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DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Apartment deals and finds in downtown Chicago, 2/27/15

The LEX

The West Loop‘s Circa 922,, 922 W Washington, is offering two months free rent on new studio and 1-bedroom apartments and a month on new 2-bedrooms. Renters must take occupancy by April 24, 2015 to qualify for the free rent offer. The leasing office and four furnished models are now open at Jeff Jack, a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 27, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds, 2/26/15

North Water view

The on-site leasing office and model apartments are now open at North Water, a 52-story apartment tower at 340 E North Water in Streeterville. North Water is a full-amenity view building with sweeping vistas in every direction. Apartments are available for March 1 and later occupancy. Chestnut Place, 850 N State, is offering a month’s ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 26, 2015
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park and Lakeview apartment deals and finds, 2/25/15

Reside on Barry

Reside on Barry is a pet-friendly high-rise at 533 W Barry, steps from the lively Broadway strip of bars, restaurants and shops. A renovated 2-bedroom is available for $2,075 on the 16th floor with south-facing skyline views. The apartment has wood-look floors, a stylish kitchen with ample cabinet and counter space, a renovated bath and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 25, 2015

500 Lake Shore Drive bans Craigslist rental service ads

Park west of 500 LSD

500 Lake Shore Drive sent the following email to rental services / apartment locators / apartment finders last Saturday morning: Subject: Craigslist Postings at 500 Lake Shore Drive Good Afternoon, As you all know, we have recently switched over to the LRO pricing model. With this pricing model, pricing fluctuates daily based on several factors ...

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

Why YoChicago is your best Streeterville apartment source

Streeterville

There are only 16 apartment complexes in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood and you’ll find all of them on YoChicago’s at-a-glance list. The list gives you a snapshot of the types of apartments in each building, the building’s pet policy, and whether it has in-unit washer / dryers, a pool and on-site parking. YoChicago’s at-a-glance list links ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 23, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Apartment deals and finds in downtown Chicago

JeffJack

The leasing office and four furnished models are now open at Jeff Jack, a new West Loop apartment tower at 601 W Jackson. The second month’s rent is free at Astoria Tower, 8 E 9th St in the South Loop, on select apartments. The offer applies to renters who “look and lease” for 15 months ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 13, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Old Town, River North, Streeterville and Gold Coast apartment deals and finds

River East

The Lofts at River East, Streeterville’s only rental loft building, has been leasing rapidly for April 1 occupancy. All of the south-facing two-bedrooms with balconies overlooking the Ogden Slip have been rented for April, but a few are available for mid-May at rents ranging from $4,020 to $4,200. One-bedrooms are still available for April occupancy, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 12, 2015
ChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park and Lakeview apartment deals and finds

Eugenie Terrace

Eugenie Terrace is widely-known as Lincoln Park’s only full-amenity luxury rental high-rise. A little-known fact is that Eugenie Terrace has a handful of duplex townhomes with private outdoor terraces. Eugenie Terrace currently has a 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath townhome available for March 1st occupancy at $5,876 plus utilities. The home has first-floor hardwood floors, high ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 11, 2015

Kill 17,000 Craigslist apartment spam ads with one mouse-click

Craigslist

It’s been a while since we’ve updated our roster of Craigslist’s worst apartment ad spammers. Some of the rental services on our list have mercifully bit the dust, but Chicago’s most vicious Craigslist spammers are still actively wasting renters’ time. Just over an hour ago, two of Craigslist’s worst spammers – Chicagoland Property Group and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 9, 2015

Zumper has a new design and spam apartment ads

Zumper screen cap

Yesterday’s email brought “news” of “the brand new Zumper web platform.” In its previous incarnation Zumper seemed to be nothing more than a garbage dump of deceptive rental service ads. In its new incarnation Zumper strikes me as nothing more than a garbage dump of deceptive rental service ads with a more sophisticated search engine ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 6, 2015

A list of Chicago’s best landlords

Aerial

The City of Chicago recently published a list of Chicago’s worst landlords, and plans to update it twice a year. The list has no properties in the near-lakefront neighborhoods where YoChicago concentrates its coverage. A list of bad landlords isn’t very helpful to renters, who are typically far more interested in finding a good one ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 2, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Downtown Chicago apartment deals and finds

Circa 922

The West Loop‘s Circa 922,, 922 W Washington, is offering a month’s free rent on new 1-bedroom apartments and a month-and-a-half on new 2-bedrooms. Renters must take occupancy by March 31, 2015 to qualify for the free rent offer. Agree to rent within 24 hours of your initial visit to Echelon in the Fulton River ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 30, 2015
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

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
ChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park apartment deals and finds

Park Lincoln

Park Lincoln, the 24-story high-rise at 2470 N Clark St, has quietly been undergoing a major makeover of its common areas and apartments. The revamped convertible and one-bedroom apartments have entirely new kitchens and baths, wood-look floors and in-unit washer / dryers. The new kitchens have granite counters, glass tile backsplashes, under-cabinet lighting, under-mount sinks ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 28, 2015
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Lakeview apartment deals and finds

634 W Cornelia

Planned Property is waiving the $300 move-in fee for one-bedrooms renting from $1,300 a month at 634 W Cornelia. The large one-bedrooms in this classic courtyard building have refinished hardwood floors. Halsted Flats, a new luxury apartment tower, has a variety of deals: A free $200 parking spot for 12 months on two-bedroom apartments for ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 27, 2015

That apartment was rented before you applied

Kardas photo

Applying for an apartment that’s already been rented – or was never available – is just one of the very many pitfalls you’ll encounter when you work with a Chicago rental service / apartment locator / apartment finder. Many landlords allow multiple rental services to advertise and show their apartments while retaining the right to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 19, 2015
ChicagoNorth Side

Start your Lakeview apartment hunt with landlords

Belmont Harbor

When you’re searching for an apartment in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, Craigslist and rental services are likely to prove a time-consuming, frustrating and risky dead end. Most Lakeview landlords advertise on Craigslist, but their ads are drowned out by a flood of bait-and-switch rental service ads. One critical thing – among many – the rental services ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 14, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New downtown apartments lowering rents – but not really

Aerial view of downtown

A number of new downtown apartment buildings have recently lowered their rents while simultaneously discontinuing free rent offers. Almost all of the free rent offers required payment of the full stated rent and no payment in select months. New renters were not allowed to amortize the free months over the term of the lease and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 14, 2015

How fraudulent Yelp reviews help Chicago renters

Yelp

We’ve written previously about apparently fraudulent Yelp reviews for Live Here Chicago, a local rental service / apartment locator / apartment finder. Company agents and former agents have reportedly been encouraged to create positive reviews for themselves at Yelp. Read the recent reviews pictured above from a single Yelper. It’s obvious that both can’t be ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 9, 2015

Will 2015 be a year of apartment deals and discounts?

Aerial view of downtown Chicago

The downtown Chicago apartment market added more than 2,000 new rental apartments in 2014. The rental market showed surprising strength last year, but all of the new units haven’t been filled despite discounts and incentive offers that ranged as high as three free months’ rent. Nearly 4,000 new apartments will be added in downtown Chicago ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 5, 2015