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Indoor Things To Do In Chicago In The Winter

It's winter. There's wind chill in the Windy City, which means the "feels like" temperature is "can't feel my toes." No matter. If you want to have winter fun while keeping warm, here's a list of 10 great indoor winter activities in Chicago: Have a Tom and Jerry: Miller's Pub has been a Loop destination since 1935. Each holiday season (roughly Thanksgiving into early January), it breaks out its version of this classic hot toddy, the Tom and Jerry. Arriving in a simple brown coffee mug, this most traditional of Chicago winter activities — a foamy concoction of brandy, dark rum, sugar, egg white and nutmeg — will have you sinking into one of Miller's amazingly deep, comfy booths and quickly becoming a local. Visit Navy Pier: One of Chicago's top tourist attractions can seem like a summer-only deal, with its giant Ferris wheel, boat rides and stunning lake views. Yet there's ample indoor space — and indoor parking — not to mention Winter WonderFest, which covers 170,000 square feet of the pier's Festival Hall with, among other things, indoor rides, giant slides, ice skating and holiday decor. It runs from late November through early January. See Buddy Guy: The consummate Chicago bluesman presides over a string of gigs each January at his South Loop club, Buddy Guy's Legends. For his January 2019 residency, he's playing 16 dates at the club, 700 S. Wabash Ave., between Jan 3 and 27. Tickets to see one of Eric Clapton's favorite guitar players range from $55 to $70. Get Tropical: The Lincoln Park Conservatory, a Victorian-era glass house built in the 1890s, has four huge spaces devoted to lush greenery. Opening in 1908 on the West Side, the Garfield Park Conservatory is larger still, with 2 acres of indoor greenhouse space. Both sites offer a wonderful respite from the winter chill amid palms, ferns and many more exotic flora. Train for Spring Training: Whether you're a fan of the North Side team or the South Side team — you have to pick one — late January is the time to start gearing up for the season. The 34th edition of Cubs Convention takes place Jan. 18-20 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. Seven years its crosstown rival's junior, SoxFest will be held Jan. 25-27 at the Hilton Chicago. Both feature players past and present and coaches mingling with fans for autographs, panel discussions and more. Laugh Out Loud: Nothing warms you up quicker than a good laugh. The Old Town neighborhood is home to two of Chicago's comedy institutions: The Second City, for improv, and Zanies, for standup. Since Zanies opened in 1978 (The Second City opened in '59), the competitors have been dishing out laughs half a block apart from each other on Wells Street. Get Ready to Wait: The Walnut Room was the first restaurant opened in a department store, coming to the seventh floor of Marshall Field's State Street store in 1905. Now Macy's, the store still welcomes thousands of visitors each year to dine amid the Walnut Room's Russian wood paneling and Austrian chandeliers. Each holiday season, with tables surrounding the great Christmas tree, waits to be seated frequently exceed three hours — all the more time to shop. See 'em: The Art Institute of Chicago is a wonderful place to while away a day. TripAdvisor's top-ranked American museum four years in a row, it has an envied collection of impressionist paintings and its modern wing is a spectacular 21st century addition. Yet just a few blocks north on Michigan Avenue sits one of Chicago's newest attractions. The American Writers Museum — named 2017's best new museum in the world by Fodor's Travel and the best attraction in Illinois by USA Today readers — seeks to engage the public in celebrating and exploring the influence of American writers. Go Deep: Eating is always among the top indoor winter activities in Chicago, and deep-dish pizza is THE top eating activity. Almost any time a list of the best Chicago deep-dish pizzas is compiled, Pizzeria Uno, Gino's East, Pequod's Pizza and Lou Malnati's rate a mention. The first two have flagships in River North. Lou Malnati's has several spots, including Wicker Park and the Gold Coast, and Pequod's Pizza is in Lincoln Park. Dream of the Open Road: The Feb. 9-18 Chicago Auto Show is the nation's largest. First staged in 1901, the show now takes 1 million square feet of exhibition space at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Concept cars and the latest models from most of the world's major auto manufacturers will be on display. Tickets are $13 for adults, $7 for seniors and children aged 7 to 12, free for children 6 and under. So Much More Remember, 10 items make for just a short list of Chicago winter activities. We haven't sent you to a Bulls or Blackhawks game; to the fabulous theatre district; or any of dozens of live music spots from Reggie's Rock Club on the near south side to Metro, Martyr's and the Aragon Ballroom up north. The point is, Chicago is no place to hibernate.

10 Great Outdoor Chicago Winter Activities

Yes, it's cold outside. That's no reason not to get into the many great outdoor things to do in Chicago in the winter. Here's our list of 10 wonderful Chicago winter activities to enjoy in the frosty fresh air. Ribbon cutting: If you own skates, you can take a free spin on the Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon, a serpentine, quarter-mile loop that does for the skating rink what lazy rivers do for the hotel pool. You can rent skates starting at $13, and some rental packages include extras such as hot chocolate and lockers. Skating amid gorgeous skyline views is available into March. Sled at Soldier Field: Just south of the Bears' home is a 35-foot-tall hill built for all sorts of sliding fun. The lakefront and skyline views aren't bad, either. The hill is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., weather permitting. When Mother Nature isn't providing snow, Soldier Field grounds crew members have been known to use snow machines to get the hill in sledding shape. Lit Lincoln: ZooLights is a 24-year tradition at Lincoln Park Zoo. Some 2.5 million lights decorate the grounds through Jan. 6, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Admission is free — just like it is every day of the year at the zoo. ZooLights' added attractions include musical light shows, ice sculpture carving, carolers and spiced wines, among others. Night sledding: Dan Ryan Woods is one of the few forest preserves within the city limits, and its 37 acres bordering the lovely Southwest Side Beverly neighborhood make it a popular destination year-round. When there's at least three inches of snow on the ground, its lighted sledding hill is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Enter on Western Avenue between 83rd and 87th streets. Window shopping: Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile features some 460 retailers spread from the Chicago River to Oak Street — or Tribune Tower to Drake Hotel. Everyone has a favorite window to linger in front of, and there are plenty of places to pop into for a quick warmup. Macy's holiday windows: Many Chicago traditionalists still refer to this State Street institution as Marshall Field's — the name under which the department store opened in 1893 — but whatever you call it, visiting the holiday-themed windows has been among the things to do in Chicago in the winter for 51 years. Each window uses familiar animated characters to create a scene built around an annual theme — for 2018, that's Reasons to Believe. Skate by the Bean: Now in its 18th season, skating at the McCormick Tribune Plaza Ice Rink continues through March 10. The rink is in Millennium Park, a touristy, percolating patch of downtown holiday bustle. The Bean, a sculpture formally titled "Cloud Gate," sits near the rink and is a great backdrop for family photos. Skating at the rink, which sits between Madison and Washington streets at Michigan Avenue, is free. Skate rentals start at $13. Winterland at Gallagher Way: At the southwest corner of Clark Street and Waveland Avenue — perhaps better known as along the left field line at Wrigley Field — Gallagher Way is a former parking lot transformed into a social hub outside the Cubs' ballpark. Winterland runs through January 27 and features, among other indoor and outdoor options, a skating rink, a schedule of holiday movies you can watch indoors or out, Learn to Curl classes and, new this winter, an interactive art installation featuring 30 lights and eight speakers called "Chimes at Gallagher Way," designed to demonstrate chaos theory. Adventure Days: Northerly Island, formerly home to a lakefront airfield, is now an extension of the lovely Grant Park and its Museum Campus. On three Saturdays throughout winter — Dec. 15, Jan. 26 and Feb. 23 — the man-made, 91-acre peninsula hosts Polar Adventure Days. Free events include the opportunity to explore the island on snowshoes; tours of the new Northerly Island Natural Area; winter crafts making; and viewing live animals including wolves and Siberian huskies. Christkindlmarket: A growing tradition, this year marks the 23rd annual Christkindlmarket Chicago, which gives a decided German accent to holiday shopping for crafts, foods and all manner of other goods with a decidedly European flair. Located in the heart of the Loop at Daley Plaza, the market runs through Christmas Eve. So Much More From cross-country skiing at Northerly Island to hitting buckets of golf balls at Diversey Park's two-tiered, heated driving range, there are many other Chicago winter activities to enjoy. Don't wait for the thaw — you've got things to do in Chicago in the winter.

Decorating Your (Kinda Small) Apartment For The Holidays

As we close in on the holiday season, it’s time to start decorating your home. If you have a small space, decorating can be a daunting task. Don’t worry—we’ve got some great hacks for decorating small spaces this holiday season.   How do I display holiday cards without a fireplace? No mantle? No problem! Use ribbon to display holiday cards on cabinets How do I get a Christmas tree into my studio apartment? If getting a full-sized Christmas tree isn’t very easy, take a tomato cage and wrap it in a green string of lights. If you want to have a true tree element, use ribbon or twine fasten sprigs of pine tucked into a throw pillow, around a candle, or in and around a mason jar and display on shelves. What’s a quick and easy holiday centerpiece? Any chance you have ingredients left over from Thanksgiving? Place fresh cranberries in a white or glass bowl surrounded with 3-5 tea light candles or in a candle holder. My table or island is too small for a centerpiece. How can I make it festive? Switch out your regular candles for blue, red, or green candles—bonus point if they’re holiday scented. Adding a holiday themed runner or tablecloth is another space-efficient way to spice up your serving surfaces. Napkin rings are another great way to liven your table setting. If you really don’t have room for any decoration on your island or table, spice up your bar cart by using your wine glasses to display ornaments or candles. I’m worried too much décor will make my space look small. How can I avoid that? Develop a theme! Using the same color palette throughout will prevent decorations from overwhelming a small apartment or home as easily. Focus on designs that use height rather than width. For instance, hanging strands of lights or homemade snowflakes from your ceiling or above doorways are a great way to add some winter sparkle. No floor or counter space required! I’m short on time but want to be festive when entertaining. What’s the best one thing I can do to get my apartment into the holiday spirit? Once again, candles! In the olden days, candles in the window were a sign of hospitality and frequently used to welcome sailors home from sea. Place candles on or next to mirrors to amplify their light. Also, scent is one of the most powerful senses in memory. Using a festive, scented candle (like pine, cinnamon, apple, clove, or cookie) can fill your home with a nostalgic holiday scent to set the mood. This is especially true in small and studio apartments! Swapping out throw pillows for more festive ones on your chairs or sofa is another quick way to infuse your apartment with holiday cheer. The best part? No clean up required! How can I entertain with minimal counter space? If you’re throwing a holiday party and have more dishes to serve than you have counter space, use multi-tiered stands to maximize space.

Looking for Great Deals on 2 Bedroom Apartments?

Winter is a great time to rent in downtown Chicago. If you're looking for 2 bedroom apartment deals in River North, Lakeshore East, South Loop, or the Loop, check out the hot units below! Lakeshore East Property 78 [caption id="attachment_13648" align="alignnone" width="308"] The spacious bedrooms can comfortably accommodate king sized beds[/caption] This 2 bedroom apartment's star feature is its expansive balcony over 130 square feet. The bedrooms in apartment 78 are comparably sized, each with a walk-in closet, and the shared bathroom is in the middle, making this an ideal layout for roommates. The built-in kitchen island with outlets and in-unit laundry offer convenience. This Lakeshore East property is also steps from a semi-private 6-acre park (outfitted with public wifi) and Mariano's grocery store. Layout: 2 Bed/1 Bath + Balcony Price: $2606 + 1 month free on a 12 month lease (nets at $2389) Loop Property 46 In Loop apartment 46 you'll find Energy Star stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, cherry cabinetry, and an energy efficient washer and dryer. Floor-to-ceiling windows, large bedroom closet space, and spacious amenities are a few notable features.The convenient Loop location is ideal for anyone who works downtown and wants to keep their commute as minimal as possible. Layout: 2 Bed/2 Bath Price: $2855 + 1.5 months free on a 13 month lease (nets to $2526) South Loop Property 18 South Loop apartment 18 has an open loft layout with in-unit laundry and a large balcony. This luxury apartment was part of a condo deconversion. Therefore, the finishes are on par with most condos in the area. This prime location is steps from Target, Whole Foods, and many other shops and boutique fitness studios. Layout: 2 Bed/2 Bath + Balcony Price: $2382 River North Property 97 Concrete wall accents, an all white kitchen, and high ceilings give this River North apartment 97 a striking modern interior. Appliances include a full-sized GE washer and dryer, stainless steel kitchen fixtures, garbage disposal, and Nest thermostat. The lenient pet policy makes this rental ideal for owners of large dogs, German Shepherds, or Huskies. Layout: 2 Bed/2 Bath + Balcony Price: $3580

Holiday Things To Do Near You

The holiday season is a great time to be in downtown Chicago! Here are a few of our favorite seasonal festivities. [caption id="attachment_13611" align="alignnone" width="477"] Ice Skating at Navy Pier's Winter WonderFest[/caption] Loop Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party Stop by the Art Institute for a holiday treasure hunt followed by a tea party. Attendees will make 5 stops in the museum's galleries and Ryan Learning Center. The event will conclude with a tea party with live entertainment in the Stock Exchange Trading Room. Each child will receive a holiday themed gift bag. When: December 9th at 10:45am Admission: $50 for adults, $25 for children, free for children under 2 Christkindl Market The Christkindl Market, inspired by German tradition, takes place annually at Daley Plaza in the Loop. Unique vendors with many handcrafted and specialty goods make for great holiday gift shopping. Grab a souvenir mug of spiced wine (and bring your mug back for discounted refills)! Christkindl Market is a primarily outdoor event. However, between the live music and traditional German fare in the food hall and the specialty ornament shop, theres plenty to do indoor whatever the weather. When: November 16 - December 24 Admission: Free Click here for more free things to do in the Loop this holiday season. Lincoln Park Zoo Lights Each winter Lincoln Park Zoo is illuminated by over 2.5 million lights. Photos with Santa, 3D displays, warm spiced wine and snacks, holiday gift shopping, live ice-sculpture carving, carnival rides, light shows, games, and zoo animals are just some of the holiday festivities available at Zoo Lights. In addition to the regular open admission days, there are also several holiday events like Brew Lights,  a beer tasting event on December 6th. When: Click here for a Zoo Lights calendar, BrewLights is December 6th Admission: Free admission for Zoo Lights (all ages), $49 ticket for BrewLights (21+) Streeterville Winter WonderFest Navy Pier's Winter WonderFest hosts music, ice skating, carnival rides, games, and refreshments. In addition to admission, tickets include a ride on the Centennial Wheel anytime before March 31st 2019. When: December 3, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019 Admission: $20 for adults, $10 for children under 42", free for children under 36" West Loop Randolph Street’s Holiday Market Randolph Street Market is a great place to knock out your holiday gift shopping! The eclectic selection of both vintage and modern items ensures you'll find unique gifts no one already has. Enjoy shopping through an array of housewares, clothing, art, and trinkets from over 125 vendors. Refreshments include a Bloody Mary bar, an assortment of beverages, and food from local eateries. Free parking for attendees! When: December 15 - 16, 2018 Admission: $10 in advance or $12 at the gate, discounts available

What $2000 in Rent Will Get You This Week

Looking for a luxury apartment for rent that won't break the bank? Here are some of our top picks netting under $2000! Looking to Rent in Printer's Row? This fall and winter Printer's Row is absolutely filled with great deals on luxury apartments for rent. Here are a few stellar deals that really stole the show this week! Property 135 This luxury apartment features large windows, white quartz counter tops, a gas range, garbage disposal, Nest thermostat, in-unit laundry, hardwood floors, and stainless appliances. Community amenities include a rooftop terrace and pool, spa, 24-hour door staff, and even a bowling alley! Property 135 also offers on-site dry-cleaning and tailoring services as well as direct access to Dollop cafe and coffee shop. Pricing: $2021 + 1 month free on a 13 month lease (Net Effective: $1866) Property 18 Between the dog run and abundance of nearby green space, this rental is a great option for pet owners. Modern finishes include designer Italian cabinetry, a rain shower and Grohe faucets in the bathroom, in-unit laundry, hardwood floors and a large walk-in closet in the bedroom. At 850 square feet plus a balcony, there is plenty of room for entertaining. If you're bringing large furniture pieces such as an L-shaped couch, dining table, or king sized bed to your new apartment, property 18 could be a great option for you! Property 14 Do you entertain often? Between the extra half bathroom by the entry, spacious balcony, kitchen island seating, and a living room large enough for an L-shaped couch plus 8 person dining table, property 14 is ideal if you plan on having company. Certainly. at 908 square feet, this apartment is one of the more spacious 1 bedroom layouts in the market. Additionally, notable features include 9 foot ceilings, in-unit laundry, and 2 walk-in closets in the bedroom. This pet friendly building also offers a dog run. Pricing: $1896 Looking to Rent in Lakeshore East? Property 78 This Lakeshore East 1 bedroom apartment features a modern kitchen with quartz counter tops, stainless appliances, and a gas range. The large balcony is great for entertaining and offers sweeping views of downtown Chicago. This apartment features in-unit laundry, ample closet space, hardwood floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Better yet- the rent price includes heat, air-conditioning, internet, cable (Showtime & HBO), gas, sewer, water and trash removal. Pricing: $2021 + 1 month free on a 12 month lease (Net Effective: $1853) Looking to Rent in the Fulton District? Property 1 The Fulton District joins the River North and West Loop neighborhoods. If you're looking for a great value for rent in a prime location, check out this Fulton District convertible. This apartment features in-unit laundry, granite countertops, a kitchen island, and large windows to maximize natural light. In addition to a large, 2-room fitness center, landscaped terrace, and billiards room, this apartment building offers a multitude of convenience-based features and services such as a resident coffee bar, co-working space with printing, door staff, and on-site dry-cleaning and bodega. Pricing: $1806    For more information on luxury apartments for rent within your price range, contact us today. We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

How To Deal With Noisy Neighbors, And Other Essential Apartment Lifestyle Hacks

The crack-of-dawn blender user, the late-night AC/DC listener, the dog that barks at falling leaves. If you’ve lived in an apartment, you’ve probably dealt with a noisy neighbor. Sometimes it’s easier than others to pop in earplugs and go back to sleep. However, apartment life doesn’t mean you constantly have to sacrifice your serenity and relaxation to accommodate those living around you. The following ways to deal with noisy neighbors and other essential apartment living hacks can help ensure your apartment is the sanctuary you’ve been seeking. Ask About the Neighbors The quest of creating a comfortable apartment environment begins before moving into your space. Ask the landlord or leasing agent about which floors or areas of the apartment complex are the quietest, and inquire about any recent noise complaints. Higher floors tend to be quieter than lower floors. Talk It Out Communication is key to understanding your neighbors and coexisting in an apartment complex with minimal issues. Neighbors are typically unaware that they’re disturbing someone, so before consulting the landlord, speak directly to your neighbor about what’s bothering you. Ask for a phone number, so you can text him or her if the noise is too loud. Consult the Landlord Sometimes neighbors are not as neighborly as we’d like, and complaints must be brought to the landlord for action to be taken. Many times, there are bylaws or lease clauses that allow your landlord to take more formal measures against the noisemaking. This way, the noisemaking is documented. If it continues, you may ultimately watch a new, hopefully quieter, neighbor move in. Make the Most of Your Space Apartments are typically smaller than most single-family homes, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort or convenience. Save space by using over-the-door storage racks, hooks and even risers to create storage space underneath your bed. Think about creating more vertical space when horizontal space is limited. Don’t Be Afraid to Upgrade Renting an apartment usually means you don’t want to dump a lot of money into the space that you won’t get back when it’s time to move. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to upgrade your space with budget-friendly items or those that you can take with you. You may not be able to update the entire bathroom, but you can purchase a new showerhead to make your shower more enjoyable. If you’re interested in a bigger upgrade, ask your landlord for a discount on rent for major improvements. The landlord will often agree, because upgrades will allow him or her to increase rent for future tenants. Save on Energy Similar to upgrading certain areas of your apartment, you can take several energy-conserving measures to reduce power use and save money. Items as simple as window shades and LED light bulbs can save you a substantial amount of money each month — which can be used toward anything you please, including rent. A programmable thermostat can also guarantee you’re not using an unnecessary amount of heat or air conditioning when you’re not home. Living in an apartment doesn’t have to be a struggle. Communicate well with your neighbors and landlord, make optimal use of your space, and upgrade items that will improve your daily life — and you’ll quickly see how easy it is to thrive in an apartment setting.

Household Plants that are Dangerous for Dogs and Cats

  We take a lot of factors into consideration when decorating an apartment. We pick new color schemes, hang our favorite paintings, and try to find that perfect feng shui. Many times, finding the ideal balance of style, comfort and serenity means including fresh flowers or living plants. Unfortunately, not all flowers and house plants are suitable for homes with pets, and many of them can cause serious illness if ingested by our furry friends. These common house plants are ones you should avoid having in your home if you live in a pet-friendly environment. Aloe Vera Aloe vera plants are common house plants that have been praised for their medicinal uses, but while the plants can be helpful to humans, they are often harmful for pets. The toxicity of aloe plants is in the skin and inner layers of the plant and is not typically found in the interior gel. Pets that ingest the leafy parts of the plant may experience diarrhea, vomiting or tremors. Be sure to keep aloe vera plants in a place your pets cannot reach if you prefer to have them in your home for medicinal purposes. Mistletoe and Poinsettia The holiday season often means decorating your apartment with festive holiday plants, such as poinsettia or mistletoe. Poinsettia unfortunately exudes a milky sap that can cause oral irritation, diarrhea or vomiting. Mistletoe contains the toxins pharatoxin viscumin and toxalbumin, which can cause gastrointestinal problems and even cardiac collapse in the most severe instances. Consider using fake versions of these plants for holiday decorations instead. Sago Palms Sago palms, also known as cardboard palms or coontie palms, may look like a taste of the tropics in your home, but they are house plants poisonous to cats and dogs. Ingestion of the plant’s cycasin toxin can lead to symptoms as simple as increased thirst and vomiting to the extremes of liver failure, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis or death. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your pet has ingested the toxins of a sago palm. Tulips Tulips are beautiful, and if you purchase a bouquet of flowers during springtime, they’ll probably be included. However, tulips contain the toxic principles tulipalin A and B, which can cause diarrhea, depression, hypersalivation and vomiting. The highest concentration of toxic principles is found in the bulb. English Ivy English ivy is another one of the several toxic plants for cats and dogs. Also known as sweetheart ivy, it’s commonly used as a decorative plant indoors. Though when English ivy is ingested, it can lead to irritation of the gastrointestinal tract and mouth — as well as abdominal pain, excessive salivation and diarrhea. Use nontoxic Swedish ivy instead. Orchids Many pet owners ask, “Are orchids poisonous for cats or dogs?” The answer is often ambiguous. Phalaenopsis orchids are nontoxic for your domesticated pets. However, while orchids are house plants safe for dogs and cats, it’s wise to keep your animals away from them. Fertilizers and pesticides may have been used on the plants before purchase, and your pets could consume those toxic chemicals if allowed to nibble on the leaves. It’s important to note that while some house plants are dangerous for pets, most of them are not. Consult the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® searchable database for a complete list of nontoxic and toxic house plants, so you can decorate your home in a way that looks and feels pleasant without causing any harm to your furry family members.

Meet Leslie

What do clients ask for most in their searches? Clients always ask for convenient location first and foremost. Although what that means can vary from client to client, for the most part, convenience means being near grocery stores, coffee shops, entertainment, and transit to work. Many clients want to feel like they can walk to most places easily. The other things my rental clients ask for frequently are closet space in the bedroom and countertop space in the bathroom, especially if there is more than one person who is going to be living in the unit. My buyer clients tend to care more about layout, view, and HOA information than finishes. Often times clients shop or purchase with renovations already in mind. A lot of times I'll be in the middle of a showing and a client will say, 'this reminds me of an idea I got from HGTV!' What advice would you give to someone looking to rent?   "ultimately it's important to go with your gut feeling"   Have an open mind because sometimes the unit you end up falling in love with, isn’t what you’d think you’d like until you see it. I’ll send clients listings and some they’ll love, and about one or two they’ll say 'maybe' and more often than not they end up going with the 'maybe'. Write down your 'wants' and 'needs' to help define and prioritize your goals. However, some things aren’t quantifiable so its important to ultimately go with your gut feeling. What advice would you give someone looking to buy? Know your personal goals. There are a multitude of reasons someone may decide to buy like tax incentives, square footage, long term investment, rental income, a sense of long-term roots, proprietary control or being able to customize the interiors. It's important to know your goals so you can select a property that is most in alignment with what you want to accomplish with your purchase. Are most of your clients new to Chicago? If so, how do you approach acclimating them with the city? Most of my clients lately have been new to Chicago, which I enjoy because I love showing them around. I always try to learn about their hobbies as an orientation for what kinds of things I think they'll enjoy. Many of them like taking classes at boutique fitness studios like Crossfit, Barre, or SoulCycle. There's a fitness studio that focuses on axe throwing. Sometimes I like to tell clients, 'we Chicagoans don't get many opportunities to chop lumber, so this is how we satisfy the need'. Who knows? Maybe I'll take up a new hobby! I also enjoy pointing out architecture and history. As a born and raised Chicagoan I've had the privilege of seeing many changes first hand. For example, when I was growing up, the West Loop was mostly meat markets. I remember going on trips there with my parents to pick up specialty salami and seeing meat hanging on hooks. There's still a lot of meat in West Loop, but now it's cooked and on trendy plates. It's interesting to watch the growth of neighborhoods. How did you get into real estate? When I was a kid my parents used to manage three mid-rise apartment buildings. My mom was in charge of screening and tenant management and my dad was in charge of turning units for the next tenant. He did a lot of the maintenance work himself and I would help out. I remember when two and three bedroom condos started becoming really popular. All three rental buildings were converted into condos. That's another example of the kinds of city changes I got to see first hand. I grew up intimately being around real estate and have loved it since. Where do you like to go downtown in your free time? I love River North, especially Hubbard Street, for its food, energy, and night life. For my friends and me, Barrio was our go-to spot this past year. We love their unique tacos, like truffle mushroom. [caption id="attachment_13434" align="alignnone" width="300"] Tacos at Barrio River North[/caption] What is the best holiday activity in downtown Chicago? Ice skating Maggie Daley park, followed by appetizers and drinks at Park Tavern. It's never a complete winter without ice skating (even though I'm not very good at it). Which "tourist" activity never gets old? Going to the Sears Tower. Even though it's formally known as the Willis, it’ll always be the Sears to me. Everytime we go its the same thing but with different people, and the different people make it special. I love waiting in the long line in anticipation. Every year I think I'll have the urge to go on the ledge but I never have. I have a big fear of heights, but I enjoy watching others go on it! I'll be the first one to volunteer to take their pictures! Contact Leslie with questions about renting, buying, selling, or getting to know Chicago!

