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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!

Near West Loop Luxury Apartments: The Van Buren

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

The Gallery on Wells: River North’s Newest Luxury Development

Chicago’s River North, known for its trendy high-rises and chic art community, welcomes its newest addition—The Gallery on Wells Apartments! With its artistic flair and proximity to popular attractions in downtown Chicago, this new 39-story River North development is truly the best of both worlds. Inside these luxurious Gallery on Wells apartments, you’ll find a spacious, modern kitchen that is ideal for hosting dinner parties and entertaining. Its sleek finishes and features include Energy Star Stainless steel appliances, Quartz countertops, subway-tiled backsplash, and contemporary dark wood cabinetry. For entertainment, check out the gaming room or the large resident’s lounge—perfect for watching movies with your friends. Outdoors, you’ll discover a 26,000 sq. ft. expansive rooftop deck, featuring a pool, hot tub, grilling stations, private dining areas, and two fire pits. Gallery on Wells has a lot to offer its active residents. For fitness, enjoy the state-of-the-art, 24-hour athletic center—complete with free weights and weight machines, spin bikes, and cardio equipment. After your workout, feel free to check out the sauna and wet lounge areas. Next time you’re near River North, explore Hubbard and Kinzie Streets for the best nightlife options. Hubbard Street has a plethora of shopping, theatres, boutiques, coffee shops, and bars. Additionally, Kinzie Avenue offers many fine dining experiences for you to choose from. Looking for Downtown Chicago luxury apartments near River North? Give us a call today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop! Ashley Lemaine DAC Contributor

Luxury Near River West- Mondial Apartments

Meet River West's Mondial apartments—a highly desirable luxury rental building in Chicago’s trendy River West neighborhood! With its international-style architecture and its proximity to popular hotspots in downtown Chicago, this luxury development is truly the best of both worlds. Upon walking into any luxury apartment at Mondial River West, you’ll find a large, expertly-crafted kitchen with sleek, modern finishes. With features like stainless steel appliances, double bowl undermount sinks, high end Grohe fixtures, Italian wood cabinetry, and granite countertops, these kitchens are the epitome of luxury dining and excellent for entertaining guests and hosting dinner parties. Each residence includes high 10’ ceilings, large floor-to-ceiling windows, and a private balcony that gives you spectacular views of downtown Chicago near River West. The glamorous, marble-tiled bathroom is the perfect oasis. With large,  deep-soaking tubs, you can rest easily and relax after a long day. For entertainment, check out the stunning rooftop sundeck—complete with 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 party room located on the rooftop, along with a demonstration kitchen for your convenience. For your fitness needs, enjoy the state-of-the-art, 24-hour fitness center including cardio and weight equipment. Next time you’re near River West, explore Chicago and Milwaukee Avenues for the best nightlife options. Chicago Avenue has plenty of shopping, theatres, boutiques, coffee shops, and bars. Additionally, Milwaukee Avenue offers many fine dining experiences for you to choose from. Furthermore, with the United Center conveniently located nearby, you can also catch a Bulls or Blackhawks game and watch your favorite Chicago sports team play! Looking for Downtown Chicago luxury apartments near River West? Give us a call today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop! Ashley Lemaine DAC Contributor

Optima Signature: New Luxury Apartments Near Streeterville

As home to many of the biggest and most visited attractions in not only Chicago, but in the world, Streeterville is one of the most popular neighborhoods in downtown Chicago. With famous Navy Pier, glamorous Magnificent Mile, and gourmet dining all in close proximity, Streeterville is the perfect place to fully indulge. Now, with its newest addition, Optima Signature Apartments, it is also a superior choice when it comes to luxury living! Rooftop pool? Check. Sundeck terrace? Check. Whirlpool spas, private dining areas, and fireside lounges? Check, check, and check! Optima Signature’s resort-style spaces are the best places to enjoy a perfect, sunny day with your friends and family, and enjoy the views of downtown Chicago near Streeterville. You may also enjoy taking a stroll through many of the beautiful pet-friendly parks walk with your pup. Walking into your luxury apartment at Optima Signature, you’ll find an immense, modern-design kitchen with sleek finishes. With features like the Snaidero cabinetry, built-in Stainless steel appliances, Quartz countertops, and Balterio wide-plank flooring, these kitchens are the epitome of luxury dining. With three levels of incredible amenity space, there are many entertainment options. You’ll find elite-level athletic areas such as a golf simulator with putting green, a basketball court, a squash court, bocce ball courts, and also an outdoor 40-yard dash track for sprint training. Optima Signature also offers its very own WELLBEATS virtual workout studio, along with a cutting-edge athletic center for your fitness needs. Next time you’re near Streeterville, check out Grand Avenue and Illinois Street for the best nightlife options. Grand Avenue has plenty of shopping, theaters, and bars, and Illinois Street offers many fine dining experiences for you to choose from. And, with Navy Pier conveniently located nearby, you can enjoy that latest movies at their 3D IMAX Theater, concerts at their Skyline Stage, and the new 196-foot Ferris Wheel! Looking for Downtown Chicago luxury apartments near Streeterville? Give us a call today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop! Ashley Lemaine DAC Contributor  

River West’s Newest Luxury Apartments: Linkt!

