Chicago Real Estate News & Neighborhood Notes


Looking for a great restaurant in Chicago's Gold Coast that has a safe outdoor patio or expanded outdoor dining? Here's our running list of options to consider for a pleasant, socially-distant night out in the city...

Tavern on Rush

For upscale dining on Rush Street, head to Tavern on Rush. Billed as a contemporary steakhouse, Tavern on Rush is the place to go for steak, fresh fish and seafood. It also boasts a lively outdoor patio.

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House

Another option for outdoor dining in the Gold Coast is Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House. This seafood restaurant is known for serving up everything from fresh oysters and lobster to steak and cocktails.

Maple & Ash

Diners head to Maple & Ash for its wood-fired dishes

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Chicago Luxury CondosTake a closer look at Chicago's hottest luxury condos that JUST hit the market...

The Carlyle #34B & #36C: $1,225,000 & $2,799,900

Two 7-figure condos recently hit the market in The Carlyle, a luxury Gold Coast high-rise situated right alongside Lake Shore Drive. The first, unit 34B, is a one-bedroom, three-bathroom condo with 2,230 square feet of living space and plenty of old world charm. We think you’ll love the custom wood and marble floors and like most Carlyle condos for sale, the views of the city and lake are superb. The second newly listed condo here, unit 36BC, offers some of the most insane views of the lake you’ll find anywhere thanks to its super large and open layout. Along with these amazing views you’ll notice it also has all sorts

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Inside Cirrus ChicagoChicago’s newest luxury condo development is already attracting interest for its design and its intended offerings in Lakeshore East. Cirrus is currently under development but plans to eventually deliver hundreds of new condos in a variety of floor plans.

Buyers can choose from one-, two-, three- or even four-bedroom layouts with sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows. In fact, the building is being designed for some spectacular views overlooking the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and the city skyline. 

It also sits just steps away from nearby shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and outdoor recreation. Future residents won’t have to even leave the property, however, to experience a wide range of on-site amenities.

The sleek new building plans for a

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Old Town RentalsFor luxury rentals in Old Town, there are several good reasons to choose Old Town Park. From its amenities to its location, you cannot go wrong with this upscale property.

One of the biggest draws for renters is its long list of amenities. Old Town Park offers a heated swimming pool and hot tub outside, plus a full spa inside. The list also includes indoor and outdoor sports courts, an outdoor projector screen, a sports lounge and a full fitness center with complimentary classes.

With three towers to eventually choose from, renters can opt for everything ranging from a convertible floor plan to a three-bedroom unit. The property also offers some short term furnished apartments and some penthouse units on its upper levels.

The final reason to rent at Old

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Old Town Condos on Wells StreetIt’s no secret Old Town is one of Chicago’s most beloved and sought after neighborhoods. Routinely getting voted as a top neighborhood in the entire country by national publications, its clear Chicagoans aren’t the only ones who think Old Town is a special place—especially when you call it home.

Unlike some Chicago neighborhoods, Old Town’s boundaries are pretty defined and are bounded by Division Street to the south, North Avenue to the north, Clybourn Avenue to the east, and Larrabee Street to the west. But within the confines of Old Town’s borderlines is one of the more charming neighborhood “strips” you’ll find in all of Chicago.

In some ways, Wells Street in Old Town is like taking a road trip to one of Middle America’s quaint small towns—but

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Commercial Real Estate InvestingCommercial real estate has proven to be a very profitable venture for any investor. It's a massive market in the United States yielding over $8.5 Billion in commercial property sales each year! Many of the wealthiest real estate investors own commercial properties and are always active within the market. Within this article, we'll take a look at a few of the key factors to consider when buying a commercial property.

  • Take Your Time: The first tip sounds overly simple, however, its a critical thing to remember when making such a huge financial decision. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of the purchase and potential income. When viewing properties, make sure you take your time, obtain trusted feedback, and complete your financial due
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Where to Find the Best Burgers in Downtown ChicagoWho doesn't love a good cheeseburger, right? Well, as one of America's best food cities, there's certainly no shortage of great places to find a good burger. But if you're really looking for something that will knock your socks off, take a closer look where you'll find some of the best burgers downtown Chicago has to offer...

M Burger - Water Tower Place

If you like a classic burger that’s simplistic and has regular toppings, M Burger is the perfect spot for a quick meal on-the-go. The menu is small but that’s also what makes an M Burger appealing. Nothing unconventional here - just a regular old hamburger or cheeseburger with all kinds of mouthwatering flavor.

Au Cheval - West Loop

By now, it’s been well-documented that Au Cheval is one of

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Dowtown Chicago Health ClubsWhether you're already into fitness or just getting into it for the first time, Downtown Chicago isn't short on fancy health clubs with all the bells and whistles. From state-of-the-art equipment and experienced personal trainers to spa-inspired extras like eucalyptus-soaked towels and top-of-the-line bath products, many of Chicago's upscale gyms and health clubs provide more than just a place to burn off a few calories.

So if you're new to the city or perhaps just looking for a change of scenery, here's our updated short list of Downtown Chicago's best health and fitness clubs...

East Bank Club - River North

Arguably Downtown Chicago’s most prestigious health club, the one-and-only East Bank Club covers over 2 city blocks and includes over

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Despite shutdowns due to the coronavirus and job losses, mortgage applications to purchase a home are on the rise. That could mean buyers are headed back to the housing market faster than expected.

According to recently released data from the Mortgage Bankers Association, mortgage applications to purchase a home rose six-percent last week over the previous week. While purchase volume was down 35-percent annually six weeks ago, recent figures reflect purchase volume is now down just 1.5-percent over a year ago.

Reports suggest buyers are being lured to the single-family home market, in part, by extremely low mortgage rates. It’s also said that the pandemic is causing some people to rethink their desire to live in an urban setting, and instead pursue a

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2-bedroom condos in River North Uner $350,000River North is truly one of the hottest places to live in downtown Chicago right now. Defined by luxury shopping, award-winning restaurants, and a trendy nightlife scene, there's hardly a more lively place to call home than downtown's River North neighborhood. But as you might expect, condos for sale in River North can also be on the higher side of the market, especially in ultra-luxe condo towers like Trump Tower, Waldorf Astoria, and 9 W. Walton. However, if you're on a bit tighter of a budget and know where to start your search, every now and then buyers will find an amazing opportunity to own more of a spacious River North condo for a price that won't break the bank. But if you're interested, you better hurry, because affordable, two-bedroom condos in

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