 2014

A day for honoring Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr video

As we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr, we might pause to consider how much has changed since he came to Chicago in 1966 to advance the cause of fair housing. Dr King described his time in Chicago, where he rented an apartment at 1550 S Hamlin Ave, as “a first step on ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 20, 2014

John Baird’s role in saving the DePaul neighborhood

John Baird

The death of Baird & Warner‘s John Baird at the age of 98 is rightfully receiving a great deal of attention in both local and national real estate circles. You can learn some of Mr Baird’s accomplishments, and a bit about his impact on Chicago, in the Tribune, Sun-Times and Chicago Real Estate Daily obituaries. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 31, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A Grant Park makeover near General Logan’s statue

General Logan statue

The stretch of Grant Park south of the Art Institute doesn’t attract the crowds that flock to Millennium Park and the other attractions at its north end. Unless you’ve taken your kids sledding on the hill adjacent to it, you may never have noticed the statue of General John “Black Jack” Logan just east of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 21, 2013