Welcome to Chicago’s River West, a trendy and creative community where you can find chic boutiques, upscale dining, and elegant galleries at almost every turn! Even the architecture has an artistic flair to it, especially with Linkt—the newest luxury apartments near River West that have a fascinating design with its Stainless steel facade. Walking into your luxury apartment at Linkt, you’ll find an expansive, modern-design kitchen with sleek finishes. With features like Stainless steel appliances, high-end Grohe fixtures, and Quartz countertops, these kitchens are the essence of luxury dining. Each residence includes high 9’6” ceilings, large floor-to-ceiling windows that give you spectacular views of downtown Chicago near River West, and in-unit washer and dryers. The master bedrooms feature walk-in closets and the new, cutting edge Nest—programmable thermostats that can be accessed and scheduled remotely, all from your iPhone. The state-of-the-art athletic center at Linkt includes top-of-the-line cardio and weight machines, along with free-weight equipment for your fitness needs. More options for entertainment include an expansive green roof deck with grilling stations, and a fire pit for those fun summer nights with your friends. Next time you’re near River West, explore Milwaukee and Chicago Avenues for the best nightlife options. Chicago Avenue has plenty of shopping, theatres, and bars, and Milwaukee Avenue offers many fine dining experiences for you to choose from. And, with the United Center conveniently located nearby, you can also catch a game and watch your favorite Chicago sports team play!   Looking for Downtown Chicago luxury apartments near River West? Give us a call today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop! Ashley Lemaine DAC Contributor

Luxury Near the Loop: New Linea Apartments

The Bean, Buckingham Fountain, The Willis Tower—all of these iconic attractions share one thing in common—they all belong to the heart of downtown Chicago near The Loop! Along with these hotspots, luxury living near The Loop is a magnificent experience unlike any other. Linea Apartments are the newest spectacular addition to this popular neighborhood! [caption id="attachment_6522" align="alignnone" width="300"] Renderings Courtesy of Linea Apartments[/caption] Rooftop pool? Check. Skyline Sundeck? Check. Luxe rooftop dining area, eco terrace, and outdoor grilling stations? Check, check, and check! Linea’s outdoor spaces are the best places to enjoy a perfect, sunny day with your friends and family and enjoy all the views of downtown near the Loop. You may also enjoy taking a stroll through the beautiful, tree-lined dog walk with your pup. Walking into your luxury apartment at Linea, you’ll find an expansive, modern-design kitchen with sleek finishes. With features like the two-tone matte cabinetry, Stainless steel appliances, contemporary white countertops and subway tile, these kitchens are the epitome of luxury dining. These eco-friendly, LEED-certified luxury apartments near the Loop—designed with a modern loft style—include exposed concrete ceilings, walls, and columns, along with dark wood-grained flooring. The large floor-to-ceiling Bay Windows—designed with high-tech, sound-engineered glass—simultaneously give you amazing views of downtown Chicago, while also ensuring that you have the most peaceful environment in the midst of the bustling city. With four levels of incredible amenity space, there are plenty of entertainment options. On the top-floor, you’ll find an impressive Sky Lounge featuring a state-of-the-art fitness center, cafe, martini bar, a media room, and a billiards room. The outdoor gas fire pit is an ideal spot for those nights when you want to unwind and relax  with your friends. Next time you're near the Loop, check out State and Wabash streets for the best nightlife options. State Street has plenty of shopping, theatres, and bars, and Wabash offers many fine dining experiences for you to choose from. Looking for Downtown Chicago luxury apartments near the Loop? Give us a call today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop! Ashley Lemaine DAC Contributor

Marlowe Tower New Luxury River North Apartments

River North has been one of 2016 and 2017s most rapidly developing areas. Marlowe Tower, which will be developed by Lennar Multifamily Communities, just received a construction permit April 12th, 2017 and will be an exciting addition to one of Chicago's hottest areas. [caption id="attachment_6505" align="alignnone" width="294"] Construction Site: Courtesy of the Cook County Assessor[/caption] Marlower Tower will be 15 stories and is expected to feature 176 apartments, 76 of which will be efficiency units. The luxury building will have common area amenities for tenants' convenience and entertainment. Additionally, Marlowe Tower will offer 10,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. In its highly walkable and public transit-oriented location, Marlowe Tower's parking garage will have just 84 spots. Chicago's CTA Brown and Purple Line L train will take commuters south into the nearby downtown Loop area, or north to Evanston and Wilmette, via the station at Chicago and Franklin streets.   [caption id="attachment_6504" align="alignnone" width="300"] Rendering: Courtesy of Antunovich Associates and Curbed Chicago[/caption] Lennar Multifamily Communities is based in Miami, but has a Chicago office just two blocks from the construction site. The apartments will be designed by Chicago based Antunovich Associates.   Marlowe Tower will be in the Ogden Elementary and Wells High School district and just blocks from many of Chicago's trendiest restaurants and galleries.

