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Near River North Luxury: Exhibit

If you're looking for luxury near River North, look no further! Exhibit on Superior is one of the newest buildings from Magellan Development and is bringing state of the art amenities to one of Chicago's trendiest neighborhoods. With contemporary finishes and efficient design, Exhibit's thoughtful use of space makes it perfect for keeping up with your busy lifestyle. Steps from the heart of River North, the Loop, the Gold Coast, and even closer to on-site Left Coast fresh food and juice bar, Exhibit offers convenience at your fingertips. Step inside the apartments at Exhibit and you'll notice the drift wood plan floors throughout, dark wood cabinets, and all stainless steel appliances. Quartz kitchen countertops and the tiled backsplash add a sleek, custom feeling. The stacked washer and dryer, optional Murphy beds, and closet organizers are just a few ways Exhibit makes efficient use of space in each unit. Enjoy stunning views of downtown Chicago and near River North from your private balcony or the amenities. The full floor amenity deck overlooks the city and Exhibit's private park, so you're never far from all of near River North's hustle and bustle, but can escape to calm serenity in a heartbeat. The health club fitness center is complete with private training studios, which feature Fitness on Demand, spin bikes, and free weights. Most noteworthy in the fitness center are the environmentally responsible energy generating cardio equipment and the boxing simulator. [caption id="attachment_6335" align="alignnone" width="282"] Work up a sweat anytime with Exhibit's boxing simulator.[/caption] The amenities are also perfect for entertaining. The Tech Lounge features a charging station and kitchen. The Resident Lounge houses a fireplace and big screen TV, a game area with an arcade and wall Scrabble, a private dining room, a party suite, and a library nook.If you're looking to get some work done from home step into the private work and meeting rooms or one of the reading alcoves.When work is over, step outside to all Exhibit has to offer. The sauna and wet lounge lead to an outdoor deck, where you'll find an outdoor lap pool and hot tub, four grilling stations, lounge seating, and fire pits. There are plenty of ways for your best friend to enjoy the lovely weather at Exhibit, too, when you head to the dog spa, lounge, and gated outdoor dog park, decorated with a lovely custom, commissioned sculpture. The guest suite, 24/7 dry cleaning, package-receiving locker with automatic notifications, and on-site management bring convenience to the comfort of home. [caption id="attachment_6334" align="alignnone" width="300"] Built-in organizers bring simplicity into your busy lifestyle.[/caption] Looking for near River North luxury apartments? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

New Old Town Luxury Apartments

Old Town's Xavier Apartments sit at the intersection of Division and Larrabee, as well as at the intersection of sustainability, social responsibility, and luxury. Old Town's Xavier Apartments feature extensive amenities, including a lobby with a fire place, a co-working area with lounge seating and a conference room, and modern fitness facilities. The outdoor terrace and sun deck are complete with a pool, lounge area with cabanas, barbecue grill stations, and fire pits, making it the place to host all of your summer gatherings. The entertainment doesn't have to cool off when the Chicago weather does. The indoor rooftop lounge features a chef's kitchen, private conference spaces, a fireplace, and a movie screening room. Step onto the terrace lounge for access to the kitchenette, game tables, and another fireplace. For Old Town dog lovers, Xavier is the place to be. These luxury apartments offer both indoor and outdoor dog runs as well as two dog washing stations. Xavier apartments are a sustainable and socially conscious addition to Old Town. The flooring is composed of 82% recycled content and many of the other materials are locally-sources. These apartments make an effort to stay efficient and operate with 24% higher efficiency than a typical code-compliant building, namely when it comes to water efficiency. The green rooftops and planters capture rainwater, which can be repurposed. The building has a plethora of thoughtful features, but so do the apartments, themselves. The modern kitchens are accented with blackened steel backsplashes and the floor to ceiling windows offer expansive views of the city skyline as well as Lake Michigan. Hardwood floors are featured throughout, to which the exposed concrete ceilings add an industrial contrast. Apartments are complete with non-toxic finishes, high-efficiency LED lighting, Energy Star appliances, and low-flow light fixtures. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Downtown Chicago Apartments for All Weather Living

Bask in the sun poolside in the summer then bundle up at the abundance of indoor amenities these downtown Chicago apartments have to offer. These terrific luxury apartments all offer direct access to the Pedway, a system of underground walkways connecting buildings all over the Chicago Loop. The Pedway houses a plethora of shops, restaurants, and services, like dry cleaners and salons. Moreover, the Pedway affords direct access to the Metra trains and "L" subway, which goes to the airport, making the Pedway an efficient way to access anything you might need in the winter time, all without going outside. Marquee at Block 37 Located in the heart of Chicago's Loop, Marquee at Block 37 is the prime spot for summertime luxury living. Warm weather amenities include the outdoor pool and sundeck with cabanas, a rooftop hot tub, multiple terraces with fire pits and grilling stations, as well as a dog run. In the wintertime warm up in the resident lounge, steam room and sauna, or penthouse level fitness center, which offers a complementary selection of fitness classes. Relax in the cinema screening lounge, game room, or one of several coffee bars. In addition to direct access to the Pedway and both red and blue line "L" stops, Marquee offers access to the on-site Shops at Block 37, including Magnolia Bakery, Sephora, AMC, as well as a preponderance of additional stores and restaurants. Aqua Lakeshore East's Aqua building is the perfect place to soak in the Chicago summer or brave the Chicago winter. Enjoy the sunshine from your own downtown Chicago apartment at the outdoor resident area. Spend the day at the outdoor pool area, complete with a hot tub and personal cabanas. As the night cools down, head over to the sky garden rooftop resident area where you can cozy up by one of Aqua's many fire pits. You'll never have to feel cooped up in the winter time at Aqua. The on-site Filini restaurant and bar and CVS keeps going out to dinner and shopping for essentials convenient. Find entertainment without leaving your apartment at the indoor sky garden lounge. The lounge features a fireplace and is just steps from the media room and movie theatre. Entertain guests in the game room, basketball court, or indoor pool, or work up a sweat in the fitness center, sauna and steam rooms. Furthermore, if you're looking for something you can't find inside the building, Aqua offers direct access to the Pedway system. Columbus Plaza Located along the Chicago River in one of the city's most lively areas, Columbus Plaza is a comfortable and convenient place to call home. The year round sun room's retractable sky light makes it conducive to rain-or-shine relaxation. Warm weather entertainment is a breeze at the outdoor bar-be-cue grilling stations and resident rooftop area. Get fit and stay fit during the holiday season without leaving home at the 48th floor fitness center, where you can admire the Chicago skyline. Find just about anything your heart desires just steps from the Columbus Plaza Pedway entrance.   Looking for downtown Chicago apartments? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Welcome! Streeterville’s Moment Apartments

It's been a delight to welcome these luxury rentals to Streeterville, a neighborhood where iconic Navy Pier, an abundance of parks, shopping, and a preponderance of brunch options are just steps away. Streeterville has seen the opening of multiple stunning high rises in 2016. Moment is just one of the elegant, modern new buildings we know and love! Moment Streeterville's Moment Apartments feature sleek, state of the art finishes and a plethora of amenities. Relax by the 45th floor outdoor pool, sundeck, or resident lounge, or in the steam room, sauna, and hot tub, located conveniently in each locker room. Furthermore, the yoga studio and serenity garden, complete with a meditation garden and a secluded reflection area, are ideal spots to decompress or enjoy the fresh air and relaxing Streeterville view. The grilling stations and eight cabanas located on the ninth floor terrace are the perfect spot for weekend entertaining. Additionally, entertain company in the full sized demonstration kitchen, at the pool table in the entertainment gallery, at the coffee bar, or in the media lounge, which features a large screening wall, perfect for game day! There's no shortage of convenience of convenience features at Streeterville's Moment. The complementary bicycle storage and maintenance room is complete with a wide selection of tools if you'd prefer do-it-yourself repairs. Additionally, the on-site dry cleaner repairs torn clothing and can steam out any wrinkles so you'll never have to go far to look fresh and polished. The convenient grooming room is the perfect place to pamper your pet before stepping out to the 600 square foot outdoor dog run. If you travel frequently, you'll love the package storage system. Receive notifications upon delivery as well as a secure access code, allowing you the flexibility to pick up your parcels on your own schedule. Looking for Streeterville apartments? Give us a call today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

New South Loop Apartments: Loving 1000 South Clark

We've had the pleasure of welcoming many beautiful luxury high rises to downtown Chicago this year. This South Loop gem stands out as one to be sure to check out! 1000 South Clark 1000 South Clark is loved for a multitude of features, but namely its amenities. With 45,000 square feet of common space, a 20,000 square foot roof top deck, and 10,000 square feet of fitness space, its no mystery why the amenities are a resident favorite. Moreover, 1000 South Clark just opened this year and the poolside sun deck, private library and wine lounge, and restaurant grade resident kitchen were just some of the top hits. Not to mention, there's plenty for your furry best friend to love here, too, with a dog run and grooming and daycare services. The 29th floor clubhouse is a beautiful spot to take in views of the South Loop and beyond. Or, step outside to the penthouse level roof terrace and enjoy the view by one of my fire pits. The Billiards Lounge is more than the average game room. The lounge features two televisions, a pool table, card table, Chexx hockey game, and a wet bar. The cozy and elegant ambiance makes this room the perfect spot for entertaining a few friends on game night. Have your Sunday Funday poolside! The indoor lap pool is just steps from the outdoor terrace, complete with barbecue grills, tanning areas, party space, and bluetooth-ready speakers. As the day turns to night, keep the South Loop party going with the outdoor theatre. The fitness facilities are every workout lover's dream come true. On sunny days, you can take a jog around the rooftop track. On chilly days, warm up in the club-grade sauna. Practice your golf skills at the indoor golf lounge, complete with a putting green and virtual golf simulator. The 10,000 square feet of indoor workout equipment houses over 40 machines, a free weight area, and two group fitness rooms with fitness-on-demand.  

Downtown Chicago Apartments Where its a Vacation Everyday

We love the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago, but sometimes its nice to take a moment to unwind. These luxury apartments are the pinnacle of relaxation and highrise living. Coast Coast apartments in Lakeshore East offer a relaxing beach vacation vibe with a convenient downtown Chicago location, just steps from Grant and Millennium Parks. The apartments' continuous and inset balconies offer views of Lake Michigan. Furthermore, other exterior walls are composed of glass and aluminum to add to the light, modern feeling. Coast was designed to create a beachside resort atmosphere. Residents have a choice between "Cool" and "Calm" finish packages. The sophisticated amenities were designed with comfort in mind. They include a fitness center with Cybex cardio and weight equipment, a technology center with both PC and MAC stations, and indoor spa lounge and hot tub with sliding doors to the outdoor terrace, a Skygarden lounge with a catering kitchen, a heated outdoor lap pool, and sauna and steam rooms.   Additionally, Coast offers fire pits, stainless steel barbeque grills, a garden, outdoor day beds with views of downtown Chicago, a private dog run and wash stations, an electric car charging station, and a business center.   73 East Lake The resident amenities at 73 East Lake are nothing short of resort quality. The 42nd floor lounge offers private dining, the Sky Lounge with flat screen televisions and the terrace. The terrace features a fire pit, cabanas to lounge in, and views of downtown Chicago. Explore the ninth floor amenities, which include a Cook's Kitchen, an indoor pool and whirlpool, and a sauna with steam room. In addition to an extensive equipment selection, the state-of-the-art Fitness Gym offers customizable on-demand workout classes by Wellbeats Fitness.73 East Lake also features tech niches in each apartment. Additionally, the private conference rooms and business center are conducive to working from home and focusing at any time of day. When you're done working, step over to the private screening room, a movie theatre complete with lounge chairs that's perfect for entertaining your guests. Looking for apartments for rent in Downtown Chicago? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Living Near the Loop: Luxury Rental Apartments

Its where we already work and socialize everyday: Living near the Loop means living near everything else that's already a wonderful part of your life. Check out some of these newer luxury rentals near the Loop! MILA Completed: 2016 MILA sits on the Magnificent Mile, steps from some of the finest restaurants, museums, shops, and Chicago entertainment. The entertainment continues when you head inside up to the garden and deck, complete with BBQ grill stations, a bocce ball court, outdoor TV and movie screens, an herb garden, and fire pits. While you lounge around at the pool drop your dog off at the pet salon, take your bike to the tune-up station, and your clothes to the valet dry cleaner. Afterwards, squeeze in a workout at the fitness and yoga centers. 73 E Lake Completed: 2014 Its prime location on Michigan Avenue is just one spectacular feature of 73 East Lake. If you're looking for state-of-the-art amenities that make you feel like you're on vacation every day, 73 East Lake is the place for you. Club 73, the extensive 42nd floor resident lounge, features private dining, a lounge with flat screen TVs, a terrace with cabanas, and fire pits with views of the city. The ninth floor houses a Cook's Kitchen, indoor pool and hot tub, sauna, and steam room. The fitness gym comes complete with cardio machines, weights, WELLBEATS Fitness, which offers customizable workout classes on demand, a core workout space which offers Synergy360 equipment, and a training nerve center. Throw in the private film screening room, conference centers, and dog run, and you'll see why you never have to leave home to find exactly what you want and need once you're at 73 East Lake's apartments near the Loop. One Eleven Completed: 2014 Looking for stunningly sleek finishes? Look no further. OneEleven Wacker's designer kitchens feature quartz countertops, white marble mosaic tiled backsplashes, and stainless steel Energy Star appliances. The spa-like bathrooms look polished with custom vanities and stone flooring. Finally, the floor-to-ceiling windows offer beautiful views of the Chicago River and the downtown skyline. Marquee Block 37 Completed: 2016 Marquee is located in the same building as the shops at Block 37 on State Street, one of Chicago's most desirable retail locations. Block 37 includes a broad array of clothing stores, coffee shops, casual dining restaurants, meeting areas, and a dine-in movie theatre all without leaving the building! The building also provides direct access to the CTA Red line and Blue line, which goes directly to O'Hare International Airport, making Marquee at Block 37 perfect for people who travel often! With brand new modern finishes and amenities, there is a lot to love at this luxury building. Looking for Chicago rentals near the Loop? Contact us today!

Headed Your Way in 2017: River North Apartments and Condos

With a preponderance of new construction underway, here's what you can look forward to this coming year. Check out these River North apartments and condos! Renelle on the River New from the Belgravia Group, Renelle on the River will offer a "single-family home experience" with an intimate, boutique feeling. However, this River North condo will also offer the luxuries of highrise living. It will house a fitness center with yoga room, private dog run, game room, private theatre, and both outdoor and indoor entertainment kitchens. Additionally, the top level will feature a 4500 square foot terrace with a fireplace. The Gallery on Wells Magellan Development's 39 story tower, designed by Loewenberg Architects, includes 442 rental apartments. In addition to the 26,000 square foot outdoor terrace, it will feature a hot tub, barbecue grills, a fire pit, and a pool with cabanas. Additionally, the Gallery on Wells will house indoor amenities such as a fitness center, game room, and sauna. [caption id="attachment_5265" align="aligncenter" width="325"] Courtesy of Magellan Development[/caption] Exhibit on Superior Also from Magellan Development comes Exhibit on Superior. In addition to 298 rental apartments, this 34 story mixed-use building will feature an outdoor deck with a hot tub, a pool with cabanas, and a park spanning 8,400 square feet. These River North apartments will have floor to ceiling windows, state-of-the-art finishes, and are expected to be ready for occupancy in 2017. The park will be complete with gardens and sitting areas. Exhibit's first floor will house retail space and a dog run. [caption id="attachment_5266" align="aligncenter" width="484"] Courtesy of BKL Architecture[/caption] 640 N. Wells 640 North Wells will house 251 River North apartments as well as 12,000 square feet of retail space. JDL's 280 foot tower will take the place of kitschy 1950's restaurant, Ed Debevic's. 640 North Wells will have a multitude of unique draws. Firstly, 28 percent of units will have their own outdoor space. Units will be slightly larger than average for River North with slightly higher than average ceilings. The LEED Silver design will feature green rooftops and on-site storm water retention, reducing the runoff on Chicago's combined sewer system. Additionally, the building will have a dog park with a dog day care. Looking for River North Apartments and Condos? Contact us today! We'll be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Lofty Ambitions: 3 Must See Chicago Lofts

Exposed brick, reclaimed wood, and brand new appliances: These Chicago lofts bring an industrial-chic vibe to the lively neighborhoods we already love. The Lofts at River East In addition to some of the largest units in Chicago, The Lofts at River East features a 10,000 square foot rooftop skydeck with an outdoor theatre, fire pits, grills and a wet bar. First, the fitness center is open all hours and is equipped with boxing gear. Additionally, you'll never be far from the perfect place to relax. The Streeterville building has it's own waterfront lounge on the Chicago River and a private screening room when you're in the mood to see your favorite film on a big screen with friends. After the movie, step over to the game room, complete with pool and card tables, arcade games, and a connecting entertainment space. The pet-friendly community also has pet amenities, including a dog wash. Moreover, these Chicago lofts are elegantly styled with new stainless steel appliances, maple hardwood flooring and finishes, high ceilings, and granite countertops.   River West Lofts Next, there's no shortage of character at River West Lofts. Built in 1912 and recently renovated, these charming Chicago lofts are located in the trendy River West neighborhood. They have wood-burning fireplaces in most units. Furthermore, the exposed brick walls, 12 to 14 foot timber ceilings, and state-of-the-art amenities add a luxurious feel to a historical landmark building. The rooftop deck offers views of the city and lends itself to entertaining with lounge chairs, open air showers, and stainless steel gas grills. Finally, relax in the resident library or work up a sweat in the fitness center.   Sienna Flats Located in the Streeterville neighborhood, Sienna Flats houses just 50 units to maintain its boutique feeling. Each unit features high ceilings and spacious, open floor plans. Sienna is just steps from Navy Pier, M Lake MichiganThe convenient location and abundance of amenities allow you to experience luxury highrise living while still experiencing Sienna's intimate ambiance. Looking for Chicago loft apartments? Give us a call! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

They Weren’t Always Apartments…

Although just recently introduced to the residential world, these buildings have already been loved and admired by Chicagoans for many years. These brand new luxury apartments in historic buildings have the perfect balance of old and new. Modern amenities and sleek finishes are complemented by the elegant details of old time Chicago! The Belden-Stratford Formerly known as the Belden-Stratford Hotel, this building sits right across the park from the Lincoln Park Zoo and was frequented by celebrities such as Louis Armstrong and Gloria Swanson. Although it was initially built in 1923, the hotel was converted into Lincoln Park apartments in 2011. Despite its change in use, the building has maintained it's glamorous lobby and elegant charm. [caption id="attachment_5242" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Courtesy of the Belden-Stratford[/caption] MDA City Apartments MDA City Apartments were originally medical and dental office suites. MDA was also home to the Chicago Literacy Club. Although they were originally designed by Daniel Burnham Jr. in 1927, the building became a prime spot for residential luxury living in 2003. The building currently has 190 apartment units and maintained its first floor limestone while also housing state-of-the-art amenities, including a roof deck, a fitness center, and a film theatre. [caption id="attachment_5243" align="aligncenter" width="632"] Courtesy of Village Green[/caption] 850 N. Lakeshore Drive What is now known as one of the most glamorous luxury apartment buildings in the Gold Coast, 850 N. Lakeshore Drive used to be a prestigious athletic club built in 1927. The 198 residential units were skillfully arranged with open plan kitchens to maximize the natural lighting and lake view. White, scalloped moldings and silver light fixtures add to the allure of the common areas. Each unit has its own special ambiance, due in part to the 64 unique floor plans the building offers. [caption id="attachment_5244" align="aligncenter" width="652"] Courtesy of 850 N. Lakeshore Drive[/caption]   Looking for new apartments in historic buildings? Give us a call! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Highlights: New Construction in the Near West Loop

New Gems of the Near West Loop With all the real estate development action in the near West Loop, it can be hard to keep up! So, we've put together the highlights to help you keep track. The Aberdeen First, MCZ Development and Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture are bringing this mixed use 136-foot building to the near West Loop. The ground floor will feature 15,000 square feet of retail space. Additionally, the development will have 40,000 square of office space and 75 residential units. Furthermore, the green-roofed building will feature a penthouse amenity floor with a sundeck and dog run. [caption id="attachment_5238" align="aligncenter" width="386"] 171 N Aberdeen St, Courtesy of Curbed Chicago[/caption] 900 West Secondly, Taris Real Estate's new 10-story development will feature 24 high end condos. Units will be priced at about $500 per square foot. 900 West Washington will have a dark, slate exterior, in keeping with the near West Loop's sleek, industrial vibe. The projected completion date is December 2017. 1035 W. Van Buren Related Midwest's new apartment tower is under construction, conveniently located near the University of Illinois at Chicago and Randolph Street's nightlife. Additionally, the building will feature 30 stories with a total of about 300 rental units. The LEED-designed building has an expected completion date in 2017. [caption id="attachment_5240" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Courtesy of Related Midwest[/caption]  

Dog Friendly Neighborhoods: 3 Must See Dog Parks

Walkability is just one reason to fall in love with Downtown Chicago. But what fun is a walk without your best friend? Check out these downtown dog parks in some of Chicago's most dog friendly neighborhoods! Lakeshore East Park Lakeshore East Park's southern most area is fenced in for dogs to roam free, off the leash. The area is complete with a dog drinking fountain and artificial turf grass for easy clean-up. Additionally, Lakeshore East Park offers free Wi-Fi. The park is full of serene paths and trails and steps from the lakefront. The neighborhood is home to Millennium Park and many excellent restaurants. So there is always plenty to do after visiting the park with your dog! [caption id="attachment_5224" align="aligncenter" width="648"] Courtesy of Chicago Magazine[/caption] 450 E. Benton Pl. Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 742-7648   Skinner Bark Park The West Loop park features a combination of artificial turf, gravel, and cement to give the park textural dimension. Moreover, unique features include umbrella-shaded seating and a three-tiered drinking fountain, which offers access to dogs of all sizes. [caption id="attachment_5225" align="aligncenter" width="571"] Courtesy of David Wilson[/caption] 17 S. Loomis St. Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 746-5560   Grant Park (Dog Friendly Area) This park is perfect for active dogs who love to run around! The park has a sprawling off-leash area and a dog water fountain. Grant Park is only steps from many of Chicago's attractions, steps from Soldier Field, beaches, Buckingham Fountain, and Michigan Avenue. Stop by the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium, or the Museum of Science and Industry. [caption id="attachment_5227" align="aligncenter" width="652"] Courtesy of Choose Chicago[/caption] 951 S. Columbus Dr. Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 742-3918 Looking for dog friendly apartments in downtown Chicago? Give us a call! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

3 New Restaurants in Downtown Chicago Opening This Week

Just as the weather's cooling down, the restaurant scene is heating up! Check out these three noteworthy restaurants in Downtown Chicago opening this upcoming week. The Flamingo Rum Club Phil Stefani (Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants) and Adolfo Garcia (Pearl Tavern) are bringing a taste of 1940's Cuba to River North. The new River North spot will host one of the country's largest rum selections as well as live Cuban music with an intimate, speakeasy vibe. Furthermore, decor will feature gold leaf oval ceilings and island chic wallpaper with palm trees. Stylish accents include a brass bar, cement tiles imported from the Dominican Republic, and an eight foot mounted marlin. Opening Saturday, October 8th at 601 N Wells Street. Rylon's Smokehouse Barbecue Chef Derek Rylon already has a loyal fan base with Batter & Berries (Lincoln Park). Therefore, his new Kansas City style barbecue concept is being met with great excitement in the South Loop for its downtown Chicago opening. Moreover, Rylon's Smokehouse will feature a rotating menu of whiskey-based sauces. The 2400 square foot sit-down restaurant will host a selection of pit grilled and smoked dishes. Opening  Wednesday, October 12 at 67 E Cermack Road. Beacon Tavern Finally, the highly anticipated Beacon Tavern opens this week in the heart of the Loop, steps from Michigan Avenue. This new concept from Billy Lawless (The Dawson, River West) will feature an large meat selection. Along with the impressive oyster selection, Beacon will offer a wide array of seafood options. "Our guests can expect a menu loaded with fresh interpretations of tavern classics and seafood-forward dishes and libations, which play heavily on classic American cocktails with a twist," Lawless said in a statement, courtesy of DNA Info. Furthermore, Beacon Tavern will house an extensive wine selection. Opening Tuesday, October 11 at 405 N Wabash. [caption id="attachment_5203" align="aligncenter" width="418"] Courtesy of Beacon Tavern[/caption]   Looking for apartments near River North, the Loop, or near South Loop? Give us a call today!

