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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

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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

805 North LaSalle, 805 N LaSalle St, Near North Side

805 N LaSalle rendering

805 North LaSalle is a 35-story, 295-unit apartment tower under construction 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 building on part of the ...

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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

Announcing Chicago’s only objective apartment reviews

Aerial of downtown Chicago

If you’ve been a regular visitor to YoChicago you’ve probably noticed that we’ve recently begun to expand our detailed reviews of major apartment buildings in the downtown area. Just over two dozen are currently available, and our goal is to have more than 100 online, representing every major building, by the end of the year. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 23, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The Scott Residences, 211 W Scott, Old Town

Scott Residences

The 5-story, 71-unit Scott Residences at 211 W Scott St in Old Town broke ground in the summer of 2013 and is slated for occupancy late in 2014. The building will include 10,000 square feet of ground-level retail space and 72 parking spots. The developer is Harlem-Irving Cos with JDL Development. The apartments The unit ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 20, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The Madison apartments, 1212 W Madison, West Loop

The Madison at Racine

The Madison is a 9-story, 216-unit luxury apartment building under construction at 1212 W Madison St in the West Loop. Construction began in the spring of 2013 and occupancy is slated for the fall of 2014. FitzGerald Associates is the architect for the project, which is being built by a joint venture that includes Chicago-based ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 17, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Does a Yelper live in Lincoln Park and at EnV?

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A year ago in April we wondered whether, based on its uniformly negative Yelp reviews, EnV was Chicago’s worst new apartment tower. We also expressed skepticism about the single, extremely positive review of the building at ApartmentRatings. There have been no new reviews of EnV at ApartmentRatings, but EnV has since been both praised and ...

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

What’s up with these Yelp reviews of The Tides?

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The reviews of The Tides apartment complex pictured above, posted four months apart, are almost word-for-word identical. Did the first reviewer’s experience so perfectly mirror the second’s that he simply copied her work, changing only the unit location and deleting a sentence, or are both merely fraudulent? If the latter, can a major developer actually ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 15, 2013

Why you should never trust a Yelp review of a rental service

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The above ad appeared on Craigslist yesterday, and it tells you everything you need to know about why you should never believe a Yelp review – positive or negative – of a Chicago rental service. If you’re naïve, you might think you can simply disregard comments by new Yelpers with few reviews and trust reviews ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 31, 2013