The Van Buren Grand Opening Event

The DAC team had the pleasure of attending the grand opening for Loukas Development's The Van Buren, one of the West Loop's newest luxury high-rises. The event, hosted by CS Modern Luxury, included tours of the artfully styled model units, a ramen bar, and a friendly crowd eager to check out the development. (As you can see, the photo booth also caught our attention!) [video width="1280" height="1280" scrolling="yes" mp4="https://www.downtownapartmentcompany.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Van-Buren-DAC-Team.mp4" autoplay= "autoplayloop" loop= "yes"][/video]   One of the most notable takeaways was the quality of the interiors, which feature Nest thermostats, high ceilings, abundant closet space, large windows that maximize natural light, and warm grey cabinetry. Top-of-the-line kitchens include soft-close cabinets, GE stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, spacious layouts, mosaic tile back splashes, and Edge to Edge 30 gas ranges. Club-grade amenities include ample co-working space, a rooftop grill and lounge terrace, concierge service, onsite dry-cleaning, a modern fitness center, a 4,000 square foot deck on the third floor, and a rooftop pool with stunning views of the Chicago skyline. With competitive move-in specials, apartments at The Van Buren are sure to go quickly. Contact us today to learn more about the incredible deals available!     By Sophie Morrison

Approved! Plans For West Loop Apartment Towers Get Approval From Chicago DPD

The past two years have been big for West Loop residential development and it shows no signs of slowing in 2019 either. 1125 and 1050 W Van Buren were first revealed in January 2018 by Chicago developer, Tandem Partners, and architecture firm, Antunovich Associates and were approved last week. Both building exteriors will be metal paneling but 1050 W Van Buren will have more of a rust-color finish and rise 24 stories, while 1125 W Van Buren will have a dark grey finishand rise 21 stories. The two West Loop luxury apartment towers will replace Guy & Sons and Chicago Auto Centers. Although 1125 W Van Buren will be on a smaller lot than 1050 W Van Buren, both towers will have comparable capacities, at 200 and 201 units, respectively. The majority of units will be studios, 30 percent of rentals will be one bedroom apartments, and just 10 percent of rentals will be designated at two bedroom apartments. Both buildings will include storage for 100 bicycles as well as luxury amenities. Amenities are expected to include fitness centers, roof top pools, and other common areas and lounges which have yet to be described. There will be just 80 parking spots between the 401 rental apartments in the two transit-oriented buildings. Tandem plans to begin construction with 1125 W Van Buren in the third or fourth quarter of 2019, followed by the construction of 1050 W Van Buren. Tandem Partners have contributed over $2.5 million into the neighborhood opportunity fund, 10 percent of which will likely be used to improve parks, landscaping, infrastructure, or other communal amenities within one mile of the development. To alleviate concerns about increased traffic in the area, developers included a designated area in their plans where two or more cars could pull out of traffic onto Van Buren, which would limit double parking and absorb some traffic flow from ride share users.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!   By Sophie Morrison

The Belden-Stratford Lincoln Park Apartment Building Has a New Owner

The Belden-Stratford in Lincoln Park is a 297-unit rental building at 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, just steps from the adjacent park. It is also known as the Beaux Arts building and was formerly an historic hotel which opened in 1923. It was recently purchased by PGIM Real Estate in 2013. This week, Joe Mansueto, the founder of Morningstar, purchased the property for over $100 million, just five months after purchasing the Wrigley Building, another historic Chicago landmark building. Mansueto also bought a 49% stake in the Chicago Fire soccer team this summer. Little is known about Mansueto's plans for the Lincoln Park building, which is fully stabilized at 99% occupancy. According to CoStar, the average rent is $2.63 per square foot, a 6% increase over 2017. Rents start around $1250 for efficiency studios, $1925 for 1 bedrooms with shared laundry, $2400 for  bedrooms with in-unit laundry, and go up to the mid $3900 range for 2 bedroom apartments with 2.5 baths and in-unit laundry. Although most units have undergone renovations, the lobby still has historic charm from its days as a high end hotel. [caption id="attachment_13133" align="alignnone" width="300"] Belden-Stratford Lobby[/caption] Lincoln Park Neighborhood Lincoln Park is known for its bustling nightlife, tree-lined streets, boutique shops, and some of the oldest restaurants frequented by native Chicagoans. The streets are lined with mansions, restored Victorian flats, modern town homes, and brand new condominiums. Lincoln Park is north of downtown, making it less frequented by tourists and sprinkled with some of Chicago's oldest gems, including restaurants, taverns, music lounges, parks, and quaint coffee shops.     By Sophie Morrison

This Weekend’s Best Deals on Studio Apartments

Looking for great deals on studio apartments near downtown Chicago? Here are a few of the hottest specials in River North, Streeterville, Gold Coast, and West Loop! It gets even better- all the listings below are pet and dog friendly apartments! Gold Coast Studio Property 75 Property 75 in the Gold Coast is a charming, classic building that just remodeled its units and fitness amenities! If you value great finishes, storage space, and location as your top priorities in your apartment search, this building could be the right fit for you! Bathrooms have gorgeous white marble, lighted mirrors, and jetted tubs. Most studio layouts offer high ceilings, great closet space, hardwood floors, and separate kitchens with breakfast bars. Do you have a queen sized bed and lots of clothes? Check out property 75! (If you prefer to have larger furniture pieces and finishes aren't as important to you as living space, skip to property 43 below!) $1350 + $500 off first full month of rent River North Studio Property 5 River North Property 5 features luxury rentals with in-unit laundry, granite countertops, hardwood floors, high ceilings, and lots of closet space. Between direct access to the River Walk, free hot beverages in the lobby, on-site dry-cleaning, 96 walk score, complementary storage, on-site dog run, and 24 hour door staff, residents love the convenience the building offers. [caption id="attachment_13111" align="alignnone" width="453"] Rooftop terrace with fire pits, grill stations, hot tub, pool, gazeebo, and free wifi[/caption] $1610 + 1 month free on 12 months or 2 months free on 16 months Streeterville Studio Property 43 Property 43 is located in the heart of Streeterville. These spacious apartments offer abundant closet space and room for larger furniture pieces, even in most studio layouts. Large windows allow for maximum natural light and gorgeous lake views. At 600+ feet, most studio layouts at this building are larger than most 1 bedroom apartments at other buildings. Do you value space as your top priority in an apartment? If so, Property 43 may be right for you! $1435 + $1000 off first full month of rent   And last but certainly not least... West Loop Studio Property 161 This West Loop apartment building is offering unprecedented specials with up to 4 months free rent! Finishes are modern and luxurious, featuring quartz countertops, porcelain tile, glass stand-up showers, pendant lighting, hardwood floors, and in-unit laundry. Although this property offers plenty of amenities, including a rooftop pool and a club-grade fitness center, the 4,000 square foot patio deck is one of our favorites! $1950 + 3 months free on 18 months or 4 months free on 30 months + 1 month free parking This is brand new property! Please contact us directly for more information.   By Sophie Morrison

Best Places to Work From Home…Outside Your Home

Do you telecommute or like to work outside the office? We love Starbucks just as much as the next crew, but sometimes its great to switch up your environment. Check out some of our favorite "work from home" spots in the River North, West Loop, and West Town neighborhoods! West Town Bakery- West Town (with locations in River North and Wrigleyville) West Town Bakery serves up unique pastries, diner fare, and Dark Matter coffee, which is known for being extra strong and flavorful. Although there are many bakeries with awesome food selections, this one made our list because of the abundant seating space and wireless printer, from PrintWithMe. West Town Bakery also has great daily specials. Stop in from 7am-9am daily for a $5 coffee-and-pastry special.    Click here for more about the newest luxury apartments near West Town!   3 Greens Market and Coffee- River North 3 Greens is so much more than the average coffee shop; Its a one stop-shop for many famous Chicago favorites including the Au Cheval burger, Dillman's pastrami, and Green Street smoked meats, as well as hot and cold salad bars, coffee, and alcoholic beverages. Unlike the coffee shops that close in the early evening, this work from home spot is open until 8pm. 3 Greens Market has eclectic decor with a variety of seating from large sofas and recliner chairs,  2-person tables, and bar seating, to long 12-person tables and standard 4-person tables. The quirky, charming vibe feels more akin to being at a ski lodge than in the middle of downtown Chicago. Click here for more information on luxury apartments near River North!   Limitless Coffee- West Loop It's hard to find something that isn't spectacular at Limitless Coffee. The all white and gold decor, large windows, and skylights make Limitless a bright space with plenty of natural light. The large conference table in the back has its own white board on the wall for larger meetings and additional 2-seater tables and booths for smaller meetings. [caption id="attachment_12992" align="alignnone" width="420"] Skylights allow for plenty of natural light[/caption] Limitless customers enjoy the famous, very instagrammable lattes, including: charcoal-glitter (it's much better than it sounds), rose-beet, reishi mushroom, and matcha, as well as a large selection of avocado toasts. [caption id="attachment_12995" align="alignnone" width="300"] Charcoal Glitter Latte[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12991" align="alignnone" width="300"] Rose Beet Latte[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12989" align="alignnone" width="260"] Avocado Toast[/caption] Stumptown Coffee Roasters- West Loop The functional space at this West Loop coffee shop includes abundant countertop seating and outlets at every chair. Stumptown Coffee Roasters is in the lobby of the Ace Hotel and offers standard beverages, like drip coffee and espresso drinks, as well as unique options like kombuchade. Click here for more information on luxury apartments near West Loop!   By Sophie Morrison

Loft Apartments For Rent Near Streeterville

Property 106 is a loft style building in the heart of Streeterville. The industrial-style interiors include hardwood floors, stainless steel efficient appliances, gas ranges, and spacious closets. Although all apartments include in-unit washer and dryer, most units also include full sized laundry rooms-- a rare luxury in a rental apartment. [caption id="attachment_12961" align="alignnone" width="300"] Full-sized laundry rooms[/caption] Exposed brick and ductwork with high ceilings are just a few of the accents that give these loft apartments charm. One of our favorite features is the NANA wall-- accordion style glass walls that lead to your balcony, open fully, and turn your living room into an indoor-outdoor space. [caption id="attachment_12945" align="alignnone" width="300"] NANA wall[/caption] Property 106 includes plenty of indoor, outdoor, and pet amenities. Relax by the fireplace in the waterfront lounge, which opens to the building's private portion along the Riverwalk. The fitness center is complete with state-of-the art equipment including TRX straps, training ropes, heavy punching bags, free weights, cardio machines, and free group fitness classes led by ChiTown Trainer. The movie screening room indoor lounge are great spots for entertaining groups, large or small. This rental property also offers multiple conveniences including an onsite business center conference room, dog wash station, Pressbox dry-cleaning and laundry service, 24-hour front desk concierge, and onsite maintenance. Head outside to enjoy the expansive rooftop terrace, complete with grilling stations, outdoor wifi to work from home, and plenty of spread out seating for entertaining your guests or having some quiet time to yourself. [caption id="attachment_12958" align="alignnone" width="300"] Rooftop terrace[/caption] Streeterville is the place to find tranquility between Lake Michigan and the tree-lined streets, or lively, fast-paced Chicago action steps from downtown. Stop by one of Streeterville's many brunch hot spots or grab tea at the iconic Drake Hotel. Check out the famous Ferris wheel and fireworks at Navy Pier. This neighborhood is also home to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola Law School, and Northwestern Hospital. In addition to being within close proximity to the Loop and walking distance from the heart of downtown Chicago, Lakeshore drive runs through Streeterville, allowing easy access to the neighborhoods further north or south. Avoid commuter traffic by taking Lower Wacker Drive or one of multiple bike baths, which both run directly through Streeterville.   By Sophie Morrison

Should I Rent or Buy?

The question of Rent vs. Buy depends on the properties in question, Chicago's real estate market, and your personal circumstances and goals. In certain climates, it is wiser to keep your assets liquid to capitalize on any general price drops. In a more bearish market, some homebuyers like to think of houses as being "on sale". Prices tend to be lower, as do interest rates. Furthermore, the market can vary by neighborhood and price point. Each area is its own economic ecosystem so its important to work with a knowledgeable broker who can keep you informed on which inventory is most likely to appreciate. Home Buyers in Chicago Say That: Tax credits help offset some of the cost of homeownership Once your house is paid off, you eliminate the expense of housing. If you have reason to believe that the home will appreciate more than you've invested in the cost of the home itself, maintenance, interest, and taxes, you will have a return on your investment of purchasing a home. Renters in Chicago Say That: Renters don't have to pay for or worry about repairs and maintenance. Renters have the flexibility to move more easily and quickly. Access to high end, new inventory at a more accessible price point Additional amenities Our home sales division, Downtown Realty Company, recently sat down with Huffington Post to discuss 6 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Buying a House. Important questions included: Do I have enough money in the bank? If Yes: Consider Buying If No: Consider Renting In some cases, this means 20% of the purchase price. However, in certain circumstances that can be as low as 3-10%. *You also want to make sure you account for closing costs, which tend to range 2-5% of the loan amount Am I carrying a lot of debt? If Yes: Consider Renting If No: Consider Buying Since the general guideline is that you want to avoid spending more than 30% of your salary on housing. Since taxes usually account for 15-30% of the average income, lenders typically shy away from lending to people who spend more than 43% of their salary on repaying debt. (Even if you do get approved, it may be wiser to rent if you have a high debt-to-income ratio to avoid spending above your means) Am I thinking of getting a new job? If Yes: Consider Renting If No: Consider Buying When applying for a mortgage, lenders typically like to see 2 years of good standing in a W2 job or 3 years of good standing in a 1099 job. Other important questions to consider include: How long do I plan on living in Chicago? If your job requires that you move often or suddenly, or you have plans to move in the next few years, it might make more sense to rent. With a lease, you know you're going to be giving an opportunity to move seamlessly every renewal cycle. However, if you need to sell your home in order to move, that may be a bit more arduous. You can never fully predict what the market will look like when you need to sell or how long it will take. What are my long term personal goals? Just as you plug your destination into your GPS before you start driving, it is important to be cognizant of your long term goals before making any big decision. We'd advise all of our clients to understand their desired outcomes and personal goals before jumping into any decision, whether they are renting or buying.   By Sophie Morrison

Winter is Coming! Get to Work From These Luxury Apartments Without Going Outside

It's that time of year again for Chicagoans to bundle up! If you work near the Loop, Aon Center, O'Hare International Airport, Chase Tower, City Hall, or Merchandise Mart, here are some luxury apartments that will allow you to commute without going outside! Property 111- The Loop Get to these locations without going outside: O'Hare Airport City Hall The Pedway 150 N Michigan Macy's on State Street LA Fitness Millennium Station Metra Trains Chase Tower These Loop luxury apartments have direct, secured access to the CTA red and blue line trains from inside the building. One of the greatest perks of living along the blue line is direct access to O'Hare International Airport! That's right-- if you live at property 111, you could get from your apartment to anywhere in the world without going outside! Who wouldn't want that convenience on a blustery winter day? Property 111 also provides direct access to Chicago City Hall without going outside. The blue line also runs through Chicago's Western neighborhoods including Bucktown, Wicker Park, UIC campus, River West, West Loop, and Logan Square. The red line goes South past Columbia College and Museum Campus, around the Loop, and North through River North, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, and along the lake past Loyola and DePaul Universities. If you work near any of these locations and are looking to cut your commute time, the luxury apartments at property 111 could be right for you! Rentals at property 111 start around $1900 and include washer and dryer in unit. Property 2- Lakeshore East Get to these locations without going outside: Aon Center (<1 block) Swissotel Hyatt Regency Illinois Center One Prudential Center Luxury apartments at Lakeshore East property 2 offer residents direct access to the Chicago Pedway system. The Chicago Pedway is a system of underground tunnels linking more than 40 blocks of downtown Chicago, covering a total of five miles. The Pedway connects public and private buildings, CTA and metro stations, and is lined with convenient shops and restaurants along the way. Pedway users liken the feeling inside the Pedway more to an airport terminal than a tunnel. [caption id="attachment_12810" align="alignnone" width="406"] A list of all buildings accessible via the Pedway system[/caption] Rentals at property 2 start around $1795 and include washer and dryer in unit. Property 34- Lakeshore East (*Value Building*) Get to these locations without going outside: Aon Center (<1 block) Swissotel Hyatt Regency Illinois Center One Prudential Center Property 34 is connected to the same part of the Pedway system as property 2 and could be a strong alternative if your price range is more price sensitive. Property 34 has its own dry-cleaner on site and offers stunning views of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, and Navy Pier's Ferris wheel and fireworks! Rentals at property 34 start around $1695 and offer shared laundry. Property 138- River North (Merchandise Mart) Get to these locations with <1 block outside: Merchandise Mart RX Bar Headquarters CTA Brown Line Trains Okay, this one is a bit of a stretch. You will have to go outside, but not far! River North property 138 is connected to the RX Bar building as well as several popular spots in its retail space including Joe & The Juice juice bar and coffee spot, and Brown Bag Seafood Co, a casual seafood restaurant with reasonable prices. Property 138 is under a block from Merchandise Mart and the brown line train. The brown line CTA also provides access around the Loop and North through Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, and past DePaul and Northeastern Universities. See the gallery below for more photos of a 1 bedroom layout at property 138! Rentals at property 138 start around $1995 and include washer and dryer in unit.     By Sophie Morrison

Looking for Luxury Townhomes for Rent Near Downtown Chicago?

High-rise adjacent townhomes offer convenient access to the benefits of high-rise apartment living with the privacy and space of having your own home. Check out these luxury townhomes for rent! Property 21- River North River North's Property 21  split-level townhomes have direct access to a sprawling, second-story outdoor terrace. The landscaped terrace features fire pits, outdoor wifi, grill stations, seating and entertaining areas, as well as access to other amenities including the fitness center, a heated indoor lap pool, and indoor lounges. [caption id="attachment_12727" align="alignnone" width="300"] Gas grills are available first come, first serve to all residents[/caption] The full foyer entryway and half bath powder room on the lower level create a house-like feeling. Interiors feature premium appliances, in-unit laundry, vinyl wood flooring, large bedrooms that can comfortably accommodate king size beds, and spacious walk-in closets as well as linen closets. [caption id="attachment_12726" align="alignnone" width="300"] Large windows for maximum natural light[/caption] 2 Bed/1.5 Bath townhomes start at $2600. Property 108-South Loop South Loop Property 108 offers 2-story residences with high ceilings, hardwood floors throughout, a laundry room, and an attached private garage with a mud room entrance, as well as sidewalk-level front doors. Select units also have private terraces. Townhomes also feature penthouse-grade finishes with tiled, glass-encased showers, spacious bathroom vanities, and quartz countertops. 3 Bed + Den/3.5 Bath townhomes start at $6600. Property 139- River West The townhomes at River West Property 139 are essentially penthouses on the ground level. Each two-level home has upgraded, penthouse finishes, a private attached garage that leads to a mudroom entry, a sidewalk-facing front door entrance, and a laundry room. Each walk-in closet is complete with Elfa shelving and each kitchen has stainless appliances, a gas slide-in range, quartz countertops, and high ceilings. Detailed pictures of exact units can be found in the gallery at the bottom of the page. 3 Bed/2.5 Bath townhomes start at $6500. [caption id="attachment_12775" align="alignnone" width="182"] 3 bedroom townhome sample floor plan[/caption]     By Sophie Morrison

GEMS World Academy Phase II in Lakeshore East

It's no surprise that Lakeshore East, also known as the New East Side, has grown increasingly popular in recent years. Although this downtown neighborhood is steps from Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, and the Loop, Lakeshore East is a tree-lined, tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life and steps to the lake front. GEMS World Academy GEMS World Academy already has a popular private school in the neighborhood which services grades K-9 and is now developing a school for grades 8-12. The 13-story building is expected to accommodate 1,440 students. Initial renderings from architecture firm bKL are quite impressive and show student amenities including a landscaped rooftop overlooking the Chicago River, a media workshop and digital theatre, a 500-seat auditorium, an indoor gymnasium, and a two-story library. [caption id="attachment_12436" align="alignnone" width="434"] GEMS students will have access to fresh air on the rooftop terrace[/caption] GEMS is on track to open in 2019 at 355 E Upper Wacker Drive, between Coast Apartments and the Wanda Vista Tower development. Lakeshore East Neighborhood The 6-acre park in the center of the neighborhood has gorgeous landscaping, fountains, and free wifi. Village Market houses Mariano's grocery store, Filini contemporary Italian dining, III Forks Steakhouse, MingHin Chinese restaurant, as well as other shops, coffee shops, and a nail salon. Lakeshore East is also one of Chicago's most dog friendly neighborhoods. Lakeshore East is blocks from CTA train stations serviced by brown, orange, green, red, blue, and pink line trains, which access to Midway and O'Hare International airports. Millennium Station provides access to the northern, southern, and western suburbs via the Metra trains. Many buildings in Lakeshore East connect to the Pedway, and underground system of walkways frequently used by locals in the wintertime. The Pedway is lined with plenty of restaurants, stores, salons, and after work hangouts. The entrances to Lakeshore Drive and Lower Wacker Drive are both in close proximity as well.   By Sophie Morrison

Lincoln Common Lincoln Park Apartments

Lincoln Common is a massive, mixed-use development coming to the popular Lincoln Park neighborhood. Development Lincoln Common is being developed by McCaffery and Hines Interests and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the same firm which designed the John Hancock Center. When completed, the mixed-use development will have 100,000 square feet of retail, 538 rental apartments, 40 luxury condos, a 5-story boutique office building, an 850 stall parking garage, a senior living facility with 156 rooms, and over an acre of open space, according to the developers' website. Studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, and 3 bedroom apartments will be available for rent. This transit-oriented project will be in close proximity to the Fullerton stop on the CTA red, brown, and purple line trains as well as bike lanes, and will provide a bike and car ride share program. Lincoln Common is seeking LEED certification and will have 50% green rooftops.   Location Lincoln Park is known for its bustling nightlife, tree-lined streets, boutique shops, and some of the oldest restaurants frequented by native Chicagoans. With its pubs, summer street fairs, theater, bike trails, and historic buildings, Lincoln Park has entertainment options for everyone. Lincoln Park is also home to some of Chicago’s most recognized artistic spots and vibrant music scene. Some nearby attractions include the Lincoln Park Zoo, Fullerton Beach, DePaul University, and art house movie and improv theaters. Lincoln Park is north of downtown, making it less frequented by tourists and sprinkled with some of Chicago's oldest gems, including restaurants, taverns, music lounges, and quaint coffee shops.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lincoln Park? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!   By Sophie Morrison

Downtown Chicago World Class Architecture

Downtown Chicago is known for its world class architecture and was rated the Best Big City by Conde Nast, for the 2nd time. Here are a few iconic must-see buildings near downtown.    875 N. Michigan (John Hancock Center) At about 1500 feet from the ground to the top of its antennas, the Hancock Center was one of the tallest buildings in the world in 1969 when it was completed. Because Chicago truly is a "Windy City", the structure consists of a tubular system that strengthens the building against high wind speeds. "The famous cross-bracing on the exterior provides security against horizontal movement while opening up the interior of the building with more uninterrupted floor space" the building's page on ArchDaily explains. Sterling Bay and Hearn purchased the John Hancock Center earlier this year. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near John Hancock Center? Click here! Merchandise Mart At 4 million square feet, Merchandise Mart is so large that it even has its own zip code! Although Merchandise Mart was built in the 1930s, today it is home to many cutting-edge technology companies, including the start-up incubator, 1871. Merchandise Mart tenants love the convenience of having direct access to the CTA brown and purple line trains...as well as an awesome food court! The Chicago Loop Alliance also launched, Art on theMart, where iconic art work is projected onto the 2.5 acres of Merchandise Mart's exterior. See the video below! [embed]https://vimeo.com/291717214[/embed] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Merchandise Mart? Click here! Willis Tower [caption id="attachment_12248" align="alignnone" width="291"] The Ledge at the Skydeck allows 1.7 million annual visitors to see views as far as 50 miles and 4 states[/caption] The Willis Tower, still often referred to as the Sears Tower by locals, was completed in 1973 and at 1729 feet to the tip of its antenna, held the title of the world’s tallest building for many years. The Willis Tower is currently undergoing a $500 million renovation that will include an expansion of the Skydeck, a popular tourist attraction that allows visitors to see unparalleled views of Chicago and the surrounding area. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Willis Tower? Click here! Aon Center The Aon Center was completed in 1973 and originally known as the Standard Oil Building. The facade was originally wrapped in Italian marbled, rumored to cost more to import than the marble, itself cost. However, when the marble began to deteriorate and break off it was deemed structurally unsafe. Today the Aon Center is clad in white granite. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the Aon Center? Click here! Tribune Tower This Neo-Gothic skyscraper was designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood and won a competition held by the Chicago Tribune newspaper in 1922. The Tribune Tower's exterior includes fragments of other iconic buildings around the world including Angkor Wat, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, and the Great Pyramids. The building was purchased by CIM Group and Chicago based Golub & Co in August of 2016. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Tribune Tower? Click here! The Rookery Building The Rookery Building, one of the oldest downtown buildings in Chicago,  was designed in the 1880s by the prolific Burnham & Root architecture firm. The lobby was renovated by the legendary architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, in 1905. The Rookery Building is known for its grand spiral staircase and glassy atrium. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near The Rookery Building? Click here! Thompson Center Like The Rookery Building, the Thompson Center is known for its glassy atrium and eye-catching lobby. This postmodern building was designed in 1985 by Helmut Jahn and is home to many local and state government offices, direct access to the CTA blue, brown, orange, green, and purple line trains. Looking for downtown Chicago luxury apartments for rent near the Thompson Center? Click here!     By Sophie Morrison

River West, One of Chicago’s Trendiest Neighborhoods, Welcomes The Mill Luxury Apartments

2018 has been a big year for River West between the successful lease up of Spoke, a mixed-use, two-tower high-rise, the approval of 742 N. Aberdeen, a 188-unit rental building, and the groundbreaking of The Mill luxury apartments. New Construction The Mill luxury apartments are under development at the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Carpenter Street and is expected to be 23 stories upon completion in quarter four of 2019. The glass and brick River West high-rise will include 226 apartment units, 97 parking stalls, and 2,300 square feet of retail space. Like Spoke and 742 N. Aberdeen, The Mill will be a transit-oriented development, less than a block from the CTA Blue Line. [caption id="attachment_12227" align="alignnone" width="300"] Renderings show that The Mill will have a glass and brick exterior[/caption] Although there is much about this River West development that has yet to be announced, early renderings suggest that The Mill will be an amenity building with plenty of rooftop green space. [caption id="attachment_12226" align="alignnone" width="300"] A rendering of The Mill's outdoor amenity deck[/caption] Location River West residents love the neighborhood's central location. The neighborhood is known as being home to part of Chicago's newest and most vibrant dining scene. A local favorite is The Dawson, which brews its own in-house liquors and serves innovative takes on old fashioned favorites, like chicken-fried lobster and offers a laid-back, trendy vibe and weekly specials. In addition to being walking distance from the downtown Loop and River North areas, commuters can opt to take the CTA blue line L downtown or directly to O'Hare International Airport. Nearby Union and Ogilvie Stations go to the southern, western, and northern suburbs via Metra Trains and to several states around the country via Amtrak trains. The Kennedy expressway is also blocks away for those who prefer to drive.   By Sophie Morrison

Looking for 4 Bedroom Apartments Near Downtown Chicago?