The Parker: New West Loop Apartments

The Parker's new West Loop apartments bring sleek sophistication and convenience to a hub of art galleries and innovative restaurants. Located in the heart of one of Chicago's most vibrant neighborhoods, The Parker is just steps from great spots like Soho House,  Au Cheval, and Momotoro. Kitchens feature quartz countertops, deep stainless steel sinks with Insinkerator disposals, and a tiled backsplash. Custom kitchen cabinetry includes soft close drawers and kitchen islands with counter height seating. Secondly, in the bathrooms you'll find LED lighted mirrors, elongated water closets, and quartz vanity counters. Step through a frameless glass shower door to elegant Grohe finishes. Bathrooms include rainshowers, handshowers, and tiled flooring. Custom features included for your comfort and convenience include Nest thermostats, indoor car parking with Tesla & Electric charging stations, smartphone controlled building access, and minimum 9-foot ceilings. The Parker's 1,100 square foot outdoor dog patch and indoor dog shower ensure that your dog can feel right at home, too. Furthermore, enjoy the view of the Chicago skyline from your personal balcony, through floor-to-ceiling windows, or on the terrace. The sun terrace includes a pool, daybeds, a firepit, and grilling area. From the fitness center's smartphone integrated cardio equipment and yoga studio, to the luxury spots on the common floor, you'll never need to look far to find a relaxing way to pass the time. Finally, recreational amenities feature a library, drawing room, coffee bar, and private dining room. Want to learn more about The Parker, new West Loop apartments? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!  

Great Restaurants in Downtown Chicago: Lakeshore East Edition

Lakeshore East Apartments are just steps from world-class cuisine, top-ranked chefs, and beautiful spaces! Lakeshore East offers tons of amazing options when it comes to great food and a luxurious dining experience. Here are the best restaurants to check out when you’re in the Lakeshore East neighborhood. #1 III Forks Only the finest Prime steak makes the cut at this mouthwatering steak house. Paired with ocean-fresh seafood like Wild Yellow Tail Hamachi and Seared Scallops, you’re in for a feast! Additionally, there’s an awesome rooftop patio for those who’d love to enjoy great food and great views of Chicago. [caption id="attachment_5130" align="aligncenter" width="424"] Courtesy of III Forks[/caption] #2 Filini Another gem of Lakeshore East is located in the luxe Aqua building. Filini is an upscale Italian restaurant and bar featuring renowned chef, Rick Starr. Braised Veal Cheeks, Tortellini, Avocado Fries, Coconut Chocolate Mousse — these are just a few of the delicious items that await you at Filini. [caption id="attachment_5131" align="aligncenter" width="385"] Courtesy of Filini Restaurant and Bar[/caption]   #3 MingHin Cuisine Featured on WTTW’s “Check, Please!” Series, MingHin Cuisine is famous for its authentic Cantonese dishes. This stylish, contemporary restaurant has all of the dumplings, egg rolls, and stir-fry dishes that you can imagine! [caption id="attachment_5132" align="aligncenter" width="798"] Courtesy of MingHin Cuisine[/caption] #4 Mezcalina This upscale Mexican restaurant is known for its authentic flavors and mosaic of ingredients. With dishes like Chile-Marinated Pork, Lamb in Adobo Sauce, and Carnitas Tacos on the menu, there are tons of mouthwatering options to choose from. Furthermore, to top it all off, savor the Tres Leches dessert — a special vanilla cake infused with three delicious milks. [caption id="attachment_5133" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Courtesy of Yelp[/caption] The possibilities are endless! Ready to live in the Lakeshore East neighborhood? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to get started. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Chicago Skyline Series: The Willis Tower — 5 Cool Facts

The Willis Tower is one of the most iconic buildings in the downtown Chicago skyline! Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the Willis Tower is the perfect place to catch the best views of the Chicago skyline with its very own Skydeck. Located in the Loop, this 1,350 ft.- high deck, peers out into the city as a main attraction for Chicagoans and tourists alike. Here’s the scoop on what you need to know about the famous Willis Tower.   #1 The Willis Tower is the second tallest building in America! At one point, starting in 1973, it was the tallest building in the world — surpassing the World Trade Center for nearly 25 years. Standing at approximately 1,720 feet at the very tip-top, the Willis Tower is now the 2nd tallest building in the U.S. and its the 14th tallest in the world!   #2 More than 1 million people visit the Skydeck every year! The Ledge, the glass balcony that extends four feet from the tower on the 103rd floor, is infamous in Chicago. With breaktaking views spanning over 4 states, standing on The Ledge is a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable experience. Inside Skydeck, you’ll find interactive touch-screens exhibits, trivia games, and much more! [caption id="attachment_5114" align="aligncenter" width="464"] Courtesy of The Willis Tower[/caption] #3 Two real-life “Spider-men” climbed the Willis Tower! In 1981, a man named Dan Goodman made his very own Spider-man suit and decided to scale the building. Using suction cups, sky hooks, and camming devices, he began his 7-hour climb to the top of the tower. Another man, Alain “Spiderman” Robert, followed suit in 1999. This French urban climber made it all the way to the top using his bare hands and feet!   [caption id="attachment_5115" align="aligncenter" width="593"] Courtesy of Amanda Kahn, @Chicago_Highrise_Life[/caption] #4 Hollywood loves using the Willis Tower in movies and TV shows! Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Monk, Kenan and Kel, Stargate SG-1 — these are just a few of the TV shows that the tower’s been featured in. The Willis Tower was also a focal point in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, I-Robot, Man of Steel, Divergent, and many others!   #5 The Willis Tower is equivalent to 101 football fields of space! With 4.5 million sq.ft. of floor space, the Willis Tower is massive. It took 2,000 workers and 3 years of construction to make it into the iconic structure that it is today. Wonder how they keep the tower sparkling? There are 6 roof-top mounted robotic machines that keep all 16,000 windows of the Willis Tower clean.   Ready to live in the Loop neighborhood? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

1001 South State Apartments: South Loop’s New Luxury Apartments

The South Loop, known for its hotspots like the Museum Campus and Chinatown, debuts its newest addition — 1001 South State Apartments! Located within the Wabash Art Corridor, these apartments are rooted in one of the most creative communities that Chicago has to offer. Starting with the gorgeous rooftop area, you’ll find a beautiful terrace, a spacious Aqua lounge, and personal cabanas. Secondly, the grilling stations and hot tub are perfect to unwind in after a long day. 1001 even has its very own Biowall — a freestanding, vertical garden that grows and displays fresh herbs. Inside, you’ll find large floor-to-ceiling windows that give you amazing views of the city and grey-tone plank flooring throughout. Furthermore, the kitchen comes equipped with Stainless steel Whirlpool appliances, dual-tone cabinetry, Quartz countertops, and glass-tile mosaic backsplash.   In addition, the bathrooms also include Quartz countertops, and have stylish glass-enclosed showers with a Terrazzo base. In the bedrooms, you’ll find spacious walk-in closets with custom shelving and conveniently-placed USB ports to keep all of your electronic devices fully charged.   For entertainment, you have many choices to choose from. 1001 South State has its very own Makerspace, a center for art and technology. You can check out the Glowforge 3D Laser Printer, which uses a light beam to create designs from a variety of materials. Additionally, there is a game room and a media room for those nights when you want to stay in. When you’re ready to explore South Loop’s nightlife scene, you’ll have plenty to choose from! Popular local spots like Buddy Guy’s Legends and Tantrum are just steps away.   Want to learn more about 1001 South State Apartments, the newest luxury apartments in the South Loop? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Next Apartments: Newest Luxury Apartments in River North

Are you ready for the “Next” level of luxury? Check out the newest luxury apartments in River North, located in one of Chicago's most walkable neighborhoods. You’ll be in the heart of all the amazing features that downtown Chicago has to offer! Breathtaking views of Lake Michigan? Check. Tons of hot spots like comedy clubs, award-winning restaurants, and nightclubs? Check. An ultra-stylish place to call home, pool parties on the rooftop, and even Daisy — the cutest community pup to hang out with at Next? Check, check, and check! Inside, you’ll find beautifully decorated kitchens featuring oak cabinets, glass-tiled backsplashes, stainless steel appliances, and Quartz countertops. Also equipped with a gorgeous kitchen island, you’ll have plenty of space to whip up your favorite dishes with your friends. Additionally, leading out into the large living room area in select units, you can find your very own private balcony. Stargaze and admire amazing views of the city. Furthermore,if you’d like to see the famous Chicago skyline from the comfort of your bed, the bedrooms have oversized windows. The modern-style bathrooms are spacious, and even include a double vanity in three, two and select 0ne bedroom apartments. With top-of-the-line Grohe fixtures and roomy bathtubs, you can unwind at the end of the day in the lap of luxury. Outdoors, you can enjoy the state-of-art rooftop pool on the sun terrace — along with chaise lounges and cabanas. With grilling stations and fire pits, you and your friends can have the perfect summer night BBQ. For health and wellness, there’s a huge 24-hour fitness center along with an indoor and outdoor Group X fitness club. There’s even a private yoga studio for your convenience.  Want to learn more about Next Apartments, the newest luxury apartments in River North? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

River North Living: Your Day in Meals

Living in River North As one of the biggest entertainment districts in the country, its no surprise that River North apartments are in high demand. In a neighborhood where the streets are paved with restaurants, these are a few of our favorite spots!  Breakfast: Come by Beatrix for Bulletproof Coffee, Lemon Pancakes, or Quinoa Cakes with Poached Eggs, 519 N. Clark St Gluten free menu available  [caption id="attachment_4885" align="aligncenter" width="529"] Quinoa Cakes with Poached Eggs, $12.95[/caption] Lunch: Enjoy the view of the Chicago River from Nonnina, 340 N. Clark [caption id="attachment_4883" align="aligncenter" width="455"] Tomato, Grogonzola, Cipolla Rosa Insalate, $9[/caption] After Work: Enjoy the chic and intimate atmosphere at Celeste for Happy Hour, Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-7pm, 111 W. Hubbard St [caption id="attachment_4882" align="aligncenter" width="489"] Midlife Crisis: Mezcal, Bitters, Coconut, Lemon, Pineapple, $13 [/caption] House Cocktails & Wines by the glass, $8, Select Beer, $5, Small Plates, $3   Dinner: With light bites like ceviche flights to heartier meals like skirt steak with house-made chorizo, Nacional 27 is the place to be for South American food and a good time. Dance all weekend long with the DJ to today's top hits on Fiesta Fridays or Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata on Vida27! Saturday nights.  325 W. Huron St [caption id="attachment_4881" align="aligncenter" width="508"] Ceviche Sampler, $12.95 [/caption] Complimentary Salsa Lessons, Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm Interested in living in River North? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Downtown Chicago Then and Now: West Loop Edition

Welcome to the West Loop — home to many of the most delicious and popular restaurants in downtown Chicago, and the birthplace of Harpo Studios, where Oprah created her massive media empire. Before it became one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city, the West Loop had a rich history. Explore then and now, the West Loop edition! WEST LOOP THEN: In the 1860’s, the West Loop area was known for having many of Chicago’s most fashionable homes — with the famous Washington Boulevard, which showcased many prominent churches of that era. With new construction surrounding this community, it was time to make a change so that this area could keep pace. In the 1880’s, many of the single-family fashionable homes were demolished in order to make way for the next phase: becoming a new warehouse and manufacturing district. By the turn of the century, the Near West Side became one of the most densely populated communities in Chicago. With new developments of elevated railroads and the Illinois Medical District, including Rush Medical College, Cook County Hospital, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, business was booming. The final phase, created by famed Chicago architect, Daniel Burnham, was a master plan: The West Loop Gate. It was named after his vision for the community to become the “gateway from the west to the Loop”. WEST LOOP NOW: The West Loop hosts unique loft-style living spaces, a budding art gallery district, and tons of award-winning restaurants. Check out “Restaurant Row” spots like Vivo and Next. The West Loop is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after neighborhoods to live in! It’s also home to the ultra-exclusive Soho House — an upscale members-only club including fine dining, a rooftop pool, a spa, and a 17,000 sq. ft. gymnasium. As for entertainment in the West Loop, you have plenty of options to choose from. See popular nightclubs like The Mid, Transit, and 8Fifty8. There’s also Union Park — a hotspot for concerts and festivals like Pitchfork and North Coast! We hope you enjoyed Then and Now: West Loop Edition! Ready to live in the popular West Loop neighborhood? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Lincoln Park Dining

The beauty about dining in downtown Chicago is that you can always find a restaurant to satisfy your taste buds. Italian food, American food, Japanese food, Middle Eastern food — whatever you desire can all be found in this amazing city. When you’re in the neighborhood, check out these spots for Lincoln Park dining. #1 Alinea First, this impeccable restaurant is ranked #15 on the prestigious “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list, as well as being the only restaurant in all of Chicago that has the coveted Michelin 3-star rating. Many dinner guests that have visited Alinea describe it as a once-in-a-lifetime experience above anything else! Be sure to try their famous “Hot Potato, Cold Potato” dish with black truffles, and their edible Green Apple Balloons. #2 Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Tapas, paella (traditional Spanish rice dish), sangria — these are just a few specialities to try out at this lively, authentic Spanish cuisine restaurant! Additionally, enjoy delicious dishes like their Citrus-Cured Salmon or Seared Sea Scallops along with their famous Passion Fruit Sangria. #Sapori Trattoria Take your pick — Lobster Pasta, Linguini with Fresh Clams, or Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops? Can’t decide? Why not try them all! Furthermore, this Lincoln Park neighborhood gem is the perfect blend of high-end, mouthwatering cuisine with a family-style, make-yourself-at-home atmosphere. #4 Naoki Sushi Enjoy delectable bites of fresh sushi and the finest sake wine that Lincoln Park dining has to offer! This Japanese restaurant has an awesome speakeasy style space that creates the best atmosphere for you to kick back, relax, and savor the experience with your friends. The possibilities are endless! Ready to live in the Lincoln Park neighborhood? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to get started. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

4th of July: Your Guide to the Best Events in Downtown Chicago

Fabulous fireworks, amazing food, and tons of fun events are what you can expect this holiday weekend! The 4th of July is one of the most spectacular times of the summer and living it up in downtown Chicago is the best place to celebrate. Here’s your ultimate guide to having a blast this weekend! #1 Navy Pier Fireworks (Streeterville) Navy Pier is the most popular attraction for fireworks in Chicago for a reason. Check out its breathtaking fireworks show synchronized with music. Additionally, you can watch all of the action from the pier, the gigantic Ferris Wheel, or even from a cruise ship! There’s also Freedom Fest, the biggest party happening at Navy Pier’s Rooftop. It will feature delicious BBQ, a full bar, and a live DJ. The fireworks officially kick off at 9:30 p.m. #2 Cité Chicago (The Loop) However, if you’d rather celebrate the 4th of July in style, Cité has got you covered. This trendy sky lounge invites you to turn back the clock with them as they serve up a delicious, 5-course meal. Entrées like American Sturgeon Caviar, Fresh Shucked Oysters, and Roasted Lamb will be served.   #3 Oak Street Beach (Gold Coast) Grab a beer and a famous Oak Street Beach (OSB) Burger with their signature King’s Sauce while you’re enjoying the gorgeous weather! With their very own OSB Music Festival going on, you’ll definitely have a great time dancing the night away with your friends. #4 Grant Park Music Festival (The Loop) Starting at 6:30 p.m., you can catch the special Independence Day Salute concert over at Grant Park. The Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with the National Youth Choir of Scotland to serenade you as you watch the fireworks! #5 Chicago History Museum (Gold Coast) This is perfect for the history buffs that want to enjoy traditional American activities and celebrate in true, 4th of July fashion. There will be a commemorative musket firing show and a brand new exhibition called Lincoln’s Undying Words. Check out the children’s parade led by the world’s tallest Uncle Sam! Ready to join in on all the action? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Chicago’s Gold Coast After Dark

Eddie Murphy, Mick Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor, David Bowie — what do all of these celebrities have in common? They’ve all partied in Chicago’s Gold Coast! This neighborhood is known as the crème de la crème because of its beautiful brownstones and luxurious mansions. Additionally, it features breathtaking views of the city and some of the best nightclubs that Chicago has to offer. Here are the top three places to check out when you’re in the Gold Coast. #1 Primary Top talent from around the world, the #1 sound system (Void Acoustics) in all of Chicago to blast the best dance music, two mixology bars — these are just a few things that you can expect when you burst into Primary nightclub. Located underground at 5 W. Division, this not so hidden gem is one of the trendiest spots in the Gold Coast. It even has a 20 ft. LED wall that lights up the dance floor, giving you and your friends the spotlight to shine! #2 drumBAR Located on the rooftop of the Raffaelo Hotel just off Michigan Avenue, drumBar has been voted as Best Whisky Bar and Best Rooftop in Chicago — time and time again. This speakeasy style venue has an creative menu selection with drinks like “48 Roses,” “Soul Sauce,” and “Pisco Punch.” Head on over for Happy Hour or sit back, relax, and enjoy the nighttime SummertimeChi vibes as you hang out on this award-winning rooftop! #3 The Pump Room The list of celebrity appearances at The Pump Room would shock you. John Belushi, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Audrey Hepburn, Bob Dylan, Michael K. Fox — the list seems endless! Not only does this glamourous club glitter with famous Hollywood stars, it also boasts mouthwatering tapas style dishes and an extensive drink menu. Enjoy some bubbly and delicious food from master chef, Jean-Georges — and maybe even a celebrity sighting or two! Ready to join in on all the action? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

MILA Luxury Apartments: Part 2!

The hottest new downtown Chicago apartments have finally hit the scene! The lavish MILA luxury apartments are located on the corner of Michigan and Lake Street and are officially ready to become your next new home. MILA is the trendiest choice when it comes to luxury! First of all, MILA has a cutting edge LEED design. Secondly, these upscale apartments include gourmet kitchens with high gloss cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. See finishes in the stylish bathrooms and spacious walk-in closets. Additionally, floor-to-ceiling windows give you great views of Millennium Park and the bustling city. MILA is one of the first apartment complexes to be built on Michigan avenue in decades. Furthermore, this high-service building also has top-notch hospitality services. Services include on-site concierge, 24/7 door staff, room service, and valet parking for your convenience. Additionally, there’s even a pet salon and grooming station to make sure that you can always groom your pets! You have plenty of entertainment options. Featured amenities are the rooftop pool, sprawling lounge areas, a state-of-the-art yoga studio, a dog run, and a bocce ball court. Get immediate access to the best restaurants, shopping, and nightlife via Michigan Avenue.  Are you ready for your next luxury apartment? Call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to hear all about MILA luxury apartments. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Meet Kenect, New Luxury Apartments in the Near West Loop!

The Kenect luxury apartments are the newest arrival to the bustling Fulton River District, part of the Near West Loop. With tons of award-winning restaurants, cool shops, and popular nightclubs all around, Kenect is a hotspot for trendsetters. Located on 504 N. Green Street, in the heart of the West Loop neighborhood, these gorgeous downtown apartments are perfect for living in style! The interior of the Kenect apartments is simply stunning. Beautiful Quartz kitchen countertops, 9-foot ceilings, stainless steel GE appliances — these are just a few things to expect in your brand new apartment! Also, most of the units have large floor-to-ceiling windows that give you absolutely amazing views of the city. The building will have full amenities and plenty of luxurious features — like a yoga room, a roof deck and pool, and outdoor kitchen plus fire pits. The property is also pet-friendly, and even has its own dog run! And, while you’re exploring the neighborhood, be sure to check out Carnivale or Girl & the Goat for mouthwatering cuisine — and The Mid for a wild night out on the town! Looking for new luxury apartments in the near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!    

Downtown Chicago — Then and Now: Lakeshore East Edition

Welcome to Lakeshore East edition of Chicago Then and Now. Lakeshore East is one of the most exciting and innovative communities that Chicago has to offer!  Lakeshore East is the new kid on the block that’s paving the way for the future of luxury living in downtown Chicago. Located in Chicago’s New East Side (just east of The Loop), Lakeshore East successfully blends buildings of the past like The Buckingham with groundbreaking luxury apartments of the future like Aqua. LAKESHORE EAST THEN: Originally, the Lakeshore East area was used for the Illinois Central Railroad yards. Pete Dye developed it into Metro Golf, a 9-hole golf course, in 1994. During this time before the 21st century the newest developments were The Buckingham, The Parkshore, Three Illinois Center, North Harbor Tower, and The Shoreham. The goal was to create a beautiful, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood that would seamlessly integrate Chicago’s triple-level street system. Since then, Lakeshore East has become the master plan for the Magellan Development Group in terms of being the forefront of architecture. LAKESHORE EAST NOW: Gorgeous, contemporary, “a Walker’s Paradise” — these are just a few words that describe Lakeshore East. The community is truly in the lap of luxury. Millennium Park, Lake Michigan, the Theatre District, the Magnificent Mile — the possibilities are endless. It even has a beautiful 6-acre park that is the first and only free wireless park in downtown Chicago! Lakeshore East is at the cutting edge for real estate and architecture. Furthermore, it houses 340 on the Park, which is the Midwest’s first Silver LEED certified building. The Aqua building is the 1st skyscraper in Chicago to combine luxury rentals, a hotel, and retail all into one 87-story building! However, this is just the beginning for Lakeshore East. With many new buildings coming on the horizon, this community’s development is definitely one that you do not want to miss! Ready to live in the trendy Lakeshore East community? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to get started. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Luxury Apartments in Downtown Chicago For You: Part 3!

Your next new luxury apartment should perfectly match your taste and style. All of our rentals are the crème de la crème when it comes to luxury living, and we are here to find you the best apartments in downtown Chicago. Let’s take a look at three luxury options in River North, the South Loop, and Lakeshore East. #1 River North This luxury apartment is definitely a must-see! It features floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony that give you awesome views of the city. You’ll really feel at home in the heart of downtown Chicago. Additionally, the building's rooftop terrace is complete with a pool, a sun deck, and plenty of BBQ grills. Inside the apartment, you’ll find a modern kitchen with maple cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and even an electric flat top cooking range! The bedrooms are spacious and each one includes a walk-in closet. The building also has many entertainment options to choose from. Game room, party room, dog fun, fitness center — you name it, they’ve got it! Plus, if you want even more options for working out, East Bank Club — one of the best health clubs in the nation — is close by. #2 South Loop Sky-high ceilings? Check. Exposed brick design? Check. Quartz countertops, stackable washer-dryer unit, and built-in wine racks? Check, check, and check! This South Loop apartment is truly a stylish and chic gem. The little details like the designer backsplashes and porcelain-tiled bathrooms really make the space outstanding. #3 Lakeshore East While most luxury apartments may have an outdoor hot tub area, this Lakeshore East apartment building goes the extra mile by having an indoor hot tub plus a steam room — giving you the option to enjoy these amenities year-round! Along with these great features, the apartment is beautifully designed with hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, floor-to-ceilings windows so that you can really soak up that natural light. And, best of all, with a convenient and all-inclusive utility package featuring high speed internet, cable with Showtime and HBO, heat, air conditioning, water, and gas — the place is definitely move-in ready for you! Want your very own luxury downtown apartment? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to get started. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Downtown Apartment Company Redesigns Wacker Drive Office

At Downtown Apartment Company (DAC), we are always making changes and striving to create a great work environment. Recently, we completed a redesign of our office located at 180 North Wacker Drive.   We were seeking to create an even better environment that fit with our team culture. First, we needed some more comfortable couches and a full gaming system to go with it. Nothing like playing a quick game of Wii in the middle of the afternoon!  Second, we thought to ourselves, "Who doesn’t like popcorn in the middle of the afternoon?" So, we bought a popcorn machine to enjoy throughout the day.  Literally, we can make a batch in two minutes.  You'll have to test us to be sure though! Third, we needed more of an old-school coffee machine – nothing like the fresh smell of coffee in the morning! Finally, we redesigned the space to create more of an open working environment. At DAC, we have a team of real estate professionals that work really hard and are passionate about serving our rental clients. With that said, we also have a lot of fun along the way.  Our Loop office now better matches what we stand for as a growing real estate company. Additionally, be sure to check out a few pics below of our downtown Chicago office.  The best way to get a feel for all the changes is to stop by yourself.  Furthermore, if you are strolling on Wacker Drive, please feel free to stop in, get a little popcorn, and maybe a quick game of Wii!

