July 2015

There are 13 blog entries for July 2015.

Webster Square Condos For Sale, Chicago IL

With plans for the massive re-development of the old Lincoln Park Hospital having first been proposed nearly five years ago, many of us may have forgotten about this dynamic new Sanz Development project, even despite the rental portion of it well underway from from a leasing standpoint.

But now, after years of planning and with construction still on-going, pre-sales are about to start over at Lincoln Park’s new Webster Square—a development that will ultimately house 95 new luxury condos once completed.

As reported, buyers can expect quite a range of pricing and interior options, with floor plans offering between one and four bedrooms and prices set between $459,000 and all the way up to $2.3 million.

Inside, potential buyers will be presented with

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Back in November 2012, reports surfaced about McDonald’s Corp. chief executive Don Thompson buying a 3-bedroom, 3100 square foot unit inside Trump Tower for $3.3 million.

Now, nearly 3 years later, more news has been reported that’s linking McDonald’s and Trump Tower, only this time the company’s retired president and his wife have unloaded their 49th floor unit, which was originally purchased back in 2011 for $1.5 million.

According to Crain’s, Jeff and Karen Stratton listed the 2,700 square foot condo back in March for $2.8 million, and as of July 22nd, the unit has officially closed at $2.5 million.

As mentioned, this particular unit has three full baths, a den attached to the kitchen, and 11-12 foot high ceilings throughout. And although market

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This weekend, the 3-day music festival Lollapalooza returns to Chicago and promises to bring thousands of local and non-local music lovers into Chicago's Grant Park. Famous for bringing now-popular artists, such as Lady Gaga, into the limelight, Lollapalooza is another reason why Chicago is ranked one of the best cities to live in for entertainment and diverse culture.

Just mere steps outside the gates of Lollapalooza, residents living in the family friendly Lakeshore East neighborhood high-rises get a special treat as they can observe and hear the festival while staying clear of masses. This growing residential and commercial area has become a go-to neighborhood for those looking to enjoy Grant and Millennium Park's summer and fall festivals (There

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The historic neighborhood Old Town, home to some of the oldest and victorian-styled properties in Chicago, has seen new businesses entering the area as the population of the area grows. The newest addition, Orangetheory Fitness at 1513 N. Wells St. Chicago, brings a fresh take on exercise and provides a new gym for Old Town residents with no fitness room in their home.

Orangetheory Fitness’ goal is to extend your bodies workout beyond the 60-minute session. This is accomplished by raising the heartbeat to a target zone that raises metabolism and energy production. The goal is to have the body continue to metabolize and ‘work-out’ after the session has concluded; called Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC). Orangetheory Fitness states that the

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Lincoln Park Condo Tower

Despite being in the middle of a development boom unlike anything we’ve seen since prior to the recession, not every project that’s being proposed comes to fruition, believe it or not. According to a recent report from Curbed, plans for a new 17-story condo tower over on Diversey Parkway have been shot down by the Park West Community Association and local neighbors in the Lincoln Park area due to their concerns over the building’s height and unit count.

The plan for the sleek new Pappageorge Haymes Partners-designed tower called for 78 condos, parking for 81 vehicles, a green roof deck, and as mentioned above a height of 17 stories, however after requests were made to lower the height and reduce the number of living spaces, developers have apparently

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This weekend there is no excuse to stay indoors as Chicago becomes more alive as multiple street festivals begin their two day run. If you are not into antique shops and have gotten enough local and non-local food (but really, what is enough?) then Wicker Park Fest is for you. Starting today, Saturday July 25 and going to Sunday July 26, the sounds, smells and sights of live bands and street vendors will wash over Milwaukee Avenue between North Ave. and Paulina St. 

Chicagoans of all ages gather in Wicker Park during this festival to indulge in music, food and merchandise not heard, seen or tasted in other parts of the city and country. As with most street fairs, a kid's festival is included for families and all proceeds benefit Berr

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Chicago’s most expensive listing on the market appears to have finally sold, as its status has recently been updated to “Contingent.” A massive, 6-bedroom, 10.5 bathroom home that features a mind-blowing 20,000 square feet of living space, the residence at 1955 N. Burling Street in Lincoln Park has been one of the city’s priciest since it hit the market all the back back in June 2014.

Now over a year later, it appears a buyer seems to be in place for this immaculate Lincoln Park estate, which has acted as Illinois’ most expensive listing since a $20 million home listing in the Barrington area expired earlier this the year.

As Curbed pointed out, more expensive “pocket listings” have actually been available while 1955 N. Burling sat on the market, but of

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Strata Condos For Sale, River North

In the midst of the luxury apartment boom that’s taking the downtown Chicago real estate market by storm, it’s nice to finally see a condominium project come through the pipeline, especially one as nice as the recently announced Strata, located at 861 N. Larrabee.

Being developed by the Domus Group, the Strata residences will feature 27 ultra stylish units that range from a $799,000 three-bedroom unit to a lavish $2.1 million full-floor unit with right around 3,500 square feet of living space. Those behind the project describe its design as modern European, while the site itself actually consists of three separate, already-existing structures that are currently being re-worked to appear as one cohesive building.

Inside, potential buyers can of course

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The gentrification of Chicago's West Loop is quickly gaining momentum as large tech companies like Google and Twitter take up residence in the area. For those wanting to know and see what the hype is about, this weekend is the perfect moment.

Experience the West Loop while taking part in local and international shopping at the European-styled Randolph Street Market Festival. The annual festival is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the Summer and early Fall at 1310 W. Washington Street. This weekend, the Randolph Street Market is featuring the Chicago Antique Market; hailed as one of the top 3 urban-antique markets in the nation by Travel & Leisure. 

More than 250 vendors ranging from food, clothing and hand-made

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You may have gotten a Taste of Chicago and River North, but those are just appetizers for all the summer food festivals in the city. Next on on the menu is the Taste of Lincoln Park, taking place July 25 through July 26 from noon - 10 p.m. at North Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton & Wrightwood. Enjoy more than 100 food vendors from across the city and country while listening to live music all weekend. If you're coming with kids, don't worry, the Kid's Carnival takes place within the festival so Chicagoans of all ages can enjoy the event. 

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