Luxury Near the Gold Coast: The Sinclair Apartments

Welcome to the glamour of Chicago’s famed Gold Coast! Recognized as one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Chicago, the area near the Gold Coast offers the best of the best when it comes to entertainment, luxury living, and even celebrity sightings. The Sinclair Apartments are the newest addition, and add even more sparkle to the dazzling Gold Coast! Walking into your luxury apartment at The Sinclair, you’ll find an expansive, expertly crafted kitchen—inspired by world-renowned designer, Mick De Giulio. With interior finishes like Quartz countertops, marbled porcelain backsplash, and white premium soft-close cabinets, these kitchens are the crème de la crème of luxury dining. Inside the spa-like bathrooms, the frameless glass shower doors are the main attraction. Along with this special feature, you will also find luxe Grohe concetto faucets and undermount sinks for a super sleek design, a quintessential feature in any luxury building near the Gold Coast. The master bedrooms feature custom walk-in closets with organizer systems and the new, cutting edge Nest—programmable thermostats that can be accessed and scheduled remotely, all from your iPhone. Each residence includes a private balcony, large windows that give you spectacular views of Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago near the Gold Coast, and in-unit washer and dryers. For those perfect sunny days, enjoy lounging on the beautiful outdoor terrace—featuring an outdoor pool, spa, and private cabanas. In the event that you wish to host parties, the cinema room with its state-of-the-art screening television and surround sound system is an ideal location. More options for entertainment include The Sinclair’s very own athletic club with a yoga studio and even a private physical therapy studio for your fitness needs. And, if you need a quick refresher, you can head on over to the coffee bar. As for the nightlife in Chicago near the Gold Coast, check out Rush and Division streets. Rush Street offers an abundance of upscale dining options and steakhouses, and Division Street is bustling with bars and clubs.   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

The Hudson: A Chic Addition to Chicago’s River North

Meet The Hudson apartments—the new kid on the block in one of Chicago’s most coveted neighborhoods, River North! With its resort-inspired design and proximity to the most popular attractions that the city has to offer, this 25-story luxury development is truly the best of both worlds. Outdoor hot tub? Check. Outdoor kitchens? Check. Outdoor fire pits, private dining spaces, and breathtaking panoramic views of downtown Chicago? Check, check, and check! The Hudson’s rooftop area is the perfect place to enjoy a warm, sunny day with your friends, or to unwind and lounge under the stars on the expansive pool deck. For those that would like to be a bit more active, there are yoga and group fitness rooms, along with a state-of-the-art fitness facility containing cardio, free-weight, and strength equipment to fit your needs. Check out the dry sauna to wind down and relax after your workout. Inside the River North apartments, you’ll find spacious chef-inspired kitchens that are ideal for hosting and entertaining, premium Bosch appliances, and beautifully crafted full-height backsplashes and Granite slab waterfall countertops. Each residence includes its own personal balcony and in-unit, full-sized GE washer and dryers. The master bedrooms feature large, custom walk-in closets along with ensuite spa-like bathrooms. With Kohler soaker-tubs, the bathrooms become an oasis after a long day. The Hudson even offers an oasis for pets too! After you take your pup around the heated dog run, he or she can enjoy a visit to the dog spa to get pampered. And when you’re ready for a night out on the town, check out Sound-Bar, one of the hottest upscale nightclubs in Chicago, or Cuvee—a star-studded lounge boasting an impressive champagne list. Looking for Downtown Chicago luxury apartments near River North? Give us a call today! We’d be happy to keep you in the loop! Ashley Lemaine DAC Contributor

