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There’s a food mall outside Astoria Tower’s apartments

South Loop Club

If you rent at Astoria Tower and commute to the Loop via the CTA Red Line stop at Harrison, or attend Roosevelt University’s nearby vertical campus, you’ll pass a food mall along your 5-minute walk home. Heading south along the east side of State Street the first venue you encounter is the South Loop Club. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 15, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Park Michigan Apartments adds dining options

Park Michigan

The South Loop merits more attention than it gets as a destination dining venue, but there’s a growing awareness of its many attractions. Park Michigan Apartments, 1212 S Michigan Ave, has an almost ideal location for those who value walk-to access to scores of dining and drinking establishments. There’s a stunning selection of cuisines and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 30, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Food options proliferate near new 1345 Wabash condos

Trader Joe's South Loop

Residents at the new condos currently under construction at 1345 Wabash in the South Loop will find a dizzying array of food shopping and dining options nearby – just part of the location’s allure as one of the most convenient and vibrant in Chicago. Jewel-Osco and Trader Joe’s are a block north at Roosevelt Rd. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 24, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Why the South Loop is a great place to call home

Museum Park

Coldwell Banker’s Nadine Ferrata has lived in the South Loop for more than 20 years and loves calling it her home. The South Loop has a wide variety of restaurants and nightlife, many grocery shopping options, excellent public transportation, good school options and some of the best public park access in the city. The South ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 15, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Clark, Broadway & Diversey – where Lincoln Park meets Lakeview

Clark & Diversey

The intersection of Clark, Broadway & Diversey – on the border of Lincoln Park and Lakeview – is one of the most vibrant scenes in Chicago. This crossroads is steps away from major grocery stores like Trader Joe’s, Walmart and The Market Place, pharmacies, Bed, Bath & Beyond, a raft of fashion-oriented retailers, fitness centers, ...

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

Chicago’s best Loop / New East Side apartments – nearby dining and nightlife

Epic, Slurping Turtle

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 27, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Streeterville’s best apartments – Nearby dining and nightlife

Pelago Ristorante, Chicago

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, public transportation, parks and beaches and the expressway grid, and the shortest walk to the Loop. Proximity to dining and nightlife is probably a bonus factor rather than a primary ...

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

River North’s best apartment towers – dining and nightlife

Hubbard Inn, Chicago

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, the best access to public transit, parks and beaches , the expressway grid and the shortest walking distance to the Loop. The River North neighborhood is packed with dining and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 3, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The fun food scene near K2, a new luxury apartment tower

Alison from K2

Head a few steps in any direction from K2, the new luxury apartment tower at 365 N Halsted St, and you’re surrounded by some of Chicago’s best dining and grocery options. The Randolph Street, West Loop and Greektown dining corridors are just to the south, along with a new crowd-pleasing Mariano’s. Just east of K2 ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 25, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The West Loop is in the news

Aerial view of West Loop

Earlier this year we wondered whether the West Loop is the next hot neighborhood, and outlined some of the reasons it appeared poised for take-off. There’s been a flurry of attention paid to the West Loop recently in Chicago media. WBEZ served up a detailed look at new developments in the area. Chicago Magazine weighed ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 31, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

K2 seen on the restaurant scene

Little Goat, Chicago

K2, the new luxury apartment complex in the Fulton River District, is within easy walking distances of scores of restaurants, bars and clubs. K2′s location at 365 N Halsted Street is a pivot point that affords residents quick pedestrian access to River West, River North, the West Loop, Greektown and, of course, the Fulton River ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 17, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park & Lakeview East, a drive along Clark & Broadway

Clark Street

Clark Street in Lincoln Park and Broadway in Lakeview East are packed with shops, restaurants, bars, grocery stores and personal service establishments. It’s a great, pedestrian-friendly strip that’s literally a few steps from 100s of apartment buildings in these sought-after neighborhoods. Join Dan McDonough of Planned Property Management for a drive along Clark and Broadway ...

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

Design work underway on North Pier lofts in Streeterville

North Pier / River East Center

A month ago we noted that the former North Pier Terminal in Streeterville had been acquired by an investor group. Yesterday’s email brought word that FitzGerald Associates Architects has begun work on plans for the adaptive reuse of the six-story, 547,000 square foot building. Current tenants in the building include Fox & Obel, Quay restaurant, ...

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

Division Street condo seeks 25% premium after two years

2028 Division Chicago

We’ve written intermittently about Ranquist Development‘s Osterhaus McCarthy-designed 2028 W Division St since it launched in 2007. In April of 2008 construction was expected to begin that summer. It did, but was stalled as of June 2009. When we checked in again, in March of 2011, construction was complete and only one unit was listed ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 20, 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

Remembering Wilmette’s C.J. Arthur’s and Art Falzer

Art Falzer, C.J. Arthur's

Last September, just before it closed, my son and I visited C.J. Arthur’s in Wilmette for the last of the 100s of meals we’d eaten there over a more than 20-year period. Yesterday’s Trib Local brought the sad news that Art Falzer, the “Arthur” in C.J. Arthur’s, had died of ALS at the age of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 21, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Greektown offers a lot more than food

Joeff Davis image

Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood in the West Loop centers mainly on Halsted Street from Van Buren St on the south to Monroe St on the north. Greektown is a vibrant area of restaurants, shopping, nightlife, residential and commercial buildings and the newly built, National Hellenic Museum that opened last December. Longtime Chicagoan and real estate agent ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 12, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Dozens of dining options near Park Michigan Apartments

Park Michigan dining video

The Park Michigan Apartments, at 1212 South Michigan, is one of our clients and every time I’ve visited I’ve noticed a restaurant — or two — that I hadn’t seen before. I started out with a North Sider’s assumption that the South Loop comes up short on dining options once you get past the franchises ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 10, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Cheap Trick, Motor Row and a litigating daughter

2200 S Michigan Chicago

Friday’s Sun-Times reported that a “Cheap Trick Chicago restaurant, music venue and museum will be rockin’ by next summer if all goes according to plan.” A variation on that plan for Motor Row had been reported by Chicago Journal several months earlier. Not much has gone according to plan recently for Pam Gleichman, the developer ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 9, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

Chillin’ with a chicken wrap at new Logan Square McDonald’s

View from Hairpin Lofts Chicago

We don’t usually post much about commercial development, but this account from 35th Ward Alderman Rey Colón’s email newsletter is too amusing to ignore. Dear Neighbor, After almost 40-years, Logan Square will soon see a new McDonald’s at 2707 N. Milwaukee Ave. This restaurant is owned and operated by Virginia Ojeda who is a local ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 10, 2012