4 bedroom apartments can be hard to come by in downtown Chicago. Here are a few of our favorites! Property 1335- University Village/Medical District This brand new luxury apartment building is located blocks from Illinois Medical District, Rush, and UIC, with easy access to the CTA blue line. Open concept 4 bedroom/2 bath apartments feature 10 foot ceilings, plank flooring, and high-end appliances. Each kitchen has quartz countertops, pendant lighting, and plentiful storage. Each apartment also features a large balcony, spacious bedrooms, modern bathroom finishes, as well as in in-unit washer and dryer. 4 bedroom apartments start at $4100 and 1,850 square feet. Contact us for more information! Property 88- Gold Coast *1 Month Free* Gold Coast Property 88 has a reputation for being one of the most luxurious rental buildings in Chicago. Features include 7" plank hardwood floors in all living areas, hallways, and bedrooms, 9' ceilings, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Viking gas range, microwave and dishwasher, 3cm stone countertops, marble and porcelain tile flooring, LED lighting, elegant soaker tubs, frameless glass shower doors, and in-unit washer/dryer. At 3,435 square feet, this 4 bedroom apartment is larger than most homes. [caption id="attachment_12211" align="alignnone" width="300"] 4 Bed/3.5 Bath Floorpan[/caption] Amenities include a club-grade fitness center, hot tub, pool with sundeck and a poolside cafe, sauna, massage treatment room, yoga classes, dry-cleaning and concierge services, a resident spa and salon, heated parking garage, and several lounges with wifi as well as multiple pet amenities. 4 bedroom apartments start at $12,493 and 3,435 square feet. Click here for more information! Property 67- River North This 4 bedroom apartment in River North is a townhome-style, 2 story apartment with modern kitchens, hardwood flooring, in-unit laundry, large closets, and spectacular amenities. 4 bedroom apartments start at $6145 and 2,080 square feet. Click here for more information!     By Sophie Morrison

Downtown Deal Sheet! Looking For Great Downtown Apartment Deals?

The weather is cooling off but apartment deals are heating up! Here are some of our favorite deals on luxury apartments downtown this week. Featured Studio Apartment Property 139- Chicago/Milwaukee Studio/1 Bath, From $1525 Property 139 is a brand new River West high-rise with resort-like amenities and modern interiors. Kitchen finishes include quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, kitchen islands, gas ranges, and unique layouts. Each unit has sleek, stylish hardwood floors, in-unit laundry,  floor-to-ceiling windows, and custom Elfa walk-in closets. Amenities include a "jam" room with instruments and pool table, a 15th-floor skylounge, indoor and outdoor fire places, several work-from-home spaces, a recording studio, and movie theatre. A 1-acre landscaped rooftop terrace features a hot tub, bocce and spike ball, fire pits, a pool with cabanas, hammocks, and grill stations with an outdoor pizza oven. Multiple fitness amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center with TRX, a squat rack, cardio and weight equipment, a boxing simulator, and a peloton spin bike studio. There are also 2 private training rooms where free yoga and HIIT classes are held twice per week. Coffee, tea, and fruit-infused water is available to residents in the lobby. [caption id="attachment_12161" align="alignnone" width="290"] 15th Floor Skylounge[/caption] This pet-friendly building also features dog amenities, including a heated dog run and pet spa. More Info and Pictures Featured 1 Bedroom Apartment Property 14- Clark/Polk 1 Bed/1.5 Bath, $1751 These South Loop luxury apartments feature nine foot ceilings, walk-in closets, balconies, and hardwood floors throughout. The modern kitchens have granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and floor-to-ceiling windows for maximum natural sun light. All units in the building have an in-unit washer and dryer. At 886 square feet, this large 1 bedroom apartment is perfect for anyone looking for maximum space. More Info and Pictures Featured 2 Bedroom Apartment Property 75- Michigan/Chestnut 2 Bed/2 Bath, $2309 *1 Month Free* [caption id="attachment_12170" align="alignnone" width="300"] Kitchen finishes at Property 75[/caption] What is most important to you in an apartment? If a high walk score and abundant closet space made the top of your list, you'll love these Gold Coast apartments. Each unit features espresso plank flooring, stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops. In-unit laundry is available in select units. The market rent on this 2 bedroom layout starts at $2309. After the 1 month free on a 12 month lease, the rent nets to just $2117! [caption id="attachment_12164" align="alignnone" width="300"] Newly updated fitness center[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12167" align="alignnone" width="300"] The rooftop terrace offers free high-speed wifi[/caption] More Info and Pictures   Prices can change daily, so if you're looking for more information on great apartment deals in downtown Chicago, don't hesitate to contact us today!     By Sophie Morrison

Moceri + Roszak Venture Into the Office Building Market With 145 S. Wells

Moceri + Roszak, an architect and developer duo who have had back-to-back successful lease ups in the residential market, are breaking into the office building market with 145 S. Wells. The 20-story tower will feature loft-style offices with extensive amenities including an outdoor terrace with fire pits, a wading pool, a bar, and an indoor lounge sporting table tennis, billiards, golf simulators. [caption id="attachment_12148" align="alignnone" width="300"] Office tenants will have access to many amenities, including an outdoor pool[/caption] See the gallery at the bottom of this page for more renderings of the incredible amenities, courtesy of Thomas Roszak Architecture. The trend of amenity-heavy commercial buildings has increased with the development of 625 W. Adams and 151 N. Franklin, as well as the Union Station and the Old Main Post Office redevelopments. There are also plans to build similar amenities in other Chicago buildings, like the Loop's Franklin at 222 W. Adams. Moceri + Roszak are known for incorporating thoughtful design, modern, glass and concrete accents, and building common spaces with a high space-to-resident ratio. [caption id="attachment_12133" align="alignnone" width="300"] The lobby at Moceri + Roszak's 2017 development, Linea Apartments[/caption] Their 2017 development, Linea Apartments in the Loop, is a boutique-style building with just 265 rental apartments, but features the amount of amenity space typically seen in a building with over 600 units. Although little is known about the interior finishes at 145 S. Wells, one can speculate there might be a resemblance to the finishes at their residential developments. Given the similarity between their two most recent projects, JeffJack in the West Loop and Linea Apartments in the Loop, it is clear that Moceri + Roszak have their own branded style. [caption id="attachment_12134" align="alignnone" width="300"] Interior finishes at Linea Apartments[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12137" align="alignnone" width="300"] Interior finishes at JeffJack (even the throw pillows look the same)[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near 145 S. Wells available now? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!     By Sophie Morrison

The South Loop Welcomes The Paragon Luxury Apartments

The Paragon, a 47-story contemporary mixed-use high-rise, will offer 7,500 square feet of retail space as well as 500 luxury units that will range in size from studio, one, two, and three-bedroom apartments. The luxury rental building will be located in the South Loop at 1326 South Michigan and is expected to open its doors in Spring of 2019. The contractor, Walsh Construction, is no stranger to building this high quality caliber of inventory. Walsh's portfolio includes multiple other South Loop luxury apartment buildings, including 1001 S. State and this year's Alta Roosevelt. Co-developer, CIM group, was also responsible for developing the popular Marquee at Block 37 high-rise in 2016. [caption id="attachment_12107" align="alignnone" width="336"] Kitchen finishes at CIM group's 2016 Loop development, Marquee at Block 37[/caption] What we can expect in terms of the interiors at The Paragon is yet to be announced. However, early renderings suggest that amenities will be state-of-the-art. [caption id="attachment_12101" align="alignnone" width="387"] Pool Deck Rendering[/caption] Amenities at The Paragon will include a co-working space with a library, multiple resident lounges, a spa with a steam room, sauna, and hot tub, and a 47th floor sky lounge entertainment room. Outdoor amenities will include a pool deck with cabanas, multiple grill stations, and a dog park. The Paragon will have a glassy exterior, reflecting the lake and skyline. What do residents love most about South Loop living? The South Loop is home to an abundance of green space, convenient transportation, cultural attractions, and many grocery stores. On weekends stop by the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, or Art Institute to soak up some Chicago culture. The scenic lakefront extends to 319 acres of recreational green space, which, in the summer, is used to host live events including the Taste of Chicago and Lollapalooza. Grant Park is also a favorite South Loop destination, especially for dog owners because of the adjacent dog park. The South Loop is near Soldier Field, home to the beloved Chicago Bears. Additionally, the South Loop is just a few minutes from McCormick Place, one of the largest conference centers in the United States. Multiple grocery stores including Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, GoGrocer, and Mariano's are all located within the South Loop. Lakeshore Drive, I-90/94 (Dan Ryan Expressway), and the LaSalle Street Metra train station are located nearby, as well as the Roosevelt CTA train station, which provides access to the orange line to Midway Airport as well as the red and green line trains. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!     By Sophie Morrison

NEMA Takes Its Place in the Chicago Skyline on Grant Park

2018 has been a big year of growth for Chicago’s South Loop rental market. One new South Loop development, NEMA, will become Chicago’s tallest skyscraper South of the Willis Tower at 76 stories, 893 feet tall. The project is being developed by Crescent Heights, and designed by world-renowned architect, Rafael Viñoly. [caption id="attachment_12073" align="alignnone" width="225"] Exterior Rendering of NEMA in the South Skyline[/caption] NEMA is a building of many names, as it is also known as One Grant Park, and was formerly known as 1200 S Indiana and 113 E Roosevelt. So what is "NEMA"? The NEMA brand is a group of luxury high-rises, developed by Crescent Heights, in major metropolitan areas around the U.S. with existing developments in San Francisco and Boston. [caption id="attachment_12077" align="alignnone" width="240"] Rendering of an Amenity Space at NEMA[/caption] Residents of all NEMA properties receive benefits when traveling to other properties in the network, such as use of amenities and guest suites. Chicago's NEMA will feature 70,000 square feet of amenities and sweeping views of both Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Although not much is known about apartment interiors, we can expect high-end flooring, state-of-the-art appliances, and a neutral toned color palette if they are anything like the interiors of the San Francisco development. [caption id="attachment_12071" align="alignnone" width="300"] Studio Interior at NEMA San Francisco[/caption] NEMA is slated for delivery in 2019 and will offer 800 luxury rental apartments. Looking for more information on apartments for rent near Chicago's South Loop? Click here!   [caption id="attachment_12076" align="alignnone" width="380"] Sample Views From NEMA[/caption]

The Ardus: Flats’ Newest River North Luxury Apartment Community

Flats' newest River North luxury apartment building, The Ardus, is a pet-friendly community offering studio, 1 bedroom, and 3 bedroom apartments. Each unit offers in-unit laundry, a gas range, and stunning flooring throughout. Apartments at The Ardus are contemporary, minimalist, and homey, all at the same time. The white mosaic-tiled backsplashes, pendant lighting, white quartz countertops, and wood and gold accents are some of the details that make these loft-like interiors so eye-catching. Bathrooms feature plenty of under-vanity storage space, deep sinks, chic lighting, and glass-enclosed showers with rain-style shower heads. The Ardus also features a multitude of resident amenities. Residents enjoy lounging on the rooftop terrace, both day and night, spending time in the indoor bar-like common space, and making full use of the comprehensive selection of equipment in the fitness center. Amenity areas also include wifi, perfect if you work from home. Studio apartments at The Ardus start at $1650, a steal for the area. For more information the luxury apartment market in and near River North, as well as apartment availability, click here.   [embed]https://youtu.be/6lcgQnZvIBY[/embed] By Sophie Morrison

Now Renting at 1407 on Michigan: New South Loop Luxury Apartments

Russland Capital partnered with LendLease and BVK Group in their newest mixed-use development, 1407 on Michigan. Russland Capital is a Chicago-based developer with many residential and commercial projects. As their previous residential projects have been condominiums for sale, this is their first property of rental apartments. Russland Capital is truly part of the South Loop community. Although they are already based in the South Loop,  they are moving their headquarters to the amenity level inside the 1407 on Michigan development-- giving "close to home" a literal meaning. Based on the high quality interior finishes and thoughtful layouts, it doesn't take an expert to see that Russland truly brought their condo expertise to the apartment market. 1407 on Michigan offers studio, convertible, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, and 3 bedroom apartments, each with in-unit laundry, gas stoves, hardwood floors, abundant storage space, floor-to-celing windows, and quartz countertops.   Select units also feature balconies and walk-in closets.   Bathrooms offer glass-encased showers, state-of-the-art appliances, great cabinet storage space, large mirrors, and even double-vanity sinks in select units. [caption id="attachment_12025" align="alignnone" width="300"] Double-Vanity Sinks[/caption]   Looking for luxury apartments at a lower price range? Check out the studio and convertible layouts! These apartments start in the $1500s including 1 month free rent!   Studio layouts feature plenty of closet space and are spacious enough to fit a living room area as well as an eat-in kitchen: [caption id="attachment_12001" align="alignnone" width="281"] Studio Kitchen[/caption]   All units, regardless of size, feature a designated entry area-- one of many details that gives these apartments a condo-like feeling: [caption id="attachment_11999" align="alignnone" width="300"] Foyer in a studio layout[/caption]   Convertible layouts offer spacious living rooms, large enough to fit a full-sized dining table as well as full living room. These convertible apartments are really more like 1 bedroom apartments, sans door, of course. Convertible apartment floor plans at 1407 on Michigan also offer a fully separated bedroom area.   1407 on Michigan also features extensive amenities. From a Himalayan salt sauna, relaxing pool terrace, yoga classes, a fire pit, movie theatre, billiards and entertaining floor, to the basketball court and club-quality fitness center, 1407 on Michigan really has it all.   [caption id="attachment_12038" align="alignnone" width="300"] Pool Terrace with Cabanas[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12035" align="alignnone" width="300"] Himalayan Salt Sauna[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12032" align="alignnone" width="300"] Fitness Center[/caption] 1407 S Michigan also allows all dog breeds. If you're looking for pet and dog friendly apartments near downtown Chicago, this could be the building for you!   By Sophie Morrison

Things To Do Near You This Weekend

Looking for things to do near Streeterville this weekend?  The 54th Chicago International Film Festival The 54th Chicago International Film Festival begins October 11th and continues through October 21st at AMC River East in Streeterville. The festival will bring over 150 films from around the world. Multiple directors, producers, and actors are expected to be in attendance. Tickets for screenings start at $8 and range up to $150 for festival related events. Fall Yoga Start your weekend off right in Streeterville! Stop by Navy Pier on Saturday morning, October 13th, at 10am for yoga sponsored by VibeUP. Bring your own yoga mat and head to the Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns. All levels of yoga ability are welcome! If you’re looking for things to do near Lincoln Park, check out Bloody Mary Fest! Bloody Mary Fest Lincoln Park’s Bloody Mary Fest will take place Sunday, October 14th at Theater on the Lake, the 2400 block of Lakeshore Drive. Innovative Bloody Marys from Chicago’s Bloody Mary Competition 6 will be featured. (You may even find Bloody Marys garnished with other Bloody Marys). Tickets are $30 and doors open at 12pm. All ages things to do near downtown Chicago this weekend: Boo At The Zoo Ferrara Candy Company will be hosting its annual Halloween event at Brookfield Zoo from Saturday, October 13th through October 28th. This all ages event will feature hay rides, carnival games, a carousel, and other fall themed activities. Wear your costume and come visit your favorite animals! Willis Tower Farmers Market The Willis Tower Farmers Market will be held the last three Fridays in October, beginning October 12th at 7am. Stop by for fresh produce and flowers in this convenient Loop location, 233 S. Wacker Drive.   By Sophie Morrison

West Loop’s Booming Rental Market Has Grown With Commercial Demand

2016-2018 have been major years for West Loop residential development. The West Loop office market has grown in parallel, as it has been an increasingly popular destination for corporate relocations. According to the City of Chicago website, Site Selection magazine recently named Chicago as the “ ‘top metro area in the nation for corporate relocation and investment,’ for the fifth straight year”. In order to be considered a corporate relocation, companies must meet at least one of the following three criteria: (1) $1 million in capital investment, (2)  creation of at least 20 new jobs, or (3) have a minimum of 20,000 square feet of operating space. Site Selection magazine editor, Adam Bruns, attributed Chicago’s high ranking to “housing stock that people can actually afford”. Many speculate that O’Hare’s planned terminal expansion signals an expectation for Chicago’s number of corporate relocations to continue to increase. Although Chicago, as a whole, received recognition as the top relocation area, the West Loop neighborhood, in particular, has garnered the most attention. In the last few years, notable companies who relocated to the West Loop include McDonald’s headquarters, Google, Ferrara Candy, Walgreens, Motorola, Pinterest, Caterpillar, Kraft Heinz, Sears Holding Corp., Allstate, Knoll Manufacturers, and Aspen Dental Management, which received attention from the mayor’s office in March of 2018 for creating 250 new downtown jobs. [caption id="attachment_11953" align="aligncenter" width="376"] McDonald's Headquarters at 110 N Carpenter StDeveloped by Sterling Bay[/caption]   Even more striking is the high concentration of tech companies in the West Loop: [caption id="attachment_11957" align="alignnone" width="309"] Figures curtesy of CBRE[/caption]   Over 4 million square feet are currently occupied by tech companies in the West Loop. In the Fulton Market sub market, where nearly a quarter of commercial developments are brand new, there is only a 9% vacancy. [caption id="attachment_11954" align="alignnone" width="300"] Figures curtesy of CBRE[/caption]   However, tech companies are not the only ones making a major splash in the West Loop. The new West Loop office building, 625 West Adams, is leasing up quickly and attracting high profile tenants from various sectors. It seems the office building market has taken note of the growing popularity of amenities in luxury rental high rises. 625 West Adams will feature a fitness center with a yoga studio, multiple outdoor common spaces, and a 7th floor tenant lounge with access to a terrace. 75% of work space will have direct sunlight during daytime hours. [caption id="attachment_11959" align="alignnone" width="214"] Rendering of 625 W Adams[/caption] As of October 10th, it is suspected that CDW will be the anchor tenant at 625 West Adams, making it another major company to find the West Loop an attractive neighborhood to set up an additional office. BMO Harris Bank is also in talks to move their downtown offices to the West Loop near Union Station.   With all the new job opportunities in the West Loop, its safe to say that the luxury rental apartments delivered in the past two years will be absorbed quickly. For more information on the newest rental inventory in the West Loop, click here.   By Sophie Morrison

727 West Madison West Loop Luxury Apartments

Ranking as West Loop’s tallest high rise, 727 West Madison, also known as One South Halsted, is nearing completion by end of 2018. 727 West Madison is being developed as a joint venture between co-developers Fifield Company and F&F Realty and designed by FitzGerald Associates Architects. This luxury high rise will feature a glassy exterior, sleek interiors, and a cylindrical shape to maximize city skyline views. The plans call for 42-floors, 492 rental units, and more than 10,000 square feet of ground level retail space. Ranging from studios to three bedrooms, the units are crafted with top-of-the-line finishes. Individual residences will include stylish plank flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows boasting views of the cityscape and Lake Michigan. In the kitchens, you’ll find chef ready finishes including quartz countertops, flat-paneled cabinets, and high-end stainless steel appliances. The kitchens are custom with porcelain tile walls and floors with seamless frameless glass shower doors. An expansive amenity floor will be situated above the parking garage. Residents and guests alike can enjoy the outdoor amenities including a spacious sun terrace with pool, lounge chairs, cabanas and grilling stations with intimate seating for dining. Inside, residents can find state-of-the-art fitness center with separate yoga, pilates and barre studios. A private massage room can be used at your convenience as well.The screening room with surround sound is the perfect place to extend your immaculate living areas. 727 West Madison will also feature pet amenities, including a dog spa. The West Loop neighborhood is a bustling area home to some of Chicago’s greatest restaurants. Located near restaurant row on Randolph, you’ll never run out of amazing cuisine options! Great parks and street fairs often line the streets of West Loop, always making for great things to do on weekends. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

465 N Park: Now Leasing!

465 N. Park is the newest luxury apartment building to hit the Streeterville neighborhood, developed by Jupiter Realty and architecture firm Pappageorge Haymes. The new high-rise is managed by Bozzuto. Stepping into any one of these incredible residential units, you’ll be met with breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Designed as two ovals, the curvature of the tower allows for unparalleled views to be achieved from every angle. Inside the rental units, residents are greeted with impeccable design aesthetics with wall-to-wall hardwood flooring that meets floor-to-ceiling windows that offers surreal views of Chicago. The chef-ready kitchen has beautiful, top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, gorgeous quartz countertops, and a full-height backsplash. The detail oriented design extends to the bathroom with beautiful subway tiling, Grohe fixtures, and stunning Kohler undermount sinks. The expansive amenity spaces throughout 465 N. Park offer unparalleled extensions of your living space for you or your guests to enjoy. When the weather is nice enjoy the luxuries of a massive pool deck with private cabanas and lounge seating. Lounge around multiple fireplaces while taking in the views of the city. Outdoor grilling areas with intimate seating is the perfect place to host your guests. Head to the sky deck to bask in the unbeatable views and additional lounge spaces. Inside, you’ll find a state-of-the-art fitness center with private spin and yoga rooms as well. A spa room adds saunas and a hot tub for all year use. Check out the pool table and demonstration kitchen, perfect for entertaining! For your furry friend, an on-site dog run and dog spa are perfect! The exceptional, one-of-a-kind detail that has gone into every inch of this building is evident from the moment you enter the lobby and are greeted by the spiral grand stairway and attentive door staff.  Don’t miss your chance to call 465 N Park your home today! Looking for luxury apartments near Streeterville? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!  

Update: Union Station Redevelopment

The massive $1 billion redevelopment of the historic Union Station has been reworked  following the release of the initial proposal. The plans had included a seven-story apartment complex atop the landmarked Beaux Arts building which is no longer part of the proposal. [caption id="attachment_11771" align="alignnone" width="300"] Renderings of the proposed redevelopment, curtesy of Chicago Curbed[/caption] The new plan now calls for a single-story addition to the station’s historic 1925 headhouse building - to which the upper levels will house two hotels with 400 guests suites and an office space for Amtrak as well. The penthouse level will aim to blend seamlessly into the building’s existing architecture and will not be seen from street level. [caption id="attachment_11774" align="alignnone" width="300"] The original rendering[/caption] To absorb the expected increase in traffic around the hotel at Union Station, the traffic management plan will work to reduce the drop offs on Adams. A hotel entrance will be added on the Jackson Street, retail space on Clinton and the valet will be relocated to the interior of the building. The second phase of redevelopment will take aim at Amtrak’s parking lot structure just south of the transit center. The area there will be made into a brand new 50-story, 715 foot tall office tower. Designed by Chicago’s Goettsch Partners, the tower will feature a sleek, glassy facade with a 3 setback and angled columns at the base. This phase will also feature a 1.5-acre park and plaza open to the public. Though it has yet to go through the entire approval process, the new reimagined plan is striking better public endorsement. Located in the West Loop neighborhood, this project will help with traffic and add new construction to the booming area. The bustling travel hub will become more accessible and add a modern asset to the charming history already preserved there.  

Spectacular Apartment Deals Near Lakeshore East!

