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DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Downtown Chicago apartment deals and finds, 5/29/15

OneEleven, the new riverfront apartment tower at 111 W Wacker, has several studio apartments slated to become available for July and August occupancy, starting at just under $2,000 a month. Administrative fees will be waived for renters who apply the day of their first visit. Floor plans and near real-time availability info can be accessed ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 29, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 5/28/15

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 5/28/15 Kingsbury Plaza in River North has a studio available for immediate occupancy and several more for the end of June, mid-July and mid-August. Rents range from $1,815 to $1,872 for 12-month leases. River North’s west77 is offering reduced $7 application fees and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 28, 2015
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park and Lakeview apartment deals and finds, 5/27/15

Eugenie Terrace is Lincoln Park’s only full-amenity luxury rental high-rise. Eugenie Terrace is offering a “look and lease” special that reduces its $400 lease administration fee to $200 for renters who apply within 24 hours of their initial visit. Eugenie Terrace has limited availability between now and August 1 for studios renting from $1,608, 1-bedrooms ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 27, 2015

Rental services give renters bad advice

Chicago’s rental services a/k/a apartment locators a/k/a apartment finders are a source of almost endless misinformation and bad advice. The worst advice you’ll often get from rental services is on the topic of when to begin your apartment search. Their general rule of thumb: 30 days in advance of your move, sometimes 45 days, almost ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 26, 2015

A safe-bet start for your luxury Chicago apartment search

If you’re relocating to a luxury apartment in Chicago and unsure of where you want to live, leasing professionals at properties managed by major companies can prove a surprising source of helpful advice. The Greystar leasing professionals at K2 in the Fulton River District, LUXE and JeffJack in the West Loop, 1225 Old Town in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 21, 2015
ChicagoNorth Side

How to miss out on great Lakeview apartments

If you want to be absolutely certain that you don’t get to see many of the best apartments in Lakeview, contact an apartment rental service a/k/a locator a/k/a finder. Many desirable Lakeview properties don’t pay rental services a commission. Rental services won’t take you to those properties, and may even lie to you about the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 20, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Downtown Chicago apartment deals and finds, 5/15/15

The new Gateway West Loop will be ready for occupancy late in July. Rents are tentatively set to range from $1,491 to $2,161 for studios, $1,766 to $2,146 for convertibles, $2,101 to $2,815 for 1-bedrooms, $2,489 to $3,033 for 1-bedroom plus den apartments and $2,939 to $3,887 for 2-bedroom, 2-baths. Call 877-661-7592 for further information. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 15, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 5/14/15

New City, the new luxury tower at 1457 N Halsted St, recently opened an on-site leasing trailer and is poised to begin signing leases for mid-July and later occupancy. New City currently has a pre-opening offer of a month’s free rent. New City is a full-amenity, full-service, pet-friendly community with 199 studio, convertible, 1- and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 14, 2015
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park and Lakeview apartment deals and finds, 5/13/15

Planned Property is offering a $250 discount off the first month’s rent at all of its properties for 2015 college grads. Planned Property is offering a month’s free parking for all new leases at 515 W Barry, and a “dogs live free” deal at 2756 N Pine Grove. Dog fees, dog deposits and dog rent ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 13, 2015

Rental services: we don’t need no stinking listings

The websites of some Chicago rental services invite you to “search our listings” and their Craigslist ads solicit you to inquire about “our other listings.” The classic scene from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre comes to my mind when rental services refer to their “listings.” Rental services only rarely have what real estate professionals ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 11, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Downtown Chicago apartment deals and finds, 4/24/15

The leasing office and four furnished models are now open at Jeff Jack, a new West Loop apartment tower at 601 W Jackson. JeffJack is offering a month’s free rent on 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. Apply within 24 hours of your first visit and receive a discounted rate of $199 on reserved monthly parking. The ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 24, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 4/23/15

Parc Huron in River North, is offering a month-and-a-half free rent on select one-bedroom apartments for leases beginning before April 30. All of the apartments at Parc Huron have balconies or walk-out terraces, and east-facing ones have spectacular skyline views. Chestnut Place, 850 N State, is offering a month’s free rent on newly-renovated vacant apartments. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 23, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Lincoln Park and Lakeview apartment deals and finds, 4/22/15

Eugenie Terrace is Lincoln Park’s only full-amenity luxury rental high-rise. Eugenie Terrace has a very rare 2 bedroom combined with a studio as a 3 bedroom, 3 full bath apartment on the southwest corner of the 23rd floor. It’s one of only two 3-bedroom apartments in the tower, and features in-unit, full-size washer and dryer, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 22, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Downtown Chicago apartment deals and finds, 4/10/15

K2 Apartments, 365 N Halsted in the Fulton River District is offering a free month’s rent on select floor plans for leases beginning before April 30. The leasing office and four furnished models are now open at Jeff Jack, a new West Loop apartment tower at 601 W Jackson. JeffJack is offering a month’s free ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 10, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 4/9/15

1225 Old Town has extended hardwood flooring throughout the 3-bedroom, 2-bath Unit 1208, renting for $5,073 a month. Unit 1207, also a 3-bedroom, is available for $4,530 a month. Parc Huron in River North, is offering a month-and-a-half free rent on select one-bedroom apartments for leases beginning before April 30. All of the apartments at ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 9, 2015
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park and Lakeview apartment deals and finds, 4/8/15

Halsted Flats opened a year ago as the first new full-amenity rental tower built in Lakeview in decades. Apartments that had rented quickly are now beginning to turn over as leases expire. A true find is a one-bedroom with a large walk-out terrace on the pool level. Halsted Flats is offering a “Look and Lease” ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 8, 2015

Want a lucrative career leasing luxury apartments?

It’s that time of year again. Chicago’s rental services are advertising heavily at Craigslist, touting six-figure incomes, unlimited earnings potential, the start of a lucrative career leasing luxury apartments, etc. etc. Why aren’t the many licensed, experienced real estate agents who currently earn next-to-nothing flocking to those well-paying positions as the rental season heats up? ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 7, 2015
ChicagoNorth Side

Great Lincoln Park apartments are off-limits to rental services

Working with a rental service guarantees that you’ll miss out on some of the best located, most fairly priced and most nicely renovated apartments in Lincoln Park. A number of Lincoln Park’s largest landlords don’t cooperate with rental services, and rental services will steer renters away from their properties. Some of Lincoln Park’s large landlords ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 6, 2015

Many of Lakeview’s best apartments are off-limits to rental services

If you’re looking for an apartment in Lakeview, working with a rental service a/k/a apartment locator a/k/a apartment finder guarantees that you’ll miss out on some of the best-located, most fairly-priced and most nicely-renovated apartments in the neighborhood. A number of Lakeview’s largest landlords don’t cooperate with rental services, and the services will steer renters ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 3, 2015

April Fools’ Day is Chicago Rental Services Day

Yesterday’s brief encounter with a career criminal working as a Chicago leasing agent left me in a somber mood. Kenneth W. Arron a/k/a Kenny Yochelson a/k/a Kenny Stine called himself Kenny Jacobson when he was hired as a leasing agent by The Homestead Group, one of the rental services on our do-not-call list. A Tribune ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 1, 2015