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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

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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, Near North Side

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
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 under construction in the West Loop. The building is an expansion of 123 North Sangamon, the existing loft building immediately to the north. When completed late in 2014 or early 2015, the development will have a total of 149 units and 130 ...

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

100 West Chestnut apartments, 100 W Chestnut St, Near North Side

100 W Chestnut

100 West Chestnut is a 280-unit, 30-story apartment high-rise on Chicago’s Near North Side. 100 West Chestnut was completed in 1983, a year after Chestnut Place, its fraternal twin to the east. Two stories of darker brick define the building’s base, and shades of lighter-colored brick alternate on the upper floors along with alternating window ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 10, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Chestnut Tower apartments, 121 W Chestnut St, Near North Side

Chestnut Tower

Chestnut Tower is a 230-unit, 36-story apartment high-rise on Chicago’s Near North Side. Chestnut Tower was completed in 2000. It was the last apartment tower built in Chicago in the 20th century and marked an end to a nearly 10-year drought of new apartment construction on Chicago’s Near North Side. A joint venture between Nicholas ...

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

25 East Delaware apartments, Near North Side

25 E Delaware

25 East Delaware is a 140-unit, 18-story apartment tower on Chicago’s Near North Side. The vintage building, which was completed in 1927, includes ground-level retail and restaurant space. Hooper & Janusch was the architecture firm for the limestone and brick tower, which has a fanciful cupola above its penthouse. The apartments 25 East Delaware has ...

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

Chestnut Place apartments, 850 N State St, Near north side

850 N State

Chestnut Place is a 280-unit, 30-story apartment tower on Chicago’s Near North Side. Chestnut Place was completed in 1982. The building has a very distinctive look. Two stories of darker brick define its base, and shades of lighter-colored brick alternate on the upper floors along with alternating window placements. The serrated façade results in all ...

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

One East Delaware apartments, 1 E Delaware Pl, Near north side

One East Delaware

One East Delaware is a 306-unit, 36-story apartment tower on Chicago’s Near North Side. The building was completed in 1989, and includes 5 stories of retail and office space in addition to parking. The original development team included architect James Loewenberg and Loewenberg-Fitch was the architecture firm for the project. The building changed ownership several ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 4, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A helicopter map of Streeterville apartments

Streeterville

On 9/11 last year, we circled downtown Chicago multiple times by helicopter. Our goal was to capture useful images of virtually every building in a context that would make their locations easier to understand than a flat-earth map or satellite image. The above image shows the relative location of 8 of the 9 high-rise apartment ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 2, 2013

Does Group Fox need to hire better liars?

Aerial 401 Fullerton

Reading the 31 reviews of Group Fox at Google+ reinforces the old adage that “you get what you pay for.” Many of the positive reviews are such transparently lame works of fiction that one is almost forced to conclude that Group Fox, a major apartment owner and manager, bought them on the cheap. Here’s my ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 2, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

123 North Sangamon apartments, West Loop

123 N Sangamon Chicago

123 North Sangamon is a 7-story, 45-unit loft apartment building in the West Loop. Late in September 2013 a building permit was issued for the construction of an 11-story, 104 unit addition adjacent to the existing loft building. The completed development will have 149 units and 130 parking spaces. 123 Sangamon Venture Partners LLC is ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 30, 2013