The Lakeshore East neighborhood (also know as the New East Side or East Loop) is both centrally located and a quiet, tree-lined retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Situated comfortably between Millennium Park and the Chicago River, this area has some outstanding apartment deals in luxury buildings, surrounded by lush green space. Lakeshore East buildings are steps from a flagship Mariano's, a 6-acre park with free wi-fi and separate dog run, as well as a variety of other shops, salons, and restaurants. Lakeshore East has direct access to the lakefront as well as the Pedway system. GEMS preschool is also conveniently located in Lakeshore East. Property 16 offers full sized washer and dryers, updated kitchens with granite and maple cabinetry, and  gas cooking ranges. Enjoy stunning views with the building's amazing floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive glass encased balconies offering unparalleled panoramic views. Building amenities include an outdoor pool terrace with lounge seating, a club room with games and pool tables, a steam room, spa, and sauna, as well as an expansive fitness center. Be sure to check out this property! Property 16 offers studio, convertible, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedroom apartments. One of our favorite values is the convertible layout priced starting from $1750! View photos and more information here! Another great option is Property 34. These Lakeshore East luxury rentals feature fabulous separate dining and living areas, a rare find in the city! Spacious floor plans offer generous square footage at an excellent price in the downtown market. Select apartment options available with hardwood flooring and stainless steel appliances. Building amenities include a stunning, year-round sunroom with retractable roof, a fully equipped fitness center, and a club room and internet lounge offering printers and complimentary wi-fi. You’re sure to fall in love! Property 34 offers studio, convertible, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedroom apartments. One of our favorite values is the 1 bedroom layout priced starting from $1750-- one of the most spacious 1 bedroom layouts available downtown! View photos and more information here! Property 28 offers stunning east-facing lake and west-facing skyline views. Apartments offer wrap-around bay windows to maximize natural light. Spacious floor plans with high ceilings create a spacious, open feeling. Select rentals feature newly renovated appliances, flooring, and kitchen finishes. Property 28 features an indoor pool, outdoor grilling areas and sundeck, a fitness studio with complimentary classes, and a fully equipped business center.  Property 28 offers studio, convertible, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, and 3 bedroom apartments. One of our favorite values is the 3 bedroom layout priced starting from $4200 with in-unit laundry! View photos and more information here! Looking for luxury apartments near Lakeshore East? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!  

One Bennett Park: Now Leasing!

Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, One Bennett Park is leaving its mark in the highly desired Streeterville neighborhood offering state-of-the-art condominiums as well as rental units. Although One Bennett Park is a new development, it has already earned a reputation for timeless elegance. This building boasts spectacular custom design down to the last detail. Upon arrival to this jaw dropping tower, a stunning limestone-clad porte cochere welcomes you with a lush 2-acre park designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. The grand entrance of One Bennett Park makes luxury its standard from the inside out. Inside the units, superb finishes are at every corner in every residence. With an average of 1,100 square feet per unit and offering the same level trim as the condo units, rental residential units here are high-end and set the bar for the market in Chicago. Gourmet kitchen’s are carefully crafted using top of the line finishes with high performance brands that include Sub-Zero, Bosch and Kohler. Undermount sinks, integrated appliances and waterfall granite countertops make anyone a chef in their own home. Each residential unit will offer sweeping breathtaking city or lake views. Bathrooms feature natural stone artistically placed for the ultimate feeling of comfort. The feeling of extravagance in design is not left inside the homes, but carried out throughout the entity of the tower. Meticulously designed amenities offer nothing short of the best for all One Bennett Park residents. In addition to the flawless Bennett Park, the building also features a 10,000 square foot recreational deck complete with an outdoor pool, lounge area, private cabanas, grilling stations and fire pits. Also outdoors there is a demonstration kitchen open to reservations, the perfect place to extend your party outside of your home. An expansive 7,000 square foot state-of-the-art fitness center curated by Wright Fit delivers the best of the best right in your own home. A recreation room decorated with pool tables, TV’s and lounge areas are the perfect place to entertain guests. On rainy days, enjoy the luxuries of having an on-site 60 foot indoor pool directly off the terrace. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Streeterville? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!  

Things To Do in Chicago This Summer

‘Summer time Chicago’ is one of the best times of the year to be downtown on the lakeshore. With endless possibilities of exciting adventures, be sure to check out some of the cities favorites! Enjoy a beautiful summer day or evening paddling down the shores of Lake Michigan in a kayak! Kayak Chicago offers multiple locations at North Ave Beach, Montrose Beach and the Chicago River to set off on your great adventure. Enjoy multiple tours including sunset rides, firework shows, day time skyline tours and city light night paddles down the Chicago River. They also offer stand-up paddleboards as well! Grab your friends and hit the water this summer with these exciting tours.   Don’t forget about your furry friends, they want to enjoy the summer weather as well! Bring them by the Montrose Dog Beach for a great day splashing in the water and digging in the sand. As one of the only dog-friendly, off-leash beaches in the city, your dog will love interacting with all the others as well as making new friends! Open till around 9 pm during summer hours, stop by and check this place out, your dog will surely thank you. For a full day of fun in the sun, check out Oak Street Beach located just minutes from Michigan Ave. In the heart of the city, Oak Street Beach has a ton to offer to those looking to catch some rays and take a break from the bustling downtown area. Sunbathing and swimming aren't the only options-- take your workout outside and exercise along the paved path lining the beach. Grab a bite to eat at the Oak Street Beachstro, located at the Southern end of the beach. Enjoy options from their breakfast buffet, full lunch and dinner menu or their full bar. Beachgoers can take in the views while diving into delicious cuisine. For an exciting day on the water, many Chicagoans flock to the playpen for an amazing boating day and plenty of nautical things to do. Don’t worry - if you don’t have your own boat rentals are available through through many companies, including Chicago Boat Rentals. Experience the thrill of boating by renting sailboats or power boats. Head over to Jet Ski Chicago at North Ave beach to rent jet skis for some more fun in the sun if you don’t want the hassle of a boat! Located within walking distance from Navy Pier is the well known Ohio Street Beach. With its sheltered curve of the shoreline, the calm waters are great for all swimmers. Enjoy the conveniences of being centrally located near the city while taking in the beauty of lake Michigan and the sand between your toes. Bike rentals on-site offer additional things to do to make the most of your beach days! Also along the lakefront trail, many go for jogs or walks parallel to the water! Don’t miss all the fun happening on the shores of the lake this summer and be sure to check out some of these amazing beaches and some of the great activities they have to offer to everyone!

Lincoln Yards New Lincoln Park Development

Coming to the Lincoln Park neighborhood is a massive development-- Lincoln Yards. Brought to us by Chicago-based developer Sterling Bay, the sprawling 53 acres of vacant land will offer a new sub-neighborhood within Lincoln Park. This mega-project will feature 5,000 homes, 800 foot skyscrapers and bring 23,000 new jobs to the area just north of the Chicago River. With most buildings reaching a height of 300 feet, there are plans for new “icon buildings” as well to reach even higher. Over 6,000 parking spaces will be included in the redevelopment as well. Chicago architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Boston based CBT will combine to create the masterplan for the expansive riverfront lot. In the center of the multiple buildings being constructed is going to be serene green spaces with pathways and entrances down to the riverfront for added enjoyment.   The Lincoln Yards development will be divided into two separate spaces, known as “North Yard” and “South Yard”. The North Yard will be comprised of the majority of the plans residential and commercial spaces. The South Yard will be home to office space, retail, a Live Nation complex, and a 20,000-seat United Soccer League stadium. The developers are adding new roads while realigning existing roadways to create seamless travel in response to the expected increase in street and foot traffic. A new ‘multimodal’ metra station will also be erected; giving connections between the trains, cyclists, CTA buses, and private shuttles.   With the inclusion of all forms of travel, focusing on new and improved roadways and adding residential and tons of commercial space Lincoln Yards will be an exciting new neighborhood that is next to some of the most highly desired areas in the city. Be sure to keep your eye out as this excited development takes shape!   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lincoln Park? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

353 W. Grand: New River North Apartments From Onni Group

Onni Group is expected to deliver yet another spectacular building in the city of Chicago. This time, it’s a 38-story apartment redevelopment of the former Clark and Barlow Hardware store in River North. Three years ago, they proposed a 32-story apartment at the same location but have come back with a whole new design. Located at the corner of Grand and Orleans, it’s a highly sought-after River North area.   [caption id="attachment_10680" align="alignnone" width="300"] Proposed site[/caption] The new design tops out at 452 feet and is set to include 354 residential units and 11,000 square feet of ground level retail space with the addition of a new park on the sites Eastern perimeter. The design features a tall, sleek building with have glass facade with metal panels and material called Okoskin. The building is meant to mimic modular, contemporary loft style apartments that are around the surrounding area. In the interior, residents can expect condo-grade finishes-- a signature attribute of all Onni Group Chicago developments. [caption id="attachment_10677" align="alignnone" width="493"] Bathroom finishes at The Hudson, Onni Group's last River North development[/caption] Onni’s Brian Brodeur has said that 353 W. Grand is expected for delivery within the next two to three years. Onni Group has a successful River North lease up under their belt with The Hudson. They are currently continuing their redevelopment of Atrium Village and delivered Old Town Park earlier this year.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near River North? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

166 N Aberdeen West Loop Luxury Apartments

With Chicago’s West Loop continuing to expand and see a boom of new construction, 166 N Aberdeen is one of the newly proposed buildings that could join the neighborhood. The current proposal would turn the site of the Fabbri Sausage Plant into a sleek 20-story apartment building. Brought to us by the developer MCZ and designed by SCB, this tower brings more luxury apartments to this highly desired neighborhood. With ground floor retail space and planned 236 rental units, it will become a perfect one-stop-shop for all future residents. Amenities include a stunning pool deck and 13th floor sky lounge. The renderings show stunning floor-to-ceiling windows and private resident balconies and a masonry base in keeping with the existing style of the West Loop neighborhood. 166 N Aberdeen is located in the heart of the Fulton Market District, a rapidly growing neighborhood near the West Loop, offering residents an outstanding place to live, dine, work, and enjoy plentiful entertainment! Interested in luxury apartments for rent near the West Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Alta Grand Central South Loop Luxury Apartments

The booming development of Chicago's South Loop neighborhood is soon to be welcoming yet another apartment building to its area. Known as Alta Grand Central, it was officially announced earlier last month in a single instagram post with the building's rendering. Alta Grand Central will be developed by both Chicago-based D2 and Atlanta-based Wood Partners and will feature a new two tower, 14-story apartment building with a sleek, glassy exterior. The towers are designed by Pappageorge Haymes Partners, who also designed the neighboring South Loop development, Alta Roosevelt, which was delivered last year. If the Grand Central development is anything like Alta Roosevelt, we can be sure it will be a success! [caption id="attachment_10454" align="alignnone" width="373"] Finishes at Alta Roosevelt, Last Year's Sister Development[/caption] The towers are conjoined in the middle, offering great space in between the buildings. With the glassy facade, it’s expected to offer impeccable floor-to-ceiling windows showing off incredible city views. Private balconies are also featured in the buildings exterior rendering as well. The medium-sized building is slated to offer 346 new rental residences. Located at the intersection of Wells and Harrison, it’s a bustling location with a plethora of activities to offer to future residents. Great restaurants offering a wide array of cuisine options line the South Loop streets, perfect for any foodie. There are three major grocery stores and three CTA L lines within blocks of the development.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Dog-Friendly Options In The Gold Coast

Living in the Gold Coast brings many things to mind — stately mansions, trendy boutiques along Oak Street, Michelin-starred restaurants and rowdy, randy Rush Street. But dogs? Don’t be fooled. Wiggly Field to the north and Jackson Bark to the south may be higher-profile doggie destinations, but the Gold Coast manages to bring posh to the pet set quite nicely. Though it may not seem a neighborhood suited to man’s best friend, Gold Coast canines can live the high life as easily as the locale’s human habitues. The following are among the best ways to pamper your pooch in and around the dog-friendly Gold Coast: Nico Osteria: Since opening in 2013 in the luxuriously romantic and pet-friendly hotel Thompson Chicago, Nico Osteria has been a hit with the dining set for its winning approach to seafood and Italian favorites. The menu changes daily, but what doesn’t change in the warm-weather months is a patio that hugs the corner of Rush Street and Bellevue Place — offering 80 great people-watching seats for paying customers, plus ample space for their four-legged friends. How pet-friendly is Nico Osteria? In June, the restaurant partnered with The Asher House, a nonprofit dedicated to rescuing homeless pets, and One Tail at a Time, a no-kill shelter, for an adopt-a-pet event on the patio. Belmont Harbor Dog Beach: Yes, pets are allowed on the Gold Coast’s Oak Street Beach — but only on a leash. The Belmont Harbor Dog Beach is 2 miles up Lake Shore Drive and lets Rover roam. It’s not as big as the Montrose Harbor Dog Beach a bit farther north, but the gently sloping beach is great for smaller dogs just looking to get their feet wet, while bigger dogs can still get enough depth to swim. Mercury’s Canine Cruise: While there are many sightseeing boats that sail the Chicago River and lakefront for architecture cruises and the like, Mercury sets itself apart with a Canine Cruise. This pet-friendly excursion boards at 10:15 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays from July 7 through Oct. 7 from Mercury’s landing at the Michigan Avenue Boat House on the Chicago River just south of the Gold Coast. Leashed dogs and their owners get a narrated tour touching on Chicago history, architecture and notable dog-friendly highlights — plus water bowls are plentiful and there is a newspaper-lined restroom for the dogs.

Five Great Gold Coast Dining Destinations

Chicago has terrific dining options scattered far and wide. But the compact and posh Gold Coast puts some of the city’s greatest gustatory charms at its residents’ doorsteps. Here are five favorites for fine dining on the Gold Coast: La Storia Ristorante: Handcrafted pasta in the southern Sardinian style is featured at this intimate and clubby relative newcomer to the neighborhood. After opening in late 2015, La Storia quickly made its mark and was Michelin-rated within two years. Also a feature is the locale: La Storia occupies a pair of converted single-family homes — one built in 1896, the other in 1918 — on Dearborn Street. Additionally, the space contains a mural by noted political caricaturist Edward Sorel, who has 41 New Yorker covers to his credit. Spiaggia: The southern gatekeeper to the Gold Coast — at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Oak Street — Spiaggia has one Michelin star and two winners of Bravo’s “Top Chef” in executive chef Joe Flamm (Season 15) and chef-partner Tony Mantuano (Season 2). Mantuano has spent 30 years creating modern takes on Italian fine dining classics, which are paired with one of the deepest wine lists in the city, some 700 bottles strong. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse: Opening in 1989, Gibsons occupies the Rush Street space that was once home to Chicago celebrity mecca Mister Kelly’s. While the nightclub featured talents ranging from Bob Newhart to Barbara Streisand, you’re more apt to see local and visiting pro athletes at Gibsons. Steak is the star, and every cut served is USDA Gibsons Prime Angus — the restaurant bills itself as the first in the country to be awarded its own USDA Prime certification. Little wonder it is known as Chicago’s highest-grossing independent restaurant, with nearly $25 million in sales in 2016. Booth One: The current incarnation of the Pump Room occupies the space of what was perhaps Chicago’s most famous celebrity jaunt, in the Ambassador Chicago hotel (formerly the Ambassador East). The Pump Room reserved its Booth One for only the most celebrated celebrities, while Booth One promises everyone gets the A-list treatment. Classic American dishes and cocktails bring a bit of a Don Draper vibe to a place where every meal feels like an event. Le Colonial: A two-story rowhouse leaves the Rush Street craziness at the door for an immersive experience in Vietnamese dining straight out of Southeast Asia’s elegantly formal 1920s French Colonial tradition. Le Colonial’s first-floor, white-linen tablecloth dining room features traditional Vietnamese dishes. On the second floor, there’s a bar, lounge and all-season terrace overlooking Rush Street.

New Construction! Vista Tower Luxury Condos

Standing tall at 101 stories is the breathtaking Vista Tower located in the Lakeshore East neighborhood. The unique, glassy high-rise, inspired by the distinct crystalline form of fluorite, offers an unparalleled design to the Chicago skyline. The intricate geometric shape of the tower brings yet another iconic building to this city, brought to us by architect Jeanne Gang at Studio Gang. The tower, which is a visual masterpiece in itself, will offer condominiums and an exclusive 5-star hotel called the Wanda Vista Hotel. Magellan Development Group delivers yet another jaw dropping residence, forever shaping the city skyline. Just recently reaching it’s halfway point in construction, Vista Tower is climbing fast. Although it’s just meetings it’s halfway point the tower condominiums are already 40% sold according to the developer. The interior of each unit is spectacular and ultra luxe, making luxury the standard in each one. Residents can expect to enjoy spectacular panoramic views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Wide plank hardwood flooring meet modern oversized wood baseboards for a sleek look. A full chef’s kitchen that will make anyone swoon - contemporary Snaidero cabinets are matched with beautiful quartz and stone countertops and backsplash. Built-in appliances are key to the modern, luxurious look. A wall oven, speed oven and five-burner gas stove complete the impressive kitchen. The bathrooms will feature walk-in showers and deep soaking tubs. Vista Tower is offering unrivaled penthouses dubbed Sky360 Residences. With exceptional finishes and incredible views, it is of the utmost quality. Key highlights are 11’ high ceilings, 360 degree panoramic views of the lake and city, and upgraded kitchen appliances and finishes. Kitchens include a steam over, in-counter steamer and warming drawer, coffee machine, and a under-counter wine cooler. Unbeatable and ultra unique, future residents will be in awe every day when they live here. Be sure to keep an eye out as Vista Tower nears completion and forever shapes the skyline!  

Boring Company To Build High-Speed Rail to O’Hare Airport

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has confirmed that Chicago has selected Elon Musk’s Boring Company to build a track from the Loop to O’Hare International Airport to get passengers back and forth in 12 minutes. Located in underground tunnels, the tracks will sport autonomous electric pods traveling between 125-150 mph holding 8-16 passengers each. The current proposed track is set to go from the International terminals of the airport to Block 37 located in the Loop neighborhood. The track will be situated in the underground tunnels that were built for an underground express train project from the Loop to O’Hare that former Mayor Richard M. Daley had spent roughly $200 million on that had never opened. The idea of having the tracks underground makes it possible for the least amount of building and homes relocated for the project. As a privately paid for venture, taxpayers will not be held responsible for this high-speed train. Though the Company has not released exactly how much it will cost to ride this train, they have stated it will cost less than half of a typical taxi ride but more than the current $5 Blue Line special fare. Currently, according to Chicago Infrastructure Trust, there are roughly 20,000 some passengers that travel between the airport and the Loop’s central business district. By 2045, it is estimated that number will be increased to a minimum of 35,000 people a day. An incredible, high-speed train would cut the travel time immensely from the current 45 minute Blue Line “L” commute it takes now.

The Cooper at Southbank South Loop Luxury Apartments

The Cooper at Southbank is one of several luxury developments to recently break ground in the South Loop. Originally, Lendlease and CMK had a joint venture on the site known as Riverline that broke ground in the fall of 2016. Back in April, the two decided to split the $8 billion massive development into two separate ones. Lendlease owns the northern 8-acres known as Southbank, while CMK holds the southern 8-acres keeping the name Riverline. Lendlease announced that pre-leasing for The Cooper at Southbank is set to begin shortly! The Cooper is the first of five high-rise residential unitsin the South Loop neighborhood being built along the riverfront. The Cooper is set to open their doors in September as the first tower of the new project. The Cooper will be set at 29 stories tall and become home to 452 rental units, 26 two-story 2-bedroom and three-story 3 bedroom townhomes. The Southbank site will, upon completion, house five high-rises and a new two-acre park along the river as well. The five towers will bring a total of 2,700 brand new residential units and create a new water taxi stop. The Cooper had previously been dubbed Ancora but changed when the co-developers parted ways. The building will offer a ton of incredible amenities sprawled out over 11,000 square feet for its residents to enjoy including a state-of-the-art gym, demonstration kitchen, sport simulator room, bocce court, outdoor screening area, a music room, and a stunning rooftop pool. Inside The Cooper, the luxurious apartments will feature jaw dropping views through the floor-to-ceiling windows matched with modern finishes. The kitchens are sleek with an elevated design that’s carried into the bathroom as well. Hardwood floors and in-unit washer/dryers make this an unbelievably great find.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent in the South Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!  

Union Station Redevelopment

Pushing over a year a half of negotiations, developer John O’Donnell is ready to move forward with a massive redevelopment of Chicago travel hub, Union Station, which is also home to Amtrak, and the adjacent bus facility. Additionally, O’Donnell Riverside Development and Investment will present plans for a proposed tower atop the station. The plans feature 330 hotel rooms and 404 residential units above the historic building. The property adjacent to the station, currently a parking garage and bus facility, will soon be home to a new office tower as well. As $1 billion plus worth of new construction is going to be put into the new project, residents and workers nearby can expect to see a huge shift in the dynamic of the bustling neighborhood. Located at the edge of West Loop and the Loop, the location is central for businesses and residential developments. Along with new luxury residential units and office space, the plan will include the addition of new, more efficient train lines beneath the building. Union Station is about to get everything, and then some, to make it the ideal travel, work and living space for Chicagoans. With the developer aiming for a comfortable and inviting space, it is proposed that outward-facing retail will add that to the 3.1 million square foot redevelopment. Planned to be completed within six years, this project is incredibly exciting for the Chicago downtown market.

Weekend Fun In Old Town

Old Town is just that — old. Its now-desired addresses just west of the Gold Coast and Lincoln Park were largely swampland until German immigrants began farming there in the 1850s. St. Michael’s Church is one of seven buildings to survive the Chicago Fire. It was home to an artists’ colony in the 1930s, was Chicago’s first gay-friendly neighborhood of note, and was the Midwest’s center of 1960s counterculture. Now, comedy is king. But the home to The Second City, iO Theater and Zanies Comedy Club can tickle more than merely your funny bone. Rich with history, thick with pubs and restaurants, when it comes to Chicago neighborhoods, Old Town is more neighborly than most and the entertainment equal of any. Here are some essential sites when Old Town is your destination. A Red Orchid Theater: A Red Orchid Theatre turned 25 years old in 2017. Co-founded by actor Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water, Revolutionary Road), the 70-seat house offers serious, frequently edgy and sometimes experimental theater in an intimate space. The Fireplace Inn: The Fireplace Inn has been selling barbecued ribs out of its Wells Street home since 1969. Such is the character of the neighborhood that you might find yourself dining beside the softball or volleyball teams sponsored by the establishment, or comedy fans headed up the block to Zanies or The Second City. The Second City: Two primary theaters, a comedy club and four smaller stages, plus a film school and training center, make up the complex that first moved to the corner of North Avenue and Wells Street in 1967. Ground zero for the nation’s improv and sketch comedy scene, The Second City was a pivotal proving ground for the careers of Joan Rivers and John Belushi, Tina Fey and Chris Farley, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell — not to mention Bill Murray. Henry Gerber House: Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2015, this North Crilly Court residence was home to Henry Gerber from 1924-25, when he founded the first gay rights society in the United States — the Society for Human Rights. Topo Gigio Ristorante: Dining aficionados know Kamehachi is Old Town’s sushi spot, and Blue Door offers a charming farm-to-table experience, but Topo Gigio is as good as Italian dining in Chicago gets — and that’s very good indeed. The vast menu — especially the pasta section — is truly impressive. But when weather permits, Topo Gigio’s outdoor dining areas in front and to the side of its building are what take it over the top. Old Town Pour House: Ninety craft beers on tap. Need we say more? Speaking of More Fudge Pot, a tremendous candy shop, has occupied its parcel on Wells Street since 1963. Old Town Aquarium is a fish owner’s paradise, featuring custom aquarium design and the city’s largest collection of exotic fish. And if you just happen to be in town, the 69th Old Town Art Fair drops into the Old Town Triangle Historic District on June 9 and 10. One of the great art fairs in America and one of Chicago’s favorite festivals, the fair gathers some 250 artists and 30,000 fair-goers — who also partake in a garden walk of more than 50 private gardens, a children’s corner, food court and live music.

Restaurant Guide: Where To Eat In Downtown Chicago

Based on the quality and diversity of its restaurants, one might guess Chicago’s city flag is adorned with Michelin stars. Except, the flag is a four-star affair, and Michelin rates only as high as three — which translate as “exceptional cuisine — worth a special detour.” Among the 25 Chicago restaurants to earn at least one Michelin star in 2018, two landed the coveted three-star distinction. But dining in Chicago is more than merely eating your haute meal. There are classic steakhouses, traditional spots cooking for every ethnicity, dazzling spaces serving daring cuisine from culinary stars. To truly taste Chicago would take years, but here’s a list of some of Chicago’s greatest restaurants in its greatest neighborhoods. Alinea: This Lincoln Park space, since opening in 2005, has been named the best restaurant in the world by at least three different organizations in three different years. It closed for a redesign for four months in 2016 and still has an eight-year streak of three-star Michelin ratings. The food? Adventurous. “Cutting edge,” “multi-sensory” and “innovative” are hints given by the website, but this stuff is as much art as food. Girl & the Goat: A star in the West Loop’s Randolph Street dining corridor, because chef/owner Stephanie Izard opened the place in 2010 fresh off becoming the first female winner of TV’s Top Chef. Touting a “family style menu of tasty, bold flavored foods with a global influence,” a recent Girl menu offered dishes such as wood oven roasted pig face, escargot ravioli and green garlic pierogis. Spiaggia: Where Streeterville meets the Gold Coast, fine-dining Spiaggia shares Mag Mile space with the no-less-excellent Café Spiaggia. Executive Chef Joe Flamm won Season 15 of Bravo’s Top Chef in 2018, following in the footsteps of founding chef-partner Tony Mantuano, who not only won a Top Chef, but in 2005 was named Best Chef Midwest by the James Beard Foundation. Spiaggia has offered upscale Italian cuisine for more than 30 years — and dishes such as  gnocchi with truffle, ricotta and parmigiano reggiano, or cinghiale (a wild boar chop in an Italian dessert wine with morel and pistachio) keep customers returning — as does a wine list some 700 bottles long. Rosebud Prime: One among eight restaurants in the Rosebud group that started with a Little Italy pasta house in 1977, Prime is the Loop’s go-to spot for classic steak in a town that knows a classic steak. But, if you don’t feel like the 22-ounce, bone-in ribeye, or the 16-ounce bone-in filet with wild mushrooms, try the Rosebud Brick Chicken, or the Steakhouse Burger tabbed by ChicagoBurgerBible.com as the No. 1 burger in the city. Topolobampo: There are dozens of places in River North worth a look — from the Michelin-rated Naha (American fare with Mediterranean influences) and Sixteen (in the Trump Tower) to the Chicago outlet of L.A.-based sushi purveyor Katana. But venerable Topolobampo, serving upscale Mexican since 1991 under the watchful eye of celebrity chef Rick Bayless, is still at the top of its game, winning the nation’s Outstanding Restaurant title at the 2017 James Beard awards. Frontera Grill, next door to Topolobampo and another Bayless venture, won the award in 2007.

