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Chicago’s best Loop / New East Side apartments – parks, beaches

Park at Lakeshore East

Chicago’s Loop includes the area known as the New East Side, which in turn includes the Lakeshore East development. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in the Loop and New East Side on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 24, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Streeterville’s best apartments – Proximity to parks and beaches

850 Lake Shore Drive

The first posts in our series on the best Streeterville apartments spotlighted the buildings with the best views and most convenient access to grocery shopping and public transportation. Picking the Streeterville building with the best access to parks and beaches is a tough call: all of the buildings north of Chicago Ave are a short ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 7, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

River North’s best apartment towers – parks and beaches

Oak Street Beach

Earlier posts in our series on the best apartment towers in River North spotlighted the buildings with the best views, the most convenient grocery shopping and the best access to public transit. It’s worthwhile noting that River North does not enjoy great access to Chicago’s public parks and beaches compared to other neighborhoods. Most of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 27, 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
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A particularly poopy park

Ward Park

Montgomery Ward Park is just west of our River North offices, and I’ve visited there frequently. It’s a popular spot in a park-poor neighborhood. And, according to a local dog owner intervewed at DNAinfo, its entrance is “particularly poopy … people just walk in there, let their dogs go. Nobody walks further than the closest ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 4, 2013
ChicagoNorthwest Side

A hot pocket of new homes in Humboldt Park

1707 N Whipple Chicago

Despite the hot market, it’s still a bit premature to be talking confidently about hot neighborhoods. And, however heated the market might become, it will always be a stretch to tag an entire neighborhood as hot, given how heterogeneous most are in character and housing types. Neighborhoods where activity is mostly frozen can contain hot ...

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

River North roof decks

River North roof deck

River North doesn’t lack for much in the way of urban amenities, but public park space is one area that many find to be scarce. There’s the recently-added 3-acre Montgomery Ward Park, but it’s along the river at the western edge of River North, and it doesn’t offer much in the way of active recreation ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 17, 2013
West suburbsElmhurst

A like-new Nantucket-style home in center-of-town Elmhurst

249 E St Charles Elmhurst

The 4-bedroom, 4-bath Nantucket-style home at 249 E St Charles Rd is in a convenient center-of-town Elmhurst location. This like-new, spacious home was built in 2008 and boasts 3,000 square feet of open-plan living area. The home has a separate formal dining room with butler’s pantry, a large kitchen island adjacent to a breakfast area ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 19, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Is the West Loop the next hot neighborhood?

West Loop Chicago

For years, the West Loop has been one of those neighborhoods that’s always on the verge of becoming hot but never quite catches fire. The past few years, however, have seen a quiet accumulation of infrastructure improvements, commercial and office development, and plans for new residential developments that may finally enable the West Loop to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 7, 2013
ChicagoNorthwest Side

A video look at Portage Park

Portage Park

You may or may not have noticed that ABC 7 has cancelled 190 North. The last show will air on March 31, and it will be missed by Chicago neighborhood buffs. A good introduction to 190 North is Lou Canellis’ high-energy video tour of Portgage Park, a popular northwest side neighborhood. The neighborhood’s been in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 6, 2013
ChicagoWest / Southwest

Jens Jensen, the Frank Lloyd Wright of landscape architecture

Aerial view of Columbus Park

Many of you may have allowed Jens Jensen’s 150th birthday to pass unnoticed in 2010. I know I did. And some of you may not know of Jens Jensen, an immigrant who started as a street sweeper and rose to become Chicago’s best-known landscape architect. A number of Jensen’s landscapes are now part of the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 1, 2013
ChicagoSouth Side

A park bordered on 3 sides by parking lots

Aerial view of Armour Square Park

Armour Square is one of Chicago’s 77 community areas. The Chinatown neighborhood occupies the northern part of Armour Square. US Cellular Field and the CHA’s Wentworth Gardens fill out the southern stretch of Armour Square. The neighborhood is also home to Armour Square Park, which was known variously as Park No. 3 and Armour Square, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 5, 2012
ChicagoWest / Southwest

Columbus Park, an idealized prairie in Austin

Columbus Park Chicago

The Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side is home to one of the city’s most beautiful parks. Columbus Park was conceived 100 years ago, and landscape architect Jens Jensen began its design on a 150-acre parcel in 1915. The park has had its ups and downs over the years, including the loss of acreage for ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 19, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

235 Van Buren was top-selling downtown condo in Q3

Aerial view of 235 Van Buren Chicago

According to data reported by Appraisal Research Counselors (ARC) to Chicago Real Estate Daily the Ralph Johnson-designed tower at 235 Van Buren held second place in downtown condo sales in the fourth quarter of last year and the first and second quarters of this year. The ARC report for the third quarter of this year ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 15, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The playfully-shaped dog park at 235 Van Buren

Chicago dog park

Viewed from a balcony on the penthouse level of 235 Van Buren, the fenced-in part of the new “dog-friendly area” adjacent to the building vaguely resembles a long-necked dog. We’ve been referring to the new park south of the building as Wacker Gateway Park, but before becoming part of the Chicago Park District it had ...

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

The doggie dip at Echelon at K Station

Echelon at K Station

Echelon at K Station, a pet-friendly luxury apartment tower in the Fulton River District, opened its outdoor pool for a “doggie dip” before the pool closed for the season late in October. It was a cold and windy Sunday morning, and residents’ dogs studiously avoided the water. Attempts to coax dogs into the water with ...

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Posted by sponsored post on October 31, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A visit to the park and dog park at 235 Van Buren

Park at 235 Van Buren

The long-awaited park immediately adjacent to 235 Van Buren in the Loop appears to be in the final stages of construction. The park is tentatively named Wacker Gateway Park. Trees have been planted along the perimeter, and other plantings are in place or on-site. Benches and antique street lamps have been installed, and walkways partially ...

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Posted by sponsored post on October 29, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Fulton River District’s Trio Park appears complete

Trio Park Chicago

There’s a decent-sized park, complete with a dog area and playground, adjacent to Echelon at K Station. The part of the Fulton River District south of the Metra tracks, however, had no park. Trio Park, a half-acre park just west of the new Trio high-rise at 670 W Wayman, after being stalled for years, now ...

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

Why Astoria Tower residents love living there

Astoria Tower video

Astoria Tower, a full-amenity new high-rise in Chicago’s South Loop, hosts a series of events for its residents throughout the year. Join us at a party and barbecue on Astoria Tower’s sprawling terraces, meet some of the residents, and hear what they love about living in the building and the neighborhood. When asked what they ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 22, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Newly-rehabbed Streeterville studios steps from the Mag Mile

211 E Delaware Chicago video

211 East Delaware is a completely renovated high-rise apartment building just a block east of the Hancock Building and Chicago’s Magnificent Mile of shops and restaurants. Oak Street Beach, the Oak Street boutiques, and the Rush Street and Division night-life scenes are just minutes away. This all-studio building offers a variety of floor plans, all ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 31, 2012