Archive for June 2010

Huge 2-bedrooms at affordable rents in Streeterville

Think you can’t afford the amount of space you’re craving in a Streeterville high-rise? You might reconsider after seeing the large studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments at 860 N Dewitt Pl. The building’s location puts tenants steps from the Oak Street Beach, Michigan Avenue, and the retail, dining, and nightlife scenes of Streeterville and... Read more »

A guide to rentals in Chicago's South Loop

A guide to rentals in Chicago's South Loop
Skip the 1,000s of repetitive, uninformative, often fraudulent ads for South Loop rentals on Craigslist. YoChicago has just posted a guide to South Loop rentals, with links to all the major apartment complexes and their reviews on Yelp and ApartmentRatings. The post also has suggestions on how to use broker sites to find the 100s... Read more »

A landlord's tips for new Chicago renters

The apartment-finding process in Chicago is completely different than in other cities, as New York or Los Angeles residents can attest. In this video, Harold Rider Jr of Realty & Mortgage discusses the best way a newcomer can go about renting an apartment in Chicago, from where to find listings to how far out a... Read more »

A Boys Town tour with Realtor Bob Darrow

With Pride Month culminating in the 41st annual Pride Parade down North Halsted Street in Lake View this Sunday, it seems like a fine time to break out this recent favorite from the YoChicago video archives. Last fall, I met up with @properties agent and Your Windy City Guide blogger Bob Darrow on Halsted to... Read more »

Daytime TV scribe opts to auction 4,700 square-foot Streeterville penthouse at opening bid of $600,000

Ever wonder where soap opera writers conjure up all those scandalous schemes and torrid love affairs? For more than 30 years, multiple Daytime Emmy winner Kay Alden has composed thousands of such stories from an office in her full-floor penthouse at 247 E Chestnut St. Alden, former head writer for The Young and the Restless... Read more »

Views of Lake Michigan, the Museum Campus, Grant Park, and more from a Columbian penthouse

The last featured video from The Columbian is a montage of views shot from a penthouse unit on the high-rise’s 41st floor. The 46-story Columbian, 1160 S Michigan Ave, is the tallest brick building in Chicago. It comprises 220 homes, an entertainment suite opening onto a rooftop sundeck, and a fully equipped fitness center, and... Read more »

2007 contracts become 2010 purchases as closings begin at Walton on the Park

Walton on the Park, 2 W Delaware Pl, is bringing up the rear of downtown Chicago’s new-construction condo high-rises. With the exception of the Ritz-Carlton Residences on Michigan Avenue (a project that has seen a lot of preparatory work but no vertical construction), no other active for-sale project has been further behind in the closing... Read more »

An overview of amenities at The Columbian

Matt Hollman, sales director for The Columbian, touches on the types of on-site amenities and services available to homeowners in the 46-story South Loop tower. At the Columbian, located at 1160 S Michigan Ave, buyers can find one-bedroom condos for as little as $249,900, two-bedrooms from the $390s, three-bedrooms from the $690s, and penthouses from... Read more »

Austin continues to lead Chicago neighborhoods in foreclosure filings

The Austin community area came in first among in foreclosures in 2009 and continues to be the leader of the pack going into this year. According to the latest report from the Woodstock Institute, Austin saw 208 foreclosure filings in 1Q ’10, down more than 27 percent from 1Q ’09 but still ahead of all... Read more »

Anybody who's anybody eats at Edna's in East Garfield Park

The Sun-Times reports that renowned west side restaurateur Edna Stewart died shortly after celebrating her 72nd birthday. I was last at Edna’s several years ago to hear about plans for the revitalization of Madison Street in East Garfield Park. Ernestine King gave me an overview of Edna’s, and I shot video as I walked around.