Chicago Real Estate News & Neighborhood Notes

Aqua Chicago Condos For SaleThere’s no doubt that Chicago's Aqua condominium building is among the most distinguishable in Chicago’s New Eastside, and depending on when you’re looking for a new condo in the heart of the city, it can also be one of the priciest buildings to consider too.

Offering a unique design that’s defined by the building’s expansive and wavy balconies, Aqua’s exterior certainly blends in nicely with the rest of this ultra urban neighborhood that's filled with some of the Windy City's most impressive high-rises. This particular structure stands 82 stories high and features nearly 500 rentals and just over 250 luxury condos. And while not every unit here requires a 7-figure budget, it's a location that certainly has a variety of units that command big money.

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Luxury rentals in downtown Chicago are all about status and prestige. Dozens of high-quality, high-class condo buildings are situated all over the city, but some addresses seem to be a bit more coveted than others by today’s home buyers and renters. Whether it’s the extensive list of first-rate living amenities, the breathtaking million dollar views, or simply because of a building’s recognizable façade and architecture among all the high-rises in Chicago’s skyline—as in the case of the Hancock Building or Trump Tower Chicago—some condo and rental buildings just have more of an “it” factor when it comes to exclusiveness and popularity. So what, exactly, are some of Chicago’s most desirable luxury buildings to call home?

Check out our list of the Top 5

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Looking for a luxury loft for sale somewhere around downtown Chicago? If so, here's where you'll find some of the Windy City's most extravagant, and most expensive, loft-style condos currently on the market.

The Ronsley

For true luxury, some units within The Ronsley provide for more than 5,000 square feet of living space in a loft-style setting. Currently options include a four-bedroom unit priced at more than $5 million. 

900 Kingsbury

More options exist within 900 Kingsbury, the former Montgomery Ward complex. This property offers spacious loft residences in a trendy River North setting, including the option of a pricy penthouse unit.

1017 W. Washington 

Spacious floor plans also adorn 1017 W Washington, home to some impressive skyline

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Chicago is loaded with luxury condos in neighborhoods all over town, but some of downtown's most lavish and luxurious buildings feature listings with a price tag most of can only dream of....

Waldorf Astoria

One incredible option for buyers exists within 11 E Walton. The building currently presents the luxury of a penthouse unit priced at $10.95 million, complete with private elevator access and a full floor of luxurious living space.

Park Tower

Found at 800 N Michigan, the Park Tower condos provide for high-rise living in the Gold Coast. The building currently boasts the option of purchasing two complimentary units together for $11 million. This, in turn, provides the sheer luxury of providing its new owner with 360 degrees of fantastic city

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While every condo buyer has his or her own wish list of needs and wants, many in Chicago often have views of Lake Michigan somewhere near the top of their list. And while you’ll most likely have to pay a premium for a jaw dropping views of the water, some lakefront condo buildings in Chicago don’t always require an equally jaw dropping budget. Don’t believe us?

See for yourself….  

3180 N. Lake Shore 

The mid-century building of 3180 N Lake Shore is known for its great amenities and great views, with many units recently renovated. This includes the option of some cozy one-bedroom condos, with most priced under $400,000. 

1440 N. Lake Shore 

It’s possible to find a one-bedroom priced in the low $300,000s within 1440 N Lake Shore. This

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340 East Randolph Condos For Sale or Rent

Chicago’s New Eastside neighborhood is home to a handful of residential high-rises that house some of Chicago’s most luxurious condos for sale. Among some of the most spectacular New Eastside condo buildings is 340 E. Randolph Street, also known to many as simply Randolph on the Park.

While many factors go into making 340 E. Randolph a special place to call home, its location right across from the Millennium and Maggie Daley park spaces is certainly a huge part of the equation. Not only is having these lush, downtown Chicago amenities right outside your lobby door an added bonus in terms of entertainment and walk-ability, these wide open spaces also allow for condos for sale at Randolph at the Park to offer some of the best unobstructed lake and city

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With summer weather officially upon us, rooftop patios should stay busy from now until mid-to-late fall. And nothing quite says summer in Chicago like a premier downtown rooftop with spectacular city and skyline views.  

As Chicago’s rooftop dining scene continues to evolve, trendy new spots seem to open each and every year, and this year is certainly no different. Despite what pops onto the scene, however, many of the city’s most familiar spots also remain the most popular, especially when it comes to our hot list of Chicago’s best rooftops heading into the summer of 2018. 

London House 

Not surprisingly, London House tops our list thanks to unparalleled sight lines of the Chicago River. And despite city’s rapidly growing list of rooftop bars

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In case you missed it, possible plans for the infamous Chicago Spire site have once again been unveiled, and this time it seems a massive, 2-tower development could actually come to fruition, especially given a new website detailing the project has also been launched.

According to numerous media outlets, developer Related Midwest has announced a stunning mixed-use development that could potentially include a luxury hotel, condos, apartments, a new park on the east side of Lake Shore Drive, and also another extension of the rapidly growing River Walk. 

Back when the Spire site was acquired, an architecturally significant project was promised by Related Midwest, and it appears they fully intend to follow through with that proclamation.  

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If you have your heart set on a new construction condo in Chicago, you’ll definitely want to check out a handful of North Side developments that are already well underway.

2618 W. Fullerton

Also called The Eagle, 2618 W Fullerton offers up a boutique-style building with stylish, new construction offerings. Noted for its open floor plans, all of the homes of this building also come complete with black walnut flooring, chef’s kitchens and private balconies. In addition, the building supplies the option of garage parking and bike storage for extra convenience.

2649 N. Mildred

Another exciting new construction option is located at 2649 N Mildred. With just six units, the Lincoln Park duplex condo building offers up the enjoyment of large units

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Believe it or not, some of the best deals you'll find on high rise condos can be found up along the lakefront in Lincoln Park. Many of these buildings include updated living spaces, spectacular views of the city and Chicago's gorgeous lakefront, and even with a budget of under $400,000, you might be surprised at just how much value you'll find up in this part of town, and more specifically, at these Lincoln Park condo buildings.

345 W. Fullerton

One place you’ll want to start the search is 345 W Fullerton. The twin towers of this development offer up outstanding views of the lake, the skyline and Lincoln Park, with extras including a sundeck, fitness center, doorman and a valet. Options under $400k include one and two-bedroom units.

444 W.

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