Summertime Things to Near Downtown Chicago

In the summer, Chicago hosts a various amount of exciting activities that are all around the city. With something nearly every weekend, the downtown area is definitely a great place to be! Grant Park Music Festival Between June 13th through August 18th, enjoy a night under the stars listening to beautiful classical music with the stunning skyline in the background. On Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights check out the Loop hotspot at Grant Park while relishing in the music of a world-class orchestra and chorus. Pack a picnic for the lawn for added fun! Catch a Baseball Game With two hometown teams, whether you’re a White Sox or Cubs fan, a day at the ballpark is always a great time! Catch a game at Guaranteed Rate Field to watch a White Sox game or head over to Wrigley Field to check out the Cubs. Enjoy hot dogs and beers in the exciting atmosphere of game day! Get a behind-the-scenes look at the historic and legendary Wrigley Field with daily walking tours of the field and around the Ivy. Rain or shine, there’s always something to do! Chicago Food Truck Fest Calling all foodies in the city! A wide variety of delicious food trucks are coming together for yet another Food Truck Fest this summer. With over 45 trucks coming to the fest, guests can be sure to devour mouth watering food. Located in the city’s South Loop neighborhood, be sure to head over there the weekend of June 23rd and 24th to grab some incredible bites while enjoying the outdoors. With great drinks, games and music this fest is not to be missed! Chicago Craft Beer Fest Windy city beer lovers will hate to miss out on this one! The Chicago Craft Beer Fest happening in Lincoln Park July 21st and 22nd is the perfect afternoon activity in hops heaven! With more than 70 specialty beers, great eats and live music it’s an amazing place to bring your friends for a nice day in summertime Chicago!

Lincoln Park’s New Luxury Apartments: No. 508

In the heart of the bustling Lincoln Park neighborhood is No. 508; a luxurious, sleek and modern mid-rise currently being developed by Broder. With its stunning façade and floor-to-ceiling windows, this spectacular building will soon be arriving this spring. Featuring 12 stories and 53 stylish residential units, future dwellers can expect luxury finishes and views of the beautiful neighborhood.  In addition, the building also features commercial retail space on its ground level. Beautifully positioned between an older yellow brick complex and an elaborate vintage greystone – this building will add the perfect mix of modern. Situated perfectly only two blocks from Lake Michigan, residents can revel in the benefits of urban living with the conveniences of being only blocks from the beach. The Lincoln Park neighborhood offers a wide variety of renowned restaurants, eclectic shops and beautiful, vintage architecture. Within close proximity, No. 508 has everything and more any future resident will want and need. Check out incredible restaurants including Bar Pastoral, a cozy bistro and wine bar or North Pond, an upscale dining experience featuring farm-to-table cuisine. Stop by for some delicious desserts at Vanille Patisserie, an ultra luxe French pastry shop. Take a breathe from the busy concrete jungle and enjoy some of the spectacular green spaces Lincoln Park has to offer. Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool is simply stunning and relaxing. Spend the day at the famous Lincoln Park Zoo – one of the few free zoos left in the country! The Lincoln Park neighborhood has an abundance to offer to anyone, make yourself at home in the impeccable No. 508 coming soon! Looking for luxury apartments for rent in Lincoln Park? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!    

Education Matters: Apartments Near Great Schools in Chicago

In the market for a luxury apartment in Chicago? Weighing your options between one place and the next? While you’re evaluating amenities such as square footage, parking and walkability, make sure you also consider this: How close is the apartment to great schools? If you’ve got school-aged children, of course, they’re going to be directly affected by your home’s school district. Yet even if you don’t have kids in school, you may still want to be near great elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges. Why? Excellent schools aren’t just good for students; they’re good for the local economy — and a strong economy benefits everyone who lives in the area. How can you find the perfect luxury apartment near some of Chicago’s best schools? Why are the Chicago neighborhoods with great schools in demand? What are the benefits of living in them? To help answer these questions and guide you toward the best apartment choice, here’s a look at the facts about apartments near great schools in Chicago. The Benefits of Living Near Great Schools Great schools make for great neighborhoods. Housing options are in demand when there are stellar schools nearby, so property values tend to be higher. Many of the neighborhood residents thus are engaged in their community, making it a great place to live whether you are a parent or not. Schools also bring sports, arts and other opportunities to the area; they also create jobs that attract skilled professionals. In a neighborhood with good schools, you can enjoy: Easier access to playgrounds, sports fields and various cultural events Increased job opportunities, which is good for the economy Skilled professionals among the many types of residents The stability that comes with higher property values Stores, restaurants and service businesses eager to cater to the neighborhood Potentially an increase in clubs, nonprofits and volunteer associations that use the school as a place to meet Examples of Chicago Neighborhoods With Great Schools Chicago’s best neighborhoods offer outstanding opportunities for education. When you’re interested in finding an apartment in an area with top schools in Chicago, here are a few to consider: The Loop: Living in Chicago’s Loop puts you close to everything — including a wide range of educational institutions such as Adler University, Columbia College, DeVry University, The John Marshall Law School, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and more. Lincoln Park: The beautiful neighborhood of Lincoln Park is home to top-scoring school Lincoln Elementary, as well as DePaul University. Old Town: The Old Town neighborhood on the city’s north side is home to Walter Payton College Preparatory High School, a public four-year magnet high school with selective enrollment. Interested in learning more about apartments in Chicago with access to good schools? Visit our Chicago neighborhoods page and get started finding your new home!

Moving To Downtown Chicago? Here’s Your Guide To The Best Neighborhoods

If Chicago has one thing when it comes to luxury apartment rentals, it’s options. While other cities may have one or two areas populated by the posh, Chicago offers many, each with its own vibe, but all unquestionably vibrant. Be it nightlife or dining, architecture or activities, here’s a look at Chicago’s nicest neighborhoods and what makes them special. Gold Coast: Bounded by North Boulevard to the north, Oak Street to the south, Lake Shore Drive to the east and Clark Street to the west, the Gold Coast is home to historic mansions and remains the domain of Chicago’s old money. The area is one of affluence, from the tiny shops along Oak Street (which branches off the bustling Magnificent Mile) to some of the greatest steakhouses in a city full of them. Rush Street’s nightlife district, cheekily referred to by some as the Viagra Triangle, is the place to see and be seen. Lakeshore East: Tucked into a few blocks between Michigan Avenue, Lakeshore Drive, the Chicago River and Randolph Street, Lakeshore East is the new kid in town. Just north of the Bean, just south and east of Navy Pier and adjacent to the theater district, this unbeatably convenient area — also known as the New East Side — features several skyscraper condominium projects completed since 2006, and several more on the way. Forty percent of the area is greenspace. Lincoln Park: If high-rises aren’t your thing, Lincoln Park could well be. Separated from the lake by Chicago’s largest park (home to the Lincoln Park Zoo, Conservatory and Lagoon), Lincoln Park, with its tree-lined streets of brownstones and greystones, offers more charm and intimacy than many others on this list. DePaul University injects some youth, famous blues joint the Kingston Mines some grit, and a plethora of dining options along Halsted Street and Lincoln Avenue add some cultural diversity. The Loop: West of Michigan Avenue, overlooking Grant Park, Maggie Daley Park, Millennium Park and the Art Institute, the Loop is home to, well, almost everything. Great architecture: Chicago Theatre, Willis Tower and the stunning Rookery Building among countless others. Business: The city’s financial district is there. Culture: Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera, Joffrey Ballet and Harold Washington Library. Old Town: In the ’60s and ’70s, it was the city’s bohemian epicenter. Second City, the famous comedy troupe, was born here. The Aragon Ballroom and Uptown Theater host national contemporary music acts. Green Mill Cocktail Lounge is the city’s oldest jazz club. Most of the pubs are on Wells Street. It was among the first city neighborhoods to gentrify, so new and old mix more easily here than in many areas. River North: A grown-up artists’ enclave, River North is home to galleries, interior design businesses, high-end furniture stores, photography studios and production companies — not to mention the House of Blues. Along Ohio and Ontario Streets, you can mix with tourists; at The Baton Show Lounge with female impersonators; at Frontera Grill and Topolobampo with the foodies. Not much in the way of single-family homes here. This is high-rise living. Streeterville: With Navy Pier, Hancock Center, Water Tower Place and the rest of the Mag Mile, Streeterville is home to many of Chicago’s most-visited attractions. It’ll be hard not to have a lake view while renting here. South Loop: The south end of Grant Park, the clubs and restaurants of Printers Row and the museum campus, and McCormick Place’s convention spaces are all easily accessed by the denizens of the South Loop. The loft boom of the ’90s percolated among the old industrial buildings on Michigan Avenue, Wabash Avenue and State Street. Post-bursting of the housing bubble, high-rises have sprung up stretching south toward Soldier Field. “Up and coming” and “funky” are words not unheard here. West Loop: Randolph Street has some of the best dining in the city. Music spots include the Bottom Lounge and City Winery. Greektown is here. So is Union Station, the city’s commuter train hub. Little Italy is close. Newer than most of the neighborhoods on this list, this former warehouse district has a hipster edge.

The 78: Chicago’s New Downtown Community

Major redevelopment is breaking ground in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. Dubbed as a “mega-development”, The 78 will overhaul a massive 62-acre area between the South Loop and Chinatown, into a new mixed-use neighborhood along the vacant riverfront. Developed by Related Midwest teamed up with architectural master planner Skidmore, Owings & Merrill have recently outlined brand new details about the newest neighborhood. Since it will take over two decades and upwards of $5 billion to complete, The 78 is defiantly one of the largest developments in Chicago’s history.   Inside this currently vacant land, several barriers make it difficult to access from the surrounding area. One of the first orders of business will come with the long-discussed Wells-Wentworth Connector, which will create multiple new roadways. The new road will connect the dead end S Wells Street to Chinatowns Wentworth Avenue; providing a much more conveniently accessible area. 15th Street will also become extended to Clark Street to Wells as well.  Opening roadways from North to South from East to West will open the area incredibly. In addition to the incredible advancement in roadway systems, The 78 development will also bring a new CTA red line station to the area. One of the largest challenges facing the new neighborhood is the Metra tracks currently situated on the areas boarder. The development team's plan is to relocate the tracks further West. They also plan to enclose the train rail line, which adds the benefits of improved air quality and reduced noise throughout the new neighborhood.   The 78 will feature extensive outdoor space alongside the river to bring residents and guests alike to the beautiful waterfront area. Open space will carve through and between the buildings to elevate the area. A new river walk will also be built along the waterfront to add water activities and running/walking lanes. Of course, the new mega-development will include stunning high-rise residential buildings. Though the exact number, design and where they will be situated is still being determined.   The 78 will house commercial, residential, and retail space, and is a hopeful candidate  in the bid for Amazon’s HQ2 headquarters. Related Midwest’s president, Curt Bailey, has commented saying, “The request for proposal calls for 8 million square feet. Our site has 13 million square feet so you do the math”. With such high stakes, this neighborhood could possibly be the newest home to Amazon!   Be sure to keep your eyes on this incredible new site! Interested in luxury apartments near South Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Looking for Luxury Apartments for Rent Near Lincoln Park? Check Out Lincoln Commons!

Rising 20-stories tall in the heart of the beloved Lincoln Park neighborhood is new Lincoln Commons' A2 development. The first of two new buildings coming from developer McCaffery Interests & Hines, this glassy tower will feature 540 stunning rental and 40 condo units. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in collaboration with Antunovich Associates, the design concept is sleek and modern while preserving the historic nature of the neighborhood in which it’s beautifully situated. Residents can expect stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies, and thoughtful layouts design. On the ground floor, over 90,000 square feet of retail space will be easily accessible to residents and guests alike. In addition to new retail shopping spaces, Lincoln Commons will provide a spectacular 57,000 square feet of open, landscaped green space available to the public as well. With so much right at your front door, are a million reasons to call this new construction home. The Lincoln Park neighborhood is home to many of the top city attractions with the tree-lined feel of a quaint neighborhood. With the lakeshore only blocks away, it’s easily accessible for everyone to enjoy. Devour delicious food or find time to check out some cute coffee shops along the way as you fall in love with this area! Some of the main attractions include the free Lincoln Park Zoo, North Ave Beach, Steppenwolf Theatre, and some great shopping! Be sure to keep your eyes out for Lincoln Commons' A2 development and the second building to get the best of what this city has to offer! Looking for luxury apartments for rent in Lincoln Park? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Summer is Here! Looking For Things To Do Near Downtown Chicago This Summer?

Downtown Chicago has a reputation for being home to a wealth of events and activities. From music and food festivals to summer rooftops and outdoor activities, there is something for everyone! If there’s one thing Chicagoans enjoy most about summer – it’s enjoying some cocktails at the city’s best rooftop bars. These sky-high bars offer unparalleled views combined with tasty bites and divine cocktails. Some of the favorites include Cindy’s, Raised, and London House! [caption id="attachment_9164" align="alignnone" width="335"] London House Chicago[/caption] Cindy’s is located in downtown Chicago's Loop directly across from Millennium Park, offering unbeatable views and outdoor fire pits if it gets a little chilly. Raised is an indoor/outdoor garden lounge located on top of the Renaissance Hotel. Serving craft beers, exquisite cocktails, small plates and stunning views there’s no doubt why it’s a local favorite. Located in the Loop along the Chicago River is the ever-popular London House. [caption id="attachment_9156" align="alignnone" width="300"] Cindy's Rooftop[/caption]   Another renowned Chicagoan summer activity is the Taste of Chicago hosted in Grant Park. It’s the nations premier outdoor food festival displaying the diversity of Chicago’s cuisine. Dishes range from classic local dishes to specialty cuisines from the array of eclectic neighborhood restaurants! The festival is complemented by outstanding music and exciting activities perfect for the whole family. Foodies, be sure to check out this extravagant, massive food festival! [caption id="attachment_9159" align="alignnone" width="300"] Taste of Chicago[/caption] If you’re a fan of BBQ and country music – stop by the Windy City Smokeout! With 20 of the world’s best pitmasters, there isn’t a dish here that won’t leave you lickin’ your fingers clean! Enjoy exquisite brisket, ribs, chicken, and more! Award-winning country music stars mixed with great up-and-coming artists create a spectacular show all day long! Some of the main headliners this year include Brett Young, Midland and Brett Eldredge. While eating the BBQ, refresh with some craft brews for the perfect downtown Chicago summer day. Every year, the annual Chicago Air & Water Show has remained one of downtown Chicago's most popular festivals. The show is a free event that takes place at North Avenue Beach that showcases daredevil pilots, parachute teams, and jets flying in formations. The water show displays incredible water-skiing and boat-jumping. Viewers can enjoy from the beach or head to Castaways to dine while enjoying this spectacular summer show! The U.S. Army Golden Knights participate each year while the U.S. Navy Blue Angles and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds alternate each year as the headliner. Be sure to check out this amazing show! [caption id="attachment_9158" align="alignnone" width="300"] Chicago Air & Water Show[/caption]

Dog Friendly Summertime Hot Spots Near Downtown Chicago

Chicago is home to some excellent dog friendly apartments and public spaces. As the weather warms up, we’re all itching to get outdoors and finally enjoy the warm weather with our best friends in tow! Check out these great options from across the downtown area! In the heart of the Loop neighborhood, dogs and their owners can enjoy beautiful spring and summer days together at 312 Chicago! Located on North LaSalle, this outstanding restaurant offers ‘Waggin’ Weekends’. On every Saturday and Sunday you and your dog can enjoy delicious eats together! A special dog-friendly menu features dog meals and treats for them to enjoy as well. 312 Chicago also features an expansive outdoor patio. Benchmark on North Wells in Old Town is a dog friendly restaurant with a special dog menu featuring chicken breast for $2, carrots and mini burgers for your pooches to devour! Bring your furry friend anytime and enjoy the wonderful weather with a brew or some grub in hand. Big Star, a citywide favorite taco joint located in the trendy Wicker Park neighborhood, offers pup seating in its ever-popular 80-seat patio. While owners can relish in the nice weather enjoying tacos, margaritas or whatever you like your furry friend can enjoy the available water bowls. Stop by the Wicker Park location whenever you want to enjoy the day or night with your pup! At Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap, get a fix on your chicken wing craving with your dog by your side. Located in the River North neighborhood, dogs and their owners can enjoy the covered outdoor patio with charming picnic tables at this dog friendly spot! Quench your dog’s thirst with the available water bowls. Looking for downtown luxury apartments near these dog friendly restaurants? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!  

Great Apartment Values Near River North

The River North neighborhood is a highly sought after, bustling neighborhood in the heart of the city. Many flock to reside here for its outstanding location, incredible restaurants and endless activities. Downtown apartment renters can find some great values at these River North buildings! Building 125 offers luxury at a competitive price. The brand new building features stunning finishes and building amenities including driftwood, wide-plank flooring throughout, stainless steel appliances, and quartz countertops. Fantastic city views and private balconies are also available in most units. The building also features incredible amenities such as a full floor terrace overlooking the city and the building's private park as well as a fitness-center fully equipped with spin bikes and a boxing simulator. Enjoy relaxing next to the outdoor lap pool and hot tub in one of the cabanas or around the fire pits. Residents and guests alike will enjoy the spacious game room and year-round grilling stations! Starting Prices: Convertible: $1940, 1 Bed: $2440, 2 Bed: $2645, 3 Bed: $4750   Another great option is Building 145 located near Chicago Avenue and LaSalle Street. The apartment building is a beautiful, historic building that was newly renovated just last year. The apartment units are retro and eclectic, featuring Smeg refrigerators available in a variety of colors. Trendy white subway tiles line the backsplash of the kitchens. New appliances and washer/dryer in-unit make this a great city find! Unique from the rest of the new builds, this offers charming character with a mix of sleek modern and retro aesthetic. The building amenities feature a gorgeous rooftop – perfect for Chicago summer nights.  A beautiful fitness center equipped with a boxing ring makes for the options of some killer workouts from your own home! On-site bar and coffee shop are perfect to take you from morning to night. Starting Prices: Studio: $1700, 1 Bed: $1850   Last, but certainly not least, is Building 21 located near the Chicago River. With one of the best locations in River North, at the intersection of Illinois and Franklin Streets, building 21 is a sure stand out. Ranging from studios to 2 bed townhomes, this rental building offers a variety of floor plans. Features include spacious walk-in closets, breakfast bars, linen closets and beautiful ceramic tile baths. [caption id="attachment_8840" align="alignnone" width="300"] Studio Kitchen[/caption] The building also houses an amenity level with a private green space with  gas grills, a fitness center, and a heated indoor lap pool. Starting Prices: Studio: $1440, Convertible: $1640, 1 Bed: $1790, 2 Bed: $2650   Click here for more information on River North rentals.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent in River North? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!      

Looking for Luxury Penthouses Near Downtown Chicago?

Soaring high above the busy streets of downtown Chicago are the lavish penthouses waiting to be called home. With exceptional finishes, these units are a massive step above the rest. Downtown penthouses bring everything you’d ever want in urban living. Click here to see a map of luxury penthouses for rent. In River North, Property 129 brings high-end condo-level finishes and luxury as it’s standard in the breathtaking penthouse units. Modern wide-plank wood flooring meets floor-to-ceiling windows featuring unobstructed city views. The spectacular chef’s kitchen boasts premium Bosch appliances integrated into the stunning granite slab waterfall countertops. Full-height backsplashes elevate the aesthetic of the apartment. In the master bedroom, you can find large custom walk-in closets and a beautiful, spa-like ensuite bathroom with sleek Kohler finishes. Enjoy the fine luxury of outdoor space in the heart of the city on the extensive private terrace. The building also features impeccable amenities such as expansive sundeck with an outdoor pool, private green spaces, fire pits and incredible fitness center.   Another remarkable residence is located in Streeterville at Property 131. With dramatic 10-foot ceilings paired with floor-to-ceiling windows, you get a view that is simply jaw dropping. Upgraded, state-of-the-art kitchens are perfect for any chef (or chef wanna-be)! With beautiful granite countertops and perfectly integrated appliances, this kitchen is anyone’s dream. Contemporary hardwood floors are featured throughout the living space into the bedrooms. The master bedroom is truly amazing with built-in closets with solid shelving and integrated shoe-racks. The building has outstanding amenities such as a resort-style indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas, a golf simulator, basketball and racketball courts, a peloton studio, sundeck terraces with fireside lounges, cabanas, a cutting-edge fitness center, and a theater room!   At nearly 3,000 square feet, the massive penthouse of Property 116 stands tall above the rest in the South Loop. When entering the unit, beautiful, contemporary grey-tone plank flooring greets you to the marvelous home. Where the flooring meets the windows, you’ll find jaw-dropping views of the entire city skyline and lakeshore from the wrap around floor-to-ceiling windows.  In the kitchen, you’ll find state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances and a personal wine fridge as well. Custom, duel-colored cabinetry lines the space offering tons of storage options. Flawlessly integrated appliances and stunning quartz countertops are the cherry on top of this kitchen.  In the bedrooms, residents will enjoy the fine luxuries of custom built-in closets. In the master bedroom, the ensuite bathroom is unlike any other. With a beautiful stand-alone tub over looking the city, relaxation is at it’s finest. Bring the spa to your home every night when you live here! Enjoy the great outdoors on the massive private terrace. With both lake and city views, you get the best of both worlds right from the comfort of your own home. In the building, you’ll be able to do it all right at your fingertips. Enjoy a vigorous workout in the outstanding fitness center and then relax at the resort-style outdoor pool and lounge. Enjoy lounging in cabanas by the poolside and entertain your guests in the game room! An on-site dog run is available for your furry friends!   Click here to see a map of luxury penthouses for rent.   Looking for luxury penthouses near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Why Penthouses Are The Pinnacle Of Luxury Living

Penthouses are the pinnacle of luxury apartments. The premium address is a perk in itself, but what are some of the specific amenities they offer? Read on to learn more about penthouse apartment living, and discover how to find a luxury Chicago penthouse to turn your dreams into reality. What Is It Like to Live in a Penthouse Rental? Penthouse rental apartments promise a sky-high living standard. Let’s start with the incredible views they offer. Rather than looking at the city — and typically getting a view of a neighbor's balcony — you'll look down on sweeping vistas that can only be truly enjoyed from the highest apartment units. Living in a penthouse, you’ll enjoy a whole new perspective on the Chicago you know and love. In a penthouse, you also get to enjoy a private luxury apartment — remember, no one will be living upstairs from you — and you may even have your own elevator. Penthouses are further removed from street noise than any other unit, which means you are unlikely to hear emergency sirens, traffic or other sounds in the neighborhood while you’re going about your day or night. No wonder many penthouse dwellers feel like they have their own home, one with all the amenities of luxury apartment rentals. Another great aspect of penthouses is that they tend to have more efficient layouts than the other apartments below, as well as amenities those other apartments won't have — such as massive private outdoor patios. Penthouses typically offer high-tech tools that improve comfort and lower costs, whether it's smart thermostats or state-of-the-art entertainment systems.  In fact, select penthouses in downtown Chicago come with flat screen TVs and wired sound. These perks make penthouses appealing to anyone who wants these amenities without having to leave Chicago’s downtown area. What Sets Penthouses Apart From Luxury Apartments? With the uptick in luxury apartments, you might be wondering whether penthouses are really all that different from other luxury apartments. While your typical loft will have floor-to-ceiling windows that let in plenty of natural light and provide sweeping views, this does not compare to the expansive views of a light-filled penthouse unit. A penthouse apartment is, essentially, the crown jewel of its building — the unit with the best views, wonderful privacy, and high-end finishes. In a penthouse, you’re at the highest livable point of the building, in a unit likely filled with little touches that set it apart. When you want the highest and most stylish apartment option, there’s no denying that the penthouse is the way to go. How to Find a Penthouse Apartment  Specific penthouse amenities vary by luxury apartment building. So when you’re hunting for a new home, consider what's most important to you in an apartment — whether it's a fitness center, pets allowed or heated underground parking — and search for luxury apartments in Chicago that offer these amenities. The right penthouse should feel like home — not just in terms of the interior look and feel, but also in terms of the location and building amenities.