Downtown Chicago’s Top 5 Cinco de Mayo Hotspots

May 5th is one of the most fun and exciting times to explore downtown Chicago! Kick off this festive holiday at one of these popular Cinco de Mayo Hotspots! #1 Mercadito (River North) Firstly, this popular upscale hangout is known for its mouthwatering tacos — like their Estilo Baja crispy, beer-battered mahi-mahi tacos — and amazing drinks. Sip on their special La Vida Rosa cocktail, infused with pomegranate, lemon, and agave. Share a dish of flan, Mercadito’s delicious caramel custard, with your group of friends. #2 Carnivale (West Loop) Exotic, lively, colorful — these are just a few things that you can expect once you step into the magical Carnivale! This Latin Fusion restaurant is famous for its award-winning cuisine and its exciting atmosphere filled with music, savory aromas, and global designs. Dance along with the live mariachi band, sip on a tasty margarita, and enjoy some of the best Latin-American food that Chicago has to offer! #3 Taco Joint (Lincoln Park) Steak Tijuana tacos, Baja tacos, Ceviche tacos, Sweet Corn ‘n’ Truffle tacos — the possibilities are endless when it comes to Taco Joint! Join them on Cinco de Mayo for their Tacos ‘n’ Tequila special and taste their yummy Chile Mango Margarita. #4 Salpicon (Old Town) Renowned as “this town’s unsung hero of contemporary Mexican cuisine” by the Michelin Guide, Salpicon is definitely a restaurant that you must experience when you’re in the Old Town neighborhood. Furthermore, try dishes like Camarones al cabron — grilled tiger shrimp served with a spicy roasted tomato sauce and topped with fresh mango slices. Your taste buds will surely be satisfied this Cinco de Mayo. #5 Frontera Grill (River North) Finally, check out the home of the famous Chef Rick Bayless’ cuisine, Frontera Grill. Filled with vibrant Mexican folk art, and uptempo music, it is loved for its scrumptious food. Enjoy their fresh, gourmet dishes and stellar margaritas! Ready to join in on all of the action? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to get started. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Downtown Chicago – Then and Now: Streeterville Edition

Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, the Skyline Stage, the John Hancock Center. These are just a few of the famous attractions that make up the ever-popular Streeterville neighborhood! Streeterville is known for its unique restaurants, one-of-a-kind skyscrapers, and amazing scenery. This area also has a rich history that has made it into the luxury neighborhood that it is today. STREETERVILLE THEN: The man, the myth, the legend — George Streeter is the one to thank for helping to create what we now know as Streeterville. Before he arrived by boat in the late 1880’s, the area was not much more than a patch of land and a sandbar. Even still, he recognized the possibility of the place and kept his eye on it. After more than 180 acres of new land were created by the Lincoln Park Board, Streeter knew that he had to take action. He wanted to claim the area as his own, under the name “District of Lake Michigan.” For years, he battled for that right. Unfortunately, Streeter did not have the best reputation due to his reckless personality. He was frequently sued for fraud in his attempts to claim the land. Despite all of this, his lifelong battle for the property made him infamous and his legacy lives on. STREETERVILLE NOW: The neighborhood now has come a long way since its humble beginnings. Streeterville is home to many luxury apartments throughout the neighborhood! With its upscale stores on the Magnificent Mile, prestigious campuses like Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and Navy Pier — the #1 most visited attraction in Chicago, it’s no wonder why the neighborhood is one of the most sought after. The dining experiences, the landmarks, the culture — they are all here waiting for you to explore! Ready to have a new luxury Streeterville apartment? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to get started. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Chicago’s South Loop Top 3 Spots – After Dark Edition

The South Loop is one of the most dynamic and lively areas in downtown Chicago. With its awesome parks, notable theaters, and famous museums, the neighborhood attracts thousands of people on any given day. Along with its amazing scenery, the South Loop has a spectacular nightlife scene — waiting for you to explore! #1 Buddy Guy’s Legends You can't come to the South Loop without paying a visit to this infamous blues club! Known for its talented performers and Cajun cuisine, Buddy Guy’s Legends is a staple of the neighborhood and promises a great night filled with electric blues music and tasty food. The world’s top musicians ranging from B.B. King to David Bowie to John Mayer have all graced the Legends stage. Located on 700 S. Wabash, get ready for a legendary night at Buddy Guy’s! #2 Hackney’s Printers’ Row Beers on tap? Check. Famous signature burgers? Check. Award-winning French fries onions? Check. This South Loop fan-favorite is known for its tasty food like The Famous Hackney Burger, served on rye bread, and their Holy Guacamole Burger — the best food to go along with your beer of choice! Located in 733 S. Dearborn Street, Hackney’s is the perfect spot to start your wild night with delicious grub and drinks. #3 first DRAFT With their self-proclaimed “Comfort Food Infusion” menu and extensive draft life system designed to serve you the best drinks, first DRAFT is the premier craft beer house in the South Loop! Located on 649 S Clark St, first DRAFT stays open until the wee hours so you'll have plenty of time to check it out during your night out on the town. And, to top it all off, this bar has plenty of big screen tvs throughout — perfect for catching your favorite Chicago sports teams play. Cheers! Ready to live it up in Chicago’s South Loop? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to get started. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Luxury Downtown Chicago Apartments For You: Part 2!

Spring time is here! With this fresh start, it’s time to bring in the season with helping you find your new, stylish place! All of our rentals are top-of-the-line when it comes to luxury living, and we are here to find you the best apartments in downtown Chicago. Let’s take a look at three luxury options in the West Loop, Streeterville, and Old Town. West Loop Trendy, urban, and chic. These are the characteristics that have come to define the popular West Loop neighborhood. We found a great apartment for you with this West Loop apartment - it has everything you can imagine! Pet friendly? Check. Hot tub? Check? Fitness center, on-site dry cleaning, and a sun deck? Check, check, and check! These downtown Chicago apartments are definitely pleasing to the eye. With a modern kitchen including maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops, you can dine in style. To top it all off — select apartments have their own balcony which gives you breathtaking views of the city!   Streeterville Stunning is the first word that comes to mind when looking at this downtown Chicago apartment. The rooftop deck is to-die-for — complete with an elegant pool and BBQ grills for those awesome sunny days with your guests! Inside the apartment, you’ll find white-oak hardwood floors, custom cabinetry, Kohler faucets, Whirlpool appliances, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Talk about luxurious! Old Town These luxury apartments located in Old Town are truly a gem! The modern kitchen is sure to meet your every need. With its open concept design, the kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, a dishwasher, a garbage disposal, and Quartz countertops. The bedrooms come equipped with spacious walk-in closets, room-darkening shades, and large windows that give you a great view of the city. The building also features a pool, a game room, and even a movie theater! Ready to have a new luxury Chicago apartment? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to get started. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Great Restaurants in Downtown Chicago: The West Loop Edition

Ah, there’s nothing quite like dining in downtown Chicago — from the world-class cuisine, to the top-ranked chefs, to the beautiful design of each fabulous restaurant. The West Loop offers tons of amazing options when it comes to great food and a luxurious dining experience! Here are the top three restaurants to check out when you’re in the West Loop Area. Blackbird Glazed pork belly with roasted squash and kale, roasted venison and sausage, seared monkfish with cured duck. These are just a few of the mouthwatering dishes on Blackbird’s menu! Located on 619 West Randolph Street, this modern fine-dining establishment is critically acclaimed for its delicious food and talented chefs like Executive Chef Paul Kahan — winner of national James Beard Foundation Awards for excellence in cuisine. Enjoy a nice romantic evening here or celebrate a big event in Blackbird’s exclusive private dining room. Girl & the Goat Located on 809 West Randolph Street, Girl and the Goat is another  West Loop hot spot to explore. With Stephanie Izard as the Executive Chef, who won on Bravo’s hit tv show Top Chef, the food here is top-notch! Sweet potato bleu cheese pierogies, seared diver scallops, escargot dumplings, pan roasted drum fish — the menu list is filled with dozens of delicious dishes. And, to top it all off, the atmosphere is fun, lively, and welcoming enough to make you feel right at home! Au Cheval Another delectable Randolph Street addition to the list, Au Cheval is an upscale, open kitchen-styled diner with a flair for unique drink names and and hearty menu items. Pair their famous “Boo Radley” or “Hemingway Daiquiri” with foie gras or General Jane’s honey-fried chicken with chili. Or, enjoy one of their amazing, award-winning cheeseburgers that the Food Network describes as having “the perfect burger-to-cheese ratio” on their Top 5 Burgers in America list. The possibilities are endless! Ready to live in the West Loop neighborhood? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to get started. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Marquee at Block 37, the Newest Luxury Apartments in Chicago’s Loop

CIM Group & Golub's brand new Marquee at Block 37 apartments are the epitome of modern and stylish living. With its pre-leasing to begin in March, we were able to get a first-hand sneak peek of these marvelous luxury apartments. Located in the heart of Chicago’s trendy and vibrant Loop neighborhood, these downtown apartments are amazing places for you to live in the lap of luxury! Just imagine — lounging in your cabana by the rooftop pool overlooking a spectacular view of the city. Or, breezing through an elegantly designed lobby after being greeted by your friendly doorman. Or even being within walking distance of Chicago’s most delicious, gourmet restaurants — and in the heart of Chicago’s premier theatre district. These are just a few of the endless experiences that you can have at the Marquee apartments! The building will have full amenities and plenty of luxurious features like hot tubs, a sundeck, and outdoor fire pits and grilling stations. The property is also pet-friendly, and even has a dog run and grooming room! Marquee will also offer tons of options when it comes to entertainment. There’s a game room to play in, a penthouse level fitness center to break a sweat in, and even an event room with its own catering kitchen! And, with Marquee’s cinema lounge, you can enjoy a fun night in with your friends and laugh the night away watching your favorite movies.  Or, simply head downstairs to the new AMC Theatre as well! And, if you and your friends want to explore the Loop neighborhood, there are so many stores to shop at, restaurants to dine at, museums to wonder at, and bars that await you! Being right by popular spots like The Magnificent Mile, The Art Institute, and Millennium Park, you’re bound to have a great time. More information on Marquee to come soon!

Downtown Chicago —Then and Now: Old Town Edition

Victorian-era architecture, brick alleyways, a warm and welcoming community, and a bustling creative arts culture — these are just some of the many wonderful things that have come to define Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. As a historic district, Old Town is a home to lots of famous buildings like St. Michael’s Church — one of only seven buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and still stands today. Exploring this neighborhood will teach you a thing or two about Chicago’s rich history, and how its current residents keep that history alive! OLD TOWN: THEN Before it was called “Old Town,” this neighborhood was known as “The Cabbage Patch.” Originally, it was a popular area for immigrant farmers in the 19th century to grow their crops — specifically cabbage ones, along with celery and potatoes. During the World War II era, the Chicago’s Civil Defense Agency marked off North, Clark, and Ogden avenues as a defense area. This triangular area, today, is known as the Old Town Triangle. It is managed and preserved by a non profit organization called the Old Town Triangle Association. The actual “Old Town” name comes from the popular annual art fairs, or “The Old Town Holiday” fairs that were hosted in the years following the war. As time went on, Old Town also became a mecca for hippie culture and folk music, throughout the 1960s and 1970s. And still, to this day, folk music thrives in Old Town and is a huge part of its identity. OLD TOWN: NOW Today, the Old Town neighborhood is a charming and vibrant community that’s brimming with landmarks, events, and activities to enjoy! Located in the Near North Side community, Old Town is bordered by Armitage Avenue, Clark Street, Halsted Street, and Division Street. One place that stands out in particular is the famous Old Town School of Folk Music — a performing and teaching center that continues to create talented musicians and performers of all ages. Along with the music scene, the neighborhood is also home to The Old Town Art Fair — one of the oldest summer art fairs in America. As far as nightlife goes, don’t let Old Town’s name fool you! There are plenty of bars, taverns, and concerts to check out. With everything to see, create, and explore here, Old Town could easily become your new place to call home! Ready to live in the luxurious Old Town neighborhood? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to get started. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

New Downtown Luxury Apartment For You!

As we cruise into 2016, let's think about finding you the perfect downtown apartment! Pet-friendly, in-unit washer and dryers, sun decks, rooftop pools, fitness centers — these are just a few of the many features that are included in these spectacular Downtown Apartment Company rentals! All of our rentals are top-of-the-line when it comes to luxury living, and we are here to find you the best apartments in downtown Chicago.  Let's take a look at three luxury options in the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and the Loop. 1. Gold Coast This beautiful Gold Coast apartment has everything that you could possibly wish for when it comes to finding a great new place to live! Spacious walk-in closets? Check. Floor-to-ceiling windows that give you a great view of the Chicago skyline? Check. Granite countertops, hardwood floors, and individually controlled heating and air conditioning? Check, check, and check! Not only is the interior of the apartment styled to perfection, but also the exterior as well. With a gorgeous sun deck, huge swimming pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and even a dog run, there are plenty of spots for you to experience the best of the best — whether you want to relax or seize the day! 2. Lincoln Park Italian marble tile, innovative Poggenpohl cabinetry, and Grohe faucets are some of the many luxurious features that await you in this marvelous Lincoln Park apartment. And, with your very own balcony, you can catch great views of the city. The property also has a modern game room and a beautifully decorated resident lounge for entertaining your guests! Plus, the Lincoln Park neighborhood is filled with tons of restaurants, shopping centers, and bars to explore  — perfect for the adventurous types. 3. The Loop Ah, The Loop — the pulse of downtown Chicago! Surrounded by famous skyscrapers, iconic restaurants, and a legendary theatre district, this one-of-a-kind apartment in The Loop puts you right in the center of it all! The interior boasts built-in stainless steel appliances, Quartz counter tops, and even a stone-tiled bathroom. With a chic indoor pool area and a stunning party room, your new apartment will be the place that all of your friends will love to visit! Ready to have a new luxury apartment? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to get started. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Top 4 Festive Activities in Downtown Chicago!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Chicago! All of the lights, attractions, and holiday cheer can be seen throughout the entire city, and it’s the best time to celebrate with your family and friends. Here are the top 4 events to check out this holiday season! Winter Wonderfest (Streeterville) Reindeer Express train rides, a Candy Cane Lighthouse, Wonder Whirl, Zero Gravity, and even a 15-foot-high “Wintertube” slide all await you and your friends at Navy Pier! And that’s not all — Winter Wonderfest has tons of rides, treats, attractions for everyone of all ages. Take pictures with Santa and his elves, jump around in the tallest “Snowman Bouncer” that you’ve ever seen (standing at an impressive 38 feet!), and ride around the Kringle Carousel. To top it all off, there’s even an indoor 50-foot-high Ferris Wheel that you can sit back, relax, and take in all of the scenery from. Millennium Park Ice Skating (The Loop) Millennium Park is THE ultimate spot to go ice skating in downtown Chicago! The beautiful rink is surrounded by twinkling lights and has the timeless, classic view of the skyline as its backdrop. Round up your group of friends, rent some skates, and twirl the night away! Lincoln Park ZooLights (Lincoln Park) Come see all of the luminous lights that sparkle all over the famous Lincoln Park zoo! Along with checking out the lights, there are magical 3-D displays, live ice carving shows, and plenty more to see at this event. Order up some hot chocolate, take a stroll around, and snap a few breathtaking photos during your visit. Christkindlmarket (The Loop) People from all across the globe come to downtown Chicago every year to check out the Christkindlmarket. This outdoor market in The Loop attracts thousands of visitors that get to eat, drink, and enjoy traditional and authentic German products and entertainment. Ready to be in the heart of all of this excitement? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to get started on your apartment search. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!  

Chicago’s Lincoln Park After Dark

Lincoln Park is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods to live in for downtown Chicago! With its beautiful tree-lined streets, charming brownstones, and upscale shopping centers, the neighborhood attracts many visitors and delights its residents. Along with the amazing scenery, Lincoln Park has a bustling nightlife — waiting for you to explore! #1 The Barrelhouse Flat Listed as one of the best Chicago bars by top food and lifestyle brands like Esquire Magazine and Thrillist, this speakeasy-style bar is a fan-favorite in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. With a hand-crafted cocktail menu boasting over 6 pages, it’s the perfect, cozy place to catch an intimate concert or have a relaxed happy hour with your friends. #2 The Drop Lounge This self-proclaimed “underground, cave-like lounge” got its name from the most intense second of a song when the electronic beat finally drops. Open until 4 a.m., The Drop is the place to be if you want to dance the night away. With clever drink names like “Hashtag” and “Fire Dancer,” you’re in for a good night! #3 Red Lion Pub Three majestic fireplaces, a private balcony room, books stacked to the ceiling, and a rich history behind this English-style pub is exactly what you need for an unconventional night out on the town. Located on N Lincoln Avenue, you can drink all of the old-fashioned ales, ciders, and liquors to your heart’s content! #4 The J. Parker With signature cocktail names like “Lush Life” and “Feelin’ Good,” this chic rooftop lounge promises a spectacular night! Located on N Clark Street, on top of the Hotel Lincoln building, you can sip, eat, and enjoy great views of the city — all from your luxurious spot at The J. Parker. Want to experience Lincoln Park After Dark for yourself? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to get started. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Downtown Chicago – Then and Now: Gold Coast Edition

Beautiful brownstones, magnificent mansions, high-rise condos — the Gold Coast is definitely a highlight when it comes to downtown living! As a historic district, the neighborhood has a rich past and its extraordinary architecture stands the test of time. This upscale area continues to amaze residents and visitors alike, as it manages to remain elegant, timeless, and luxurious. Gold Coast: Then The Gold Coast was originally referred to as the Astor Street District. The name came from John Jacob Astor  — one of the richest men in America in the 1800s. Even though he wasn’t from Chicago, the attachment of his name to the area drew in crowds of other wealthy individuals and families. One of these influential individuals was Potter Palmer, an early landowner in the neighborhood that was instrumental in the development of the Gold Coast. Palmer purchased a lot of land, most of which had been affected by the Great Chicago Fire in the late 1800s, and converted most of the swampy areas into what we now know as Lake Shore Drive. His greatest accomplishment was having the “Palmer Mansion” built, which was the largest home in all of Chicago at the time. This 42-room mansion that was shaped like a castle was built as a gift for his beloved wife, Bertha. Developments continued to expand, as more and more people continued to move to the neighborhood. One of the most famous homes, the James Charnley House, still stands today and is considered as a national historic landmark, and is currently used as a museum. Gold Coast: Now Today, the Gold Coast neighborhood is the 7th richest urban area in the United States! This district definitely has it all, and is packed with hundreds of different restaurants to try and tons of options when it comes to high-end shopping. Located in the Near North Side community, the neighborhood is bounded by Oak Street, Clark Street, Lake Shore Drive, and North Avenue. Along with a bustling nightlife and even the ever-popular Oak Street Beach, the Gold Coast has plenty of prime locations that can become your next home! Ready to live in the luxurious Gold Coast neighborhood? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to get started. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

State and Chestnut, Chicago’s New Luxury Gold Coast Apartments

The brand new LEED-certified apartments, State and Chestnut, are going to completely amaze you! Conveniently located in the heart of Chicago's beautiful, up-scale Gold Coast neighborhood, these apartments are great places for you to live in grand style. The amenities list alone may convince you to move into the State and Chestnut apartments right away! In-unit full-sized and stacked washer and dryers, 9’ ceilings, state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances, oh — and we can’t forget to mention that you can even pick your own paint color for your apartment! And that’s definitely not all that these gorgeous apartments have to offer. Each apartment contains its own programmable thermostat, so that you can control your own heating and cooling to your preference. The kitchen area is perfect for all of your cooking needs. All of the appliances are energy-efficient, and these kitchens boast microwave ovens, garbage disposals, top-of-the-line Grohe faucets, and even gas ranges! The spacious bathrooms come equipped with full-width mirrors, in-wall medicine cabinets, and even curved shower rods in the baths and tubs so that you can adjust them to your liking. With contemporary designs, Quartz counters, super fast 1Gb internet and electric outlets with USB charging features, you will be the envy of all your friends in your luxurious apartment! Along with your beautifully-modeled apartment, you also get the amazing experience of all of the features that State and Chestnut has to offer. A 24/7 concierge service station is at your beck and call with awesome perks like wake-up calls, maid service, pet care — including a pet spa, personal gift services, and even scoring you tickets for events! A fitness center, complete with free weights and cardio equipment to keep you in shape all year round, and a yoga studio for those who want to enjoy group or private sessions. An outdoor terrace with an all-season fire pit, three barbeque grills with dining areas, a Sky Lounge with flat-screen TVs, and beautiful herb gardens all await you when you want to enjoy a great day outdoors. There’s even a 5,000 sq. ft. rooftop sun deck with a pool — featuring fountains. The possibilities are endless at the State and Chestnut apartments. Want 845 N. State Street to become your new home? Then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to get started. We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Meet MILA, Your New Luxury Apartments in Chicago’s Loop!

Looking for a brand new apartment in an ultra-chic location? The MILA apartments on Michigan Avenue will be perfect for you! Located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street, MILA — an abbreviation of the two streets — is a beautiful 41-story apartment building that houses more than 400 luxury apartments to rent. Boasting an exclusive rooftop pool and great views of the lakefront, MILA offers unique perks that can’t be beat! As the first apartment complex to be built on Michigan Avenue in decades, MILA is definitely one-of-a-kind. These high-end apartments include floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors, ample closet space, contemporary bathroom finishes, and spacious layouts to meet all of your needs. Along with these great amenities, the building will also include a fitness center, lounge area, game room, party room, and even a dog run! Surrounded by tons of dining, shopping, and entertainment venues like Millennium Park, the Theatre District, and The Magnificent Mile, you’ll have plenty to explore — whether you want to enjoy a night on the town or a formal dinner. With its sleek design and possible LEED Silver certification, MILA’s doors will officially open in 2016.  Downtown Apartment Company got a sneak peak at The John Buck Development's MILA Chicago Topping Off Ceremony (with pictures below). With our hard hats, safety glasses and the 40+ floor construction elevator ride - we enjoyed getting to see the breathtaking views of Lake Michigan.  Our Director of Leasing, Ericka Rios, particularly noted that "a rooftop pool in that location will go over well with luxury apartment seekers."  We definitely think so too! If you’re ready to make 200 N. Michigan Avenue your new home, then call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to hear all about what MILA apartments have to offer. We'd be happy to keep you in the loop!

Downtown Apartment Company Sponsors Chicago Loop Alliance 2015 Gala

It was our pleasure to be part of special evening that we look forward to every year.  Downtown Apartment Company proudly sponsored the 11th Annual Chicago Loop Alliance Gala.  CLA is a terrific organization that has worked hard every day to create an even more vibrant Chicago Loop. The night was filled with terrific food (including a sundae bar!), dancing, a wonderful band, and (of course) a great group of people.  CLA honored Michelle T. Boone Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.  Commissioner Boone has been instrumental in the development of Chicago’s Loop and she was fortunate to have many of her family members there to support her on this special evening. This event reminded us of how proud we are to have our office right in Chicago’s Loop.  With our location on Wacker Drive, we get to see positive changes to the Loop every day.   These changes took a lot of hard work from organizations like CLA and many other fellow businesses within the Loop.  Some of these changes can be seen in the Loop’s residential scene as well.  In 2016 alone, there will be over 1,000 new luxury apartment units coming to the Loop.  These new Loop apartments will continue to add new dimensions to Loop living and help continue to transform the Loop neighborhood. The Loop is thriving and Downtown Apartment Company is happy to be thriving with it!  Stop by our office on Wacker Drive and learn all about it.  We can go through luxury Loop apartments and let you know about all the new ones on their way!

