September 2014

There are 9 blog entries for September 2014.

Million Dollar Homes For Sale in Chicago

So just what can $4.9 million buy you in downtown Chicago? Well, if you happen to be in the market for a new home at this exact moment, you’ll currently find three separate properties listed for exactly $4.9 million, and you can bet each of these listings offer something unique and desirable that should appeal to any luxury home or condo buyer, no matter their lifestyle preference.

77 E. Walton Place #27c

For those seeking a full amenity building with stunning city and lake views, as well as all kinds of common features that are sure to enhance your everyday life, the first $4.9 million home we’ll feature is an elegant 3-bedroom, 3 ½ bathroom condo at 77 E. Walton Place over in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Also known as The Residences at 900,

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According to Zillow’s monthly Buyer-Seller Index, which was released last week, Streeterville and the Gold Coast—two of the most prestigious downtown neighborhoods—are among the top buyer’s markets right now in the Chicago metro area.

Although somewhat surprising, the report shows each of these two areas having a relatively high percentage of recent listings with a price cut, and a slightly lower sale-to-list-price ratio than some of the city’s neighborhoods with a strong seller’s market, like Logan Square and River North for example.

The index, which uses days on market stats, rate of price cuts, and sales-to-list price ratios to determine market conditions, doesn’t necessarily relate to home values in each particular neighborhood however, as

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1030 N. State Condos For Sale

Chicago’s Gold Coast is full of luxurious homes and condos that will surely impress home buyers with deep pockets. But what about those on a tighter budget who love the neighborhood vibe, the close proximity to downtown, and everything else that makes living in the Gold Coast so special?

Among all those charming multi-level brownstones and elegant high-rise condos are plenty of affordable condominium residences with plenty of appeal and ample desirability—the trick is just being able to act quickly on such properties before they’re scooped up by other home buyers looking for the exact same thing.

 One such example is a pristine condo for sale over in one of what we think is one of the most underrated buildings in the neighborhood: 1030 North State.

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Best Moving Company in Chicago

When it comes down to it, there aren’t many things worse than moving to a different home or condo here in downtown Chicago. Boxing up all your belongings and loading up all your furniture can be quite a process, especially after you’ve already spent countless hours trying to find that right new place to call home.

Aside from all the heavy lifting, which of course is the worst part about any move, finding a place to park the truck, making sure the elevator is reserved, and of course reviewing all of the building’s strict move-in policies are only a fraction of what most people hate about moving in Chicago, and depending on what time of year it is, the weather or loads of other people moving in or out of the same building can certainly make any moving

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Cheeseburgers in ChicagoIn recognition of National Cheeseburger Day, it seemed appropriate to give our readers a list of some of our favorite joints in downtown Chicago to grab a good burger. In a city as large as Chicago, there are literally dozens of mouth-watering restaurants all over town that certainly all have burgers worthy of making our list, but to help narrow down your choices for the next time you decide to go out and grab a burger here in the Windy City, just a few of our recommendations include the following:

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. The menu is small, but that’s also what makes an M Burger appealing. Nothing unconventional here, just a

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400 W. Huron Condos For Sale

For those concerned about the lack of new condominium inventory in downtown Chicago, it seems developers are slowly but surely starting to bring more new construction condos to market. Earlier this month we learned more about a possible new Related Midwest project at 451 E. Grand that will be a combination of rentals and condos, while in the Gold Coast, a new condominium tower at 4 E. Elm is already underway that will add 35 ultra-luxurious units to a part of the city that hasn’t seen a new high-rise built in nearly a decade.   

Now, it looks as if River North will be the next location for another boutique condo project, as Smithfield Properties LLC has reportedly filed a zoning application to ultimately build a 15 story, 46 unit condo tower that would

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Chicago River Gondola Tours

The overhaul of the Chicago Riverwalk has certainly garnered a lot of discussion in recent months, especially since the announcement of the new Lighting Framework Plan all the way back in January. But as detailed in a recent article on Curbed, the revamped Riverwalk in downtown Chicago could involve much more than just a one-of-a-kind lighting display. The goal of the project is to transform Chicago’s main riverfront into a can’t–miss tourist attraction that combines everything from live music and waterfront cafés to boutique retails shops and expanded walkways to accommodate more foot traffic.

But along with these more traditional upgrades however, local engineering firm VIATechnik is throwing out some interesting ideas of their own for the newly

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4 E. Elm Condos For Sale, Chicago IL

Back in January of this year, the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of 4 E. Elm—a development that’s sure to be one of the hottest to hit the Gold Coast in quite some time. Now, fast forward nearly 8 months later and two of the building’s 35 units are officially listed on the MLS.

In a part of town that’s known for its old-world architecture and striking residential brownstones, 4 E. Elm’s chic glass exterior has a little bit of a different feel from what we’re accustomed to seeing on the Gold Coast real estate market; but that shouldn’t detract from the desirability and inevitable acceptance of the new 25-story tower that’s being built here in the Gold Coast—a part of town desperate for new construction condominium residences.

4 E. Elm Condominium Residences, Chicago IL


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Howells and Hood, Chicago IL

Although the college football season officially kicked off last week, the NFL season, what really matters in Chicago, is gearing up for the start of the 2014-2015 campaign this weekend, and there’s no game more important than what’s happening right here in the Windy City.

To open the season, our beloved Chicago Bears will host the Buffalo Bills—an opponent many believe is no match for this year’s “Monsters of the Midway.” If you won’t be attending this Sunday’s matchup at Soldier Field, there are of course plenty of local establishments that make for a great place to catch the game, but perhaps nothing quite like what the atmosphere will be like over at Streeterville’s very own Howells & Hood.

In celebration of the Bears home opener, Howells & Hood,

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