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ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Envisioning Chicago apartment locations

South Loop aerial

Maps are a fabulous tool for communicating a great deal of information about a property’s location. A simple Google search, however, reveals that quite a few people have difficulty reading maps. We’ve been developing a series of aerial and panoramic images that help apartment seekers envision where properties are located in relation to identifiable landmarks ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 19, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Checking out the roof at 914 West Hubbard

914 W Hubbard

Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily recently reported that a 24-unit apartment building at 914 W Hubbard in West Town had been refinanced with a $6.7 million loan. The previous loan had been in foreclosure. According to Chicago’s Building Data Warehouse the property recently received a permit to convert the existing 22-unit building to 24 units, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 1, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The spectacular skyline views from Kingsbury Plaza

George Azzo, Kingsbury Plaza

Late yesterday afternoon I visited the roof of Kingsbury Plaza, 520 N Kingsbury St in River North. The views in all directions from a height of 455 feet are attention-grabbing, and likely to be compelling from lower floors also, given the unbroken vistas afforded by the building’s riverfront site adjacent to the East Bank Club. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 16, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Contextual views of the new Coast and Optima Center apartment towers

River panorama

Architects are generally sensitive to the context in which their buildings will be situated. Building renderings and photos, however, rarely show the context, or offer only a limited glimpse of the surroundings. This panoramic view of the north side of the Chicago River, seen from upper Wacker Drive, illustrates Optima Center‘s distinctive presence on this ...

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

Fifield delivers K2 apartments ahead of schedule

K2 at K Station, Chicago

The first apartment move-ins at K2 in the Fulton River District are slated for March 1, well ahead of schedule. I’ll be there this morning, visiting the community and bringing you a video tour. In the meantime, enjoy the views and scan the news release that was received last Friday.

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 11, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The extravagant views from The Montgomery

View east from The Montgomery

Head just a mile west of the lake and, if you’re able to find a vantage point a few hundred feet above the ground, you’ll be in big sky country and be treated to sweeping views of the city and skyline. You’ll also see that what a recent Crain’s Chicago Business article called a developer ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 17, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

The spectacular views from Eugenie Terrace

Lincoln Park view from Eugenie Terrace

I recently toured Eugenie Terrace, a 44-story, 575-unit rental high-rise directly across the street from Lincoln Park. The building’s location, at 1730 N Clark St, affords it great views in all directions. One of the more appealing views is the one over the park, above, shot through the floor-to-ceiling window of a 27th floor apartment. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 29, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A rooftop view from K2 at K Station

Owen Smith, McHugh Construction

A week rarely goes by without my visiting at least one Chicago rooftop. Yesterday I rode the construction elevator to the top of K2 at K Station, a 496-unit, 34-story apartment tower in the Fulton River District that’s scheduled for occupancy in April of next year. The views were spectacular in every direction despite hazy ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 25, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The views from 30 East Elm in the Gold Coast

View from 30 East Elm

The 19-story contemporary condominium at 30 East Elm is far short of the tallest building in the Gold Coast, but its location on a block dominated by low-rise vintage buildings affords it some surprisingly good views. I shot these panoramas yesterday morning from the roof of the building before meeting up with Baird & Warner’s ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 19, 2012
ChicagoFar North

The views from a Buena Park high-rise

4100 N Marine Dr aerial view

Yesterday was a great day, despite the chill in the air, to be visiting rooftops. The air was brilliantly clear in the sunshine and fall colors were beginning to establish a firm presence in Lincoln Park. These views were shot from the roof deck at 4100 N Marine Dr, a 20-story apartment tower in Buena ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 9, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Panoramas from the Lofts at Roosevelt Collection

View from Lofts at Roosevelt Collection

Earlier this morning I was at the Lofts at Roosevelt Collection with Kim Ashley of Brook Furniture Rental, one of our sponsors, and Steffanie Danby of The Home Stage. The view west serves up a big-sky vista of Chicago’s past, present and future – from the vast rail yards to the big box retail cluster ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 7, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Sign atop SoNo says RENT NOW at SoNo East

SoNo East Chicago

The SoNo East RENT NOW sign on the SoNo condo tower is pretty hard to miss, but I don’t recall seeing it before yesterday. The windows haven’t been installed yet on the top two floors of SoNo East, an indication that “RENT NOW” means “move in six months or more from now.” The website for ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 1, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A panoramic view from 235 Van Buren

235 Van Buren Chicago view

There are 19 furnished models available for viewing at 235 Van Buren, a new high-rise condo at the edge of the . I’d only visited a few of them, so I stopped by yesterday to check out a few more, and to see whether there were still “view units” available. There are, as you can ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 16, 2011
North ShoreEvanston

Panorama-rama!: Winthrop Club views

I can’t take credit for these panoramas and view shots — they came with the Winthrop Club‘s digital press kit — but they’re too nice to leave on the disc. Thanks to the bend of Lake Michigan’s shoreline, homes on all sides of the tower at 1570 Elmwood Ave in Evanston should have at least ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on October 30, 2009