Renting & Living in Streeterville

Streeterville has occasionally been called a gateway to Chicago, and as area assessments go that isn’t too far off the mark. Streeterville’s home to much of Downtown Chicago’s world-renowned shopping, dining, architecture, culture and much more. The neighborhood is probably best known as the family-friendly home of Navy Pier, but beyond the pier, Streeterville has a lot to offer. The neighborhood boasts dining options ranging from four-star French cuisine and brunch specialists to good old fashioned pub food. Entertainment comes in the form of outdoor recreation at Ohio Street Beach or arts appreciation at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Sandwiched between the Chicago River, the shore of Lake Michigan and the southern half of the Magnificent Mile, Streeterville is truly downtown Chicago, unfiltered, and pretty much everything the Loop has to offer is right at its resident’s fingertips. The neighborhood’s top half is dominated by Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a literal sea of doctor's offices, healthcare clinics and rehabilitation centers. By contrast, Streeterville’s bottom half features an almost uniquely attractive assortment of spectacularly finished new construction rental condominiums and luxury apartment buildings with breathtaking views— in addition to the Tribune Tower, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the NBC Tower and a string of hotels and high-rise office buildings. What Attracts Renters to Streeterville The story of how Streeterville got its name—from "Captain" George Wellington Streeter—is a controversial tale littered with gun battles, false property deeds and years’ worth of eviction suits. It began in 1886 when the Captain's ship found itself lodged in one of the Lake’s sandbar after a storm. After the storm, Streeter invited building contractors to pile up waste around it as they would have back when Lake Michigan was used as a dumping ground during the cleanup following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Streeter claimed the marshland that piling process left behind as his own and it wasn't until decades later that the courts could finally rule against him. You'll find a statue of the Captain standing on this formerly contested site as a reference to its early history. That sandbar is now some of Downtown Chicago’s most sought after rental real estate. Fortunately, the neighborhood’s main attraction is even more colorful than that eccentric founder: Navy Pier is a picturesque playground filled with amusement rides, gift shops and eateries, its docks are lined with sightseeing boats and bicycles. In addition to sweeping lakefront views, Navy Pier is home to its own beer garden and evening fireworks in the summer, as well as year-round favorites, Chicago Children's Museum and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Renting there means you’re never more than a short walk to the beach, where you can pick up a bike trail that extends south past the Museum of Science and Industry and north all the way to Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. The shopping options range from the absurdly upscale to the ridiculously swank and the restaurants range from legendary BBQ pits to haute cuisine. Residents willing to step just over the neighborhood’s official boundaries by a block or two, the options increase from substantial to overwhelming. Streeterville also plays host to a 21-screen multiplex, several health clubs, an ultra-modern bowling alley, and plenty of gourmet grocery options. Rent a Luxury Apartment in Streeterville Then Check Out … From one of Downtown Chicago’s last black tie bistros to a hearth warmed family-owned takeout joint, Streeterville boasts an attractive mix of laid-back to classy establishments where you’re likely to find many of your neighbors enjoying its upscale and its downscale spots on the same night. Les Nomadees – This Streeterville townhouse is one of the last, jackets required, classic French white-tablecloth occasion restaurants downtown. Chef Roland Liccioni serves up elegantly executed plates paired with a marvelous wine list. It’s not exactly an inexpensive night out, but the generally impeccable service helps as does the food’s, well-earned, reputation for being as good as it is expensive. Murasaki Sake – This lounge on East Ontario is well known for having what could be best described as a cool speakeasy like flavor. Its low hung turquoise lights, pink walls, fluorescent halo wrapped columns practically scream jazz age. Fortunately, Murasaki’s also the best sake bar in town, with DJ’s who know their business and a pricey but thorough list of top-shelf Asian grog and succulent Japanese tasters. Sayat Nova – Named for a famous troubadour this Armenian restaurant’s unassuming facade conceals a cavernous, lantern-lit, interior that boasts low ceilings, semiprivate romantic alcoves, the aforementioned light fixtures, and a variety of attractive cultural artifacts on display. Sayat Nova’s agreeably seasoned cuisine makes for an enjoyable casual lunch or dinner in the heart of Streeterville. Pelago Ristorante – This spot pairs classic Italian flourish with contemporary design to create a truly elegant 60-seat dining room. Situated in Streeterville’s Raffaello hotel, Chef Mauro Mafrici blends classic and contemporary Italian at this trendy eatery. Pelago has a lunch menu that offers up creative pastas served beside seafood or veal, and a dinner menu that features Italian seafood. Lookingglass Theatre – Founded in 1988, and originally an itinerant company, the Lookingglass settled into its place in Chicago’s always vibrant theatre-scene and into its home on 821 North Michigan Avenue in Streeterville. Winner of over 40 Joseph Jefferson Awards and known for productions ranging from The Little Prince and Rick Bayless in Cascabel to Lookingglass Alice and Manuscript Found in Saragossa—the Lookingglass Company tries to redefine the limits of theatrical experience and to make theatre exhilarating.

Renting & Living in River North

Once upon a time Chicago’s River North was a downtown industrial zone known as “Smokey Hollow” that had become a warehouse district. Forty years or so ago when all those warehouses closed, the spacious available real estate those shuttered warehouses represented was redeveloped; it attracted a wave of artists, writers and start-up entrepreneurs interested in affordable lofts, studios and convertible office spaces. The residential neighborhood they created was vibrant but struggled to overcome its reputation as a former red light district. Today, all of that’s changed. The River North of 2015 has one of the highest concentrations of design firms in the United States. In addition to Chicago’s storied Magnificent Mile, the neighborhood houses a string of high-end apparel boutiques, an expanding ring of up-and-coming art galleries, and the thickest cluster of restaurants slash entertainment venues in Chicago, all of which play home to the urban professionals who live work and play in and around them. Over the last few years, River North has overtaken Rush Street as Chicago’s nightlife hub, boasting see-and-be-seen spots ranging from Mercadito to Stout Barrel House and Siena Tavern to EDM mecca Sound Bar, not to mention the military themed The Underground. Bordered by the Chicago River on the south and west, 800 N Chicago Ave on the north and 150 E Michigan Ave on the east; the neighborhood sits in an ideal location that’s close to The Loop, the Near West Side, Streeterville, the Gold Coast, Old Town and even Lincoln Park. The Ontario Street feeder ramp offers residents quick and easy access to the Kennedy, Dan Ryan and Eisenhower Expressways. Public transit is similarly readily accessible. The CTA’s Red, Brown and Purple lines trisect River North and the neighborhood is traversed numerous bus lines. Also, there is practically no need for UBER as taxis are instantly available on most area streets 24 hours a day. What’s Attracting the Renters to River North River North has seen a dramatic spike in its residential population over the last ten years. Chicago’s educated and affluent have been drawn into the neighborhood by its growing selection of new and nearly-new lofts, rental condos, high-rise apartment complexes, not to mention the sprinkling of vintage walk-ups, townhouses and single-family homes that are available to rent. Many of the buildings offer breathtaking skyline views of downtown Chicago. Former artist lofts that have been converted into gourmet restaurants, exclusive night clubs, high-end retail outlets, galleries and office spaces are ubiquitous in River North, making it a walk-to-work neighborhood for many residents. It’s been accurately said that the overwhelming visual variety of the neighborhood’s architecture alone has made the area attractive to prospective renters. You can linger on tree-lined blocks of two-story Victorians and marvel at way the sunlight plays off of Trump Tower in the afternoons.   Rent an Apartment in River North Then Check Out … The Slurping Turtle – Chef Takashi Yagihashi has opened a few restaurants around Chicago, but his River North based eatery the Slurping Turtle is his homage to Japanese comfort food. Featuring sentiment-laden offerings ranging from bento boxes and binco grill items to completely slurpable noodles, the West Hubbard spot attracts a loyal lunchtime crowd eager to cozy up to one of the booths or at the communal table in the middle. Gilt Bar – It’s fair to say that restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff's eateries have justifiably inspired their fair share of admirers, and this bustling shared-plates restaurant in River North is not only known for simple pastas, roasted veggies and marrow on toast, it was his first. Xoco – Foodie icon Rick Bayless delights Chicago’s gourmets at this casual and affordable “little sister” to his more upscale River North eatery, Frontera, and his North Side spot, Topolobampo. Diners line up inside the cozy yellow café for his torta ahogada, or “drowned sandwich,” made with succulent carnitas, black beans, pickled onions and chile de árbol sauce, served on chewy bread, and dipped in a tomato broth. You’ll dine amidst the savory aromas of expertly spiced tortas and simmering caldos (a carnita and potato dumpling soup). Coco Pazzo – Known for offering simple, seasonal Tuscan cuisine, River North’s Coco Pazzo boasts an award-winning all-Italian wine list, alongside homemade breads and fresh pastas—pappardelle with braised rabbit, potato and spring nettle gnocchi, and linguini with chili-flecked Manilla clams. Ikram – This excessively trendy boutique on East Huron offers shoppers a selection of jewelry and clothing hand-selected by Chicago fashion legend Ikram Goldman, known for having outfitted Michelle Obama for the President’s 2009 inauguration and on other occasions. Fabcakes – Representing a truly welcome change for Chicago’s caffeine lovers; Fabcakes’ red velvet-draped walls contribute to the cozy atmosphere of this River North café, where customers enjoy fresh baked goods and treats like homemade pepper-fig syrup flavored lattes. The Project Room – One of the premiere boutique galleries located in River North arts corridor. It’s committed to showcasing a comprehensive program—including open dialogues with outstanding leaders, fine art exhibitions, intimate salon gatherings, concerts and workshops. It supports emerging and mid-level international artists in all media whose work embodies well-executed conceptual depth.

Renting & Living in Lakeshore East

If you’ve never heard of Lakeshore East, the North Loop enclave just south of the river and north of Millennium Park, you are in no way alone. The 28-acre real estate development is tucked between the Magnificent Mile and the picturesque shore of Lake Michigan and you’ll find that many of your fellow Chicago apartment hunters don’t realize it exists either. The sub-neighborhood is also known as the New East side, which encompasses the area from roughly 150 North Randolph St to the Chicago River and from Lake Shore Drive to approximately 100 East Michigan Ave. The New East Side was quite literally developed to represent the pinnacle of contemporary Downtown Chicago living. The neighborhood’s stylish rental offerings have garnered apartment designers a multitude of prestigious awards. Towering high over the lake and The Loop, the beautiful skyscrapers and real estate within the Lakeshore East boundaries house both luxury condominiums and apartments. Many of Lakeshore East's buildings are among the tallest in Chicago and even the tallest in the United States. They surround the tranquil Lakeshore East Park, which is currently the only park in Chicago to feature free wireless internet. Lakeshore East's Village Market provides residents of this luxury development with easy access to on-site grocery, restaurants and shops. But with both The Loop and Streeterville mere blocks away, renters are never far from downtown's premiere attractions. Millennium Park, the Mag Mile, Water Tower Place and Navy Pier are all within walking distance. What’s Attracting Renters to Chicago’s Lakeshore East? The sub-neighborhood is filled with restaurants, parks, schools and simply beautiful lakefront paths. Given its location, renters can make their way into downtown Chicago proper pretty easily and it offers residents a range of fantastic dining experiences that include several European-inspired coffee shops, fine-dining restaurants and traditional pizzerias. Renters will be able to find virtually anything they‘re craving within the neighborhood’s confines. Schools won't be a problem either as there’s a long list of private, parochial and public schools convenient to The New East Side. When it comes to opportunities to unwind, Lakeshore East’s renters won’t be disappointed. There’s an award-winning 6-acre botanical park in Lakeshore East, Grant Park isn’t far away at all, and there are numerous lakefront paths ready to be biked, walked or run. Residents will even be able to picnic along the Chicago River’s south bank. More importantly, that’s all before mentioning its proximity to downtown Chicago attractions—ranging from nearby Navy Pier to the Museum Campus. Shops boasting renter’s favorite brands will only be steps away in the form of eight blocks and more than four hundred stores worth of Magnificent Mile. Residents who don’t think that the Mag Mile offers enough upscale shopping will be able to stroll over to Oak Street; where high-end designer brands practically live. In terms of entertainment, the New East Side has renters covered. If they’re looking for musicals or plays, the Chicago Theater is merely a walk away. If they’re in the mood for classical music, they can hit the Lyric Opera or the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The sports fans among them will have the United Center and with it the Chicago Blackhawks, the Chicago Bulls, and the Chicago Bears close at hand. Rent an Apartment in Lakeshore East Then Visit … III Forks – Steak houses aren’t exactly scarce in downtown Chicago, but few of them deliver the way III Forks does. Known for its 30 by-the-glass wines and also its steak. The rooftop lounge offers views of the downtown skyline, Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Fillini – Lakeshore East’s architectural centerpiece , Jeanne Gang’s 82-story Aqua, is home to the opulent Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, which in turn houses this Italian restaurant and lounge. The bi-level space sets the stage for rustic dishes and patrons pack the downstairs bar. Eggy’s – Named not for the brunch staple but for a childhood friend of one of Lakeshore East’s developers, this café was slated to open in April, courtesy of Custom House Tavern’s Peter Drohomyrecky and his wife, Sue. Slinging diner-style breakfast and lunch fare all day, Eggy’s plans to resurrect the blue-plate special with dishes like fried chicken; family-style meals will make this a stroller-friendly zone. The Spa at the Radisson – Also located in the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, at 221 N. Columbus Drive this no-nonsense spa—a sauna, showers, two treatment rooms—is ideal for workers from the surrounding offices in need of an orange-blossom body polish or massage. Amuse – Anyone who’s idea of the perfect aperitif includes signature cocktails such as the Amuse (Belvedere black raspberry, Grand Marnier-soaked cherries, lemon juice, prosecco), accompanied by veal schnitzel sliders, will enjoy spending happy hour lounging in Amuse. The menu also boasts an assortment of alternative appetizers including sautéed calamari and asiago gnocchi sized individually or to share.

Renting & Living in South Loop

Chicago’s South Loop is an increasingly vibrant and often surprisingly historic corner of downtown’s rental landscape. Boasting museums, a wide range of recreational opportunities, the South Loop is an ideal neighborhood for a certain breed of apartment seeker. With landmark attractions ranging from the Field Museum and Soldier Field to the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, McCormick Place Convention Center and even the ShowPlace ICON Theatre sitting right outside their doors, residents have virtually limitless entertainment options. Lake Shore Drive and the Congress Parkway are similarly accessible so commuting to other parts of Chicago from the South Loop is as convenient as it gets. On top of which, as with so many other downtown neighborhoods, construction cranes have been busily redefining the real estate landscape for a decade. Luxury penthouses and rental apartments have steadily replaced the industrial buildings that haven’t already been converted into loft spaces. The South Loop starts where downtown Chicago proper ends, extends south to Cermak Chinatown, east to Lake Michigan and West to the Chicago River. The neighborhood encompasses Printer’s Row River City, the northern half of Dearborn Park, the Central Station development, the Prairie District, and even the northern growth of Chinatown. Following decades of neglect, the neighborhood has rapidly evolved into one of Chicago’s hottest spots. As the new place to see and be seen, the South Loop is attracting trendier renters and becoming home to a host of hipster frequented bars and restaurants. Developers have practically attacked the neighborhood, snatching up whatever they can lay their hands on. Construction cranes are such a common sight that they’re practically permanent fixtures and apartment buildings are being thrown up at startling speeds. The last decade brought more change to the South Loop than the last century and its future will clearly involve even more change. What Attracts Renters to Chicago’s South Loop The South Loop is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Chicago. In its Gilded Age heyday a string of mansions, townhouses and sprawling green spaces along Prairie Avenue’s “Millionaire’s Row” housed 75 of the world’s richest men. While not far away in the infamous Levee District gambling dens and bordellos thrived. Eventually Chicago’s elite packed up and moved north into the area now known as the Gold Coast and morality crusaders managed to drive the Levee District’s seedier element out and Chicago’s then booming publishing industry in. The area fell into rapid decline after the publishers of Printer’s Row went bust. It was all but abandoned until someone realized that those empty publishing house warehouses were perfect for conversion into loft apartments and the neighborhood began to attract writers and other artists eager to take advantage of the affordable downtown real estate along Dearborn. Today, downtown Chicago’s real estate boom is attracting a wide range of renters to the South Loop, but the neighborhood has retained its eclectic vibe and has become a densely populated, tightly-knit, community.   Rent an Apartment in the South Loop Then Visit … Mercat a la Planxa – If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Barcelona – whether it’s tapas and paellas or seasonal sangrias – Mercat la Planxa is the South Loop spot you’re looking for. Their bacon-wrapped dates and sizzling shrimp are worth the occasionally longer than average waits and their flatbreads are a deliciously different take on traditional Catalonia cuisine. Lawrence’s Fisheries – Lawrence’s serves up the tastiest fried frog legs, oysters, shrimp or catfish on the South Side, always accompanied by its beloved hot sauce. You won’t get bells or whistles, but you won’t do better than $10 or less per pound of awesome seafood. Overflow Coffee Bar – Here’s a community coffee shop with a mission to change the world. Not only does Overflow Coffee Bar feed its profits back into the South Loop, but also uses Fair Trade products, builds communities within the neighborhood and promotes volunteerism and local artists. Located at 1550 S. State St., Overflow is a must-try spot. Plus, you can pitch in and help change the world. Café Bionda – Located at 1924 S. State St., here’s a café that’s definitely worth a visit. It’s a dual purpose lunch plus dinner restaurant and a To-go Sandwich Shop. Café Bionda specializes in reasonably priced traditional Italian dishes with made-to-order salads and specialty sandwiches. The Bongo Room - If you’re looking for an “upscale” but family friendly breakfast, brunch or lunch spot in South Loop, The Bongo Room is it. Their fresh seasonal foods will definitely appeal to more sophisticated palates, while offerings such as their Chocolate Tower French Toast and White Chocolate Pretzel Pancakes will please and give a serious sugar rush for your little ones. Be prepared for a long wait on weekends if you don’t get here early enough because many families are already taking advantage of this not so hidden South Loop treasure.

Renting & Living in West Loop

The West Loop is probably downtown Chicago’s fastest growing rental neighborhood, and for more than one or two good reasons. It’s conveniently located, there are numerous nearby retail offerings, and the community boasts both family-friendly and singles ready apartment offerings in form of traditional one or two bedroom rentals, luxury penthouses and even loft-style apartments. The neighborhood is bounded by Ashland Avenue to the west, the Chicago River to the east, Grand Avenue to the north and the Eisenhower Expressway to the south. It encompasses the Fulton Market District that’s home to so many contemporary art galleries and the Greektown we all remember from My Big Fat Greek Wedding. With so many acclaimed restaurants, you’d almost have to be renting an apartment there to have the chance to sample them all. Though it’s typically referred to simply as The West Loop, the area’s still the Near West Side to old-timers and as West Loop Gate to recent trendy transplants. Once upon a time it was just a warehouse district, but that was before the boom that resulted in those warehouse spaces being converted into lofts and apartments. Over the past two decades, the West Loop has seen a massive surge in development. And, as the loop rebounds from the recession, apartment buildings, corporate offices, restaurants, bars, grocery stores and countless other forms of construction have taken places in the area. West Loop’s central downtown location and easy access to the Loop offers renters easy access to the rest of Chicago. The modern and energetic culture attracts young creative professionals, artists and apartment seekers wanting to live in a burgeoning Chicago neighborhood. Public Amenities for Renters in the West Loop Renters, other residents and the neighborhood’s business owners come together via the West Loop Community Organization to take an active part in civic decisions that will affect the area, from parking to traffic. They also sponsor a variety of events and generally promote continued development in the neighborhood. West Loop’s cultural opportunities include the Hubbard Street Dance Company new permanent facility, the Redmoon Theater’s unique stage productions and kid’s summer camp. The neighborhood hosts more than its fair share of summer festivals, including: Union Park’s Taste of Randolph Street, which combines great food and music for three days in June. Music fans get to head back into the park the following month for the Pitchfork Music Festival and at the end of the summer for the Northcoast Music Festival. The Randolph Street Market, featuring vintage and modern furniture and decorative objects, as well as fashion, jewelry and art also happens there eight times a year. Nearby Union Park boasts facilities for basketball, baseball, swimming, and volleyball plus a range of organized activities for children. The neighborhood also boast several smaller green spaces such as Mary Bartelme Park and Skinner Park (where dogs and their owners play). And if music, sports and food festivals aren’t your thing, the Manning branch of the Chicago Public Library is convenient to virtually every apartment. The West Loop is home to two of the top schools in the Chicago Public Schools system—Whitney Young High School and Skinner Classical School. Both the CTA’s Blue Line and Green Line “L” trains run through the neighborhood, but walking’s easily the most popular form of transportation through West Loop. Easy access to both I-290 and I-90/94 make driving easier for West Loop residents than it is for those living in other areas of the city. The Dining and Nightlife West Loop Offers Renters There are simply no two ways about it, West Loop’s restaurant, club and gallery scenes are the hottest in Chicago. From The Girl and the Goat, Little Goat and The Publican to The Aviary, Randolph Street’s “Restaurant Row” is where new resident renters will find the latest in cutting edge foodie hot spots.For the traditionalists, Greektown and their famous flaming cheese are just a short walk away. Hipster delis and coffee shops dot close to every corner. If you’ll be cooking rather than hitting the restaurant scene, the wholesale distributors in the Fulton Market are open to the public. For everyday food shopping, there’s a large supermarket and numerous neighborhood grocers. Shoppers visit West Loop primarily to gallery hop, but a few fun fashion boutiques have opened and Greektown boast its share of shops and exotic wares. The neighborhood doesn’t slow down in the late evening, as residents queue up at clubs like Chromium and Transit. Rent an Apartment in West Loop Then Check Out … La Sardine – at 111 N. Carpenter: One of those places that’s been in around for years, La Sardine, is a cozy French neighborhood spot, where you‘ll dine on bistro classics like bouillabaisse in lobster-saffron broth, steak frites and escargots and finish with chocolate soufflé. Blackbird at 619 W. Randolph: One of the restaurants that moved the Chicago scene to where it is today. Paul Kahan has consistently been recognized locally and nationally as one of the best Chef’s anyway. Blackbird’s stark white dining room is guaranteed to open up your appetite to drink great wine and dine on chef de cuisine David Posey's seasonal preparations that continually push gastronomic boundaries. Glazed & Infused Doughnuts – at 813 W. Fulton: You’ll go crazy for the doughnuts and understand why this foodie trend has swept the nation. Try anything from their Lemon Love to a Maple Bacon Long John to a Red Velvet or PB&J doughnut to satisfy your sweet tooth. Publican Quality Meats – at 825 W. Fulton: In an area lined with butcher shops and upscale specialty markets, Publican Quality Meats still manages to stand out. Whether it’s their lamb, fowl, charcuterie or pub bacon, you won’t find better anywhere else. And if you’re looking for a quick meal, sit down and try the selection of soups, salads and sandwiches like the meatball, muffaletta or pork belly gyros. Haymarket Pub & Brewery – at 737 W. Randolph: Here’s the kind of place where no beer lover will ever go thirsty. This west loop brewery boasts numerous house-crafted and guest drafts in addition to an impossibly wide selection of bottles. The Food offerings include typical items such as sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and soups. But the menu item you won’t want to miss is theiir sweet potato tots.

