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A step forward for Atrium Village

Aerial view of Atrium Village site

It’s been nearly two years since we noted a Sun-Times report that the Chicago Plan Commission had approved a proposal for the redevelopment of the 7-acre Atrium Village site at Division and Wells. The site could eventually encompass a 2-acre terraced park, four high-rises, townhomes, retail space and 1,500 apartments. Chicago Real Estate Daily reported ...

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

A close-up look at New City’s construction progress

New City

New City is a huge, mixed-use, transit-oriented development at Halsted and Clybourn on the Near North Side. New City will have about 400,000 square feet of office, retail, entertainment and dining space, an 1,100-car parking garage and a 19-story, 199-unit apartment tower. New City will be anchored by an 80,000 square foot Mariano’s which, probably ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 27, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A Near North new construction update

858 N Franklin

An affiliate of Fifield Companies received Plan Commission approval yesterday to move forward on a 31-story, 310-unit apartment tower at Chestnut and Orleans. The development will include 174 parking spaces and ground-level retail space. Construction is estimated to begin early next year. The first two phases of Basecamp River North are sold out, but construction ...

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

Does Chicagoland Property Group’s Collin Walker deliberately lie on Craigslist?

1225 screen cap

After having looked at many of Collin Walker’s repetitive ads at Craigslist, my considered opinion is that his ads often contain deliberate lies. We posted on what we deemed a Walker lie yesterday, and here’s another … Walker had seven ads active on Craigslist yesterday for “beautiful new” and “beautifully updated” Lincoln Park and Old ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 8, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Brokers brave the cold for Basecamp River North event

Basecamp River North rendering

A bitter cold evening couldn’t keep a crowd of brokers from turning out to learn about Basecamp River North, the first new rowhomes built on Chicago’s near north side in nearly a decade. All of the two- and three-story homes will have sleek contemporary interiors, private outdoor space, 2-car garages and roof decks. Three-bedrooms start ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 6, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Basecamp River North 40% sold pre-groundbreaking

Basecamp River North rendering

Basecamp River North will be the first new rowhomes built on Chicago’s near north side in nearly a decade. All of the two- and three-story homes will have sleek contemporary interiors, private outdoor space, 2-car garages and roof decks. Three-bedrooms start in the mid-$500s and 4-bedrooms from the high $600s. About 40% of the 47 ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 27, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A brief look inside the new Plum Market in Old Town

Plum Market

I dislike grocery shopping and I dislike cooking even more. The ultimate apartment amenity for me would be having a full-service grocery in the building. Residents at the new 1225 Old Town apartments have a pool, a fitness center, a theater, party rooms, a business center and more. They also have the one amenity I’d ...

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

45-story, 264-unit high-rise proposed for Clark and North

Lincoln Park

From a Chicago Tribune report: Plans are underway by the Burnham Development Co. for the construction of an apartment complex at Clark Street and North Avenue that will use parts of the existing old Germania Club Building, integrating it into the entrance lobby of the new complex. The club itself will be restored, inside and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 29, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Development laugh lines, Old Town edition

Clark & North

Developer Howard Weiner is proposing to build an 11-story residential and commercial building at the southwest corner of North Ave and Clark St, adjacent to the shuttered Village Theater. If you’re at all familiar with the location, this excerpt from yesterday’s Crain’s article will provide enough amusement to carry you through the weekend: I think ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 25, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A video look inside Old Town’s best apartments

1225 Old Town

1225 Old Town is a new boutique high-rise at 1225 N Wells St in Chicago’s pedestrian-friendly Old Town neighborhood. 1225 has a full complement of stylish amenities: a sundeck and pool, fitness center, resident lounge with coffee service, a theater, a dog run and a demonstration kitchen and business center. 1225 Old Town’s most fabulous ...

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Posted by sponsored post on October 8, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Cobbler Square Lofts, 1350 N Wells St, Old Town

Cobbler Square

In the mid-80s architect Ken Schroeder transformed 30 ramshackle buildings used as a Dr Scholl’s factory into Cobbler Square, 295 loft apartments and ground-floor retail space in a colorful, visually arresting set of seven structures enclosing landscaped courtyards. Village Green oversaw a complete renovation of the complex, including upgrading and expansion of the common areas ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 24, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The Scott Residences, 211 W Scott, Old Town

Scott Residences

The 5-story, 71-unit Scott Residences at 211 W Scott St in Old Town broke ground in the summer of 2013 and is slated for occupancy late in 2014. The building will include 10,000 square feet of ground-level retail space and 72 parking spots. The developer is Harlem-Irving Cos with JDL Development. The apartments The unit ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 20, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Scott Flats gets a new name and a coat of arms

The Scott Residences

Three weeks ago we reported, based on the developer’s website, that the 71-unit apartment building under construction at Scott and Wells would be named Scott Flats. We also reported, based on that website, that the project would have studio to 3-bedroom apartments. The signage fronting the site on Wells Street now refers to the Old ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 18, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Where’s YoChicago been lately?

Wells Street, Chicago

In the course of a typical month YoChicago stops at 100s of places in dozens of Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs. We don’t write about all of them, but we do snap photos and video clips for use in current and future videos and posts. Here’s a look at just a few of the places we’ve ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 18, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

1225 Old Town Apartments, 1225 N Wells St, Old Town

1225 Old Town rendering

The 16-story, 250-unit 1225 Old Town at 1225 N Wells St in Old Town, broke ground in April of 2011, began moving in residents in July of 2012, and was 85% leased by mid-December. The rapid lease-up is easy to understand: 1225 was the first new rental high-rise in the sought-after Old Town neighborhood in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 4, 2013

Old Town apartment project gets a name

Scott Flats

I dropped by the southwest corner of Scott and Wells yesterday for an updated look at the progress of the 71-unit apartment building that’s under construction at the site. Caisson drilling was underway at the time of my last visit early last month. That work is complete and it appears that concrete pours for the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 30, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Views from the neighborhoods – and beyond

View from above 2800 LSD

You can find surprisingly good views of Chicago’s skyline in places where you aren’t expecting to find them. Start with the view above, which stretches from Rogers Park to the West Loop. It was shot from a roof deck of the six-story apartment building at 1157 W Diversey, at the northern edge of Lincoln Park. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 22, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Visiting six new construction sites

Target on Division

A new 150,000 square foot Target store at the northwest corner of Division and Larrabee is slated to open later this year. An Oregon-based developer has acquired a site across the street for the construction of an 18-story, 240-unit apartment tower. A new Plum Market grocery store and Intelligentsia Coffee opened last month in the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 8, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Terra cotta façade restoration nearly complete at 1225 Old Town

1225 Old Town

The recently-reported sale of the 250-unit 1225 Old Town apartment high-rise can easily pass unnoticed, but the restoration of the ornate terra cotta façade on the site is sure to attract attention. It was nearly complete when we stopped by on Monday. Signage on the site indicates that upscale grocer Plum Market is on schedule ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 10, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Construction underway on Old Town apartments

Scott & Wells, Chicago

Late last year brought word that JDL Development and Harlem Irving Cos were planning a 5-story building with 71 apartments and ground-floor retail on a site directly across the street from the new 250-unit 1225 Old Town apartments. At the time JDL President James Letchinger told Crain’s that he hoped to start construction on the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 17, 2013