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Does OneEleven have downtown Chicago’s worst two-bedroom floor plan?

OneEleven, Chicago

Related Midwest’s newest apartment tower, OneEleven at 111 W Wacker Dr, has a great location that will serve up glorious views along the Chicago River from north-facing units. The building began its life as Waterview Tower. It was originally slated to rise 90 stories and include 233 condominiums and a Shangri-La Hotel on the 12th ...

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

Watch Chicago grow from a K2 penthouse

K2 penthouse view

K2, the new luxury apartment tower in the Fulton River District, surged past the 70%-leased mark more than a month ago, but still has a good selection of apartment homes available for rent. Unit 3307 is a 3-bedroom, 3-bath penthouse with south, west and north exposures overlooking the striking amount of new construction and renovation ...

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

The panoramic views from The LEX apartments

The LEX

The LEX, at 2138 S Indiana Ave in the South Loop, is one of the newest buildings in the neighborhood. Apartments at The LEX have condo-quality finishes, high-ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and private outdoor space. The building has a full suite of amenities, including an outdoor pool, sundeck, fitness center, resident lounge and party room, a ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 28, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Chicago’s best Loop / New East Side apartments – views

Aerial view Chicago Loop

Chicago’s Loop includes the area known as the New East Side, which in turn includes the Lakeshore East development. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in the Loop and New East Side on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. ...

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

Spectacular winter views from North Harbor Tower

View from North Harbor Tower

The 55-story Fujikawa Johnson-designed North Harbor Tower is instantly recognizable by its triangular window bays. The bays are a feature that’s enjoyed by every apartment in the New East Side building. Walk into a high-floor 3-bedroom and the bays work their magic, opening sweeping vistas that would have gone unseen with straight-line windows. North Harbor ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 31, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Chicago’s best West Loop / Near West apartments – views

Fulton River District apartments

We define Chicago’s “near west” neighborhoods to include West Loop, Fulton River District and River West. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in those neighborhoods on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. Renters simply have so many differing priorities ...

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

Streeterville’s best apartments – views

Streeterville apartments

This post is the first in a series on the best apartment towers in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. The above photo shows the relative location of all of the buildings south of Chicago Ave in Streeterville, except for Optima Center, which is a block further west. Renters simply have so many differing priorities – and budget ...

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

Basecamp River North row-homes come to market

View from 450 W Oak Chicago

CMK Realty and Ranquist Development have quietly begun marketing Basecamp River North, 47 2-story row-homes on a square block at 450 W Oak St on the Near North Side. According to Chicago Real Estate Daily the 3- and 4-bedroom row-homes will range in size from 2,100 to 3,400 square feet. The homes will have roof ...

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

The South Loop’s best apartments – views

Park Michigan

This post is the first in a series on the best apartment towers in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. The above photo shows all of the buildings, and their location relative to each other. Renters simply have so many differing priorities – and budget constraints – that singling out an overall best building would be a ...

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

River North’s best apartment towers – parks and beaches

Oak Street Beach

Earlier posts in our series on the best apartment towers in River North spotlighted the buildings with the best views, the most convenient grocery shopping and the best access to public transit. It’s worthwhile noting that River North does not enjoy great access to Chicago’s public parks and beaches compared to other neighborhoods. Most of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 27, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

River North’s best apartment towers – public transit access

Grand Plaza, Chicago

Earlier posts in our series on the best apartment towers in River North spotlighted the buildings with the best views and the most convenient grocery shopping. Our topic today is access to public transit. We’re aware that some of you consider taxis and limos the only acceptable form of public transit, but our focus is ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 26, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

River North’s best apartment towers – most convenient grocery shopping

Whole Foods on Huron

The first post in our series on the best apartment towers in River North spotlighted the buildings with the best views. We’re aware that some of you are indifferent to proximity to grocery stores because you do most of your shopping online via Peapod, or rely on Whole Foods’ personal shopper / delivery service – ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 25, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

River North’s best apartment towers – views

River North apartments

This is the first in a series of posts identifying the best apartment towers in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The photo above lists all of the buildings and shows their location relative to each other. Renters simply have too many differing priorities – and budget constraints – to make singling out an overall best building ...

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

A visit to The Bernardin’s Sky Club

The Bernardin Chicago

The Bernardin apartments, as part of an ongoing makeover and expansion of its common areas, recently added a “Sky Club” on the roof of the River North building. The Sky Club is an expansive room that residents can reserve for private parties or just hang out in. The west wing of the Sky Club has ...

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

Aqua resale tries for 46% price increase after a year

Aqua view, Kardas Photography

Unit 6901 at Aqua, 225 N Columbus Dr, was purchased for $905,000 in May of last year. The purchase price of the 1,756 square foot, 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath unit included a tandem parking space. The unit’s back on the market with an asking price of $1,250,000 plus $67K for the parking. That pencils out ...

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

An aerial view of North Streeterville apartment towers

Streeterville aerial

Late last week we published a helicopter view of apartment towers in the southern part of Streeterville, with links to our expanding set of detailed apartment reviews. We’ve since completed our reviews of buildings north of Chicago Ave in Streeterville, and dipped into our archives for an aerial overview, above, of their locations. The buildings ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 7, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

The skyline view from a Bucktown roof deck

View from 2138 Damen

You might not think of Bucktown as view territory, but it can be. And you don’t have to be up very high to enjoy a sweeping view of Chicago’s downtown skyline. The shot above was taken from the 4th floor roof deck at 2138 N Damen Ave on a cloudy day in the early afternoon. ...

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

Sorry about that northwest view, Cityfront Place

Aerial view of Cityfront Place

The tower portion of Cityfront Place, 400 N McClurg Ct, is rotated at a 45-degree angle from the building’s parking podium. The reason for the rotation is easy to understand: it maximized the views from the apartments in all directions. The above aerial shots should allow you to get a fairly good fix on the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 25, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Will 435 North Park kill some river views?

435 North Park Dr

The apartment tower / hotel under construction (center, crane in photo) at 435 North Park Drive in Streeterville will host 398 apartments and 400 hotel rooms. The building will top out at 55 stories and 625 feet in height when it’s completed next year. It’s currently at less than half that height, but already asserting ...

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

Views, high and low, from the South Loop

Aerial view of South Loop

The South Loop has a different perspective on Chicago’s skyline, and it’s often a great one. We begin with the views from a 41st floor penthouse at The Columbian. Its location at 1160 S Michigan Ave affords unbroken views of Grant and Millennium Parks, Navy Pier and the Museum Campus. While we’re on the subject ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 23, 2013