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A random look at new downtown apartment construction

1000 S Clark St

Last week I visited a number of the new apartment projects under construction in downtown Chicago to check on their progress. Site prep has just begun at 1001 S State. Construction is making rapid progress at 1000 S Clark, pictured above, which is targeting occupancy late in 2015. The Wolf Point apartment tower is advancing ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 15, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

River North apartment tower takes a step forward

833 N Clark

Construction bids are being solicited for a 33-story, 392-unit apartment tower planned for the southeast corner of Clark and Chestnut in River North. The site is in the lower foreground in the photo. The project, which was designed by Antunovich Associates, received Plan Commission approval in October. BicClerk is reporting the start date of construction ...

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

Will Bush Temple apartments be micro or crazy huge?

424 W Diversey

If you scan articles on the once-trendy topic of micro apartments, you’ll encounter the notion that 275 to 300 square foot spaces are “crazy huge.” One article scoffed at 350 square foot Boston units as “practically a palace.” In Seattle, where micro units ranged as low as 90 square feet, a recently-adopted ordinance requires a ...

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

Are River North sellers poised to profit at 757 Orleans?

757 Orleans

River North’s 757 Orleans was one of the buildings that saw sales slow to a trickle during the downturn in the latter part of the last decade. The River North building eventually sold out in May of 2012 via a bulk sale of 39 units to an investor. Two one-bedroom plus den units are currently ...

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

An on-site look at Wolf Point construction and views

Wolf Point, view east

Concrete was being poured for the 9th floor of Wolf Point, a 48-story, 510-unit apartment tower, at the time of my visit, and the green roof over the public garage was already well underway. It was mid-morning and the sun was just beginning to break through the clouds. I rode the construction elevator to the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 25, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Student-friendly apartments in Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Gold Coast

55 W Chestnut

Planned Property owns and manages more than 3,000 apartments in dozens of buildings in prime River North, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park andLakeview East locations. Planned Property’s offerings range from vintage courtyards to contemporary mid-rises to full-amenity high-rises, and they’re all student-friendly according to Planned’s Dan McDonough. McDonough recently outlined the top 5 reasons why students ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 20, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

State & Chestnut tower topped out, pre-leasing in January

State & Chestnut view

The skies were dark with clouds when I rode the construction elevator to the 30th floor of State & Chestnut last Friday. The 35-story, 367 unit tower is topped out, but I opted not to climb five construction ladders to the top floor. The building will have good views to the south and west when ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 19, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A year of success for River North’s Hubbard Place apartments

Hubbard Place

Here’s something unusual – a news release that contains information about a new apartment community’s financial performance and the market conditions under which it was achieved: The Habitat Company, a leading property manager and developer, is proud to announce the one-year anniversary of Hubbard Place, and the tremendous success of the apartment community in the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 12, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Tour River North apartments on a tree-lined street

55 W Chestnut

55 West Chestnut is a boutique high-rise on a tree-lined block in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The building has value-priced apartments, and a suite of amenities that includes a sprawling sun deck, a fitness room with views into the trees, a resident lounge / party room / media room and a business center. Join Planned ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 5, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Back to the future for River North boundaries

Aerial view of River North

About twenty years ago we began reporting the boundaries of Chicago’s River North neighborhood as follows: The River North neighborhood is bounded by the Chicago River on the south, Oak St (1000 N) on the north, from Michigan Ave (100 E) west to the Chicago River. River North is part of the Near North Side ...

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

Tour a corner home in River North’s mansion district

433 W Superior

433 W Superior is a 7,200 square foot corner rowhome in a convenient River North location close to Montgomery Ward Park, restaurants, public transit and the expressway grid. The light-filled home has four large private terraces, 5 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, a 2 ½-car garage and multiple family and entertaining areas. It’s listed for sale ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 3, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Superior Park apartments, 720 N LaSalle St, River North

720 LaSalle rendering

Superior Park (perhaps not its final name), is a 35-story, 298-unit apartment tower slated for development at the corners of LaSalle, Superior and Wells streets. The building will have commercial space on the ground floor, 109 on-site garage spaces, and a small park fronting Wells St. Magellan Development and Mac Management are the developers and ...

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

K2 Apartments has a walk-to-work location

View from K2

The new K2 Apartments, 365 N Halsted St in Chicago’s Fulton River District, has a keystone location that affords walk-to access to the city’s hottest neighborhoods and office buildings. The West Loop, Fulton River District, River North and River West are seeing explosive development surges, with a raft of new restaurants, retail, office, nightlife and ...

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

Join the Fit Club at K2 Apartments

K2 Fit Club poster

K2, a new apartment tower in the Fulton River District, has a large outdoor pool, a fully-equipped fitness center and a basketball court / yoga studio to enable residents to get fit or stay fit. Residents who want more structure in their exercise program can opt in to the K2 Fit Club, a varying schedule ...

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

A close-up look at Eight O Five construction

805 LaSalle

Eight O Five, the new apartment tower at 805 N LaSalle, had risen to the 22nd floor by the time of my visit yesterday. The 295-unit building will top out at 35 stories. The south-facing sundeck at Chestnut Tower provided a look down on the construction activity. I had an almost eye-level view of the ...

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

Video – A 2-bedroom, 2-bath loft on the River in River North

Niko, Kate

Two River Place, 720 N Larrabee, is a 17-story new construction loft building completed 10 years ago during the makeover of the sprawling Montgomery Ward complex in River North. In keeping with the loft aesthetic the condo units have high ceilings, large windows, and exposed ductwork and concrete columns and ceilings. Unit 1002 is a ...

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Posted by sponsored post on October 7, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The tower crane at Eight O Five is poised to jump

Eight O Five

Eight O Five, the new apartment tower under construction at 805 N LaSalle, had climbed to the 20th floor yesterday, on its way to topping out at 35 stories. Before the building can climb much higher, additional sections will need to be added to the tower crane in a process that’s known as a “jump.” ...

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

Unusual condo amenities – a private running track

Domain

Newer downtown apartment buildings have vied to deliver elaborate amenities packages. Lavish landscaped pool decks with gas grills and fire pits, fitness centers, resident lounges, demonstration kitchens, business centers, theaters and more are common. We’ve identified three condo buildings that can boast an unusual amenity: a private running track. Domain, 900 N Kingsbury, has a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 18, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

How Al Friedman helped create River North

Al Friedman

The first night I ever spent in Chicago was in a fleabag hotel on Wells Street in the late-60s. The area now known as River North was then one of Chicago’s Skid Rows and my room was swarming with roaches. Business Week recently spotlighted River North’s transition into its current affluence and a destination for ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 16, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Preview River North apartments in YoChicago video tours

Hubbard Place

We immodestly think that YoChicago’s video tours, some of which are sponsored, are a great way to preview apartment communities and narrow your apartment search. Join us in these videos for a look at four full-amenity luxury apartment towers in River North. Hubbard Place is a new 48-story, 450-unit apartment tower across from the East ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 12, 2014