New Luxury Apartments in Chicago’s Gold Coast: Aurélian

Chicago's Gold Coast, famous for its trendy high-rises and chic venues, welcomes its brand new luxurious paradise—the Aurélian Apartments! Located nearby the glamorous Magnificent Mile, these apartments are in the heart of one of Chicago’s most lively neighborhoods.   Starting with the amazing rooftop resort, you’ll find a spacious sundeck with an outdoor pool, large pillow-top beds perfect for lounging, and private cabanas. With built-in outdoor kitchens, grilling stations, and fire pits, you can whip up a delicious meal with your friends—all while enjoying panoramic views of the city. Inside, you’ll find large floor-to-ceiling (9 feet!) glass windows that look out over Lake Michigan and Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, luxury Kemlan flooring throughout the kitchen and living areas, and even a private balcony from which you can admire the Chicago skyline. The kitchen comes equipped with Whirlpool stainless steel appliances including under-mount sinks with disposals, refrigerators, gas ranges, and built-in microwaves. European-style high gloss cabinets and under cabinet lighting, along with soft-close drawers, are also special features that are included. Thoughtful floor plans at the Aurélian allow one room to flow seamlessly to the next. The spa-like bathrooms have their very own European quartz custom vanities that include a 42” mirror, along with designer porcelain and ceramic tiles throughout.  In the bedrooms, you’ll find over-sized walk-in closets, custom grey-out roller shades, and conveniently-placed USB ports to keep all of your electronic devices fully charged. For your fitness needs, you have many options. With a 2,600 square foot health club, you can test out state-of-the-art Matrix cardio and strength training equipment and even catch up on your favorite shows with the individual TV screens that are included. Along with that, there’s also a motion studio, a yoga room with Fitness on Demand, and even men’s and women’s meditation lounges. For entertainment, the Aurélian has its very own social club, which includes a gaming center and a large island with bar seating. Located on the 4th floor, you’ll find The Garden Terrace—home to bocce ball courts, a party room, and trendy geometrically-designed spaces. And when you’re ready to explore Chicago's Gold Coast’s nightlife, you’ll have plenty of popular spots to check out like Primary and The Pump Room—which many celebrities frequent! 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!  

Niche 905: Welcome to River North!

Newly delivered to River North from Ascend Real Estate Group and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation comes this LEED certified luxury building. High end finishes, elegant decor, and state-of-the-art amenities in a prime location in the heart of River North make these apartments ideal for a fast-paced lifestyle. The amenities at Niche 905 house a preponderance of outdoor space. Enjoy 360-degree views of Downtown Chicago and River North by the rooftop pool and hot tub or the fire pit in the Skydeck lounge. Entertain by the outdoor bar's grilling area, resident lounge, or garden. The amenity area also offers complimentary coffee and Wi-Fi. Other lifestyle amenities include the fitness center, yoga studio, fully equipped business center and conference room, an on-site dog run and pet grooming area, and a bike workshop with a storage area. The River North apartments at Niche 905 are flush with eye-catching finishes. The contemporary cabinetry features soft-close drawers and doors, and built-in wine racks. Sophisticated quartz countertops, glass tile backsplashes, and breakfast bars complement the stainless steel appliances. With porcelain tiling in the bathrooms, an in-unit washer and dryer, plank flooring throughout the unit, and thoughtful layouts, there's plenty to look forward to when coming home. The floor-to-ceiling windows and apartment balconies are perfect for soaking up views of Downtown Chicago. For residents with a particularly full schedule, Niche 905 offers plenty of convenience-oriented services. The onsite staff, all hours front desk concierge, fitness, health, and wellness classes, online rent payment system and resident portal are just some of the thoughtful systems Niche 905 offers its residents. Dry cleaning and laundry services, a package alert system, a dog walking service, and home cleaning services also help make resident's River North living experience a smooth one. Niche 905 emphasizes neighborhood engagement and offers year-round resident events in addition to the positive environmental impact Niche has made with its environmentally conscious practices as a green building. Looking for Downtown Chicago luxury apartments near River North? Give us a call today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Near River North Luxury: Exhibit

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

New Old Town Luxury Apartments

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

Downtown Chicago Apartments for All Weather Living

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

Welcome! Streeterville’s Moment Apartments

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

New South Loop Apartments: Loving 1000 South Clark

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

Downtown Chicago Apartments Where its a Vacation Everyday

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

Living Near the Loop: Luxury Rental Apartments

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

Headed Your Way in 2017: River North Apartments and Condos

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

Lofty Ambitions: 3 Must See Chicago Lofts

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

They Weren’t Always Apartments…

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

Highlights: New Construction in the Near West Loop

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

Dog Friendly Neighborhoods: 3 Must See Dog Parks

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

3 New Restaurants in Downtown Chicago Opening This Week

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

The Parker: New West Loop Apartments

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

Great Restaurants in Downtown Chicago: Lakeshore East Edition

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

Chicago Skyline Series: The Willis Tower — 5 Cool Facts

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

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

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

Next Apartments: Newest Luxury Apartments in River North

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

River North Living: Your Day in Meals

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

Downtown Chicago Then and Now: West Loop Edition

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

Lincoln Park Dining

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

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

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

Chicago’s Gold Coast After Dark

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

MILA Luxury Apartments: Part 2!

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

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

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

Downtown Chicago — Then and Now: Lakeshore East Edition

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

Luxury Apartments in Downtown Chicago For You: Part 3!

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

Downtown Apartment Company Redesigns Wacker Drive Office

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

Downtown Chicago’s Top 5 Cinco de Mayo Hotspots

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