The Ultimate Chicago Apartment Checklist

When you’re looking for an apartment in downtown Chicago, you have all kinds of options. There are many great neighborhoods, apartments with open layouts, and even those special units with views of beautiful Lake Michigan or the Chicago River. Are there certain features or qualities that make a Chicago apartment stand out in today’s market? What are the must-haves that belong on an ultimate Chicago apartment checklist, and why? To answer these questions and inspire you when apartment-hunting, here’s a roundup of some of the most important amenities to look for in your new home in Chicago. Think of it as a bucket list for finding the perfect luxury living situation. A walkable neighborhood. In a city with so many wonderful, exciting, walkable neighborhoods, there are plenty of opportunities to live in the center of everything. Picture yourself stepping outside your building to grab coffee across the street or walking to shops and restaurants right in your neighborhood. If you want to experience the best Chicago has to offer, you’ve got to look for an apartment that makes the most of the city. Hassle-free parking. If you’ve ever tried to park in downtown Chicago or any of its most popular neighborhoods, you know that it’s either impossible or expensive. If you have a car, you will definitely want to search for an apartment that has its own parking garage. Your vehicle will be safer, you’ll never have to worry about trying to find a spot when you’re rushing to or from home, and you won’t have to walk through mountains of snow in the winter just to get to your car. The right location for your lifestyle. Your time is valuable, so why not live in an area that offers the types of restaurants, night spots and shopping experiences that you enjoy? Chicago’s multiple hot spots are exponentially more accessible when you live in the neighborhood. Instead of driving to and from locales, spend the extra time enjoying your favorite activities. A maintenance staff that’s available around the clock. Before you sign a lease, find out what the building maintenance standards are. Will someone come right away when you’ve got a plumbing emergency at night? Who do you contact when there’s an electrical problem in your unit? The best apartment is one with a maintenance staff that’s at the ready 24/7. Beautiful outdoor amenities, such as a rooftop garden. Chicago summers are like nowhere else — but they go by all too quickly. Make sure you can enjoy them with an apartment that has a welcoming outdoor space. Whether it’s a private rooftop patio with an amazing view, or a rooftop garden blooming with amazing colors, outdoor amenities are major selling points for apartments. When you’re looking for a new place to live in Chicago, keep top amenities at the front of your mind. Are you ready to shop? Browse our luxury apartment map and luxury penthouse map to explore what’s available!

Top New Luxury Amenities in Downtown Chicago High-Rises

The amenities in downtown Chicago apartments have been growing more exquisite with each year's delivery of new construction. Most buildings we work with feature co-working space, a pool and hot tub, and fitness center. These buildings really take luxury amenities to the next level! If you’re looking for incredible luxury amenities in downtown Chicago check out the ones below! One of the newest luxury amenities to come to many downtown high-rises is a golf simulator! In Chicago, we all know how unpredictable weather can be – never lose a day of practice through the rain and snow. Challenge your swing next to the top PGA Champions at River North Property 107 or Property 113. Choose from several options of legendary courses and always stay on top of your game! Property 113 also features an arcade! Another incredible luxury amenity that’s now available is a recording studio in the River West Property 139! Enjoy the music room and play your music the way you want to! This rental building also features a resident performance room with a stage, bar, and furniture made from recycled instruments.   Gold Coast Property 128 offers a massive rooftop, including a hot tub and heated pool, several semi-private cabanas, a bar, fire pits and grill stations, an expansive dog run, and even a private massage spa room! In the South Loop, the new, stunning Property 135 offers residents and guests alike to move entertainment into the on-site bowling alley, bocce ball court, and movie theatre! In the private lanes, you can enjoy endless fun on those inclement Chicago days. Have fun with some friendly competition as you get to know your neighbors! In Streeterville, Property 131 offers an expansive, two-story fitness center, with dedicated trainer rooms and group fitness classes, indoor and outdoor steam rooms and sauna, cold plunge showers, peloton bikes, several weight racks, racket ball, basket ball, and bocce ball courts, as well as a putting green! Calling all aspiring sommeliers – check out the wine cellar at River North Property 45  or  the Fireside Wine Lounge at South Loop Property 108! Store your wine is the private, climate-controlled wine lockers and enjoy it in the connected tasting room. Extend your entertainment from your home to the wine cellar to feel as if you’ve just stepped into Napa Valley! In the West Loop neighborhood, enjoy the Roof "Crop" at Property 137! Using advanced green-roof systems, the Roof Crop grows clean, responsibly grown produce for the building to share! The 3,000 square foot fruit and vegetable garden will offer residents, local restaurants, and grocers the locally grown produce. Skip the grocery store for some garden fresh meals! Although there are many places to enjoy fresh air at Property 137, one of our personal favorites is the expansive outdoor terrace, complete with beautifully landscaped greenery and fire pits!   Looking for downtown apartments with resort style luxury amenities in the downtown area? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Summer on Randolph Street: 5 Things to Do Near West Loop

The near West Loop neighborhood is a hustling and bustling area that has tons to offer to the downtown experience! In addition to year round nightlife, this neighborhood hosts some amazing summertime fests and fairs Randolph Street, perfect for everyone to visit! Check out some fabulous options below. The Randolph Street Market Festival kicks off summer with the indoor + outdoor garden party! During the weekends starting May 26th & 27th, enjoy the day shopping with the Chicago Antique Market, Indie Designer Market, Modern Vintage Chicago and the Holiday Market. The festival has been dubbed “a mecca of cool”, “the Barney’s of vintage” and celebrity designer Nate Berkus says, “I love this market… the quality is incredible!” Check out incredible finds throughout the Chicago summer! One of Chicago’s most iconic street fairs is the Taste of Randolph Street! Located in the heart of restaurant row on Randolph Street in the West Loop, come on down between June 15th-17th for activities for everyone to enjoy! For the 22nd Anniversary, the biggest names in Chicago cuisine will create delectable menus and incredible flavors. There will be two stages and a DJ stage for live music to complement the culinary experience. Some of the big name participating restaurants include Bar Siena, Mad Social, Belly Q, City Winery and many many more. The annual summer music festival, Pitchfork Music Festival, is coming back to the near West Loop neighborhood this July. The primary focus is on artists and bands from alternative rock, rap/hip-hop, electronic, and has also included hardcore punk, avant-garde rock and jazz in it’s lineups making it the perfect festival for all music lovers. The fest also includes incredible food, drinks and art making it the perfect summer activity.  Located off of Randolph Street in Union Park, the Pitchfork Music fest should definitely be on your radar. [caption id="attachment_8598" align="alignnone" width="306"] Pitchfork 2018 Lineup[/caption] The West Loop Art Fest is returning to Chicago for its third annual event! During the weekend of September 16th and 17th, the hugely successful fair will bring even more art and entertainment this year. Featuring four blocks of vibrant art, live music bands, interactive art demonstrations including hot glass blowers, muralists, and fire dancers. Enjoy delicious food from the best food trucks the city has to offer! Now located on the desirable Fulton Street, over 120 of the countries top artists this perfect fall fest has something for everyone to enjoy! All summer long, enjoy the incredible all-ages Movies in the Park located in Heritage Green & Mary Bartelme Park to be entertained by great movies while relishing in the amazing summer weather! Interactive activities are available prior to the movie start time for a fun filled evening. Movies start at dusk with varying end times. Looking for luxury apartments for rent in the West Loop's Randolph Street? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Alta Roosevelt South Loop Luxury Apartment Rentals

The near South Loop neighborhood has a brand new, luxury apartment building available for immediate move in! Alta Roosevelt, a tall, glassy tower, offers residents premier luxury with state-of-the-art amenities for residents and guest alike to revel in. Thrive in the high-end, contemporary apartment homes featuring unparalleled comfort. The units boast expansive, floor-to-ceiling windows allowing incredible city views, custom lighting, and private balconies. State-of-the-art kitchens are elegant with pristine quartz countertops and stainless steel Whirlpool appliances. The massive soaking tubs are the perfect place to relax  at the end of a long day. Alta Roosevelt also features extensive luxury amenities. Work out in the full fitness center or yoga studio. Enjoy the rooftop resort-style pool, perfectly completed with cabanas and lounge chairs. There is an incredible entertainment space as well, a perfect extension of apartment living space. Residents also have access to a private bar area. Alta Roosevelt also includes a full theater experience and an on-site coffee shop; perfect for when you’re on the go! The near South Loop neighborhood has tons to offer and is the perfect place to call home. Home to museum campus (Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, and Museum of Science and Industy), delicious dining experiences and wonderful parks there’s no doubt why this neighborhood stands out among many! Enjoy the amazing Millennium and Grant Parks as well as the Grand Park Bark Park for your furry friend! The near South Loop neighborhood also offers beautiful lakefront area’s to enjoy during the warm, summer months.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the South Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Luxury Apartments Near McDonald’s West Loop Headquarters

The new McDonald’s West Loop Headquarters is landing at 110 N. Carpenter Street in Chicago this year. The super-sized development by Sterling Bay now plans to occupy nearly 500,000 square feet with its move from Oak Brook. The West Loop is home to some of Chicago's finest galleries, nightlife and entertainment, luxury apartments, and outdoor amenity space. McDonald's couldn't have picked a better location! [caption id="attachment_8586" align="alignnone" width="318"] A Rendering of the Sterling Bay Development[/caption] Property #120 Commute to McDonald’s West Loop Headquarters : 9-minute walk or a 5-minute drive Starting Price: Studios from $1750 Building #120 offers pristine, contemporary luxury in the Fulton Market district! At the intersection of great food, arts & culture this building is a sure standout. Apartment units feature beautiful custom kitchens featuring cabinets with soft close drawers, stainless steel whirlpool appliances and stunning quartz countertops. Impressively designed, enjoy hardwood flooring throughout your new home. Relax and enjoy the outstanding amenities as well such as the swimming pool, fitness center and rooftop entertainment lounge. Check out https://www.downtownapartmentcompany.com/luxury-rentals/120/ for more information about building #120! Property #95 Commute to McDonald’s West Loop Headquarters : 7-minute walk or a 3-minute drive Starting Price: Junior 1 Beds from $2095 Enjoy the conveniences of being close to restaurants and nightlife on Randolph Street. Apartment units feature in-unit laundry, updated kitchens with gas ranges and hardwood throughout the entry, living space, and kitchen. Chic building amenities including an outdoor rooftop pool, hot tubs and lounge areas offer luxury at your fingertips! State-of-the-art fitness center makes fitness needs easily accessible. As a pet friendly building, a large fenced-in private dog park and grooming area is perfect for your furry friend. For more information regarding Building #95, visit https://www.downtownapartmentcompany.com/luxury-rentals/095-2/ Property #66 Commute to McDonald’s West Loop Headquarters : 8-minute walk or a 4-minute drive Starting Price: Studios from $1750 This building features 10-foot ceilings, oversized windows and wood plank flooring throughout the unit. Modern kitchens featuring stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops boast luxury in addition to in-unit laundry. Building #66 offers a variety of on-site amenities as well including an expansive 24-hour fitness center, a screening room, expansive resident lounge with TV’s and press box dry cleaning drop-off & pick-up. If you’re interested in Building #66, check out https://www.downtownapartmentcompany.com/luxury-rentals/066/ Property #137 Commute to McDonald’s West Loop Headquarters : 13-minute walk or a 6-minute drive Starting Price: Studios from $1895 Building #137 is a brand new build offering immense luxury in your own home! The apartment units feature modern kitchens with perfectly integrated appliances. Beautiful wood flooring throughout living and sleeping areas with rustic exposed concrete ceilings make this a cozy home. Building #137 offers a plethora of outstanding amenities as well. Featuring a rooftop pool, outdoor seating areas with fire pits too. State-of-the-art fitness center and private studio are perfect for all your workout needs. For more information on Building #137, visit https://www.downtownapartmentcompany.com/luxury-rentals/137/ The West Loop neighborhood is bursting with top restaurants and bars within the city limits! Don’t skip the fine dining and nightlife down Restaurant Row on Randolph St. Stop in and check out the eclectic galleries and green spaces everyone would love in their neighborhood!   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near McDonald’s West Loop Headquarters? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Optima Signature: Streeterville’s New Luxury Tower One Year Later

Nearing the one year anniversary of it’s grand opening, Optima Signature continues to be a sure standout in the near Streeterville neighborhood. The 57-story tower reflects luxury from the inside out with its exquisite glassy exterior to the high-end, ultra-modern perfectly tailored interiors. Waiting inside your new home is the comfort and opulence any urban dweller desires. Sweeping city views are on display with floor-to-ceiling windows in every unit. Balterio wide-plank hardwood flooring throughout adds warmth and the ultimate design canvas to reflect your personal style. In the kitchen, the ultimate chef’s kitchen is available for anyone to enjoy. Pristine quartz countertops and Snaidero cabinetry matched with built-in stainless steel appliances reflect luxury at its finest. There are even select units that feature wine refrigerators as well!   Though luxury comes standard at Optima Signature, the Apex (penthouse) units feature an added dose. Contemporary kitchens feature condo-grade finishes from the countertops to cabinetry, with wine refrigerators and integrated appliances. 10 -foot ceilings add dimension and space to an already spectacular home. All closets come completely built-in with shelving and an integrated shoe rack in the master bedrooms. Optima Signature offers amenities galore, with resort-style luxuries, such as multiple indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas, a sundeck terrace with several fire pit lounges, cabanas, indoor and outdoor sauna and stream rooms, a playground, media entertainment center, a library, and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Outdoor private dining areas with grills and coolers are also a great option for entertainment. Enjoy the luxury of working out from home in the cutting-edge fitness center with WELLBEATS virtual workout studio or the tranquil yoga studio to add some zen to busy days. Take a post-workout cold plunge in the locker room or relax in one of several fitness center level lounge spaces. For more athletic space, be sure to check out the indoor golf simulator for when the weather is not up to par or the putting green. The indoor basketball, racket ball, and bocce ball courts add tons of activity space for you to enjoy. A spacious party room and large demonstration kitchen offers multiple spaces to entertain. Entertainment is accessible in the on-site theatre room as well. Check out Club 52 – the penthouse level rooftop terrace offering wine lockers and lounges. Last, but certainly not least, Optima Signature offers direct, indoor access to the adjacent Whole Foods grocery store!   Looking for luxury apartments near Streeterville? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Millennium on LaSalle Luxury Loop Apartments

The Loop neighborhood is expecting a new luxury apartment building coming soon! Historically known as Barrister Hall and completed in 1902, 29 S. LaSalle is being revamped as a posh, boutique style apartment building called Millennium on LaSalle. In partnership with Fitzgerald Architects, DLC Residential recently purchased the beautiful 13-story office building and plans to renovate it into the Loop’s newest apartment addition! DLC Residential, which typically does ground-up construction, appreciated the spectacular existing buildings structure, historical nature and phenomenal location. The goal is to create a new building using the existing shell and impeccable architecture. The apartment will feature 211 apartment dwellings and 5,000 square feet of retail space. The exterior will feature a steel structure with a limestone and terra cotta exterior. The original building's exterior will be preserved while the interior is renovated. Marble columns and ceilings will remain as modern finishes, furniture and lighting are incorporated. The combination will give a spectacular feeling of boutique, high-end residential living in the heart of the city. In a beautiful blend of modern and classic styles, Millennium on LaSalle will feature incredible amenities for residents and guests alike. On warm, sunny days the rooftop pool and landscaped lounge with fireplaces can be enjoyed while taking in the views of the city skyline. The 14th floor amenity floor will also include a bocce ball court, a fitness room and dog run! In the basement, additional amenities will include a large screening room, multiple media rooms, a computer lounge and a unique musical practice space with a recording booth! For your furry friends, an all-season indoor dog wash station can be used year round. Millennium on LaSalle's first floor lobby will also include a coffee/media lounge – great for when you’re running out the door!   Looking for luxury apartments for rent in the Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Now Leasing! Old Town Park Update

May 14, 2018 Update on post from April 16, 2018: Atrium Village: Phase 2   New construction alert! With the first of three towers nearly ready for move-in, the second phase of Atrium Village is already underway! With receiving the all clear to start construction, phase 2 is breaking ground! The second tower will rise 39-stories above the bustling Wells and Division Old Town intersection. The captivating tower will house 428 residential units on top of a six-story podium, which will contain an indoor parking garage as well as ground level retail space. The major Atrium Village re-vamp is well underway. Developed by Onni Group, the second tower is going to feature impeccable, state-of-the-art finishes and stunning floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed by Chicago’s Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, this building will be sure stand out. The Atrium Village overhaul will end up bringing a total of three brand new, luxurious towers to the Old Town neighborhood. The area will include top of the line amenities and a perfectly sculptured green space connecting all three towers for residents and guests alike to enjoy.     April 16, 2018 The wait is finally over! Old Town Park is now pre-leasing for their condo grade units in the highly sought after near North Side neighborhood. Located at the bustling Division and Wells intersection, the new Onni Group development has caught our attention! As part of the massive Atrium Village redevelopment, Old Town Park is the first of four towers to rise from the ground. By the time it’s all completed, the area will also incorporate a great deal of retail space and a beautifully landscaped park for both residents and guests a like to enjoy. Inside the modern, glassy tower residents can enjoy state-of-the-art, sleek apartment units. With a very thoughtful design, large floor-to-ceiling windows provide magnificent jaw-dropping views of the city skyline and lake. 7.5 inch wide-plank flooring flows throughout units. Kitchens feature European cabinetry, completely integrated Blomberg and Fulgor Milano appliances that offer unparalleled style and performance. Beautiful granite slab waterfall countertops boast luxury at it’s finest. Full-height backsplashes only add to the meticulously planned design.   The attention to luxury detail doesn’t end there – spa like bathrooms bring relaxation home to you every single day. Fully glass-encased showers accent the aesthetic of the building. Pristine caesarstone vanity countertops paired with 12” high backsplashes combined offer a fluid sense of high-end luxury from the moment you walk into your front door, down to the last detail. Units also feature large balconies with skyline views. Old Town Park will be a one-stop shop for residents, who can enjoy the full amenity building with everything from swimming, outdoor activities, indoor community rooms, and exercise needs. Enjoy the Chicago summers with the on-site heated pool, hot tub, lounge chairs and daybeds. A fully landscaped outdoor common area provides a calming contrast to the urban surrounding. Fire pits and outdoor kitchens with grills are perfect to entertain guests. A rooftop sports court offers a perfect social setting for friends, family and even neighbors. Relax under the starts enjoying movies on the outdoor projector screen as well. Inside, a sports lounge and private dining room completely equipped with a chef’s demonstration kitchen is ideal for bringing any party out of your home. Work out in the brand new fitness center with cardio, strength and free weight equipment. Complimentary classes are also brought to the fitness center as well! Rejuvenate after with a dry sauna, steam room or in the private treatment rooms! Looking for luxury apartments for rent in Old Town? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

1407 South Michigan: South Loop Luxury Apartments

1407 South Michigan is one of the newest luxury high-rises breaking ground in the South Loop. This mixed-use building will feature 199 dwelling units, with rentals ranging in size from studios to 3 bedrooms, and over 40,000 square feet of commercial space. Residents can enjoy living comfortably in their sleek, modern homes with floor to ceiling windows and beautiful hardwood floors. Stylish kitchens are perfectly showcased in the open concept layouts.  Units will also feature walk-in closets, in-unit laundry, and balconies. Not only are the units pristine, but also the building offers amenities galore! Residents can relax or have some fun in the sun while enjoying the outdoor pool, cabanas, and gas grills. Enjoy the starry nights while roasting marshmallows over the fire pits for a cozy night in, or get pumped up to workout in the unique outdoor exercise area.  When the weather is less than perfect, take your workouts to the state-of-the-art indoor gym to never miss a beat! Take a scheduled workout class in the on-site yoga studio or shoot some hoops in the basketball court, making this building one stop shop for all your fitness needs. The building also offers a large game room featuring a pool, ping-pong, foosball, and card tables as well as a sport bar. 1407 South Michigan will be a highly pet friendly building. Your furry friends can enjoy an outdoor dog run and you can enjoy the convenience of an on-site dog walking service.  Additional amenities include a movie theatre, clubroom, sauna, business center and onsite press box dry cleaning!   1407 South Michigan will be located just a couple blocks from museum campus, with convenient access to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. Catch a Chicago Bears game at Soldier Field! Millennium and Grant Park are just around the corner, perfect for enjoying one of the many year-round festivals or events within the community! Check out some of the delicious restaurants close by including Tapas Valencia, Eleven City Diner, Burger Bar or the critically acclaimed Acadia. Looking for luxury apartments for rent in the South Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Wolf Point East: New Luxury Rentals in River North

Wolf Point East, a new luxury rental highrise designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, broke ground in 2017. It will reach 60 stories housing 698 residential units, multiple amenity floors and a landscaped riverwalk. Nearly 3,500 square feet of retail space will also line the ground floor of this stunning, mixed-use tower. Wolf Point East will stand tall next to its 48-story sister building, Wolf Point West, along the River Walk in River North. Prospective residents can expect floor-to-ceiling windows boasting incredible views and an equally as luxurious interior as Wolf Point West. [caption id="attachment_8537" align="alignnone" width="369"] Interior Finishes at Wolf Point West, Completed in 2016[/caption] Outside, residents and guests alike can enjoy a beautifully sculpted riverwalk with lights, activities and stunning gardens. With this beautiful green space, it can be a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of downtown living. A third and final phase of the massive Wolf Point development is currently being dubbed ‘Wolf Point South’ that is expected to be the tallest of the three, rising at least 950 feet high. Though it might change, the Wolf Point South building could likely house office space, residences, and maybe even a hotel concept! [caption id="attachment_8534" align="alignnone" width="349"] Rendering of all 3 Wolf Point towers upon completion[/caption] The near River North neighborhood is home to some of the city’s best dining, nightlife and shopping. Residents will love the close proximity to unique restaurants like the GT Fish & Oyster, Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf, and Sunda. Stop by the one of the many bars including Hubbard Inn, Point & Feather, and Headquarters Beercade! With easy access to so many things to do near downtown, there’s no wonder why this neighborhood is so highly sought-after. Wolf Point East is slated for completion in late 2019. Be sure to keep your eyes out on this impeccable tower! Looking for luxury apartments for rent in River North? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Looking For Things To Do In Old Town?

Settled in the 19th century, Old Town is one of Chicago’s most prominent, historic neighborhoods. Home to beautiful, Victorian era buildings; Old Town is a sure stand out district in the downtown area.  St. Michaels Church, located in Old Town, was one of seven churches that survived the Great Chicago Fire. Things to do in Old Town Old Town hosts a variety of outstanding things to do in the north side of the city. Every June, the Old Town Art Fair over 250 artists put their stunning work on display in all mediums. The Art Fair is widely popular and loved by many. Live music performances, great food vendors, a garden walk are also highlights of this perfect summer event. Old Town School of Folk Music is also a beloved spot to catch live music by local artists. Check out one of the most popular comedy clubs in the world, Second City, where many famous comedians got their start including Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert. With several shows to choose from sit back, relax and enjoy a night filled with laughter. Old Town is also home to the lakefront and North Avenue Beach. Aside from numerous activities, Old Town houses outstanding dining and nightlife as well. Dining in Old Town This bustling, trendy neighborhood is home to some of the best eats in the city. Check out Old Town Social for some of the best beer and cocktail lists in the neighborhood includes delicious food as well. If you’re craving a fancier break from the pub-style dives, stop into SteakBar, a beautiful multi-level restaurant with large windows that look onto bustling Wells Street. SteakBar offers a fantastic menu with a trendy, social atmosphere. Stop by Happy Camper for fantastic pizza and an eclectic ambiance. If you’re in the mood for sushi, Kamehachi is one of the city’s oldest sushi bars with rave reviews. Nightlife in Old Town The Old Town neighborhood hosts a number of great nightlife options. Between Division and Wells Street, there is a bar you’re sure to love. Some of the most highly rated includes Old Town Ale House, a historic dive bar with fun wall art and Benchmark, a lively sports bar with great bar snacks and a roof-deck. Be sure to check out the cool, underground bar and cocktail den Suite Lounge.  For handcrafted cocktails and beautiful rooftop city and lake views, stop by The J. Parker. Looking for luxury apartments for rent in Old Town? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Enjoy Downtown Living the Luxury Lifestyle Near South Loop!

