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Chicago’s best West Loop / Near West apartments – One-bedroom floor plan

Presidential Towers

We define Chicago’s “near west” neighborhoods to include the West Loop, Fulton River District and River West. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in these neighborhoods on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. Renters simply have so many differing ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 17, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Chicago’s best West Loop / Near West apartments – Building amenities

K2 apartments

We define Chicago’s “near west” neighborhoods to include the West Loop, Fulton River District and River West. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in these neighborhoods on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. Renters simply have so many differing ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 10, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Chicago’s best West Loop / Near West apartments – Affordability

Presidential Towers

We define Chicago’s “near west” neighborhoods to include the West Loop, Fulton River District and River West. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in these neighborhoods on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. Renters simply have so many differing ...

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

Chicago’s best West Loop / Near West apartments – Walk to Loop

Presidential Towers

We define Chicago’s “near west” neighborhoods to include the West Loop, Fulton River District and River West. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in these neighborhoods on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. Renters simply have so many differing ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 4, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Chicago’s best West Loop / Near West apartments – public transit

PT

We define Chicago’s “near west” neighborhoods to include the West Loop, Fulton River District and River West. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in these neighborhoods on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. Renters simply have so many differing ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 30, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Chicago’s best West Loop / Near West apartments – grocery shopping

Walmart at Presidential Towers

We define Chicago’s “near west” neighborhoods to include the West Loop, Fulton River District and River West. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in these neighborhoods on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. Renters simply have so many differing ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 29, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A fresh look at the West Loop’s Presidential Towers

Presidential Towers

Presidential Towers has had nearly a complete makeover since the time of my last visit. About two-thirds of the property’s 2,346 apartments have been renovated, and the rest are scheduled for renovation. Changes include the replacement of carpeting with hardwood-like flooring in living areas, updated kitchens and baths, opening kitchens to the living areas in ...

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

A peek inside the new Presidential Towers

Presidential Towers

I visited Presidential Towers (PT) last week in the company of David Scharfenberg, who became the General Manager of the West Loop property just shy of two years ago. During his brief tenure Scharfenberg has presided over a truly amazing number of changes, and PT now bears little resemblance to its prior state. More than ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 9, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Presidential Towers apartment renovations underway

Presidential Towers

When Presidential Towers (PT) was experiencing financial difficulties in the late 80s we ran a contest asking readers to suggest alternate uses for the property. Most of the submissions have long since passed out of memory, but there are two that I recall. The first started with the notion that the buildings resembled a sequence ...

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

Want to own half of Presidential Towers?

Presidential Towers

Crain’s Chicago Business reported over the weekend that Eastdil Secured has been retained to sell a 49 percent interest in Presidential Towers (warning: annoying auto-play of video), a West Loop apartment complex that’s the largest in the city at 2,346 units. According to Crain’s, which reports the property’s occupancy rate at 93 percent: A sale ...

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

Online apartment availability check, Presidential Towers

Presidential Towers Chicago

As more of Chicago’s large apartment complexes make their exact apartment availability info accessible online, it’s becoming easier and easier to determine what’s available for rent in downtown Chicago. The answer is: not much. That’s a different conclusion than you might reach from scanning the 1,000s of repetitive bait-and-switch ads with which the rental services ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 24, 2012

Tales from an apartment hunt – bathtub fungus and utility bills

Whole Foods

If you have tales you’d like to share from your apartment hunt, add them in a comment or email yojoe at yochicago dot com. Here’s the sixth report from my veteran renter correspondent. Note that we don’t vouch for the accuracy of any of these tales, nor do we try to verify them. We will ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 14, 2012

Tales from an apartment hunt – like living in a dorm

Presidential Towers

If you have tales you’d like to share from your apartment hunt, add them in a comment or email yojoe at yochicago dot com. Here’s the third report from my veteran renter correspondent. Stay tuned for more. And note that we don’t vouch for the accuracy of any of these tales, nor do we try ...

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

Presidential Towers, 555 W Madison, West Loop

Presidential Towers, Chicago

In the mid-1980s, Chicagoans on their daily commute into the Loop were amazed at how quickly four new skyscrapers were rising out of the ground. When they were completed in 1986, the four Presidential Towers (“PT”) high-rises (of six originally planned) became and remain the tallest buildings west of the river in Chicago. When construction ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 6, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

What Yelpers say about Presidential Towers

Presidential Towers, Chicago

With 20 entries to its name, Presidential Towers, 555 W Madison St, is the second most reviewed development in the downtown area at Yelp. Why does it have a 2.5 out of 5 right now? Here’s a sampling of what those reviewers had to say: “If you are a newcomer to the city, this is ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on October 29, 2010