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The easy way to find a Loop / New East Side apartment

Aerial view of Loop

There are only seven apartment buildings in Chicago’s Loop proper, and another seven in the part of the Loop known as the New East Side. You’ll find all of them on YoChicago’s at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. The list gives you a quick snapshot of apartment types, amenities and pet policies at each building. The ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 16, 2015

Jon Zolecki leads in Craigslist apartment spam race

Zolecki screencap

We’ve written about Chicagoland Property Group (“CPG”) a number of times, and singled the firm out as the most prolific source of spam apartment ads at Craigslist. CPG accounts for nearly 1 in every 10 City of Chicago apartment ads at Craigslist, with 5,750 ads as of yesterday afternoon for a shockingly small number of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 12, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Why YoChicago is your best Streeterville apartment source

Streeterville

There are only 16 apartment complexes in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood and you’ll find all of them on YoChicago’s at-a-glance list. The list gives you a snapshot of the types of apartments in each building, the building’s pet policy, and whether it has in-unit washer / dryers, a pool and on-site parking. YoChicago’s at-a-glance list links ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 23, 2015
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

South Loop apartments for rent – an up-to-date list

South Loop apartments

If you want to rent in the South Loop, you can see all of your managed apartment building options on YoChicago’s South Loop availability list. There are just over a dozen large apartment complexes in the South Loop, and we’ve listed them in this Google spreadsheet, and checked what’s available for rent, and what the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 14, 2015
North ShoreEvanston

Evanston apartments – YoChicago’s list and reviews

Downtown Evanston aerial view

We’ve just published the first draft of our at-a-glance list of Evanston apartments in a Google spreadsheet. Use the scroll bar at the bottom of the spreadsheet to see additional columns. The list is a work in progress, and is far from complete. It does at this point include every major apartment complex built in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 29, 2014

How to get an edge on renting the best apartments

Astoria Tower

If you’re working with a rental service, the odds are high that you’re not going to able to rent some of Chicago’s most desirable apartments. Some of the companies that own and manage sought-after apartments either don’t cooperate with rental services or only allow them access to their hard-to-rent units. If you want to rent ...

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

945 West Fulton lofts, 945 W Fulton St, Fulton Market / West Loop

945 West Fulton

945 West Fulton is a 3-story mixed-use building in the Fulton Market section of the West Loop. The building, which dates to the 1920s, has ground-floor restaurants and 10 renovated live-work loft apartments. 945 West Fulton was acquired recently by an affiliate of Reside Living. The apartments 945 West Fulton has 3-bedroom apartments that range ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 28, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Circa 922 apartments, 922 W Washington St, West Loop

Circa 922, rendering

Circa 922 is an 11-story, 104 unit apartment building in the West Loop. The building is an expansion of 123 North Sangamon, an existing loft building immediately to the north. The development was completed in 2014 and has a total of 149 units and 130 parking spaces. 123 Sangamon Venture Partners LLC is the developer ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 27, 2014

Chicago’s best free apartment finder

Aerial

If you’re searching for an apartment in Chicago’s downtown, Lincoln Park and Lakeview neighborhoods, YoChicago is the best way to yelp you find one. We’re an objective, visually rich website with comprehensive apartment reviews, all-inclusive at-a-glance lists, neighborhood maps and guides, narrated video tours and a great deal more. If you like what you see ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 8, 2014

YoChicago launches condominium review series

55 East Erie, fitness

Late last year we began a series of apartment reviews and they’ve proven popular, contributing to a more than 70% year-over-year increase in our traffic in July. We’re waiting on the stats from our server logs, but YouTube Analytics indicates that we reached more than 90,000 unique visitors last month. Condo buyers need access to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 4, 2014

Some amusing Yelp reviews for Vesta Preferred’s Joe Rush

Yelp screen cap

A new agent starts at a Chicago rental service and, within a matter of days, is receiving five-star reviews at Yelp from people writing their first-ever review, and writing in a way that doesn’t seem to reflect an actual apartment renting experience. That’s a pattern you’ll see repeated time after time in Yelp reviews for ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 1, 2014

Bypass 1,000s of Craigslist apartment spam ads with a single click

Kardas aerial

Chicago’s rental services promise to make your apartment search swift and painless. To encourage you to use their services they attempt to make your Craigslist search time-consuming and painful. We’ve singled out the 10 worst Craigslist apartment ad spammers and find it difficult to understand why anyone would work with a company that’s so flagrantly ...

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

Streeterville apartments moving forward

545 N McClurg Ct

Last week we noted the scale of activity in the 400 block of East Grand Ave in Streeterville. We stopped by yesterday for a closer look at the northeast corner of Grand and McClurg Ct, where Golub & Co has proposed building a 44-story, 490 unit apartment tower with office space and ground-level retail. Site ...

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

The smart way to search for South Loop apartments

South Loop aerial

A search for South Loop apartments on Craigslist will return over 700 new ads each day, almost all of them from Chicago rental services. Many of the ads will be for properties not located in the South Loop. Almost all of the ads for actual South Loop properties will be for one of the 12 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 2, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The smartest way to find a Streeterville apartment

Streeterville aerial

A search for Streeterville apartments on Craigslist will return over 500 new ads each day, almost all of them from Chicago rental services. Many of the ads will be for properties not located in Streeterville. Almost all of the ads for actual Streeterville properties will be for one of the 14 high-rise apartment buildings in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 30, 2014

The smart way to find a River North apartment

River North

A search for River North apartments on Craigslist will return about 1,000 new ads each day, almost all of them from Chicago rental services. Many of the ads will be for properties not located in River North. Almost all of the ads for actual River North properties will be for one of the 14 high-rise ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 29, 2014

Is Flats Chicago practicing review fraud?

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YoChicago has zero tolerance for the comment fraud and review fraud that some inept landlords and rental services seem to find attractive. Our Privacy policy provides that you expressly waive its protections if you engage in deceit on behalf of a business in our comments. On April 14 a commenter with the screen name of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 21, 2014

Do Live Here Chicago’s fraudulent Yelp reviews doom its employees?

Andrew Michael Snyder

A little over a year ago we questioned whether Urban Lux, a rental service on our do-not-call list, was responsible for the dumbest-ever reviews at Yelp. Several days ago a commenter responded with the following: … you should see the recent reviews for Live Here Chicago. All posted by employees of Live Here Chicago. Andy ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 24, 2014

Chicago’s best free rental service

Aerial view downtown

If you’re searching for an apartment in Chicago’s downtown, Lincoln Park and Lakeview neighborhoods, YoChicago is your best free rental service. We’re an objective, visually rich website with comprehensive apartment reviews, all-inclusive at-a-glance lists, neighborhood maps and guides, narrated video tours and a great deal more. If you like what you see here and know ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 26, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Eight O Five, 805 N LaSalle St, River North

805 N LaSalle rendering

Eight O Five is a 35-story, 295-unit apartment tower under construction at 805 N LaSalle St on Chicago’s Near North Side. The development will include ground-level retail space along Chicago Ave. The project’s developer is Smithfield Development. Berkelhamer Architects is the design architect and Antunovich Associates is the architect of record. Demolition of an existing ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 25, 2014