Near South Loop Neighborhood Positioned directly South of the heart of downtown Chicago is the near South Loop neighborhood. Widely known for its Museum Campus and Soldier Field, the South Loop has many cultural experiences to offer! With delicious dining, wonderful parks and gorgeous lakefront beaches, this neighborhood is a sure stand out.   Things To Do Near South Loop The South Loop features amazing museums perfectly positioned between Lake Michigan and downtown. The Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, and Adler Planetarium are all located in the near South Loop. [caption id="attachment_8518" align="alignnone" width="436"] Adler Planetarium[/caption] With walkways connecting all of them, this pedestrian-friendly area is perfect for any outing. Adjacent to the campus is home of the NFL Chicago Bears, Solider Field. The McCormick Place, located near Soldier Field, is the largest convention center in North America. Home of the Chicago Auto Show every February and a host of trade shows and meetings, the McCormick place is an essential part of Chicago's convention and conference scene. Parks Near South Loop Take a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown life and take a walk through the many green areas the near South Loop has to offer. Grant Park has both walking paths and a dog park, perfect for you and your furry friend. Well within walking distance of the Loop and South Loop, this is a great park to hang out and relax in. Dearborn Park is smaller, yet highly reviewed park near the South Loop is a great alternative to busier areas. Another great area for dogs is Roosevelt Park, located on a dead end; the area attracts many dog lovers. [caption id="attachment_8514" align="alignnone" width="411"] Grant Park[/caption] Dining Near South Loop The near South Loop neighborhood is home to some of the best and most diverse dining in downtown Chicago. From sushi at Kai Sushi, Mediterranean at Sociale Chicago, or Italian at Sofi Restaurant you’ll be able to find any cuisine you’re craving. Some great bars to check out include Kasey’s Tavern for a sports-bar pub, First Draft and the intimate lounge Brando’s Speakeasy. There is something here for everyone to love! [caption id="attachment_8517" align="alignnone" width="375"] Outdoor Seating at Sociale[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the South Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

It’s Great To Be in the Loop

The Loop The near Loop neighborhood is the heart of the city; lined with mesmerizing skyscrapers and beautiful 19th century buildings. It is bustling with businesses, restaurants, shopping, parks and museums that any local and tourist alike will enjoy. Artwork and sculptures from Picasso, Míro and Chagall are placed along the streets and in plazas. The plazas are brought to life in the summer with concerts and farmers markets.  This neighborhood is also Chicago’s central business district, making it an ideal place to rent for anyone looking for a nearly non-existent commute. [caption id="attachment_8476" align="alignnone" width="372"] Courtesy of Chicago Loop Alliance[/caption] Things To Do Near the Loop The Loop features some of the city’s best tours and sightseeing offered in Chicago. Head to the top of the Willis Tower onto the Skydeck to get incredible panoramic views of the entire city. Take an incredible picture in the glass boxes positioned over the busy streets below. Be sure to check out The Art Institute of Chicago’s multiple galleries centered on ancient Greece, Japan, Africa and North and South Americas.  Situated between the busy downtown and the shores of Lake Michigan are Millennium and Grant Parks. Check out the famous sculpture, Cloud Gate, known more informally as the “Bean”, as well as Buckingham Fountain, and the rock climbing wall in the Maggie Daley Park. Be sure to check out some of Chicago's biggest theaters. Enjoy Broadway shows like Hamilton or Wicked at the Oriental or Cadillac Palace Theaters or live concerts from the Chicago Theater. In the summer, Millennium Park houses live concerts such as Lollapalooza, and smaller venue names as well. They play movies in the park for locals and tourists alike to enjoy. This neighborhood comes alive in the wintertime with the tree lighting parade, ice skating, and Christkindl Market, Daley Plaza’s German-inspired Holiday Market. For more information on things to do near the Loop, visit the website of Chicago Loop Alliance, the authority on all things happening in the Loop! Places To Eat Near the Loop Be sure to check out The Dearborn, an upscale, stylish atmosphere serving delicious American food with market-driven eats, oysters, and creative cocktails.  Dive into the best-known Chicago deep-dish pizzas at Giordano’s or Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria to see what the hype is really all about. For a classic, Italian fare, check into Trattoria No. 10 for comfort food in a cozy below ground setting. For stunning city and lake views, get to the top floor of Cindy’s; a stylish rooftop lounge at the Chicago Athletic Association overlooking the beautiful Millennium Park. Enjoy a cocktail while taking in some of the best views of the city. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Chicago’s Gold Coast: A Perfect Blend of Classic and Contemporary

History of Chicago's Gold Coast   Nestled along Lake Michigan and to the north of the Magnificent Mile is Chicago's iconic Gold Coast neighborhood. In the late 1800’s, the near Gold Coast was known as Astor Street District; named after John Jacob Astor, an American aristocrat. Though Astor did not live in Chicago, his name was used to give the neighborhood a reputation for affluence.  The historic neighborhood is lined with vintage mansions built in the 1870s.  Today, Chicago's Gold Coast is still known for its elegance and upscale dining, shopping, and real estate. Popular Gold Coast attractions include the John Hancock Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, which hosts live jazz music on their terrace every Tuesday in the Summer and has free admission for Illinois residents every Tuesday, year round.   Shopping Near Chicago's Gold Coast   Known for its impeccable shopping, Oak Street is lined high end designer stores such as Prada, Hermés, Barney’s New York, and Christian Louboutin with many more as well. Chicagoans and tourists alike can enjoy walking through the tree lined streets while shopping at popular stores such as Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Lululemon.   Dining near Chicago's Gold Coast Dining in the near Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood is an experience like no other. Visit Rush Street, a narrow drive with a village feel bustling with top restaurants. Some notable spots include Tavern on Rush, Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse, and Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House, which is known for its exceptional oysters. For a trendy alternative to the more traditional Chicago steakhouses, Maple & Ash is perfect for a night out and offers innovative cocktails and rich, decadent dinners. One of the most highly reviewed is Somerset, noted as one of the best restaurants in the entire city. Featuring an American menu, its versatile enough to please just about everyone. Division Street is known for its lively night life scene. Dance the night away at The Hangge Uppe or stop by Bigg's Mansion for a cigar.   Neighborhood Living near Chicago's Gold Coast Chicago's Gold Coast blends the charm of historic mansions, greystones, and landmarks, with contemporary Chicago luxury high-rises and world renowned cultural experiences. Hop on the Lakefront Trail near the Gold Coast, which stretches for miles alongside the lake giving dramatic, breathtaking views of both the city and shoreline. Go for a walk, run or even bike ride while viewing all Chicago has to offer. Popular beaches including Oak Street Beach and North Avenue Beaches are only steps away from the busy downtown area. The Gold Coast offers a homey feel contrasted to the busier, newer parts of the city to its South. Residents and guests alike can enjoy the abundance of outdoor amenities and green space. Walk to one of its beautiful parks, Goudy Square Park or Mariano Park, a historic park named after a local reporter.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Chicago's Gold Coast? Contact us today! We'd be happy t keep you in the Loop!

Looking for Things to Do Near Downtown Chicago? Here’s Your Streeterville Neighborhood Guide!

Behind the Namesake: Then & Now Following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the shores of Lake Michigan surrounding the city were commonly used as grounds for cleanup. During this time “Captain” George Wellington Streeter’s ship had become lodged upon a sandbar in present day’s Streeterville. Streeter welcomed building contractors to the area and claimed this newly created neighborhood as his own. Today, thriving with tourists and residents alike, Streeterville is a sure stand out in Chicago culture. With sweeping lakefront property and famous Navy Pier, the Streeterville neighborhood is eccentric and exciting. Streeterville is a perfect combination of modern and classic in the architecture, food, and attractions; there is truly something for everyone.   Streeterville Attractions Home of Navy Pier, Streeterville hosts a magnitude of attractions in Chicago. Navy Pier houses some fabulous dining options including DMK Burger and Fish Bar, Riva, Big City Chicken, Goddess and the Baker and much more. Feel free to take cocktails to go while you continue to explore the pier as well! Most iconic is the gigantic Ferris wheel positioned in the center of the pier. Indoor gardens, carnival rides and yachts line the rest of the pier. Fireworks at Navy Pier can be seen from most of downtown Chicago every Wednesday and Saturday night! Streeterville is also home to an abundance of higher level academia and one of the top 15 hospitals in the United States. Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Medical School, Loyola Law School, and University of Chicago Booth School of Business are all located in Streeterville. The Magnificent Mile is known by all as home to some of the greatest shopping and restaurants the city has to offer. Travel by water taxi or catch the amazing, and educational Architectural Boat Tour down the Chicago River- a perfect way to enjoy a Chicago summer day! The Architectural Boat Tour is a must for all visitors and locals of the city! Restaurants Nestled into the back of a building of the ‘Mag Mile’ is Purple Pig. Best known for their next level charcuterie, cheeses and creative small plates and ‘magnificent’ wine list! Yolk Streeterville is a delicious and popular spot for breakfast or brunch. Enjoy the sites of Streeterville with sidewalk seating at Coco Pazzo Café; a longtime neighborhood favorite Italian spot. Some other top notable mentions include Cafecito, Beatrix, and Disotto Enoteca. [caption id="attachment_8224" align="alignnone" width="308"] Grilled Octopus at Purple Pig[/caption] Neighborhood Living It’s no wonder people are looking to call Streeterville home – it is home to the riverwalk that lines the city, lake front property and incredible downtown city views, but is much quieter, more residential, and more tree-lined than the central part of downtown. Streeterville residents enjoy the wide selection of boutique fitness studios, like Orange Theory Fitness, Shred415, and Core Power Yoga. Try bowling and bocce ball at Pinstripes or catch a movie at AMC Theater! Lake Shore Park and Milton Lee Olive Park offer tranquil green space in the center of the concrete jungle. Bring your furry friends here to let their energy out! Lake Shore Park offers nearly 6 acres of green space with sports facilities as well. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Streeterville? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop.

Welcome to the Near West Loop

West Loop: Now and Then As one of Chicago’s trendiest neighborhoods, major development has recently been kicked into high gear. In the 1900s, Chicago’s Near West Side was comprised mostly of warehouses, factories and businesses. Eventually, the warehouses were converted into lofts and restaurants, making the West Loop vibrant neighborhood it is today. Dining Near West Loop In the heart of the West Loop is Chicago gem, Restaurant Row on Randolph Street. The stretch of Randolph Street between Halsted and Ogden Avenue is home to some of the top dining experiences in the city, and even in the world. Exquisitely designed exteriors and countless patios line the street give this old-time industrial/urban neighborhood an outstanding atmosphere. Vivo, a sleek, sophisticated Italian restaurant boasts an authentic menu with countless traditional entrées and definitely makes this spot a “go-to”. One of the most highly renowned restaurants in Chicago is right in the near West Loop neighborhood. The famous Girl & the Goat is a sure stand to tourists and locals alike. The outstanding ambiance, unique craft cocktails, and exceptional food are just the beginning. With a burger that’s been dubbed as one of the best in America, Au Cheval is also a West Loop favorite! [caption id="attachment_8098" align="alignnone" width="300"] Au Cheval Burger[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_8103" align="alignnone" width="300"] Federales West Loop[/caption] Nightlife Near West Loop The West Loop is home to some of the hottest spots in Chicago’s night life scene.  If you’re in the market for a unique cocktail experience, check out The Aviary, an innovative cocktail bar serving drinks that are more like artwork! Looking for a sleek, rustic distillery? Check out CH Distillery! Be sure to try their handcrafted vodka and other spirits! Enjoy delicious bar bites as well. Federales taco & tequila bar has a lively indoor-outdoor space with fire pits and serves up tequila shots right out of an ice shot glass. Their handcrafted cocktails that are as good as the tacos and guacamole! [caption id="attachment_8096" align="alignnone" width="350"] Cocktail at The Aviary[/caption] West Loop Neighborhood Living Although the West Loop was formerly known as a heavily industrial area, today it’s one of the most sought-after residential areas. With endless restaurants, nightlife, parks and just about every grocery store and shopping you could want its no wonder people are looking to call the near West Loop home! McDonald’s new headquarters is heading to Randolph Street as well. The massive redevelopment bring a new stylish building to the area in the lot that was formerly Harpo Studios, home of The Oprah Winfrey Show. [caption id="attachment_8097" align="alignnone" width="323"] Rendering of McDonalds Headquarters[/caption]

845 West Madison: Near West Loop Luxury Apartments

Keep your eyes out for the West Loop’s next cutting edge development! 845 West Madison has been granted official approval to move forward with the incredible, full city block redevelopment. From developer, John Buck Company, with architect, GREC, the project will feature two 17-story towers and just over a dozen individual townhomes. A whopping 586 brand new luxury residential rental apartments included in the project. Not only will this project add luxurious housing to the quaint, up-and-coming, near West Loop neighborhood, but will also feature brand new retail space and an off-street 293 spot parking garage for residents. Little information is publicly regarding the interior finishes or amenities for the 845 West Madison development, but from recent drawings we can expect stunning floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies. Be sure to check back in on all the exciting new announcements surrounding this sleek, luxurious, West Loop location! The West Loop is a lively neighborhood featuring some of the city’s best cuisines, culture and shopping. With the highly regarded restaurant row on Randolph Street, Fulton market district, art galleries galore, an abundance of parks and green space, neighborhood pet amenities, live music, and the beloved Soho House, 845 West Madison residents will have access to a wide variety of entertainment, just steps from their apartment homes! [caption id="attachment_8038" align="aligncenter" width="342"] Bar Siena[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments near the West Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Welcome to River North!

River North: History and Today Starting as a heavy industrial area and warehouse district, River North was far from what we know it as of today. In the early 1970’s when the warehouses closed down, different artists and authors moved into the loft and studio space that was the start of the well-known artistic neighborhood. Today, people know this popular area as a gallery and restaurant district. The near River North area is home to one of the U.S.’s highest concentrations of art galleries.  The area also features antique stores, boutiques, and a large dining selection. Some of the most noted galleries include the Jean Albano Gallery, showcasing contemporary art, and the Weinberg/Newton Gallery. They work to create a consciousness in our culture and inspire change with exhibitions, discussions, film screenings and much more. As one of the highest reviewed galleries, it is a must see for locals and tourists alike.   Dining Near River North Packed with over 100 restaurants within its boundaries, both locals and tourists can find all different types of cuisines here. From Brazilian, to Italian, vegetarian, contemporary, and an abundance of juice bars and coffee shops, there’s something here for everybody.  Some stand out restaurants include Beatrix, contemporary and health conscious American fare with a trendy ambiance, and Big & Little’s, a funky, fast food joint serving some of the best dishes in the city. Big & Little’s was also featured in Guy Fieri’s ‘Diners Drive-ins & Dives’! If you’re in the market for an unforgettable steak or seafood dinner, check out Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab. In River North, you’re never more than steps away from unbelievably fresh seafood and steaks. Benny’s Chop House on Wabash is known for its incredible oysters and decadent seafood tower. Be sure to check out Bavette’s Bar and Beouf for excellent steak tartare or hop next door to Gilt Bar and enjoy unbelievable truffle pasta in the library room, where the ambiance has a 1920’s flare.   Nightlife Near River North One of the most prominent nightlife neighborhoods in the downtown area, near River North is home to some of the best spots on the social scene. From high end bars, to charming dives, to nightclubs there is something here for every type of night out. One of the highest ranked bars is Celeste; an upscale bar serving delicious cocktails in the heart of River North on Hubbard Street.  Some of the most notable nightclubs include Studio Paris (many celebs have been seen here!), Underground and Joy District. Some other notable mentions include Untitled Whiskey Lounge, a speakeasy style bar with live music, Three Dots and a Dash (tiki bar inspired) and the Flamingo Rum Club – fun, upscale bars to visit for a great time! Merchandise Mart When Merchandise Mart first opened back in the 1930’s it was the worlds largest building with an astounding 4,000,000 square feet of floor space! Up until 2008, the Mart also held its own zip code until being added as part of the River North neighborhood.  It houses architectural and interior design vendors, design center showrooms, events, food and classes, as well as 1871, a tech-centric start-up incubator. The CTA Brown and Purple “L” lines run through Merchandise Mart, allowing direct access North to Wilmette, Evanston’s Northwestern University Campus, and through Lincoln Park and Lakeview, as well as around Chicago’s Loop. Neighborhood Living River North residents enjoy being walking distance to the Loop, Lake Michigan, dining, and the theatre district, while still having a tree-lined, residential neighborhood feeling at home with lots of nearby green space, like Montgomery Ward Park. The River Walk is also a stunning outdoor amenity. It is a perfect place for anyone looking for a walkable neighborhood. There are plenty of salons and boutique fitness spots. Housing varies between luxury highrises, brown and grey stones, and both historic and modern mansions. River North is also a very dog friendly neighborhood. Popular dog spots include Ohio Street Dog Park at 630 N. Kingsbury, Ohio Place Dog Park at 350 W. Ohio, and PUPS doggy daycare at 316 W. Illinois. Erie Café, a popular local Italian steakhouse, even allows dogs in its outdoor seating area!   Looking for luxury condos for sale near River North? Visit our sales site! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Now Leasing! The Van Buren West Loop Luxury Apartments

Update: The Van Buren Luxury West Loop Apartments October 16th, 2018 The Van Buren West Loop apartments are now leasing studio, convertible, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedroom apartments, with move-ins available now. The interiors at The Van Buren include convenient features, like Nest thermostats and keyless fob entry, in-unit laundry, hardwood floors, as well as state-of-the-art appliances and finishes. Kitchens feature soft-close cabinets, tiled backsplashes, GE stainless steel appliances, 9-foot ceilings, quartz countertops, and lots of natural light. Amenities include a rooftop lounge with a pool and grill stations, a modern fitness center with a private instructor space, a 4,000 square foot patio terrace, and plentiful co-working space. Convenience-based resident services include a day and night concierge service, package receiving, on-site automated dry-cleaning, and an indoor dog run, among other pet amenities. For more information about move-in specials available at The Van Buren contact us here.     February 9th, 2018 Rising 12-stories in the West Loop neighborhood is 808 West Van Buren, simply known as “The Van Buren”. Brought to us by Loukas Development and designed by Chicago’s bKL Architecture team, the metal and glass tower is sure to catch your attention. The glassy exterior is sleek, modern, and will be a stunning addition to the up and coming neighborhood. The Van Buren will house 148 residential units and feature ground space retail off of Halsted. An indoor parking garage equipped with 65 parking spots will be available to residents as well. The West Loop development broke ground in 2016. Residents can expect stunning floor-to-ceiling windows stretching throughout their unit, filling it with natural light and breathtaking views of the city skyline. Sleek interiors are being designed to give residents their perfect homes!   One of The Van Buren’s most prominent features is the building's rooftop area, which offers both green space and a pool deck. The east-facing outdoor pool offers clear, sprawling views of the beautiful downtown skyline. Just a few blocks south of Greektown, The Van Buren is located in the heart of the West Loop in one of the most up and coming neighborhoods in Chicago. Residents should be sure to check out the renowned "Restaurant Row" on Randolph Street and Fulton Market! With great nightlife and day activities, the West Loop is the perfect place to call home! Looking for luxury apartments near the West Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!   Explore West Loop Rentals

Spoke: River West Welcomes New Luxury Apartments

River West’s Spoke Luxury Apartments is one of Chicago’s largest new transit-oriented-developments. Formerly home to the Gonnella Bakery factory, local developer Bond Cos. acquired the land to build the two-tower community, in partnership with FitzGerald Associates. Spoke boasts unparalleled luxury and convenience, and was designed with innovators, bike enthusiasts, and musicians in mind. Spoke features top of the line amenities as well as space and resources for residents to work from home, making it the best of both worlds. A large lounge area features a kitchen, dining area, patio, and additional lounge seating. Both indoor and outdoor fireplaces create the perfect atmosphere to relax under the breathtaking city skyline and stars. An outdoor terrace and pool create a resort-like ambiance. Spoke’s prime location allows renters to enjoy the Chicago skyline view and all River West has to offer, such as spectacular restaurants, live entertainment, galleries, nightlife and shopping. With Spoke’s state-of-the-art fitness center, you can ditch the gym membership! Extensive offerings include a virtual cycling studio with on-demand classes, both cardio and weight equipment, and on-demand group fitness classes. Residents and their guests can also enjoy an interactive gaming room, as well as pool tables, shuffleboard, a bocce ball court and last, but surely not least, a live music stage. Additionally, residents have access to music rehearsal rooms with a soundproof recording studio. Spoke also offers spectacular pet amenities as well that both you and your dog will love! Check out the pet grooming station and the dog run to meet all other dogs in the community. Spoke offers apartments that range in size from studios to 3 bedrooms. Kitchen finishes include quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, kitchen islands, gas ranges, and unique layouts. Each unit has sleek, stylish hardwood floors, in-unit laundry,  floor-to-ceiling windows, and custom Elfa walk-in closets. Renters love River West for its residential feel, charming character, and convenient proximity to downtown. Looking for luxury apartments near River West? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

One South Halsted: West Loop Luxury Rentals

Chicago’s near West Loop neighborhood getting its largest tower yet – One South Halsted! Also known as 727 West Madison, 1 South Halsted is nestled off the Kennedy Expressway in the heart of Greektown. The building is a modern addition to a neighborhood with predominantly classic architecture.  The 44-story cylindrical tower is being brought to us from co-developers Fifield Company and F&F Realty with designs from FitzGerald Associates Architects. One South Halsted will house a total of 492 rental units, nearly 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail, and tons of indoor parking. With its glassy façade, future residents can expect breathtaking floor-to-ceiling windows framing the iconic Chicago skyline. A view that can’t be beat, day or night! Though plans are fairly new, One South Halsted will be a high amenity development. A business center, pool, state-of-the-art fitness club, and banquet hall will give residents everything they need and more in their own home. Unique to this iconic building is the 400-room hotel adjacent to the tower – providing renters the benefits of hotel services such as housekeeping and room service, to your residential front door! The near West Loop is a thriving, highly frequented neighborhood hugging downtowns west side. With delicious restaurants lining Chicago’s renowned restaurant row on Randolph Street, be sure to check out Nellcôte, Mad Social and Bar Siena for some of the best eats in the city! The West Loop takes the urban dweller outside of the hustle and bustle of the Loop with its eclectic architectural character, shorter buildings and neighborhood charm. You could live in the most iconic tower of this neighborhood! As a sure standout, this tower meets everything you could want. Be sure to keep a close eye on this breathtaking beauty! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the West Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

SoMi South Loop Luxury Rentals

Rising 47 stories above the near South Loop is the exciting new development, SoMi. With its glassy, artistic exterior, SoMi is a sure stand out in the recent boom of construction near South Loop. Delivering 500 residential units, 7,500 square feet of retail space, and 200-car garage makes this a one-stop-shop for the perfect downtown apartment home! Brought to us by Murphy Development Group and Los Angeles-based CIM Group is this stunning high-rise. The tower was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) architects and broke ground in 2017.   With it’s glassy exterior, residents can expect stunning floor-to-ceiling windows inside the units. Residents and guests alike can enjoy several state-of-the-art amenities as well. A rooftop pool is perfect for catching rays while taking in the breathtaking city skyline; a Chicago must for all residents! Residents can also enjoy multiple lounge and co-working spaces. Not only is the South Loop incredibly pet friendly but so is SoMi! Bring your dog down to the in-building dog park or enjoy one of the many dog parks within walking distance. Grant Bark Park and Millennium Park are now steps from your front door! Though only in its beginning stages, SoMi near the South Loop will surely be a building to keep your eyes on! With its modern design, it cannot be missed. The South Loop neighborhood is home to some of the best dining, shopping, parks and activities in Chicago. Be sure to check out the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum, 12th Street Beach, or grab a bite at Flaco's Tacos!   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the South Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Riverline South Loop

Riverline, one of the most highly anticipated developments in the South Loop, will consist of 8 riverfront properties, 3,600 residences, retail space and 3.5 acres of open, public green space. Development partners, CMK companies and Lendlease, broke ground on the 14 acre site in fall of 2016. [caption id="attachment_7668" align="alignnone" width="419"] Renderings courtesy of Perkins & Will[/caption] The first tower, known as Ancora, has begun construction. As the stunning centerpiece to the sprawling redeveloped site, Ancora will house 452 dwellings, a spacious amenity deck and a 230-car parking garage.  The next building, Current, will go up shortly after. Riverline is the South Loop’s “new neighborhood” and strives to be a comprehensive community for residents to live, work, dine, and shop. Ancora has a walk score of 95 and a bike score of 100, making it a rider’s paradise. This new neighborhood is as exciting as it is beautiful. Some of the outstanding amenities include an abundance of shared spaces such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, reading room, game room and a sports stimulator. Perfect for beautiful Chicago days, Riverline introduces numerous outdoor activities right in your backyard. Riverline features a rooftop amenity deck, a half-mile of continuous river walks and plenty of green space. All units are pet friendly, perfect for any dog owners looking to enjoy the South Loop’s many dog parks. Inside, residents can enjoy seamless floor to ceiling windows, modern finishes, hardwood throughout, open floorplans, and sleek stainless steel appliances. With sweeping views of the sparkling city skyline, the full essence of downtown living is brought to life in these apartments. The South Loop neighborhood, home to Riverline, features outstanding shopping, food, parks and activities. Home to Chicago’s museum campus, residents and guests alike have easy access to all weather activities. If you’re a Chicago Bears fan, make sure to check out the local Soldier Field! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the South Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

465 N Park: Jupiter Realty’s Streeterville Luxury Apartments

Rising 535 feet above Streeterville is the breathtaking glass and metal tower known as 465 North Park! These luxury Streeterville rentals are being developed by Jupiter Realty Company and Met Life. Located in the heart of Streeterville, residents can easily enjoy nightlife, restaurants, high end boutiques, and local attractions like Navy Pier. Streeterville is host to tons of accessible green space, with Olive, Lakeshore, Grant and Millennium Parks are all less than a mile away. Residents enjoy socializing and relaxing along the nearby lakefront. The tower will feature outstanding amenities, making it a definite stand out. Residents enjoy the elegant lobby and resident lounge featuring a cozy fireplace with a fabulous ambiance. Take in the city, river, and lake views from the 38 th floor sky lounge. On warm summer days, soak up the sun in lounge chairs or cabanas next to the pool! A private dining room and demonstration kitchen act as the perfect extension to your home for all your entertainment needs. A state-of- the-art fitness center including spin and yoga studios is easily accessible in the building. Have a furry friend? 465 N Park's pet amenities include a dog run and pet spa. 465 N Park will be 47 stories with 444 dwelling units. The Streeterville apartment tower is slated for 2018 completion.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Streeterville? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Holiday Festivities Near the Loop

One of the most magical and beautiful times of the year is upon us! As snow falls and twinkling lights line the city’s streets, check out some of the best things to do near downtown Chicago Loop this winter! Ice Skating in Millennium Park Open daily from 6 am to 11 pm, visitors can enjoy the fun of ice skating while viewing the breathtaking city skyline. Admission is free and ice skate rentals are available for $12 Monday – Thursday, and $14 Friday – Sunday. If you get chilly, enjoy hot chocolate and some snacks at the Park Grill Café located directly next to the rink! Christkindlmarket Starting as a German tradition, the market has transformed into a Chicago holiday attraction for all! Located at Daley Plaza in the Loop, the market brings European charm stemming from the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany to Chicago. Make sure to check out the spiced wine in novelty mugs! Admission is always free. Visitors can enjoy unique holiday shopping, German food and drinks as well as a multitude of holiday entertainment! Perfect for any festive outing! Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier If you’re on the hunt for a festive indoor activity, perfect for all members of the family, be sure to check out the Winter WonderFest held at Navy Pier near Streeterville! Open between December 1 st and January 7 th daily at 10 am, the activities are plentiful. Between train rides, giant inflatable slides, hang gliders, bumper cars, climbing walls, an indoor ice skating rink, and of course, the iconic Ferris wheel, everyone can find something to enjoy. Holidays in the Loop The Chicago Loop Alliance is the authority on all things holiday entertainment in the Loop. If you’re looking for more events, adventures, and attractions, be sure to check out their holiday guide here. Enter to win theatre tickets, hotel stays, gift cards, and more through their holiday giveaway each day from November 24th through December 24th here.  Looking for luxury apartments near your favorite downtown holiday attractions? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!  