Renting & Living in the Gold Coast

Chicago's Gold Coast is without a doubt one of the most luxurious residential neighborhoods anywhere in the world. Nestled just beyond the edge of the Loop proper, the Gold Coast is a mix of grand 19th century mansions, luxury high-rise condominiums and renovated grey and brownstone walkups. Here, old and new seamlessly blend together with the connecting thread of wealth and status. Bounded on the south by Oak Street and East Lake Shore Drive, on the north by North Avenue, from Lake Michigan west to Clark Street; the Gold Coast, has a decidedly more residential feel than other downtown Chicago neighborhoods. Shaded avenues, landscaped walkways and prim wrought-iron fences add to the neighborhood’s refined appeal. A stroll among the massive stone structures that once housed many of Chicago’s wealthiest and most influential families is breathtaking. Sharing the block with lofty, contemporary condos are majestic, symmetrical Georgian Revival mansions and impressive, stone-turreted Richardsonian Romanesque townhouses that unquestionably suit the elite, but welcome the attention of any passerby. In fact, Gold Coast neighborhood architecture and history is celebrated by annual walking tours sponsored by architectural foundations. What Attracts Renters to Chicago’s Gold Coast The Gold Coast got its start in the late 1800's as the Astor Street District. Today's Gold Coast incorporates this original district and extends beyond it. The original Astor Street District was named after John Jacob Astor, one of the richest people in the country. He did not live in Chicago, but was a respected citizen with several achievements and his name gave the neighborhood a status of wealth which remains even today. In 1875, Lake Shore Drive became a popular spot for leisurely lakefront rides. As a result, the Gold Coast area became more frequently visited. In the ensuing two decades, Potter Palmer, the Chicago Archdiocese and James Charnley built mansions in the area. They were soon followed by other wealthy families, bringing up the status of the area and giving it a reputation as a neighborhood of influential citizens. As the neighborhood became more densely populated, there wasn't as much space for mansions, and high-rise apartment buildings were constructed. Today's Gold Coast retains all of the prestige and reputation that it has enjoyed over the last century. Encompassing the north end of the Magnificent Mile, the neighborhood is home to some of Downtown Chicago’s most elite shops, world-class hotels, posh restaurants, and unparalleled architecture. The atmosphere here speaks of tradition and grandeur. Walk on State Parkway between Banks and Schiller to see the old Playboy mansion. Residents can stroll down Astor Street District for an impromptu tour of Victorian architecture. Don’t miss the quaint, historic firehouse on Chicago between Michigan and Lake Shore. Find designer boutiques on Oak Street. Head to Rush and Division for classy cocktails. And take time to visit Oak Street Beach, which offers a unique beach experience: sunbathing while gazing at Downtown Chicago’s skyline. Rent an Apartment on the Gold Coast Then Visit … The Purple Pig – The Purple Pig draws its inspiration from the Mediterranean and packs its menu with an accessible mix of antipasti, cured meats, cheeses, and smears; all the hottest commodities (sopressata, bone marrow, Mediterranean wines) are there for the taking and admirably done. Even gambles pay off, as in the tender sepia cuttlefish a la plancha with toasted almonds and fried rosemary. The Signature Lounge – Instead of visiting the John Hancock Center’s zenith during daylight hours, opt for an evening cocktail in the building’s high-flying lounge. Located on the 96th floor, the dimly lit bar has dazzling 360-degree views of the city. With three salons to choose from, you can romance a date at a window table in the south lounge or socialize with a group on couches in the west lounge. Bistro Zinc – The bread and butter alone are worth the trip to this quaint French bistro with Provençal-yellow walls, tin ceiling and zinc-top bar. While its cocktails are made with spirits from a local distillery, its menu is straight from France: don’t miss classic dishes like steak frites, croque monsier and housemade pâté, as well as its decadent desserts. Wolford – This shoebox-sized storefront specializes in one essential niche of women’s fashion: high-end, high-quality hosiery. The Austrian-based luxury line sells everything from animal-print leggings to flame-patterned tights to your basic opaques in all the colors of the rainbow. But unlike your standard Spanx, these may very well last a lifetime. Oliver Peoples – This minimalist white storefront showcases all three of Oliver Peoples’ trendy eyewear brands: Paul Smith, Mosley Tribes and the namesake Oliver Peoples. Find delicate metal designs and vintage plastic classics like the original, circular O’Malley frames on display for fashionable four-eyes. Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art – On top of the dining and shopping the Gold Coast boasts one of the largest contemporary art museums in the country. Located on East Chicago Avenue and designed by architect Josef Paul Kleihues, the five-story building has three floors of dedicated gallery space extending from a central glass atrium. Highlighting pieces from 1945 to the present, the permanent collection focuses on surrealism, minimalism, conceptual photography and work by Chicago-based artists. Pieces include those by Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Alexander Calder. Exhibits change monthly, and free docent-led tours provide insight into select works.

Downtown Chicago — Then and Now: River North Edition

The chic and artsy River North neighborhood that we know of today wasn’t always that way back in the day! In fact, in the early 20th century, River North wasn’t even called River North — it was originally called “Smokey Hollow.” The neighborhood has an interesting and rich history that would surprise you, starting from how it got its name to how it became the popular spot that it is today. River North: Then River North, or “Smokey Hollow,” used to be an area filled with so many factories that the smoke used to block the sunlight — hence the name. Despite the smog, Smokey Hollow was a major hotspot for transportation because it had railroad tracks that linked Chicago to its surrounding states. These railroad tracks exist even to this day — they’re hidden underneath the Merchandise Mart, which used to be the largest building in the world when it was first built in the 1930’s! Merchandise Mart was mainly used as a storage warehouse back in the day. In 1974, Smokey Hollow became River North — all thanks to Albert Friedman, an up-and-coming Chicago real estate developer. He bought, built, and restored commercial properties throughout the neighborhood and rented out the units to photographers, art galleries, and advertising agencies to help turn it into the hip area that it is today — The River North Gallery District. River North: Now Currently, River North is the neighborhood that is surrounded by Michigan Avenue on the east, Chicago Avenue on the north, and the Chicago River on the south and the west. It’s become one of the most popular spots for a night out on the town, has tons of great restaurants, and many places to shop at! Along with that, River North still has its rich artistic and creative roots with its community of artists, interior designers, architects, and photographers. This trendy and urban neighborhood filled with beautiful buildings and luxury Chicago apartments is only missing one thing: you! Ready to become a part of the River North community? You can choose from many of the downtown Chicago apartments in this gorgeous neighborhood! Call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable agent about your downtown Chicago apartment search.

Top Five Things to do in Downtown Chicago

Downtown Chicago is filled with so many events to experience, places to explore, and things to do! Whether you want to spend the day sightseeing or thrill-seeking at an amusement park, downtown Chicago has everything you need to keep you entertained. Here are a few of the most popular attractions that Chicagoans love to do themselves or bring out-of-town guests to as well! #1 Willis Tower (The Loop) Formerly known as The Sears Tower, this one-of-a-kind, 110-story building is definitely a sight to see! Located on South Wacker Drive, in the heart of The Loop, the Willis Tower is the tallest building in America and also one of the tallest buildings in the world! With its rich history and impressive views, the Willis Tower is a hot spot for thousands of visitors every year. One of the coolest things to do there is Skydeck Chicago — an experience that allows you to walk out on a glass ledge, 103 feet in the air! Open to the public 365 days a year, Skydeck Chicago at the Willis Tower is a unique experience that you do not want to miss. #2 Lincoln Park Zoo (Lincoln Park) Lions, and tigers, and bears — oh my! Lincoln Park Zoo has all of these animals and much, much more. Walking through this gorgeous zoo, you will be amazed by every exhibit that you see, and you’ll be in awe of all of the beautiful creatures! Located on Clark Street, in Lincoln Park, This free zoo is the perfect place to explore with your family, or with your groups of friends — whether you want to take a yoga class at the zoo, a safari tour, or rock out at one of the concerts hosted at the zoo! #3 Navy Pier (Streeterville) This list would not be complete without Navy Pier on it! This 3,330-foot-long pier located on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, in the Streeterville neighborhood, is jam-packed with tons of activities! Thousands of visitors flock to this attraction every day  — especially during the summer. Ride the famous Ferris Wheel, catch a movie at the pier with your friends, or hop on a dinner cruise with your family — the possibilities are endless! #4 Shedd Aquarium (South Loop) The Shedd Aquarium is truly an amazing place where you can immerse yourself in a beautiful, aquatic world. Filled with creatures from all across the globe, this aquarium shows you the habitats of animals from the Caribbean, the Arctic, the Amazon, and many more! Located in The South Loop, the Shedd Aquarium is a very popular place to visit in downtown Chicago, and a great way to spend an afternoon! #5 Museum of Contemporary Art (Gold Coast) Last, but not least, the Museum of Contemporary Art is perfect for anyone that is looking to unwind for the day — and to be surrounded by magnificent art! Located right near the Water Tower Place in the glamourous Gold Coast neighborhood, this museum boasts thought-provoking and innovative art, a 300-seat theater, and a sculpted garden featuring a panoramic view of Lake Michigan. Catch a live performance, learn about the history of an art piece, or attend an “MCA Talk,” — similar to TED talks, but with famous contemporary artists! Ready to live and play in downtown Chicago? We can help you find an apartment that is close to all of the action! Call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable agent about your downtown Chicago apartment search.

Great Restaurants in Downtown Chicago: The Loop Edition

Dining in downtown Chicago is definitely a memorable experience for both tourists and Chicagoans alike! The Loop offers a great variety of top-rated restaurants and endless options when it comes to satisfying a craving. Here are just a few suggestions  to check out when you’re in The Loop neighborhood! Giordano’s Of course, Giordano’s tops the list as one of the best pizza places to enjoy because downtown Chicago is world-renowned for its deep-dish pizza! There simply just isn’t anything else like it, and it is definitely a fan-favorite. Share a Chicago Classic stuffed pizza — a mouth-watering combo of pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers, and onions — with your friends, or grab a Bacon BBQ Chicken stuffed pizza on your way home from a night on the town! Located on West Jackson Boulevard, right around the corner from the Willis Tower, Giordano’s is a hot spot for residents that are conveniently located nearby in their luxury Loop apartments. Rosebud Prime Chilled lobster, Filet Mignon, Firecracker Pork Chops, Alaskan King Crab Bites, and Creme Brulee — these are just a few of the eye-catching items on Rosebud Prime’s menu. This lavish dining oasis, located on Dearborn Street, is in the heart of downtown Chicago and is just around the corner from Millennium Park. Rosebud Prime is the ideal locale for a friendly dinner, birthday celebration, or the perfect date night. Ara On Everyone loves a great sushi bar, and Ara On definitely lives up to the hype! White Dragon Sushi Rolls, Cali Crunch Rolls, and even Windy City Rolls, are among the numerous types of sushi that Ara On has to offer — ranging from sweet to savory to spicy. Located on West Adams Street, this restaurant boasts an extra-long sushi bar, outdoor seating, and a lounge. Stop in for lunch after a morning of shopping or bring friends along for dinner in Ara On’s cozy atmosphere. And, after you are all incredibly full from dining at this delicious restaurant, you can leisurely walk home to your own apartment in the Loop and enjoy the beautiful scenery of downtown Chicago. Ready to be a part of The Loop community? Call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable agent about your downtown Chicago apartment search!

Downtown Chicago Neighborhoods that Celebrities Live In

Oprah, Vince Vaughn, Tina Fey, Joakim Noah — these are just a few of the big-name celebrities that live or have lived in the great city of Chicago. Downtown Chicago offers a wide variety of quality restaurants, entertainment, shopping, and living options that can make anyone feel right at home, whether they live in the limelight or not. Here are the top three most popular downtown Chicago neighborhoods that celebrities reside in! #1 River North This neighborhood is definitely a hot-spot! Known for its lively nightlife, River North has become the destination for many celebrities — for a great night out, and also a place to call home. Many athletes from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Chicago Bulls live in the area. Both Patrick Kane, of the Blackhawks, and Derek Rose, of the Bulls, have luxury condos in the famous Trump Tower, along with Steve Harvey, TV host and comedian. Whether you want to run into one of these celebrities at the Sound-Bar nightclub, right on Ontario Street, or dine along with them at the mouth-watering Asian-fusion restaurant, Sunda, right on Illinois Street, living in River North will be your best option! #2 Lakeshore East Right by the Chicago River, and boasting the iconic Millennium Park, Lakeshore East is another hub for celebrities — just ask Lady Gaga or Chicago Blackhawks’ captain, Jonathan Toews! Shop on the Magnificent Mile, cheers the Chicago Bulls on at the local sports pub, M Bar, or chow down at Stetson’s Chop House. The choice is yours when you become a part of the awesome Lakeshore East community! #3 Gold Coast As one of downtown Chicago’s most affluent neighborhoods, star sightings are anything but rare in the Gold Coast. Home to the famous Cusack siblings, Joan and John, and reality television stars, Giuliana and Bill Rancic, this upscale historic district is booming with entertainment! Spend a sunny day at the beautiful Oak Street Beach, stroll down State Street and shop at the numerous trendy boutiques and high-end stores, or explore at the International Museum of Surgical Science. Join in on the fun by living in your very own luxury apartment in the Gold Coast! Ready to live like a celebrity? We can make that a reality for you! Call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable agent about your downtown Chicago apartment search. Downtown Apartment Company rent@downtownloop.com

Top 3 End-of-The-Summer Festivals in Downtown Chicago

Summertime in downtown Chicago is definitely one-of-a-kind! It’s so unique in fact that the experience even has its own hashtag trend — #SummertimeChi. Living in Chicago during this season is like being a kid in a candy store because of all the fun festivals and events that are happening every week. If you want to become a part of the bustling neighborhoods in downtown Chicago, then here are the top 3 events that you need to check out before summer’s end! #1 Lollapalooza (July 31- August 2) Lollapalooza tops our list as the number one festival that you need to attend this summer. As one of the largest music festivals that downtown Chicago has to offer, this three-day event draws in hundreds of thousands of people worldwide every year to enjoy music from top-performing artists. This year’s line-up features Paul McCartney, Metallica, Sam Smith, The Weeknd, Kid Cudi, and many others. Living in Chicago's Loop can give you immediate access to this amazing festival since you will be within walking distance of Grant Park, where Lollapalooza is held each year. #2 Randolph Street Market Festival (July 25- July 26) This two-day jam-packed event is definitely a festival that you do not want to miss! Located on Randolph Street in the ultra-urban and hip West Loop area, there’s eight acres of shopping, entertainment, dining, and live music. You can experience this festival first-hand from your very own luxury apartment by walking just around the corner! #3 Chicago Air and Water Show (August 15- August 16) This one is a crowd-favorite! The Chicago Air and Water Show showcases jets, daredevil pilots, and parachute teams. Watch the spectacular show with your friends and family from a prime spot at the beautiful North Avenue Beach — one of the most popular beaches in downtown Chicago. Or you can also enjoy the show from the comfort of your own luxury apartment in Lincoln Park, an upscale neighborhood right by the lakeshore! Want to be a part of all the action? Now you can. Call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable agent about your downtown Chicago apartment search.

Want to live like Lady Gaga? You can at Aqua apartments in Lakeshore East!

Ever wonder where celebrities like Lady Gaga reside at when they’re not in L.A.? Downtown Chicago is home to many stars that fall in love with all of the entertainment, restaurants, and culture that the city has to offer. The luxury Aqua apartments at Lakeshore East, home to Lady Gaga and many others, can provide you with everything that you need to fully enjoy the glamorous city life. Aqua, located on Columbus Drive, is at the heart of numerous Chicago favorites and landmarks. Living at these beautiful, state-of-the-art downtown Chicago apartments gives you quick access to taking pictures with The Bean at Millennium Park, shopping on Michigan Avenue, and a perfect view of the Chicago River. The stunning, fluid design of the Aqua tower gives the illusion of water cascading down the surface of the building. It’s previously won the Emporis Skyscraper Award — a world renowned distinction, for its groundbreaking design. Standing at 87 stories tall, these high-rise apartments include unique curved balconies that provide you with a panoramic view of the city. And, it’s even LEED designed to perfectly fit in with the green community of Lakeshore East. The luxury apartment interiors are equipped with ceramic tiled entries, floor-to-ceiling windows, full-granite kitchens, walk-in closets, stainless steel appliances, and in-home laundry devices. With rates starting at $2,200, one of these magnificent downtown apartments can be your next home. For your entertainment needs, Aqua has The Shore Club — 115,000 square feet of luxury indoor and outdoor amenities. As the largest amenity deck in Chicago, Aqua offers indoor and outdoor lap pools complete with cabanas and hot tubs, a sauna and steam rooms, a basketball court and fitness center, and even a Media Room with theater-style seating. If you’re looking to get pampered, there are plenty of massage and treatment rooms for your convenience. If you want to unwind, there are lounges to relax in, gardens to leisurely walk through, and a peaceful outdoor fire pit — a prime location to sip a glass of wine and hang out with your friends. Are you ready to join this fabulous community? Today can be the day! Call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable agent about your downtown apartment search! DAC | 312-772-3929 | rent@downtownloop.com

Navy Pier: The Best Place to Celebrate the 4th of July in Downtown Chicago

It’s 4th of July weekend in Chicago, do you know where you’ll be celebrating? If your answer is Navy Pier, then you’re on the right track! Located in the bustling neighborhood of Streeterville, just east of the Magnificent Mile and north of The Loop, Navy Pier is the ultimate locale for fun, food, and fireworks this weekend. This 3,300-foot-long pier has everything you need to start off your celebration with a bang. During the day, you can check out the Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze, located in the center of Navy Pier, and get lost in a frenzy of tunnels, moving floors, and games with your friends. There’s also the Wave Swinger, where you can fly around over fourteen feet in the air and get an exhilarating view of the Chicago lakeside. And of course, there’s the iconic Ferris Wheel — the 150-foot attraction that draws in millions of visitors. This is a ride that you definitely do not want to miss this year! In honor of Navy Pier’s 100-year celebration, the Ferris Wheel will be replaced with a new 196-foot tall ferris wheel by May 2016. After you have fun on all of the rides, you can grab a bite to eat at The World-Famous Billy Goat Tavern, right on Grand Avenue, or enjoy the mouth-watering Riva Crab House, right on the waterfront. Then later on, check out the brand-new Terminator Genisys 3D movie playing at Navy Pier’s IMAX Theatre at 7:00 PM, and finish up just in time to watch the fireworks at 9:30PM. The fireworks, synchronized with festive music, are truly a sight to behold and a fan-favorite of Chicagoans. The explosions of lights, colors, and sounds create unforgettable memories for everyone that gets the chance to see the show. After the fireworks, there’s still plenty more to explore in Streeterville’s nightlife. With sports bars like Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch, just off of Michigan Avenue, and chic rooftop lounges like Drumbar nearby, the night is still young! Becoming a part of this stellar community can be a reality for you. Whether you want to see the fireworks from the comfort of your own luxury apartment in Streeterville or experience the Magnificent Mile first-hand just minutes away, we can find you the perfect place. Call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable agent about your search!

What’s Happening Right Now in the Downtown Chicago Apartment Market?

The weather is getting hot and the downtown apartment market is even hotter! Over 2400 rentals are coming to market this year and over 4,000 more downtown Chicago apartments are slated in 2016. What does all that mean for rent prices? That is one question My FOX Chicago News asked us when they stopped by our showroom at 180 N Wacker Drive to discuss the downtown apartment market.   Certainly, we are seeing an increase in apartment rent prices.  Our Managing Broker, Ben Creamer, stated that rents are starting in the $1,500 range for studios, $1,800 for one beds, and $2,600 mark for two beds. Our Director of Leasing, Ericka Rios, pointed out that if you want a washer/dryer in unit, views, hardwood floors, you are looking at even a much higher rent price. Fortunately, even with the increase in demand, we are still finding some rent specials in downtown Chicago for our clients. We recently had a client move into a South Loop one-bedroom apartment for $1,799 with brand new upgrades, washer/dryer in unit, and on the 40th floor.  The week before that apartment was on the market for $2,200. Now, that’s a deal! We are busier than ever ensuring our clients find the best luxury Chicago apartments in downtown. These are interesting times and you need a luxury leasing professional who can navigate all the rent specials and ensure that you are getting a great deal. We’d love to help take the stress out of finding you a downtown Chicago apartment today! Downtown Apartment Company (312) 772-3929 rent@downtownloop.com

Streeterville’s Much Anticipated Addition: Loews Hotel and North Water Apartment Tower

Streeterville has good reason to be excited this year! The Chicago neighborhood situated just east of the Magnificent Mile and north of The Loop has welcomed the much anticipated, 50-story combination Loews Hotel and North Water Apartment tower. Steps from Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier, and quick access from Lake Shore Drive, this ultra-modern and sleek 600 foot high rise is sure to garner plenty of attention! Offering 400 hotel suites and 398 rental apartments, this tower is no joke. Whether you are just visiting Chicago and staying in a hotel suite at Loews or move into one of the North Water apartments, you reap all of the convenience of being close to everything without being in the thick of it. If hotel guests and residents want to stay close to home, they can enjoy on-site dining and drinking at the Argentine steakhouse Rural Society, rooftop bar and lounge Streeterville Social, and quaint meeting spot ETA. However, with Gold Coast and River North neighborhoods within a short walk, the dining and drinking options are endless. Let’s not forget to mention that the popular grocery store behemoth Whole Foods we have all been waiting for is now open at the corner of Grand Avenue and Columbus Drive for everyone’s convenience! There is now very little reason not to live in Streeterville as it is so close to major institutions and employers like Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital, Loyola and Northwestern graduate schools, University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center, NBC Tower, and the Wrigley building. Want to know more about the luxury living this new building has to offer? Studio, convertible, one bedroom, two bedroom, and three bedroom apartments are available to rent between the 15th and 50th floors, serving up some competition to neighboring high rises for stunning views of Navy Pier, the Chicago River, and skyline. Apartments at North Water feature beautiful white oak flooring, floor to ceiling windows, Slow Glide Closing cabinets, quartzite stone countertops, Whirlpool stainless appliances, walk-in showers, built in desk space, washer/dryer combo, and select homes features balconies! When it comes to amenities, North Water made sure to offer everything residents could want between the 15th floor space and the 50th floor amenities as well: expansive outdoor deck with pool, grills, lounges, fireplace, indoor entertaining and lounge area, business center/iLounge, professional kitchen, pet spa, dry cleaning, and storage areas. So are you ready to become a resident of the newest fixture to Chicago’s skyline? Stop by our office at 180 N. Upper Wacker to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable leasing agent about your apartment search or give us a call at (312)772-3929. We look forward to working with you! Sarah Hutcheson | Luxury Leasing Agent Downtown Apartment Company, LLC sarah@downtownloop.com  

Why You Should Work With a Downtown Apartment Company Agent

As this busy moving season is here, consider the reasons why you should work with a trusted leasing agent or broker of Downtown Apartment Company to find your next home in Chicago! We Know the Market It’s our job to know the professionally managed residential buildings in downtown Chicago. We can identify which buildings and neighborhoods will be the best fit for you depending on your lifestyle preferences, taste, budget, and needs. We know where you’ll get the most for your money and where you will get any special concessions! We Are Professional No flip flops or jeans on our agents! You work hard and deserve to have your apartment search taken seriously- it’s your home, after all. We respect the fact that you could choose to work with a number of different agents or companies, and we want you to have confidence in your decision to trust us to show you your best apartment options. We apply the golden rule of treating our clients how we would like to be treated! We're Friendly! Our agents truly value relationships. While we take your search seriously, we also want you to have fun and get excited about the move into your next home! We have a tremendous amount of love for our city and we want you to as well, so we are also here to give you recommendations you’ll appreciate whether that’s helpful resources, dining and nightlife suggestions, fun activities, or events you should check out!     We're Responsive and Hustle For You We know that good deals go quickly and we want all of our clients to get priority! The quicker we get to know you and what you are looking for, the quicker you’ll secure your next home as seamlessly as possible. We Have Great Relationships With the Buildings We have worked hard to build and maintain positive relationships with all of the professionally managed buildings that we work with. They trust that we have a good understanding of what you are looking for and you never know when these relationships will help- especially when you need to get in quickly for a last minute showing to see that last available apartment that might be the perfect fit for you! Our Service is Complimentary For You Lastly and most obviously, you don’t have to pay for our service. We have confidence that we will show you your best options and will decide to move into one of them. Let us take the work out of your apartment search; you might also find yourself with a new trusted friend in downtown Chicago! We are excited about all of the residential development in downtown Chicago and are ready to help you find your next home! Call us or stop by our office at 180 N. Upper Wacker to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable agent about your search! Sarah Hutcheson | Luxury Leasing Agent Downtown Apartment Company sarah@downtownloop.com

