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Quiet foundations and breast cancer awareness at 1000 South Clark

1000 S Clark St

Residents at AMLI 900 in the South Loop listened to nearly two months of steel striking steel as pilings were hammered into place last April and May to support the new AMLI Lofts immediately to the north. Residents who stayed on may have been dreading the start of construction for the new apartments at 1000 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 27, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Attend the Bash on Wabash, and check out Park Michigan Apartments

Bash on Wabash

The 1300 block of South Wabash Ave is one of the best restaurant and bar destinations in downtown Chicago. It’s also just a block south of the Park Michigan Apartments, 1212 S Michigan Ave, in the South Loop. Starting at 13th and Wabash, a few steps south will take you to Gioco, Zapatista, Asian Outpost, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 21, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Assembling the South Loop’s newest condos

1345 S Wabash

The site of 1345 Wabash, the first new condo development built in the South Loop in years, is currently a busy staging area for skilled trades shaping and assembling a bewildering variety of forms and materials. The end result of all the activity will be a sleek building that makes a distinctive statement in the ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 20, 2014
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A corner two-bedroom with a great balcony at Astoria Tower

Astoria Tower

The two-bedroom, two-bath apartments with downtown views at Astoria Tower in the South Loop have been one of the popular building’s most sought-after floor plans. One of them is currently available for September 29 occupancy, renting for $2,645 a month. The apartment has a split-bedroom layout that’s ideal for roommates or a home office. Both ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 19, 2014
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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
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Parks and more at new South Loop condos

Coliseum Park

Grant Park, Chicago’s 319-acre “front yard,” is a few short blocks from 1345 Wabash, the new condos under construction in the South Loop. The sloping lawn at the new skate park under construction at Grant Park will serve up dramatic views of the wall of buildings fronting the north and west sides of Grant Park. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 14, 2014
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Rental deal of the day – South Loop 2-bedrooms in the $2,300s

The LEX

The LEX, a luxury apartment tower at 2138 S Indiana in the South Loop, currently has a selection of two-bedroom, two-bath units at monthly rents in the $2,300s. The apartments have 9-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, a gas-cooking kitchen that’s open to a spacious living / dining area, large balconies with panoramic views, in-unit washer / ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 8, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New South Loop condos making rapid progress

1345 S Wabash

If you’re at Gioco, Zapatista, Asian Outpost, Flo & Santos or The Scout, head a few feet south from that quintet of outstanding restaurants to check out the progress at 1345 Wabash. The architecturally-distinctive new condo tower is rising rapidly out of the ground on a block that’s a South Loop dining destination, and close ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 8, 2014
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Start of construction spurs sales at 1345 Wabash

1345 S Wabash

The new 15-story condominium at 1345 Wabash in the South Loop has begun to rise out of the ground and is on pace to add a floor every five working days. 1345 Wabash is the first new condo tower in downtown Chicago in years, and it’s targeting occupancy in March of next year. “We have ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 1, 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

A South Loop Loft in a hyper-convenient location

1307 Wabash 304

The Film Exchange Lofts at 1307 S Wabash in the South Loop has Zapatista restaurant in the building, The Scout and Asian Outpost on either side of it, and Gioco and Flo and Santo across the street. And that’s only a few of the more than 50 bars and restaurants within a short walk of ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 30, 2014
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Is a South Loop rental bubble in the cards?

River City

When the condo market hit the skids in the latter part of the last decade the South Loop was one of the neighborhoods with the greatest imbalance between supply and demand. It took years to work off the excess inventory, some of which is still on the market in developments that were taken over by ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 29, 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
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1345 Wabash condos have a focus on design

1345 S Wabash

A focus on design is nothing new for the CMK Companies. CMK has a history of creating architecturally distinctive high-rises that are, according to NewCity Design, “a relief from the so-so-ness of neighboring condo buildings.” At 1345 Wabash in the South Loop CMK has once again teamed up with Brininstool + Lynch, an architecture firm ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 16, 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
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

From the vault – a Roosevelt Collection high-rise

Roosevelt Collection

It was nearly eight years ago when Centrum Properties began leasing retail space for the as yet unbuilt Roosevelt Collection site in the South Loop. An early rendering, above, showed the retail, the proposed loft condos and a high-rise to their north. The high-rise was included in a scale model of the development when we ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 14, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Apartments filling in a bleak stretch of Clark Street

1000 S Clark St

Construction is underway on a 469-unit apartment tower at 1000 S Clark St, just north of the Target on Roosevelt Rd. JDL is the developer and Hartshorne Plunkard the architecture firm for the project. Until recently Clark Street between Polk St (800 S) and Roosevelt Rd (1200 S) had a rather forlorn appearance, with AMLI ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 8, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The sweeping views from The LEX apartments

View from The LEX

I visited The LEX, 2138 S Indiana, last Friday for a first look at the building’s spacious deck. The landscaped deck has an outdoor pool, a whirlpool, a large dog run, grassy areas and a shaded area with BBQ grills. Check back in about a week for a video tour of the pool and the ...

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

New South Loop condos in a convenient location

1345 Wabash

Perspectives can be deceiving. In the first photo, the crane for the construction of the new 1345 Wabash condominiums appears to be directly behind the Jewel-Osco on Roosevelt Rd. In the photo directly above the crane seems to be across the street from the south end of the Jewel. It’s actually a full block south. ...

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

eco18, a drive by a defunct development

eco18

It’s been just over seven years since we first wrote about eco18, a new South Loop high-rise that was aiming to be the first LEED Gold certified project in Chicago. A few days later we reported that the project had taken reservations for 28 of its 93 units in the first weekend of sales. In ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 2, 2014