Old Town Park Luxury Apartments

New from Onni Group, Old Town Park will feature over 400 rental units in an outstanding area of the near North Side. Located on the intersection of Division and Wells, this Old Town location will deliver 7 stories of attached parking and ground level retail, making this a perfect one stop shop for all your dwelling desires. It will be the first of four towers in Onni's Atrium Village development. Old Town Park will celebrate a modern and sophisticated design in this highly sought after neighborhood. With a wide range of options, this development will have rentals from studio apartments all the way to larger three bedrooms, offering options for people with various spatial needs. In one of the most spectacular neighborhoods, Old Town Park will include high-end amenities, elegantly designed interior units and jaw dropping city skylines. Currently, the project is in its preliminary phase of what will become the Atrium Village development. Ultimately the plan will incorporate over 47,000 square feet of retail space and a spacious park for residents and guests to enjoy. The other three towers will rise up to 44 stories and accolade nearly 1,500 urban dwelling units total. These towers will provide everything a resident could desire in a community and home. Close to a wide array of restaurants, outdoor amenities, shopping, and nightlife, you're in the heart of it all. With close proximity to the shoreline, residents are able to partake in all the spectacular seasonal attractions Chicago has to offer!   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the loop!

Top 5 Benefits of Moving to a Luxury Apartment

Moving into a luxury apartment complex, you might expect benefits such as aesthetic décor and comfort. If those aren’t reason enough to take the plunge, there are multiple benefits beyond the plush surroundings and high-end finishes. Here are a few reasons why it’s easy to justify moving into a luxury apartment: LOCATION Luxury apartments often are in prime real estate areas, right in the middle of all the action your city has to offer. Shopping, restaurants and nightlife often are just steps away from the front door. Plus, they are strategically located near public transportation, making your commute to work a breeze. CONVENIENCE You’ll never want to leave your luxury building with everything on-site, including private parking, a convenience store and a dry cleaner. You will also have 24-hour maintenance, package/receiving, and washer/dryer units in your apartment. FEATURES Luxury means luxury — so expect some lavish elements. Many apartments include integrated appliances, with a washer and dryer in the unit; plus spa-inspired bathrooms, smart thermostats, floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies and hardwood floors. Possibilities for a gourmet kitchen include quartz/waterfall countertops, kitchen hoods and backsplashes. AMENITIES Many luxury apartment buildings have state- of-the-art tness centers and outdoor pools for tenants’ exclusive use. Other amenities may include private terrace cabanas, club rooms to entertain your friends, massage rooms, concierge and/or valet service at your fingertips, and even pet spas to pamper your four-legged friends. SECURITY Luxury apartments usually feature state-of-the-art, round-the-clock security. Video surveillance, keyless entry into private elevators, and a 24-hour door person to monitor everyone entering and exiting the building will enhance your personal safety. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

The Studebaker South Loop Apartments

Nestled in the near South Loop, The Studebaker features modern loft finishes in a newly converted residential building. Units feature hardwood floors throughout, stainless appliances, quartz countertops, and porcelain tile backsplashes. Select units boast expansive outdoor terraces. Large and floor-to-ceiling windows make for ample natural light and sprawling views of the Chicago skyline. High ceilings, exposed duct work, and lofted walls add to the charm of this South Loop gem. Between amenities and location, The Studebaker is ideal for anyone with a busy lifestyle seeking convenience. The CTA Red and Green lines are just steps away, providing service to all parts of downtown Chicago, from the Loop through Lincoln Park, as far North as Evanston, and Southwest to Jackson Park. The Studebaker is also a short walking distance to 3 major grocery stores. Additionally, the South Loop is host to an abundance of small grocery stores, shops, and coffee houses. The amenities in The Studebaker include a 900 square foot fitness center with both weights and cardio equipment, package receiving, and in-building dry-cleaning service through Pressbox. Furthermore, The Studebaker is an extremely pet friendly building in one of Chicago's most dog friendly neighborhoods! Click here for more on the South Loop's dog friendly amenities. [caption id="attachment_7036" align="alignnone" width="345"] Grant Bark Dog Park[/caption]

Wicker Park Luxury Apartments! New From LG Development Group

From quaint restaurants and bars, beautiful parks, and countless attractions, the Wicker Park neighborhood feels like home. 1241 N Milwaukee and 1647 N Milwaukee apartments, constructed by LG Development Group, feature brand new, state- of-the art units that you will not want to miss! This transit oriented mixed-use development will be located steps from the Division Blue Line train, providing direct transportation to the downtown Loop and O'Hare International Airport. Wicker Park's 1241 N Milwaukee will consist of 60 apartments, first floor retail, and a multitude of amenities A sundeck furnished with lounge seating and a grilling area will make any sunny day perfect for entertaining. The building includes both personal and bike storage spaces. This community is both cat and dog friendly. Each unit has a balcony and full kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Residents can choose from sleek granite or quartz countertops. Washer and dryers are included in each unit as well. 1647 N Milwaukee, also from LG group in the Wicker Park area, will feature many similar amenities. The bike storage rooms will be quipped with handy tools and air pumps. With outstanding proximity to all public transport, this location features a live transit map and schedule display making it as convenient as is luxurious. In this community, package delivery and receiving has been made easy with pick-up lockers for residents. Residents can enjoy bathing under the sun or relaxing under the stars with the fully furnished rooftop. Grill by day and cook s’mores by night over the fire pits all while enjoying the expansive skyline views. The units boast custom Italian cabinetry paired with Whirlpool stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops. Grohe, Hansgrohe and Toto plumbing fixtures are installed throughout the units. Custom concrete floors with the modern appliances make these units the epitome of modern chic. Walk in closets are also available in select units! Looking for luxury apartments near Wicker Park? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Fun Fall Things to Do Near Downtown Chicago

Fall is one of the most colorful and festive times of the year! Check out some of the best things to do near downtown Chicago this October! Island Party Boat October Festivities Stop by Island Party Boat for all of your favorite October themed activities! From crafts to cocktails, this River Walk gem open 7 days a week from noon – 9pm every day during the month of October. Drop in to enjoy the pumpkin patch and decorating/painting stations. Enjoy delicious food and witches brew cocktails while enjoying fall along the downtown skyline. When you buy a pumpkin you receive an additional 15% off all food and drinks as well! Halloween Fireworks at Navy Pier Nothing screams festive like a spectacular firework display! Enjoy beautiful fireworks celebrating Halloween October 28th starting at 9:30pm on Navy Pier. Bring your friends and family to check out the new Ferris wheel and set the tone for your halloweekend! With the downtown city skyline on one side and the lake on the other, there is no better place to watch an incredible show! Hot Chocolate 5k/15k Looking for more active things to do near downtown Chicago? Check out the renowned Hot Chocolate 5K/15K!! Happening on October 29th this year, all proceeds will be going to the Make-A-Wish charity. Runners meet in Grant Park and will enjoy complimentary goodie bags including a colorful pullover. Along the running path, runners can enjoy chocolate sweet stations and hot chocolate at the end of the race.    

Looking For Things To Do Near Lincoln Park? Rain or Shine, We’ve Got You Covered!

One of the most beloved neighborhoods in Chicago is Lincoln Park. Offering an abundance of activities at a variety of venues, including the waterfront, bars, noteworthy restaurants and DePaul University, it’s no wonder why it stands out! With countless incredible things to do near Lincoln Park, here are some of the top attractions. Lincoln Park Zoo is on a breathtaking 49 acre lot situated right along the lakefront. Open 365 days a year, this zoo has free admission every single day and is one of the country’s last free zoos. Home to nearly 200 species of animals, many of them are rare and/or endangered! During the winter, enjoy Zoo Lights, an abundance of elaborate light displays throughout the park, with additional winter themed winter activities and refreshments. Simply outstanding in warm or cold weather, you won't want to miss Lincoln Park Zoo! Topping some of the best things to do near Lincoln Park are some of the most incredible dining and drinking experiences in the city. Feel like you need a quick vacation to Southern California? Try out the highly reviewed Summer House Santa Monica! While out and about, check out Batter & Berries, this restaurant has been featured on many shows including Check Please, Chicago’s Best, You & Me in the Morning and Good Day Chicago! Some notable mentions were the french toast flight and deconstructed omelets! Then of course, there's world renowned Alinea, a Michelin 3-Star restaurant that draws foodies from near and far to try creative contemporary tasting menus. [caption id="attachment_7389" align="aligncenter" width="387"] Avocado Toast at Summer House Santa Monica[/caption]   If you’re looking to enjoy a night out on the town Lincoln Park has many happening bars. Be sure to grab a drink on the Hotel Lincoln rooftop bar, The J Parker. With refreshing cocktails, sweeping city and lake views this place is a total win! Great music adds an exciting ambiance to this beautiful rooftop. On warm, sunny days one of the best things to do near Lincoln Park is definitely catching some rays at North Avenue Beach! Take a break from the urban, concrete jungle and relax next to the sounds of waves. Home of Castaway’s Bar and Grill, you can now eat and drink while enjoying the beach as well. Do not miss this hot spot during the air & water show during the summer; it’s a must! Located near the zoo is the Lincoln Park Conservatory, a botanic garden positioned perfectly in the city. Tucked away in a Victorian glass house, you can find numerous exotic plants from all over the world. View beautiful, rare flowers that cannot be seen in many places. We all know rainy days can be gray and gloomy but if you're looking for things to do near Lincoln Park on in stormy weather, come by to bring some color back into your day!

Eleven40 South Loop Luxury Apartments

In the heart of some of the city’s top attractions, Eleven40 is rising above South Loop to deliver luxury and affordability to one of Chicago's liveliest neighborhoods. Recently kicking off, the construction for the new 26-story is underway, grabbing attention along the way with its glassy, exquisite exterior. Sit tight; the South Loop will be opening Eleven40 just a few months away in the spring of 2018! Designed and developed between a joint venture with CA Residential and Keith Giles, this tower will feature both commercial and residential areas. On the floor level, 5,000 square feet of commercial space will be used in addition to the property's 320 apartments.   Inside the glassy exterior walls will have a vast majority of studio and one-bedroom apartments, but will also house 80 two-bedrooms. With these options, you will surely find one that is just right for you! The luxurious building will also include outstanding rooftop amenities perfect for any bright and sunny day! Not only does this tower boast luxury, but affordability is also one of their strengths. Eleven40's rents will start about 20% less expensive than comparable buildings in the area.   The South Loop neighborhood is a Chicago staple and gem. Within walking distance is Museum Campus, which includes the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum. Soldier Field is just around the corner! Perfect for any football fanatic! Other key points are great nightlife options just at your doorstep on South Wabash and South Lake Shore Drive. Find all the perfect parks your furry friends will enjoy as well throughout Grant Park. Conveniently located, Eleven40 is just around the corner from a Red Line station and all major bus lines. Looking for luxury apartments near the South Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Essex on the Park: Luxury Apartments near the South Loop

Perfectly positioned across from Grant Park with breathtaking, sweeping city and lake views is the new Essex on the Park located in the South Loop. The brand new 56-story tower is being brought to us by developer Oxford Capital and the design team from Chicago’s Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture. The incredible Essex on the Park apartments will feature outstanding amenities. Shared between the tower and hotel will be a chef-driven, three-meal restaurant, a multi story indoor winter garden that includes a pool and spa, and last but surely not least… a rooftop bar! You can now eat, play and live right in your own home! The home of the SX sky bar could be your home as well. As one of the fastest growing neighborhoods downtown, the South Loop is definitely impressive. This area includes everything you would need or want, perfect for any urban dweller. Enjoy endless options of delicious restaurants, steps from amazing shopping and explore Millennium and Grant Park right in your front yard. The South Loop is also known to be an ideal location for your furry friends as well! With the Grant Park Bark Park steps from your front door, tails will always be wagging. South Loop is known for its Museum Campus. One of the major attractions to the downtown Chicago area, Museum Campus features the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and Soldier Field. Whether it’s a beautiful sunny day and you would prefer to spend the day outside or a rainy afternoon where inside is the only option, you’re covered living here!   Looking for luxury apartments near the South Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!  

3Eleven, You’ve Got Our Attention: Stunningly Sleek River North Luxury

NEW RIVER NORTH CONSTRUCTION ALERT! Rising 281 feet above downtown Chicago's River North, 3Eleven has caught our attention. The new sleek, stylish and sophisticated building is as captivating inside as it is out. The project, developed by the John Buck Company, will feature 245 luxury apartments, considerable amenities and roughly 3,000 square feet of retail space making this building a one-stop-shop for all your living conveniences. [caption id="attachment_7251" align="alignnone" width="300"] Courtesy of ChicagoArchetecture.org[/caption] Whether your preference is to drive or bike, the building offers both indoor parking and nearly 200 bike storage stalls so you’ll never have to worry about parking. Adding further convenience and peace of mind, smart package storage will make having things shipped directly to you simpler. Luxury and convenience are at your fingertips throughout. [caption id="attachment_7252" align="alignnone" width="236"] Courtesy of Chicago Curbed[/caption] As many Chicagoans know, we experience frequently changing seasons, but year round nobody can resist a beautiful rooftop. 3Eleven’s rooftop is equipped with everything one could possibly want. Whether you’re entertaining yourself or guests on those beautiful days, residents can enjoy a rooftop pool with plenty of lounge seating and hammocks to relax on under the sun. During the perfect starry nights the outdoor rooftop spaces also include additional dining areas, grilling stations and cozy fire pits. What more could you ask for? Kick back and relax up here anytime while gazing at the stunning River North skyline. For those who love a good work out, don’t worry, there’s more! Enjoy a pristine, indoor rooftop workout room at your leisure, so you can break a sweat and take in the Chicago skyline at the same time. River North has remained a highly desirable neighborhood to eat, play and live in downtown Chicago. Foodies alike will be in awe over the cuisine options conveniently located within walking distance of 3Eleven. Featured on The Food Network's “Diners, Drive ins and Dives” Guy Fieri has visited highly acclaimed BIG & little’s for their gourmet fast food. Guy’s notable mentions included a decadent pork belly po boy and their beer-battered fish and chips. Looking for something more upscale? Check out some of the highest reviewed River North restaurants on Yelp! such as Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf or Mercadito!   Looking for luxury apartments near River North? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Looking for River North Luxury Apartments? Check Out Hubbard221!

Located in the heart of the highly sought after River North neighborhood, Hubbard 221 brings style, luxury and convince to the urban dweller.  Everything you would need is right here in this spectacular building. Residents can enjoy entertaining guests with private party rooms, lounge, and a chefs kitchen. If you want to bring the party outdoors on those beautiful summer days or nights, outdoor grilling stations are just at your fingertips. Outdoor fire pits and TVs entertain residents and guests alike. Whether you’re out the door early, or working from home, stop by the Starbucks coffee nook for all caffeine needs. For those who work for home, enjoy co-working hubs to efficiently get the job done without any distractions. Residents can also tone up in the outstanding state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio, equipped with Fitness On Demand. When you need a break and some relaxation, head up to the rooftop sun terrace where residents can enjoy the pool and hot tub or take a break and lounge around in the cabanas or sunbeds while enjoying the breath taking city skyline. With on-site concierge and management services, convenience is at your fingertips. Enjoy the dog run and pet spa, perfect for all the personal needs of your furry friend. Inside each unit, you'll find features that are the essence of luxury. From the kitchens' Italian soft-close cabinetry, to the stainless steel Whirlpool appliances, with a collection of extraordinarily superior finishes (like the porcelanosa tile backsplash) makes luxury the standard. Balterio gray-tone plank flooring matched with floor-to-ceiling windows create a serene, contemporary design to offer an outstanding living experience. Sunshade window treatments are a must for the spectacular windows in all units. Worried about space? Hubbard221 is already ahead of you; custom closets are meticulously made to help with all those issues. Seamless, floating bathroom vanities and frameless bathroom door showers continues the contemporary design flow throughout each room of your apartment.   River North is perfectly located steps from the city’s best dining, nightlife, and shopping. Hubbard221’s outstanding walk score of 99 and transit score of 100 make for unparalleled access to all public transportation needs.   Looking luxury apartments near River North? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Looking for Dog Friendly Neighborhoods? Check Out The South Loop!

Known for its spectacular attractions like The Museum Campus and Chinatown, the South Loop is also one of the most dog friendly neighborhoods in downtown Chicago. With its four popular dog friendly parks and plenty of pet friendly luxury apartment rentals, the South Loop is the perfect place for you and your furry friends. Grant Bark Dog Park As the very first dog friendly park to be constructed in the South Loop, Grant Bark Park is also the largest dog friendly area in downtown Chicago. Located near Grant Park with more than 18,000 sq.ft. of space, this beautiful off-leash park is lined with honey locust trees, and also has a decorative fountain. The park is fully-fenced and double-gated with plenty of fresh water sources for your puppy. Coliseum Dog Park Located just south of Wabash Avenue, Coliseum Park has more than 2,800 sq. ft. of space, including a dog run and a raised area covered with turf. There is also a dog friendly fountain, along with a playground and recreation area located nearby. Fred Anderson Dog Park As one of the newest dog friendly parks in the South Loop, this park was completed in 2014 to pay homage to famed Chicago jazz musician, Fred Anderson. The park is specialized designed with two areas: one area designated for small dogs (5,200 sq. ft.), and another area designated for large dogs (13,700 sq.ft.). Once you enter the gate, there are two clearly marked entrances to distinguish these different areas. There are also dog friendly water-play fountains and tunnels, along with picnic tables for those perfect summer afternoons in downtown Chicago! D’Angelo Dog Park Located just off the west side of Franklin Street, this 5000 sq. ft. dog friendly park has its own pet friendly water fountain, along with a designated area for small dogs. South Loop has amazing dog friendly parks, but it also regarded as one of the best neighborhoods for dog friendly luxury apartment rentals! Beautiful new additions to the neighborhood like 1001 South State and 1000 South Clark have great, pet friendly amenities like dog runs, pet care facilities, and grooming areas—1000 South Clark even has a 5,000 sq. ft. dog run. Around the South Loop neighborhood, you’ll also find dog friendly restaurants like The Spoke & Bird, Kasey’s Tavern, and Square One—to name a few! The annual Chicago Food Truck Festival in the South Loop is another dog friendly event to check out. Looking for Downtown Chicago luxury apartments near the South Loop? Give us a call today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop!

Landmark Apartments: Luxury Near The West Loop

Meet West Loop’s Landmark apartments—a charming luxury rental building in one of Chicago’s trendiest neighborhoods! This LEED-certified, 30-story masterpiece, designed by Morris Adjmi Architects, reflects and pays homage to the unique historic architecture that can be found throughout the West Loop. Upon walking into any luxury apartment at Landmark West Loop, you’ll find an open-style, modern kitchen with sleek, modern finishes. Complete with features like high-performance Bosch appliances, a stainless steel island, custom storm grey cabinetry, and subway tile backsplash, these kitchens are the epitome of luxury dining and excellent for entertaining guests and hosting dinner parties. Each residence includes large, 9’ floor-to-ceiling windows that give you spectacular views of downtown Chicago near the West Loop, custom-designed plank flooring, and cutting-edge Nest thermostats to create the perfect ambiance for your home. The glamorous bathrooms feature a frameless glass shower, dual sink, Quartz countertops, and a custom-designed vanity. For entertainment, check out the Landmark Sport & Social amenity area—complete with a swimming pool, hot tub, sun deck, grilling stations and a fire pit for those perfect summer days when you want to BBQ, or roast marshmallows with your friends. There is also a fully-furnished demonstration kitchen for your convenience. For your fitness needs, enjoy the state-of-the-art, 24-hour fitness center including cardio and weight equipment. There is also a luxurious, serene yoga studio. Next time you’re near the West Loop, check out Randolph and Halsted Streets for the best entertainment and nightlife options. Halsted Street has plenty of shopping, theatres, boutiques, coffee shops, and bars. Additionally, Randolph Street offers many fine dining experiences for you to choose from. Furthermore, Randolph Street is famous for its annual market street festival, Taste of Randolph, that features the best cuisine in the West Loop and live music performances. Looking for Downtown Chicago luxury apartments near the West Loop? Give us a call today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop! Ashley Lemaine DAC Contributor

New Luxury Development Near the Gold Coast: 65 E Banks

Regarded as one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Chicago, the Gold Coast offers the best of the best when it comes to luxury living, superior dining experiences, and striking architecture. With its newest luxury apartments at 65 E Banks set to be developed, this addition will bring even more elegance to Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Designed by renowned Chicago-based architecture firm, Booth Hansen, and developed by Draper & Kramer, this Gold Coast gem will be a mid-rise 58-unit, 8-story building. The 115-ft development will be designed with a stone-clad facade along with modern bay window protrusions. The 65 E Banks building will also contain a mixture of two and three bedroom units. The immense, re-imagined green rooftop will feature an amenity deck and provide amazing, unobstructed views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline. The rooftop area will also include plush lounge seating along with beautiful gardens. The underground parking structure for 65 E Banks will be expanded to house up to 68 valet parking spaces for residents. The bike parking area will feature 58 spaces for storage. [caption id="attachment_6936" align="alignnone" width="300"] Courtesy of Booth Hansen[/caption] Next time you’re near the Gold Coast, explore Rush and Division Streets for the best nightlife and entertainment options. Division Street has plenty of shopping, theaters, and bars to enjoy, while Rush Street offers an abundance of fine dining experiences to choose from. Chicagoans and tourists alike flock to the famous Museum of Contemporary Art, one of world’s largest art venues, is a prime spot in the Gold Coast. Also, there is the ever-popular Oak Street Beach located conveniently nearby for those perfect summer days, and for fan-favorite events like the annual Air and Water Show.   Looking for Downtown Chicago luxury apartments near the Gold Coast? Give us a call today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop! Ashley Lemaine DAC Contributor  

Restaurant Row: The 5 Best Dining Experiences near Chicago’s West Loop

When you’re near the West Loop, Randolph Street is the ultimate location for trying out some of the best fine dining that Chicago has to offer! Also known as Restaurant Row, the West Loop's Randolph Street is famous for its variety of restaurant options and its popular, annual street market festival. Here the top five places to check out during your visit! #1 Girl and the Goat As one of the very first establishments on Restaurant Row, Girl and the Goat is a bustling, fan-favorite of the West Loop! With Bravo’s Top Chef winner, Stephanie Izard, as the executive chef, you can expect a delicious, cooked-to-perfection meal. Try the mouthwatering escargot ravioli or the seared diver scallops on your next visit!   #2 Au Cheval Known for its delectable egg entrees, this elegant diner-style bar and restaurant is a great brunch spot to check out! The world-famous burger draws Chicagoans from all parts of the city in flocks just to try a bite of this West Loop gem. #3 bellyQ This Asian-BBQ fusion restaurant is great for those of you that want a one-of-a-kind experience. With special grilling tables, you can enjoy the finest dishes like the Lemongrass Salmon and Braised Pork Belly as you watch them prepared right at your table. Enjoy large plates or sharable sized dishes. Stop by on Tuesdays for bellyQ's $5 Hour Hour! #4 Grace Red Kuri Squash, Miyazaki Beef, Bay Scallops—these are just a few of the mouthwatering dishes that this award-winning restaurant has to offer! As only one of three Chicago restaurants to ever earn the prestigious Michelin Guide three-star restaurant rating, Grace is definitely worth the experience! #5 De Cero It’s the perfect place near the West Loop to enjoy authentic, gourmet Mexican cuisine and margaritas. Smoked Paprika Poblano Quesadillas, Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos, Spicy Goat Cheese Tamales—De Cero is a great spot for decadent Mexican food in next time you’re near the West Loop. Looking for Downtown Chicago luxury apartments near the West Loop? Give us a call today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop! Ashley Lemaine DAC Contributor

New South Loop Luxury on the Horizon: One Grant Park Apartments

As the highly-anticipated, new addition to Chicago’s South Loop, One Grant Park will be the tallest tower constructed on the southside of Chicago. Joining the list of famous architecture that makes up the Chicago skyline, this 829 ft. development will be a marvel to behold! [caption id="attachment_6821" align="alignnone" width="454"] Courtesy of Crescent Heights[/caption]   Designed by Rafael Vinoly, notable New York architect, One Grant Park will be a 792-unit, modern highrise. Along with this skyscraper, there will also be a Phase II and III of this development—a 648-unit structure and a 100-unit townhouse building, complete with a public park. [caption id="attachment_6824" align="alignnone" width="339"] Vinoly at the One Grant Park proposal, 2015[/caption] Expected to open in early 2019, One Grant Park and its stepped, modular design will complement and pay homage to Chicago’s tallest building, the 110-story Willis Tower. As one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the city, the South Loop welcomes its newest addition. [caption id="attachment_6822" align="alignnone" width="161"] Courtesy of Curbed Chicago[/caption] Next time you’re near the South Loop, explore South Lake Shore Drive and South Wabash Streets for the best nightlife options. South Lake Shore Drive has a plethora of shopping, bars, and the main attraction of the South Loop—the Museum Campus, featuring the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum. Additionally, South Wabash Avenue offers many fine dining experiences for you to choose from. Furthermore, with Soldier Field conveniently located nearby, you can also catch a Bears game! Looking for Downtown Chicago luxury apartments near the South Loop? Give us a call today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop! Ashley Lemaine DAC Contributor