New City Apartments: A New Neighborhood, A New Life for Chicago

When it comes to searching for a new apartment in Chicago, the list of great options available to you continues to rise. Located at the SouthWestern edge of Lincoln Park and within a stones’ throw of the North/Clybourn Apple Store RedLine CTA “L” station, New City Apartments is one of the newest developments to offer luxury apartments to renters. Have you ever considered living in this area of city? If you are a long time Chicago resident, chances are you have not. New City is part of a corner of Lincoln Park (also often referred to as being in the Near North territory), thriving with new development. Over the past few years, the skyline in the neighborhood has been home to cranes constructing—and perhaps reconfiguring—a historically industrial section of the city. Opening this Summer of 2015, New City Apartments will be home to luxury apartment dwellers choosing to occupy 199 available rental units with 19 floors of luxury living. New City apartments set a new standard of luxury in Chicago with a multitude of convenient amenities onsite, including a 24 hour concierge, pool and spa, outdoor lounge with a fire fit and grills, fitness studio, theater room, dog run, and covered parking.  Luxury apartment finishes are not shy of class here either and feature top notch appliances. If views are important, New City Apartments will not disappoint with a location that towers over neighboring low rises and very few obstructions standing in the way of the pristine Chicago Loop skyline. Higher floors facing East offer enchanting Lake views topping the skyline. New City residents will benefit from the convenience of businesses occupying the 400,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, and office space. The sample list of those confirmed includes Marianos, a 14 screen Arclight Cinema topped with a green roof, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and a King’s Bowl bowling alley.  Beyond the luxury apartments themselves, there are plenty of great retail stores from the Apple Store to REI to Crate and Barrel. If you are a foodie like myself, you will find comfort in the neighborhood with options like the fine eatery and bar establishments on Weed Street, like the newest member of the family, Dinosaur BBQ.  Head in a different direction and the intoxing tastes of places like Balena are equipped to provide an intimate dining experience. RMK Management is heading-up with the leasing of this gem of a property. Pre-leasing is now underway and you can be the first occupant to live in your new place. With a variety of layouts for studios, convertibles, one bedrooms, and two bedrooms apartments, one can find their own level of luxury in New City Apartments. After all, you have earned something new! Adam Valentino | Leasing Consultant Downtown Apartment Company, LLC Adam@downtownloop.com  

Meet JeffJack, Your New Luxury Apartment in the West Loop

Chicago renters! Get in on all of the development action in the West Loop and check out JeffJack! At the corner of Jackson and Jefferson, you will have the best of all worlds living in this brand new inviting 15-story mid rise. This location offers convenience for everything. Transportation options are abundant as JeffJack is a short walk from the blue and brown el stops at Quincy and Clinton, the Ogilvie Metra stop, quick access to interstate 90/94, and numerous Divvy bike stations for those looking to incorporate exercise into their commutes. Residents at JeffJack can walk with ease to the Loop, shopping like Nordstrom Rack or Target, and all of the favorite grocers like Mariano’s and Whole Foods on Halsted. Mary Bartelme park is close by for those looking to get some fun play time for their dogs or just looking for a break from the bustle of the city. Pursuing LEED certification, JeffJack is equipped with many eco-friendly features like energy efficient heat pumps, recycled materials, a green roof, and LED lighting in corridors. The building has the favorite usable amenities of a rooftop deck, private terrace for dining, dog run, 24 hour door staff, and on-site management and maintenance. These 190 luxury apartments have been designed with the open-feeling concept of exposed ceilings and floor to ceiling windows highlighting the beauty of Chicago and providing plenty of natural light. Sleek, modern kitchens with Energy Star appliances, granite countertops, and stainless steel sinks with garbage disposals as well as other wish list features like hardwood plank flooring, stacked washer/dryers, and ample closet space will make JeffJack a home run for Chicago. Select homes feature a balcony or terrace for those who like to enjoy their morning coffee with some fresh air! Floor plans range from charming studios to generous two bedrooms with competitive pricing. If you’ve been wanting to make the move to one of Chicago’s most desirable neighborhoods, now’s the time!  Come visit one of our knowledgeable and professional leasing agents at 180 N. Wacker to get started on finding the perfect downtown apartment for you! Sarah Hutcheson | Luxury Leasing Agent Downtown Apartment Company, LLC sarah@downtownloop.com

Parking in Downtown Chicago for Luxury Apartment Dwellers

While many Chicagoans are able to rely solely on the convenient CTA options downtown for their daily transportation needs, many residents of the Loop still have to account for the monthly parking cost of owning a car. Downtown Apartment Company agents appreciate that this is a significant monthly expense that our clients have to budget for, so here is a compilation of some of the best deals for monthly parking in downtown Chicago and around apartment search areas! While this isn’t meant to be a comprehensive guide to parking downtown, we hope it’s helpful to give an idea of pricing for one of the larger monthly costs apartment renters need to consider.  Gold Coast / Old Town  Apartment hunters looking in the Near North area (Gold Coast, Old Town) around Division Street, LaSalle Drive, and North Avenue should budget from $160-$260 for parking depending on whether the building’s parking is attached and covered. 55 W. Chestnut offers one of the lowest monthly parking options in the area of $160 for attached, uncovered parking. River North Because this area in River North around North Clark and Kinzie Street is in such high demand with endless shopping, dining, and nightlife options, attached monthly parking tends to run around $260 per month, on par with Loop parking options. River North Park offers the most competitive attached monthly parking rate of $230 on West Illinois Street by North Orleans. West Loop / Fulton River District Street parking during the milder months in the West Loop is a popular choice for residents in the West Loop and Fulton River District neighborhoods. Monthly parking at buildings can range anywhere from $150-$260 which depends on how new and large the property is. 1313 W. Randolph takes the cake for the least expensive monthly parking option of $150. Near South Loop Those searching for an apartment in the South Loop and Printer’s Row areas of Chicago can expect to pay around $220 for monthly parking. Commuters of the South Loop should also consider looking into the economical option at InterPark on South Federal Street which offers a $130 per month special for those who use their cars during normal business hours. Additional Parking Resources ParkingSpotter.com and ParkWhiz are helpful resources you can turn to for alternative options to attached parking. Simply type in your address of the building or your neighborhood of choice and the sites will populate monthly parking options with the contact information and cost. If you have guests in from out of town, the SpotHero smartphone app can be helpful for them to search available shorter term parking and reserve it on the spot. This tool is also a great help for residents who just don’t want to spend precious time circling the blocks to find a spot! We know that living expenses add up quickly when you live in a city that has so much to offer like downtown Chicago, so we want you to feel like you’re receiving the best resources and service available to you! Come into our office at 180 N. Wacker to meet a friendly and resourceful Downtown Apartment Company leasing agent today or give us a call to get started on your search at (312) 772-3929.

Wolf Point Apartments Shaping Chicago’s River Front

Excited about finding your new luxury apartment with superior views and rare waterfront access? River North will soon have a new face with the $1 Billion development of Wolf Point Towers. Located at the confluence of the North, South, and main branches of the Chicago River, the Wolf Point West Apartments will bring new energy to a re-imagined river front. How expansive is the project? The triangular, almost peninsula like, river bend plot of land will be the new home to three towers. Of utmost interest to the downtown apartment market will be the Wolf Point's West Apartments located at 326 N Orleans. This could be the site of your new luxury apartment should you choose to occupy one of the 500 luxury rentals in the 50 story (500 feet) residential rental property. Although exact spec finishes and the extensiveness of the building’s amenities are hazy given the current initial stage of construction, expect the finished product to live up to a certain lifestyle standard by way of the Kennedy’s. (*Wolf Point has been under Kennedy ownership since the 1940s.) The West Tower’s neighbors, The South Tower (950 feet tall) and East Tower (750 feet tall), will be mixed-use towers. Location, location, location! I bet you have never thought of living in a downtown apartment with this location. Situated in a unique bend of River North, renters will have ease of access to all that is the fine nightlife and dining of River North, the shows and glamour of crossing the Chicago River into the Loop for the theater district (or work), and a row or two up the river from the exquisite tastes of restaurant row on Randolph Street. Being near the Merchandise Mart provides a pivotal ease of access for walking to work as well as the brown and purple el lines. Aside from making a mark on the skyline, the point will be home to over 100,000 square feet of park, landscaped planting beds, river walk, and pedestrian areas. Historically, seagulls have been the only Chicago riverfront residents to enjoy this nook of precious land tucked in the shadows of the Merchandise Mart. Residents of West Tower Apartments of Wolf Point will surely find a gem of their new home with a front row seat to passing boats in the summer months, the shimmer of the night skyline year round, and the majestic glow of a frozen river in the colder months. The development will redefine riverfront living for residents in the City of Chicago. Pre-leasing for first time residents is slated to begin later this year. Get excited, Chicago, the city is healthily expanding! Adam Valentino | Leasing Consultant Downtown Apartment Company, LLC Adam@downtownloop.com

Streeterville’s North Water Apartment Tower

Streeterville has good reason to be excited this year! The Chicago neighborhood situated just east of the Magnificent Mile and north of The Loop has welcomed the much anticipated, 50-story combination Loews Hotel and North Water Apartment tower. Steps from Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier, and quick access from Lake Shore Drive, this ultra modern and sleek 600 foot high rise is sure to garner plenty of attention! Offering 400 hotel suites and 398 rental apartments, this tower is no joke. Whether you are just visiting Chicago and staying in a hotel suite at Loews or move into one of the North Water apartments, you reap all of the convenience of being close to everything without being in the thick of it. If hotel guests and residents want to stay close to home, they can enjoy on-site dining and drinking at the Argentine steakhouse Rural Society, rooftop bar and lounge Streeterville Social, and quaint meeting spot ETA. However, with Gold Coast and River North neighborhoods within a short walk, the dining and drinking options are endless. Let’s not forget to mention that the popular grocery store behemoth Whole Foods we have all been waiting for is now open at the corner of Grand Avenue and Columbus Drive for everyone’s convenience! There is now very little reason not to live in Streeterville as it is so close to major institutions and employers like Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital, Loyola and Northwestern graduate schools, University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center, NBC Tower, and the Wrigley building. Want to know more about the luxury living this new building has to offer? Studio, convertible, one bedroom, two bedroom, and three bedroom apartments are available to rent between the 15th and 50th floors, serving up some competition to neighboring high rises for stunning views of Navy Pier, the Chicago River, and skyline. Apartments at North Water feature beautiful white oak flooring, floor to ceiling windows, Slow Glide Closing cabinets, quartzite stone countertops, Whirlpool stainless appliances, walk-in showers, built in desk space, washer/dryer combo, and select homes features balconies! When it comes to amenities, North Water made sure to offer everything residents could want between the 15th floor space and the 50th floor amenities as well: expansive outdoor deck with pool, grills, lounges, fireplace, indoor entertaining and lounge area, business center/iLounge, professional kitchen, pet spa, dry cleaning, and storage areas. So are you ready to become a resident of the newest fixture to Chicago’s skyline? Stop by our office at 180 N. Upper Wacker to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable leasing agent about your apartment search or give us a call at (312)772-3929. We look forward to working with you! Sarah Hutcheson | Luxury Leasing Agent Downtown Apartment Company, LLC sarah@downtownloop.com

Meet the Best Day Spas in the Chicago Loop

Now that the holiday season has come and gone and the memory of magic of snowfall has been replaced by the reality of living in Chiberia, Chicagoans look to the select Loop based businesses for a distraction from the lingering winter woes. Downtown Bars, theaters, restaurants, and shops all provide refuge but it's the various spas that give a taste of warmth and relaxation to warm those chilled bones! From the Gold Coast to River North and we are highlighting some of the best luxury day spas in the Chicago Loop for your enjoyment until this winter finally ends. Located on the far west border of the River North neighborhood, just a stones throw from Parc Huron, Mondial and River West Lofts, you will find Allyu Spa. With modern, rustic vibes this haven for all things relaxation is sure to decompress even the biggest grinch. Popular amongst locals, Allyu spa offers services from massage and reflexology to clay wraps, infrared sauna therapy, and facials. Clients of the spa have the option of single services or spa package deals that include an array of the specialty services. Allyu Spa's mission is to provide an energizing and caring service to reach the needs of the downtown communities of River North, River West and beyond. Stop on by for an Exfoliating Sugar Body Polish or even a Chakra Balancing! Inside the Waldorf Astoria, one of the Chicago Gold Coast's most prestigious hotels, Chicagoans will find the Elysian Spa and Health Club. If a truly upscale experience is what you seek, then Elysian is the place for you. White marble decor, velvet chaise lounges, a mosaic-tiled lap pool and private changing rooms are a few of the features characteristic of the spa. Services can be personalized according to age, body, skin type, stress or pain levels, and even your yearly sun and pollution exposure! A personalized Men's Spa ensures both genders are catered to appropriately. Located on Walton Street near Rush Street shopping and the Magnificent Mile, Elysian Spa and Health Club is a convenient place to unwind for renters at Walton on the Park, 100 West Chestnut apartments, The Seneca, Chestnut Tower and the Chicagoan. The Chicago Loop has long been known as the mecca of business and theater. In recent years it has seen the development of several new high-rise rentals and is quickly becoming a hub for both work and play. Located at the intersection of State and Lake you will find the Wit Hotel. Known in large part for its impressive sky lounge Roof on the Wit, it is also home to the beautiful Spa at the Wit. Unwind with a customized body wrap, tranquil massage, aromatherapy bath or shower power scrub. Just a short walk from the rentals at 73 East Lake, MDA City Apartments, Randolph Tower and One Eleven, make the Spa at the Wit a regular oasis during this Winter season! The beauty of renting in one of the Chicago Loop's luxury high-rise apartments is the convenience of saunas, hot tubs and other great amenities within your complex. However, if you require a little extra therapeutic service you never have too far to travel! If you desire to live with the luxuries of Downtown Chicago at your fingertips then call our office or stop by the showroom today at 180 N Wacker Drive, Suite 104. One of our Luxury Leasing Consultants would love to help! Candis Hickman | Luxury Leasing Consultant | candis@downtownloop.com

Walton on the Park – Gold Coast Luxury Rentals

Chicago's Loop is home to a couple of the oldest neighborhoods in Illinois. With block after beautiful block lined with everything from cathedrals and luxury apartment buildings to high-end retail shops like BHLDN and Madwell, culinary hot spots ranging from the Yard Cafe and Vanitas to Citrique, and posh watering holes including the Stingray Lounge and Bazaar, it's no wonder that Downtown Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood's an incredible place to rent an apartment home. Located off the northern end of the Magnificent Mile, renters in the Gold Coast enjoy convenient access to all of the above and more including--great shopping and exclusive retailers like Lanvin, Hermes, Christian Louboutin, Tom Ford and Barneys New York, along with notable dining destinations such as LuxBar, Jellyfish, Allium, the Morton's Steakhouse, and Rosebud on Rush. Chicago's Gold Coast is known for a variety of residential options including townhomes, classic mansions and of course luxury high-rise apartment complexes. Which brings me to Walton on the Park; it's truly one of the Gold Coast's most prestigious rental communities, and offers an assortment of luxurious amenities and high quality apartment features that are practically fit for royalty! Just steps from Washington Square Park and a short stroll from the Magnificent Mile, Walton on the Park is in a walker's paradise. Easy access to grocery stores, fine dining, retail shopping, public transportation and the lakefront means that renters never have to travel far in order to fulfil their needs. An onsite, 24 hour concierge is available to assist with securing taxi service, providing dining suggestions and other area information on request to ensure that residents receive catered care around the clock. No expenses were spared in the design and construction of Walton on the Park; an underground heated parking garage, Chef's Kitchen and lounging area, meditation garden and outdoor fireplace are some of the unique amenities that make this community truly special. Other amenities include private men's and women's saunas, whirlpools and showers, a huge outdoor sundeck with a full sized lap pool and an outdoor kitchen. In a city where the average one bedroom apartment size is roughly 700 square feet, Walton on the Park offers Chicagoans spacious floor plans starting at 920 square feet! Fitted with rich hardwood floors, imported granite bench tops, wood cabinetry, Viking appliances and floor to ceiling glass windows, the apartments are sure to impress. Do you have an abundance of clothing to store? Look no further! Each luxury rental includes great closet space including huge walk in closets and linen cupboards. Walton on the Park is truly a beautiful community where the apartments are bright, the service is impeccable and the location is perfect.The apartment community even offers some 4 bedroom apartments - a truly rare find here in the Chicago Loop! Rents at Walton on the Park start at $2900 for 1 bedroom apartments, $3900 for 2 beds, $6900 for 3 bedroom rentals and $10,500 for the aforementioned 4 beds. While those rents might seem a little steep, various concessions are offered throughout the year, which provide an opportunity to obtain a great apartment at a discounted rate. Contact one of the Luxury Leasing Consultants at Downtown Apartment Company today for more information or to schedule a tour. Candis Hickman | Luxury Leasing Consultant Downtown Apartment Company candis@downtownloop.com

The West Loop’s Newest Rental High-Rise

The ever-evolving downtown niche that is Chicago's West Loop welcomed a new high-rise apartment complex this winter. Circa 922, located near the Fulton Market District on West Washington Street is a building which merges classic loft features with modern design. Located just steps from West Randolph's restaurant row, prospective renters can expect to be lured in by the appeal of Near West Side culinary hot spots ranging from Au Cheval, The Girl and the Goat and Nellcote to Grange Hall Burger Bar, Porkchop and the exclusive Soho House. In a neighborhood perfect for the hip and luxury minded full of startup businesses, swanky lounges and Windy City charm, it is only fitting that the rehab style lofts and apartments at Circa 922 were designed to appeal to the artist within! Exposed brick walls, concrete columns, hardwood floors, and large windows offering lots of natural light are a typical feature of Circa 992's standard loft rental; add modern granite counters, sleek wood cabinets, gas stoves, clean steel appliances and in apt laundry facilities, and you have created the perfect combination of class and character that is Circa 922! Apartments are uniquely designed with the modern urban renter in mind. The building offers two options of apartment finishes including the ‘Printers Loft' and ‘Modern Flats' to appeal to a variety of tastes. Renters will enjoy world-class amenities at Circa 922! This smoke-free apartment building features a resort-style swimming pool, movie theater room, cyber cafe, and executive kitchen for entertaining guests. Residents have access to a community lounge which consists of a complimentary daily coffee bar. A sun terrace provides an enjoyable place to relax, as does the resident rooftop lounge. Tenants of Circa 922 have the option of residing with smalls dogs up to 40 pounds, so a Dog Park and Spa can be found on-site for a little extra comfort and convenience! Circa 922 is a fantastic place to rent an apartment! This brand new high-rise is currently open for leasing. Rents start at around $1760 for studio apartments, $1800 for one bedroom lofts, $2300 for two bedroom loft apartments, and $4800 for three bedrooms. Prices vary according to the style of apartment you choose whether it be a traditional loft style or the modern flat. For a better understanding of current pricing and concessions, contact one of the friendly Luxury Leasing Consultants at Downtown Apartment Company for more information. We are knowledgeable and available to show you this luxury rental and others according to your needs and preferences. Call or stop by our office today at 180 N Wacker Drive, Suite 104. We'd love to hear from you! Candis Hickman | Luxury Leasing Consultant candis@downtownloop.com

Valentine’s Day Dining in the Chicago Loop

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and whether you are sharing it with that special someone or just a group of friends, there are plenty of places to celebrate love this February 14th in downtown Chicago. With such a wide array of cuisines and romantic venues stretching from South Loop and Lakeshore East to Streeterville, you are sure to find a great restaurant to woo your significant other or toast your friends. Here's a list of suggestions to get you started planning your big date! Gold Coast: Table Fifty-Two Located in Chicago's historic Gold Coast neighborhood on Elm Street, right next door to Biggs Cigar Emporium, renowned Chef Art Smith brings elegance and charm not only to the Southern comfort menu, but also maintains an environment that will make you and your date want to stay for hours. River North: Prosecco It's tough to top a romantic Italian dinner. Enjoy some top notch vino and fine Italian dishes in a beautiful, Venetian-designed room. Prosecco is in a very convenient location down the block form the Addison Gallery and just a couple of blocks south of the CTA Brown Line stop at Washington and Wells, where you can easily fall into opportunities to continue your evening after dinner. Loop: Everest You'll be reminded of why you love Downtown Chicago and the people you're with when you dine at Everest, situated atop the Chicago Board of Trade on the 40th floor against the backdrop of the Windy City's gorgeous skyline. You and your date will be pleased and impressed with the French influence and knowledgeable wine pairing of this restaurant on South Lasalle, the southwest edge of the Chicago Loop. West Loop: Nellcote Offering an extensive menu of small plates, perfect for sharing with your sweetheart or fun group of pals, Nellcote is an inviting and Rock-inspired chic spot. Energizing without overwhelming, this West Randolph Street restaurant is a fun place to start a memorable evening no matter your company this Valentine's Day. Old Town: Salpicon If you'd like to venture a bit beyond The Loop you can spice up your special evening with some Mexican food on Wells Street in Old Town! Just a short walk from the Division red line, this Award-winning, and highly regarded by the Michelin Guide, restaurant delivers delicious contemporary plates in a modern yet traditional atmosphere. They even offer a prix-fixe dinner option for the special day. Just like looking for that special someone or a great meal, the luxury rentals specialists at Downtown Apartment Company appreciate that every renter has unique tastes and preferences. Call or stop by our office at 180 North Wacker to find your perfect apartment around the Chicago Loop! Sarah Hutcheson | Luxury Leasing Consultant Downtown Apartment Company, LLC sarah@downtownloop.com

Winter Fun in These Chicago Loop High Rises!

