A New East Side apartment walk with Katie and Stephanie

Stephanie Konow and Katie Bommarito are former rental services agents who grew frustrated with that business and set out to connect Chicago tenants directly with landlords by founding Chicago Rentals Direct.

Tapping into their knowledge, I asked them to lead me on a tour of the six rental high-rises in the New East Side neighborhood – the area bounded by Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, Michigan Ave and the Chicago River. The Lakeshore East development is a newer series of buildings in the neighborhood.

A few weeks ago Stephanie also led me on a tour of Gold Coast apartments:

The videos help you see how easy it is to find an apartment in downtown Chicago without using one of the many often useless rental services that have contributed to rising rental costs by aggressively confusing renters into using their “services.”

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