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YoChicago reaches record numbers in July

Millennium Park

According to our server logs, YoChicago had 104,196 unique visitors in July. That’s the first time we’ve passed the 100K mark in a month, and it represents a 49% increase over July of 2013. Google Analytics tells us that two-thirds of our visitors were new to the site last month, and only 14% of our ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 11, 2014

YoChicago at YouTube, Flickr, Facebook and Twitter

Boiler room

More than two-thirds of the more than 85,000 unique visitors to YoChicago each month are new to the site, and only 14% of our visitors come directly to the site. Seventy-seven percent of our visitors come here via organic search. What those numbers tell us is that we’re meeting our objective of providing information about ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 5, 2014

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

YoChicago nears 3,000 YouTube subscribers

K2

YoChicago has more than 2,500 videos on our primary YouTube channel, and they’ve been viewed more than 3.8 million times. We have far more narrated real estate videos online than all of the other media outlets in Chicago combined, and we’re adding to them frequently. Our most popular video, one of several on the erection ...

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

River North apartment shootout – Chicagoland Property Group vs YoChicago

View of River North

We like to think that YoChicago is Chicago’s 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, original aerial photography and a great deal more. One of our goals is to help renters understand what to expect from Chicago’s rental ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 7, 2014

Chicago real estate video shootout – YoChicago vs Crain’s and Chicago Magazine

YouTube

YoChicago’s YouTube channel has taken you to more Chicago places and inside more Chicago spaces and introduced you to more of the faces that shape Chicago real estate than any other source. We think we’re the clear leader in Chicago real estate video, and YouTube’s metrics strongly support that claim. Chicago Magazine and Crain’s Chicago ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 28, 2014

YoChicago’s neighborhood pages are a must-see

DePaul

YoChicago’s neighborhood pages are among our most-visited features, and it’s easy to understand their appeal. We provide the most comprehensive and authoritative look at the boundaries of more than 150 Chicago neighborhoods, along with videos, photography and links to relevant posts. When you need to know whether a property’s in Bucktown or beyond it, or ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 18, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

A brief take on Hyde Park’s Shoreland apartments

Shoreland lobby, Chicago

I visited Hyde Park‘s newly-renovated Shoreland apartments last Saturday for a sponsored video shoot. Here are my first impressions of what I saw, and what I heard. The contrast between the Shoreland’s ornate Spanish Renaissance Revival exterior and its Art Moderne lobby couldn’t be more striking. A variety of furniture groupings and colorful rugs reduce ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 17, 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
ChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park luxury on four-and-a-half lots

2700 N Paulina Chicago

The rarest of luxury goods in Lincoln Park is land. Very few homes have the luxury of being centered on four-and-a-half city lots, enabling an open, gracious layout flooded with light on even an overcast day. This one-of-a-kind home has 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, 12-foot ceilings, a 4-car garage with direct access to the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 13, 2014
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

A vintage two-bedroom on Lake Shore Park in Streeterville

Lake Shore Park

210 East Pearson is a boutique vintage building with only two units per floor. The building, across the street from Lake Shore Park in Streeterville, is in the heart of one of Chicago’s most exciting and vibrant neighborhoods. World-class shopping and dining are steps away. Unit 7A is a 2-bedroom, bath-and-a-half home that was recently ...

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Posted by sponsored post on December 9, 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

The top five most-viewed Chicago new apartment reviews

Optima Center

Our new apartment review pages provide a clear window, via Google Analytics, into which new buildings are generating the most interest among renters and curiosity seekers. During the last two weeks, Optima Center garnered the most page views, attracting 50% more visitors than K2 and Hubbard Place, which were in a virtual tie for second ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 26, 2013
News & trendsMarket conditions

YoChicago reached nearly 70K unique visitors in July

Michigan Avenue

The volume of visitors to established real estate websites is as good an index as any of the state of the housing market. YoChicago had 69,842 unique visitors in July, a 44% increase over the 48,496 unique visitors in July of 2012. We attribute most of that surge in visitors to a much healthier housing ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 7, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Want to own half of Presidential Towers?

Presidential Towers

Crain’s Chicago Business reported over the weekend that Eastdil Secured has been retained to sell a 49 percent interest in Presidential Towers (warning: annoying auto-play of video), a West Loop apartment complex that’s the largest in the city at 2,346 units. According to Crain’s, which reports the property’s occupancy rate at 93 percent: A sale ...

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

The Park Michigan apartments, an outdoor living paradise

Women's garden, South Loop

Residents at Park Michigan Apartments enjoy a South Loop location that’s hard to beat. The intersection of Roosevelt Road and Michigan Avenue provides across-the-street access to Grant Park, and a pleasant stroll past the Art Institute to Millennium Park. The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium are immediately east of Park Michigan, and beyond ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 24, 2013

YoChicago videos viewed more than 3 million times

Home Alone house

Late last week YoChicago’s primary YouTube channel passed the 3 million view mark for its more than 2,300 videos. The next milestone we’re closing in on is 2,000 subscribers. Check out other real estate video sites and you’ll see that ours generates far more views. Our most popular video, viewed more than 60,000 times, is ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 15, 2013
News & trendsMarket conditions

YoChicago visitor count at a new high in January

Aerial view of Streeterville, Chicago

YoChicago reached 53,686 unique visitors in January, a 22.4% increase over last January, and a new high, surpassing last April’s level. During calendar year 2012 we reached over 404,000 unique visitors, a 13.4% increase over 2011. The counts do not include visitors to our popular YouTube channel and Flickr albums. Our hope, of course, is ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 6, 2013