April 2015

Found 11 blog entries for April 2015.

111 W. Wacker, Chicago IL One of Chicago’s newest downtown residential buildings offers a desirable location overlooking the Chicago River, plus close proximity to high-end restaurants, attractions and live theatre.  Completed in 2014, the 111 W. Wacker building includes the choice of convertibles, studios, plus one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, including penthouse homes.

Along with an outdoor sundeck, indoor swimming pool, fitness center and theatre, this luxury building also offers game and party rooms plus garage parking and a 24-hour doorman.  As well, this is a pet-friendly building.

Currently there are seven rental units available at 111 W. Wacker on the MLS.  They range from a one-bedroom/one-bath unit starting at 627 square feet to two two-bedroom/two-bath units of nearly

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River North Condo Buildings with an Indoor Pool

While features like door service, a fitness center, extra storage space, and even a residents’ lounge can certainly be convenient to condo owners in Chicago, nothing quite says luxury like a spacious indoor pool, which of course can be enjoyed all year round even despite the awful winters Chicago sees each and every year. Nowadays, an indoor or outdoor pool is almost standard for new construction developments, but once upon a time that wasn’t always the case.

Regardless of construction date, Chicago’s River North neighborhood is home to a number of high-end condo buildings with an indoor pool, and as you can expect, they’re among the area’s most sought after buildings. So, if a having access to an indoor pool is high up on your wish list, here’s a look

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Best Places in Downtown Chicago to Have a PicnicChicago may be a large, vibrant city full of fantastic dining options, but it’s still a great place to kick back and relax with a picnic lunch.  We uncovered a few of the best spots.

Lake Shore Park

With more than five acres of tennis courts, softball diamonds and a playground, Lake Shore Park is a great place to bring the family.  Although close to the hustle and bustle of the Magnificent Mile, the park also offers up a relaxed, family-friendly setting, right in downtown.

Washington Square Park

With a floral garden, reconstructed fountain and a convenient location near Newberry Library, Washington Square Park is another great spot for a picnic.  The park is small, but provides an ideal location in the Near North community.

Maggie Daley Park

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Lincoln Park 2550 Condos For SaleWith its prime location and walls of windows, Lincoln Park 2550 might just offer the best views in all of Chicago.  Located between Diversey Parkway and Fullerton Avenue, the building borders both North Pond and Lincoln Park Zoo.  This fantastic Chicago location offers incredible views that are hard to beat when it comes to the city’s picturesque lakefront.

At 1,200-acres, Lincoln Park borders Lake Michigan, but also includes nature reserves, harbors, several beaches and more.  All of these things are just steps away from Lincoln Park 2550, and easily viewed from the homes inside.  In addition, other nearby attractions include the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago History Museum and Lincoln Park Lily Pool.  

Plus, Lincoln Park 2550 is not far from

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East Lake Shore Drive Condos For Sale

With just eight buildings, constructed with historic European design principles in mind, the East Lake Shore Drive District remains Chicago’s most prestigious place to call home.  The homes were all built in the early 1900s, but altogether designated a Chicago landmark in the mid 1980s.

One of the buildings is The Drake, made famous by the likes of Princess Diana, Winston Churchill and Hollywood blockbuster films such as “Mission: Impossible”.  However, the remaining seven high-rise buildings are just as prestigious, as they house multi-million dollar homes, incredible city and lake views and original, upscale design elements.

The Drake Tower offers 30-stories of residences, as well as wine cellars, an exercise room and a business center.  The Mayfair

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Astor Tower ChicagoOriginally designed by renowned architect Bertand Goldberg, Astor Tower stands as a shining example of Chicago’s past and future.  Once a hotel providing a retreat for guests like Frank Sinatra and the Beatles, Astor Tower is now one of the Gold Coast’s most prominent condominium buildings.

Located at North Astor and East Goethe Streets, this vintage high-rise offers convenient underground parking, as well as a 24-hour doorman and on-site management.  Recently the building underwent renovations and remodeling including a new deck on the rooftop, as well as building repairs and new exterior paint.

Known for its mix of modern elements and historical charm, the units feature floor to ceiling windows, offering up sweeping views of the city.  In addition, since

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Best Places to Jog in Downtown ChicagoWhether you want to get in a quick jog during your lunch break or start your day with a refreshing run along the lake, you will find plenty of great locations in Downtown Chicago.  We chose three of the best.

Lakefront Trail

To see some of the best sites in Chicago one after another, hit the Lakefront Trail.  At 18-miles long, this trail takes joggers past beaches, plus the Museum of Science and Industry, Monroe Harbor and Navy Pier.  It also offers a bit of a break from the city with some fresh, lakeside air.

Lake Shore Park Track

Enjoy running on an actual track when you jump on the quarter-mile long Lake Shore Park Track.  This soft-surface track includes four lanes and isn’t far from the Magnificent Mile.  You’ll find the track between Pearson…
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Chicago's Most Expensive Condo BuildingsLuxury abounds in Chicago, perhaps most evident in some of the city’s most beautiful and expensive condo buildings.  

Trump Tower

First on our list is Trump Tower, housing both a hotel and condominiums.  The homes range from studios to penthouse units.  With soaring ceilings and walls of windows, the homes offer expansive views of Lake Michigan and the city below.  With stone and hardwood finishes, plus a prime location in River North, Trump Tower is hard to top.

View Trump Tower condos for sale

Lincoln Park 2550

With an indoor swimming pool and spa, fitness center, valet parking and even a theatre, Lincoln Park 2550 offers top amenities with the desirable lakefront location to match.  The homes include hardwood flooring, crown molding and

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1210 N. Astor Condos

Constructed in the late 1800s, 1210 N Astor provides the appeal of living in an historic building, while at the same time offering close proximity to some of Chicago’s most famous attractions.  With just 14 condominium homes spread across seven stories, 1210 N Astor is only blocks away from the Lakefront with its 18-mile trail, as well as the Magnificent Mile with its countless upscale dining and shopping locations, a grocery store, plus the subway and other public transportation options.

Constructed of limestone and brick with added upscale features and lavish design elements, the vintage building features such period additions as a birdcage elevator, plus original moldings and hardwoods, oversized 100+ year old wood doors and tall, soaring ceilings. 

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Deep Dish Pizza in the Gold Coast, Chicago IL The on-going debate about whether deep dish pizza or thin crust pizza is better will likely go on forever, but no matter who you are or which you prefer, it’s hard to argue how tasty deep dish pizza can be, even if you are a thin crust fan. And given the Windy City is the official home of deep dish pizza, we thought we’d highlight just a few of our favorite deep dish joints in one of our favorite downtown Chicago neighborhoods, the Gold Coast. So, if you’re ever in the neighborhood and feel like pizza for dinner, here’s a look at where to go for a great experience.

Lou Malnati’s - 1120 N State St

One of Chicago’s most famous restaurants for deep dish, it’s hard finding a better deep dish experience than Lou Malnati’s. Along with being right in the

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