It's easy to enjoy living and renting in the Chicago Loop when the weather's comparatively mild, but how about when the temperature plummets and the Windy City's infamous hawk arrives? When you're searching for your next apartment rental, make sure to consider the comfort and convenience a luxury high rise in Chicago's Loop can offer. Here's a list of a few of the amenities that help downtown renters stay active and entertained whenever a wave of polar vortex weather strikes! Indoor Swimming Pools Chicago summers are notoriously short so there's only a brief window of time when you can take advantage of the fabulous outdoor pools downtown. However, when you rent an apartment at 200 Squared, OneEleven, Randolph Tower or 73 E. Lake in the Loop, you can still take a dip or swim laps year round without leaving home. You'll also find this amenity at some our favorite high rise buildings like Optima Center and Axis in Streeterville or if you're interested in the new Lakeshore East neighborhood, you'll want to check out Aqua and North Harbor Tower. If you're just looking to soak and relax, you'll love the spas at Coast, Tides, Streeter Place, The Streeter, and Parc Huron in River North. Fully Equipped Gyms  Want to maintain that physique you worked so hard for? Is becoming more active one of your New Year's resolutions? You won't need a gym membership when you have a fully functional health club down the hall from your apartment like 500 N. Lakeshore's Equinox equipment equipped gym, the Amli Lofts's Fitness on Demand studio, or Catalyst's rooftop fitness center. Does the basketball season make you want to show off your court skills? Indoor basketball courts have become a hot commodity at luxury rental buildings in Chicago's Loop because they are also a great space to offer complimentary fitness classes for residents. Some of the buildings that offer this sought-out amenity are K2 and Alta in the Fulton River District section of West Loop, Grand Plaza in River North, and The Streeter and Optima in Streeterville. Media and Game Areas Feeling antsy to get out of your space but don't want to brave the cold? Many Downtown Chicago high rises offer their renter's media rooms designed to feel more like your favorite movie theater than your favorite chair at home. 215 West Washington, MDA City Apartments, Hubbard Place, and K2 all offer fantastic media rooms. When winter leaves you feeling playful or competitive you'll be able to take some snacks or drinks down to the ping pong table at Optima or McClurg Court, the poker or shuffleboard tables at 500 N. Lakeshore, or the pool table at The Scott Residences. No need to dread the winter months if you're a renter in Chicago's Loop! Contact an agent at Downtown Apartment Company to learn more about which luxury high rise will be your next home! Stop by our office at 180 N. Wacker or give us a call today! Sarah Hutcheson | Luxury Leasing Consultant Downtown Apartment Company, LLC sarah@freedowntown.com 

Condo-Quality Luxury Rentals in Chicago’s West Loop

Happy New Year! Are you looking for the luxury and convenience of a high-rise rental experience in Chicago but would rather not fight for amenities or elevators? The condo-quality apartments at Luxe on Madison, a new luxury mid-rise apartment complex, could be the perfect new home for you. Situated in the West Loop at the intersection of West Madison and South Racine, it puts the Near West Side's best dining, trendy shopping, parks and transportation options right at every renter's feet. When you rent at Luxe on Madison, you get the convenience of being in the Chicago Loop without sacrificing the neighborhood lifestyle feel. No need to order Uber's or use a car when you're just a short walk from groceries at Mariano's or the family-owned Arista Foods. You are also just a short stroll from West Randolph foodie havens like Parlor Pizza Bar, Sushi Dokku, Au Cheval, The Publican and Nellcote. There is plenty of open space to play and unwind with Skinner Park, Union Park, or Mary Bartelme Park surrounding you. If you do need to commute or get to other parts of Chicago, just hop on the Madison #20 bus headed East or hop on the Blue Line Train at Racine, Green or Pink Lines at Morgan and Lake, walk over to the Halsted bus, or hop on the Kennedy Expressway. The one bedroom and two bedroom apartments for rent at Luxe on Madison are outfitted with all of the hard-to-find interior features luxury minded prospective renters search for: Wood plank style flooring, generous ten-foot ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, walk-in closets, in-unit washer/dryer, and private balconies or terraces. And let's not forget about the chef-quality kitchens, which are adorned with soft-close European teak cabinets, stainless Frigidaire appliances, Quartz countertops, and chic track or recessed lighting. In addition to the luxurious and inviting apartments, this Riverstone Residential community also offers must-have amenities for every renter's convenience such as on-site management and maintenance, a 24-hour fitness club, a conference room, business center, media room, resident lounge, storage units, and Pressbox dry cleaning. Two bedroom apartments at this luxury rental building just West of the Loop start at a competitive $2495, but you'll want to ask about the limited time rent concession not factored in! Call or come by Downtown Apartment Company to speak with an agent to find out about the fantastic pricing specials being offered - start the New Year off in a space you love! Sarah Hutcheson | Luxury Leasing Consultant Downtown Apartment Company, LLC sarah@downtownloop.com

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Chicago’s Loop

Get ready to pop the bubbly and dance the night away! That time of the year has arrived when we make toasts, celebrate the past years, and resolve to make the coming year one to remember! New Years Eve is a time when living and renting in Downtown Chicago truly becomes a luxury. From exclusive parties to the hottest concerts, here's a run down of where Loop dwellers can ring in the New Year with a bang! Renter residents in Chicago's Loop are never at a shortage of great venues at which to celebrate. The Hard Rock Hotel at 230 North Michigan, one of Chicago's most well-known musical establishments, hosts its annual party sponsored by Playboy. The event is sure to bring a great crowd looking for some raging fun. Only a short stroll from OneEleven, MDA City Apartments, Coast, and 73 E Lake Apartments, it's a great option for those Loop renter residents looking to keep the celebrations close to home. If parties are not your bag then don't be discouraged! Downtown Chicago's theater will be up and alive on New Years Eve so you can head up to the Cadillac Palace Theater on 151 West Randolph, to enjoy a production of the classic Cinderella. Looking for a larger event? Chicago's Historic Gold Coast neighborhood plays host to some of the most upmarket celebrations in the Downtown area. In years past, thousands have flocked to The Drake Hotel on 140 East Walton for a night of food, drinks, dancing, and fun. Guests are treated to Hors D'Oeuvres, the finest DJs, and a midnight champagne toast! Residents of The Seneca Apartments, One East Delaware, Gold Coast City Apartments, and The Chicagoan are all within easy walking distance to The Drake, which is situated just off the Magnificent Mile and Lake Shore Drive. Perhaps some of the greatest New Year's Eve celebrations happen at Streterville's premiere lake-side landmark, Navy Pier. This year marks the 3rd Annual Chicago Resolution Gala at the Grand Ballroom Navy Pier. Lined with bars and buffet tables, ticket holders have access to a night of fun and food on Lake Michigan. At the strike of midnight, fireworks from the pier provide a magical conclusion to an amazing night of celebrations. Residents of 500 N Lake Shore Drive, Optima Center Chicago, Axis Apartments and CityFront Place have the luxury of viewing the fireworks display from the building rooftop or from the luxury of their own apartments. Now that 2014 is coming to an end and the time for new beginnings has arrived, consider a fresh start with a new apartment or penthouse home! With access to over 90 professionally managed high-rise rental complexes in and around the Chicago Loop, the Luxury Leasing Consultants here at Downtown Apartment Company are here to help you fulfill your New Year living resolutions! Just email us, give us a call or stop by our showroom today at 180 North Wacker Drive, Suite 104! Candis Hickman | Luxury Leasing Consultant Downtown Apartment Company candis@freedowtown.com

Rental Luxury Awaits: Renting Penthouses in Chicago’s Loop

Life is short so you should live like royalty while you can! In other words, if you've spent 2014 dreaming of picture perfect luxury living in the Chicago Loop, then finding a penthouse to rent downtown is the way to go! Here are a couple of luxurious penthouse apartments boasting incredible views, features, amenities, and locations! You won't believe your eyes when you see the breathtaking views of the Downtown Chicago skyline from this expansive three-bedroom penthouse apartment at the corner of 111 West Wacker and North Clark Streets. Soaring 11-foot ceilings and floor to ceiling windows make its views of The Loop nothing short of breathtaking. Chicago-based Kara Mann Design and New York's Handel Architects LLP hit it out of the park when they put this rental masterpiece together. It features an expansive kitchen ideal for a gourmet chef, with top of the line Gaggenau Appliances, massive custom closets, and a five-fixture bathroom. Related management's unparalleled commitment to resident services ensures that renters will be cared for around the clock. Amli River North Apartments: Work Hard, Play Hard Chicagoans work hard, so they deserve to relax in luxury in the apartments they call home! The Amli River North Apartment Complex is located right in the heart of the action on North Clark Street between Hubbard and Kinzie. Renters live just steps away from night spots ranging from Bub City, Underground and Three Dots and a Dash to Hubbard Inn. But, they're able to feel removed and at ease while gazing across The Loop's skyline to Lake Michigan, from their 1,700 square-foot 3 bedroom apartment on the 50th floor. Their, chic, open kitchens feature GE stainless steel appliances and gorgeous granite countertops perfect for entertaining guests. Their ginormous master closets will make any Pinterest junkie drool and they have endless amenities in their Amli-managed apartment community (including a golf simulator) to take full advantage of! Life doesn't get much more fun that getting to call this new rental community home. So which luxury penthouse apartment sounds like your next home? If you aren't ready to make a decision, feel free to explore the for rent options in the "Penthouses" section of our website and call one of our leasing experts today at Downtown Apartment Company to make your dream rental in the Chicago Loop a reality! Sarah Hutcheson | Luxury Leasing Consultant Downtown Apartment Company, LLC Sarah@freedowntown.com

“The Most Wonderful of Time of the Year” in Chicago’s Loop

Bundle up, brace the wind, and spread that holiday cheer, Chicagoans! Whether you have an apartment by Clark and Fullerton near the Lincoln Park Zoo or you're renting in the heart of the Loop by State and Chestnut, you are never too far from good spirits, festive lights, warm drinks, and goodies. Make sure you check out Chicagoland's favorite holiday traditions-they're a fantastic way to wrap up a long day of shopping along Michigan Avenue's twinkly Magnificent Mile! Christkindlmarket Chicago: November 21 - December 24 Who says there isn't Holiday fun to be had in the Chicago Loop? Conveniently located on West Washington at Daley Plaza, this annual German-inspired Christklmarket is a perfect place to pick up some unique hand-crafted gifts while you sip Sternthaler Gluhwein (hot spiced wine) from a souvenir boot-shaped mug, or fill up on traditional German foods from vendors like Schnitzelhaus and Donermen. You'll enjoy meandering among the red and white awning booths lined with Christmas lights while you try to take in all of the trinkets, jewelry, and handcrafted wooden toys. You can either make a full evening of visiting the Christkindlmarket by taking breaks in one of the warm beer tents or you can make it a quick stop on your way to Union Station from the Aon Center on East Randolph Street. Lincoln Park Zoo Lights: Weekends + Some Weeknights November 28 - January 4  If you feel like venturing a bit beyond the Loop you can check out this annual display of Christmas lights and holiday music, presented by ComEd and PNC Bank, in the Lincoln Park Zoo. It's a fun way to lift your spirits at any age! This free entrance, month-long display between North Clark Street and Lake Shore Drive features holiday crafts, mulled wine, lager, pictures with Santa, snacks, ice carving, and of course, your favorite zoo animals. When you head over to the adjacent Farm-in-the-Zoo, you can burn off some of your holiday indulging with some fun ice-skating! On December 3, Louis Glunz Beer will host BrewLights at the Zoo, for some adult holiday fun. Guests can sample from 12 breweries and buy full beers and food as they please. Speaking of holiday cheer, you're not going to want to miss the rent specials being offered at some of our favorite high-rise rental buildings close to these festive activities! Call Downtown Apartment Company to speak to an agent about look and lease rent specials going on from Lincoln Park at the renovated apartments at 2555 North Clark, the new luxury rentals in Streeterville at 500 N. Lake Shore Drive, or the modern favorites for rent at Oakwood 200 Squared in the Loop by Lake Street and North Wells. Sarah Hutcheson | Luxury Leasing Consultant Downtown Apartment Company, LLC sarah@freedowntown.com 

A Quick Guide to Theater and Comedy in Downtown Chicago

Now that the fall months are fading away to make way for the winter, it's time for Chicagoans to head indoors and enjoy the many arts that The Loop has to offer. Known for its various theaters, comedy, and improv clubs, Downtown Chicago is a great place to find refuge as the snow begins to fall. Whether you're a resident of River North, the historic Gold Coast, or the increasingly trendy West Loop, there are a number of venues to find entertainment while staying comfortably warm. Conveniently located in the Heart of the Chicago Loop, you will find the city's storied Theater District. Comprised of the Cadillac Palace Theater, the Oriental Theater, Bank of America Theater, the Chicago Theater, the Goodman Theatre and several others, Chicago's Theater District is home to classical theatre, musicals, ballet, modern dance and more. Convenient access to various CTA routes in and around the Loop means that Downtown Chicago renters are just steps away from this arts and performance mecca. If you are a true theater fanatic, you'll be interested to know that renter residents of Randolph Tower, One Eleven, MDA City Apartments, 73 E Lake Apartments, the Fisher Building, 215 West Washington and Oakwood's 200 Squared have this district basically at their luxurious doorsteps! Looking for some laughs? Renters at Parc Huron, Hubbard Place, Flair Tower, EnV and Chestnut Tower - meet River North’s ‘The Comedy Bar’.  Located inside of Ontourage Nightclub on Ontario Street, The Comedy Club offers a relaxed atmosphere with no drink minimum!  Notable performers this year will include Chicago native Jim Belushi, best known for his role in the sitcom ‘According to Jim’.  Residents outside of the River North area can easily access The Comedy Bar via the Brown El train - and when you are done here, jump back on the train to Old Town where you can venture into The Second City, UP Comedy Club or Zanies Comedy Club.  Dishing up improv, comedy skits, and stand-up comedy several evenings a week, you can be guaranteed an escape from the cold with some hearty laughs. Don't be discouraged as Chicagoland's legendarily icy winter season arrives; whether you're trying to find a deep, reflective experience or some light-hearted fun, there's a place offering it indoors! More importantly, if you're currently living outside The Loop and want to be closer to it all, the Luxury Leasing Consultants at Downtown Apartment Company are ready to find your next apartment just steps from the action in your favorite Chicago neighborhoods.  Call us at (312) 772-3929 or stop into our showroom at 180 N Wacker Drive, Suite 104 today! Candis Hickman Luxury Leasing Consultant | Downtown Apartment Company Email: candis@freedowntown.com

Jones Chicago: A Luxury Rental Experience in River North

Think a luxurious rental experience can’t go hand in hand with a socially and environmentally conscious lifestyle? Think again! Jones Chicago, the newest high rise to hit the River North rental scene, could be changing the way Chicagoan's find apartments for rent in The Loop. Slated to open mid-December for renters, Jones Chicago was developed and designed by Gerding Edlen to provide a holistic rental experience governed by a “Livable Place Index,” their unique rankings system that measures how well the apartment complex matches their dedication to people, planet, and prosperity. Here are some key reasons why Jones Chicago should be your next home in the Chicago Loop: It’s Brand Spankin’ New: No need to compromise on your preferred interior amenities; all of the apartments in Jones Chicago come equipped with floor to ceiling windows, dark wood plank flooring, and bright, clean kitchens with cabinet-frosted appliances. If you prefer a smooth, chic environment, you’ll want to rent one on the spot. Favorite Amenities Included to Make Renting There Easier: Featuring a rooftop lounge, a state of the art gym, an outdoor pool with a terrace and fire pit, and a covered dog run and washing stations for your pup, Jones Chicago is a comfortable and convenient place to wake up and wind down. Sustainable Standards:  This new luxury apartment complex is environmentally conscious so renters know they’ve made a responsible decision for the planet! The developers have incorporated Earth-friendly LED lighting, non-toxic materials, energy-efficient Nest Learning Thermostats, post-industrial recycled content hardwood flooring, and they even recycle wastewater for their landscaping! A+ Location in River North:  Can you score higher than a 100? This beautiful location at West Illinois and North Wells Street is ideal for renters who prefer walking or taking public transportation to driving. The Merchandise Mart is a stone’s throw away where you can catch the Brown and Purple “L” lines and the Red Line is a very short walk at the corner of East Grand Avenue and North State Street Check out a new bar, Reverie just steps away or take a short walk to the new restaurant garnering rave reviews on Franklin St., Tippling Hall. Grab your groceries at either nearby Jewel Osco location on either N. Desplaines St. or N. State St. So what else would you like to know about this brand new luxury high-rise in your favorite patch of The Loop? Call one of the helpful agents at Chicago’s Downtown Apartment Company today for more information and to take advantage of the competitive pre-leasing pricing! Studio apartments at Jones Chicago are starting at $1825. Sarah Hutcheson | Luxury Leasing Consultant Downtown Apartment Company, LLC Sarah@freedowntown.com

Discover Randolph Street’s Holiday Market Festival

Chicago’s West Loop is truly a neighborhood on the rise.  From West Randolph Street’s Restaurant row to the wide variety of newly available rental highrises and walk-up apartments, it is a great place to live, work and play.  One of the Near West Side’s local hub highlights is the Randolph Street Market Festival at Plumber’s Hall. It’s a hot spot for creativity, inspiration and  great holiday shopping opportunities.  November marks the start of the holiday season, and what better way to get into the spirit of giving than a trip to the Annual Holiday Markets! Conveniently located on West Washington near Union Park, the Randolph Street Markets are easily accessible from the Ashland/Lake Green Line Station for residents of the Loop, via the Dan Ryan Expressway for residents of the Gold Coast, River North and the South Loop, or just a short stroll or cab ride for West Loop renters.  The markets consist of three levels of vendors selling unique and stylish pieces of jewelry, crafts, homeware, nic-nacs, antiques, and vintage treasures.  Shoppers have the opportunity to mix and match pre-loved items with more extravagant purchases while supporting local artists and vendors. With free parking and free gift-wrapping, the markets are a fantastic way to satisfy your holiday needs whilst stocking your gift baskets with one-of-a-kind trinkets.  Spend the morning perusing the markets then stop into Belly Q Korean Barbeque, Alhambra Palace Restaurant, or Kaiser Tiger for lunch; you won’t be disappointed!  Throughout the year, Plumber’s Hall plays host to various markets including the Chicago Antique Market, the Indie Designer Market and the Modern Vintage Chicago market.   Once you’ve familiarized with the Randolph Street Market’s schedule you’ll never be at a loss for exciting new discoveries in the West Loop! If convenient access to this inspiring, West Loop shopping hub is what you’re looking for in a new apartment, then get in touch with one of the  friendly Leasing Consultants here at Downtown Apartment Company.  With access to luxury  apartments in rental complexes ranging from the Luxe on Madison or the 1313 Randolph Street Lofts to the Catalyst or K2 Apartments, we are never at a shortage of luxurious rentals to suit your needs!  Call or stop in to our showroom today at 180 North Wacker Drive, Suite 104. Candis Hickman Luxury Leasing Consultant | Downtown Apartment Company candis@freedowntown.com

5 Budget-Friendly Apartment Rental Options in Chicago’s Loop

Finding apartments worth renting in Downtown Chicago can be an expensive proposition. With the development of so many new luxury high-rise rental complexes, prices are at an all-time high. Not so long ago, a $1500 budget would render endless possibilities in the downtown market; these days potential renters are lucky to find a one bedroom at that price point. Thousands of prospective residents flood the apartment rental markets in and around the Chicago Loop each year in hopes of securing a hot deal and they should not be discouraged! Regardless of your preferred downtown neighborhood there are a few faithful buildings providing budget friendly options all year round. From South Loop to River North we are highlighting some of these options just for you! Park Michigan Apartments in the South Loop is the first on a list of budget friendly apartments. Conveniently located on Michigan Avenue just south of Roosevelt Road, Park Michigan is known for its spacious layouts and great commuter location. The apartment complex is a short walk from the Roosevelt L station, Jewel Osco, Trader Joe's market, and many other neighborhood amenities. Great restaurants like Zapatista, Gioco, the Bongo Room and Scout Waterhouse & Kitchen are all easily accessible on foot. Rents range from $1300 - $2500 for studios through two bedroom apartments. Prospective renters interested in residing in River North on a budget, need look no further! River North Park Apartments are located in the southwest corner of the Near North Side and provide options for the financially conscious. Having recently undergone renovations of the common areas and various apartments, there is a range of prices and apartment features suited to varying needs. Surrounding River North Park are hotspots such as Gilt Bar, Coco Pazzo, Gene & Georgetti Restaurant, Bull & Bear, Kinzie Chophouse and the renowned East Bank Club. Expect to see rents from $1300 - $2600 for studio apartments through two bedrooms. Streeterville's Axis apartments are a great option for renters trying to find spacious, upgraded apartments at affordable rents. These apartments have been renovated to include hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, open kitchens and great layouts! Just a stone's throw to the lakefront in one direction and Michigan Avenue in the other direction, Axis is a great location for the walker in you! Notable neighborhood amenities include Northwestern University and Hospital, Yolk, AMC Movie Theater, Treasure Island Grocery store and Kellogg School of Management. Rents vary from $1300 - $4000 for studios through large 2 bedroom loft apartment. Known for its 900 square foot corner one-bedroom apartments, Elm Street Plaza is a fantastic option for budget conscious renters looking to live in the historic Gold Coast neighborhood. Rush Street dining and nightlife, Oak Street Beach, the Magnificent Mile, Table Fifty Two, the Zebra Lounge, Tavern on Rush and LuxBar are just a few places renters are easily able to spend their nights and weekends. Rental prices range from $1300 - $2800 for studio apartments through 2 bedrooms. Perhaps one of the Chicago Loop's best known rental apartment buildings is located in the Near West Side. Presidential Towers is comprised of four towers and houses over a thousand apartments. It is a great location for commuting given it's proximity to Ogilvie Transportation Center, the Dan Ryan 90/94 Expressway, the Green and Pink L lines, and various bus routes. Renters enjoy the close proximity of Presidential Towers to West Randolph's restaurant row and Halsted Street dining. Throughout the year Presidential Towers offers highly competitive rental prices with larger layouts and renovated options ranging from $1300 - $2400 for studios through 2 bedrooms. There are so many great options for renters looking for location on a budget! The above are just a small selection of the options available. For more information and to schedule a tour contact one of the friendly agents at Downtown Apartment Company today! Candis Hickman Luxury Leasing Consultant candis@freedowntown.com

New Near North Apartments Come to Old Town

Chicago's Near North Side is full of exciting neighborhoods lined with restaurants, boutiques, and nightlife. Perhaps one of Chicago's most historic and thriving neighborhoods is Old Town. Located just north of the Gold Coast, Old Town is characterized not only by its numerous local restaurants, bars, and cafes, but also its charming residences. Notable hotspots awaiting prospective renters include the Benchmark, Glunz Tavern, Burton Place and Twin Anchors Restaurant and Tavern. The neighborhood is also home to Chicago's only Plum Market, a specialty grocer offering renters and homeowners alike gourmet and organic produce. Old Town is also known for hosting great festivals such as the annual Old Town Art Fair and markets throughout the year. In 2012, Realtor.com even rated Old Town as the "Hottest Neighborhood" in the United States! It comes as no surprise that this bustling neighborhood has seen several new mid-rise apartment complexes s in recent years. It's time to welcome the newest boutique, luxury building to hit the Near North Side rental scene, The Scott's Residences! Located in the heart of the action, The Scott's Residences will give renters easy access to just about everything. These apartments will officially be open and ready to rent this fall! Rental units will include all of the features you've come to love and expect in modern living as they all feature in-unit washer and dryers, granite counters, European-inspired kitchens and hardwood floors, and generous closets. Open kitchen spaces with bar-style dining offer a perfect location for the food lover and entertainer. In select apartments residents can truly enjoy the summer months on their private balcony. The convertible floor plans are an especially great value as they provide separation between living and sleeping space like a one bedroom, but without the price higher rent. The luxury amenities that will be available to renters at the Scott's Residences were designed to rival the best. A 24-hour concierge, valet dry cleaning service, package reception, and secure resident-only parking are a reflection of the level of service residents can expect to receive. A billiards parlor, resident club lounge, state of the art fitness center and rooftop deck also provide an extension of the residents' home where they can socialize and relax. With only 71 rental units, the Scott's Residences strives to provide an intimate living experience on a first class level. Secure an apartment in Near North Side's most elegant new space with rents starting at $1963 for convertibles, $2241 for one bedrooms, $4084 for two bedrooms and $5580 for three bedrooms. We would love to answer any questions you may have regarding the new Scott's Residences and are happy to schedule a showing of the rental community at your convenience. Please contact one of our knowledgeable agents at Downtown Apartment Company today! Candis Hickman Luxury Leasing Consultant (708) 548-3927 candis@freedowntown.com

It’s A Dog’s World – Raising Your Pooch in the ChicagoLoop

It's reasonable to say that Chicago is a city of dog lovers! There are, after all, at least 1,157,433 million canines living in the city. From the Great Danes wandering the lobby at Burnham Pointe high-rise in Printer's Row, to the Beagles getting cozy in the Fulton District's Left Bank building, dogs living in the Chicago Loop is all the craze. While it once may have been viewed as outrageous to house a dog inside a ridiculously spacious apartment, these days, it's practically the norm. If you're a dog owner, you may be skeptical. However, with the surge in dog friendly luxury apartment buildings catering to your pets' needs, there's no reason to sacrifice your dream of living in the Loop for your furry friend's comfort! Each year, thousands of dog owners flock to the downtown area looking for rentals. Apartment complexes in neighborhoods from the Gold Coast, to Lakeshore East, to Fulton River District and the South Loop, welcome dogs of varying sizes and breeds. Artificial patches of grass, dog walking services, onsite dog spas and cleaning stations are all amenities catering to pet owner's needs. Whenever renters want to take break from the indoors, The Chicago Loop boasts many great dog parks. Grab a drink from Blue Agave in the Fulton District and relax as your pooch explores Park No.551, sip on a Nutella Mocha from Overflow Coffee Bar while your pet explores the newly remodeled grounds of Coliseum Dog Park in the South Loop, or join in the fun at Grant Bark Park only a short stroll from the lakefront and Michigan Avenue. Your dog will have as much fun as you will in Downtown Chicago! Some pet friendly luxury rental complexes include the buildings at 500 N Lake Shore Drive, One Eleven West Wacker, Optima Chicago Center, 73 East Lake, Aqua, The Bernardin, Flair Tower, EnV, Cityfront Place, Randolph Tower, Mondial, Sky55, Sono East, Trio, Astoria Tower, K2 Apartments, Amli 900, the Roosevelt Collection and many more! The availability of dog friendly apartments varies according to the weight and breed of your pet. Contact one of the friendly luxury leasing consultants here at Downtown Apartment Company today to help find the best option for you and your pet! Candis Hickman Luxury Leasing Consultant | Downtown Apartment Company Email: candis@freedowntown.com

Finding Apartments on Chicago’s Near East Side

Wandering into the Lakeshore East neighborhood, it's easy to think you've wandered into  a "lost valley" community of some kind. Even though it's only steps from the Loop proper and right off of Michigan Avenue, the New East Side boasts opens up into luxury riddled enclave boasting an expansive 6-acre park, multiple high-end apartment towers, gourmet coffee shops, foodie friendly restaurants, and even a Mariano's market. In the community's Wi-Fi accessible park, residents spend the summer months working and relaxing in the sun, playing with pets, and enjoying the convenience of the surrounding amenities. This emerging area has welcomed many high-rise rental complexes over the last ten years and has become a favorite among downtown apartment hunters thanks to its laid back atmosphere and its proximity to The Loop proper. It's within easy walking distance of some of Chicago's major employers and many of its major landmarks including Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, North Avenue Beach Lake Michigan, Museum Campus and the Chicago Riverwalk. Lakeshore East truly is a walker's paradise. The renowned Chicago Pedway, a walkway under the city, connects the community with the Loop and provides a haven for residents commuting during the city's brutal winter months. Shuttles also provide a convenient means of transport between the Loop and the Near East Side. If you are gearing up for a move into The Loop, there are a range of apartments and apartment styles and features to choose from in Lakeshore East. Rental prices range from $1300-$5000 depending on whether you're interested in a studio, one bedroom or two-bedroom, features, amenities, and seasonal demand. The important thing to remember, though, is that no matter where you decide to rent on the Near East Side, you can expect a truly luxurious living experience! Downtown Apartment Company's Luxury Leasing Consultants are well educated about the availability of apartments in the Lakeshore East neighborhood and are a great resource for folks looking to prospective renters. If that's you, get in touch today. We are ready to help you find the luxury rental of your dreams! Candis Hickman Leasing Consultant candis@freedowntown.com

Catalyst Apartments: The Intersection of Rental Luxury and Convenience

Are you searching for rental apartments in downtown Chicago with all of your favorite features and amenities? Would you like to be able to separate work from play? Catalyst, a brand new, 19-story, luxury high-rise apartment complex in the West Loop, is for you! It's the perfect neighborhood for urban renters to find that "big city balanced" lifestyle they've been looking for. This 223-unit tower is concentrated with top-notch amenities and is just a short walk from the fine dining and landmarks that have made apartments on the Near West Side such sought after commodities. If you're working in The Loop, you can take a short stroll over the Chicago River via the Washington Street bridge or if you're a commuter, just hop on the Brown Line "L" Train at Washington and Wells, head over to Union Station, or jump on the Kennedy Expressway. Renting in the West Loop means you live steps from your favorite restaurants as well as newly opened, much-anticipated, eateries ranging from Tete Charcuterie and Parlor Pizza Bar, to High Five Ramen and the elite Soho House. The Near West Side will also be welcoming employers such as Google and Morgan MFG and their 88,000 square foot campus for Chicago-based innovators and startups! You can make sure your busy days are also your best days by waking up in and coming home to your luxurious apartment at The Catalyst. Marquette Management's commitment to service and satisfaction makes all the difference. All of these rental homes feature rich, wood plank flooring, Whirlpool stainless appliances, quartz countertops, oversized walk-in closets, full-size washer/dryers, and floor to ceiling windows with inspiring views of the city. One and two bedroom apartments also feature balconies! Find serenity in your community's indoor lounging areas with complimentary Wi-Fi or on the rooftop by the pool. Get your sweat on in the fitness center with state of the art Free Motion machines and Fitness on Demand in your yoga room. Maintain this peace of mind with 24 hr door staff and maintenance response. The luxurious convertible apartments at The Catalyst start at $2000 and two and three bedroom rentals are also available. What are the rental amounts starting at for the other sized apartments? Reach out to one of the Luxury Leasing Agents here at Downtown Apartment Company to lock in the best deal for your next apartment in the Chicago Loop. Sarah Hutcheson Downtown Apartment Company LLC sarah@freedowntown.com

Your Guide to Welcoming Fall in the Chicago Loop

Not only will our luxury leasing consultants help you find the best rental apartments in and around the Chicago Loop; Downtown Apartment Company wants you to have the best experience living in the most exciting neighborhoods in the Windy City! To that end, here is a list of happenings to help you "fall" in love with your downtown lifestyle! Mac & Cheese Fest Chicago: October 4 Fifty Chicago chefs will present their mac 'n' cheese variations on Saturday, Oct 4th in the Windy City's inaugural Mac & Cheese Fest. You'll find the aforementioned mac and cheese variations-and all the craft beer and wine you'll want to wash it down with at the UIC Forum in South Loop at 725 West Roosevelt Road between 12 and 3pm. The Great Chicago Fire Festival: October 4 Come see the inaugural tribute to the Windy City's resurgence after the historic fire in 1871. Enjoy some food, entertainment, and a grand display of fireworks along the Chicago River by Michigan Avenue and Wacker! The Chicago International Film Festival: October 9-23 Chicago's International Film Festival has been bringing "groundbreaking, highly acclaimed, and thought-provoking films from around the globe" to the Windy City since 1965. This year's Festival will bring films and filmmakers from "Scandinavia to Mexico" to the AMC River East Theater located in Streeterville at 332 East Illinois Street Cider Cruise: October 10 Depart from Streeterville's Navy Pier on Shoreline Sightseeing's inaugural Cider Cruise and take in the beautiful Chicago skyline while enjoying Vander Mill Ciders and appetizers! The Windy City BBQ Classic: October 10-11 Chicagoans will get the chance to taste the best local and national BBQ in the south parking lot of South Loop's Soldier Field. A fun day filled with meat, live music, and Lagunitas beer! Wine Riot: October 17-18 Hang out in West Loop's Union Station's Great Hall while you sample a selection of 250 wines from all over the world. There will even be crash courses on wine tasting, live DJ sets and a phone app for tracking your favorite pours! ‘TIS THE SEASON OF CHICAGO SPORTS Time to welcome back our Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls! If you can't make it to the games in person at Soldier Field and the United Center, cheer on your home teams at one of these fun sports bars in some of your favorite neighborhoods in Chicago! 1. South Loop: The Scout 2. West Loop: West End 3. River North: Blackfinn 4. Streeterville: Timothy O'Toole's 5. Old Town: Benchmark 6. Gold Coast: Mother Hubbard's 7. Fulton River Dist: Jefferson Tap 8. Loop: Primebar Contact one of the Luxury Leasing consultants at Downtown Apartment Company today to find your next home in downtown Chicago and get more fun suggestions! Sarah Hutcheson Downtown Apartment Company, LLC sarah@freedowntown.com

West Loop: The Place to Rent in Downtown Chicago

The West Loop is a rapidly developing downtown Chicago neighborhood that sits just south of Grand Avenue and runs along the west side of the Chicago River. It is at an all time high on the heat index both for development and popularity among the city's luxury minded apartment hunters thanks to the wonderfully diverse group of businesses, restaurants, and residential rentals that call the area home. In addition to the established companies based in the West Loop, and numerous small, innovative startups , Internet behemoth Google is set to move over 500 employees into their office on 1000 West Fulton Market in the coming year-so it's no wonder so many of Chicago's hippest restaurateurs are cashing in on all the action! With delicious favorites such as Girl and the Goat, Belly Q The Publican, Au Cheval, Green Street Smoked Meats, Nellcôte, Cone, Blackbird, Avec Sepia, La Luce and even the elusive Doughnut Vault truck on occasion, it's difficult not to fall in love with the lifestyle offered in the West Loop based on your taste buds alone. You won't go thirsty in the West Loop, either; not with spots like Maude's Liquor Bar, CH Distillery, Old Fifth, The Aviary, Lone Wolf, and the Haymarket Pub and Brewery ready to serve up whatever you desire! Renters ranging from aspiring chefs to those of us who just prefer to prep our basics at home, will find everything they need on the Near West Side between Jewel, Mariano's, and Whole Foods stores as well as specialty grocers such as N&G Produce, Peoria Packaging Butcher, Chicago French Market, and Issacson & Stein Fish Company. If you're considering an apartment on the Near West Side, there are plenty of luxury rentals to choose from! The K Station Apartments by Canal and Kinzie are a popular choice with their fantastic amenities and desirable location between River North and West Randolph's Restaurant Row. Depending on your taste and budget, apartments in the area rent from the $1400 price point upwards of $4500. Take advantage of the professional and knowledgeable Luxury Leasing consultants at Downtown Apartment Company. Let us help guide you through your apartment search in the West Loop! Sarah Hutcheson | Luxury Leasing Consultant Downtown Apartment Company sarah@freedowntown.com

Boutique High-rise Apartments in Chicago’s Gold Coast Await

Few people who've had the opportunity to visit Chicago's Gold Coast have failed to fall in love with its defining, timeless luxury. In other words, if you're looking for a rental convenient to the loop, you'll definitely want to include this neighborhood in your apartment search! Boasting easy access to Lake Michigan's Oak Street beach and the high-end shopping clustered along Lake Shore Drive's Magnificent Mile, the Gold Coast is a truly luxurious slice of Downtown Chicago. Its gilded age architecture, tree-lined streets, glamorous retail from Christian Louboutin on Oak St to Judy Maxwell's shop on North State , selection of fine dining options- including Rush Street's Nico Osteria and North Dearborn's Eduardo's Enoteca-put virtually every other neighborhood in the country to shame. Residents even have late night dance bars like The Hangge Uppe, Lodge, and The Leg Room practically right outside their front doors. The prestigious Northwestern Memorial Hospital is even within easy walking distance. Few people who've had the opportunity to visit Chicago's Gold Coast have failed to fall in love with its defining, timeless luxury. In other words, if you're looking for a rental convenient to the loop, you'll definitely want to include this neighborhood in your apartment search! If you're interested in making the Gold Coast neighborhood your new home, Gold Coast City Apartments might be the perfect place to start your apartment search! Managed by Village Green, this 22 story boutique-style high rise was recently renovated to meet Class G Green Standards and offers prospective renters three different finishes. All of the apartments feature new wood plank floors, granite countertops or islands, and updated cabinetry. Whether your apartment faces Lake Michigan or , The Loop, you won't find yourself without a view. A fitness center, a rooftop sky park with an LED Movie Wall, business center, updated laundry facility, and a concierge with extended hours have all been added to appeal to today's luxury minded renters. Gold Coast City Apartments offers spacious floor plans from inviting studios and convertibles to one bedrooms with dens and expansive two bedrooms. Current pricing starts around $1400 for studio apartments. For more information and to set up a showing as soon as possible, contact us today! Gold Coast City Apartments is located at 860 N Dewitt in Chicago Sarah Hutcheson | Luxury Leasing Consultant Downtown Apartment Company, LLC Sarah@Freedowntown.com

Luxury Meets Character in Chicago’s Hottest New Loft Rentals!

Located in Downtown Chicago's South Loop neighborhood, renters find the latest in modern living. A short stroll to Trader Joe's and Jewel groceries, convenient transit including the Harrison red line stop and Clark St. buses, hip local food hubs like Jimmy Green's, and The Shops at Roosevelt Collection, AMLI Lofts is a great place to rent and enjoy life at an affordable price! Sky high-ceilings, rich wood cabinetry, quartz counter tops, and stainless steel appliances are just some of the characteristic features of the South Loop's AMLI Lofts. Designed with luxury in mind, renters will find built-in wine racks, full-sized, stackable washer and dryer, porcelain tiling in the bathroom space, and designer backsplashes in the kitchen. Exposed brick walls and spiral ducts add charm to the apartments and select floor plans include a balcony or terrace for residents to enjoy some outdoor space without having to leave the comfort of their luxurious loft apartment. All the amenities luxury apartment aficionados have come to expect from AMLI's rental properties can be found in this new South Loop Loft Complex including a full fitness center and yoga studio, pool and sundeck complete with a fire pit, multipurpose green space, and a dog park. Keeping up with the trend towards integrated technology and green living, renters will be able to take advantage of the electric car charging stations on site, Tech Lounge, and advanced SilverIP Gigabit Broadband! Whether you enjoy basking in the outdoors or taking pleasure in the latest technologies, the AMLI Lofts in South Loop will offer Chicagoans a modern and luxurious oasis from the hustle of their everyday lives! South Loop's AMLI Lofts development is Silver LEED certified, dog friendly and smoke free. They are now preleasing Loft apartments for late August with convertible apartments starting at $1631, one bedroom apartments starting at $1990 and two bedroom apartments starting at $2280. Contact Chicago's Downtown Apartment Company today to schedule a private tour! Candis Hickman | Leasing Consultant candis@freedowntown.com

Downtown Chicago: The Hot Spot for Technology and Startups!

Local temperatures may not be sizzling just yet, but the technology and startup worlds are hotter than ever between June 23 and 29th here in the Chicago Loop! Whether you would like to connect with someone who has the skill set to develop the next big app or expand your startup, Chicago is the place to be these days. From Motorola Mobility's new home above the entrepreneurial workspace 1871 in the Merchandise Mart to Google's upcoming move to West Loop's Fulton River District, downtown Chicago is exploding with innovation. Explore the Built In Chicago web site to get a taste of just how many Chicagoans are brimming with ideas and have successfully launched. Grubhub food delivery, on-demand dry cleaning service DryV (like Uber for laundry), parking spotter app SpotHero, residential leasing startup StreamLease, and real time nightlife app SceneTap are just a few of the cool ideas that have come to fruition in the last four years. Whether you consider yourself a techie or have an entrepreneurial itch you want to scratch, you'll definitely want to get a ticket for Techweek Chicago, presented by Microsoft, where over 200 major players in the technology and startup world will swarm the River North area. There's no better time than now and no better place than Chicago to share that great idea you've had or put those computer science and engineering skills to good use. Let us order the Uber while we find you the perfect apartment in thriving River North and Fulton River District, where stimulating opportunities, delicious food, and creative cocktails abound! Sarah Hutcheson | Luxury Leasing Consultant Downtown Apartment Company, LLC sarah@freedowntown.com

WANTED: The Best Chicago Summer

Renting in downtown Chicago is all about experiencing the best of everything, from the hot new restaurants on West Randolph Street and the fantastic music festivals at Union Square Park to the world class shopping along the Magnificent Mile. In a city infamous for its blustery winter weather, summertime is by far the most highly anticipated season. After Winter 2013-2014, which saw the term "Chiberia" coined, Chicagoans are salivating over the outing opportunities presented by recent rising temperatures. As the balmy weather approaches, we're all thinking about how to make the most of it. The hardest part is planning your schedule to fit it all in! Fear not, Chiberians, consider this your guide to having the BEST SUMMER EVER. What's your jam? Whether your favorite artist is slated to perform at the Cadillac Palace Theater, or you're into exploring cutting-edge bands that come through the MID, one of the best parts about June through August in Chicago is the spectacular lineup of concerts. Pro Tip: Check out "Downtown Sound", Millennium Park's critically-acclaimed music series. Not only does the program typically feature something to suit every music lover's taste, but these concerts are 100% free. There are a number of other outdoor activities unique to Chicago that should make it on every downtown renter's "must see" list this summer. Some of my personal favorites include the Architecture Boat Tour, the Air and Water Show, and The Taste of Chicago, the world's largest food festival, held annually in Grant Park. Many neighborhoods also offer Farmers Markets, including the Gold Coast, whose market is located on Division Street between State and Clark and the recently added Fulton Market Pop-Up located on Fulton Street between Peoria and Green. Your summer isn't complete until you check out one of the city's famous outdoor patios. Grab a few friends and head up to Rooftop at Little Goat in the West Loop, notorious for serving up sloppy but delicious upscale breakfast fare and fantastic people watching. Not your scene? Try Drumbar, a gorgeous rooftop lounge atop the Raffaello Hotel in the Gold Coast. Think craft cocktails, views of Lake Michigan, and a speakeasy vibe. If you're looking for more of a "see and be seen" atmosphere, make your way to the Loop and check out the ROOF at theWit Hotel, which features handcrafted cocktails and Mediterranean small plates. Friends or family coming to town? Check out the downtown's quintessential tourist hot spots: shopping on Michigan Avenue, taking a picture at The Bean, marveling at Navy Pier's fireworks, and enjoying breathtaking views from 360 CHICAGO, formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory. No matter what you're looking for this summer, whether it's exploring different neighborhoods or relaxing at Oak Street Beach, Summer 2014 can be one for the record books. Just contact Downtown Apartment Company today to find your dream rental in downtown Chicago. Alexandra Scott | Luxury Leasing Consultant Downtown Apartment Company LLC Email: alexandra@freedowntown.com

Little Treasure in Chicago’s West Loop

The restaurants here in Chicago have long been recognized for their excellence in the culinary world. From the high-end eateries clustered along West Randolph, to the gourmet food trucks that gather at the Merchandise Mart for Tech Week's Food Truck Face Off. The growing West Loop neighborhood has become home to some of Downtown Chicago's most well-known foodie havens, however there remain bistro treasures as yet undiscovered by most. Perhaps one of the Near West Side's best-hidden gems is the French Market. Conveniently located inside of the Olgilvie train station; this charming food hub is the perfect destination to grab a bite, buy a few epicurean treats or discover your next favorite gastronomic indulgence. Don't be misled by the name: the market offers a wider selection of cuisines than its' name suggests. Strolling up and down the aisles you will find everything from tasty Mexican fare to fresh artisan meats to the delightful French macaroon. And the best news? It's wallet friendly! The market is charmingly compromised of local vendors brought together to showcase a diverse and unique assortment of products. There's something about the Chicago French Market that goes beyond the standard indoor shop set-up. It plays host to live music gigs, demonstrations and even festivals. There's a sense of community that will make you want to stay all afternoon and sample the tastings; so head on over - your taste buds will thank you! The Chicago French Market is located inside the Olgivlie Metra Station on 131 North Clinton in Chicago, IL. It's open Monday - Friday 7.00am - 7.30pm and Saturday's 8.30am - 5.30pm Candis Hickman | Luxury Leasing Consultant Downtown Apartment Company LLC Email: candis@freedowntown.com

The Ultimate Downtown Chicago Rental Experience!

Welcome home to 73 E. Lake, the perfect New East Side location! This brand-new, 42-story, RMK managed, luxury high-rise provides everything on your apartment wish list. This hot new address boasts a walk score of 97 and is in an ideal "Live, Work, and Play" location. Whether you are looking to shorten your commute to work at the Aon Center, take classes at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, or simply want to live a life of comfort and convenience at the heart of the Loop, this is the place to be! You'll never have to fret about Chicago's less-than-perfect weather when you are a short walk from everything you need. Nestled between Wabash and Michigan Avenue, renters will be steps from Mariano's Fresh Market for grocery shopping, a block away from Clark/State/Lake and Randolph/Wabash el stops, around the corner from State Street shopping, and close to River North's dining and nightlife. They'll also have easy access to fantastic culture and entertainment by renting steps away from the theater district, Millennium Park and The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to its ultra convenient location, 73 E. Lake features expansive, 24-hour amenities on multiple floors so renters won't need to leave home when they don't want to! When they can work out in one of three fitness centers, there's no need for a gym membership. Don't feel like hitting the bars? Watch the game and spend time with your pals in the sky lounge with multiple flat screen TVs or show off your culinary skills in the full Cook's kitchen. Keep work and home life separate when you have all the connectivity you need in the Cyber Café or anywhere else in the building with complimentary Wi-Fi. Relax and unwind in their indoor pool and steam room and then bask in the beauty of their favorite downtown view on the terrace by a fire. Pet owners can even take their furry pals down to the apt complex's private dog run. Like the rest of the building, their apartments will be nothing short of spectacular. Prospective renters will be able to choose the convertible, one, or two bedroom floor plan that is the best fit for their needs and preferences-each provides maximum usable living space. Every apartment features floor to ceiling windows with some breathtaking views of downtown Chicago, dark hardwood floors, GE stainless steel appliances, chic Venatino Quartz countertops, a full washer/dryer, and generous closet space. Some of the thoughtful details of these luxury apartments are built-in wine racks, work/study nooks, and raised outlets to eliminate distracting cords. The developers thought of everything when constructing these high-end residences, so there's no need for you to compromise in your apartment search. 73 E. Lake is currently leasing with convertible apartments starting at $2090/month. There is no need to worry about shocking rent increases when 3% is the guaranteed maximum renewal increase - the lowest in the Chicago Loop! Contact Downtown Apartment Company for a private tour to help you find an apartment at 73 E. Lake." Sarah Hutcheson | Luxury Leasing Consultant Downtown Apartment Company LLC Email: sarah@freedowntown.com

Chicago apartment-hunters, are you ready for the newest game changer?

Meet OneEleven, the ultramodern high-rise apartments being constructed in downtown Chicago. The luxury building is slated to open to renters on July 1st, but people are already buzzing about the newest residential venture by Related Midwest. Nestled in the northern section of the Loop - on the corner of Clark Street and Wacker Drive - directly overlooking the Chicago River, OneEleven will offer renters easy access to the best of both worlds. Residents will be steps from the bustling Loop and all of its world-class business opportunities, while also enjoying close proximity to premier River North dining and nightlife, Michigan Avenue shopping, Millennium Park, and easy access to CTA buses and trains. The centrally located apartment complex is truly in the heart of the action. With OneEleven W. Wacker, convenience is of utmost importance. Whether you're looking to rent in a building with a brand new fitness center, a space to relax, or even a place to host a party, this luxe high rise has it all. Club OneEleven will offer 30,000 square feet of state-of-the-art amenities, including a private gym, full-service pet spa and dog run, technology bar, indoor spa pool and outdoor terrace. It's hard to believe you'd ever want to leave. We all know beauty isn't just skin deep. OneEleven's luxury apartment rentals will also offer stunning interiors. Units feature dramatic 9-to 10-foot ceilings, wide-plank flooring, a full-size washer and dryer in every residence, and floor-to-ceiling windows boasting spectacular views of the Chicago River and city skyline. Whether you're a gourmet chef, or simply enjoy the aesthetic of a beautiful kitchen, it's easy to see the quality throughout. Custom-designed kitchens feature sleek stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, garbage disposals, gas range stoves, and high-gloss Snaidero cabinetry. Currently pre-leasing, the high rise will offer studio, convertible, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment homes. Rental rates are competitive, with studios starting at $1,695. OneEleven is pure luxury from the moment you walk in. Aiming for LEED Silver certification, this game changer is a downtown rental opportunity to be reckoned with. Contact Downtown Apartment Company today for a private viewing of this new luxury high-rise in downtown Chicago." Alexandra Scott | Luxury Leasing Consultant Downtown Apartment Company LLC Email: alexandra@freedowntown.com